I picked this for review because of this blurb:
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 mean…. seriously? How do you NOT hit the request button after reading this blurb? So I did. Then I read it and my first thought was “Why don’t I read more Christina Lauren?” Every book I’ve read by this author duo is one that shoots up to my favorites list.
As you can read from the blurb Roomies is the story of a marriage of convenience between Holland Bakker, a woman working with the production team on her uncle’s Broadway play, but who can’t seem to get her writing creative juices flowing, and the musician she discovers playing in the subway and then develops a huge crush on. When she introduces her uncle, a world-renowned musician and composer, to Calvin’s music he sees the brilliance of his talent immediately, and wants him to audition to fill a void in the production. Which he does, and gets the job offer. The only problem is that Calvin’s student visa expired several years prior.
This is when Holland decides a fake marriage between them is the perfect solution for Calvin to get his dream job while also saving her uncle’s play. Right from the moment this couple first meets you can sense the chemistry between them. Despite the awkwardness of two strangers suddenly sharing space, they have an easy comradery with each other.
Holland is fun, and quirky, and very easy to like. Because this story is told entirely from her POV, I really felt like I got to know her strengths, weaknesses, self-doubts and all. She feels like a failure because she can’t find her muse, which means she isn’t doing what she really wants to do, which is writing. Instead she works for her uncle, someone she adores, but who she also feels like she owes. When Calvin enters her life she loves his gift for music, but his quick success is yet another reminder that she isn’t doing anything with her life.
Calvin is quite the enigma. He’s talented, handsome and acts like a nice guy. He and Holland get on so well, that their marriage of convenience turns into a friendship. Then to attraction. Then after a drunken night of celebration to sexy times. The only problem is Holland isn’t sure that Calvin shares her growing feelings. He seemed sincere and just as taken with Holland as she was with him, but I could totally see where her self doubt was coming from. Was he showing interest because of the job and to stay in the states? Or were they for real?
There are several conflicts that come between this couple that take a while to be resolved. And that ultimately made this couple’s romance more believable. Holland’s prior crush on Calvin that he learns about after they start their affair, and something else that I won’t get into, but I could completely understand why Holland would be crushed. It led me to throwing some side-eye Calvin’s way as well.
In the end I absolutely loved this couple’s love story, from beginning to HEA. Do yourself a favor and make sure you one-click this one. Consider it a present to yourself. Final Grade-B+
He’s not wearing any shoes, and has these screaming purple argyle socks that I immediately adore. Purple socks, happy trail, electrocution hair. I have this dream man in my apartment, and he is distracting as hell.
I can’t wait to see how tonight’s sex dream plays out.