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2016 RUBY Finalist: Short Sexy
One fake relationship shaken not stirred…
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there…and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.
Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect-and her dream-good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
Luckily for her, the owner’s brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend…
"What a fun little story this was! Paul and Libby both have issues they have to overcome but their journey is truly rainbows and gumdrops. It was sweet and romantic and sexy and just plain fun to read!" - Jessica, OMG Reads
"This is one of those stories that you will pick up, fall into and not want to put down till you get to the end and then still want more. I loved this one as I did the first one in The Behind The Bar series." - 5/5 Contemporary Romance Reviews
"Ms. London evolved the strangers to lovers relationship with transparent finesse....If you are looking for a fun, well-written book with characters that are easy to connect with, then add Pretend It's Love to your TBR list."- 5 star Goodreads Review
"This is the book version of the perfect romantic comedy movie." - 5 star review
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Pretend lovers turned real lovers!!!! Sold. I adored this sweet story, Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London. The premise of the story is two strangers who both needs each other's help and decides that they can work out an agreement. And th... ...more
What better way to get closer to someone you're attracted to and keep your family off your back about settling down and marriage than to have a fake relationship. Paul and Libby enter a fake relationship in order to serve purposes other than actually liking one another, which is funny since they... ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot and the characters.
Libby has quit med school to make a line of flavored vodka. With competition taking over before her business even gets off the ground she is afraid her father is right and she will fail. She literally runs into Paul and just possibl... ...more
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***ARC review provided through NetGalley***
***3.5 stars with a recommendation for a cute light read***
This was an enjoyable story for me. It was cute with some hot moments in between. Libby and Paul ha... ...more
I read this in one sitting because it was so great! The characters were well written and I felt their emotions and conflicts. They both came from different places with very different types of families but the conflicts they had were general enough for any family (not feeling like you're good enou... ...more
I’ve been missing out - this is the second book in the ‘Behind the Bar’ series and I haven’t read the first one! I certainly enjoyed this one so will be definitely looking out for others by this author in future. Sometimes fate just drops opportunity into your lap and if you dare grab it, there’s... ...more
This is one of those stories that you will pick up fall into and not want to put down till you get to the end and then still want more I loved this one as I did the first one in The Behind The Bar series.
Paul Chapman is a bartender working in his brother's bar and restaurant First he is known for... ...more
I really enjoyed Pretend It's Love.
What a fun and entertaining read this turned out to be. I enjoyed watching Paul and Libby get together. They had amazing chemistry and a strong attraction that you could see/feel right from the start.
I liked both Paul and Libby, they were good people who'... ...more
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
I enjoyed reading Pretend It’s Love; Stefanie London did a good job coming up with a fresh take to your typical “fake-relationship-type-of-story.”
At the beginning we get to meet cocktail specialist Libby Harris, whose idea of creating the... ...more
If you're going to face an ex - and a happily married ex who is pregnant and whose husband happens to be a despised cousin - you don't want to go in alone. Paul Chapman certainly believes this, so when the opportunity to bring gorgeous cocktail specialist Libby as his date, Paul takes it.
A bar ma... ...more
I adore "relationship of convenience" romances and Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London is a wonderful addition to the trope. This book draws you in immediately, and the engaging story continuously captivates with each and every moment. The two primary characters, cocktail inventor Libby Harris,... ...more
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After discovering Stefanie London from the first Behind the Bar novel, The Rules According to Gracie, I can't stop myself from standing by with grabby hands for the next book. When I found out about the second book in th... ...more
I admit, this story started off a little slow for me but at about 15% in, it got interesting and then I couldn't put it down.This story was sexy, sweet and just the slightest bit infuriating and I loved every second of it.
Paul, despite what he thought of himself, was so sweet and so supp... ...more
An engaging, predictable, yet entertaining, angst-filled romantic read featuring a couple who have both given up on finding true love. What they do find is they need each other for other reasons. Libby needs to get Paul’s bar to help launch her new business venture. Paul needs Libby to act as his... ...more
Loved this one. Paul and Libby were so cute and you knew right from the start no matter how hard they fought it, the were destined to be together.
Paul had his heart shattered once and that was more than enough, thank you very much. So - no long term relationships for him ever again. Now if he cou... ...more
Stefanie London takes the pretend lovers trope to a new level in this smart, witty and sexy tale. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it was my first Stefanie London read. I'm pleased to say that it doesn't matter which sequence you read them in because even though Book 1's characters are f... ...more
AMY C'S REVIEW
Sexy, sassy and sweet... This book had it all. This was my first book by the author and it was a great read. I loved that the book was set in Australia and that the characters were written authentic to the country. It made for a lively fresh kind of read which I fully enjoyed... ...more
There was no pretending on my part. Pretend It's Love is a delightful read. It's sweet, enthralling, guilty pleasure fun. For me it was love at first sight. Stefanie London is new on my radar of writers, but I am so glad to finally discover her. She took a story that could have come across cheesy... ...more
I absolutely loved Pretend It's Love. Stephanie London has became one of my go to authors...she always writes great entertaining books. When you start one of her books you can not put it down until you are finished. This book was so fun watching Paul and Libby relationship develope. It starts out... ...more
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
When are these MCs going to learn that you can't fake a relationship? Every time someone does, it turns into love. Libby and Paul were both super-resistant to love, and who could blame them? Her parents set a terrible example and his girlfriend... ...more
This is a fun contemporary romance that introduces us to Paul and Libby - two people that have both been badly burned in love and settle into a fake relationship to help them each achieve a goal. While this is a predictable tale, it is told in such a charming and fun way, that you can't help but... ...more
What a great book. This is the book version of the perfect romantic comedy movie. Paul and Libby have issues and they need each other so they make a deal. This is a great story of pretend becoming real and a sweet little happily ever after. I loved it!
I received this copy from the publisher via N... ...more
Pretend It's Love is so sweet! I loved seeing Libby and Paul, the two outsiders of their family, come together and help each other's dreams come true! We get to read about two people who didn't believe in love fall in love and inspire each other to be the best people they can be. Loved this so mu... ...more
I love books where pretend couples later fall in love, its always interesting to see them fight the attraction. I especially loved this book. ...more