Roomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 5, 2017
Genres: Adult, contemporary
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I would give this book 3 for a review.
Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
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?
This was the second book that I read by this author duo. I really was found of the NYC broadway setting and as theater teacher many of the elements just felt so real to me about what would happen behind the scenes as a new broadway show. I did not feel as connected to these characters and part of the reason is because I did not feel as connected due to it not being duel POV. I was less impressed with the relationship especially with the “drama” that developed towards the end of the book. I also thought the end of the book was tad rushed. Overall the highlights of this book was the broadway setting and the middle part of the book. The low-lights was the structure of the book and also feeling connected to the characters!