Title: The Intimacy Experiment (The Roommate #2)
Author: Rosie Danan
Publication date: April 6th, 2021
Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.
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.
“But I’m not sure she’d even know how to play it if life gave her a hand she actually wanted.”Rosie Danan, The Intimacy Experiment
After loving The Roommate I knew I needed to read the companion novel, The Intimacy Experiment, starring Naomi and her love story. Naomi is definitely a harsh and hardened woman who needs a special touch to break down her walls, and the Rabbi Ethan is exactly what she needs. I appreciate the sex positive writing style that Rosie Danan has, and her choices in humanizing sex workers and now religious figures to show that sex has a place for all people (except those on the ace spectrum of course). There is such a stigma, even in romance novels, about sex and these books work to break down those barriers.
I appreciated the level of religiosity expressed in this book, which isn’t something I read often. I loved the juxtapositions of a Rabbi and a lost Jew working together to bring intimacy understanding to a younger generations. Of course, the relationship between Ethan and Naomi was super hot as well! You also get to see some of Clara and Josh’s relationship in the background, but Naomi really takes the spotlight. She goes through a tremendous amount of growth from start to finish, it’s really a beautiful arc.
For those who are less comfortable with steam and spice, there are a few open door scenes that are moderately descriptive. It would be easy enough to skip over, without missing too much (in my opinion).
If you enjoy Sally Thorne and Tessa Bailey, I would recommend Rosie Danan to you!
Happy reading, folks!