Roomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 5, 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Adult
Source: Bought at Indigo
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
This was such a sweet book to read!
Roomies centeres around a young woman named Holland, who is an aspiring author. Having been surrounded by music all of her life, thanks to her uncle and his husband, she has an amazing sense of hearing to pick out musical talent. With her uncle under pressure to find a talented musician to fill in for the one who quit suddenly to make his latest production amazing, Holland has an idea that no one can turn down. The subway musician, who she ended up developing a crush on, will be the perfect person to fill in the currently empty spot...but she has to first convicce her uncle to listen to him play.
Calvin McLoughlin, a Juilliard trained immigrant from Ireland, has been waiting for his big break since Juilliard. Believing that Calvin could be the perfect fit, Holland quickly introduces Calvin to her uncle. To no one's surprise, Calvin amazes everyone with his musical skills. Knowing how extremely talent Calvin is, they offer him a position however due to Calvin's lack of a visa he is unable to accept.
So Holland's uncle can have the perfect musician for the show, she presents Calvin the idea of them getting married so he can stay in the country and also be a part of this major production, a dream he thought would never happen. Calvin agrees and they almost immediately get married and move in together, in Holland's apartment. With the way they talk and act, they not only begin to fool those around them...but also each other.
I absolutely loved Holland's insecurities and doubts. To me, it made the character so much more real. Even though she kept believing that others would look at her and wonder why Calvin would be with someone like her when he could have anyone, as well as whether or not Calvin is with her only for the green card. Only in the very end did she start to believe in herself and thank that she deserved to have happiness and be the main character in her own life.
The chemistry between Holland and Calvin was amazing. Even though there were ups-and-downs in their relationship, it literally made everything fit so much more perfectly together. It felt believable in a way I didn't think possible - especially in the end.
This was such a perfect book to read! I just picked it up a few days ago, to commemorate me finishing my exams, and finished reading the whole thing yesterday. It was such an addicting book that immerses readers and makes them fall for every single character. There were a few steamy scenes but it was nothing like Christina & Lauren's previous work, Beautiful Bastard. I can not say enough how much I enjoyed reading this and how much I would recommend it!
If you're looking for a heartwarming ad adorable book to read this holiday season then look no further. Roomies is the romantic contemporary book you're definitely going to want to read.
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.)