BOOK REVIEW: Roomies by Christina Lauren

81Knrobp2wLFrom 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 bestselling author Christina Lauren’s romantic novel.

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 bothstopped pretending a long time ago?

Melanie’s Review:

I’ve always been a Christina Lauren fan but I have to admit that I’ve taken a bit of hiatus from their books. I finally picked up Roomies and so glad I did because it kept me company on the treadmill for hours and days on end. I should add, this made the meaningless walk to nowhere a whole lot more pleasant. This is a slow burning love story of two strangers who find each other through music on the streets of NYC.

I loved, loved the way this book reads—it’s inviting and incredibly fluid. The manner in which the authors built the story line was sensational. You really get to know the characters through their progression. Holland’s journey of self-discovery involves an array of wonderful supporting characters. From her ultra-awesome uncles to a flighty best friend, to her douche bag boss, and finally Calvin– the soulful and talented subway musician who she has obsessed over for months. Holland who has always taken a back seat in life struggles to pursue her passion of writing. A 20 something woman living in the safety net of her uncles, she finally does something bold when her infatuation with Calvin turns into something life changing for both of them.

Calvin, a trained Julliard musician finds himself strumming his guitar alongside NYCs subway rails. Unbeknownst to him, catching the eye and the ear of Holland will forever change his life for the up and up. I loved Calvin. He was romantic and so incredibly sweet towards Holland from the very beginning. There was never any choice but to fall in love with him.

This book has everything you could possibly ask for from a Contemporary Romance. It has a strong heroine and a swoony hero with a love story worth re-reading.

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