REVIEW: Roomies by Christina Lauren

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“I catch a flash of bare ass and find religion.” 

Back of the book blurb:

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? 

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781501165832

Available for Purchase:

My rating:

            Wow, this review was supposed to be written and posted way earlier, but you know… work and the holidays. Speaking of: HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!! I hope they’re spent with loved ones and with lots and lots of food and for everyone who’s struggling: I love you and I am thinking of you. Also—as per my last post, there was a giveaway: head on over to my Instagram to find out who won! I’m posting it in the comments on the giveaway picture. Let’s get started!

            Were we really fortunate enough to have THREE Christina Lauren books released in the SAME YEAR? Yes, we were. I still think I’m dreaming sometimes… and they have another book coming out early 2018! They are giving the people what they want. And what they want is Christina Lauren!!! Roomies was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 because who doesn’t love the fake marriage trope? Even non-fic readers are into it. And after I finished the long and angst-y and heartbreaking Something in the Way series, Roomies was the right mix of fluff and angst to mend my heart again.

“This is a conversation. Holy shit, I’m having a conversation with the stranger I’ve had a crush on for months.” 

            Roomies follows Holland as she struggles to find just exactly who she is. She’s had a crush on a stranger in the subway who plays guitar for months and when she is able to give him a chance to really make a name for himself, she jumps to it. Only one problem: he’s in the U.S. illegally. Solution? They create a fake marriage to get his green card.

            Christina Lauren put a modern and delightful twist on a very popular trope and do it with elegance and eloquence. Their writing is always top notch and I promise—you will always fall in the best kind of love while reading any Christina Lauren novel, including Roomies.

“I used to refer to her as social lubricant, but Robert made me promise to never use that phrase again.”

            Holland Bakker was… hilarious. I laughed so many times during Roomies. Holland is all of us in our early twenties (I know, I know, I’m still in my early twenties, which is why I can be an expert on this): floundering, awkward, and struggling to find out who she is. The only fulfilling thing in her life right now is helping others, so helping Calvin obtain his green card has given her life a sense of purpose. It was absolutely phenomenal to watch her go from not knowing who she is to know exactly what she wants and getting it.

“’I think I can handle treating my wife to dinner on our wedding night.’ Our wedding night. My heart thuds heavily.”

            It was easy to see that straight away Holland and Calvin had some serious chemistry. Their banter was so entertaining and the heat between them was fire hot. I love Calvin so much and I want one for myself!!!! Like… where’s my Irish man who needs me to marry him? WHERE IS HE?

            Either way, Roomies is a triumph, just like every other Christina Lauren novel and y’all should read it. JUST DO IT, OKAY?!

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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