I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pretending by Shanna Clayton
on March 12 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: the author
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That’s how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn’t exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn’t expect much to change. That is, until the girl that’s not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.
That’s how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She’s convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than illusion in the hallways. It’s easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her—or free her?
Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.
I’ll admit that I’m one of those readers who really appreciates New Adult books. It brings me the fun stories of a Young Adult story, but gives me the heat that my adult self is craving. Pretending is no exception! Wesley and Dahlia (Doll, for short) have been grudgingly living together in a mansion for the past three years… and they barely recognize each other. They don’t know each other even a little. It isn’t until Wesley makes a simple mistake that they finally have the chance to meet each other for real.
The first half of this book captivated me completely! I loved the chemistry behind their mutual dislike. They managed to show the importance of communication, forgiveness and appreciating what you have before it’s too late; lessons we could all use, I’m sure! Wesley is left holding on to old grudges, while Doll may seem to have all the answers, but she isn’t sharing a thing! Their moments of physical chemistry are brief, but they got my heart pounding, leaving me wanting more.
There were a handful of secondary characters, but I feel like I didn’t get enough of them. They had their own story going on behind the scenes, completely separate from the main plot. I wish there was another book, just telling me everything I’m sure that I missed! Goodreads claims that this isn’t part of a series, but maybe if I whine long enough and loud enough… spin off? 😉
Somewhere towards the end, I got a little lost. If felt like the plot took a turn in a new direction and I was reading a second story. It was equally well written, but I wasn’t prepared for the plot shift. Where the first half was mostly focused on the budding friendship/relationship, the second half was filled with mystery and intrigue. I guess you could say you get two stories for the price of one!
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