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Friday, May 22, 2020

Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren @gallerybooks @christinalauren #bravethebacklist

by Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: December 5, 2017
358 Pages
Genre: Rom-Com; Contemporary Romance

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?

My Review:

Oh NYC - the land of opportunities and convenient marriages.  Both oh so true.  This was an adorable story.  Is there a girl in NYC who hasn't found a subway musician cute in some way or the other? Holland goes out of her way to see her crush and with unexpected events..... well, here comes a marriage of convenience.  Now they just need to get to know each other.

We all know where this story is going to go.  Don't we usually with these types of books.  The fun part is within the journey and this one has some truly laugh out loud moments.  Who doesn't want to eventually marry their long time crush from afar, who happens to have an Irish accent and is incredibly talented? I mean, C'MON!  (Btw, do you try to read accents in your head and realize you just CANNOT do it?!)

While wildly a bit out there in terms of just how quickly they find their success, this was such a fun romantic read.  I simply had the best time with Calvin and Holland.  If you need a little love story to brighten your day, definitely pick this one up - or anything by these authors really.


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