From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new 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?
I love books set in New York City. As they say once a New Yorker is always a New Yorker and this city will always have a special place in my heart. Roomies highlights the essence of the city, the uniqueness, the atmosphere in this love story by Christina Lauren.
Holland and Calvin meet at the subway station <– you can’t get anymore New York than that.
Calvin is a street musician and Holland has a very serious crush on this very talented hottie. She sort of becomes his stalker and on one drunken night she makes a move. The story snowballs from there. Calvin is presented with a once of a life time opportunity on BROADWAY, for his dream to come true Holland offers him a shot of a green card. A fake marriage to secure the job he was meant to do.
Easy peasy right? I loved these two together. They had a chemistry from the start. A certain pull, they both treat this coupling as a platonic deal. It’s a marriage of convenience. Must fight the attraction. They both keep secrets, and we all know one thing about secrets, sooner or later they will come out at bite you in the butt.
The Broadway aspect of this story is really what made this book for me. I love love Broadway. It’s truly a one of a kind experience and a must when you visit NYC. I loved getting a sneak peak behind the production of a Broadway musical. There is a certain magic to it.
As Calvin becomes a rising star, Holland struggles with her identity. Mix feelings into the pot and you got yourself tangled up in a web of lust, attraction, love, betrayal and let’s not forget …immigration laws.
I adored Calvin, even with his star soaring high, he stayed humble and true to himself. I mean no one can resist a talented Irish accented dirty talker guitar player. You can certainly try, good luck with that
Holland, Holland, Holland… This girl is such a giver. She is a people pleaser to a fault. Sometimes I just wanted to smack her and hug her at the same time. She is still finding her place in the world. Unsure of her worth she struggles with insecurities as she navigates her feelings. This story is truly her journey. I love her growth as a character.
“Sometimes when one thing falls apart, other things fall into place.”
Overall this was a fun, sweet read. A love letter to everything New York. I really wished for a little more at the ending. I’m a sucker for a good epilogue.
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.)
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