I agree to fake date my little sister's best friend, never expecting I'd fall in love.
My professional hockey career is over thanks to a busted leg from one too many hits into the boards. Coming home to Dogwood Cove to figure out my next steps is the best option I've got, even if I'm in a dark place where not even my nosy family can lift my grumpy mood.
But Lily isn't deterred, and her sunshine alone pierces the darkness. She's the physical therapist tasked with helping me recover, and she's helping heal more than just my broken body. So when she needs my help, I don't hesitate to step up.
Falling for her starts out innocent enough. Lily needs a date to a family wedding, one that promises to be more torture than celebration.
Now, thanks to an overbooked hotel with only one bed, two gossiping bridesmaids, and a three minute slow dance… the entire town, including our families, thinks we're dating.
To save face we decide to keep the ruse going.
There's just one problem: What I'm feeling for Lily is anything but pretend.
She thinks my future is still in hockey, but I know differently. My future is with her.
Pretend To Love You You is perfect for fans of steamy small town romance centered around a big family who love to get in each other's business. If you love grumpy heroes who only smile for their woman, swoon-worthy moments and plenty of spice, then this is the book for you. It is a standalone, and the third full length novel in the Donnellys of Dogwood Cove series.
I loved this series!!
Sometimes your chosen family can be better than your biological one & in Lily’s case this is definitely true. Her mother is a huge bit because Lily doesn’t fit the perfect mold she expects but Lily finds solace in her BFF, Kat’s home. She’s welcomed into the Donnelly family & crushed on Kat’s older brother since childhood.
When that brother comes home after a career-ending injury, broken down mentally & physically, Lily steps up. And in turn, Jude helps her stand up to her bio family & become part of her chosen family.
I loved these two!! Both had baggage & found that it was much easier to carry it together! The perfect small town, BFF’s sibling, age gap story.
Well this is one tough review. I can never relate so much to a character than Jude. The same thoughts, behavior towards his family after the injury. I kept reading and crying. Seeing it in a different point of view is hard even as I’m going through it.
I love her books there is always something anyone can relate and this book is no exception. The flow of the story and the development of the characters is nice. I never thought that is the story of the brother because in some of her other stories he is mention but not often. It’s amazing how each characters has their own issues and they come together to help fix it. Love it.
Thank you for letting me read this story and can’t wait for the next one.
Pretend to Love You is catnip for grumpy-sunshine lovers. ☀️
Jude is deliciously grumpy in all the best ways. Lily gives him the perfect mix of sunshine and warmth while keeping him in line.
Can’t forget the adorable foster kitten that will steal your heart like it did to Jude.
This story was easy to get swept up in. It has great banter, connection, communication, and of course steam.
The Donnellys are everything you want from a small-town family; warm, loving, welcoming, and devoted.