Release Date: Apr 6, 2021
Series: The Roommate
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Penguin Group
The Intimacy Experiment is one of those rare books that leaves you wanting. You want more pages, more story, more of everything. It left me thinking about it for days after I finished it even while I was reading other books. I was so invested in the lives of these characters and wish that I could have read a hundred more chapters of their love story.
Naomi Grant, a retired sex worker, has created a sex-positive start-up that tries to help people discover intimacy with themselves and others. She has wanted to move from her online platform to in class lectures, but no one will take her seriously about it because of her previous line of work.
Enter Ethan Grant, a young and devastatingly attractive Rabbi, who wants Naomi to help him get a younger generation excited about the Jewish faith and increase attendance at his synagogue. They join forces in creating a six-week class to help young men and women with the troubles surrounding dating and intimacy in the era of technology and online dating.
“That moment is pretty much the catalyst for my whole career. I wanted to prove that being naked, being sexual, didn’t make you less valuable, less worthy of respect. In my quest to redeem Hannah Sturm- that’s my given name- I became Naomi Grant. Sex work let me save myself. Let me regain my power”.
These characters are powerful separately and together. Naomi Grant is a retired pornstar, full of ambition and drive to continue to leave her previous persona behind her. Unfortunately, she finds that sometimes the past continues to come back to haunt her whether that be the lack of opportunities from people who judge her or men who think that she deserves to be sexualized and harassed because of her previous career. She seems so strong, so impenetrable in the beginning of the book that you wonder if anything can crack her “tough as nails” exterior, but as the book goes on then Naomi sheds the layers of herself baring parts of her soul including the things that make her feel vulnerable and incapable of love.
Ethan is the perfect partner for Naomi. He is extremely forgiving, understanding, and kind. He is never judging of Naomi’s past, and instead always looks to make her feel deserving of everything she has and wants. Their chemistry is palpable from the first page. Add in a heaping of Naomi’s sarcastic wit and Ethan’s adorable quirkiness and you have a match made in romance heaven.
This story was pure perfection from beginning to end. Full of so many laugh out loud moments and moments that make you want to grab a box of tissues and have a good solid cry. It has such heart.
Rosie Danan is a one-of-a-kind writer. Her writing is impeccable. Her humor is spot on. If you are a fan of Lucy Score’s wit or Susan Elizabeth Phillips humor then take a chance on this book. You will not regret it.