Author: Christine Lauren
Category: New Adult
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?
I’ve read Autoboyography by the authors (Christina Lauren are two authors under one pen name) and I loved it. I don’t usually go seeking for other books by authors I like (I know, weird) but I saw this on the new releases list on Goodreads and HAD to read it.
The story is a little crazy, different and totally romantic.
Holland always listens to Calvin play on the subway station on certain days. She’s also sorta been crushing on him. When opportunity presents to help her uncle, whom she loves and owes a lot, she jumped on the chance and introduced him to Calvin. But unfortunately, he can’t play for them as his student visa expired and he’s in America illegally.
Taking a crazy decision because she really wants to help her uncle, Holland marries Calvin, therefore giving him a chance to join their show.
In the process of living as married roommates, putting on an act for the rest of the world and getting to know each other, a love story blooms.
Holland has a degree in arts. And because of this, she found it hard to find jobs. Her uncles helped her out by setting her up with a job AND an apartment whose rent is also mostly paid by her uncles. She feels incredibly indebted and I could understand that. If I was in her situation, I would totally jump on the chance to give back a little. Marrying a stranger is a big extreme, but she wanted to help.
She also has self-worth issues. And this leads to what I liked the most about her character—the fact that she took the time to love herself and not get carried along with Calvin. There wasn’t the “meet boy and forget everything”.
I couldn’t help but swoon for Calvin. His story WILL make you feel for him. He studied in Julliard on scholarship but stayed back instead of going home hoping he’ll get a job, and four years went by just like that with his visa being expired. He wants to follow his dreams and stays back for them. He’s also madly talented.
How much ever I liked Calvin, I only saw him as a bystander to Holland. This is a romance novel and he should be in the spotlight as well, but I just couldn’t connect with him.
Holland’s uncles were my favourite characters. Jeff, her uncle by blood and his husband Robert. BEST. PEOPLE. EVER. I want a whole novel on them. I just.. I love them individually and as a couple too much. Love them. I can go on gushing but I should stop otherwise this will become repetitive.
I really liked the romance. Both of them were wary in the beginning, they bonded first and then went on to more than friends despite being married. I liked the slow relationship build.
The part of the book where they were still on tip-toes with each other and were still in the starting stages of bonding was my favourite. It was written so well and I couldn’t help but love it.
A really good story and one that makes me look forward to their other books, which I want to read at some point. I totally recommend it if you’re looking for a good NA (New Adult) Romance story.