Roomies

Roomies

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—un...

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Roomies Reviews

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳When being granted the presence of an Irish hottie, with the admiration and talent of music, and the love for keeping his lips smooth and soft by applying lip balm every five minutes, one must learn to admire such a specimen. I sure have, thanks to Christina and Lauren and their welcoming presence of Calvin McLoughlin. An attractive musician, who is

    ➳When being granted the presence of an Irish hottie, with the admiration and talent of music, and the love for keeping his lips smooth and soft by applying lip balm every five minutes, one must learn to admire such a specimen. I sure have, thanks to Christina and Lauren and their welcoming presence of Calvin McLoughlin. An attractive musician, who is at first spotted by Holland Bakker every single time she goes to use the transportation of the subway. In a way, she is very creepily watching him from a far because of her obsession with his love and passion towards music. To her, she not only finds that beyond fascinating, but also it makes Calvin even more attractive to her eyes.

    ➳Though Holland is very shy and is in the struggling times of trying to identify herself and her writing path, she is rescued by Calvin both in the physical way and also in the emotional way when needed. After finally encountering each other after one night filled with pure terror for Holland, Calvin begins to encounter himself as part of her life. Holland not only introduces Calvin to her uncle who is a mayor hit-list in Broadway, but he gets him a job that one cannot resist if following the performing arts. Due to unfortunate past events and the statues of Calvin’s lack of visa, he struggles to accept such a high position of being the lead musician in a play. That’s when Holland comes in to the rescue, saving the day and many others who would have been moping if not have been able to admire the performance of Calvin.

    ➳Yes, the relationship is all pretend here, pretend there. However, to the eyes of the reader, you can definitely tell the passion and love both Holland and Calvin have towards each other, in a way that can described as true soul-mates that have met under unexpected circumstances. There is a line in which one must admit the truth or let it come out on its own. Calvin decides to proceed with the latter;

    ➳ In Calvin’s mind, this is all the man thinks about;

    ➳Overall, ROOMIES is a love story that is filled with pure romance, comedic aspects coming from both characters, and an aspiration towards finding your true self just as Holland achieves throughout the story. Christina and Lauren never seem to disappoint in this department of mesmerizing stories.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

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    I just spent an entire day getting lost in this a

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    I just spent an entire day getting lost in this amazing book!

    deserves all of the stars for a rating. The plot, characters, and even the vibrant description of the music made this story simply sublime! I never wanted it to end. I fell in love instantly with Holland and Calvin and their slow-burning romance had my heart pounding with anticipation, but never did I feel that there was a lull in the progression of their story. It’s so hard to find a book that has the perfect pace to keep me fascinated from beginning to end, but this one knocked me off of my feet! It’s definitely going on my

    list.

    Holland Bakker lives in a small apartment in New York City that her uncles help pay the rent on. She works for her uncle Robert whose musical is a huge hit on Broadway. Holland’s life is in limbo. She’s not pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. It seems as though she’s stuck in a rut and doesn’t know how to move forward. There’s one thing in her life that brings her joy and excitement—a handsome and gifted guitarist whom she sees several times a week playing outside her train station. For six months she’s been crushing on the guy but never has gotten the nerve up to talk to him, then everything changes when she is nearly mugged and pushed on to the train tracks by a homeless man, and her crush comes to her rescue.

    When she wakes up in the hospital Holland is a little surprised when the police and hospital staff assumed she was suicidal. She learns that sexy guitar man never reported to the police what actually went down on the subway platform. A couple of nights later, her friend drags her to a dive bar to see a local band play and is floored when she sees a familiar guitar player. Holland approaches him after his set and Calvin’s apologetic demeanor and sexy Irish accent quickly wins her forgiveness. She’s still replaying their conversation over in her head days after their encounter at the bar. When the lead violinist who has several pivotal solos in her uncle’s Broadway show ends up quitting, Holland has an epiphany. She knows that Calvin could take over the lead and he would be brilliant at it and with a little convincing she gets an audition set up for Calvin. He blows everyone away with his raw talent but drops a bomb when he confesses that he can’t accept the job because he’s been in the country illegally for the past four years.

    Holland normally plays it safe and never does anything truly crazy but her love for her Uncle and her desire to help Calvin achieve his lifelong dream has her

    that they get married so that Calvin can get his green card which would allow him to be in her uncle’s show. From the very moment she approaches Calvin with her crazy plan, you can feel this intense chemistry between them. Calvin is so incredibly sweet and charming it was easy to fall madly in love with his character. What makes the story perfect is that the heroine was also just as lovable. Her inherent nature to always put others before herself and her inability to see that she was someone worth loving made her character so endearing.

    I was dying from the anticipation for when they would realize that their relationship was far from

    and well when it happens let's just say we are taken on a rough and wild rollercoaster ride full of angst and emotions. Theirs is not an easy road to true and everlasting love but I always say it’s the level of angst that makes the ending that much sweeter.

    Here are my overall ratings on the book:

    releases on December 5th! It’s one I highly recommend you read ASAP!

    Amazon:

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    There was never a dull moment reading this book! Fantastic banter and chemistry, great pace and flow, a wonderful and relatable heroine and a guitar-playing Irishman who will melt your heart with his music and accent. Plus, it's a slow burn, marriage of convenience romance, so

    . Of course, it's a win for me.

    There was never a dull moment reading this book! Fantastic banter and chemistry, great pace and flow, a wonderful and relatable heroine and a guitar-playing Irishman who will melt your heart with his music and accent. Plus, it's a slow burn, marriage of convenience romance, so

    . Of course, it's a win for me.

    , but that's what happens. She wants to do something to help her uncle Robert, the man who gave her a job in Broadway—all backstage since she's not as musically talented as her uncle—and when an incident happens that might leave his play hanging, she knows she's found a way to actually do something.

    . Four years later, an opportunity finally comes knocking on his door. Unfortunately, his decision to stay illegally bites him in the a** and he can't accept the part to play in one of his favorite plays on Broadway. But then the pretty girl he kind of saved at the subway, who is coincidentally related to the man behind the play, offers to marry him, and the rest is history.

    Holland is a twenty-five-year-old woman who hasn't figured out how to do what she wants to do in life. She put everyone in her life first and did everything she can to help them.

    , and I'm so happy she did! Calvin knows what he wants from the very start and is passionate about his dreams and music.

    . He pushed her to step out of her comfort zone and encouraged her to pursue writing, her real passion.

    like some marriage of convenience novels of this nature tend to do. We saw how nerve-wracking it is, saw what Holland and Calvin needed to do—the forms, the interviews, everything. And most importantly, we saw how difficult and emotionally taxing it is for the couple. Because of that, I felt more connected to them as a couple and as people.

    Fauxmances and marriages of convenience tend to become messy when lines are blurred and people involved in the arrangement aren't sure if it's still just a purely business deal or a gateway to happily ever after. Since Calvin and Holland are practically strangers, there are a lot of things they don't know about each other, things they might not understand at first.

    The feel of this book is more similar to

    , the book they released before

    , than

    , but the humor, great flow and character dynamic, and a writing style that's entertaining and addictive is still very present.

    is a sweet, fun, and romantic read that was perfect to end the year on a high note. I know there are still a few days to go before we say goodbye to 2017, but this book definitely made my year in book blogging a more fun one.

    for being amazing uncles to Holland. I love their family dynamic, Holland and Robert's especially.

    Marriage of Convenience, Celebrities—Broadway

    First Person, Female POV

    Yes

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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    “I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married.”

    I absolutely fell in love with this book. I knew what I was getting going into it, a marriage of convenience, a marriage to save a guy from being deported. What I didn’t know, I was getting an amazing love story. It was sweet, lighthearted, sexy, funny, and it was exactly what I needed. I will be honest, the first 30% was rather slow for me. Once things started picking up, I couldn't put this book down.

    The attraction

    “I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married.”

    I absolutely fell in love with this book. I knew what I was getting going into it, a marriage of convenience, a marriage to save a guy from being deported. What I didn’t know, I was getting an amazing love story. It was sweet, lighthearted, sexy, funny, and it was exactly what I needed. I will be honest, the first 30% was rather slow for me. Once things started picking up, I couldn't put this book down.

    The attraction and the build of the relationship between Calvin & Holland is simply beautiful. There is instant chemistry that continues to ignite throughout this book, leaves you breathless in the end.

    I want more to this amazing couple. I just simply didn’t get enough.

    A book I hands down recommend to everyone that loves sweet. It’s has everything I want in a book❤️

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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4-4.5 cute stars

    I had so much fun while I was reading it.It was sweet,cute, lighthearting and sexy.The book keep my interest throughout and I was intrigued with the concept of a fake marriage contract.

    Roomies has it all, steamy moments,lovable characters,and an intense and full of emotions romance.Calvin is a swoon worthy hero,I adored him and I fell for him hard.Holland is funny and cute.I could easily relate with her.They try to deny the connection both are feeling but this can't be for long.

    4-4.5 cute stars

    I had so much fun while I was reading it.It was sweet,cute, lighthearting and sexy.The book keep my interest throughout and I was intrigued with the concept of a fake marriage contract.

    Roomies has it all, steamy moments,lovable characters,and an intense and full of emotions romance.Calvin is a swoon worthy hero,I adored him and I fell for him hard.Holland is funny and cute.I could easily relate with her.They try to deny the connection both are feeling but this can't be for long.These two were so intense.

    Roomies is a fast paced read,if you are looking for a quick, fun and sweet story this one is perfect for you!

     

  • Christy

    Christina Lauren always writes the best feel good romances.

    had me laughing, swooning, and kept a huge smile on my face the entire time I was reading!!!

    Holland meets Calvin at the subway station. She is captivated by his music the first time she hears him play. It turns into a bit of an obsession for her. Holland goes out of her way to listen to Calvin’s music. It’s mesmerizing. Holland works in Broadway, and even though she’s not musical, she has an ear for it. She falls in l

    Christina Lauren always writes the best feel good romances.

    had me laughing, swooning, and kept a huge smile on my face the entire time I was reading!!!

    Holland meets Calvin at the subway station. She is captivated by his music the first time she hears him play. It turns into a bit of an obsession for her. Holland goes out of her way to listen to Calvin’s music. It’s mesmerizing. Holland works in Broadway, and even though she’s not musical, she has an ear for it. She falls in love with Calvin’s music.

    

When a part in her uncle’s show opens up, Holland knows who would be perfect for the job. No one but Calvin will do. Of course Calvin is dying for this opportunity, but he can’t take it. He is in the US illegally from Ireland and has no way of ‘working’ in the show. So… what’s a girl to do? Well, offer to marry him of course. That’s perfectly normal, right?

    This story was so damn funny. And sweet. And lovable. I just adored these characters. Holland and Calvin’s relationship is so fun. You can tell they both have feelings for each other, but with the circumstances of their wedding, it makes things complicated. I rooted for these two! I wanted more than anything for them to be together. They make such a perfect match- it’s just that THEY have to see it.

    is one of my favorite Christina Lauren book to date. It had a lot of humor, a lot of sweetness, and a lot of heart. Both Calvin and Holland were wonderful characters and this book was heartwarming and captivating read! For those who love the marriage of convince troupe, or just love a sweet and sexy romantic comedy type story, this is one I highly recommend!

  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    Really loved it, I "tink"... :D Blog review by Jenny soon!

  • Melanie

    This was maybe the sweetest book I’ve read all year. It was heartwarming, adorable, and just a joy to read. I loved this and I hope if you guys are looking for a romantic contemporary this holiday season, you’ll pick up

    upon release on December 5th!

    This is a story that surrounds a girl named Holland, who has been around music all her life. Her uncle and his husband practically have raised her, and one of them is a big

    This was maybe the sweetest book I’ve read all year. It was heartwarming, adorable, and just a joy to read. I loved this and I hope if you guys are looking for a romantic contemporary this holiday season, you’ll pick up

    upon release on December 5th!

    This is a story that surrounds a girl named Holland, who has been around music all her life. Her uncle and his husband practically have raised her, and one of them is a big name in Broadway! They obviously live in New York, and her uncle is under a great deal of pressure trying to find a musical performer who will help his latest hit production be even better.

    Holland’s first love is writing, and she is actually an aspiring author, but she still has an amazing ear for musical talent because of her upbringing. She can’t stay away from a subway musician who she has developed a bit of a crush on. One day, Holland works up the courage to actually speak to the mystery man, and they exchange names.

    Calvin McLoughlin is an immigrant from Ireland. He went to school at Juilliard and has been waiting for his big musical break ever since. Holland quickly puts two and two together and decides to introduce Calvin to her uncle, believing he will be the perfect fit for his show. And low and behold, Calvin truly amazes them all. Unfortunately, Calvin’s lack of authentic visa makes him unable to join the cast.

    Obviously, the only rational choice is for Holland and Calvin to get married so that Holland’s uncle has the perfect addition to his show, and so that Calvin gets to live his dream of performing. And they don’t only fool the US government into believing their married, but they start to fool everyone around them, including themselves.

    I love the "marriage of convenience" story trope and this one was so perfect. There are a few sort of steamy scenes, but nothing too explicit. But this book is oh so romantic and it was honestly un-put-downable for me, too. I became so addicted and so immersed that I let all the other books I was reading fall to the wayside. I loved this, and I completely recommend it with my whole heart. I can’t wait to read more by Christina Lauren (AKA: the amazing writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) in the future.

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  • Lia Bonnibel

    I’m not an avid NA/contemporary reader, but I do love me some Christina Lauren goodies from time to time.

    I find their writing easy and entertaining without resulting cheap or vulgar, and every time I engage in one of their stories, I can rest easily knowing they will provide

    I’m not an avid NA/contemporary reader, but I do love me some Christina Lauren goodies from time to time.

    I find their writing easy and entertaining without resulting cheap or vulgar, and every time I engage in one of their stories, I can rest easily knowing they will provide me at least a couple of smiles and that weird-but-nice fluttering feeling at the bottom of the belly that usually comes with love.

    Or colitis.

    What can I say. Excuse me while I put my sappy pants on.

    So, as I’ve already mentioned before, I’m pretty familiar with these authors and their work.

    I’ve read

    a pair of contemporaries and the novellas from the

    series, and I’m planning on reading

    soon.

    Don’t look at me like that. Sometimes even a fantasy-lover like me needs something to light up the mood. And don’t say I’m the only one.

    I'm always satisfied and giggly after I'm done with one of CLo's novels, and although I always appreciate a book that makes me think, I can also recognize the appeal of a story that's supposed to not make me elaborate too much.

    If you’re looking for something light and sexy, but with the right amount of soft angst, just know you’re in for a treat.

    Oh, and I forgot to tell you. There’s musical and Brodway talks! Lots of it!

    Anyway…while I was at the hospital, high on painkillers and praying for chicken wings, my mum got this for me and I practically devoured it.

    It was familiar territory, so I knew exactly what to expect right from the beginning, yet I was a little disappointed by the fact that it takes a little to find its footing.

    I mean, it’s not like I expected it to start with a bang or with something à la CSI Miami, but I sure as heck wasn’t impressed by the fact that it took me almost a good half of the book to get properly into it.

    Stupid info-dump syndrome.

    The writing is super colloquial, though, and this helped a lot. I like how the authors can create such great monologues that are filled with pop culture reference and deep thoughts at the same time.

    The main character, Holland, who is also the narrating voice of the story, is super likeable and relatable. She's a fangirl who hyperventilates over her favorites, a hard-worker who's incredibly passionate about her writing, and she’s got balls, but she’s also still unfledged and too depending on other people’s judgment.

    On her defense, it’s part of her character and it’s wonderful to see her grow so much and take her life by the leash, during the course of these 300 pages.

    What I love the most about her is that she’s not a whiner and she definitely doesn’t take shit from anyone. She knows what she wants and she does whatever she can to reach her goals. Oh, and she can handle a giant steak.

    Now that I think about it, I may I have a crush on her.

    Calvin is…well, he’s a super faithful music genius who also happens to be extremely good-looking.

    And did I mention that

    Because he does.

    I mean… What’s not to love, here?

    He’s basically perfect on paper (see what I did here?), maybe even

    . So much perfect that when he slips, it disappoints you a little.

    But we forgive him, because his heart his big and he just wants to play his guitar and eat his cereal wearing nothing but his boxers.

    Jokes aside, both Holland and Calvin have their little flaws and moments (I swear I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain at least three times because of these two), but they’re genuine enough for it not to be too much of a bother.

    Back to the romance, now. Holland and Calvin as a couple. Um, did I tell you they're the cutest? And gooooosh, did I ship them hard? There are times in your life when you’re reading a book and a pairing appears and you just have to go and ship it, like the god of everything bookish himself ordered it to you. This was one of those times.

    Even if the story felt a bit exaggerated and fairytale-like, and even if I found myself on the verge of shouting out loud in frustration more times than I’d like to recall, I immediately rooted for Holland and Calvin, because they felt sincere with their hearts, were good for each other and always talked their way through their problems.

    On the other hand, the story was a little repetitive and predictable at times, and, aside from the Uncles, I don’t really care for the other side characters.

    Lulu brought out the crime in me.

    If I had a friend like her, I’d try to shove her under a bus at least twice a day.

    Scratch that. I’d

    be friends with someone so toxic and manipulative.

    The others, well, they were pretty forgettable.

    On this note, let me tell you how grateful I am that there’s no love triangle and that the love drama doesn’t drag around for entire chapters, because it would just have spoiled the whole thing.

    The whole thing being the romance. And the…uhm,

    .

    Adult novels are really not my thing. I usually laugh at the various "Spank me here, grab me there" and get embarassed by the boldness of certain authors, but I’m not a prude and I don’t mind smut in the books I read, as long as it’s not too explicit and/or surreal, and Christina Lauren’s books always deliever.

    So, as much as I’d like to say I read it for the plot alone, I’d probably be lying.

    Call it Christmas Sadness (Chri-christ-mas sadness), call it what you want, but I really liked the fluff and domesticness in this one. I kind of craved its warmth, because it wasn’t cringey and extremely cheesy.

    I am always a huuuuuuuuuuge sucker for a well-developed fake-marriage trope, as well.

    I was going to give this book 3.5 stars, but I decided to round it up to 4 full stars, because seriously, how could I not?

    I think there’s going to be a sequel? I mean, I very hope so, because I wouldn’t mind reading more about my favorite pink-loving writer and her unbearded knight in hipster armor.

    Bravo, C Lo <3

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