Roomies by Christina Lauren
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"If you can't be good, at least be good at it."
This was my first time to read Christina Lauren. IKR? Where have I been? I have heard the buzz in the book world. And I've been meaning to check them out, but my TBR is neverending... Sound familiar? Well, I'm all out of excuses and plan to be a proper fangirl moving forward.
Holland grew up surrounded by music. Though she doesn't sing or play an instrument, she has a deep appreciation for music. She has a good ear and can recognize talent when she hears it. And when she runs across a talented street busker, she can't bring herself to walk past. She stops to listen, again and again, and again. Not only is he easy on the ears, he's easy on the eyes too.
The story is told in Holland's POV, so I was aware of her secret crush. But I didn't know how he felt about her. When she gets him an audition for a Broadway play, it was exciting to see him get the recognition he deserves. There was no denying his talent, and she was proud of herself for discovering him. But when they offered him a position, he was forced to admit that he was in the country illegally. He shared that the offer was a dream come true, but that he was unable to accept due to his citizenship issue.
This is where it gets exciting for me. Being inside Holland's head, I knew where she wanted things to go. But I also knew that she had a lot of doubts and insecurities. She knew that if she offered to marry Calvin she would be making a lot of people happy. But what about her own happiness? Would she be satisfied being his 'Roomie' but not a wife in the true sense of the word? Would being able to look but not touch the sexy man be too much to handle? Would she be able to keep her feelings to herself once they started spending time together? What would he think if he ever found out that she was pretending to not love him, instead of the other way around?
I'm a music lover myself, so I especially enjoyed that part of the story. I was totally invested and anxious to see how their fake marriage situation would play out. Would they be able to convince immigration officials to allow him to stay? Would pretending to be in love be difficult for them? How far would they take it? Would they progress from roommates to bedmates to soulmates? Well, there's only one way to find out, read Roomies!