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From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.
Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.
For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.
Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.
Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
This is one of those stories that just pulls you in more and more the further you read. It got to the point that I didn't want to put the book down to leave for work and I was anxious to pick it back up as soon as I could. It did start out a bit slow. Also, Holland was a pretty awkward character. It took me a bit to connect to her but once the story got Calvin more involved, the pages just really started to fly by. You get invested in these two pretty quickly. I was expecting this to be more of a humorous story but it really was more emotional. It ended up being an unexpected read for me in a very good way.
ARC provided by Netgalley.
Roomies is a light, laugh-out-loud, witty, romantic story. I loved it.
Holland was infatuated with an Irish musician, Calvin McCloughlin. She knew that what started out as an innocent crush was becoming an unhealthy obsession. Holland went out of her way daily, just to see Calvin. She knew that what she was doing, wasn’t considered insane, but it wasn’t exactly balanced behavior either. Holland was an adult woman with a masters degree, not a teenage girl, for goodness sakes. She so, needed, to get a life.
Calvin McCloughlin witnessed Holland being pushed onto the subway tracks. He called 911 but stayed out of sight. He watched Holland’s rescue from afar. As much as Calvin wanted to help capture the abusive, drunk who pushed Holland, he couldn’t risk talking to the police. Calvin’s been living in the United States illegally, since his student visa ran out, four years ago. Never in his wildest dreams, did Calvin ever think that the girl he left laying on the tracks, would one day, offer to make his dreams come true.
How difficult could a marriage of convenience be? Holland and Calvin weighed the pros and cons of their prospective agreement. The positive benefits for Calvin far outweighed any problems that their arrangement might cause him. He was astounded, though, that Holland was not only willing to help him reach his goal but to marry him as well. What Holland and Calvin didn’t think about, however, was how all of the little lies, which they told one another, while strangers, would take on a whole new meaning as a married couple. Their mutual marriage agreement wasn’t half as easy or convenient as they once thought it would be.
Roomies is a superbly crafted, captivating, and humorous read. I loved the witty dialogue and the well-developed, quirky characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s entertainment at its best.
Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Roomies is an Entertaining Read
I enjoyed Roomies, but it wasn't my favorite Christina Lauren book. It was a good concept with likable main characters. I liked both Calvin and Holland, even though they didn't always make the wisest decisions. They're a cute couple who have a lot of obstacles in their path. They have similar mindsets and personalities and that makes them work as a couple. I think they're a good fit for one another. I was a bit thrown off by a few things including the ending. It seemed like so much was thrown at us within the last 30 pages, but then it ended so abruptly. I was unfortunately left with many unanswered questions, which is sad seeing as I liked the book and characters. I would have at least liked an epilogue to tell me where they were a little bit down the line. Other than that I enjoyed the book and thought it was well written, especially the music and legal details.