Kadence Kavanagh has spent the last two years trying to rebuild her life. When a job opportunity presents itself, she can’t say no, even if it’s with the man who’s life was ruined by her father’s indiscretion. It’s been years since she last saw Caleb Callahan, and she’s not even sure he remembers her, but she’s determined to give herself a clean slate no matter who she has to work for.
In the unlikeliest of circumstances, Caleb becomes her savior – if somewhat reluctantly – and she discovers that the man she’s read about in the gossip columns is nothing more than a smoke screen. Kadence knows that keeping her distance is for the best, no matter how difficult, but when Caleb proposes the unthinkable, she finds herself caught between what’s real, and what she wishes was real.
Caleb and Kadence lose themselves in a lie, and when reality comes knocking, they realize that all they were doing was playing pretend…
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place in Manhattan, in and around Kadence’s work as well as Caleb’s apartment!
Characters: The main characters in this story are Caleb Callahan and Kadence Kavanagh. Kadence has spent years trying to distance herself from her family and the crappy things her father and sister has done. Accepting the job offer from one of her father’s victims is the first step on her journey of independence. But will she really be able to do all that Caleb asks of her or will she falter when the going gets tough? Caleb becomes a savior to a girl he had written off years ago and is more than gobsmacked to be in her presence. When the press gets wind of his indiscretion he does the unthinkable and turns to Kadence for help. Will they be able to fool everyone with their charade or will their house of lies come tumbling down as they fall for one another? Honestly the hero just came off as a super douche bag instead or a sexy arrogant guy he was supposed to be. I really loved the heroine though! She was a strong character who didn’t take anyone’s crap and grew throughout the story! I loved that she didn’t just roll over for the hero when he fucked everything up.
Plot: This was a case of “let’s pretend we are together because nothing can go wrong with that plan!” I liked the pretense of playing “house” but when all of the other secrets came out, it was a little hard to go back to liking the characters as I originally did.
Writing: This novel was told in first person points of view of both Caleb and Kadence. The majority of the story is told from Kadence’s point of view and then towards the end we also get Caleb’s.
Curb Appeal: I really like the cover of this novel! I like the colors and how the models mimic the main characters really well! The blurb was probably where I decided to check this story out! I liked that it had a feel of a second chance romance and that the blurb left a lot out, so there were a good number of surprises instore!!
Ultimately: Despite my feelings about most of the characters by the end of the story, I actually enjoyed the twist and turns this novel had to offer. The gem that this story had to offer was the heroine and I just absolutely loved her character and could feel all the challenges she had to overcome! All in all, if you are in the mood for a trick that eventually gets turned on the tricksters and a heroine that is a lot more than what meets the eye then come check out Playing Pretend!
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