Author: Christina Lauren
Published by: Gallery Books
Publishing date: December 5th 2017
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?
The main character in this book, Holland, is struggling to decide what she wants to do with her life, she is a writer and it has been 2 years since her graduation from a master degree and she is starting to feel like a failure because she doesn’t know what she wants to do next with her degree and her talent. I feel like a lot of times the main characters in books have very specific goals and dreams and I like the fact that this book portraits the struggle of not knowing yet in a very relatable and realistic way. This was especially relatable for me, because I’m about to graduate from University and I’m feeling the pressure to decide what comes next even if I’m not sure yet about what I want to do.
Other aspect I really love about this book is the relationship between the main characters, there’s so much chemistry! Calvin is a charming and talented guy. I liked the whole fake marriage trope was handled in the book, because if you marry someone you barely know there are going to be more than a few awkward moments and this book shows that.
The backdrop of this book is Broadway and that makes it a lot more interesting. The focus is definitely in the musical part and in the love both of the main characters have for music. That makes the romance so much better because it easy to understand the connection between the two main characters.
The main problem I have with this book was the portrait of female friendship, I can’t understand why the main character can’t find love and keep her best friend. It’s like girls can’t be friends without jealousy and meanness.
For the most part this is fluffy and fun, and even if there’s a bit of angst, everything resolves easily, and it’s not stretch out too much, which I appreciated.
Rating: 3,8 stars