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Doctor Wesley Bennett is desperate to find a date for his ex-fiance's destination wedding. So desperate, in fact, that he's decided to hire an escort to pose as his boyfriend. That's what he thinks, anyway. My roommate is the actual escort, not me. He wasn't available, so I stepped in. This job was just way too sweet to pass up. It should be easy. All we have to do is convince everyone Wesley and I are a couple without getting emotionally involved. He's adorable though, in a nerdy and endearingly awkward kind of way, and the attraction between us is undeniable. I have a feeling things are about to get complicated. And what's going to happen when the job is over? Can we stop pretending and build something real? Or are a straight-laced pediatrician and a lavender-haired DJ too different to make it work? 

©2021 Alexa Land (P)2021 Alexa Land

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A Must Buy!!!!

This book has it all! Love, betrayal and humor!! Alexa Land writes beautiful books and this one is just as beautiful!!!

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Loved it!!

I’m so happy Alexa Land is giving audiobooks another chance!! Pretenders is a sweet, low angst fake boyfriend story. Ash is an upbeat DJ who agrees to pose as the sedate Wesley’s boyfriend and to accompany him to Wesley’s ex-fiancé and brothers wedding. The actual relationship developed fast between these two!
I loved getting to see a few characters from past books (you can still enjoy this as a stand-alone).
Zachary Zaba did a great job with the narration! Alexa’s books are usually very heavy on the characters and Zachary did a good job giving everyone a unique voice.

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Instantly in love

I loved this book, which is not remotely surprising, since I've loved everything I've read by this author. It had been a long, long time since I'd last read/listened to a Firsts & Forever book, thanks to a too-large TBR, but listening to this one felt like cozying up in a favorite blanket...while also slightly tipsy & watching a favorite romantic comedy.
It is kinda insta-love, but Ash & Wes are incredibly loveable. I fell in insta-love with them both. Ash is an inspiring kind of character, so incredibly cool and sweet and creative. I wish he were a real person. Wes is adorable and lovely. The two of them and their allies are charming and hilarious together.
I listened to the audiobook for this book. (SO EXCITED FOR AN ALEXA LAND AUDIOBOOK!) It was my first Zachary Zaba book, despite how many books on my TBR have him as a narrator. I thought his Wes was perfect and that he did a great job with the rest of the cast. It's a pretty big cast, so pretty impressive to be able to keep everyone straight. I think he could've given Ash a slightly stronger accent and slowed him down a bit, as he's originally from Louisiana. That being said, Ash had been in San Francisco for a long time, so it's not a huge deal. He was also slightly sing-songy at times, but that can be difficult to avoid with characters who are as verbal and energetic as Ash. I'm still sold on Zaba as a narrator, which is quite a relief considering how many books he's narrated in the m/m world.
I really, really hope more audiobooks come out in this world. It was a thrill to hear this one.