Roomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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?
Roomies was so delicious I devoured it in one sitting!
I was so taken away with this story, my love affair with the characters, was trumped only by my love for the theater. I found myself completely engrossed in the success of everyone in this story. Christina Lauren in all their wisdom did something interesting with these characters. I found myself feeling protective of Holland while disliking Calvin. Only to have those roles completely reverse TWICE! It was love, hate, love love love.
I recently watched a show that discussed the pros and cons of arranged marriages. A completely foreign concept to almost all Americans. Yet many cultures still have them. In the case of Holland and Calvin I was struck by their arrangement and the reasons behind it. Yes Calvin’s citizenship was important, however it was Holland’s reasoning that caused me to pause. The youngest of many siblings, I think 8 if I remember correctly, Holland almost comes across as an abandoned child. Like she was forgotten in the mayhem of raising all those kids. Her uncle and his partner for whatever reason scooped her up and practically raised her. I’m not sure where the disconnect is but she definitely lacks self confidence and direction. So reading her parts of the story were both aggravating and rewarding.
Calvin on the other hand is an enigma. He’s mysterious, fun loving, adorable to read, and yet he worried me. We really didn’t know much about Calvin and while on paper (no pun intended lol) he seems genuine, you can’t help but be concerned. Everything happens so quickly and no one really knows the other. There is so much that can go wrong. And what’s a story without conflict right?
Christina Lauren are always surprising me with their light witty bantering, sexy characters that fly off the pages, stomping their feet to be seen and heard. Roomies, for me, embodied the theater, it was dark, loud, emotional, fun, musical, sarcastic, loving, it was everything I wanted and then some.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *