Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Blog Tour: Not Pretending Anymore by@Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Title: Not Pretending Anymore
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2021


Finding a good roommate through a classified ad isn’t as easy as it sounds.
I was starting to lose hope.
Until a knock at my door came and God answered my prayers.
Except…uh…wrong prayer, God.
I’d definitely requested the big guy find me a drop-dead gorgeous man on more than one occasion...just not as my roommate.
Declan Tate talked me into interviewing him anyway.
While he was amusing and charismatic, I wouldn’t have been comfortable living with a man, so I regretfully declined.
Then cupcakes showed up at my door—freshly baked by Declan and just as sinfully delicious as he was.
You could say he was persistent.
I eventually folded. It wasn’t like I had another viable candidate anyway.
Plus, I was interested in someone else. And Declan was into another woman. So it wasn’t like anything would happen romantically.
After he moved in, the two of us became the best of friends. We even started to give each other advice on getting our crushes to notice us.
Eventually, Declan concocted an idea: we should pretend to be a couple to make our love interests jealous.
I was hesitant, but went along with it anyway. To my utter shock, his crazy plan worked.
Now I was dating the supposed man of my dreams, and my best friend had the woman of his.
But there was one problem.
I couldn’t stop thinking about Declan.
Those feelings we were trying to fake?
Yeah…I wasn’t pretending anymore.

4.5 Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

A roommate romance-what another one? I have to admit I didn't dive into this one head first eager to flip the pages. Lately, it seems as though there are a million roommate romances. But....this one stands out. 

Molly Corrigan is looking for a roommate. She's interviewed tons of applicants and somehow, something is always off with them. When D Tate arrives for an interview-surprise, Declan Tate is most assuredly all male. Not what Molly had in mind. He's gorgeous, funny, charming and  he can cook but...she is looking for a female roommate to help with the rent. Declan does his best to impress Molly but this hunk can't change his sex so this interview isn't going anywhere. But a mind can be changed by lousy applicants and a dozen fabulous tasting cupcakes. 

Declan is thrilled Molly is letting him move in. He's in advertising, makes great money and is only staying for six months while on assignment for work. Besides, part of the reason Molly let him move in, is that he is interested in a co-worker- Julia. She's dating someone else, and that makes her hands off, but she doesn't seem happy with him and Declan thinks she might just be single sooner rather than later.  

Meanwhile, Molly has her eyes on an OB/GYN at work. She's a maternity nurse and sees Will at work all the time. Their timing just never seems to work out, but he just broke up with his girl friend and Molly thinks maybe something will finally happen with them. So far, she's coming up short. 

Part of her new roommate's charm is his ability to give great advice. Strange, often crazy advice but it does seem to work. So she's been asking Declan for his advice on how to snag Will's attention. He comes up with a scheme that just might benefit both of them-what if they pretend they are interested in each other? People seem to want what they can't have and if Will and Julia think that Molly and Declan aren't available-well there you go, game over!

And it does seem to be working, but what happens if in the course of pretending that one or both of them develop real feelings for the other? Not Pretending Anymore is witty and original and at times a little angsty. All the key ingredients for a yummy meal that you can sink your teeth into-it's an easy read with well developed characters who are a little vulnerable. Your protective side will come out-you don't want them to get hurt. Even if it's by the other person in the story whom you love. The Ward/Keeland writing duo has done it again!  



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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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