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Peek Inside Just Pretending

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Evans loves playing hockey more than anything…until he meets Evangeline--and falls head-over-heels in love. There are only two problems. One, she's his best friend's little sister. And two, she wears a crown.

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It's not easy being royal. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline wears her crown proudly, but between her duties and her overprotective big brother, the idea of romance is just a dream. But a chance encounter in Chicago changes all that….

Sure, seventeen-year-old Tyler Evans loves playing hockey, but he's more concerned about providing for his dad and little sister. Then he meets Eva--and falls head-over-heels in love—and he has two more problems. One, she's his best friend's little sister. Two, she wears a crown.

But then Eva accidentally mistakes Tyler for a visiting prince, and for the first time, Tyler doesn't feel like a nobody. He knows he has to tell her the truth…but not yet.

His plan? To keep up the royal charade as long as it takes to convince Eva he’s the guy for her. Even if he’s lying to everyone…including himself.

Disclaimer: May cause disillusionment. Those girls looking to find their Prince Charming might consider scouting out hockey rinks.

Each book in the Chicago Falcons series is STANDALONE:
* Just One of the Boys
* Just One of the Royals
* Just Pretending


“'s a heart-warming read which will have romance fans fuzzy inside and dreaming of the day they might meet the 'prince' of their dreams.” - Tonja Drecker, author of Music Boxes

This book is amazing. I loved Eva and Tyler so so much. They're so real and sweet and ugh just loved it!!” - Jamie Z., review

“Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I wanted Tyler to get his happily ever after the second I met him.” - Kendal, review

Just Pretending was a cute story with a lot of heart.” - Shannon, review

“The book is filled with a lot of cuteness, plenty of adorable romance, and some fun antics...” - Olivia F., review

“….it was everything that I like in a contemporary, it was a quick read, it had likable characters and an adorable romance.” - Muse of Nyxmares

Loved loved loved it and I’ll definitely be coming back for more from this author!” - Valerine, review

“A wonderful ending for a series that was filled with friends, family, swoony romance, fun antics, and lots of love.” - We Live and Breathe Books

Another adorable romantic ya read from these two authors!… Fun, full of hockey and mistaken identity, at the core of this (and the previous books) is the idea of being one's self and the strength we can find in family and friends.” - Sarah, review

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By Danielle's October 22, 2018

I've really enjoyed the Chicago Falcons series and I'm sad Just pretending is the last book. Each story can be read as a standalone but the characters feature in the books. This is queen Eva's and Tyler's story.

Eva wants a taste of a normal life. She is visiting her brother in Chicago and wants to ...more

By Jamie Lee October 22, 2018

I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received through

This book is amazing. I loved Eva and Tyler so so much. They're so real and sweet and ugh just loved it!!

I also very much love the writing style. I flew through the book. ...more

By Alaina December 30, 2018

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, once I got this ARC.. I never really read the previous books. Thankfully, I got them for free on Kindle Unlimited and dove right into them. Each were entertaining to say the least. Plus, I do love my hockey romance books. ...more

By Dee/ bookworm November 20, 2018

#JustPretending #NetGalley

publisher synopsis: It's not easy being royal. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline wears her crown proudly, but between her duties and her overprotective big brother, the idea of romance is just a dream. But a chance encounter in Chicago changes all that….
Sure, seventeen-year-old ...more

By Colleen's Conclusions October 30, 2018

This book series has been really great reads so far and Just Pretending did not disappoint! It was fast paced, and it had the same reading vibes as the other books had for me.

Just Pretending reminded me of Aladdin so it almost could be an Aladdin retelling. It’s not intentionally supposed to be one, ...more

By Sophie August 06, 2019

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Now, books 1 and 2 in this series were so good, that I had high hopes for this final book, and though I enjoyed it, I felt it was the weakest of the trilogy. In Just Pretending, we follow Princess Evangeline as ...more

By Shannon November 05, 2018


Just Pretending was a cute story with a lot of heart. Eva and Tyler both want to be “seen” for who they really are, not just as a queen and a poor jock. Eva, as the young Queen of a small country, wants nothing more than to have friends and belong to the Falcon family her brother Daniel has crea ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) October 22, 2018

Tyler was the poor kid with the dead mom. Eva was the teen queen. Both felt the pressure of all their responsibilities, but maybe together, they could have everything they wanted and needed.

• Pro: Tyler and Eva came from such different backgrounds, but surprisingly shared a lot of common ground. The ...more

By Museofnyxmares November 05, 2018

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*I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Let me first state that this is the final book in a series, however I haven’t read the other books and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this. Because I ...more

By Inga Lady Of Bookland January 11, 2019

Just Pretending was such a cute, sweet and fun story. I very much enjoyed this last book in Chicago Falcons' series. I guess this was my favourite of them all. ...more

By Gata Leitora / Cat reader November 05, 2018

Tyler is a shy hockey player, a close friend of Daniel, who has a crush on Eva, Daniel's sister and queen of Perienza. Because of his low self-esteem and dyslexia, he believes that will never have a chance with the girl, but he takes full advantage of a chance that comes up and ends up finding himse ...more

By Lenore November 02, 2018

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — After my mixed feelings on Daniel and Madison’s book, I was wary of what this book was going to be like for my adorable Tyler and Eva….but I need not have ...more

By Tonja November 03, 2018

Romance skates into a magical, fairy tale, where the dreams of finding true love touch upon a dab of Cinderella fantasy.

Eva is sixteen and a queen—a position she loves but sometimes notices how much it keeps her from a usual life. When she visits her brother in Chicago, her hopes of having at least ...more

By Diane November 06, 2018

Leah and Kate Rooper scored a hat trick with the third and last book in the Chicago Falcons series, JUST PRETENDING. This is Evangeline Harwell’s and Tyler Evans’s story. Eva is Daniel Sacachelli’s (from book two, JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS) half-brother and teammate of Tyler. Eva is now the Queen of El ...more

By (Love, Stars and Books) October 25, 2018

(I received a free ebook from the NetGalley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Just Pretending (Chicago Falcons #3) by Leah & Kate Rooper (4 stars)

Just Pretending (Chicago Falcons #3) by Leah & Kate Rooper
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Roman ...more

By Jade January 24, 2019

Just pretending is the final book in the Chicago Falcons series. A book series based on the bond of three male best friends; Hayden, Daniel and Tyler. The three boys whom turned to men when playing ice hockey and navigating through life. They always have each other’s backs because they are a team, a ...more

By Jennifer October 16, 2018

Third book in the series and super cute. I actually still haven't read the first one but I will soon! The second was adorable and so was this one. Tyler Evans is another player on the Chicago Falcons and he lacks confidence in himself in a big way. His two best friends are a prince (Daniel) and brot ...more

By Joy D. December 13, 2018

First off, I love the way this book was written. The story flows so easily and before you know it you're caught up in the drama, eagerly waiting, watching and hoping for Eva and Tyler to find love.

I love how the book went back and forth between Eva and Tyler, showing the reader both of their worlds ...more

By Meghan October 31, 2018

Just Pretending was very entertaining to read. It is easy to connect with Evangeline and the struggles she has being royalty and having an overbearing/overprotective brother watching her every move. The rebel inside of me loved it when she met Tyler and starts to fall in love with him but later fizz ...more

By Valerie November 05, 2018

Move over Prince Charming cause Hockey Players are coming to steal that “dreamy future significant other” spot.

This book definitely had it all; far off places, a hockey player in disguise and a teenage Queen who just wants to have a normal life and friends as well as ruling her country as she’s dre ...more

By Melena November 02, 2018

The final book in Leah and Kate Rooper's Chicago Falcons series features Tyler and Eva.

I have liked but not loved all of the previous books. However, I definitely loved those one! It is definitely YA romance with a teenage queen, but the struggles Tyler and Eva experience felt so realistic. My heart ...more

By Susan November 05, 2018

Oh my gosh, you guys. I LOVED this book! I was crying at the end because it was just so sweet and perfect and I'm sad the series is over. This book had all the humor you expect from the other two books in the series, but was definitely the most romantic! I was totally blushing in that paint scene. T ...more

By Andrea November 06, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! This was the first book I read by this author, but it won't be the last. Just pretending is technically the third book in The Chicago Falcons series but it definitely can be read as a stand alone. I'm absolutely invested in the characters now and want to go back and read ...more

By Lillian December 03, 2019

I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

This is the book I was waiting for in Leah and Kate Rooper's The Chicago Falcons series. Just Pretending is the final book in the series and Tyler’s story. I was already in love w ...more

By Francesca October 26, 2018

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy in exchange of an honest review*

This is such a lighthearted book. Despite being the third in a series, it can be read as a standalone.
This is not my usual read, but it intrigued me, with its breezy writing and well defined character ...more

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Leah and Kate Rooper

About the author

Leah and Kate Rooper

Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books - lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they're not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

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