Synopsis: Holland has a crush on a subway performer named Calvin. She convinces him to perform in her uncle’s theatrical production but when he is hired they learn his visa has expired.
Undaunted, Holland suggests they get married so he can have his dream job and she can imagine, even if only for the duration of his work for her uncle, that she has the man of her dreams.
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. Holland’s uncles are hilarious and I absolutely loved them. I also really enjoyed Holland as a character. She is a struggling writer and part of her character arc in this book is her pursuit of her writing dreams.
I loved that this book involves the theatre. I am a huge fan of theatre so all the scenes where Calvin and the crew are rehearsing or performing were especially fun for me.
This book was quite funny and I enjoyed the humor of the book.
The main tropes of the book is a marriage of convenience mixed with fake marriage. I like both of those tropes and they were done well. I love watching a couple get to know one another and slowly fall in love even though they don’t have a “real” marriage.
I did feel like there was more focus on Holland and how she changes than I am used to in a romance novel. I felt like her arc, at times, took over the story and overshadowed the blooming romance with Calvin.
The book is told from Holland’s perspective which I think is part of the reason it feels like her arc takes over. Sometimes being in Holland’s head was annoying.
I would really have liked to have a dual perspective because I never felt like I fully knew Calvin and that was extremely detrimental because he did some pretty awful things in the latter part of the book. Things I would consider unforgivable.
I had a hard time being on board with them as a couple after what Calvin did and that hurt my enjoyment of the book a bit. I felt sorry for Holland and didn’t want her to be with someone who could do what Calvin did.
There was also some drama with Holland’s best friend that I could have done without.
Christina Lauren is a great storyteller and this wasn’t a bad book but it is the book I have enjoyed least from this author of those I’ve read.
Other than the thing with Calvin, I had a pretty good time with this book but I don’t know if I can recommend.
I loved the style and the humor of the book. But, as I said, it was hard to be onboard with the romance after Calvin screws things up.