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 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?

Roomies Details

TitleRoomies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501165832
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Fiction

Roomies Review

  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A love-drunk heart, from what is sure to be an infamous guide on how not to date—told by Christina Lauren's quirkiest literary couple yet (ahem, Josh and Hazel)—spurred my instantaneous reach for Roomies. 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 not to date—told by Christina Lauren's quirkiest literary couple yet (ahem, Josh and Hazel)—spurred my instantaneous reach for Roomies. 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 crush teeny tiny obsession. Holland’s first obstacle, finding a way to initiate a conversation. How else is she going to find out his actual 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 . . . gutsy. The newlyweds, cohabiting as roomies 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 perfect idea to sneak up and tap me on the shoulder. Guess I should follow the same advice I wanted to give Holls—wake up and go for it!Not telling both sides of the story—his and her views in rivaling chapters—is quite the departure for Christina Lauren. 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 why. 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—check. “Come home and kick me in the teeth if you need to, but then kiss me.” The serendipitous nature of Holland and Calvin’s relationship kept me turning those pages—would the roomies 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. I know how those notes sound when they’re coming from across the room, from across the bed. I know how they sound hummed contentedly into my ear with the warm curl of his body all along my back.
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳The idea of marriage for the aspect of immigration purposes, has never sounded so enticing in this new compelling romance from Christina Lauren… ➳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 ➳The idea of marriage for the aspect of immigration purposes, has never sounded so enticing in this new compelling romance from Christina Lauren… ➳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; “I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married...” ➳ 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.➳Order Link:Amazon ♕ B&N ♕ Kobo ♕ GooglePlay ♕ Amazon UK ♕ iBooks ➳ARC galley kindly provided by publisher, in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars!Christina Lauren always writes the best feel good romances. Roomies 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 4.25 stars!Christina Lauren always writes the best feel good romances. Roomies 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? “I've never met anyone who loved my playing enough to want to put a ring on it.” 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. Roomies 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!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.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 Roomies 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 ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.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 Roomies 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. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    January 1, 1970
    *****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}I've had the thought almost without realizing it--the encroaching awareness that I feel settled but in truth can’t see my future at all. I have a temporary job, a temporary marriage. Will anything ever be permanent? What the hell am I going to do with my life? I only get one shot at this, and right now, I’m finding my value only in being valuable to others. How do I find value for me?I just spent an entire day getting lost in this a *****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}I've had the thought almost without realizing it--the encroaching awareness that I feel settled but in truth can’t see my future at all. I have a temporary job, a temporary marriage. Will anything ever be permanent? What the hell am I going to do with my life? I only get one shot at this, and right now, I’m finding my value only in being valuable to others. How do I find value for me?I just spent an entire day getting lost in this amazing book! ROOMIES 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 ”BEST OF 2017” 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 ”proposing” 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 ”fake” 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: Hero: 5++++ Heroine: 5++++ Plot: 5++++ Angst: 5 Steam: 5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5++++ROOMIES releases on December 5th! It’s one I highly recommend you read ASAP! Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AghL5X
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.What Happens when you talk to your Crush for the First Time Ever? Instant Marriage? No Way. Way!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 4 Stars.What Happens when you talk to your Crush for the First Time Ever? Instant Marriage? No Way. Way!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! Christina Lauren’s “Roomies” is an endearing, fun and super fast read. Truth be told, it made me want to believe. If only these situations actually happened in real life. 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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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    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!💖
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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!Review and Paperback Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.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 duh. Of course, it's a win for me.Holland Bakker had no idea she'd go from admiring the uber-handsome and talented busker she dubbed as Jack at the subway to actua 5 stars!Review and Paperback Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.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 duh. Of course, it's a win for me.Holland Bakker had no idea she'd go from admiring the uber-handsome and talented busker she dubbed as Jack at the subway to actually talking to him and getting to know him, let alone marrying him, 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. Ugh. I’ve married him, and he has no idea I’ve been writing Holland/Hot Busker fic in my head for months.” Calvin McLoughlin has been staying illegally in the US since he graduated, hoping he'd reach his dreams in New York. 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. I've never met anyone who loved my playing enough to want to put a ring on it.” I love Calvin and Holland, both as individuals and as a couple! 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. She did a lot of growing up in this book, and I'm so happy she did! Calvin knows what he wants from the very start and is passionate about his dreams and music. While it looks like Holland gave more to help Calvin reach his dreams, I think Calvin helped her just as much. He pushed her to step out of her comfort zone and encouraged her to pursue writing, her real passion.I love that the whole applying for a visa thing did not go on the back burner 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.It's pretty light throughout the story, but there were a few angsty scenes here that made my heart ache. 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. It's not as steamy as this duo's previous works, but it's still filled with sexual tension and its fair share of bedroom antics, if not sweeter than the others. The feel of this book is more similar to Dating You/Hating You, the book they released before Roomies, than Beautiful Bastard, but the humor, great flow and character dynamic, and a writing style that's entertaining and addictive is still very present.Roomies 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.Special mention to Robert and Jeff Okai for being amazing uncles to Holland. I love their family dynamic, Holland and Robert's especially.Tropes: Marriage of Convenience, Celebrities—BroadwayPOV: First Person, Female POVStandalone: Yes*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    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, Autoboyography , 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, Autoboyography , 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 Roomies 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 lived."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 Roomies ' 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. Roomies 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.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy and his guitar.Also, he's kinda in the States illegally. And due to a convoluted plot that could only happen in a romance novel, she marries him so he can save her uncle's Broadway musical. <--because only his amazing guitar riffs will do!Ok. I only picked this up because it was on a list somewhere as a humorous romance novel, and I was in the mood for a rom-com.THIS WASN'T FUNNY.However, it doesn't market itself as a chuckle-a-minute s This is the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy and his guitar.Also, he's kinda in the States illegally. And due to a convoluted plot that could only happen in a romance novel, she marries him so he can save her uncle's Broadway musical. <--because only his amazing guitar riffs will do!Ok. I only picked this up because it was on a list somewhere as a humorous romance novel, and I was in the mood for a rom-com.THIS WASN'T FUNNY.However, it doesn't market itself as a chuckle-a-minute story, so that was my bad for not delving a bit deeper before snagging it.For the most part, though, this was cute.The one weird thing about it was that it seemed to gloss over the big issues that already came with the story (like marriage to a stranger & them moving in with you - and this creates zero problems whatsoever? I beg to differ, sir!) and then manufacturing drama from weird stuff that didn't make a lot of sense.(view spoiler)[He lied to his parent for YEARS by telling them he was married to a girlfriend he dated for 6 months, under the pretense that he didn't want them to worry about him. W.H.A.T.?Why would you just not lie to them and tell them you had a great job?!I mean, if you're going to lie, that lie is pretty fucking easy to back out of if things get dicey! A pretend wife? Not so much.Also, that he wanted her to go along with this lie and just pretend to be this other girl while his mom and sister were in town was just...stupid. This is your time to come clean, idiot. Rip the band-aid off and tell Mommy what you did. PLUS, he kept telling Holland that he had already told his family about their marriage. I mean, he wasn't trying to guilt her into telling her parents or anything, he just kept making casual mention that his family was ok with it. Hello? That was a HUGE lie that was never addressed in the ending. He didn't tell his family he married Holland because they thought he was ALREADY married to some chick named Amanda!Ok, and then the thing at the end with him and an actress on Twitter? Enough with the misunderstandings already. (hide spoiler)]The only thing I felt could be legitimate drama was when she got busted for having a 6 month crush on him before their marriage. I had to agree with him on the ewwww factor. However, it was off-putting (considering this is a romance) that he never noticed her before she got coshed over the head by the subway hobo, and even more off-putting that he didn't step in to do a more manly rescue than to call the police and report that she fell on the tracks. <--my hero!Plotwise this was ok as far as romances go. I tend to gravitate towards the funnier stuff, but it was still sweet. So. I guess I kinda liked it, but I didn't like it like that because I couldn't relate to either of those guys or their life issues.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    there is a difference between a romance novel and a romance-supported story. a romance novel solely focuses on the relationship between two people, whereas a romance-supported story is a book where the main focus is on a plot, but also exhibits frequent romance elements that assist that storyline. i went into this hoping for a romance novel, but ended up getting a romance-supported story instead. sigh.i thought a little more romantic connection between holland and calvin could have really elevat there is a difference between a romance novel and a romance-supported story. a romance novel solely focuses on the relationship between two people, whereas a romance-supported story is a book where the main focus is on a plot, but also exhibits frequent romance elements that assist that storyline. i went into this hoping for a romance novel, but ended up getting a romance-supported story instead. sigh.i thought a little more romantic connection between holland and calvin could have really elevated the story and sold it better. it also would have made me a tad bit happier. as someone who has lived abroad and have friends who have married spouses of different nationalities, i know how unrealistic the plot is, so i really needed that extra oomph to turn my attention/distract me. regardless, i thought the writing was good and the pacing was decent. and i also really enjoyed the exploration into broadway and music production - that was probably the highlight for me. overall, i thought this was one of christina laurens better novels that i have read, which is why im rounding my rating up. but if youre going into this strictly for the romance, be prepared for it to be a slow burn. ↠ 3.5 stars
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve had friends like that, the ones you outgrow but keep anyway. Christina Lauren is a popular duo I had seen pop up on my feed so many times, and just when I thought I was losing interested in NA, I can now gladly say that I can see why. I'll admit it, I only began reading this right after reading Christina Lauren's bio on their website saying these days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos and if you think that is what caught my whole attention then you are absolute I’ve had friends like that, the ones you outgrow but keep anyway. Christina Lauren is a popular duo I had seen pop up on my feed so many times, and just when I thought I was losing interested in NA, I can now gladly say that I can see why. I'll admit it, I only began reading this right after reading Christina Lauren's bio on their website saying these days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos and if you think that is what caught my whole attention then you are absolutely correct. I mean, c'mon, when will you ever hear about an author listen to your favorites? She even attended their LA concert! If only I had liked this more I would have already considered them a favorite (especially her). Apologies for being biased.When Holland Bakker was seen and rescued subway while a drunk man was trying to get near her, she didn't think it would be her tiny obsessed crush who she had been looking at sing as she made excuses to go down from her apartment to hear his voice. But what she least expected was for him to leave and pretended as if nothing happened. Although Holland won't admit that he's more than a crush for her, she ends up getting him an audition for a Broadway, directed by Holland's uncle herself, and Calvin, the hot Irish that Holland can't get enough of hearing him sing, can't do anything but accept the offer, for this has been his dream, but there is a problem becoming a border for everyone: his student VISA expired years ago, and he is in the country illegally now.Holland, being the person who doesn't think much before acting, comes up with the idea of marrying Calvin so he can stay and sing in Broadway. Then, everything will be over as soon as they know it. But little did they know that there would be more than a little lie to making this marriage more than the word. The thing about this music is that if you just stand here and listen, you’ll never appreciate it. You’re supposed to be part of it—part of the party. I think that’s why I like it so much. You know, this wasn't steamy, and I was surprised. There are many moments when Calvin and Holland have their moments together, but this, compared to other NA novels, I was surprised to see that the romance in this was developing in the plot and not the other way around, where the romance is the plot. Holland and Calvin are very likable characters. They both have their strengths and weaknesses and seem to learn from one another, but they're not characters you could instantly love, which was my problem with Holland. Holland was a character that acted without thinking straight, and those characters bother me unless everything goes well. She was even irritable sometimes because she thought about single things only, and they weren't much important. I mean, marrying a stranger to help him because you have a crush on him but also because his marriage to you will help you pay back your uncles? Thinking about sex only? Not thinking about future consequences? Unsure if this is a good idea but you go with it anyway? Not really focusing on the actual relationship until after? Maybe I just had these issues with her and thought about them this way, but Holland could have been a much better character. She seemed like she was slacking a lot and it felt like there was never gonna be a way to find out what it really was. All in all, I thought Holland was very underdeveloped and needed to do something to fix her whole character.On the other hand, Calvin was delightful to read about. He was kind, charming, understanding, responsible, and thought about a shit load. He also just went into this whole marriage thing right away, but he was more than that. He offered more, and not just his ability to have Holland write more fanfics on her head about him, but Calvin had his reasons for his actions and lies. He didn't get mad, he only showed he was upset. He didn't think only about sex, he thought about his actual relationship with Holland. Although this isn't obvious because there isn't a dual point of views shifting between Calvin and Holland, its as if you can see through his conversations with Holland and others. He was simple but simply compassionate. I don't hate to say this, but Calvin deserved better. I feel like he even deserved a point of view so we can see his view and see his side of the story; hear it; read it.Romance in New York was something I've always dreamed of and even continue to. It's as if everything really does happen there whether it's a drunk night that makes you masturbate while your complete stranger new husband is in the other room or you're just getting so drunk you don't realize you're exposing your own self. Christina Lauren seemed to picture NY in a very easy way for me to picture it. From the subway stations to the Broadway shows to the huge crowds and the busy streets with one taxi after another, it really does seem like a love story in New York would be nice. Well, for the most part. Maybe the reason I can't write about fictional life is because I haven't actually lived. Roomies was not all that cute. Obviously, I'm not an avid NA Romance avid reader but from what I've read, there are better and much more lovable moments many relationships have encountered upon. Calvin and Holland should have had much better moments. Since the plot wasn't really about them together, I can see why there wasn't. The plot focused on them and the romance was a side plot, which sort of threw it off for me. I guess I went into this thinking they were gonna be totally OTP but, I thought wrong. Clearly, the marriage act had to be done quickly, but I wish it wasn't. It would have been better to see more from them, both sides, so not only they can know more about each other but us, the readers, as well. There's literally nothing we know about Calvin except the obvious: Irish, hot, illegal, a musical, and becomes trendy and famous after a beautiful performance. And then there's what we know about Holland: can be selfish, a writer who is struggling to write, won't admit she sneaks into the subway station from her apartment to listen to this Jack guy, and is basically just wanting to fuck her husband who is a complete stranger to her.I mean, what is it from Holland that makes her beautiful to Calvin? Ugh, I guess dual pov's sometimes are really needed actually.I seem to think of this book as low, but maybe it's because it is one of the new books by Christina Lauren and it is sometimes best to start with the author's first books. It was a pretty refreshing thing to read another New Adult Romance novel and although it didn't go as I wish it would have, I can now see a bigger reason why I stopped reading them. Maybe I'm too young or old for them, either or. Or maybe because I laugh at the sex scenes? Or maybe it's because I just wasn't in the mood for it. I guess I'll have to find out when I read CL's other books, which I plan to do so. At least before the year is over. And I mean, this book took me 7 days to finish. A week of reading one single contemporary novel says something was going to be off, and it was. I've never met anyone who loved my playing enough to want to put a ring on it.
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  • Lia °booksnpenguins°
    January 1, 1970
    But this...writing about how it feels to listen to music, to have found him--it almost feels like I'm writing a description of how my organs work together, what keeps me breathing. I don't think I've ever felt this before. 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 But this...writing about how it feels to listen to music, to have found him--it almost feels like I'm writing a description of how my organs work together, what keeps me breathing. I don't think I've ever felt this before. 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. Holland is an aspiring writer in NYC, who’s doing an underpayed job as she waits for her career and adult life to take off. During an accident at the subway, Holland meets Calvin, the beautiful stranger with a gift for music she came to develop a crush on, and realizes that this might be her chance to get something done, both for him and for herself.So, as I’ve already mentioned before, I’m pretty familiar with these authors and their work.I’ve read seven a pair of contemporaries and the novellas from the Beautiful series, and I’m planning on reading Autoboyography 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 HE’S GOT A FREAKING IRISH ACCENT?! Because he does. I mean… What’s not to love, here?He’s basically perfect on paper (see what I did here?), maybe even too perfect. 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 never 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, rest.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 2.5 stars, but I decided to round it up to 3 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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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    “But I also think she sees herself as a supporting character, even in her own life story.”Romance books always have me feeling single as fuck but also hopeful and I’m a soppy mess right now. This book was almost a dream and so passionate. In goals and in love. I so badly wanted more!What am I supposed to do now? Where can I find me own Calvin?!‘Tings’ I LOVED:• Our main female protagonist. Hella relatable!• The love interest and his Irish accent. Calvin was a beautifully, flawed mess. • Holland’ “But I also think she sees herself as a supporting character, even in her own life story.”Romance books always have me feeling single as fuck but also hopeful and I’m a soppy mess right now. This book was almost a dream and so passionate. In goals and in love. I so badly wanted more!What am I supposed to do now? Where can I find me own Calvin?!‘Tings’ I LOVED:• Our main female protagonist. Hella relatable!• The love interest and his Irish accent. Calvin was a beautifully, flawed mess. • Holland’s precious brother. • Her supportive uncle and his husband. Everyone needs people like them in their lives. • The sex. • The slow-burn romance • The sex, ya’ll!• Kicking toxic best friends to the curb. • My baby Holland following her dreams and being a confused puppy overall. Girl, I feel ya!‘Tings’ that bugged meh:• WE DESERVED AN EPILOGUE, CHRISTINA LAUREN!• The slight unnecessary drama that was incorporated to propel the story forward. Why do authors do this?! Otherwise, this book was perfect! Perfect, I’m telling you.
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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    “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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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Contemporary-A-Thon Challenge #1: read a book that has been recommend to you - COMPLETE!Y’all, this book was really good. Like, I FINALLY loved something by Christina Lauren again, good. This surprised me so much and I am SO HAPPY that I read it! Probably gonna re-read it again in a few weeks because I’m already itching to revisit these characters. Happy sigh
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    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!    
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved it, I "tink"... :D Blog review by Jenny soon!
  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    I just recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, a book that revolutionized my reading and made me realize I should delve more into adult romance rather than grasping New Adult by the throat and begging it to give me new, unproblematic content. So I decided to pick up this book because I mean, come on. Set in NYC about musical theater and a fake relationship trope? I’m here for it. And although I flew through this book in a day or two, my expectations were ultimately let down.The main downf I just recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, a book that revolutionized my reading and made me realize I should delve more into adult romance rather than grasping New Adult by the throat and begging it to give me new, unproblematic content. So I decided to pick up this book because I mean, come on. Set in NYC about musical theater and a fake relationship trope? I’m here for it. And although I flew through this book in a day or two, my expectations were ultimately let down.The main downfall of this book is that I just didn’t buy it. I know books are fiction and I’m not encouraged to keep a checklist of what’s plausible and what isn’t, but there were so many moments in this story where I just wasn’t sold on the concept. Their fake marriage is literally illegal, but the story made the stakes feel so low. Holland’s inner monologue didn’t really explore the situation she was in, and it felt like reading this book was going through the motions instead of taking me on a journey. The plot of this felt cyclical and repetitive: there’s legal trouble, there’s a miscommunication, they go to the theater, they have sex, repeat. For a story about characters skirting the law, there were such low stakes and the story felt so mundane.Plot-wise, this was just… okay. I was expecting an absorbing story about broadway and actors/actresses and singing, but the love interest who’s actually in the musical isn’t even a character in that musical, he’s just a guitarist for the orchestra. That detail was bothersome because the book talks about how famous he got and people would mob him on the streets, but it was hard to believe that some random guitarist in a musical’s pit would garner so much attention? Like I know this book is playfully touching on Hamilton and the musical within this play mirrors its success, and so it was like the fanbase in this book was fangirling over the triangle player rather than any of the actual actors on stage like lin manuel miranda. It just seemed shaky and unrealistic, and once again, him being so separated from the actual musical doesn’t give us the chance to really be situated in a scene where the musical theater aspect is given a lot of screen time and imagery.It doesn’t help that the writing of this was pretty un-spectacular. The dialogue was good and I was never cringing at horrible inner monologue, but I was bummed at how much opportunity the author had to carve out details, and she didn’t.Going along with all this, it seems a lot of moments in the plot that could’ve been drawn out for angst or good storytelling were just glossed over. Particularly, and this could be a spoiler, I was so disappointed at how anti-climactic their first sex scene was. In romance books it’s pretty much a trademark that the first kiss and first sex scene is a really important moment, and without outright spoiling it, I’ll just say that this book blew it, and sadly no pun intended. I almost wanted to stop reading it because it was so anti-climactic and irritating. I know this could have been an attempt to make the romance more “realistic” as far as not having a ~glamourous~ first time/relationship in general—which I appreciate the effort to make the story as realistic as possible—but I’m also horribly selfish and I wish I could’ve had that moment of fate and destiny and swoon-worthy material, ya know?One massive thing that I will say redeemed this book a lot is something that’s so hard to find in books but this author did masterfully—THE CHARACTERS ACTUALLY TALK TO EACH OTHER!!! Using miscommunication as a trope is one of my biggest pet peeves in books, so the fact that these characters would encounter a problem and then IMMEDIATELY be like “How do we fix this? What did I do?” was so mature and refreshing to read. Even though some of the drama is petty and spurred by side characters who I wanted to flick away like an annoying gnat, the no-barriers approach to their relationship is so unheard of in romance and I definitely applaud that.Going off of that, I also liked how these characters dropped any glamor with modesty or shyness and weren’t afraid to discuss intimacy or “taboo” subjects in new relationships like sex toys and past relationships and stuff. Once again, the transparency is so appreciated.Overall, the story didn’t really feel plausible or as angsty as I would want it to be, but it was still a fun read with refreshingly honest characters. I’m slowly compiling a list of books with healthy romance, and this one goes on it even though it’s not the best book in the entire world
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  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    January 1, 1970
    CURRENTLY ON HUGE SALE! | http://amzn.to/2jqoINh “Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.” Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to point CURRENTLY ON HUGE SALE! | http://amzn.to/2jqoINh “Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.” Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to point out is hysterical. I lived for her dry humor. Holland works in theater thanks to her well known uncle. In fact, most things Holland has are in thanks to her uncles. She’s perhaps just a little spoiled, but NEVER unappreciative. So when the opportunity to help her uncle comes in the form of marrying a virtual stranger, she jumps at the chance because 1.) she’s a little bored with her life and 2.) it doesn’t hurt that she’s been pining for her soon to be husband from afar for months as she’s been listening to him perform street music.Holland convinces Calvin to go along with a fake marriage (don’t want to give too many specifics as to why ;) ). He blinks, and a beat of silence passes between us where I think he’s asking, Well? Are we doing this? His fingers rub my waist gently, as if to remind me there’s no pressure. I swallow, giving him a smile that says: Fuck yes we are.Calvin turns back to Devon. “Dev, this is my fiancée, Holland. Holls, this is Devon.”Fiancée.And I die. There’s something about the “marriage of convenience” trope I LOVE. And reading about Holland and Calvin go from trying to figure out how to navigate a fake marriage to falling in love while also trying to chase their own dreams was just so damn adorable. "But he kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him, he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes." I already pointed out how much I adored Holland. But Calvin..he was something else. Christina Lauren has written a range of heroes in the past: Asshole, player, comic book nerd, smooth talking lover. But Calvin was just …just a GOOD guy. A genuinely sweet, good, caring, patient amazing guy. “I think you might be the best girl there ever was.” . I loved Holland and Calvin together. Loved the humor. Loved the side characters. Roomies was a super fun and entertaining read and something fans of Christina Lauren will no doubt enjoy!Roomies is out December 5th! | http://amzn.to/2jqoINh Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    This book receives 5 out of 5 AMAZING Stars! This was just what I needed to lighten up my mood! This book was absolutely hilarious, surprising, romantic, fun, open-minded and more! I loved escaping into this book! I loved Holland and Calvin! They were awesome seperately but even better after their "nuptials".I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! Okay, I know some of you are thinking "TMI, GROSS!" (Thank you motherhood!) Anyways back to this awesome book, I loved the romance and loved the fam This book receives 5 out of 5 AMAZING Stars! This was just what I needed to lighten up my mood! This book was absolutely hilarious, surprising, romantic, fun, open-minded and more! I loved escaping into this book! I loved Holland and Calvin! They were awesome seperately but even better after their "nuptials".I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! Okay, I know some of you are thinking "TMI, GROSS!" (Thank you motherhood!) Anyways back to this awesome book, I loved the romance and loved the family drama.I also loved that there was an #LGBT+ couple in the mix. Holland was a hot mess but I just loved her! Calvin was completely a fiction husband to say the least! I mean who can go wrong with a sexy guitarist who is uber talented and uber awesome. There's so much that goes down, but not too much. I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of reading this book and will definitely be checking out the authors' other works! Oh that's another thing, this book was written by two ladies and I had absolutely no idea and all I wanted was more!I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    5th read for #smutathonChallenge: Fake DatingOmg. omg. this was so good. I'm dying at how cute it was
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Really enjoyable, steamy, swoon worthy read!
  • Khadidja ~on hiatus~
    January 1, 1970
    I tink i love this so much and i also tink i want an Irish boy like Clavin. RTC .....i tink?
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! “You’re too beautiful to be inexperienced in love.” Roomies is a charming book that sneaks up on you and grabs your heart! Holland has had a crush on subway musician Calvin for months who then saves her when she gets attacked on the subway. Recognizing his musical talent, she is able to get him his big break in broadway. There’s only one problem, he’s from Ireland and has been living in America illegally for the last four years. Holland finds a crazy solution, she decides to marry C 4.5 stars! “You’re too beautiful to be inexperienced in love.” Roomies is a charming book that sneaks up on you and grabs your heart! Holland has had a crush on subway musician Calvin for months who then saves her when she gets attacked on the subway. Recognizing his musical talent, she is able to get him his big break in broadway. There’s only one problem, he’s from Ireland and has been living in America illegally for the last four years. Holland finds a crazy solution, she decides to marry Calvin so he can be in the show. Marriage of convenience turns into lovers, and maybe something more. But how can either of them know if this relationship is real?I loved this book. It started off a bit slow at the beginning, but this is a story that BUILDS. By the end I was so in love with this couple and wanted them to find their happiness. I see a lot of reviews calling this book sweet, and I totally agree. But it did have small doses of angsty bits that gave my angst whore self the hit I needed to bring this rating up!Holland was an amazing heroine, unsure of where she was in life and yet not at all annoying. She didn’t see herself clearly, others around her did and Calvin always wanted what was best for her, trying to put her needs before his as much as he could. To me this was also a slow build romance, starting out strangers then friends then lovers, then finally more. You need to have the patience for this couple because it’s well worth it.This is a story you savor, one you think about when you set the book down and continue to think about once you’ve finished it. I highly recommend roomies, it’s a perfect book to curl up with. “I think you might be the best girl there ever was.”“I think you’re the best boy there ever was, too.” ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
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  • Emer
    January 1, 1970
    If you're going to feature a book with an Irish character please don't resort to offensive stereotyping by randomly italicising this faux Irish accent every now and then throughout the book.Also, if you're going to include phrases from the Irish language:(a) ensure they are grammatically correct; incorrectly phrasing and spelling my native tongue is utterly galling to me and did nothing other than antagonise and infuriate me making for an extremely irritating reading experience(b) ensure said ph If you're going to feature a book with an Irish character please don't resort to offensive stereotyping by randomly italicising this faux Irish accent every now and then throughout the book.Also, if you're going to include phrases from the Irish language:(a) ensure they are grammatically correct; incorrectly phrasing and spelling my native tongue is utterly galling to me and did nothing other than antagonise and infuriate me making for an extremely irritating reading experience(b) ensure said phrases are contextually relevant to the lifetime and experiences of the characters. A quick Google search of Irish terms of endearment doesn't mean that they're actually used by anyone this side of 1900 in a romantic setting(c) if you're going to attempt to phonetically explain how to pronounce an Irish person's name then you might care to ensure you are actually explaining it correctly! i.e. Pádraig is NOT pronounced Patrick. Yes it is the Irish translation of Patrick but are regarded as different names. And depending on the Irish you speak (Connaught, Munster etc.) you may pronounce it in a variety of ways e.g. paw-rick, paw'drig (with a soft roll on the 'dr' sound).I hated this book because of all these inaccuracies and then to add insult to injury the plot was poor, the characterisations of all the other characters were equally ridiculous and stereotyped and the ending was one of the most underwhelming endings to a rom-com I've ever had the misfortune to read.Just no.
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    I had high hopes for Roomies and while I liked the story, I didn’t love it. You get the gist of the overall story from the description, so I won’t rehash it here. I think this is a case where the story would’ve benefited from a dual POV because my biggest issue was that I wasn’t sure that Calvin wanted Holland like she wanted him for much of the book. It felt very one-sided to me, I knew Holland was crazy about Calvin, but didn’t feel it on his end. If we would’ve had Calvin’s POV maybe I would’ I had high hopes for Roomies and while I liked the story, I didn’t love it. You get the gist of the overall story from the description, so I won’t rehash it here. I think this is a case where the story would’ve benefited from a dual POV because my biggest issue was that I wasn’t sure that Calvin wanted Holland like she wanted him for much of the book. It felt very one-sided to me, I knew Holland was crazy about Calvin, but didn’t feel it on his end. If we would’ve had Calvin’s POV maybe I would’ve felt differently? Who knows. I didn’t feel much chemistry between them, and they didn’t even get together until well over (view spoiler)[the 60% mark (hide spoiler)]. Until then, I wasn’t sure Calvin was even attracted to Holland. Holland’s self-doubt and insecurities kind of tainted the story for me as well, because I didn’t see any evidence to the contrary. She didn’t start believing in herself until the very end. Holland kept wondering why someone like Calvin, talented and amazing, would want to be with her besides the benefit of a green card. I didn’t feel a magnetic pull between them, so I kind of wondered the same thing. This is a romance, so it all worked out, but I still feel a bit underwhelmed by the whole thing. I’m in the minority with my reaction, so who knows, maybe it was just me. A copy was kindly provided by Gallery Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    I buddy read this book with my dear friends Rachmi, Trish and Kat ;)Roomies offers a lot of good vibes. I love the fake marriage, quirky dialogue and steamy romance. Itt's less angsty and more lighthearted compared to other books Christina Lauren has written. Each moments were cute and it's impossible not to smile on it.It all started with Holland Bakker dropping by on the subway purposely just to see her crush. He's a good looking and talented street musician. She's mesmerize every time he stru I buddy read this book with my dear friends Rachmi, Trish and Kat ;)Roomies offers a lot of good vibes. I love the fake marriage, quirky dialogue and steamy romance. Itt's less angsty and more lighthearted compared to other books Christina Lauren has written. Each moments were cute and it's impossible not to smile on it.It all started with Holland Bakker dropping by on the subway purposely just to see her crush. He's a good looking and talented street musician. She's mesmerize every time he strums his guitar and enjoys listening to his music. She never had the courage to initiate a conversation with him until one drunken night. Someone tried to rob her which led to an accident and the street musician rescued her.After all. her crush's name wasn't Jack but Calvin McLoughlin. He's an Irish-born immigrant residing in U.S. illegally because his student visa expired years ago. An opportunity to be part of the Broadway comes in with Holland's help, he cannot take the offer given with his situation. Holland can't see anyone who's more qualified on the spot but Calvin. As a solution, he asks him to marry her. Well..fake marriage for a year so he can take the job.How can I not love this book? It's addictively entertaining and the characters are so lovable! Holland is a beautiful woman inside and out. She's genuine, selfless and caring. I cannot think of flaws about her because she has a pleasing personality. I love her and so as Calvin. He's a simple guy who's very passionate about music. I love he doesn't follow a rockstar trend and ventures more on the classical side. He never gave up on his dream to become a musician despite of the risk of being deported. When he was in the peak of his career, he remained humble. He's charming and sexy in his own way. Their relationship blossomed terrificly. Holland and Calvin's chemistry blended naturally. They were so great together and it wasn't love at first sight. It took a while for these two to fall in love and they shared a lot of awkward moments together. It's adorable and hilarious. Everything goes well between them because they continue to be passionate and inspire each other. They had low moments but they conquered it and helped a lot in the growth of their relationship. They're such a cute couple just like Holland's uncles Robert and Jeff (I love them so much!! They're supportive and loving uncles to Holland.💗)Overall, I love this book. Christina Lauren's writing style improved over the years after their Beautiful and Wild Seasons series. I had so much fun reading those series and I love the sexiness of it. Roomies is now part of my favorite books list and if you are looking for something lighthearted yet sexy romance, I recommend this book.
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  • Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 4.5 Hearts!Roomies is a beautiful amalgamation of tender romance and elegant seduction, Christina Lauren deftly captivating readers with melodic musical theatre elements set against the cinematic background of a dazzling New York. He kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him. he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes. This story is by no means original when it co RATING: 4.5 Hearts!Roomies is a beautiful amalgamation of tender romance and elegant seduction, Christina Lauren deftly captivating readers with melodic musical theatre elements set against the cinematic background of a dazzling New York. He kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him. he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes. This story is by no means original when it comes to the romantic structure and pacing, but what makes this tale so mesmerizing is that the setbacks and triumphs of the characters are grounded in real-life details. Holland is gloriously real and instantly likeable, someone who feels as though she could have easily been us at one point or another in our life. She’s free of any kind of fictional exaggeration—no sordid past or relationship issues—instead she’s uncertain about her future endeavors and insecure about her self-concept despite being incredibly knowledgeable having earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She’s loyal to a fault when it comes to those she loves especially her uncle Rob, and she’s endearingly shy and witty as she finally interacts with her long-time crush Calvin. As the story progresses, Holland’s confidence and self-esteem is a treat to watch slowly build, Calvin and her uncles’ subtle encouragements and her own internal realizations bringing her out of her self-constructed shell. “I think you might be the best girl there ever was.”“I think you’re the best boy there ever was, too.”  Calvin is as real as Holland is, his romantic appeal stemming from not only his Irish charms but in his tenacity to grab every music opportunity, from busking to performing with various bands, to make sure his dreams of being recognized musically come true. While his relationship with Holland has an atypical start, his willingness to be a good husband and friend to Holland is infinitely sweet and endearing, earning our seal of approval as he vies for her affections, and making us root for their happily ever after with every sweet kiss given and countless sweet nothings whispered. He’s become this consuming force of nature in my world.How could I possibly not fall in love with that? Overall, Roomies is Contemporary Romance at its best, Holland and Calvin winning us over individually with their dynamic personalities, but making eccentric fans out of us as they slowly yet beautifully progress from friends to lovers. As a first time reader of Christina Lauren, I think it is safe to say I cannot wait to binge read the entirety of their backlist. Posted: July 5, 2018
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  • Lainey
    January 1, 1970
    1st book for #Smutathon! I'm off to a great start. Trope Challenge: Fake Dating (Fake marriage, but same difference) I loooooved this book. Omg. It was so cute and pure.
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