Roomies

Roomies

From 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 t...

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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.

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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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  • 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!

  • 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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  • Melissa

    A love-drunk heart, from what is sure to be an infamous guide on how

    to date—told by

    's quirkiest literary couple yet (ahem,

    )—spurred my instantaneous reach for

    . Eager to stoke those gushy, giggly, infatuated-girl feelings.

    I think it’s important to acknowledge—no two meet cutes are ever the same—each relationship has its own distinct opening and underlying beat, much like a piece of music. For some couples, it begins in college with a proposition and a

    A love-drunk heart, from what is sure to be an infamous guide on how

    to date—told by

    's quirkiest literary couple yet (ahem,

    )—spurred my instantaneous reach for

    . Eager to stoke those gushy, giggly, infatuated-girl feelings.

    I think it’s important to acknowledge—no two meet cutes are ever the same—each relationship has its own distinct opening and underlying beat, much like a piece of music. For some couples, it begins in college with a proposition and a ruined pair of shoes, taking ten years for their notes to harmonize. For others, the intro is slow to build momentum and heard from a distance—a heart captured by the passion driving another.

    For Holland and Calvin’s start, it’s the latter. A chance listening session—Calvin playing his guitar in the subway tunnel—leads to months of unnecessary train rides for Holland and a

    teeny tiny obsession. Holland’s first obstacle, finding a way to initiate a conversation. How else is she going to find out his

    name or the color of those Irish eyes?

    A little liquid courage and an expired student visa, coupled with Holland nudging her uncle to fill the opening in his Broadway musical with Calvin’s guitar work, leads to a proposition: a vow exchange. Say what? Sure, Calvin is easy on the eyes and extremely talented—did I mention the Irish accent?—but volunteering to marry a complete stranger . . .

    The newlyweds, cohabiting as

    for appearance sake, are both getting something out of the impulsive nuptials, right?

    The way Holland sees things, this is her chance to pay her uncles back for all the support they’ve given her as she bides time, waiting for that spark of inspiration to bite; for her dream of writing a novel to be realized. If only she could find the moxie to start putting words on paper. My truth: I saw a glimpse of myself in Holland. Wanting so bad to write, but instead floating through life waiting for that

    idea to sneak up and tap me on the shoulder. Guess I should follow the same advice I wanted to give Holls—

    and

    !

    Not telling both sides of the story—his and her views in rivaling chapters—is quite the departure for

    . While it’s easy to see Calvin catches feelings for Holland, that she’s not floating alone in her desire for more, it’s not clear

    . What is it about her that draws him in—is it more than just love blossoming from gratitude? Both the storyline and the reader would have benefitted immensely from getting a look in that musically gifted head of his. Unsure of the emotions driving Calvin’s actions, I found myself in the same boat as Holland, left to wallow in a sea of uncertainties. Despite everything, I can’t say Calvin ever gave me a reason to doubt his character or his motives. Great guy—

    .

    The serendipitous nature of Holland and Calvin’s relationship kept me turning those pages—would the

    settle in to their actual titles: husband and wife? Theirs is a love story riddled with flirty banter and underscored by a massively important message: don’t let fear or doubt hold you back from chasing your heart’s desires, feed that passion and let it thrive.

  • Larry H

    After reading two particularly heavy books, I needed something a little lighter, something that wouldn't leave me emotionally debilitated. Once again this year, I turned to Christina Lauren, two writers whose work I've become a tremendous fan of. (This is the fourth book of theirs I've read this year; the fifth,

    , was among the best books I read last year.)

    I know when I pick up a book of Lauren's I'm bound to find a charming, poignant, utterly engaging, sexy story, full of appeal

    After reading two particularly heavy books, I needed something a little lighter, something that wouldn't leave me emotionally debilitated. Once again this year, I turned to Christina Lauren, two writers whose work I've become a tremendous fan of. (This is the fourth book of theirs I've read this year; the fifth,

    , was among the best books I read last year.)

    I know when I pick up a book of Lauren's I'm bound to find a charming, poignant, utterly engaging, sexy story, full of appealing characters. The plots may be predictable but I usually have a smile on my face when I'm done reading their books, and

    was no exception to that rule.

    Holland Bakker knows she wants more out of her life, but she doesn't know how to get it. She has always dreamed of being a writer but for some reason can't seem to coax a single word out of her brain. She has depended upon the kindness of her uncles—one of whom is the musical director for one of Broadway's hottest shows—for her NYC apartment and her job, which doesn't fulfill her, but at least she feels part of something.

    The only thing that has given her joy over the last six months is her weekly jaunts into the subway station near her house to listen to a street musician whose guitar playing absolutely dazzles her. (The guitarist himself is pretty dazzling, too.) She's never made any contact with him beyond putting money in his guitar case every time she sees him, but she's getting obsessed enough with him that she's even given him a name—Jack.

    One night, armed with the courage only alcohol can provide, Holland decides to speak to him—and then fate intervenes, when a homeless man comes after her, wanting her cell phone. The next thing she knows she winds up on the train tracks. Although her musician crush rescued her from a dangerous fate, he disappears before the cops can question them. When she runs into her savior at a concert a few days later, she learns that the Irishman's real name is Calvin—and he's even more talented (not to mention even sexier) than she thought.

    In an effort to repay Calvin for his heroics, and help her uncle out of a bind, she gets Calvin an audition for her uncle's Broadway show. He wows everyone, and gets offered a plum position in the orchestra which is sure to make him a star. The only problem? Calvin is in the country illegally, since he let his student visa expire a number of years ago and never did anything about it.

    In an effort to help both her uncle and Calvin, Holland makes an impulsive decision and suggests that she and Calvin get married so he can get his green card. She's not willing to admit that she actually has feelings for him, but she figures, how bad could it be to have him around for at least a year? Of course, the fact that she finds him increasingly more sexy every day complicates things, but the chemistry between the two is palpable. But are Calvin's feelings real, or is he just trying to act more authentic to pass their immigration interviews?

    "It's not until he's said those words that I understand what really draws me to this. It's unlike anything I would ever do. I am shit at taking risks; I'm bored to hell with my life already, and I'm only twenty-five. Maybe the reason I can't write about fictional life is because I haven't actually

    ."

    From reading this plot summary, you may have suspicions about how the book will unfold, and you'll probably be right. But that doesn't lessen

    ' appeal. Holland and Calvin seem utterly believable and completely likable, and I found myself quickly getting invested in their story. You want to root for these characters, you want to shake them when they do stupid things or when they don't say the things they should. And that's the appeal of Lauren's storytelling.

    took a little longer to get rolling than some of their other books, but it's still a fun read, and it once again shows me why Christina Lauren is becoming one of my favorite go-to authors.

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    , or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at

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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    It’s rom-com weekend! Pop the popcorn, slip into your jammies and make friends with your most comfortable chair!

    Holland has found herself hopelessly love-struck with a talented subway musician. Even going so far as traveling miles out of her way every day just to see him.

    In her mind she’s created a fantasy, fairy-tale romance with him. Oh but alas, she doesn’t even know his name! All that will change shortly.

    As fate would have it, Holland’s uncle Robert needs a new musician for his Broadway show

    It’s rom-com weekend! Pop the popcorn, slip into your jammies and make friends with your most comfortable chair!

    Holland has found herself hopelessly love-struck with a talented subway musician. Even going so far as traveling miles out of her way every day just to see him.

    In her mind she’s created a fantasy, fairy-tale romance with him. Oh but alas, she doesn’t even know his name! All that will change shortly.

    As fate would have it, Holland’s uncle Robert needs a new musician for his Broadway show and she’s quick to offer up her secret crush. Robert loves his musicianship and knows he’s the missing piece of his Broadway puzzle. One tiny problem. He’s here in New York on an expired visa. What can Holland possibly do to help her uncle...and maybe even help herself!

    What started as a very slow read (which I even considered putting aside) quickly changed directions and turned into a sweet, romantic comedy that once again left me with a smile on my face.

    This was a very fast read that I devoured in just one day! Christina Lauren delivers an entertaining, enjoyable read that will squeeze your heart and make you a believer in love.

    Highly recommend!

    A rom com weekend buddy read with Susanne!💖

  • Susanne Strong

    Meet Holland: Everyday she goes to the Fiftieth Street Station in Manhattan to listen to a musician who plays guitar there most days and nights. She absolutely loves his sound. His looks don’t hurt either. She is crushing hard till one day she actually works up the courage to talk to him after a drunken night out with her best friend Lulu. Turns out his name is Calvin, he’s Irish and he’s even

    Meet Holland: Everyday she goes to the Fiftieth Street Station in Manhattan to listen to a musician who plays guitar there most days and nights. She absolutely loves his sound. His looks don’t hurt either. She is crushing hard till one day she actually works up the courage to talk to him after a drunken night out with her best friend Lulu. Turns out his name is Calvin, he’s Irish and he’s even sexier up close.

    When Holland’s Uncle Robert gets in a jam with his Broadway show and needs an addition to his cast, Holland has a solution. Audition Calvin. Of course, he gets the job. The only problem? He is an illegal immigrant. Enter Holland’s solution to marry the guy. It’s almost an afterthought in her mind. After all, her Uncle Robert and his husband Jeff practically raised her and she feels it’s the least she can do for them. Who knew it’d be so hard to be around the guy she’s been drooling after for six months?

    Meet Calvin: Juilliard trained, music is his life. Playing in the subway and in bands, he always imagined that he’d be making it big by now, life, however doesn’t always turn out the way you think it will. When he gets the chance to be on Broadway he takes it, hoping it could be advantageous for both he and Holland.

    So, “Roomies” it is. Can this relationship possibly work? With a girl like Holland who has crushed on this guy for ages and a guy like Calvin whose motives Holland can’t quite trust? What can I say except for the fact that there are sparks, some sweetness, witty banter and wild energy that makes you wonder.

    What started out slow, grew into a delightful story between the unlikeliest of pairs, who I couldn’t help but root for. There were no “cover my eye” moments, which for me, was a plus!

    Maybe at the Car Wash or the DMV. BAAH!

    If you’re looking for a light, fun read that will take you out of the doldrums, this is it.

    This was a buddy read with Kaceey!!

    Published on Goodreads on 11.26.18.

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