Christina Lauren returns to the blog today with a fun romance full of laughter and smart moments, the story is narrated by K. C. Sheridan. Please read on for my review of
I adore the tensions and narrative voices in a Christina Lauren book, and Roomies is no exception. Smart characters, humor and a touch of sparkle that makes them feel oh so absolutely right together, each one of her books makes me happy. In Roomies, the setting is New York and the influences of Broadway, buskers, coffee shops and the hustle and bustle of the “city that never sleeps” are tactile and present in the story – always waiting stage left to make an entrance.
Holland is an aspiring writer, working for her uncle on Broadway. She loves music and the city, and a well-turned phrase. A bit at loose ends, the opportunity to be in the middle of the New York scene is too good to resist – and then she spots him. A busker, playing his guitar on the platform, gentle melodies that speak to the heart. Calvin is a talented musician with an Irish accent that is beyond adorable and a heart of gold. He just wants to stay in the city for opportunity – but with his visa set to run out, his only chance may be a marriage.
Together these two are off the charts adorable – a flirtation and crush on Holland’s part lead to an offer of marriage so Calvin can stay. But there’s so much more here: Calvin is sweet and gentle, challenging Holland to take those chances and grow in ways unexpected. For her part, Holland’s feelings for Calvin are developing, but there are obstacles to cross and secrets to reveal. The development of their relationship, with plenty of input and interference from secondary characters with sharp comments and questions reveal more layers and moments for both Calvin and Holland to grow, together and separately. Each moment of their relationship – full of firsts and revelations drags listeners along through the relationship as it grows and changes: allowing the emotions and firsts to feel plausible and possible – and the relationship and romance grow to be real and tangible as the story progresses.
Narration for this story is provided by K. C. Sheridan, and the gentle performance clearly allows the text to speak to readers, while giving moments of additional emotional impact with pauses, hesitations, breathy releases and even a bit of bubbly smiles. Holland is clearly presented as someone searching for a purpose and attempting to do the best for all in her circle along the way: Calvin has that touch of Irishness that clearly presents in his phrasing and approach to telling a story, smooth and graceful. A lovely listen and hopefully just the first of many with this narrator.
If you (like me) enjoy a Christina Lauren book – you won’t go wrong here. If you’ve not tried one – go for a trope that is rare in contemporary romance and take a chance with this marriage of convenience story: you won’t be disappointed.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: K. C. Sheridan
Published by: Gallery Books, SimonandSchuster.com/Audio
Published on: 5 December, 2017
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 35 minutes
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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 realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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