In Review: Pretending She’s His (Hard Feelings #2.5) by Kelsie Leverich

Posted November 12, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Pretending She’s His (Hard Feelings #2.5) by Kelsie LeverichPretending She's His by Kelsie Leverich
Series: Hard Feelings #2.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 104 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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?

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in review my thoughts

“Awkward was an emotion Eva was unfamiliar with, but she had a feeling she was going to perfect it this weekend.” 

In this novella, Eva and Trevor, two intriguing, commitment-phobic characters from the Hard Feelings series are thrown together during their friends Meagan and Reed’s wedding. Neither Eva nor Trevor do relationships. Eva’s tough and closed-off. She just got out of a relationship with Luke, a guy who was far more into her than she was into him. While she didn’t have feelings for him, her ego took a blow when he dumped her. Now they’re both attending Megan and Reed’s wedding and Luke is showing interest in giving things another try. Eva’s not opposed to a wedding weekend hookup, but she knows that wouldn’t be fair considering how he feels about her. What’s a girl to do?

“He was a genuine guy. If he ever changed course and decided to settle down with one woman, he’d be the perfect guy you’d want to take home to your parents. A guy that would shake hands and drink a beer with your dad, then do dishes with your mom. Probably play catch with your brother and earn a little crush from your sister. He was also the guy that would sneak you off into the bathroom while your family was preoccupied and fuck you on the sink…” 

Enter Trevor Owens: soldier, manwhore, friend, knight in shining armor. Eva’s always been attracted to him (and him to her), but she knows his deal. He doesn’t do relationships; he sleeps around. They’re good friends, but he’s not boyfriend material. Except, this weekend he offers to be just that. If he and Eva pretend they’re dating, Luke will leave her alone and she’ll have a peaceful weekend with friends. After a weak moment, she agrees to his proposition. As they’re playing the game, it starts to feel a little too real. Can they have a weekend of no-strings-attached fun or is there something more to their friendship? Could she really be his for more than just a weekend? You’ll have to read and find out.

“If anyone knew and understood Eva’s lack of intimate emotion – it was Trevor. They were cut from the same cloth that was missing the fall-in-love thread.”

Since this novella was told in from both Eva and Trevor’s perspectives, the reader gets a nice look inside both of their heads as the weekend’s events occur. I thought the dual POVs were pulled off well. I liked seeing the slightly softer side of Trevor. He intrigued me in Feel the Rush and I hoped he would eventually get his own book. Eva and Trevor are both likable, if flawed, characters. Eva’s strong and tough. Trevor is hot and protective. Whether friends or involved in the fake relationship, they played well off each other. They had a spark that jumped off the page.

This was a quick and easy, steamy read. I really enjoy Kelsie’s writing style and characters. I blew through this novella in a little under an hour. If you’re a fan of the Hard Feelings series – or of hot military men – you will want to read this one (and the whole series). As a fan of the first two books in the series, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this novella before its release. Thank you Penguin/InterMix and NetGalley! I’m very much looking forward to the next full-length novel in this series, A Beautiful Distraction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

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About Kelsie Leverich

I am a wife and a mommy to two adorable knuckleheads, hair stylist by day, writer by night. My crazy life revolves around my family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it's a crazy mess - but I love it! Drinking wine and reading books helps 🙂

I'm a sucker for Romance, add some toe curling smut and I'm done for!

My passion is writing. It's the thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, the thing I think about in between packing lunches and giving baths, and the thing I think about when I close my eyes at night. A book can teleport you to another life, to another world. It can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart and heal your soul. I love reading for those reasons, and I love writing for those reasons.

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