Release Day Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

Roomies by Christina Lauren
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: December 5th 2017
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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 and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.

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?

This is the kind of read that, when you finish, makes you say, “WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END!?” I couldn’t get enough of Roomies! I knew, as soon as I heard what it was about (marriage! of! convenience!) that I HAD to get my hands on it. I don’t typically read the marriage of convenience trope if it’s not a historical romance, but I had to give Christina Lauren’s modern take of the trope a try – and it was FANTASTIC. It’s an all-consuming, delightful read that I literally couldn’t put down. If you love well-written, unique, adorable contemporary romances, READ ROOMIES!

Every week, Holland Bakker goes out of her way in New York City to go to a certain subway station to admire the street musician who plays captivating music on his guitar. She’s developed a crush over the past few months watching and listening to him, but she’s never actually gone up to him and talked to him. Until one day she’s being attacked by a homeless man and the musician saves her… but leaves before she gets to thank him.

Holland wants to find a way to show Calvin her gratitude (and totally not because he’s gorgeous and has an Irish accent), and coincidentally, her Broadway musical director uncle is in need of a brilliant musician. Calvin blows the theater away with his music, but unfortunately can’t take the job… because he’s been living in the U.S. illegally for four years. Holland, wanting to do everything possible for this opportunity to work, offers to marry Calvin and pretend to be in love to help him gain U.S. citizenship. Ignoring the fact that she’s got feelings for him and oh, they’re lying to the government, everything should work out, right?

I swear that I was smiling for 90% of Roomies, it’s THAT much fun to read. I got swept away in the story, NEEDING Calvin and Holland to make their fake marriage a real one, and hoping alongside these characters that Calvin gets to stay in the U.S. I adored all the characters in the story – Holland in all her awkwardness and slow self-discovery, Calvin and his growing devotion and adoration for Holland, Holland’s supportive uncles who are so in love and compliment each other so well. I love that Roomies is not just about the romance between Holland and Calvin (though that shines pretty freaking well all on its own) but also about music and developing self-worth and being content in who you are. This book is brilliant, though I didn’t expect any less from Christina Lauren. I didn’t want Roomies to end, and am already craving more of Calvin and Holland. I highly recommend this book!


Also by Christina Lauren:


Dating You / Hating You: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Autoboyography: Ebook • Hardcover • Audible • Goodreads
Love and Other Words: EbookHardcover • PaperbackGoodreads (April 10, 2018)

Reading Order: Beautiful Bastard series

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren 

#1 ~ Beautiful Bastard: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Beautiful Bitch: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Beautiful Stranger: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Beautiful Bombshell: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Beautiful Player: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.5 ~ Beautiful Beginning: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.6 ~ Beautiful Beloved: My Review • Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Beautiful Secret: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Beautiful Boss: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Beautiful: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads

Reading Order: Wild Seasons series

 Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

#1 ~ Sweet Filthy Boy: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Dirty Rowdy Thing: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Dark Wild Night: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Wicked Sexy Liar: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Blog Tour + ARC Review & Excerpt: Roomies by Lindy Zart

Roomies by Lindy Zart

Roomies by Lindy Zart
Release Date: November 21st 2014
Genre: NA Rom-Com
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Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.

I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.

And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.

Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.

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Roomies is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

I loved Lindy Zart’s Unlit Star (my review), but that book was utterly gut-wrenching, so I was a bit scared to read another book of hers that would end up making my heart bleed. But Roomies is pure romantic comedy – it had me laughing and giggling like a fool so much. I adored this book – which goes to show what an excellent writer Lindy Zart is. She’ll have you wanting to cry in one book, and then laughing out loud in the next.

Roomies is light-hearted, adorable, and just plain ole fun! I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d be getting into when I read the blurb, but I trusted the author. We have our heroine, Kennedy, who is the heart of this book. She’s truly what made Roomies as adorable as it is. She’s hilarious, awkward, inappropriate, sarcastic, and did I mention hilarious? At first, I was a bit taken aback by how outspoken she was, but she quickly grew on me. I loved her!

Kennedy is roomies with Graham… and she’s pretty much in love with him. They’ve been roommates for about a year, and they’ve become best friends. Graham is the only one who gets her – he gets her quirks, her pervyness, her frankness, her everything. Graham knows all there is to know about Kennedy, excerpt for the fact that she’s in love with him.

Now, Graham… Graham is like the golden boy. He’s nearly perfect. In Kennedy’s own words:

When God put Graham Malone together, He had beauty in mind, I’m sure, but that isn’t even the appeal, not really. The appeal is him–the way he laughs, the sound of his voice, and his sweet, sweet nature. Yes, he is beautiful, but what makes him even more beautiful is that he has no idea.
… He’s just… he makes your heart fill with something like joy and all of you turns warm when you’re near him. You respond to him with not just your mind and your body, but all of you. At least, that’s how it is for me.

Graham is just a GOOD guy, and I loved that about him. I more often than not read about bad boys, but whenever I come across a male character who is good, I appreciate them all the more. Graham is kind, loyal, honest, and so sweet. God, I fell in love with his character so hard. And the things he says to Kennedy! *SWOON*

“You know what I thought the first time I saw you?”
“That you couldn’t believe someone as gorgeous as me existed?”
His grip tightens. “That I couldn’t believe I’d gone so long without knowing you.”

Graham and Kennedy are literally perfect for each other, but Kennedy has never received any indication that Graham reciprocates her feelings. It’s not until Graham’s brother Blake moves in with them temporarily that the dynamics start to change between them. Kennedy loves Graham, there’s no doubt about that, but she finds herself attracted to Blake. Now, before you can scream Love Triangle! let me just say that this book doesn’t REALLY have one. Blake is more of a… catalyst than anything. Kennedy IS attracted to Blake (the Malone brothers are seriously hot and swoonworthy), but he’s nothing compared to Graham, because she still wholeheartedly loves Graham.

He knows me like no one else does. And I’m glad of that. I wouldn’t want anyone else to get me the way Graham does. I realize I understand what he said last night about going so long without knowing me. It feels like we have always been, though we have only been in each other’s lives such a short time. But time does not define emotion. And I cannot imagine my life without him, no matter how far into the future I look. I inhale deeply.
That is a terrifying thought.

Thanks to Blake, we get to see Graham get a little jealous and a little possessive over his roomie, which was hot! Graham fights his feelings for Kennedy a bit, but when he finally gives in and starts pursuing her for good, it’s the sweetest and most heart-warming thing ever.

Roomies is a feel-good, light-hearted romance that had my heart bursting with joy. I adored this book and these characters.

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Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Now here’s an excerpt from Roomies! ❤


He gives a slight smile. “You don’t know everything about me.”

“I should know that.” Maybe I shouldn’t, but I really feel like I should. Graham’s pretty much the most important thing to me; I should at least know his family history. He knows mine. Well, most of it. Some of it. Enough…

“Now you do. Are we done? I really need to put some clothes on.”

“But…you said he was in school,” I finish lamely, my voice dropping to a whisper.

“He’s in college.”

I scowl at him. “You purposely led me to believe that your brother was some pimply teenager who was going to mooch off you for the remainder of the summer, not…not…” I jab a finger in the direction of the living room.

“Not what?”

“Not some hottie!” I blurt out, and then wish I hadn’t.

Especially when Graham rears back and gets a funny look on his face. “You think my brother’s hot?” His voice is even, but his eyes look weird. Like, angry or something. A thrill goes down my spine at the thought of my comment having that effect on him. Could he be jealous?

“Yes.” I nod firmly.

“Huh.” He looks away.

A dash of regret has the audacity to chase the little thrill away. I wonder if I’ve upset him, but then decide I haven’t. Why would he be upset? Unless he doesn’t know I think he’s hot too. So I figure I should tell him. It would be rude not to.

“You’re also hot.”

He gives me a look; part incredulous, part I don’t know what. “Thanks,” he says faintly.

“Yeah.” I start to feel dumb about pretty much the whole conversation. “Okay. ‘Bye.”


I glance back at him. He is staring at me with a frown pulling his mouth down. “You should put some clothes on.”


I enter the living room. Blake is studying a fake plant in the corner of the room, which pretty much confirms that he was listening to our complete word exchange. Wonderful.

about the author

Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, Bloody Marys, and pizza.

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