December 5, 2017


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?




I have read very close to every book this amazing duo has written and loved every word. I really need to read Sublime one of these days! Anyway…I fell in love with them when I read Beautiful Bastard in one sitting back in 2014. I am been addicted ever since. Anyway, this is about Roomies, a brilliant book about love, music, living your dreams and finding yourself in the process.
Holland has been a bit lost since she graduated college and moved to New York City with her amazing and supportive uncles. The only time she just feels at peace is while listening to stranger in the subway playing a guitar. It’s memorizing and can’t help fall for his talents and sense of ease. She is a bit obsessed with it all. Then one night she actually speaks to him and on that night he saves her. This one night changes both of their lives without knowing it…
Her uncle needs this stranger, she just knows it. He would be perfect for his Broadway show. Now, that she actually knows his name, Calvin, she knows it deep in her soul that he has to audition. It goes brilliantly. This is what Calvin has been waiting for. This opportunity. This is why he stayed well beyond his visa. The Irish man with memorizing talent is here illegally and that is when their story moves at the speed of light. Marriage. That is the answer. She wants to give him this. He deserves it. Her uncle deserves it. But what about Holland? Calvin doesn’t see why she would do this for him. A stranger from the subway that she just met.
Calvin and Holland’s relationship is unconventional but theirs. They have to navigate through so much if this is going to work. They have to convince immigration that this is real. They have to work out their feelings. He is living his dreams but what about her? Will this experience bring her closer to figuring out what they are?
I absolutely loved this story. The characters have their faults and it makes it more real. They are not perfect. I felt their passion throughout the book. I felt their happiness, sadness, and confusion as well.
Overall…I didn’t want it to end! I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered. I also got angry. It gave me all the feels!
“I’ve never met anyone who loved my playing enough to want to put a ring on it.”
“I don’t like to think of you playing a side part in your story.”
“That is some Flowers in the Attic stuff, Holls. Don’t be weird.”

Roomies is Christina Lauren’s newest treasure. The synopsis drew me in on this one. Irish musician? Yes, please! But I knew the writing would be fantastic and I would laugh and cry. Just what I needed! Holland has had a crush on the sexy musician for a while, but she’s a stranger to him. He’s more than just talented, he’s perfection on the guitar and Holland knows he’s perfect for her uncle’s Broadway Musical. But he’s illegal and when she suggests they marry so he can stay and work, it’s a whirlwind of activities that bring Calvin sleeping on her couch for the next year. It’s all pretend until it isn’t. But can she ever really trust what he says? How can she tell what’s real? Calvin is eternally grateful to Holland for giving him the opportunity of a lifetime. But he’s not just using her to stay in the country and work. He truly cares about her, but she doesn’t trust him. Can Calvin get Holland to believe his heart isn’t pretending? I loved this story. Calvin is so sexy with his accent and his music. I could hear his Irish lilt while I was reading! Holland is talented but unsure what her place in the world is. She just needed the confidence to believe in herself and in Calvin. I loved the relationship she has with her uncles! Overall, I laughed, cried and laughed some more. Their chemistry was on fire and I loved their banter!


Tonight, I’ve concluded two things about gin: it tastes like pinecones and is clearly the devil’s sauce.


Calvin is the human equivalent of a joint. It must be the soothing sound of the guitar.


“I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married.”


“You mean, you weren’t sure I still loved you after only two months apart? What kind of heart do you think lives inside here?”

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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