*I received a free copy of Roomies from Gallery Books via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Roomies by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on 5 December 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Roomies was such a tender story, but it still packed a punch! My emotions were all over the place, all the while cheering for Holland!
Unexpected romance, with possibly disastrous results sums up Roomies quite well in my opinion. Holland has gone to a specific subway station to listen to Calvin play. And when she’s attacked and he saves her, then disappears, she wants to help him get the recognition she thinks he deserves. What she didn’t count on was him being an illegal alien, but saving her uncle’s musical makes her choice an easy one. Needless to say, the fact that she’s in love with Calvin from afar makes her choice even easier.
As Calvin and Holland get married, and move in together, their attraction and chemistry is ever present. However, they’re both very careful about not becoming entangled emotionally. Until there is no going back. The drama that ensued was realistic in many ways, and a little over the top in others. However, that did not make me enjoy Roomies any less.
One of the things I loved the most about Roomies was the music, I swear I could hear some of it, and it was beautiful!
Unsurprisingly, it’s pretty no-frills inside. The walls are lined with old video games, and carved-up tables stand in clusters surrounding the bar.
Calvin’s music gives an aching sense of time passing, the pain of finding love twice in a lifetime, of losing it in intervening years. It’s exactly the way the story needs to unfold through music. It feels nostalgic… I’m already regretting the end.