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 both stopped pretending a long time ago?
A slow-burner of a romance, Roomies was intensely romantic and swoon-worthy. The aspect of marriage of convenience set out the right amount of tension for Christina Lauren to draw off of, building a satisfying and full connection between Calvin and Holland. With their signature flare for romance in full effect, their tale is one steady burn from beginning to end.
With the subdued heroine who struggles to find her purpose and the Irish immigrant who struggles to find a break, it was an oddly enjoyable mix of personalities forced to be in close quarters. Though it’s not like their Beautiful series, a bit less sexy than those, there was still a distinct CLo feel in how the romance beautifully escalated. The flow of the story was easy to follow, the story intriguing, and the characters irresistible. The growing feelings and sexual tension felt like a seductive wisp of smoke, swirling and intertwining and beguiling as it danced between them. While it didn’t have that classic CLo spark, there was still more than enough to be captivated by.
Roomies was a beautiful love story. The growth of each character, the raw vulnerability in which they were able to bring themselves to, made it impossible to not feel them come alive under the page. There’s something beyond magical that sparks between these two, in finding their purposes in life, that talent they’ve always had, all because love, for another and self, has a way of showing the path to unleashing it. Truly a read to fall in love with, one that will warm your heart and make you smile.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, and have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography will be released in September, followed by a contemporary romance, Roomies in December.