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Not Pretending Anymore Kindle Edition
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.
- ASIN : B0927T19GY
- Publisher : C. Scott Publishing (April 10, 2021)
- Publication date : April 10, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1941 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,668 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Molly was looking for a roommate. No boys allowed. However, Declan wormed his way in with his charismatic personality and yummy cupcakes. And so an unexpected friendship begins.
Declan is gorgeous, hard working and just fun to be around. And the man cooks!!! He's only in Chicago temporarily on a work assignment. He's crushing on a colleague and Molly may be able to help him finally get the girl.
Molly is a nurse and is also harboring a crush on a doctor she works with. Since she'll be helping Declan with his girl, why not get him to return the favor and help her too.
This was a fun and flirty fake relationship romance that will tug at the heart strings. Family and fears will be a focal point as these characters work through their individual baggage and tackle dating with the people they were pursuing. When you finally get what you want, what you want may have totally changed. Declan and Molly will each find a friendship they cherish and a love that they want forever.
By Leanne Wyszkowski on April 13, 2021
Not Pretending Anymore will make you swoon, smile, and maybe shed a tear or two. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, Vi and Penelope make it impossible not to fall in love with their characters and their co-authored books. Not Pretending Anymore is on my Best of 2021 list!
Declan was an extraordinary character. He felt he was inadequate for Molly and so he wanted to do what he thought was best for her. Molly didn't know Declan's true feelings, so she didn't want to hold him back. It took these two a while to realize that they had true and deep feelings for one another. I do wish we had more of them as a couple within the pages of the story. They were so wonderful together and I loved reading as their friendship turned into more.
Declan Tate, twenty-eight, has a larger than life personality and an excellent sense of humor. He is tenacious when he sets his mind to something, which makes him a little intense at times. His positive attitude and thoughtful support make him a real catch. He is in Chicago for six months working on an advertising campaign for a major client and is exciting about the assignment for two reasons. First, the job will give him some good visibility and help put him in the running for a promotion. But also, he is once again paired up with Julia. Their advertising firm is based out of California, but they have been paired together several times recently, working side by side on assignments away from the office. He has been crushing on her big time, but she has been dating Bryant for the past year and he won’t make a move while she is still in a relationship. He hopes to be there to step in when things fall apart, and an extended assignment just might produce that desired opportunity.
Declan comes from a big family. His magnetic personality is perhaps the result of being the youngest of the bunch and striving for attention, and it certainly makes him popular with females. The youngest of five and the only boy, he learned a few things growing up, things such as how to communicate with women. And although he was the little brother, he still has a little bit of that protective instinct in him. He loves to cook, something his Italian grandmother helped him with when he was younger. His father had beat cancer a while back, which taught him a few lessons about life. And his mother is a different story altogether. His sister Catherine shares his sense of humor; he loves goading her and testing her patience, but her also turns to her for advice. He was surprised when she decided to become a nun, but it taught him a lesson about keeping an open mind about his goals for the future. He might not make the world a better place with the same impact that Catherine does, but he tries to make his own difference in little things each day. Though they enjoy their jokes over the phone, Catherine worries about him now; six months in Chicago is a long time to be away from home.
Molly Corrigan, twenty-seven, likes to keep her life clean and organized, though her last boyfriend was wrong when he called her uptight. She has been crushing on Dr. Will Daniels (a.k.a. Dr. Dandy) for four years now. She works as a nurse in the maternity ward at Chicago General, where he works as an OB-GYN. They are good friends, but the timing has never worked out. He is unfortunately the kind of man that is never on the market for long. As luck would have it, she is now single and his on and off again girlfriend finally appears to be in his past. Molly has just a small window in time to catch his attention, and this time she doesn’t want any regrets. She is sometimes held back by fear, which is perhaps why she never followed in her father’s footsteps and went to medical school. Or it might be that her feelings about her father had clouded her objectivity on the matter. She and her sister had taken it badly when he left them and their mother to begin a new family with a young nurse. Molly was sixteen at the time, and she still hasn’t been able to just let go. When it comes Will, though, she won’t let fear stop her from getting his attention this time around.
Meanwhile, Molly needs a new roommate and fast. Her exhaustive efforts have been fruitless. Looking for a quiet female roommate, one that will be respectful of her odd sleeping hours when she pulls night shift at the hospital, has become an impossible task. But when a determined and exceedingly handsome man shows up at her door and applies, she has absolutely no idea what to do with him. He is so entertaining that she decides to humor him, never expecting him to break down all her arguments against him so effectively. She and Declan are perfectly matched as roommates in several ways, such as his excellent cooking skills and her love of food.
Despite her doubts, desperate times call for desperate measures. Luckily it turns out that Molly’s new roommate is actually easy to get along with, and they become fast friends.
Declan’s dating advice proves useful, and soon he and Molly learn the power of jealousy when wooing. It is in fact so impressive that they forge an agreement to help one another land the catch of their dreams. They will pretend to flirt in front of Will and Julia in order to rile up competition and create a sense of urgency – like a call to action. But the game they play triggers unexpected jealousy, and they have to keep reminding themselves it isn’t real. Things begin to get complicated for the roommates when their plan delivers results. The couple’s journey is long, as each has a lot of learning to do before their time comes. But built upon friendship, their relationship grows and weathers the rocky test of time. The couple eventually earns a lovely happy ending.
Grab the tissues! This emotional read is deep and very real. It is a big time slow burn so come armed with some patience. There are eleven teary moments by my count. Declan and Molly meet as both are pining after a long time crush, standing in the wings and hoping for an opportunity once Will and Julia are single and on the market again. Once Declan and Molly find one another, Will and Julia magically fall into place. The problem is that in the mean time they have developed a strong bond for one another, a friendship. But Molly cannot throw away four years of waiting around for Will in exchange for a few months with Declan, and Declan says as much to her. Declan, however, is holding back some secrets. He doesn’t want to face the truth or his past when it is so much easier to be controlled by fear. So he takes the choice from Molly and watches as she falls into the arms of another man.
The couple faces issues of grief as well as those of forgiveness. They must come to terms with the imperfection of their parents in addition to professional pressures. Simply trying to do the right thing also comes into play. It is all too easy to fool yourself into believing that your reasons are pure, though, when lofty ideals are so often used as a disguise. Both Declan and Molly are plagued by fear – Declan fears his future and suffers from a well-masked lack of self-confidence. Molly fears her failure so much that freezes and holds herself hostage to her insecurities. Both must find acceptance from within and be able to forgive the past before they are ready to face the future together. Their story is about timing as Declan, Will, Molly, and Julia attempt to get it right – though ultimately it comes down to choices. There is a lot of heartbreak, but there are also some very heartwarming moments as the characters learn and grow.
Declan and Molly’s slow burn is raw and real, yet humorous and heartwarming. It touches on issues of family and mental health. It is a standalone that will take you through a myriad of emotions. Declan is hilarious, and watching him slowly fall for Molly is delightful. He comes across as perfect in so many ways, yet he has so much going on below the surface. Molly deals with issues of abandonment and harbors grudges, but she compensates with her orderly habits. All she wants is to be truly loved by a good man, but finding that is a challenge. This story is beautifully written. It deals with real issues. The plot is somewhat complex. Declan and Molly really have to work for their love. The characters are carefully crafted and wonderfully developed. They feel three dimensional. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Declan and Molly. I rate this book a full five stars.
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I'm familiar with the love triangle trope, but a love square???!!! I loved the premise of Declan worming his way into Molly's life by becoming her flatmate. I started to invest in the slow burn of their attraction for each other, even though they each had other 'love interests'. I felt the emotional aspect of how Molly dealt with her dad's cancer diagnosis.
HOWEVER I struggled massively with some aspects of the story, starting with Molly's relationship with Will. Will went from a guy who only wanted something casual (and had a reputation as a bit of a manwh*re) to declaring his love for Molly within weeks (even though they didn't even sleep together??). It would have been more believeable if she discovered he had moved onto another nurse, leaving Molly to turn to Declan for a shoulder to cry on.
Declan's love interest Julia felt like an afterthought of a character and I never quite believed she would be sitting around so patiently throughout the book for Declan to give her some attention. As they worked so closely together, there would either have been more sexual tension or Julia would surely have read the signs that Declan was not interested.
Declan and Molly left it to the 11th hour to actually communicate how they felt about each other, .so the book was pretty much devoid of sex. Whilst they did share a steamy kiss earlier in the book, I would have liked more passion.