Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Clara Wheaton, socialite living under her family’s thumb in constant fear of scandal runs off to LA to chase after her childhood crush in hopes of making him see her as more only for him to leave her with a stranger living in the house they were going to share.
When she realizes that her roommate is in the adult entertainment industry it’s clear that her attempt to avoid scandal through her reckless move is going to come back to haunt her, but as she gets close to Josh and learns about his many talents and his focus on female pleasure instead of perpetuating the objectivation of women in the industry she feels she can help him and make a difference for women. The only problem is that she is seriously falling for her roommate and now business partner.
What is it with me reading things that I needed to read? This was honestly a perfect debut from Rosie Danan, I can’t really explain it. It was the perfect mix of emotion and smut. Chef’s kiss.
Clara was sheltered but not in a deer in headlights way that most romance novels paint an inexperienced woman, but realistically through partners that don’t prioritize her needs in the bedroom which I feel a lot of women can really relate to. There’s also the heavy reliance on making her family proud and keeping her nose clean which is fairly relatable to me. My family has always kept a pretty close handle on their adult children even past what most people would call normal. It’s a hard thing to break free of honestly.
Then we have Josh the porn star with a heart of gold. Initially we see him as a little emotionless, we know he has an intense attraction to Clara but after they get to know each other we realize from his perspective that it’s more than that to him. The way he talks about her really hits the target. I totally and completely adored Josh and his honesty with his emotions, even though he did kind of fight them in the beginning. It’s about not being afraid to put yourself out there if you’re in love, to chase the feeling and pick up the pieces if you need to. Take that leap of faith that doesn’t seem to be all too common these days.
I’m really glad I picked this up after reading a few middle of the road reviews. I was worth it.