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?
Remind me to always, ALWAYS look at an author’s backlist before making an impulse buy. Had I known that this author published some PP’d fiction in the past I would’ve never picked up this book. That being said, I can see the roots of the authors’ fan fic past in this book. God knows, the MC reads like a hybrid of Bella Swan and Ginny Weasley which pretty much makes her an insufferable stalker girl. And that’s the reason I didn’t finish the book.
Yeah, first DNF of the year. I’m actually surprised that I’ve maintained for this long. It is the middle of February after all. I think last year I had DNF’d extremely early like in January so at least I’ve made relatively decent reading choices this year until this point-save for that Katie McGarry book with the dog murder.
And I’m getting off track.
I need to talk about why I DNF’d the book. The issue is pretty simple, it’s the MC. She is twenty-five years old but pretty much acts like Ginny Weasley did in Chamber of Secrets minus the whole you know talking to a diary/horcrux and setting a giant snake against her classmate bits.
But really, from the 100 pages I read the only thing I knew about Calvin (the hero) was that for some reason Holland found him irresistible even though she freaking doesn’t even know how his face looks at the beginning of the book. Hell, she doesn’t even know much about him and decides to commit a felony to help him.
I mean, really girl. Get a clue.
Okay, going in I knew that going into this that there was going to be a marriage of convenience BUT the way it was handled was just so sudden and stupid. I don’t even practice immigration law, but from what I know about it, Lauren completely watered down the particulars about it.
Yes-I know, I know- it’s a book. A book isn’t going to get into the nitty gritty, BUT it could at least keep some of the bare bone basics so it seemed realistic. Though, honestly, I’m not even going to get mad about that. What I am going to get mad about is the stalker-ish attitude that Holland had towards Calvin.
When I compare her to Ginny Weasley I don’t do it lightly. I despise Ginny Weasley. In some ways, I hate her more than I hate Bella Swan. Both are annoying with Sue like characteristics. However, I thought the Ginny Weasley comparison was more apt than a Bella one more in this case because other than the character’s lust towards the so called hero (seriously, Calvin is not a hero for not reporting Holland’s attacker-I mean, come on immigration aside there is a mugger on the lose because of him) there’s nothing showing why these characters should be together within a hundred pages of this book.
And I’m sorry, I would not marry some random guy. Even if he’s hot. I’m sure most twenty-five-year-old women wouldn’t marry a random guy who plays music on the subway either. But Holland does.
Like I said, it reminds me much like Ginny’s crush on Harry in book two which was superficial at best. Hell, in my opinion that entire relationship was superficial since until book six they barely had any interaction but that’s another rant for another time.
The point, I’m trying to make with all the Ginny Weasley references is that the relationship was pretty much one sided at best and came out of nowhere. Sure, I guess you could make the point that Holland was trying to be nice, but her choices seem illogical and just plain dumb. Really, it’s like the choices a twelve year old in a One Direction fan fic would make.
Hence, the Ginny comparisons.
Seriously, I just don’t know how this relationship can be viewed as okay, healthy, or even romantic. It just doesn’t work.
It’s a shame.
I was interested in the plot. I liked the idea of the book. The premises intrigued me, but the execution was just hideous.
Overall Rating: DNF.