Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Title: Roomies 
Author: Christina Lauren
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Holland and Calvin
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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?
My Review:
Honestly, I don't think there are too many authors out there who could take a green-card marriage story line interesting and viable in this day and age, but Christina Lauren ROCKED this story. OMG, I loved it so, so much!

This story is told entirely from Holland's point of view. Holland is a young woman who lives in Manhattan thanks to her very talented and generous uncles. They pay most of her rent and gave her a job. Holland is described at one point as being a side-character in her own life...and that's true. She wants to be a writer, but is doing absolutely nothing to pursue that. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, but knows that selling T-shirts at the front of the theatre isn't it. 

But Holland has much more going for her than she realizes and that was the wonderful thing about this story...seeing Holland realize that she has some real value in this world of her's. But before she discovers all that, she discovers Calvin. Holland has been stalking his busking for about six months before she ever talks to him...and things quickly evolve from there. 

She's the one that fixes everything for her uncle, for Calvin...for the theatre. What Holland doesn't realize about herself is that she may not have a musical talent for the music, but her ear is where her talent lies. She's grown up in the theatre and she knows brilliance when she hears it. Calvin is brilliant. 

I loved the whole theatre aspect to this storyline. It was VERY reminiscent of the Hamilton rise to fame and it was fun to see behind the scenes of a fictional venture very much like that huge, unexpected Broadway success. 

This book just worked on so many levels. I really enjoyed watching Calvin and Holland's relationship evolve. It certainly wasn't all unicorns and rainbows, but that made it feel more real. The theatre and the unexpected fame were fun details that made reading the book too fun. And the story was flat-out entertaining and riveting. I devoured this book and loved every moment I spent reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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