Roomies by Christina Lauren

Setting: New York City
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Holland Bakker has spent the better part of a half a year going out of her way to watch "Jack" play guitar in a subway station. The Irishman's music mesmerizes her. He's really good looking, so there's also that.

One night, a man attacks her and pushes her onto the tracks. Jack, whose real name is Calvin Mcloughlin, makes an anonymous call to get her the help she needs. His call has to be anonymous as his visa expired and he's in the U.S. illegally.

Holland soon realizes that Calvin is the answer to her cherished uncle's dreams. Calvin's guitar playing is exactly what her uncle needs in his Broadway musical. Her uncle agrees, but Calvin's lack of a work visa is a major hurdle.

There's one more trick up Holland's sleeve. If she marries Calvin, he'll have the visa he needs to perform in her uncle's musical. All they have to do is put on a show of their own and convince immigration that theirs is true love. Will they recognize when it becomes real?

Strengths and Weaknesses

In my adult years, I've watched green card marriages crumble. Roomies was such a delight. I loved that it worked out. From the chemistry to some of the quips that came out of both characters' mouths, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this romance.

It was a one-sitting read. I started it before dinner and found myself enamored. I stayed up way too late seeing how things would end out. It was a great way to relax after the first busy holiday of the season. It's lighthearted, steadily paced, and very romantic.

RTR's Bottom Line

Loved this story. The chemistry between Holland and Calvin was so clear from the start. I enjoyed seeing them both realize this was definitely more than a convenience. Pick Roomies if you're in the mood for a feel-good, humorous romance.


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