Synopsis via Goodreads: I wanted a second chance. What I got was a repeat.
She was too beautiful. Too smart. And her emerald green eyes saw too much.I wanted space—she took it away.I craved her lips—she gave me her kiss.
I screwed it up—she got smart.Avoiding me is the right thing to do. I’m messed up, tortured, and probably always will be.But I still want her.Her mind. Her body. Her heart.
I want it all.And this time, I’m in control.
No matter what I have to do, I will make her mine.
Note: Levi and Ivy’s story will continue in Book Three—Fox.
If you haven’t read the read the first book in the Stone Cold Fox Trilogy, then I suggest you go do so ASAP and close out from this review because I’m about to drop some spoilers and y’all ain’t gonna want none of that. But for those of you who have, feel free to continue reading my review of Cold as I curse Max Monroe’s name for the pain they have caused me.
Cold picks up right where Stone left off. Levi Fox realizes how much of an asshole he has been to Ivy and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win back her trust. So that means groveling—and a lot of it. But having already been burned before, Ivy isn’t so quick to forgive and tries her best to close her heart off to Levi. While these two fight it out, strange things start happening and Levi fears for Ivy’s safety. Can Levi keep the girl who owns his heart safe, or will history repeat itself again?
Max Monroe really got some balls to be torturing their readers like this. The amount of twists in this book had me on edge and I couldn’t stop reading. I was totally surprised by how deep Levi and Grace’s relationship truly was and it just made me even more mad at the way Grace’s life came to an end. Speaking of Levi, I was pretty pissed off with him after all the shit he pulled in Stone. But was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and hoped that he would finally get his act together. Long story short, he did. I was totally won over by the cold-hearted asshole and how could I not be? He poured his heart out to Ivy and told her things that no one else knew—things about Grace—so I can definitely see why the guy has a fear of commitment. A good amount of this book is spent on these two bickering back and forth. I was really hoping that Ivy would forgive Levi like I did, but at the same time I loved how she made him work to earn her trust back so I was willing to wait it out until Ivy was ready to forgive. I liked how Max Monroe also managed to slip some suspense into this story and they slowly built it up to one hell of cliffhanger. Y’all, I HAVE NOT READ A CLIFFHANGER LIKE THIS ONE IN MONTHS! LIKE BITCH, THIS SHIT HAD ME FUCKED UP! And the worse part is that I won’t be able to pick up Fox for another few weeks so I’m basically sitting here with my theories until I see how this finale plays out. The next few weeks will be painful, but I know the wait will be worth it!
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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?
A few weeks ago, I read Love and Other Words and fell completely in love with Christina Lauren’s writing. I seriously could not believe I waited so long to read one of their books but I definitely chose the right book to start my obsession with this author duo. I decided since I already had a copy of Roomies, I might as well read that book too. I just hoped that it would be just as good as Love and Other Words…
Holland Bakker has it bad for a subway station guitarist named Calvin McLoughlin and on the night she finally gathers the courage to speak to him, she gets pushed onto the subway tracks. A few days later, Holland runs into Calvin again and a friendship starts between the two. When her uncle is in need of a musician for his orchestra, Holland thinks that Calvin is perfect for the part. But a problem arises when Calvin reveals that he has been living in the States illegally and it would be a risk for him to take part in the show. Hoping to help fix the problem, Holland offers to marry Calvin and play house until he is able to become legal. But it’s not long until these two are no longer “playing pretend”.
The only thing I knew about Roomies was that it was set in NYC and that it was a marriage of convenience romance—which is essentially the same as the fake-dating trope, my least favorite trope, but I was hoping this book wouldn’t let me down despite that. Fortunately, I ended up enjoying this one very much. I was hooked right from the start and I will admit, I may be a little bias being a New Yorker myself. I loved the fact that there were specific places mentioned in this story that only native New Yorkers would know about. I related to Holland a lot because she’s at the point in her life where she’s questioning what she wants to do as a career and finding her purpose and she’s just so frustrated and feeling lost. While in this fake marriage, she ends up learning a lot about herself and gains some perspective. As for Calvin, he’s just an absolute babe! He’s got the looks, he can sing, he’s got an accent, like this is my dream boo right here and I can definitely see why Holland fell for him from the moment she met him. The romance was angsty, steamy and even hilarious at times. The only let down was the ending. I didn’t expect the book to end so abruptly and I still had a few unanswered questions. I think we need a novella or something so we can see how things wrap up for this pair because their story doesn’t feel like it’s finished just yet. All in all, Roomies was an adorable read and I can’t wait to read the next book this author duo releases!