Since this book was announced, I’ve been eagerly anticipating its release. Christina Lauren’s books have been my go-to novels whenever I’ve needed something to pick me up. A skill she is excellent at is crafting characters that are likeable, which she achieves in most of her books.
Roomies is a testament to this. From the early stages of the book, it’s easy to feel drawn to Holland’s awkwardness and quirks. Who hasn’t let their imagination run wild about a crush? The only difference is that Holland took it to another level and married him. As a whole, the book is about Holland stepping out of her comfort zone and learning to love her musician ‘husband’ despite knowing nothing about him. On a character level, her humour and strong personality prevail and she maintains her likeability throughout its duration. Calvin, Holland’s love interest, is also a likeable and witty character.
Though the characters of Roomies are strong, the story didn’t draw me in as much as I wanted it to. At times, I found it predictable and any potential dramas were quickly resolved. I was waiting for a twist, but that never happened. I loved that Holland was able to develop her aspirations and grow, but I think the story needed another dramatic moment towards the end. The story is still enjoyable; and if you’re looking for something light to breeze through within a day, then Roomies is perfect. But if you’re after something with a bit more substance, I wouldn’t recommend this book.
Roomies is a charming read about love that blooms after marriage. Despite its predictability, the story between Holland and Calvin will put a smile on your face.
Release date: December 5th 2017
(I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)