Published by Gallery Books on December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Also by this author: Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons, #3), Beautiful, Dating You / Hating You
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?
Ahhhh…. Another favorite book by a favorite author. After my somewhat lukewarm response to Lauren’s Dating You, Hating You I approached the dynamic duo’s latest read, Roomies, with some trepidation. I mean, I loved the Beautiful series and I enjoyed the Wild Sessions books. But two “eh” stand alone romances back-to-back had me convinced that everything could be slipping downhill. But have no fear!! Christina Lauren did not disappoint – Roomies was a fun and easy romance with a few worthwhile coming-of-age stories thrown in on the side.
Holland Bakkar is a 24-year-old creative writing graduate who’s stumped by a permanent case of writer’s block. She made a temporary career performing menial tasks for the latest “it” Broadway show…. Which is suddenly in jeopardy after the diva lead musician quits. Through a twist of fate, Holland discovers virtuoso guitarist, Calvin McLoughlin performing as a street musician in the subway. Holland recommends Calvin for an audition in her show, only to learn he can’t accept the job due to an expired visa. Holland impulsively marries Calvin so he can stay in the states – and the two to inevitably fall for one another.
Roomies had a different feel than other Christina Lauren romances; I thought it was much sweeter and more deliberate in its approach. The book focused less on the physical attraction (read: sex) and more on Holland’s growth and the story’s secondary characters. I honestly disliked Holland at first – I thought her to be a little too directionless and stuck in a strange peter-pan-never-gonna-grow-up trap. However, Christina Lauren layered in a must bigger plot about taking charge of your life (I think fan’s of Rose from the movie “The Holiday” might really enjoy Holland’s character).
What I Liked:
- I’m a total musical theatre junkie so loved seeing a setting focused on a successful Broadway show. Holland’s Uncle is the Musical Director and there are a lot of scenes taking place at the theatre and rehearsals.
- Holland’s Uncle and his partner play key roles as secondary characters. It’s obvious how much they love Holland and while they do enable her complacency, their fierce love makes them quite enduring.
- The plot moved along and didn’t get too bogged down with sexy time scenes and was actually much “lighter” than some of Christina Lauren’s other books. I was surprised how quickly the book flew by.
- The scenario wasn’t too realistic, but the characters and their feeling felt very believable. Holland and Calvin questioned each other and their developing relationship when needed. While I never picture myself getting into a similar scenario; I imagine that most people would act in similar ways.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Holland had a monster of a best friend, LuLu that was pretty unbearable at times. What is it with loving a heroine, only to find she has terrible taste in friends?
- Like I mentioned earlier, I really didn’t like Holland in the beginning. She was quite complacent with her life, and at times came across as ungrateful and lazy.