Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Review: Pretending She's His (Hard Feelings #2.5) by Kelsie Leverich

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Pretending She's His
Hard Feelings #2.5
By:  Kelsie Leverich
Release: Nov. 19, 2013
By:  Penguin/Intermix
Mature Content
Source:  Publisher

GR's Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Kelsie Leverich continues her series in her new Hard Feelings novella, where a tempting little lie turns into so much more…

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?

Hard Feelings Series:

My Thoughts:

Pretending She's His, by Kelsie Leverich, was a really sweet and cute companion novella in the Hard Feelings Series.  The main character, Eva, was one of my absolute favorite secondary characters in the previous book in the series, Feel the Rush.  She was Meg's best girl friend, and I enjoyed how fiercely loyal and protective she was of Meg, as well as her fun, carefree, and outgoing personality.  I loved the fact that she was casually hooking up with Reed's best friend, Luke, and had high hopes for them getting seriously involved and having their own story.  I also loved Trevor, Megs best male friend.  He was so fun, flirty, gorgeous, and a great friend to both Meg and Eva.  However, he slept around, and didn't do series relationships.

In Pretending She's His, Meg, and Reed are getting married, and have their closest friends and family together for a weekend of celebration, and festivities.  Eva is nervous about running in to Luke, her ex-boyfriend of eight months, and Reed's best man throughout the weekend.  The relationship didn't end well between the two of them when Luke started developing series feelings for Eva, but she didn't reciprocate his feelings, and knew that she never would.  Eva didn't do series relationships.  Not because she had a dark past, but because she had never found a man that made her want one.  Trevor offers Eva a solution for the weekend, they can pretend to be in a relationship, so that she can avoid Luke, who hasn't been able to keep his eyes off of her.  

Eva doesn't think Trevor's plan is a good idea, but when Luke starts confessing his regret and the fact that he still has feelings for Eva, she panics, and tells him that she is in a relationship with Trevor.  The more that Eva and Trevor begin pretending to have feelings for one another, the more they realize that there is something very real between them.  At the same time they both find themselves contemplating if everything if everything between them is just a really good act, or if it is something more.  What will happen when the weekend ends?  Will they go back to being just friends, or something more?  And if things don't work out between the two of them, are they putting their friendship at risk?      

My Rating:

I devoured this novella in record time.  I love the Hard Feelings Series, and was so excited to get the opportunity to read Eva's story.  Trevor brought out a softer side in Eva that I really enjoyed seeing.  Whereas, Eva brought out a more intense and series side to Trevor that made my heart go pitter patter.  Trevor wanted Eva to take him serious, and look at him as more than a friend, and boy oh boy, did he ever make her take notice!  I thought it was neat how these two were a lot alike in the fact that they both didn't do series relationships, and were both such confident, and playful people, yet they brought out a side in each other that no one else had ever been able too previously.  The Hard Feeling Series is a great New Adult, Contemporary Series, and each story is a companion novel.  Therefore, each book in the series doesn't need to be read in order.  If you are looking for a fun, flirty, sexy, and fast-paced series that you can get hooked on to, I highly suggest this one.  If you are already a fan of this series, you will be really happy with this novella.  If anything, it was so great, that I wasn't ready for it to come to an end.  I give Pretending She's His, by Kelsie Leverich, 4  fun, passionate, and sexy stars!

My Favorite Quotes:

"There was not one part about the way he was feeling as he touched her that wasn't sincere.  The way she felt as her body writhed beneath him was a feeling that he would never get enough of.  He just needed to prove to her how he felt, so he would never have to know what it felt like to want something so fucking much and not being able to have it.  Because he wanted her.  All of her, every part of her.  He wanted her mouth, her body, her pain-in-the-ass attitude.  And he wanted her heart.  And he wanted it all to himself--forever."  (eARC, Loc. 1167)


"She had peeled her shirt over her head as he stood to remove his own clothing and now she was lying in front of him, experiencing a new side of Trevor.  The side of him that was everything she never wanted in a man.  Possessive, hungry, consuming.  He was showing her how he felt, giving himself to her in a way she had never wanted from anyone else before.  And as absolutely terrifying as it was--she wanted it.  She wanted all of it."  (eARC, Loc. 1172)


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About the Author:

I am a wife and a mommy to two adorable knuckleheads, hair stylist by day, writer by night. My crazy life revolves around my family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it's a crazy mess - but I love it! Drinking wine and reading books helps :)

I'm a sucker for Romance, add some toe curling smut and I'm done for!

My passion is writing. It's the thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, the thing I think about in between packing lunches and giving baths, and the thing I think about when I close my eyes at night. A book can teleport you to another life, to another world. It can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart and heal your soul. I love reading for those reasons, and I love writing for those reasons.


  1. I adore her books and really liked this one too. I wish it were a full length book so bad!

    1. Me too! I loved Eva's story, and wish it could have been a full length novel!

  2. Thank you so much for the review! I haven't read any of these books, but I think I'll have to try them out. Pretending She's His sounds great!

    On a side note, I love the author's hair in the author pic! :-)

    1. Thank You Lindsay for reading my review :) I really love this series! You should check it out. Yeah, I love the author's hair too :)

  3. This sounds like a really fun book! I'm a sucker for romances, and add a little tension or love triangle, and I'm done for.. (: New follower!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort

    1. Thanks Tina! We look forward to getting to know you :)

  4. Good review! Sounds like a good book!

  5. Good review... I did read The Valentine's arrangament and I love it, that couple was so explosive and cute.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. I haven't read The Valentine's Arrangement, but I've read the other books in this series and love them! Thanks for stopping by Savannah :)


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