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Roomies

Narrated by: K. C. Sheridan
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Editors Select, December 2017

It's no secret that I'm a massive Christina Lauren fan, so when I saw that their latest stand-alone novel, Roomies, was coming out in December I jumped at the chance to make it my editor pick. In fact, I even re-listened to Beautiful Bastard - the first book in their popular series by the same name - to get me in the right frame of mind. Unlike Beautiful Bastard, however, Roomies has a surprising innocence to it that caught me off guard. Twenty-five-year-old Holland is stumbling her way through adulthood, and she shocks even herself when she decides to save her uncle's Broadway show by marrying the sexy Irish guitarist he wants to hire for the orchestra - who happens to be in the country illegally. Their slow-burning relationship, and Holland's own journey of self-discovery, was charming, natural, and completely real to this subway riding, Broadway obsessed NYC gal. PS, K. C. Sheridan needs to narrate more - her Irish accent is officially my new obsession. —Katie, Audible Editor

Summary

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively enjoyable as in New York Times and number one international best-selling author Christina Lauren's (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You/Hating You) new romance.

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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

©2017 Christina Lauren (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Albertina Green
  • 08-12-17

I need an Encore

Let’s be honest I’ve been a fan girl for Christina Lauren since B.B. and they have never disappointed, however I am disappointed now, because I am in serious need of an encore. I have had a book boyfriend in Will since he was first mentioned in their books but he has now be replaced by a Beautiful Irish man. Colin is seriously everything that I would want in a mate, he’s loving, kind, encouraging, faithful, and even when his dreams come true and he could have anyone he still wants his girl! I love this and I need to know what happens after ...

This was an easy read, pretty quick you won’t want to put it down until you finish it! The narrator is amazing and truly does bring this story to life, and the story itself is just so real! More than ever before I believe this is their best book yet and they have truly grown as writers! This book is realistic and heartwarming, and seriously swoon worthy!

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  • J. Haney (Haney Hayes Promotions)
  • 04-01-18

So much love for this Dynamic Duo

Goodreads Review: First I should start that I have been a fan of these two ladies for years! Starting with Beautiful Bastard!! I'd read romance but these ladies introduced me to RomComs, and for that, I'm beyond grateful. Now back to this book now that I've gushed about the Authors! Roomies is the perfect blend of comedy and drama. This would make for one hell of a movie. I was hooked from the first page. I felt the emotions, and just overall did not want to put this book down. I read it in about five hours and neglected the adulting I should have been doing. I should probably stop gushing now. Great job again ladies! I can only hope to be as impressive as the two of you one day.

My thoughts on the Audio: K.C. Sheridan was perfect for this story, Now I can't wait to listen to more books with her narrating. I loved listening to books but when the author/s can find a narrator that is perfect for a story it makes it seem that much more real. I'm ready for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-18

Meh....not a fan

Maybe this is a generational thing but there was just way too much 'getting drunk to have a good time' going on in this book. The story line also seemed a bit contrived. I finished the book, but I will avoid the author in the future. The narrator did a good job all things considered.

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  • Denise
  • 08-12-17

I loved it.

I loved the accents by the narrator. Loved the visual descriptions of music. Charming and sweet. Calvin was an adorable male lead.

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  • holly f
  • 15-12-17

Book was really good, but ending was lackluster

I don’t understand why you write a really good book to not give people a good detailed ending .....gurrrrr😑Makes the rest of the book and the wonderful writing kind of seem like it was a waste.

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  • Misty
  • 13-02-18

Sweet sweetness

Nothing better than a warm, sunny Sunday morning in bed... all snuggled up and warm.

That is what feelings this book brings out in me. A little drama, just enough to keep you interested and listening in but not enough to keep you listening late into the night. The characters feel like your best friends that you want nothing but the best things to happen to and when the drama comes full circle you smile and are filled with warmth.

The ladies behind Christina Lauren are so good at what they do and it shows. Their stories are layered and smart. They are not gratuitous or for just for fun even when they are fun and funny, there is still something to be learned. I love that.

KC Sheridan is a new narrator to me. Her accenting abilities were pretty amazing. I loved how she could switch in and out but if it weren’t for the accent, you wouldn’t know that it was a man speaking. She didn’t have tone distinction really and it was a little bothersome. At times she did get a little monotone and I felt myself get drowsy and had to stop the audio and come back. But that was few and far between because the accent would win me over each and every time. Whether it was the uncle or the MC, no matter, I was in love. She also fit the role of the female main character perfectly. Her emotion was on point and kept me feeling right along with the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-18

Fun for Marriage of Convenience Story Lovers.

I completely enjoyed this book - but I'm a sucker for any kind of marriage of convenience story. I also loved the relationship between Holland and her Uncles: it felt authentic and well developed. The chemistry development between the main characters was believable and really fun to read as well.

The narrator did a fantastic job with the voices and the accents and I would happily listen to anything else this narrator reads.

Warning for a very tiny tiny spoiler coming: I gave the story 3 stars overall because especially in the last half of the book the main character was channeling a little too much Bella Swan to be enjoyable for my taste. AKA: how could he love me cause I'm so average and normal etc. I don't want to give anything away so I won't elaborate further on this. Lets just say if I was reading this in paper form there were chunks of the main characters' self deprecation that I would have skimmed.

Overall - would recommend.

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  • Donna
  • 10-05-18

Meh

Im a fan of the authors but the story had no feeling to me. The narration was all over the place with the Irish accent and the ending just dragged on with ancillary characters and convenient friends at immigration. This could have been so much more as it was reminiscent of sweet filthy boy . It was an ok book but i know they can do better than this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-04-18

All the makings for a perfect story!

I was generously gifted a copy of this book! I have absolutely loved everything I’ve read by Christina Lauren! This book did not disappoint. I’m a sucker for an Irishman and a sucker for a musician. Calvin being both rolled into one was perfection. I also enjoy and marriage of convenience story. This truly had it all. I loved the banter and chemistry between Holland and Calvin. The authors are masters at writing an awkward, hilarious situation! The birthday restaurant scene had me wiping away tears of laughter! Truly brilliant writing! I have to say I was hoping for a little more. An epilogue would have left me more satisfied. I wanted to see what Holland decides to continue to do with her career, especially since that was a huge part of her storyline. If I had been satisfied with the end I would have easily given this 5 stars! Maybe there will be more! 🤞🏻

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  • Author
  • 20-02-18

Not my favorite by Christina Lauren

What did you like best about Roomies? What did you like least?

This story was really tough to get into. I started it right after I purchased it, but it took me about a month to actually get interested enough to go back and listen to the whole book.

Calvin was an interesting character. I like the setting in NYC.

Would you recommend Roomies to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I don’t think so.

How could the performance have been better?

The voice of Calvin was spot on- he’s Irish and thus has an Irish accent. Unfortunately, the narrator wasn’t able to lose the Irish accent for the rest of the characters, so it was very odd.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

More sizzle.

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