Faith needs a fake boyfriend to ward off her matchmaking mother. Gorgeous single dad Shane fits the bill. Now he just needs to persuade her to give him a chance at something real.
Faith St. John doesn't do relationships. Not after a string of men told her she's just too much. Too loud, too quirky, too full-on. But then her parents turn up in Haven Bay with a blind date in tow. As if things couldn't get worse, her high school sweetheart—who broke her heart and her ego—asks for a second chance. Enough is enough. She needs a man to play the role of devoted boyfriend—at least until her parents and ex leave town—and she knows just the guy for the job.
Shane Walker has yearned for curvy ice-cream maker Faith since she started babysitting his sons. He's never bothered to pursue her because it would be crazy to imagine that the vivacious woman would even look twice at a jaded school teacher like him. But when their pretend kisses begin to feel genuine, he'll have to decide if he's willing to risk his battered heart.
With Shane's ex interfering, and his eldest son reluctant to embrace Faith's new role in their lives, can the couple overcome the odds—and their personal hang-ups—to pave a path to happily ever after?
Pretend to Be Yours is a heartfelt and steamy small town romance. If you like fake dates, quirky characters, and feel-good stories, then you'll love the fifth book in the Haven Bay series.
"After reading, I just wanted to hug my e-reader. It was the perfect mix of fake dating, romance, sweet and sexy and swoony moments, witty banter and laugh out loud moments with all the feels. I laughed, smiled, flipped the pages, repeat, repeat, repeat!"
1. Then There Was You
2. Two of a Kind
3. Safe In His Arms
4. If Only You Knew
5. Pretend to Be Yours
6. Begin Again With You
Pretend to Be Yours
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This was my first visit to Haven Bay New Zealand. The people are warm, loving and protective of their own. I adored the main and secondary characters (especially Hunter, Shane Walker's youngest son.) It was refreshing to see the typical stereo-type being in reverse here.
Shane is a teacher and a single father. His ex-wife abandoned him and their two sons for the flash of fame, fortune and glamour of Hollywood. He hasn't dated in years since his ex-wife left. Faith St. John, on the other hand is loud, boisterous and flirty. She has had some affairs with single men. She was humiliated while in high school due to a bad decision and placing her trust in with the wrong person.
This was an enchanting book-cation for me. As the story takes place in New Zealand, there were several words that I had to look up to see what they were. I love being able to learn new things. It really is like going on vacation but not leaving my comfy couch!!!!
There were some scenes that were so touching and heart-wrenching, some funny and some sexy ones (but not it too great of detail!) I so enjoyed this story that I really have to go back and visit it again but from the beginning. I hope there are more stories from Haven Bay in the future as I would like to re-visit again and again.
The fake trope works
In this case the fake dating trope works.
Mainly because Faith and Shane are already friends, each crushing on the other but both thinking the other is out of their league.
I liked the leads very much, who doesn’t love a glasses wearing quirky redhead? Shane is a dream as a teacher, single dad, with a crush on Faith.
The slow burn works, along with all the messy family created drama.