The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
The Roommate #2
Steam Level: Turning the Heat Up
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.Goodreads
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We met Naomi Grant in The Roommate and now we get her story in The Intimacy Experiment.
I immensely enjoyed The Intimacy Experiment, especially getting to see Naomi’s character grow. Especially that she was relatively comfortable in her skin and seemed to be pretty aware of her flaws, this book is extremely sex-positive, which may seem a little strange since it also has a lot to do with Judaism. I liked the way these two were interwoven; while for a rom-com, this book has some steam, I expected more given the characters. It isn’t even the steamiest rom-com I’ve read.
The one thing I didn’t love was the ending. It felt a little rushed, and the epilogue especially seemed almost pointless as we didn’t actually get to see anything happen; instead, we were told about it. In general, I wish we would have gotten more details of Ethan and Naomi as a couple. I felt like other than a few scenes; we didn’t see much of that at all in this book. I did enjoy Naomi and Ethan. As a couple, they made sense to me in an opposites-attract sort of way.
I am certainly excited to see what Rosie Danan writes next!
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