The Intimacy Experiment
The Intimacy Experiment
By Rosie Danan
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 nominated him as one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Low on both funds and congregants, the executive board of Ethan’s new shul hired him with the hopes that his nontraditional background will attract more millennials to the faith. They’ve given 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.
Rosie Danan burst onto the romance scene last year with her sex-positive The Roommate. She followed up that success with another sex-positive story, The Intimacy Experiment. The heroine, Naomi, is a former sex worker and now, want-to-be teacher of Intimacy courses. She is given the chance by local rabbi, Ethan Cohen. This is the first romance I’ve read with a rabbi as the hero. As such, religion and it’s role in modern relationships is a big part of this book. Rosie Danan is able to thoughtfully and skillfully intersperse Judaism through this story, from both the perspectives of Naomi and Ethan, in a way that is organic and beautifully adds to the story. In addition, the Intimacy course taught by Naomi absolutely makes the reader think about their own life and desires in their relationships. This story truly shows the intellectual and emotional depths that romance as a genre is capable. The Intimacy Experiment deftly handles religion, sexual orientation, romantic relationships, and sex positivity all within an enjoyable story.
Included in this masterful story is the love developing between Ethan and Naomi. The attraction between the two burns up the page. Ethan is dorky and adorable and so sweet. Naomi is a ballbuster and determined and has a hard shell that she formed to protect her soft interior.
“The world is cruel and unrelenting, full of pain and injustice,” she said again, leaning just slightly toward him, “and I am a stick of dynamite”The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan, Chapter 10
Ethan carefully and slowly cracks that shell and does so in the sweetest ways. He is so supportive of her and loving and caring and just, absolutely everything. I can’t help but just gush over him.
Naomi was so… gone over this man. No map, no compass. Gone.The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan, Chapter 20
Honestly, I can’t recommend this book enough! I have a feeling that it’s going to be an important story in the Romance canon and one that will be recommended for years to come.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.