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Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 5 Dec 2017
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

REVIEW 

Christina Lauren flex their creative muscle with Roomies. A departure from the smexy romance we know and love from the dynamic duo, Roomies showcases the depth of their writing talent by giving us two somewhat lost souls navigating their way into adulthood and finding themselves and love along the way.

Fate, attraction and navigating the pitfalls of life in the spotlight all play a part in Holland and Calvin’s story. Told from Holland’s perspective, Christina Lauren perfectly captures the insecurities young women face when trying to find their place in the world. Holland especially has never felt as if she has fitted in or had a purpose in her life. to this end, she carries a large amount of guilt on her shoulders that she alone hs placed there. I adored the way in which Holland developed throughout the story, and in tandem with the growing relationship between herself and Calvin.

Roomies is a sweet romance with (to my mind) a coming-of-age undertone, it is the characterizations that truly make the story and will ensure you fall in love with Holland and Calvin.