Review: Roomies by: Christina Lauren

Posted December 3, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  Roomies by: Christina LaurenRoomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 5th 2017
ISBN: 1501165836
Pages: 368
Also by this author: Dark Wild Night, Wicked Sexy Liar, Dating You / Hating You
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Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Cocktails and Books received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

I loved this enchanting, funny, feel good story. The characters are endearing, unforgettable, have great dynamics between the them and I was immediately transported into their lives. Calvin and Holland have a chance meeting and it changes their lives.  Calvin is a gifted musician from Ireland and his green card has expired.  From the moment Holland hears Calvin play his guitar, she is blown away with his musical talent and she also develops a huge crush on him. Holland tries to help Calvin out by marrying him, so he can stay in the county and finally achieve his dreams.


I really liked Calvin. He is a nice guy with a sexy Irish accent and although he is a highly talented classical guitarist, he is not pretentious.  He is charming, affectionate, honest and once he meets Holland, he never looks at another woman.  Calvin finds himself unable to resist Holland’s sweetness and fun personality.


Holland has a hard time believing Calvin has feelings for her.  While Calvin is talented and has always known what he wants, things are not as clear for Holland.  She is smart, has her MBA and would like to write, but she has no ideas and can’t seem to get started.  She is frustrated with herself and feels like a loser at twenty five.  Holland  is too hard on herself and doesn’t realize her worth. She  goes through a lot of changes in this story and learns how to be the person she is meant to be.


I liked both Calvin and Holland and felt invested in them.  The story is smoothly written and the plot interesting. There are also engaging secondary characters adding to the story.  Calvin and Holland have a lot chemistry bouncing between them. Even though they are married and live together, they take things slow as they get get to know each other.

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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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