Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: December 5, 2017
POV: First Point of View
Rating: 4 STARS
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“I’ve never met anyone who loved my playing enough to want to put a ring on it.”
Roomies is the latest masterpiece by the amazingly talented authors, Christina and Lauren. It is a complete standalone written beautifully by the duo from the heroine point of view. I had my fair share of likes and dislikes but the story managed to have me turning the pages until the end.
Christina and Lauren took me on a journey through our heroine’s, Holland, experience who was an aspiring author. After graduating from a prestigious graduate school in creative writing, she found herself stuck in New York City, having an unrelated-to-writing job with the help of her uncles in a Broadway production. While music had been part of her life and one of the passions of hers, writing was always her heart and soul, the one she had not been able to chase yet due to her lack of confidence and inspiration to write.
For the last six months, she had been secretly admiring a street musician she had encountered while on her way to work. Her admiration for his astonishing talent and passion in music had turned her little crush to an obsession that kept her coming back to listen to him perform while dreaming about his handsome figure. When a problem arose at work that directly affected her uncle’s job, the urge to help him find a new performer overwhelmed her and forced her doing something out of her character.
Calvin was a Julliard graduate who had had a dream to make it in New York City after graduation. That dream had then led him to illegally stay in the US for four years trying to make a living by joining cover bands as a guest guitarist. After years of struggling to make a living in the big city with thousands of hungry musicians who shared the same dream with him, an offer by a stranger whom he once saved was hard to pass. Even though it was unbelievably crazy, he knew deep in his heart it might have been his only chance to make his dream come true. He said ‘yes’ to Holland’s proposal and they agreed to get married for him to get hired in her uncle’s Broadway production.
To both of their surprise, a marriage of convenience was an actually serious inconvenience. Since the book was told purely from Holland’s point of view, I could feel her struggles of dealing with the pretend marriage and the hurdles it came with, as well as her issues with herself she had been avoiding for years. All of these brought out all the emotions in me—the joy, the sadness, and the surprise that came along with the unpredictable situations they were in.
I enjoyed being on a journey with Holland and was beyond thrilled to see she finally found herself throughout the chaos. I admired her unselfish character. The things she was willing to do for others showed greatly how amazing her heart was. Her honesty towards what she felt made her very easy to love. Although some of her insecurities bothered me at times, her other qualities won me over. I understood her reasoning and believed that many readers could relate to her at some point.
The supporting characters were fascinating as well. They added humor and entertainment throughout the story and were a huge part of the whole story without completely taking over the spotlights from the main characters. I enjoyed how diverse and unique each of their characters was and found myself curious about their own stories.
The broadway background was a great factor completing the story as well. It was refreshing, personally for me, which I think would charm the readers who love music and staged productions. As a newbie to Broadway world, I enjoyed it and found some knowledge regarding the world and how hard it was for street musicians to make their dreams come true in New York City. I have a huge amount of respect for all aspiring musicians after reading this book than I ever did.
However, while I enjoyed the slow-burn romance, I would have liked to see the story focused on the main characters a lot sooner than it was. I found it more beneficial for readers (especially romance readers) to build a deep connection early on with the main characters. While I enjoyed getting to know the supporting characters, I found some scenes were unnecessary despite them being free of drama, which I loved. Having the main characters interacting more would have left more impact on me.
The other thing I could not connect with was, unfortunately, the hero. The romance felt one-sided since I couldn’t really connect with him. I wasn’t really convinced he had a romantic feeling towards her throughout the story because of his lack of convincing efforts when it came to their relationship and her in particular. While I did understand his reasoning, I was not really moved by him whatsoever and felt a little underwhelmed at the end.
As a reader who favors one person point of view, preferably from the heroin, this was the case I wished the author had made it ‘dual’ first point of view instead, so I could get to know the hero and his feelings better in order to connect with him.
All in all, Roomies was a great story for fans of pretend marriage trope. With the excellent writing from the duo Christina and Lauren, Roomies is a love story with a great balance of romance, humor, family, chasing dreams, and finding our true selves, which, despite my issues, I enjoyed and highly recommend it.
“I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married.”