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ARC Review: Pretending She's His by Kelsie Leverich

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Pretending She's His (Hard Feelings #2.5)
   by: Kelsie Leverich

Publication Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 104 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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?

I am not usually a fan of novellas, but this one completely worked for me! After reading Feel the Rush, I loved that this continued with the characters we had grown to like so much! I really liked Meagan and Reed together, and while I never would have put Eva and Trevor together, I actually thought they were quite perfect! We meet both of them in Feel the Rush and are Meagan's best friends. I said in my FTR review that I loved Trevor especially, because he is a great guy friend to Meagan. He really has that older brother type vibe down pat and is very protective of her. Eva is also important to Meagan- so much so that when Eva gets a transfer to GA, Meagan ends up leaving NY to go with her. Eva is feisty, fun, and outgoing. I was hoping she would get her own book, but I honestly thought it would be with Luke, Reed's best friend.
Luke and Eva had hooked up in FTR and dated for a short while. Luke's feelings ran deeper than Eva's did and broke things off with her. Now, at Meg and Reed's wedding, Eva is forced to confront Luke again. Eva isn't blind to how attractive Luke is, or how good he could make her feel- yet she knows she has to stay away, as she doesn't to hurt him any more than she already has.
Trevor offers Eva the perfect out- pretend to be in a relationship with him and then she won't have to worry about Luke. Eva doesn't think that is a very good idea or that she needs to do it, but after a conversation with Luke, she goes for it and tells him her and Trevor have a thing going on.
Of course playing pretend isn't as easy as its cracked up to be. Eva and Trevor, while never really thought of each other in that way (Sure, Trevor's though about it, but not seriously), suddenly find themselves facing some serious sexual attraction. Eva makes the rules clear to Trevor about how they will act, but soon the rules are out the door and the two let instinct and hormones take over. Can these two just be physical with one another without letting feelings and emotions get in the way?
I might not have seen Trevor and Eva together, but after this novella- I was completely sold on those two. While neither one was actively looking for love, it goes to show that sometimes it has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it.

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  1. I'm not a fan of novellas either but I had to read this one and it totally worked for me too. I wish it were a full book. I wanna spoon with Trevor :)
    I really love these books!

    1. I wish this were a full book too! And I wouldn't mind some Trevor spooning either!!! LOL!

  2. I love novellas and wish I had time to review this! I'm actually going to be reviewing book one soon, and can't wait. Nice review!

    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of the first one! I haven't read it yet, but I definitely want to!

  3. Great review! This sounds cute. I love the "fake" relationship plot lines so this sounds really good.

    1. They are such fun plot lines! I'm right there with you! This was really cute! I definitely loved it!

  4. I love novellas so I would probably enjoy this one, if I ever make time to start this series lol. I also really enjoy the fake relationship story line, something about it always gets to me. Great review!

    1. Hahah! I feel you on the making time part. I was lucky it was a novella so I could read it fairly fast! Otherwise, I don't know that I would have had time!

  5. Great review! I love Kelsie Leverich!! And I cannot wait to get into this one! I'm glad you enjoyed! Trevor and Eva sound like a good couple in the end :)

    1. I know you do! You're the reason I requested these! LOL! I was like, What? Magen loved Feel the Rush? Okay! I'll get it! And then I was like, what? There's an Eva/Trevor novella? YES, PLEASE! LOL.


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