Apr 16

Not Pretending Anymore by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward Review


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Finding a good roommate through a classified ad isn’t as easy as it sounds. I was starting to lose hope.

Until a knock at my door came and God answered my prayers.

Except…uh…wrong prayer, God.

I’d definitely requested the big guy find me a drop-dead gorgeous man on more than one occasion…just not as my roommate.

Declan Tate talked me into interviewing him anyway.

While he was amusing and charismatic, I wouldn’t have been comfortable living with a man, so I regretfully declined.

Then cupcakes showed up at my door—freshly baked by Declan and just as sinfully delicious as he was.

You could say he was persistent.

I eventually folded.  It wasn’t like I had another viable candidate anyway.

Plus, I was interested in someone else. And Declan was into another woman. So it wasn’t like anything would happen romantically.

After he moved in, the two of us became the best of friends.  We even started to give each other advice on getting our crushes to notice us.

Eventually, Declan concocted an idea: we should pretend to be a couple to make our love interests jealous.

I was hesitant, but went along with it anyway. To my utter shock, his crazy plan worked.

Now I was dating the supposed man of my dreams, and my best friend had the woman of his.

But there was one problem.

I couldn’t stop thinking about Declan.

Those feelings we were trying to fake?

Yeah…I wasn’t pretending anymore.

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I love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward individually, both authors’ solo books are fantastic, but their collaborative works are truly special love stories. Their words blend together so seamlessly, effortlessly transitioning between their individual writing styles to mesh into these absolutely addictive and unputdownable stories. This pairing creates brilliant and truly magical romances together, and I can’t get enough of them.

I absolutely loved Declan Tate. He was a cupcake-baking charming and charismatic good guy who was Greek God gorgeous, thoughtful and kind, and it all blended together into this totally swoon-worthy hero. This was a man who needed understanding—but hid that vulnerability—and he found that in Molly Corrigan. She was his perfect counterpart, but their circumstances definitely got in the way of her realizing this man was the one for her. What starts off as a super sweet friendship, though, slowly builds into so much more.

Oh, the feels! This book had all of them! Friendship, anticipation, excitement, desire, lust, disappointment and love. I felt them all at one point or another while reading this book, and it was a direct result of the fabulous writing of the Keeland Ward combo. I really loved the friendship between Declan and Molly, but I sure felt the sparks of their attraction. I loved their banter, I loved how they nurtured their friendship allowing it to grow into what would eventually form the solid foundation of their romance. I loved how even through all of that, the chemistry between them was still there, crackling and popping away.

Not Pretending Anymore was emotional and sexy and everything I adore about Keeland and Ward’s collaborative romances. I read this book in one sitting with my hopeful little heart racing, tugging and sometimes aching for this couple. This was one of those stories that I did not want to put it down and could unconsciously feel my reading pace slowing as I neared the end because I just didn’t want it to be over. Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland’s Not Pretending Anymore gets five smooches from me.

~ Danielle Palumbo




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