{Kim Reviews} Roomies by Christina Lauren

Posted December 8, 2017 by Kim in Reviews / 2 Comments

{Kim Reviews} Roomies by Christina Lauren


by Christina Lauren
Pages: 368
Published on December 5th 2017
by Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

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?

4.5 Stars

I know we all try not to judge a book by its cover, but I totally judged this book by its cover. Roomies caught my attention as I was scrolling through Edelweiss. I saw that it was by Christina Lauren, and then soon learned that it was about a fake relationship. And if you must know something about me, it’s that fake relationships are my guilty pleasure. I rarely read non-YA novels, so I really requested this on a whim. But the whim turned out to one of my good decisions because this turned out to be an amazing novel!

When Holland gets ambushed in a train station, her long-time busker crush comes to her rescue. The medical team thinks she fell on the train tracks on purpose, and won’t believe her that she got ambushed. Only Calvin could prove them wrong, but Calvin disappears as soon as he was needed. Holland later learned that Calvin is in the country illegally. When Calvin attends a tryout for Holland’s uncle, he passes with flying colors. Holland gets this crazy, impulsive idea of offering to marry Calvin to get a green card. What started out as fake slowly turned into something more, and the lines between acting and reality started to get more blurred.

Roomies was a very quick read for me. I just couldn’t get enough of it and I devoured the novel in a single sitting. I don’t know what it is about this book that was so addicting to me, but the chemistry between the two characters definitely was one of the factors. The romance between them just seemed to sizzle and the electricity jumped off the pages and transferred to me – the reader.

Usually when reading books I tend to look for more meaningful stuff other than romance, but this one just seemed to get the romance part on point that I didn’t need or want to look for more. Not that this book doesn’t have meaningful stuff; it does. Other than the romance, obviously, it also features LGBT themes, family, friendship, determining what’s important, following one’s dreams, and learning when to let go and when to hold on to something.

Roomies, for me, was a well-rounded novel. Although centered on romance, it also featured a lot of other themes that made it just right. If Roomies were a recipe, it would be a perfectly measured one without a single flaw. I just loved reading it – it made me laugh, cry, and of course, it made me feel all the feels.

If you’re looking for the perfect romance novel that’s meaningful, a quick read and would make you feel all the feels, this definitely is the novel for you!  Amazingly written and filled with emotion, Roomies touched my heart and made me feel alive. I can’t wait for romance fans to read this, you guys!


About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus ReviewsLibrary Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as ForbesThe Washington PostTimeEntertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in September, and will be followed by a contemporary romance, Roomies in December, and their first Women’s Fiction, Love and Other Words in April.


Hi, I'm Kim! I'm a Chinese 20-year-old AB Psychology and BS Advertising Management student in the Philippines! I've been reading books since I was in fourth grade, although believe it or not, I hated reading before then. I love reading YA novels, and my favorite genre is Contemporary. I used to not like Fantasy, but after reading Throne of Glass, I am a changed person. 😉

I love meeting new people, so feel free to talk to me anytime via comments or Twitter! On another note, I also blog at my own blog, Divergent Gryffindor.

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