Review: Not Pretending Anymore by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Posted 4 May, 2021 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Not Pretending Anymore by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Title: Not Pretending Anymore
Author: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Published by C. Scott Publishing Corp.
Date Published: 12 April, 2021
Pages: 350
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
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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.

My Thoughts
So, I sat down to read this one because I love this author duet. They make me smile and laugh with their talented writing, and awesome, heart capturing characters. But, imagine my surprise when the heroine’s name ends up being none other than….Molly! Yep! I love it when a character and I can share a name.

Molly and Declan’s characters were chiseled wonderfully! I loved watching them interact and feeling the chemistry spark between them. After becoming roomates and hiding their attraction for each other,  I loved seeing them realize their feelings, and the emotions that came along with that truly wrapped my heart up and didn’t let it go!

This story of friendships, helping each other out and very real feelings is one you don’t want to miss. Keeland and Ward do a magnificent job of creating Molly and Declan and their story. They will leave you laughing, smiling and will really take you one a whirl wind ride filled with all the emotions you can think of!  This is definitely 4 star worthy. I loved every minute of Molly and Declan’s story and I cant wait until the next KeeWard (yes I just dubbed them with that nickname) novel releases!


About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 15-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 13-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-six languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.



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