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Publisher's Summary

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively enjoyable as in New York Times and number one international best-selling 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 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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

©2017 Christina Lauren (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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I need an Encore

Let’s be honest I’ve been a fan girl for Christina Lauren since B.B. and they have never disappointed, however I am disappointed now, because I am in serious need of an encore. I have had a book boyfriend in Will since he was first mentioned in their books but he has now be replaced by a Beautiful Irish man. Colin is seriously everything that I would want in a mate, he’s loving, kind, encouraging, faithful, and even when his dreams come true and he could have anyone he still wants his girl! I love this and I need to know what happens after ...

This was an easy read, pretty quick you won’t want to put it down until you finish it! The narrator is amazing and truly does bring this story to life, and the story itself is just so real! More than ever before I believe this is their best book yet and they have truly grown as writers! This book is realistic and heartwarming, and seriously swoon worthy!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Denise
  • Maplewood, MN, United States
  • 12-08-17

I loved it.

I loved the accents by the narrator. Loved the visual descriptions of music. Charming and sweet. Calvin was an adorable male lead.

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So much love for this Dynamic Duo

Goodreads Review: First I should start that I have been a fan of these two ladies for years! Starting with Beautiful Bastard!! I'd read romance but these ladies introduced me to RomComs, and for that, I'm beyond grateful. Now back to this book now that I've gushed about the Authors! Roomies is the perfect blend of comedy and drama. This would make for one hell of a movie. I was hooked from the first page. I felt the emotions, and just overall did not want to put this book down. I read it in about five hours and neglected the adulting I should have been doing. I should probably stop gushing now. Great job again ladies! I can only hope to be as impressive as the two of you one day.

My thoughts on the Audio: K.C. Sheridan was perfect for this story, Now I can't wait to listen to more books with her narrating. I loved listening to books but when the author/s can find a narrator that is perfect for a story it makes it seem that much more real. I'm ready for the next one.

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Book was really good, but ending was lackluster

I don’t understand why you write a really good book to not give people a good detailed ending .....gurrrrr😑Makes the rest of the book and the wonderful writing kind of seem like it was a waste.

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  • Donna
  • Hazel Crest, IL, United States
  • 05-10-18

Meh

Im a fan of the authors but the story had no feeling to me. The narration was all over the place with the Irish accent and the ending just dragged on with ancillary characters and convenient friends at immigration. This could have been so much more as it was reminiscent of sweet filthy boy . It was an ok book but i know they can do better than this.

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Meh....not a fan

Maybe this is a generational thing but there was just way too much 'getting drunk to have a good time' going on in this book. The story line also seemed a bit contrived. I finished the book, but I will avoid the author in the future. The narrator did a good job all things considered.

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All the makings for a perfect story!

I was generously gifted a copy of this book! I have absolutely loved everything I’ve read by Christina Lauren! This book did not disappoint. I’m a sucker for an Irishman and a sucker for a musician. Calvin being both rolled into one was perfection. I also enjoy and marriage of convenience story. This truly had it all. I loved the banter and chemistry between Holland and Calvin. The authors are masters at writing an awkward, hilarious situation! The birthday restaurant scene had me wiping away tears of laughter! Truly brilliant writing! I have to say I was hoping for a little more. An epilogue would have left me more satisfied. I wanted to see what Holland decides to continue to do with her career, especially since that was a huge part of her storyline. If I had been satisfied with the end I would have easily given this 5 stars! Maybe there will be more! 🤞🏻

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Well

I liked the story for the most part. The story was well written, the characters seemed original, the drama was, of course, there but not overwhelming and over the top. I liked the heroine’s growth over the book, her realization of some hard truths, and she was also relatable. Here’s my issue and why I took away a star; I wasn’t sold on the narration. I can’t think of the best way to describe it, but it almost seemed like she had trouble differentiating between her American accents and her Irish accents. I’m not really an accent snob here, but it was noticeable to me. The main thing that stood out was that some statements she made seemed almost like questions. Anyway, it was okay.

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Not my favorite by Christina Lauren

What did you like best about Roomies? What did you like least?

This story was really tough to get into. I started it right after I purchased it, but it took me about a month to actually get interested enough to go back and listen to the whole book.

Calvin was an interesting character. I like the setting in NYC.

Would you recommend Roomies to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I don’t think so.

How could the performance have been better?

The voice of Calvin was spot on- he’s Irish and thus has an Irish accent. Unfortunately, the narrator wasn’t able to lose the Irish accent for the rest of the characters, so it was very odd.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

More sizzle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Where is the sizzle?

It is a good story but there’s no sizzle. I think Holland was lost and in the end she might have found herself but she still had so much self doubt it ruined it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful