Published by Gallery Books on December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
Any positive buzz you may have heard about this read is justifiable. I read this book nearly a month ago and I still find myself thinking about it. It’s the kind of love-story that you can see coming, but the writing duo known as Christina Lauren took a marriage of convenience trope to a new level. This slow-burn romance is not one to miss.
The beginning of Holland and Calvin’s story comes about from some unusual circumstance, but everything about them is electric. Watching the development of their relationship is an experience. So much of the story is about growth, about Holland finding permanence in a temporary life, about Calvin creating a real place for himself in New York. About two people beating the odds.
Any initial angst seems to come from Holland overthinking things, but I loved her spirit and generosity. The story is well paced and when the real drama kicks in, my heart was smashed. Calvin’s decision making skills left a bit to be desired, giving Holland much to contemplate and transforms the story into one about hope and redemption.
I always seem to find myself completely absorbed in a Christina Lauren book. The characters are always three dimensional. It’s another stunning read from this duo and once again they deliver on another favorite for the year.
~Review by Cyndi