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Christina Lauren (Goodreads Author)
 3.96  ·   Rating details ·  9,405 Ratings  ·  1,517 Reviews

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?

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My Review

I won this book on Goodreads.  I have not read anything from these authors previously and found that I quite enjoyed this book very much.  It was such a sweet story.

In this story Holland (interesting name) is a New Yorker aspiring to be a writer.  With her MFA she has the means, but her head is empty of ideas.  She has writers block before she even becomes a writer.  She works with her famous Broadway Uncle to make ends meet.  She feels as if her life is going nowhere.

Holland has a crush on a street musician, Calvin who plays the guitar in front of the train station.  She takes the train everyday, even though it is out-of-the-way, so she can hear him play.  His music is so captivating.  One problem.  He is in the country illegally.  When her uncle is put in a position where his whole show can go under, Holland does the only thing she knows will work.  She proposes to Calvin.  Can these two pull off a fake marriage and fool immigration without Holland’s heart breaking?

This book was an amazing story.  So sweet and enduring.  A marriage of convenience story that is not like all the rest.  It has some steamy scenes, but they are mild in comparison to most books on this subject.  It is so romantic and innocent.  I fell in love from the very first page.  I could not put it down.

The characters were so wonderful.  Did I mention Calvin is an Irish bloke.  That’s right ladies, ACCENT!!!  I love a man with an Irish accent.  Yummy!  Calvin is no different.  I can just imagine him.  Tall, dark and handsome.  The banter between him and Holland will crack you up.  I found myself laughing out loud several times during the book.  These two characters really make a great pair and have a charismatic chemistry.  Truly awe-inspiring.

A sweet romantic tale of two people struggling to discover themselves and fall in love.  It will pull on your heartstrings and make you fall head over heels in love.  I highly recommend this for those who love a good romance.  Think The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, but with an accent.  😉

5 star

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages.
You can find them online at or at @seeCwrite (Christina), @LolaShoes (Lauren), or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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