Review: NOT PRETENDING ANYMORE By Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

not pretending anymore

Not Pretending Anymore by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: C. Scott Publishing 
Publication Date: April 10, 2021
Rating: ★★★1/2

Not Pretending Anymore is a roommate to lovers story and I am a sucker for those. Molly needed a roommate ASAP but preferred not to be a male, but Declan convinced her it would be okay.

Declan, I loved from the get-go. He had me at the first time I read what he was saying. If I am being honest Molly had to grow on me, but she eventually did. The premise of the story was good. It was a bit slow for me at times and I’m not talking a slow burn, just plan slow.

I wanted to love this story because I have read so many books by both these authors whether it be a book they wrote together or as individuals and loved them, but this one fell a little flat for me. I found my mind wandering and getting distracted while reading it. I also felt like I needed more angst. Yes, Declan had his issues, but still wanted more to that part of the story. It definitely wasn’t an OMG or shocking moment.

Declan was for sure the star of the whole book and definitely swoon worthy. He is a reason; dare I say THE reason to read this book.

3.5 Stars!


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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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