Review: The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won’t hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag named him one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Taking a gamble in an effort to attract more millennials to the faith, the executive board hired Ethan because of his nontraditional background. Unfortunately, his shul is low on both funds and congregants. The board gives him three months to turn things around or else they’ll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems–until they discover a new one–their growing attraction to each other. They’ve built the syllabus for love’s latest experiment, but neither of them expected they’d be the ones putting it to the test.”

REVIEW:

I’ve been anticipating The Intimacy Experiment since I finished The Roommate. The Roommate was one of my favorite books of 2020 and I will recommend it to anyone, so I was really excited to read this follow up. The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan is a companion novel to The Roommate. You don’t need to read it to understand The Intimacy Experiment but you definitely should.

Naomi Grant is our heroine. Introduced to us in The Roommate as Josh’s ex-girlfriend and fellow porn performer, she gets her star turn in this novel. Naomi has a Master’s in Psychology and has been looking to use it in teaching a course on human sexuality and relationships, on top of continuing to run Shameless with Clara. She has hit a roadblock due to her former profession. That’s where Ethan steps in, they meet at an education conference. Ethan is a very attractive, single, and unconventional Rabbi, who is looking to have her teach a course on modern intimacy for his synagogue in hopes of attracting a younger Jewish crowd.

Ethan and Naomi have insane chemistry from the very start of this book. Naomi has some reservations in acting on her attraction because of her past, she doesn’t want that to affect Ethan’s reputation. Ethan is somehow both adorable and hot. He understands Naomi in a way that she really has only experienced once before. Naomi is a fantastic heroine. She has her demons, but she is smart and confident. Her journey through this book is really beautiful. She opens herself back up to things that she blocked off due to her trauma. Some of this is through her relationship with Ethan, and some is through her reconnecting to her Jewish faith. This also allows her to form deeper connections with her friends as well.

I loved that Naomi isn’t tamed by her relationship with Ethan. So while she opens herself up to more intimacy in her relationships, she is still the same Naomi fundamentally. Ethan is a quintessential good guy. He is head over heels for Naomi pretty much immediately and always backs her up. I loved his thoughts on faith and the way they are framed throughout the novel. Their banter is incredible and such a strong part of this book (and of Danan’s writing in general). They felt like a fully fleshed out couple and I loved every minute spent with them. The steamy scenes are A+.

I highly recommend The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. If you love contemporary romance, then you have to check it out. Rosie Danan writes fully fleshed out characters who are sex-positive. I loved The Roommate and I loved The Intimacy Experiment.

RATING: 5/5

April Releases to Get Excited About

Somehow it is already almost April. March has flown by and I can’t believe it. Below you’ll find some of April’s book releases that I’m most excited. As always, these are books that I am super interested in or have been waiting on for the last couple of months. These just scratch the surface of everything coming out in April.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – April 20, 2021

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

I have been dying for this book since I finished A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire last fall. It left off on such a cliff-hanger and I’m just so excited to see where this series goes. This series made me a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout and I highly recommend this series if you haven’t already checked it out.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne – April 13, 2021

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women–under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

I read the Hating Game by Sally Thorne last month and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put this book down, neglected errands that had to be done, because I just wanted to keep reading. So Sally Thorne has become a must check out author for me. The synopsis to this book sounds super charming and I’m so excited to read it.

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan – April 6, 2021

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read last year. So naturally I’m very excited to read the follow up. Seriously, if you haven’t read The Roommate you need to add it to your TBR immediately. I’m excited to hear more about Naomi and her story. She was an interesting secondary character in The Roommate, so it will be nice to have her as the lead.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – April 6, 2021

“Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

As I’ve talked about on this blog before, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. So naturally any time there is a spin on her stories or a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, I’m going to want to check it out. This one honestly sounds amazing! Pride and Prejudice with a whodunit added in, how can you not add this to your TBR?

Blessed Monsters (Something Dark & Holy #3) by Emily A. Duncan – April 6, 2021

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy.”

I was recently recommended this series, and I’ve been waiting to start it until after the third book is released. I don’t always do this with series unless I discover them close to them being finished. Since it only got recommended to me a little over a month ago, I figured I would wait it out. I’m very excited to start it and of course I’ll post all my thoughts here on this blog.

Let me know what April releases you are excited about, and if you are checking out any of these books too!

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My 2020 in Books

This year I started a new job in a new apartment. I had a decent commute on public transportation, so I saw myself reading a bit more than I had in recent years. Then the pandemic happened, I saw myself working from home and having even more time on my hands. I started thinking about making a bookstagram and blog to talk about the even more books I had been consuming. Then I got laid off, and my decision was made.

It has been really exciting to share what I’ve been reading and starting this blog. 2020 has been a weird year, but this blog has brought a little slice of happiness.

So here is my year in review…

In 2020 I joined the cult of Sarah J. Maas

Also wish they had kept this cover art

In March, I began the Throne of Glass series and while I had a few problems with it overall, it was an incredibly immersive fantasy series that I needed at that time in my life. After finishing that series everyone kept tell my I needed to read A Court of Thorns and Roses. So I splurged and bought the entire series. Wow! I absolutely loved this series! Feyre is an incredible heroine. I loved this series so much more than the Throne of Glass Series. One unpopular opinion I do have though is I wish she wasn’t continuing the series. While I will still read A Court of Silver Flames, I’m not dying to read it since I feel like the story is finished.

I fully embraced my love of Romance novels…
I feel like a lot of people get shamed for loving romance novels, but this year I fully embraced it. I read some amazing romance novels this year, that were way better than some other more touted books. The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read this year. I also discovered the world of Evie Dunmore and her League of Extraordinary Women and Beach Read by Emily Henry. There are truly some extraordinary things happening in Romance.

I got sucked into Bookstagram suggestions…
Once I set up a bookstagram, I feel like my TBR grew tenfold. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love seeing people’s flatlays and their book recommendations. Sometimes though, the hype can be overblown. This happed to me with Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey. I saw these two books all over Instagram, and quickly added them to my TBR. I read Serpent & Dove which I enjoyed but didn’t love. Then I picked up Blood & Honey. Boy, did I not like this book. It felt like a mess and when I discovered that this originally was meant to be a duology it made a lot of sense. A majority of the book was filler and I’m hesitant to continue this series when the last book comes out. So 9 times out of 10, bookstagram suggestions are great but sometimes you get burned.

I discovered the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout…

I stumbled upon the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout this summer. I had finished ACOTAR and was looking for something similar. From Blood and Ash kept popping up in my suggestions on Amazon. An obsession was born. Since this summer I’ve read the Lux Series and the Dark Elements Series with plans to read more. While the Blood and Ash series is still my favorite so far, I’m excited to see where her other books take me.

I’m so excited to see where 2021 takes my little book blog! I hope you enjoy my reviews, and I’m hoping to expand a bit more with what I do with this blog. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and most importantly…

Happy New Year!

Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.”

REVIEW:

Wow, I love this book! It has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last couple months. I’m so glad I made time to read it, but also want to smack myself for waiting so long.

Josh and Clara are both incredible and are real, fully fleshed out characters. I wanted them together the instant that they met. Clara is very relatable, she is a smart and independent woman who has been let down in the romance and sex department. She has never really been taught to love and appreciate her body. Her people pleasing ways have led her to a life where she has never been selfish. Josh has the stigma of being a sex worker hindering his life. He is proud of what he does, but is frustrated that society treats him like a black sheep.

I love how Josh and Clara change each other for the better. I loved that this book shows sex workers in a normal and positive light, and I loved the emphasis on female pleasure. This is a very sex-positive romance and I’m all in. It’s incredibly funny, and encourages you to think and work on your perspectives. I do wish there had been a little bit more about Clara’s family finding out about her new business, specifically with her Mother. It was such a big theme in the book, even if it had just been a phone call between Clara and her mother. The story felt like it was naturally building to that, so when it didn’t really happen I was a little disappointed.

This is easily one of my favorite books I have read this year. I’m going to tell everyone I know and maybe strangers on the street to read it. If you love romance novels but are looking for something a little different, then The Roommate is perfect. It manages to hit all of the beats of a romance novel, while still bringing something new to the table.

RATING: 5/5

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WWW Wednesday – December 9th, 2020

I saw this on Taking on a World of Words and just loved it so I’m continuing it here! You just answer the three questions below, you can share yours in the comments or feel free to spread the love to your blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Roommate by Rosie Danan, I just picked this up this morning and I already love it! I have a heard some really great things about this book and the premise is super interesting. I always like to read romances in between big fantasy novels. So this seemed like the perfect choice, also it has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare yesterday. I have never read this series, and while I wasn’t completely in love with the storyline in this book, I really enjoyed the whole Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see where it goes.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next read will probably be City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I just picked it up from my library and I’m interested to see where this story goes. I want to get through the first three book of this series before I pick up another fantasy series.

Let me know what you are reading!

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