Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Roomies by Christina Lauren

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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 realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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Overall, this was a really cute story. Holland has been quietly observing a talented busker at a subway stop for the past several months. When her uncle's Broadway production is jeopardized, she has the brilliant idea to bring in the busker for an audition. He's eventually offered a position, but must decline because is student visa ran out 4 years ago. A cast member jokingly suggests that Holland marry Calvin in order for him to obtain a green card; however, Holland can't help but try to help and approaches Calvin with her proposition, which he agrees to.

Calvin and Holland have some obvious chemistry. We know how Holland feels, but we're not sure where Calvin falls, although it's fairly easy to figure out from the way he talks with her. There were a couple of missteps for them along the way, which were minorly dramatic. Holland's "friend" Lulu was a bit much and I'm glad that Holland finally saw the light in that friendship. I do think the story wrapped up rather quickly and would have loved to see more of them moving forward, but I'll just imagine happy things for them in my mind.


Review copy received via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher, Gallery Books.


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*4.5 stars*

Yes it's a "marriage of convenience to get a green card" kind of book but the authors manage to set Roomies apart from others with a charm that's all their own. They have a talent for making you forget this particular trope has been done many times. They did it better.

Holland works in her uncle's theater in NYC. She has an ear for music but her real passion is for writing. She's just afraid to go for it. Calvin is a subway station busker. He's classically trained on the guitar but has yet to catch his big break. He's also in the country illegally. For the past six months Holland has been watching him and listening. She's infatuated. And when her uncle is in need of a musician she takes the initiative to finally talk to Calvin and help him out. Hijinks ensue.

The characters, the storyline, everything was very endearing. Sort of reminded me of Sweet, Filthy Boy (which I loved). I can't recommend this book enough. Well done!


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