Monday, December 11, 2017

(102)Roomies by Christina Lauren

Holland Bakker doesn't really have much to look forward to in her life.  However, she has a bit of a crush on the cute busker in the subway.  She goes out of her way to find him on the subway just to see him and listen to his music.  His music and his good looks have charmed Holland without even speaking a word to her.  Her job working for the hottest Broadway show, which her Uncle happens to be the musical director for, is in need of some fresh blood.  When Holland recommends to her uncle that the young musician fills a vacancy they discover that he has long overstayed his student visa.  Holland goes to the next level and suggests that Calvin McLoughlin marries her.  Their marriage starts out as one of convenience, but soon Holland realizes that Calvin is more than just a "roomie" to her.  Does he feel the same? Will his new found fame change the way their "marriage" works?

There was a time in my life where I would have devoured Roomies in one sitting.  However, it took a while for me to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.  Calvin is a young, hot Irish man.  If you have been visiting this blog a while, you know my fondness for Irish Chick Lit. Holland is an Iowa girl (woot) who followed her uncle and his husband to New York City.  I found Holland to be a bit annoying at times, mostly because of her fear of confrontation.  Instead of having those tough conversations, she avoided them for far too long.  Conversations with Calvin and her "friend" (I use that term loosely) Lulu.  In the end, she had those conversations and things worked out just right for Holland and I was happy for her.   She was a character that I *wanted* to see happy.

Bottom Line - Even though I didn't devour Roomies in one sitting like 28-year-old me would have done, 42-year-old me did enjoy the book and found both Holland and Calvin to be charming characters with a fun story.



Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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