Roomies was an outstanding story; these characters, their situation, the love they had for one another that they didn’t trust, and the beautiful way they complimented each other much like the way harmony and melody in a song work together, made this one of my top reads of 2017. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
Sometimes you read a book and you are so immersed in it you don’t want it to end, and that’s exactly what happened to me with Roomies by Christina Lauren. I kept swiping my screen hoping for another chapter or an epilogue or twelve, but they didn’t appear and it wasn’t because I was unhappy with the way this book ended, not in the least, but because I wanted more time with this couple. I wanted to see very bit of their live together, like a cheesy movie where it flashes pictures of every significant moment in their lives, that is how much I loved these characters and their unconventional story. This isn’t a typical romance and in fact this book is more women’s fiction with romantic elements to it, but it is a love story and it is beautifully written.
For months Holland Bakker has gone out of her way to a subway stop to hear “Jack,” the busker, play because his music speaks to her. She knows he’s incredibly talented, she thinks he is beautiful, and so one night she asks him his name and so begins the story of Holland Bakker and Calvin McLoughlin.
This story is complex in that these two really don’t know one another and because of his expired student Visa his dream won’t come true unless they marry. I’ll admit Green Card starring Andie McDowell and Gerard Depardieu is one of my favorite movies, so I was immediately drawn to this book, but Holland and Calivn’s story is much different. Holland is twenty five and still trying to find out where her place in the world is and while Calvin knows he wants to make music, he hasn’t been successful in landing a gig in a Broadway show. So between busking and filling in with bands here and there, he isn’t what would be considered a success except once the right people hear his amazing talent that all changes.
While Holland and Calvin work hard to learn what they can about one another to pass their Immigration interviews, they both still hold back some significant information from each other which leads to upset, heartache, and troubled times, but through this Holland begins to discover more about herself, and Calvin becomes a musical sensation. Figuring out who they are together, well that takes time, communication, a bit of groveling, and a whole lot of love.
Despite their faults and they both had them, despite the mixed-up way they came together, and despite their anguish, it was completely impossible for me not to fall in love with both of these characters. Holland was so selfless in her attempts to help everyone even when she knew it might cost her her heart. Calvin’s absolute joy in being able to perform in front of audiences who understood his passion was infectious, and the way he encouraged Holland and tried to make her understand her worth showed his feelings for her were deep.
Roomies was an outstanding story; these characters, their situation, the love they had for one another that they didn’t trust, and the beautiful way they complimented each other much like the way harmony and melody in a song work together, made this one of my top reads of 2017.