Review: Pretending She’s His by Kelsie Leverich

Posted November 15, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

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?

Eva is at her friend Meagan’s cabin for the weekend. She’s there for Megan’s wedding and is so excited for her. Unfortunately her ex-boyfriend Luke is also there as he’s Meagan’s fiance’s best friend. Almost a year ago Luke and Eva were a happy couple but when Luke told Eva he loved her and Eva didn’t say it back Luke got a little bent out of shape (to say the least). Things didn’t end well and Luke ended up storming out and ending the relationship. She’d never had a guy break up with her before and it was an odd feeling. She is not the type of woman that stays with a man for long. She gets bored or realizes that the man is feeling more for her than she for him and she breaks it off before it goes too far. Luke breaking it off made her feel things that she’d never felt before. When she sees him at the wedding and he tells her he wants to try again she feels horrible but she really has no feelings for the guy. She likes him a lot but she knows that it would never go farther than that. 

Trevor is Meagan’s best friend and also a good friend to Eva. They are snarky to each other and aren’t afraid to tell the other one to fuck off. They’re close and are even sharing a bed (but not “sleeping together”) at the cabin as there were no other beds. When Trevor realizes that Luke is there and things are incredibly awkward for Eva he offers to act like her boyfriend to get Luke away from her. She just laughs at him until Luke makes his speech about getting back together. She’s feeling guilty about the way she treated Luke and ends up blurting out that she’s with Trevor.

Trevor is damned happy to act the attentive boyfriend as he’s always wanted Eva. She doesn’t see him as boyfriend material as he a bit of a man-whore but the longer they put on the act the more she feels she wants it to be real – especially after they end up sleeping together. When the weekend ends neither plans on extending their pretend relationship but they both realize that they don’t want it to end.

This was a sweet and sexy novella. I loved Trevor and Eva together as they were almost two peas in a pod. They were so alike in their temperaments and they way they looked at life. They each finally realized that the pretending was something they wanted to make reality but this was foreign ground for both of them. 

Trevor was a kick. I loved his personality and the way he treated his friends. He was kind, devoted and protective. There was also a part of the book that had to do with Trevor’s family and that made me love him even more. His love for them and the way he treated them was an insight as to how he would treat someone he loved. Yes, he had wanted Eva sexually since he had met her so in their pretend relationship he wasn’t really pretending. He knew almost immediately that she meant more to him than just a sex partner.

Eva was completely confused about her feelings for Trevor. She knew that she loved him as a friend but when he first kissed her she felt more than just friendship. I was actually extremely happy for her because it seemed that she had completely closed herself off from feeling more than “like” with any man so when she fell hard and fast for Trevor I loved it. 

The story was fast moving and it seemed like Trevor and Eva found insta-love but after knowing each other for 4 years I believe that the feelings were there all along they just needed water to make them grow. The novella was a bit heart-wrenching as well as fun and funny. It was also pretty darned hot in the sex department and had a great ending. This was my first read by this author but I’ll definitely be reading more soon.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kelsie Leverich

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