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review 2018-02-27 21:35
Roomies - Christina Lauren

After the trying-to-do -too-much-and-not-quite-executing Dating You/Hating You, I wondered if my run with Christina Lauren was over. I typically REALLY enjoy their books. In Roomies, they return to the straight-up romance that kept me coming back to their books.


So I just went ahead and read this in one sitting. The book's about a couple of sweethearts, surrounded by supportive people, struggling in New York. After reading a book with a similar set up yesterday, someone pining after a stranger and therefore going out of their way to see said stranger and having it not only not do it for me, but fail spectacularly, this was like a revival for the fire burning from that experience. 


I really just think this book is about sweet people. Ultimately, I'm not sure I feel as strongly about this match as I did Hannah/Will for example or Oliver/Lola (fans self) to name just two couples, but I thought it was realistic in communication and lack thereof, how they were woven into the tapestry of each other's lives, and - this is important - it had that ingredient that I think "alpha" heroes often lack which is acting as the person who "rescues" the other by helping them see themselves clearly, by propping them up, by acting as a mirror. I'm not sure I'd call Calvin an alpha, but he was an intense, focused, sweet, and fun hero. Holland was on a journey to find herself, the pure certainty of everyone around her having their life figured out acting as the backdrop to her uncertainty.


Again, this wasn't my favorite, but it was a relief to see that I can probably count on them to continue to deliver me characters and relationships I can root for. 


Side note, I don't know what color his eyes and hair were. Consistently described as green and light brown respectively, there was one point it turned to "amber" and "russet"


I was just confused. 


Another side note, I think they do dual POV better than this.

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review 2017-12-04 17:10
Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren
Roomies - Christina Lauren

Holland, born in a cab and the youngest of six kids, lives in Manhattan on the support of her doting uncles, who are more like fathers. She has a masters degree in fine arts - an aspiring writing, who isn’t writing. She’s got little direction in her life, but when an accident puts her in contact with the subway busker she’s been crushing on for six months, Holland’s life turns upside down.


With a little bit of the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie, While You Were Sleeping, and a little bit of the 1991 film, Green Card, Roomies is a delightful romance about self-discovery and making dreams come true. When Holland finds a way to help her Uncle Robert with his broadway musical by marrying classical guitarist Calvin so he can stay in country, she decides to go for it. It’s a turning point for Holland who realizes she wants to marry Calvin because she never takes risks, and at twenty-five years old, is bored with life. She recognizes that maybe the reason she can’t write is because she’s not really living. 


Through Holland’s eyes we get to know Calvin, who is charming, sexy, sweet, and kind. He’s humble and gracious, and readers can tell that it’s not just Holland’s rose-colored, lustful glasses that filter how we see Calvin. There are stumbles, and yet, he continues to shine. Holland always puts the needs of others before her own. It’s through the getting-to-know each other process (for the green card application), that Holland recognizes some things about herself; that she’s a supporting character in her own life. And this is what eventually drives Holland to become more than a supporting character. 


Additionally, Holland doesn’t feel worthy of Calvin’s affection, and as they get to know one another, we experience the range of Holland’s feelings, most of all her uncertainty. The wondering if Calvin’s flirtatious actions are true or for show... my heart was pounding along side of Holland’s. Her flaws make her real and on some level, all of her insecurities are familiar: that piece of Holland that is always trying to help others. Who is unsure of where to go with life. Who doubts she can find true meaning and love in her life. 


Honestly, my only complaint is I wanted more. Although we get to see a lot of the pair as a couple and falling in love, it’s always tarnished a bit by the pressure of the fake marriage and getting a green card. Once things are real and after the pain, I wanted more. To know they are going to make it. It ended too quickly for me, but at the same time, I can appreciate that the story was over. 


In the end, Roomies isn’t overly complicated or complex, but it is rich in detail and has all the feels. Deep feels. The descriptions of the music, of Holland listening to Calvin play, it is more than just an appreciation for beautiful things. It is life-changing—reaching into Holland’s soul. Seeing the world through Holland’s eyes, readers get their heart broken by and fall in love with Calvin. It’s a beautiful journey, one that I highly recommend.


My Rating:  A, Loved It

Review copy provided by Netgalley

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-11-10 20:20
Roomies - Christina Lauren

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Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Roomies" by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts....

What a interesting read of "Roomies" where I found myself not being able to put this one down until the very end wanting to know what was going to happen to Holland and Calvin next. I like how this author was able to deliver such a good read that involved the 'musical aspects and the Broadway musical' that was so important to the read. Truly this marriage of convenience due to immigration was delivered so very well in this well written story. The two main characters Holland and Calvin were simply off the chart being to incredible and even somewhat realistic with each having some issues of their own. It was even great as the reader will see Holland finally finding herself by figuring herself out which was so very important in this story. It was also interesting seeing how this story wasn't just about romance but of...well this is where I will stop and say you will have to pick this novel up and see how well this author gives it to the reader. Even though I felt this some of this story was somewhat predictable it was still a good read where I enjoyed the journey. Be ready for a marriage of convenience that will grow into something much more with 'emotion, drama and even sexual tension.'

Even though this story may have had a good ending it would have been even greater if this story had a epilogue but yet I guess the reader can assume it was all good in the end. Would I recommend? Yes!


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review 2015-01-19 10:49
Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr
Roomies - Sara Zarr,Tara Altebrando,Becca Battoe,Emily Eiden

Elizabeth (Eb) and Lauren(Lo)have been paired up to be roommates at Berkeley


Lo isn't too happy. She lives with her parents and five siblings. She hasn't had any personal space since the younger children came along. She had requested a single room, but that was obviously denied.


Eb is thrilled. Its just her and her mother at home, and she's really looking forward to the "closeness" her and Lo are bound to share. She also hopes to possibly reconnecting with her father. He happens to own a Gallery in San Francisco. Eb excitedly sends off an email to Lo just minutes after receiving her roommates info.


This is one of the most adorable books I've ever read (or listened to). I absolutely loved both girls. Both were realistic, likable, and had their own distinctive personalities. I listened to the audio version, and while I think this would have been a great story to "read", I think the narrators are what really brought this book to life for me. Everything the girls have ever known is about to change. This is thrilling, sad, and at least a little terrifying. The narrators did a beautiful job with bringing each girl to life.


I have a hate/love feel for the ending. I really wished the book had gone on for one more scene. I almost feel cheated that it didn't. However, it really is the perfect ending to the book. I think ending it any other way may have taken away the special feeling the book gave me.

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review 2014-12-04 16:50
Roomies by Lindy Zart
Roomies - Lindy Zart

2,5 stars


Well, what a disappointment.


Around 90% I realised that no devirginizing would take place.


I actually read two hundred and thirty pages of pajama descriptions, downright stupid misunderstandings and a so-not-believable dilemma.



Come on, you call this a love triangle? This is child's play. One guy is her long-standing love and best-friend, and the other is his asshat brother, whom she just met! Kennedy tries to appear divided, but honestly, physical attraction doesn't mean she would just ditch the man she has loved for more than a year.


Why drag this on? Why make an entire book about an occasionally funny internal dialogue? There is no romantic interaction whatsoever. That would probably have slightly redeemed the book from its general boredom. But no. Nada.



Conclusion: I have wasted my time.

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