I Kind of Loved It!
There’s just something about how Christina Lauren can put a book together and make it magic and Roomies is a perfect example of it!
Holland is kind of just going through life, not really living it. She has a job that she tolerates, but doesn’t love, she has a best friend that she plays second fiddle too, and she’s not following her passion that is writing, but she has the man in the subway that she goes and listens to all the time that she’s captivated by his music. On the night she finally gets the courage to talk to him, she’s assaulted and he saves her to only leave her hanging when the paramedics show up. As angry as she is, she can’t stay away, and when an opportunity arises for her to take her uncle to listen to him play she takes it, from there a whirlwind story takes place and Calvin and Holland end up married to keep Calvin in the country and this story just gets better.
I loved how neurotic at times Holland could be with Calvin, and how she could not see how crazy he was about her. Calvin on the other hand was so sweet and yet stupid at the same time. He did so many amazing things to show Holland how grateful he was for what she did for him, and to show that he cared, but at times he screwed up and he screwed up big. These two definitely have some things to work out in their marriage of convenience, but it’s not that easy when one of them is the newest rising star of Broadway.
Both of these characters had a lot of growing up to do in this book, and a lot of self reflection to do as well. Both of them kept secrets from each other and from important people in their lives. Where Holland had the amazing support of her uncles who truly understood her and stood by her and her decision, Calvin really didn’t have anyone in the States to be there for him, except for Holland. These two quickly became each others best friend, and with that came growing pains with other relationships they had. I loved the build of of watching these two go from complete strangers to a real couple and working through being married in a backwards fashion. The chemistry between them is definitely off the charts, but that will only go so far if there isn’t trust.
This book is definitely a whirlwind and full of ups and downs and surprises. Every time you think they have things worked out, something new happens and I would be surprised yet again about just how they would overcome it. This book just isn’t about their romance, but about family, love, finding yourself, following your dreams, and really growing up. This was a beautifully written story that had me laughing, swooning, and falling in love. If you’re looking for a romance that will have you captured from beginning to end, I highly suggest picking up Roomies by Christina Lauren today!
I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.