Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Chick Lit
Format Read: eBook
Published by Gallery Books on December 5th 2017
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?
This book was so much fun to read. I picked it up last month because I was looking for something quick and romantic. I’ve been on a fantasy binge this year, so was hoping to break this up with something completely different.
I came across Roomies on Netgalley, and it sounded super cute. The book follows Holland, a girl working at a Broadway theatre in New York, in a role created by her uncle, who’s a musical director of a current best-selling show. Holland’s talented and smart but she hasn’t found her niche in life yet, so she’s working the concession stand at the theatre, and doing the photography rounds.
On her way home, she gets attacked by a drunk in the subway, and falls onto the tracks. Rescued by the subway’s busker (who she’s totally in love with – or at least his music), Holland returns the favour by introducing him to her uncle, who’s looking for a replacement strings musician in his musical. Holland finds out that Calvin, her musician, is actually living in New York illegally, after his student visa expired. Going behind her uncle’s backs, she decides to marry the guy, so he can stay in the country, and her uncle’s production continues to find success.
Yes, it’s all sorts of illegal but at the end of the day, it’s a book and the whole situation was so much fun. Holland and Calvin’s blossoming relationship and chemistry is pretty cliche, but sometimes you just need to read a lighthearted and cute story that makes you smile.
I enjoyed all the characters in Roomies, from Holland and her lovable gay uncles, to Calvin who’s this supposed Julliard graduate who can’t find a job because he’s too picky to leave New York. I loved the way their love grew despite the circumstances.
The best thing about this book is how realistic all the relationships were. Holland may have been low-key stalking Calvin prior to their fake-marriage situation — and while this does have its consequences, it was resolved in a very realistic way. Her relationship with her toxic female friend (whose name is escaping me), also has its consequences, and I was very glad to see how it panned out in the end.
I’ve never read a book by the duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings before, but I’m very impressed by their writing style. The story followed seamlessly — there was never a point where I felt like I was reading a book that was written by two people. Definitely keen to check out their other works now!
If you’re looking for a fun summer beach read (or even something to curl up to during Christmas for those in the northern hemisphere!), give Roomies a go.
An e-copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review.