Published by Gallery on 12/05/2017
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?
To say that I was blown away by Roomies would be a bit of an understatement. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. It’s possible that the unexpectedness of what I would experience while reading this book is exactly why I feel as strongly about it as I do, but that doesn’t change how much I really and truly love it.
I have loved every Christina Lauren book I’ve ever read. They are an epic romance-writing duo and I usually know what I’m going to get out of their books. They’re always funny and sexy, and can tug a bit on your heartstrings. But I didn’t expect to cry! This book turned me into a gooey puddle of mush and I’m still willing the tears back.
I thought that this would be a solid book that I would enjoy, certainly, but the feels caught me totally off guard. The extent to which I emotionally connected to these characters—to Holland and Calvin—and how emotionally invested I was in their story, was completely unexpected. I can’t even pinpoint what it is exactly that swept me off my feet.
I think the fact that the entire story is told from Holland’s point of view lent itself to some of it. I experienced everything though her eyes and it was a surprisingly vulnerable place to be. Christina Lauren typically write dual POV, which they’re fantastic at I must add, so this was new. I felt everything that Holland felt. And for a good portion of the book, it was a raw, unsteady, sort of flayed open feeling that had my emotions constantly right at the surface. When everything reached a crescendo, I felt brittle and fragile.
I loved watching Holland’s personal growth and journey to self-discovery. And I loved absolutely everything about Calvin. He is probably my most favorite book hero of 2017. You have to read this book, I can’t even put into words what I loved about him that would do him any kind of justice.
I loved this book so much more than I expected to. It feels silly to have such a visceral reaction to a seemingly light-hearted book about a marriage of convenience, but here I am, having one all over my keyboard for you to bear witness to. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Try not to go into it with high expectations, despite all of my fangirling. But I think the more blindly you can go into it, the more you will ultimately enjoy it. Definitely don’t skip this one.