Roomies by Christina Lauren –> Review

Posted July 23, 2019 by FMA in Ratings

Roomies by Christina Lauren –> ReviewRoomies by Christina Lauren
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Published by Gallery Books
on December 5, 2017
Pages: 368
Genres: Romance, New Adult
five-stars

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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 bestselling author Christina Lauren’s romantic novel.

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?


I was provided a review copy by Gallery Books; this did not influence my opinion of the book.


His left hand pulls out the notes as if it’s as simple as breathing.

Roomies is about a music virtuoso, who is also an illegal immigrant. Calvin stayed in the US hoping to catch his big break. Now, many years after his Visa has expired, he is offered the job of a lifetime, his dream job. Enter Holland, the niece of the musical’s producer who wants to hire Calvin. Feeling a sense of obligation to repay her uncle for all he’s done for her, Holland offers Calvin marriage and the opportunity to stay and work in the U.S.

It’s meant to be a marriage of convenience. But how can Holland just turn off the feelings she’s developed for the street musician she’s been secretly watching over the years.

Having him here feels like finding the key to unlock a mysterious chest that’s been 23sitting in the corner of my bedroom for a year.

Y’all, this book was SLOW BURN ON DYNAMITE. Imagine the stick of dynamite with a very long wick— but once the fire reaches the dynamite, it explodes. That’s what this book did. I loved everything about it. The writing is so good, so descriptive, yet not overly flowery, and the chemistry between these two is undeniable! It was funny and sexy, too!

Don’t be surprised, okay? But I think …” he looks around at the mess of my bed. “I think we finally consummated the marriage last night.”

This theory is supported by the obnoxious hickey on your shoulder.

This book was such a treat. I love this writing duo and cannot wait to read more from them!

five-stars

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They are New York Times, USA Today, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, Dating You/Hating You and the critically acclaimed Autoboyography. Roomies (released December 2017), has been optioned for film by Jenna Dewan’s company Everheart Productions, with Christina and Lauren set to write the screenplay.  

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