⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and easy with great banter

Pretend Wife

Without a doubt one of Annie J. Rose’s best works so far, this book features some great banter, a build from strangers to friends to lovers to spouses, sexual tension and a peek inside the lives of Hollywood actors. I really loved our hero – he’s a Channing Tatum-like actor known for playing the hot, dumb guy, but underneath all of the obvious sexiness lies a heart that’s just as appealing. It’s a light, quick, and easy read with a nice blend of steam and depth.

The story follows Josh, an actor who wants to be taken seriously and cast in different roles than what he’s being offered. His team suggests that if he wants to be taken seriously professionally, then he needs to look serious in his personal life – find himself a wife, a golden retriever, and settle down. When he meets Abby, a TV writer who just got her first big job, there’s an immediate comfort between them. She sees the real guy hiding beneath all of the sex appeal, and he is intrigued by Abby’s passion for her work. When Abby seeks out Josh’s help, she inadvertently puts herself in the spotlight and since all of the tabloids seem to think they’re part of a fairytale romance, Josh thinks it might be the perfect opportunity to advance both of their careers. As they make the transition from new friends to future spouses, it doesn’t feel like they’re pretending… and that complicates everything.

I’ve read several of Rose’s books at this point, and this is definitely one of my favorites. There’s no rush to move things forward – there’s some great banter, and I didn’t get the feeling that they were immediately head over heels for each other. They like and respect each other, sure, but it’s only once they get to know each other better that the romance really kicks in. It’s also an interesting look into Hollywood and how all of the connections come into play, so that made this stand out from all of the other fake relationship romances out there. Josh makes a great hero (though he faltered a bit for me at the end) and Abby’s a little different from the typical heroine so that made for an interesting dynamic. All in all, it’s a quick and light book that’s certainly worth a read. I received a free copy via Booksprout (and then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Pretend Wife by Annie J. Rose. My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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