Monday, May 8, 2017

REVIEW: Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London


Synopsis:

One fake relationship shaken not stirred…

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…

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Pretend It's Love, the second book in the Behind the Bar series, was even better than the first book in the series. I thought this mostly due to the fact that the main couple in this book, Paul and Libby, were EVERYTHING! I really loved them so much! Libby was such a fun character and I loved how determined she was to make her small business successful. And Paul was one of those characters you just couldn't help but love. In the previous book, he seemed like the typical playboy, but there's actually a lot more to him than that. He was actually quite a sweet and caring person and didn't deserve all the judgement directed his way by his extended family.

And talking about judgmental family, Libby's father really was on my shit list the entirety of the book. But while I hated him, I really liked the fact that he was a somewhat important part of the book, because through her interactions with him, we got to see just how strong and determined Libby was when it came to her wants for her future. She stood her ground against her father and that impressed me. But not all the family in this book were horrible. Paul's immediate family were all quite wonderful and I especially loved all of the interactions included in this book between Paul and his mother.

While I loved all the family drama in this book, the highlight for me in this book was of course the romance! Fake relationships are always a fun set-up for a romance and Stefanie London executed the trope to perfection. Everything was done so wonderfully and I was so invested in Paul and Libby and their fun love story that it was painful for me to finish this book because I didn't want it to end.

All-in-all, I love, love, loved this book! It was another A+ read from Stefanie London and books like these are why Stefanie London is one of my all-time favorite authors!

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