The Book Worm: Review: Roomies

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Roomies

Book Review: Roomies, by Christina Lauren, 5 stars


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?

Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: December 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: I loved everything about Roomies, right from page one. I loved Holland's crush for Calvin, the way the first meet, Calvin's sweetness towards her even when they were still pretending, the easy way they mesh together. I was crushed when I realized Calvin hadn't told his family the truth about his marriage. I actually wanted to cry with Holland when he was moving out. I was rooting for them and I found their love story simply beautiful.


I can't say Roomies is a masterpiece of modern literature, but it's very well written, the characters are compelling, the plot has the right amount of twists to keep readers glued to the story and the romance is movie-worth. I smiled, laughed and cried reading Roomies, I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn't bear the thought of going to sleep without making sure everything was OK again between Calvin and Holland. I would have liked to get a follow up of where they ended up with Calvin's family and Holland's parents, but that was the only thing I found missing.

Recommended! If you love contemporary romance you do not want to miss this book!

Happy readings, 

the book worm, book blog

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