I’m working on another story, but I’ve been trying to make more time for reading. I seem to get cranky when I don’t have reading time.
Veronica Peale is playing a game.
Her best friend Kayla has decided to “loan” Ronnie her newest boy-toy, all in an effort to make her boss, Paul Lang, insanely jealous. Veronica reluctantly agrees to pretend that she’s having a torrid love affair with Brant Coleman in order to entice the man she really wants.
At least, she thinks he’s the man she really wants . . .
Brant Coleman is also playing a game. He is, in reality, an insurance investigator, trying to discover why Ronnie is in possession of a priceless pair of antique earrings, reported stolen by one of the wealthiest families in Cleveland, Ohio. It is his job to verify that they are the stolen earrings and, if possible, to recover them. And if he has to pretend to be Kayla’s tool and Veronica’s lover to get what he wants, so be it.
At least, he thinks he’s pretending to be in love with her . . .
When buying an unfamiliar author, there’s always a chance I won’t enjoy it. In this case, there was no need to worry. I liked it very much: 4.5 out of 5.
My favorite romances are character-driven, and the two main characters of Let’s Pretend shine. Brant, with his various ploys to get Ronnie’s boss to notice her, is hilarious. I ended up feeling the same way Veronica did–anxious to know what he would do next.
And Ronnie–she’s intelligent, dedicated to her job, and a little insecure. She is so vividly portrayed that I felt as if I got to know her. Theirs is a case of opposites attract, and it’s an opposition that works really well.
The sexual tension in this story is excellent. Ronnie and Brant have different reasons for fighting their attraction, but both of them initially fight it. I loved the scene where the inner battles stop. I’m a big fan of the-harder-they-fall romances, and Brant falls hard.
I did think Ronnie was a bit foolish to do a certain something (unspecified here to avoid spoilers) toward the end of the story, but otherwise I enjoyed the book. I only wish I’d known it was coming out in paperback this month, or I would have bought that version. I’d love to have it in paperback.