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Oh gawd!! I had been recommended this book as I wanted something light after my intense thrillers. But nobody told me that the book would be so flimsy.
Let me explain. Girl saw boy and was in lust, then fell in love, became his roommate, pretended to date him to ward off her boss’s interest in him. Boy had a revolving door for women, and most times, this girl consoled the others who pined for the boy even months after their break-up.
They fake dated till it all became real. Then love became hate.
My first book by this author, the story seemed humorous, but slightly creepy too. The girl gave the pining lover the boy’s pillow to remember him by. Initially, there was a freshness between both of them. I could feel the tingles of like and attraction, though only girl was in love right from the beginning.
I was all set for a romping ride with the friends to lovers theme, but midway down the story, the book shifted to his POV, and there was only miscommunication. I wanted whop their heads for being idiots. Most times the girl was whiny and had no logical reason to get angry. Gawd I wanted to bash my kindle on her. My friend DJ would have kicked her ass.
The book did aggravate me and not in my nice way. I needed a book which calmed me down and made me smile. I got one which evoked far more emotions than my crime thrillers did. And NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
No depth to the story or major subplots, the characters went downhill in their reactions, I had to skim read the rest as I was too angry.
I’m good at hiding my feelings.
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.
Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink.
Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend.
Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.
Except he veered from the plan.
He crossed the line.
Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!
I’d ask him about it if I could, but well…things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.
In fact, we’re the exact opposite.
Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.
Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.
Pretending not to hate him?
Well…I might need a little more practice
Publication Date: November 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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