by Shanna Clayton

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Pretending by Shanna Clayton

Four years.

That's how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn't exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn't expect much to change. That is, until the girl that's not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.

Three years.

That's how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She's convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than an illusion in the hallways. It's easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her--or free her?

Pretending is a FULL-LENGTH novel.
Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149319022
Publisher: Shanna Clayton
Publication date: 04/25/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 22,127
File size: 435 KB

About the Author

I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and spending time with my crazy family. Sign up for my newsletter-> Keep up with me on social media. I LOVE hearing from readers! FB-> Twitter-> Instagram-> @shannaclaytonbooks Goodreads-> Visit me here->

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Pretending 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample had me wondering how these people could avoid one another so I bought the book. I was not dissapointed. I enjoyed the mystery and romance. If I had one gripe it would be that the relationship reward felt rushed at the end. I wanted more intimacy and more of how each of them will impact the others life. I will also say I would have liked more of a explanation of why Sr. Kent wanted them to know one another so much that he made it a requirement in his will. Did he think them a perfect match? Or did he feel they would be great friends because if that was the case....maybe a dinner once a week that would spark conversation could have serve his intent better. Idk. Overall a good read that you will enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, told from both points of views and its a good read 440 pages. I couldn't put the book down
Silverwood 9 months ago
I can honestly say, without any reservations, this is the best contemporary romance I've read this year. Perhaps because, while it has all the things you crave in the best romance novels, Clayton gives us so much more. So much of the plot and characters took me by surprise. We begin with Doll, who lives in a mansion with a guy she has ignored the past three years. It's quickly established they aren't related. He is the son of the man who gave Doll a home and chance at being part of a real family, before his tragic death. In his will, he declares his son and Doll will split his estate...if they agree to live in the house together, while completing their college degrees. As for exposition, this is one of the more original and intriguing set-ups I've read in ages. Possibly my favorite theme in this novel is the love of treasure and archaeology that is shared by our MC's. The two main characters, Doll and Wesley, both carry big chips on their shoulders, entirely based on misunderstandings. Towards the end of their junior year of college, Wesley returns from a school dig in Egypt. Wesley soon runs into the housemate he's ignored out of spite, only to find she's not at all what he believed. Doll is set on hating him, but neither are prepared for their instant attraction, or the fact they might be soul mates after all. I loved Doll and Wesley's individual struggles. Finally, I could read a romance with relatable and reasonable characters. Instead of treating each other with contempt, they seek to learn each other. As past secrets and more difficulties come to light, these two choose to fight for each other, to work out their issues. I can't tell you how often I've wanted to throw a book (or my phone) across the room because of two romantic leads who are too selfish to give into the selflessness of true love. For me, this is true love, not two people lashing out at each other when they don't get what they want. Rather, two people who will go to any lengths to make the other happy. So thank you, Shanna Clayton, for avoiding that unnecessary trope. Thank you for writing such an unputdownable book, and crafting the perfect love story. This is a book that will remind you why we read romance in the first place, to recapture that incandescent feeling of falling in love for the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished in a day cause it’s only like 260 pages, but it was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like the plot line is kind of confusing to much going on. Honestly i just want my $2.99 back
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice good read
JenRosGar More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. I enjoyed all the characters and thought the story was great. The only reason that I didn't give the book 5 stars was because I felt like there were some loose ends that could have been addressed. Definitely wasn't a cliff hanger but I would enjoy another book and feel there is enough material left to warrant another one. Overall great book and I look forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put down
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