Release Day + Book Review: ROOMIES by Christina Lauren

Title: Roomies 
Author: Christina Lauren 
Release Date: December 5th, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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 and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.

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?

"Is the plan that I come home with you tonight?" Heat spreads up my neck and over my cheeks. "I think so." 

It's no secret that Christina Lauren is one of the greatest. When they sit down and put their heads together...they write a masterpiece. They are one of my favorites and I don't see that changing anytime soon. When I saw that they were taking me back to their romantic comedy roots, I knew that this book was going to be something good. 

"Now it's just us- me and Calvin. There's nowhere to hide and no one to hide behind." 

Holland Bakker doesn't have the job she wants and never really thought she would be selling shirts before Broadway plays. But she loves her Uncle and she would do just about anything for him. But one thing she doesn't need to do is to take the subway everyday but yet she does just to get a peek at Calvin Mcloughlin. He's a musician and she can't stop listening to him. She is in awe of his music and his talent. But one drunken night leads to an almost horrendous accident but Calvin saves her, then quickly disappears. 

She can't stop thinking about him and why he would just pull a disappearing act. Her uncle soon finds himself in hot water with his play but when Holland suggest Calvin from the subway nobody thinks this is going to pan out but when it does, and they find out his visa has expired...they are back in the gutter. 

Holland quickly comes up with a terrible, awful, wonderful idea that will help everyone out but she knows it's a dangerous idea. Holland and Calvin soon find each other falling for each other in ways they never thought possible. But both of them are harboring secrets that could hurt them both and end what they have taken time to built. 

"One can only assume he's wearing boxers, because from where I'm standing- and with his lower half currently obscured by the counter- he looks like he's eating cereal wearing nothing but his wedding ring. Help." 

I loved this book like something fierce. I devoured it, ate it, consumed it, and devoured it some more. I smiled, laughed, cried, and cheered ring side with these characters. This is Christina Lauren at their best and you don't want to miss. 

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. 

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