BOOK REVIEW: Roomies by Christina Lauren

Posted April 15, 2019 by wildandw in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW:  Roomies by Christina LaurenRoomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase

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?


My Rating:  4 stars

I adore Christina Lauren!  This dynamic duo always leaves me smiling at the end of their books, and Roomies was no exception.

Christina Lauren writes so seamlessly, which impresses me since they are a writing pair.  Roomies is a standalone contemporary romance told in the first-person POV of our leading lady, Holland, featuring a marriage of convenience.  The pacing is decent, though it started a bit slow and I didn’t find it as “unputdownable” as some of their other works.

Roomies is simply a sweet story.  Things are not all sunshine and rainbows, but the bad times mixed with the good is what made this story so endearing.

Two things I wish it had more of: humor and steam.  There is some banter and wit but not enough for me to feel like this is a romantic comedy. And what can I say…I like sexy times in books!  With this book, you get much more of the emotional chemistry than the physical.

Holland is such a relatable character, and she has amazing development across the story.  She is, by far, my favorite part of this book!  I actually really liked all of the characters, side ones included.

Overall, I would recommend Roomies!  It’s not the rom com I was expecting, but it is still a fun, cute story by a fantastic writing pair.


Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs (pictured on the right) and Lauren Billings (pictured on the left). 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, a Lambda Literary Award finalist 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 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by  Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly starred My Favorite Half-Night Stand, out in December.

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She grew up in Utah and is absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 17 year old (right??), thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter.

(Author Website)



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