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ON SALE NOW – 99CENTS! Pretend It’s Love by Stefanie London

One fake relationship shaken not stirred…
PRETEND IT’S LOVE by Stefanie London
Behind the Bar #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 252 Pages
Published Date: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled, Lovestruck
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence?
Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there…and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless
he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.

Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has
spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect-and her dream-good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
Luckily for her, the owner’s brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend…

MY THOUGHTS: This is the second book in the series, but I didn’t read the first one (you don’t need to read it to follow the story line in this book, but if you had you would get to catch up with Des & Gracie). This book focuses on Des’s younger brother, Paul & Libby, his new fake girlfriend who is in desperate need of some help lining up bars & restaurants to launch her new line of vodkas.  I’ve read a few books that had the main characters agree to a fake relationship and we all know they’re going to end up crashing & burning before realizing that they really do care for each other.

This author wrote this story in a way that we all knew what the ending was going to be (or if we didn’t know we were strongly suspecting) but the journey getting there was fun to follow.  Libby’s character is a confident woman who doesn’t seem to take any crap from anyone (except maybe her father – but that’s for you to read & discover).  Paul is done with relationships & just wants the fun benefits of having a friend with benefits rather than the drama of having a girlfriend.  So seems perfect that they’d find each other, right?  It amused me how quickly they started changing the rules of their arrangement and it quickly became a guessing game to see who would fall first, and then who would admit their feelings first.  This book had funny moments, and it had sad moments. It was a great read and once I started it I couldn’t put it down.  I may have to go find the first book in the series now 🙂


A voracious reader, USA Today Bestselling author, Stefanie London has dreamed of being an author her whole life. After sneaking several English Lit subjects into her
very practical Business degree, she got a job in corporate communications. But
it wasn’t long before she turned to romance fiction. She recently left her
hometown of Melbourne to start a new adventure in Toronto and now spends her
days writing contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart.

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