ROOMIES                                                         CHRISTINA LAUREN

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?


Holland Bakker has become obsessed with wanting to listen to a musician who plays in different subways in New York. She knows which days of the week where he plays and adjusts her schedule to hear his music, but not able to speak to him. One night while listening she is pushed by a stranger on to the tracks and he is the one who rescues her. Weeks go by and she by chance meets him at a bar where he is playing with a band. Days later when a musician walks out on her uncle who is a music director for the theater that she works for, she takes him to the subway to listen to him play. Asking him to come back to the theater everyone is blown away by his talent and the way he plays the guitar. Upstairs and being offered a job he has to turn it down because he let his visa expire. Calvin McLoughlin is from Ireland, and went to Julliard only to let his visa expire. Getting odd gigs and playing in the subway is how he makes it. Days later Holland decides to do something that is so far out of her normal that it not only shocks her but everyone around her. This though will her uncle who is important to her and it will help Calvin. She asks Calvin to marry her. He agrees after discussing it. He is working and they are living together and like every fake couple they fall in love. Everything is happy right? Wrong, his family comes over from Ireland and calls her by his old girlfriend name. He does not correct them and there lies the problem. She loves him, but to him she is a roomie. Now there is a lot more to this story will they get together? All of the characters are good from the two main, to her uncle’s, and the mean boss we have all had one of those, but what really is good is the author takes you on a journey of growth and you get to see all of the characters grow. This really makes the story work and just adds to an already wonderful book. Very much worth the read. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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