Roomies by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Marriages of convenience are so… inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
I immediately wanted to do a reread of this book the minute I finished it! It was one of those books that made me think “now what do I do with my life” after I was done. The characters are captivating, partly due to the fact that neither is perfect. Holland was a character I easily related to. Scrambling through life, not quite sure what to do, a lot due in part to her fear of failure. She’s never been a risk taker, and doesn’t know (or doesn’t want to) stick up for herself.
In an impulsive move, Holland ends up proposing marriage to this guy, Calvin, a street musician she has a crush on, even though they’ve never spoken. The reason behind her proposing is so that he can stay in the country (he is here illegally) and be the lead guitarist in her uncle’s Broadway show (which happens to be his dream). I really liked how the story progressed, but I will say I was left a little bit wanting at the end. It just wrapped up a bit too quickly for my liking.
In romance novels, you’ll find every kind of guy under the sun. However, it does seem that the regular good guy doesn’t show up as much – and the regular good guy is my favorite. Calvin was just that. He’s truly a good, nice, genuine guy. Does he make mistakes and missteps? Yes. But his intentions and actions up to and after those mistakes speak to the fact that he is a man of good character.
Overall, it was a truly enjoyable read. Fun, heartwarming, and swoon-inducing. Not only are the characters relatable, the writing, particularly about Calvin’s music is vivid and captivating. I hope to read more books by this wonderful duo that is Christina Lauren very soon!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)