FIRST LOOK: Roomies

Roomies by Christina Lauren

By Christina Lauren

This is a stand alone story.

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?

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Synopsis:

Holland Bakker has a crush...on a street musician. She travels ten blocks out of her way four days a week just to hear him play. Calvin Mcloughlin is a musician in New York. He’s usually so engrossed in his music he doesn’t even look up from his guitar. Until late one Monday night when he finally does look up, he meets the eye of the cute and quirky Holland.

After a brief chat Holland finds herself being harassed by smelly old man in the subway, who's after her cell phone. To her surprise wakes up on a stretcher with strangers looking at her with sad eyes handing her suicide prevention pamphlets. When she tries to get Calvin’s help to tell them she didn’t jump he disappears. Imagine her surprise when her bestie drags her to a dive bar with tickets to see a band by the name of Loose Springsteen and she finds her mystery musician.

April’s First Look:

I had an opportunity to preview the first four chapters of Roomies from Christina Lauren. Here’s what I thought after my first look.

I always love Christian Lauren characters, and so far I love the characters in Roomies. Holland is the proverbial every woman. She’s quirky and wistful and just trying to get along with a little help. There’s a crazy bestfriend dragging Holland into adventures, and gay uncles who look over her in the big bad city. Calvin is mysterious but also chivalrous and kind.

I can’t wait to see what happens in this accident love story. I didn’t even need four chapters to get hooked on this book. C. Lo has done it again.

Why I want to read this book:

I love Christina Lauren. You’re always guaranteed to lose yourself in the story anytime you curl up with a Christina Lauren. Their writing style is so enjoyable and easy to read. Their characters are quirky and relatable. They are an automatic one-click author for me.

I’m super intrigued by this story in particular. An Irish ex-pat saving damsels in distress in the subways of New York. Then he finds himself on Broadway and in a marriage of convenience. I  also happen to love accents, so think I’m going to have listen to this one on audiobook too.  


About the Authors:

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages.

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