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Roomies by Christina Lauren

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s romantic novel.

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?


I am a huge Christina Lauren fan, I’ve read so many books from this fabulous writing duo, however it has been a while since I picked up one of their books, I’d been meaning to read roomies for a while, with it being optioned to screen etc so I was really happy to read this.

Over the summer I have been working in an office, so I took the opportunity to try audible, Roomies was my very first audiobook and I think I’m now hooked!

The story is set in New York, and is about a marriage of convenience to aid one of the characters.Holland is in her early twenties working a behind-the-scenes job at her uncle’s very popular musical on Broadway. She has a major crush on a sexy guitar playing street musician whom she watches perform at a subway station, a station that she goes out of her way to visit, just to see this musician. A musician who she knows nothing about.

When an opportunity comes up within her uncles musical, she takes it and introduces this young musician to her uncle, she learns his name is Calvin, he’s thrilled about the opportunity, but a very big issue arises, alas bringing us to the marriage of convenience…

As farfetched as the scenario they find themselves in seems, it’s a lot of fun to read about! I thought the plot was very well written and unique!

Calvin is a book boyfriend worthy Irish hottie who plays guitar and knows how to treat a girl. However, he isn’t perfect and has a few secrets, that we learn later on in the story.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved listening to it on audible and thought the narrators were great, but I do think I would have loved reading the book too! As always Christina’s Lauren’s writing was brilliant and captivating, and this Rom-Com had just the right amount of romance and comedy to keep me entertained the whole way through.

I hope I get to see it on screen sometime soon, it’s a really fun story that would also make a great watch!

4 thoughts on “Roomies by Christina Lauren

    1. You’re very welcome!
      Oh gosh I have lots, I’m currently reading a Historical romance series called The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.
      If historical isn’t your thing then I would highly reconnect any of Colleen Hoover’s books, my favourite’s by her are Hopeless and Maybe Someday 🙂


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