Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Roomies

Before I write this review, I just wanted to say: I'm back!  I took an unexpected hiatus (again -- whoops) to spend more time with family and deal with some personal things.  I haven't had much time to read or write anything but -- finally -- things have begun to slow down and fall into place which means I'm back!  I'm excited to start posting and reading again. 

Title: Roomies 
Series: None 
Author: Christina Lauren 
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher: Gallery Books 
Publication Date: December 5, 2017 
Source: Bought 

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?

Find Roomies online!
Christina Lauren books tend to be hit or miss for me.  For the most part, I've enjoyed them and I'm happy to say that Roomies is another one of their books I really liked!  While it was a little slow to start for me, I thought the premise was fun and interesting -- it certainly led to a lot of entertaining and swoon-worthy tension and situations between the main characters, Holland and Calvin!

I've come to the conclusion that my favorite romance stories to read are hate-to-love stories and marriages of convenience.  In Roomies, Holland and Calvin make a deal to get married in order for Calvin to pursue his dream as a musician on Broadway.  They go pretty quickly from strangers to husband and wife in order to ensure Calvin's ability to be in the Broadway show.  I loved seeing them quickly and genuinely grow to know and like each other throughout this process -- it was so sweet seeing how they gradually learned to trust and care for each other.  Even better was when they started to realize that their friendship was quickly turning into something more.  Talk about swoon!  

Despite the familiar premise of a marriage of convenience, the overall plot was made exciting and new with the inclusion of the Broadway aspect.  I was really interested reading about the show and Calvin's passion for music.  Hearing the way Holland described Calvin's music made me wish I could hear it for myself!  It's clear he's immensely talented and he quickly becomes popular because of his talent.  The added element of Holland and Calvin having to deal with him becoming basically a celebrity was also a really interesting and fun element to read about in this story!  My only real problem with the plot was a few chapters toward the end when it felt like Holland was kinda . . . making problems that didn't necessarily need to be there.  I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much but her lack of communication began to frustrate me.  

This is the sort of story that just made me all sorts of happy.  It was full of so much sweetness, swoon-worthy scenes, and intense tension between the two main characters!  I couldn't resist falling for Calvin and Holland and I hope Christina Lauren's next novel is full of all the magic this one was!  

“Do you have cats?” I blink. “Cats?” “I’m allergic.” “Oh.” I frown. This is really where his brain goes first? Mine went straight to bare skin and sex sounds. “No cats.” 

Four Teapots
  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read in 2017!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I Read in 2017!

 


 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak || Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

 

Undecided by Julianna Keyes || What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

 

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios || Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen || An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

What were some of your favorite reads of 2017?  Do we share any of the same ones?  I'm really excited to see what new favorites 2018 brings!  Let me know what books you enjoyed this year in the comments below!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Back from Hiatus + Update!

You guys!!  This past month and a half has been insane!  I've been so busy and haven't had any extra time to read (or blog).  I've missed guy guys so much!!  It's been strange not to be posting on this blog of commenting on and visiting other blogs.  But I've had to put school work, family, my own well-being, and NaNoWriMo at the fore front and I've gotten a lot done!

Last month, I made the goal to do and win NaNoWriMo! I was really excited to compete but knew it would be extra challenging with it being my last year of college.  I had never won before so I was pretty nervous about it.  But this year . . . I DID IT!  I won NaNoWriMo!!  The last day I wrote 10,000 words in order to read 50,000 so I'm super proud of myself!  I'm still working on story and it's been going well so far (although much slower than in November).  


Since finishing NaNoWriMo, I've been basically drowning in school work and finals.  There were some interesting projects I had to do and I've been barely surviving on caffeine trying to finish it all.  I have one more final to do and then I will be officially all done and on break for a few weeks!  I'm so looking forward to spending the next month or so just reading and spending time with family and friends!

So, that's a bit of an update on what has been going on with me!  I'm really happy to be back on the blog and can't wait to catch up with everyone and visit your blogs!  I hope you all have had a good November/December!  



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For! 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas || Bad Romance by Heather DeMetrios

 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare || Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

 

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia || Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han || Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne || The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan








Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #124

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Say You'll Remember Me
Series: None
Author: Katie McGarry 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Publication Date: January 30, 2018 

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. 

Find Say You'll Remember Me online!

Why I'm waiting on Say You'll Remember Me this Wednesday: It's been a few years since I've read a book from this author but I remember really liking her stories back in the day! This one originally caught my attention because of the cover (it's SO PRETTY!).  But the summary also really appeals to me -- sounds like a forbidden romance which I am so here for.  

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Have you read any books by Katie McGarry?  Which has been your favorite?  I'm really excited to give this one a chance!  Leave links to your posts down below!  

 
Imagination Designs
Images from StarCityDesigns