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A fun read…

Since it seems at least some of my followers are interested in hearing about what I’ve recently read and my thoughts on it, here’s another instalment…(back-dated as I forgot to cross post here originally)

Note, all my reviews tend to contain at least minor spoilers, though I do try to keep them to a minimum.

Book details: Pretend It’s Love (Behind the Bar) by Stefanie London (link is to Amazon UK) This one definitely has smut, so probably not safe for work.
My Rating: 3 stars. (Though I was tempted to give it 4)
Summary: 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…

I stumbled on this by accident, and I’m glad I did. It’s the usual “fake relationship” theme that’s so common in romance books, but since I’m a fan of those that was a plus for me. The H was my kind of hot, the h wasn’t a complete wimp, as is sometimes the case with these types of books. There’s family pressure on both sides muddying the waters, and the expected failure to communicate.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would have given it four stars if not for one thing. There are many things I will ignore if it’s a good story, but there are a handful of pet hates that annoy me excessively every time I see them, no matter how good the story is. As a Brit, reading the phrase “she shined like a lone star” makes me want to grind my teeth, and possibly throw something. The word is “shone”, there is in fact no such word as shined in English, at least not here in the UK. I realise it’s a minor thing, but we all have things that instantly throw us out of a story, and that is my number one. So, just three stars from me, but I DO recommend it, because despite that, it was a fun read.

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February 17, 2016 - Posted by | Book Review, Random Thoughts |

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