Room – Published 2017

“Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?” – Goodreads


Finding a love interest and discovering they’re living in the country illegally and then volunteering to marry them so they can stay. Books and movies have me believing this happens way more than it probably does, right? Anyway, I’m here for it with this one.

As I make my way through Christina Lauren’s backlist, I must share this gem. It’s honestly so cute and endearing, and I absolutely loved it. Admittedly, this was my “at school” book, so it took me a long time to read it; I read it while my students read their chosen books, but I looked forward to opening it up each morning.

The two main characters in this book are wonderful, and I was rooting for them as a couple and as individuals the whole time. This one had me more emotionally attached to their relationship than other CLO books, and the last 100 pages or so needed to be devoured quickly, as my anxiety was high about how it would end.

So, so good. Definitely check this one out!


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