Pretending She's His: Trevor Owens and Eva Riley
(Hard Feelings #2.5)
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?
Pretending She's His by Kelsie Leverich picks up pretty much where the last book leaves off, at Meagan and Reed’s wedding. I’m not really sure that the author took the right approach with this one when it came to the “ex” plot line. She used Reed’s best friend that Eva had a fling with in the last book as the ex. Now we already know and love him and think he’s a pretty good guy. So basically we start the book with Eva not happy that she is going to see him again because things ended fairly bad. He wanted more, and she didn’t, so she broke his heart. She was really a bit bitchy to him in the beginning of this book which is I guess understandable because he kinda lashed out when they broke up but really I just felt sorry for him. So I spent at least a quarter of this book feeling bad for the broken hearted dude when I was supposed to be warming up to Eva and Trevor as a couple. I’m really thinking Ms. Leverich should have used some poor schlep that we never met and didn’t like.
Ok, so once you get past feeling sorry for Ole Dude, again maybe 30-40% of the way through you can really start concentrating on the Eva and Trevor plot line and it’s pretty good; however, this book is pretty short so there wasn’t much time to really get to know Trevor and Eva as a couple. I’m not really all that sure I ever truly warmed up to them. I always liked them as individual characters, but as a couple im just not so sure. Trevor is a good loyal friend, a little manwhorish, but in a lovable way. Eva is feisty, fun and also loyal. Maybe if the book had been longer and the beginning a bit different I would have liked the book more, but as it is, it’s just ok. It had lots of potential but never really got there for me. I am definitely not giving up on this series, I love the characters and the first two books were great! So we will see where we go from here. I am looking forward to the next book.
*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review no other compensation was provided.