Happy World Book Day! And I'd love to celebrate this day with a recent story I enjoyed, The Intimacy Experiment.
The Intimacy Experiment as a second book in The Roommate series truly surprised me at how much I enjoyed it. A lot of times the second book doesn’t quite live up to the hype of the first book in many series, but I have to say, this one surpassed The Roommate!
Naomi wants to transfer her sex education into a live seminar so when she is offered by a young rabbi, Ethan to teach at her series at a Jewish synagogue. Ethan hopes this new seminar will attract more young people to his synagogue that has been seeing a steady downfall in congregants. Soon the two of them develop feelings for each other despite two completely opposite lifestyles and profession.
What I liked about this story was that there was much more of a focus on the development of Naomi’s and Ethan’s relationship and less about the physicality between them. Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s steamy moments, but Rosie writes the story where that is not the main focus, but instead, on the character’s which I really enjoyed. I also loved the sweet moments between Naomi and Ethan and how they supported each other to work through their issues.
Overall, the characters are super likeable and it was a quick and enjoyable read.
Thank you Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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.