Why did I want to read this book?
I’m really enjoying the Entangled Brazen books. I haven’t read this author before but that blurb was tempting enough that I gave this a shot and requested for it.
What worked for me?
I love how this book turned my expectations around and gave me something more. The familiar set-up of play-acting a relationship to accomplish something for both the characters was good but I love how the author offered something fresher in terms of conflict that really gave the story its meat, so to speak, its weight.
Stasia suffered a terrible blow, a broken heart and a diminished spirit when she got divorced from her cheating husband. A part of her wanted very much to extract revenge for the hurts she suffered. Evan, on the other hand, is a famous movie star who needed to clean up his reputation as a player. When they decided to pretend to be engaged, I thought I knew where this story was going to go. And while there were things I’ve come to expect that did happen, which were still great, the author was also able to give her readers that sense of reality in terms of two people finding their way through all of the lies in what they show to the public, what they keep to themselves, and most of all, what they are not telling each other. Apart from the issue about the public’s perception about them and their relationship, there’s also that conflict about how they each see themselves and what it would mean if they do admit and accept that they are falling in love. And I really, really appreciate how the author has taken the trajectory of this conflict.
What did not work for me?
The beginning was just a little jarring in terms of tone, transition, and pacing, especially with how they did end up with the pretense arrangement. But other than that, it was all good. And the conflict resolution, I really loved.
My over-all take on it?
The way this story progresses came as a wonderful surprise to me. I appreciated the conflicts that the characters had to go address and I loved how these conflicts were solved in the end. It wasn’t an easy happily-ever-after but I also loved that because it made the relationship much more real and believable.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
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