The American Roommate Experiment – Elena Armas

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 389
Release Date: September 6, 2022

Rosie Graham has a problem. A few, actually. She just quit her well paid job to focus on her secret career as a romance writer. She hasn’t told her family and now has terrible writer’s block. Then, the ceiling of her New York apartment literally crumbles on her. Luckily she has her best friend Lina’s spare key while she’s out of town. But Rosie doesn’t know that Lina has already lent her apartment to her cousin Lucas, who Rosie has been stalking—for lack of a better word—on Instagram for the last few months. Lucas seems intent on coming to her rescue like a Spanish knight in shining armor. Only this one strolls around the place in a towel, has a distracting grin, and an irresistible accent. Oh, and he cooks.

Lucas offers to let Rosie stay with him, at least until she can find some affordable temporary housing. And then he proposes an outrageous experiment to bring back her literary muse and meet her deadline: He’ll take her on a series of experimental dates meant to jump-start her romantic inspiration. Rosie has nothing to lose. Her silly, online crush is totally under control—but Lucas’s time in New York has an expiration date, and six weeks may not be enough, for either her or her deadline.


I was a little apprehensive about reading The American Roommate Experiment because though I liked The Spanish Love Deception, I didn’t love it. I’m glad I took a chance on Armas’ second novel because I LOVED it.

The American Roommate Experiment is a slow burn, fake dating, and roommate romance with an incredible amount of angst and build up. I would rate the spice level similar or a little more than the previous novel, The Spanish Love Deception. I’m a sucker for angst, so this was perfect for me.

I connected with Rosie immediately. She’s headstrong, confident, and knows what she wants. However, when Lucas, her seemingly unrequited crush, enters and offers to help rekindle her lost writing inspiration she becomes an almost simpering mess. I mean, who wouldn’t?

What made this novel truly spectacular was its emotional impact. The pages are seeped in angst and emotion as Rosie and Lucas clearly begin falling for each other despite their respective circumstances. 

Overall, The American Roommate Experiment is an excellent slow burn seeped in angst and emotion that will knock you over as Rosie and Lucas fall for each other slowly then all at once.


Have you read The American Roommate Experiment? What did you think?

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