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"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. 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 bigtime 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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017
Edition: First Gallery books trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501165832
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAUREN
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm


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May 29, 2019

This was a really cute, fast read. Would def. read it again and or buy it.

Dec 03, 2018

Fabulous. Fabulously sweet, swoony, and witty. So many sigh-worthy lines slipping out of Irishman Calvin's mouth. I couldn't get enough. Based on their last three releases, I'll be making a point of reading more of their backlist, as well as all future releases.

Sep 08, 2018

This was such a fun, charming book to read! I loved the story and characters--perfect chick-lit!

Aug 02, 2018

4.5 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance.

Holland is obsessed with a subway busker. She doesn't know his name, or really anything about him, but he's her biggest crush. When she's mugged and pushed onto the tracks, he calls the police to help her, and then disappears. Who is this guy?! When her uncle's Broadway show is short a musician, she suggests her busker crush... and as much as he'd love to take the job... he's not in the US legally. Holland decides that it's worth the risk to marry her crush, so that he and her uncle can both be successful. However, faking being married, feels really comfortable. And having a crush on your fake husband makes it hard to keep things fake for long.

Squee! This was the cutest: 1) I love fake-to-real romances, 2) he's IRISH, 3) she's sooooo socially awkward. OMG. This had me just squirming at the cuteness. I really thought that this whole book and the characters were adorable. I loved Holland and Calvin. I loved Holland's uncles. I thought that the chemistry was really great, it was a little sweeter than their other book I read this month because it wasn't a hate-to-love relationship. I think that this book was another smart romance, it was hilarious, it was sexy, it was a lot of fun to read.

Mar 04, 2018

This is the first book that I read by this author and I was immediately intrigued. This was a great read and I am looking forward to reading more books by her.

Feb 15, 2018

Loved this book! Feel in love with Calvin and Holland. I so wish the story could continue

LPL_PolliK Jan 22, 2018

A fun Christina Lauren romance - this one is a little more on the sweet side than the Beautiful series. Holland, a frustrated MFA grad develops a raging crush on Calvin, a guitar playing (undocumented) Irishman who busks in the subways. When she realizes his wasted talent might be the answer to her beloved uncle's theater troubles, she makes a bold move to help them both and offers a marriage of convenience. (Since I happen to love this romance trope, and musical Irishmen, double bonus points for this reader.) This book is a love-letter to love, to NYC, and to music.

Nov 19, 2017

Roomies was a delight to read. I read many romances and am usually disappointed in some aspect or other of the story. This one checked all the boxes for me: great characters, smart dialogue, a believable if improbable premise, well-written. And no annoying, stupid, I’m-not-worthy angst. The female protagonist comes into her own as a smart, talented, confident woman as the plot progresses. I’m going to go back and check out earlier books by Christina Lauren in hopes of finding more to like.


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