Are you even surprised that I’ve read yet another Christina Lauren book? If you are, you shouldn’t be, and this one ended up being a really fun one!
Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.
Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.
Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
I’m going to admit right off the bat that this book is almost entirely fluff. It’s predictable, light, and almost perfect.
As usual, the female lead in this book is a bit zany. For months Holland has gone out of her way to listen to a subway musician, something that her family lovingly makes fun of, and this probably has to be one of my favorite parts of this book. The dynamic between Holland and her uncles is amazing. I love how close they all are and the roles they play in each others’ lives.
I also really enjoyed the circumstances in which Calvin and Holland got married. It’s definitely not the norm to get married first and then get to know your significant other, but of course it was very entertaining for this book. And of course, because this book is by Christina Lauren and is a romance book, we know how it’ll end, but there’s still a lot that goes on throughout the book to keep things interesting.
That being said, I don’t love the way some of the conflicts throughout the book were handled. I know some of it was a plot device, but the characters seemed pretty hypocritical at times. Why are you so mad at the other character for doing the same thing you did? Some things just seemed too blown out of proportion, even for a cheesy romance book.
To the authors’ credit they say they just wanted to write a fun, light book, and they definitely accomplished that goal. It doesn’t get too serious, but it does explore the more serious topics of family, immigration (a smidge), growing up, and having healthy relationships.
I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for a light romance with The Proposal vibes. It’s fun and has an Irishman as one of the main characters, what more could you want?