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Early Review: Pretending She’s His by Kelsie Leverich

Pretending She's HisTitlePretending She’s His

Author: Kelsie Leverich

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series Hard Feelings (Novella 2.5)

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Format: Ebook, 104 Pages

ASIN: B00EPX77YK (Penguin/Intermix)

IBSN-13978-0698154353 (Penguin/Intermix)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Kelsie Leverich continues her series in her new Hard Feelings novella, where a tempting little lie turns into so much more…

Eva Riley is the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding and it just so happens that her ex is the best man. Eva’s a straight shooter and definitely not the damsel-in-distress type. But with her pride on the line and her ex’s heart on his sleeve, there might not be enough champagne in the world to get her through this weekend…

Trevor Owens may be one hell of a good friend to Eva, but he’s always wanted to get the fiery redhead between the sheets. So he swoops in and offers a solution to her ex problem: they can pretend to be together—just for the weekend. But when their little game of make-believe is over, will they be able to tell what’s real and what’s only pretend?

Quick & Dirty: This was a sexy read about how friendship can ultimately turn into love.  Very fast read full of steamy moments and intriguing characters, this is sure to satisfy fans of the series while waiting for the next book.

Opening Sentence: “I told you to bring a date.”

Excerpt: No

The Review

Eva Riley is going to her best friend’s wedding.  She is going to be the maid of honor. As luck would have it, her ex-boyfriend is the best man.  They broke up eight months ago because Eva is just not a long term relationship type of girl.  Their breakup was not a good one and luckily she hasn’t had to see him since, but obviously she can’t avoid him forever.  Things are more than awkward between them and when he claims to still have feelings for her, the only thing Eva can do is pretend she is with someone else.  The only available single guy that she can claim as a boyfriend is Trevor Owens.

Trevor loves women, but he has never been close to ever being in love with one.  He and Eva have been friends for years, and he has always fantasized what she would be like in bed.  So when she comes up with the plan to pretend to be together, he jumps right on board. But when their little game of pretend ends will they just go back to being friends? Or will some of their feelings become real?

Eva is a feisty girl full of spunk and attitude.  She has never been in love before and honestly she doesn’t believe she is capable of falling in love.  She enjoys a good time and when she gets bored she moves on. There has never been anyone that has ever made her feel giddy or jealous before.  Underneath her tough shell, she is a sweet girl and she doesn’t want to hurt anyone intentionally.  I enjoyed her carefree attitude and she was a fun character to meet.

Trevor is totally yummy with his good looks, and charming ways.  Getting girls to fall for him has never been a problem, but he is more of a no strings attached kind of guy.  He likes to have a good time and live it up while he can.  There are a few people in his life that he cares about deeply and he would do anything for them.  I thought Trevor was the perfect swoon worthy man and I loved reading his story.

Pretending She’s His is sexy, charming, and just a fun read.  It is a novella, so it was a very quick read for me.  I thought that the characters were fun and I loved that both of them were in the military.  I have read books where the guy is the military, but I thought it added a good twist that Eva was as well.  The romance was steamy and actually really cute.  This is the first book I have read in this series and even though it wasn’t the first book, it stood perfectly fine on its own, and I in no way ever felt lost or confused. I am really interested in reading the rest of the series now.  Leverich’s writing is wonderful and I would love to see what else she has come up with.  I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fast read with passionate moments and fun characters.

Notable Scene:

“Should we give them a little show?” he asked, a slight hint of excitement in his voice, like he was at the shooting range, about to pull the trigger on a brand new Glock for the first time. Yes, gun metaphors—she was a soldier—it would be the same thing that would give her that slight hint of excitement too.

Raising an eyebrow, skeptically, she questioned, “Give them a show?

“We’ve got an audience.”

Eva didn’t need to look to the side to know that everyone who was still sitting at that table was watching them. But before she could even respond to him, he kissed her.

Damn, did he kiss her . . .

His finger rested beneath her chin, lifting it slightly so her head was angled toward his. His lips brushed over hers, and then lingered there—barely touching. It was agonizing. She wanted so bad to crush her lips to his—hard. She wanted so bad to lift her hands to the back of his neck and pull him to her so she could feel the full weight of his lips on hers.

Hard Feelings Series:

1. The Valentine’s Arrangement

2. Feel the Rush

2.5 Pretending She’s His (November 19, 2013)

3. A Beautiful Distraction (May 6, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Intermix provided me with a copy of Pretending She’s His. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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