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- Publication Date: October 9, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076BG2T1W
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The Pretend Husband: Romance In the City, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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I really wanted to love this book, but it fell just shy of love for me. I'm not sure if it was just the lack of believability for me or what. The characters were likeable and while they definitely had chemistry later in the book, I think their insta-connect just didn't run true...."sees stranger in a bar and likes his smile, so invites said complete stranger to live with me, initially for 3 weeks"... uh no??? This book also didn't flow at a steady pace for me. There were many times I found myself wanting to just skim ahead. I've enjoyed this author's work in the past and will probably continue to read the rest of this series as well. I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it enough to continue on and hope the next one really pulls me in.
There's a general feeling that things will get bad and that things will be revealed and then they'll have to put out that fire while trying to salvage a relationship they weren't expecting. Things didn't get bad, the truth was revealed but only to those who were closest to them, and the relationship between Alex and Liam was building and growing into something neither expected but secretly hoped for. This general summary doesn't really capture the niceness and sweetness and happy coexistence that the men shared, though. It also doesn't capture the good friends that they have and how much of a support they all became to them.
Overall this was a really simple story. The dialogue was generally good but I couldn't help feeling that I was missing something. Everything was very superficial, not in a catty, vapid way, just that I didn't feel deeply from or about either of these men. When they finally got around to confessing things it wasn't until after things got real...in more ways than one. Watching them adjust to living together and the way Alex took care of Liam was very sweet. I can't help feeling that there could have been a solution to his job situation if he were open to his talents and thoughts. There was a hint at a career change possibility but it just turned out to be an errant thought. He didn't seem driven to be a teacher and with how things worked out it was like their future was just gifted to them. It would have been nice if everyone were honest with themselves and others a lot sooner but then the book would have been much shorter and I can't see that being very satisfying in the end either. No matter, though, because if you're looking for simple, sweet, and a satisfying conclusion, this is a good book to go with.
This is a cute story of Liam and Alex. When they meet in the bar Alex confesses to Liam that he's homeless after his cheating ex boyfriend packed his bags? Liam takes pity on him and let's him stay with him in exchange for dog walks and chores around the house. What's the harm in having a sexy room mate? Liam confides in his best friend Sarah about his feelings.
Liam introduces Alex to all the other dog walkers with Alex hitting it off with Mark and becoming great friends. They get told they make a great couple!
Liam works for the museum and needs to impress the donor, Hubert Linton at a meeting which sends him into a panic. Alex offers to go with him and as a couple but Liam goes one better what about as his husband! The meeting is a complete success with Hubert and his wife Beatrice loving Alex.
As a thank you Alex takes Liam to a baseball game. When they get caught on the kiss cam there's only one thing for it, kiss! Liam passes it off that he took one for the team because if Alex does move back home he won't have a broken heart.
Alex gets offered a job back home but he can't leave Liam behind, he needs to find the right time to tell him.
When a surprise trip comes up Liam needs Alex to go with him still as his pretend husband where they give into their feelings. When they confess to Sarah they are officially an item they need to work out how to tell everyone they're not actually married but Sarah suggest they get married for real!
This is a great first book with fun characters and has potential for an amazing series!
** I received an arc in return for a honest review by the author **
I enjoyed reading the story of Liam and Alex. I really admire the author for making tension appear when you least expect. It's like the HEA happens one moment but the book isn't finished so you get the tension. Then it happens all over again. I enjoyed this although the tension parts weren't so heartbreaking that made the good parts become excellent. It also meant that we missed on that big conflict just before it all resolves itself. The whole premise of their fake marriage seemed too fake, even for fiction but the characters were nice enough to keep going. I'm also not sure about Alex fitting into a role of "housewife" in exchange for accommodation. Wasn't he meant to have carried on working or looking for another job? This was a big part of the plot that I felt was missing from the action. All in all, it was a very enjoyable read and I'd recommend if you have KU.
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