Wednesday, September 16, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: The Roommate By Rosie Danan

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The Roommate By Rosie Danan
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2

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. I'm conflicted about this book a lot. First of all, everyone seems to be fawning over this book and I did not care for the heroine at all. She was so freaking boring. She's very WASPy and then there is all this build up about her family having such high options of her but we never see the fall out of that. It felt like it built up all this conflict and then never addresses it.
Second of all, I really DID NOT care for the way Naomi's bisexuality is introduced. The line felt so fetishizing and awkward and it just didn't even make any sense. It made me so mad, so I think it might have actually soured the rest of the book for me. 

I liked Josh a lot, he was such a happy go lucky sort of guy. I liked that he came at his career in an interesting way. I did think it was interesting to have a book deal with adult entertainment industry. However, I felt like Clara was kinda gonna make him choose between it and her, and I didn't jive with that. It seemed not clear towards the end even though this book does have an HEA.

I don't think this book was bad, I did enjoy it, but again third person (which I hate) and the heroine was just not that exciting that it made me not as excited about this one. Also this wasn't a romcom, publisher need to stop putting the label on everything. 

Happy Reads Everyone! 

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