Author: Christina Lauren
Original Publication Date: December 05, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
“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 bigtime 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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?”
*No spoilers below.
Roomies was the very definition of a Rom-Com. If you’re already a fan of them, you know Christina Lauren are experts at this genre. I would never expect anything less than swoon-worthy descriptions of body parts and laugh-out-loud, play-by-play embarrassing moments. Those two things are exactly what I got on every other page– I appreciated and soaked in all of it.
My biggest problem was Holland’s friendship with Lulu; it was such a negative story line. Things between them could have been more comedic instead of dark and damaging. All of the other side characters meshed together, as well. None were completely fleshed out, making it hard for me to connect with anyone. Robert and Jeff didn’t seem like two different people, until maybe the very end. Davis and Brian were pointless.
Around 50%-70%, the story dried up and dragged on. It seemed like nothing else would happen, that we were nearing the end, and at that point, I would’ve actually been okay with it (I may have even gave it a higher rating).
Unexpectedly, the last few chapters picked up the pace, almost too much. There were more bumps in the road that didn’t have enough time to completely flatten out as I hoped. I wouldn’t have changed the ending, I would have just liked more added to it.
On a side note: The behind-the-scenes action of a Broadway Musical in NYC was a dream to read about (even if it was fiction). They also went to a bar called, Dutch Fred’s, that I ate at when I visited the famous city. That was super cool to read!
Dates Read: Aug. 17-Sept. 02, 2019
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Music is Calvin’s passion and he’s found a way to do it, no matter what. I’ve always been obsessed with words– so why can’t I seem to write a single one?
A smile spreads over his face and I wish I could describe it. It’s the expressive equivalent of an eraser, wiping away any doubt I had about this.
If I had a quarter for each time someone told me The only way to write the novel is to just sit down and do it, I’d be able to afford a penthouse overlooking Central Park. Sometimes well-intended advice is so supremely unhelpful.
The music makes him glow in a way I find hard to believe; sometimes it seems there is a candle burning just beneath his skin.
What will I feel when I think of these times? Will I think, Wow, those were the hardest days, trying to figure out who I was? Or will I think, Those days were so easy and free, with so little responsibility?
Lulu is her own worst enemy. Drunk Lulu is a brutal alter ego and a burden she has to carry as long as she lets herself get wasted like that.
I need to fill my life with accomplishments I create, not just witness.
And without writing, I wouldn’t have what feels like a tree taking root inside me, growing up and invisibly out of every pore.
I already have my next Christina Lauren book On Hold. Their writing is addicting and always cheers me up! I’ve, now, read only three of their books but, I have no doubt I’m gonna enjoy each and every next one. If you like a little bit of sexy mixed with a lot of bits of romance and laughs, pick up one of their books and thank me later. 🙂