Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been forever since I’ve written a review but I’ve been itching to write one. I’ve finally read a book I enjoyed this month and I want to rave about. I feel like I haven’t read a lot of good books in October and I wanted to put a twist on it this time. In addition to my review, I’m going to feature 5 Ariana Grande songs I’d pair with it. 🙂
This is my spoiler-free review of The Roommate.
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 haven’t read that much traditionally published romance this year since I’ve been using Kindle Unlimited more and more. However, I do find some gems every once in a while and one of them has to be The Roommate. With that being said, let’s get into the things I enjoyed about this book.
What I enjoyed about The Roommate
- The main characters. Immediately, I fell in love with the main character’s love interest, Josh. He was so adorable and honestly, pretty close to a cinnamon roll. I just wanted to snuggle and kiss him. As for Clara, she was somewhat annoying but I still enjoyed her.
- The ~sexy~ times. I won’t give away Josh’s occupation because it was a major surprise for me. Either way, this book has a lot of sexy moments and it was such good smut. While the wording could be a little cringe, I absolute loved reading all of the sex scenes in this book.
- The sexual tension between Clara and Josh. Speaking of sexy times, I was blown away by how incredibly the author wrote sexual tension. There was SO much sexual tension between this two, it was like coming off the page. I just wanted to scream for them to either kiss or screw lmao.
- The writing style. I’m pretty sure Rosie Danan is a debut author and I really enjoyed her writing style. The chapters were so quick and the story was a lot of fun. I don’t really have much else to say but I’m excited to read more of what Rosie Danan puts out.
What I didn’t enjoy about The Roommate
- Clara’s attitude. One thing that annoyed me sometimes was Clara’s attitude. She was SO worried about her family and what they thought. Meanwhile, her family was terrible to her. Plus she could get annoying at times and it had me rolling my eyes.
- The romantic conflicts. The major thing that turned me off was the romantic conflicts in the book. A lot of the conflicts could have been easily avoided if they had a conversation or if they didn’t assume everything. It was just SO frustrating and annoying when the two were the same age as me lmao.
Even though this book is probably more of a 4.5 star read, I ended up giving it 5 stars because I enjoyed my experience, reading it. This book dove into a lot of underutilized topics such as the porn industry and how messy it is. Honestly, I feel like this book was such a breath of fresh air and I LOVED it. However, I can see why others wouldn’t enjoy it as much so let’s get into the playlist!
5 Ariana Grande Songs to Listen to While Reading The Roommate
- Positions is perfect to describe how Clara feels about Josh as the book progresses
- Bad Idea reminds me of when Josh and Clara have their first “encounter.”
- God Is A Woman is honestly perfect for Josh’s view of Clara and basically all women.
- Greedy reminds me of when Clara finally realizes she has feelings for Josh.
- Successful is an incredible song to pair with the finale of the book.
Honestly, I can’t think of a better artist to pair with this book than Ariana. Hopefully if you’ve read this book or plan on reading it, you end up enjoying this songs and think they pair up nicely. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.