I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Roomies by Christina Lauren in my December edition of The Bookish Box, so of course I had to read and review it! First of all, what is it about?
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?
First of all, full disclosure: I don’t tend to read what I would term as ‘chick lit.’ The romance novels I read are classical literature, and modern romance novels have never interested me before, so I started reading this thinking it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. But, surprisingly, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story line is fun and interesting, with enough ups and downs and dramas to keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. I genuinely couldn’t put it down at points!
The main characters are likeable and believable, and Calvin, the male love interest sounds quite frankly sexy as hell!! Yes, the book is predictable, and (spoilers) it’s no surprise they end up together at the end, but you do find yourself rooting for them from the beginning, and feeling a little nervous whenever they hit a bump in their already rocky road! The sex scenes are even decent, and pretty raunchy at that.
This book has humour, drama, love and sex and it is a genuinely entertaining read from start to finish! The perfect holiday read, I recommend it if you fancy something fun and lighthearted.