Agent: Jessica Watterson
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 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.
A NYPL Best Book of 2021
"In terms of opposites attracting, Rosie Danan is becoming a go-to author. Her second book dives deeper than her first. The story is built around people who are trying to put themselves back together after trauma, and building a community based on love and empathy and deeper truths. If this sounds like philosophy or theology, that’s one of the pleasures of a romance that so richly uses Reform Judaism as a lens into its characters’ inward journeys. I’m always interested in romances involving religion that do not fall under the Christian euphemism “inspirational romance” — and Danan’s book is at its very best when it’s connecting faith, trust, strength and desire in complex ways." - The New York Times Book Review
"This follow-up to Danan’s steamy 2020 debut The Roommate is filled with humor, healing, and heady good times (and, yes, that is a naughty pun)."—Vulture
“Rosie Danan has a staggering gift for subverting expectations . . . The Intimacy Experiment on the whole, is a blessing of a book —tender, bruising, sexy, and transcendent.”—Entertainment Weekly
“I could cry about how much I love Naomi and Ethan. Rosie Danan’s writing brims with compassion and wit, and there’s a tenderness that runs underneath everything—even when her characters are positive they’re not falling for each other. A stunning, subversive romance that made me proud to be Jewish.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
"The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan is effervescent. It is the perfect combination of endearing vulnerability, swoon-worthy romance, and scorching chemistry. Rosie Danan brings us a charming exploration of the intersections of sex, love, faith, and identity in a fiercely feminist novel that will leave you breathless."—Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting
"The Intimacy Experiment delivers on every promise: humor, steam, and an 'unlikely' couple that readers will not only fight for, but admire."—Felcia Grossman, author of Dalliances and Devotion