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From New York Times best-selling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new stand-alone novel.

Finding a good roommate through a classified ad isn’t as easy as it sounds. I was starting to lose hope. Until a knock at my door came, and God answered my prayers. Except...uh...wrong prayer, God. I’d definitely requested the big guy find me a drop-dead gorgeous man on more than one occasion...just not as my roommate.  

Declan Tate talked me into interviewing him anyway. While he was amusing and charismatic, I wouldn’t have been comfortable living with a man, so I regretfully declined. Then, cupcakes showed up at my door - freshly baked by Declan and just as sinfully delicious as he was. You could say he was persistent. I eventually folded.  

It wasn’t like I had another viable candidate anyway. Plus, I was interested in someone else. And Declan was into another woman. So it wasn’t like anything would happen romantically. After he moved in, the two of us became the best of friends. We even started to give each other advice on getting our crushes to notice us. Eventually, Declan concocted an idea: We should pretend to be a couple to make our love interests jealous. 

I was hesitant, but went along with it anyway. To my utter shock, his crazy plan worked. Now, I was dating the supposed man of my dreams, and my best friend had the woman of his. But there was one problem. I couldn’t stop thinking about Declan. Those feelings we were trying to fake? Yeah...I wasn’t pretending anymore.

©2020 Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland (P)2021 Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland

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❤️ A WRITING DUO & NARRATING DUO NOT TO BE MISSED ❤️

When these two talented authors put their heads together and collaborate on a romance you know it’s going to be good, you know you’re going to meet some charming loveable characters and you know that the path to happily ever after may take a wee bit of time.. but the journey will be a sweet ride. Well, Molly and Declan’s story was all that.. and so so much more as they room-mated, friend zoned yet gravitated towards each other and took some wrong steps along the way. However, love conquers all in the end and Declan‘s anxieties over his bouts of depression, Molly’s meander down the wrong path and them living in very different Zip Codes all got sorted out in the end. Their round-about journey into each other’s arms was wonderfully entertaining as it has delicious feels of anticipation which grew and grew as they analyzed their true feelings. And even Molly’s journey back to her once-estranged dying father was heartwarming, held a poignant meaningful message to us all and was so very bitter-sweet and beautiful.

Worth a credit? Yes absolutely, it was a slow-build of a story about recognizing love.. about taking chances.. about following your heart.. and about eventual happily ever afters. And Molly and Declan’s well-paced journey came from the mighty minds of Ms Ward and Ms Keeland.. two gifted authors who excelled, captured the warmth, the humor, the conflict of heart, the tortured dilemmas, the father-daughter bond.. and described love.. love.. love. And Erin and Sebastian brought their A game, breathed life into the characters and turned this impressive dual POV tale into an awesome audiobook.

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You never know what to expect with these ladies!

While I was expecting something different from the title of this book. I have to say I enjoyed this listen. What a great way to tackle the tough conversation of mental illness and the act of falling in love. I do wish that these ladies would every once in a while write just a happy book. What I mean is just the regular book drama without people having to get sick and die from cancer or some deadly disease. Even though they make it work very well it just makes an already sad book even sadder. Anyway I enjoyed the narration I adore Erin and Sebastian. However I may not listen to this one again.

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They did it again!

Omg! This book was one of the sweetest roommates to lovers romance I have ever read! If you are a lover of friends to lovers or roommates to lovers you have to read this book. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward know what they are doing.

Rating: 10/10 ❤️

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Disappointment from my favorites

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are the dream team of romance, but this book just doesn’t compare to their other books. It actually doesn’t even come close in my opinion. It was unoriginal, not very steamy, and hard to finish. I never ever thought I’d say that I had a hard time finishing a Vi Keeland book.

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Slooooooow Burn!

Ward and Keeland are two of my all-time favorite authors...and man, do they know how to write a story!! This really was a great story. My major hang up with this one is simply that the slow burn was ultra, majorly, next level slow...to the point of ultimate frustration. The main characters were literally dating other people for almost the entirety of the book. Their sweet/entertaining/swoon worthy interactions and “obvious to the reader” feelings toward each other were the only things that allowed me to persevere and finish. There were also some really sad elements to this story...but again beautifully written. The ending was amazing and I absolutely loved the epilogue. At that point, I was wishing for more. Finally to the good stuff! This one was not as steamy as some if you’re really into that. Is this my favorite work from this dynamic duo? No. Is it still worthy of a credit/listen? Yes. Excellent narration. Two authors that are the best in the biz. Lovable characters. “Pull at your heart strings” storyline. 4 stars overall for me.

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Lover Story

This was a love story for the ages. Penelope Ward and VI keel and are great at bringing you into the life’s of their characters. I enjoyed this book and how it took you from Happy, to Love, to sad to HEA. Worth a listen.

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Beautiful slow burn romance

This book was a refreshing surprise. It was a great choice to pair Sebastian York with Erin Mallon as Declan and Molly. They are always great together and offer a different dynamic from the more recent pairings of Sebastian York and Andi Arndt.

Fake relationships are such a fun trope. And it was a joy to experience the journey of two people who are trying to win the interest of others but can’t ignore the developing attraction they have for each other.

When you hear the term “slow burn”, it’s no exaggeration. It works so well in this story though. It gives time for feelings to become stronger. Declan and Molly really get to know each other. They become friends first and it makes the love that develops feel so much more meaningful.

Without giving away too much, depression is a factor in the storyline. It was handled very responsibly (in my opinion). Seeing mental illness addressed so openly in a romance novel can only help to reduce the stigma associated with it, so I applaud the authors for shining a light on depression.

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland never disappoint and Not Pretending Anymore lives up to the high standard they’ve set for themselves. I loved Declan and Molly’s story.

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The Dynamic Duos

The Authors and the Narrators are both The Dynamic Duos! The story is again a well written story with all the feels.

The Narrators bring the story to life.

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Not what I hoped for

It felt like the authors were using the story to make a point about people with clinical depression. That never came up in the description of the book, and made reviews feel misleading. I understand that depression is often misunderstood but would have liked to know what to expect.

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I loved it!

what a great story. It had all the right feelings with two awesome narrators. As always, Penelope and Vi did not disappoint.

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  • CJ
  • 04-18-21

unputdownable

I thoroughly enjoyed Declan and Molly's story. I was growing more impatient wondering, 'When are they going to get together.'

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  • Ana S.
  • 04-16-21

Absolutely love it

What can I say other than it’s another amazing book from The perfect duo!!
Great story kept me engaged at all time’s I loved how it made me smile and get teary at the same time it’s a lovely story!

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  • Christine
  • 04-16-21

Fabulous

Such a great story wonderful characters so many emotions the narrator s are so great bringing the story to life loved it x

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  • 04-16-21

What more could I expect!?!?!

As always love the narration and it's a great story with amazing plot twists, and the ending was perfect. but....... The sexual perv in me would have really enjoyed a little bit more heat between the two, if they was truly that attracted to eachother surely keeping their hands off eachother would have been a lot HARDER. ☺️ Maybe just me.

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  • js cAMPION
  • 04-18-21

great book

filled with realistic every day life issues like depression,work challenges,grief,split families. the main characters were awesome and declan was at times too good to be true but even he was facings issues he was proactive in over coming to his best ability. recommened

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-14-21

Beautiful 💕💕

This was a amazing story. I truly loved these two. Yes they were wonderful together. But they could be so frustrating. Thank god they get their act together and make things happen. I especially loved Sebastian and Erin who did and awesome job bringing this story to life. Perfect 💕🤎💕🤎💕