Here is a quick review of Let’s Pretend by Raine Weaver to place in my Ebook folder. The story features Veronica “Ronnie” Peale, a legal secretary who has a serious jones for her boss, Paul Lang. Veronica’s best friend Kayla feels that Ronnie needs someone to spark her boss’s attention and she introduces her to Brant, who works for an escort service. It’s not what you think. What are you thinking?
Here is the description:
The art of subtle seduction can be a light-hearted game-or a deadly dance. Veronica Peale is playing a game. Her best friend Kayla has decided to “loan” Ronnie her newest boy-toy, all in an effort to make her boss, Paul Lang, insanely jealous. Veronica reluctantly agrees to pretend that she’s having a torrid love affair with Brant Coleman in order to entice the man she really wants. At least, she thinks he’s the man she really wants. Brant Coleman is also playing a game. He is, in reality, an insurance investigator, trying to discover why Ronnie is in possession of a priceless pair of antique earrings, reported stolen by one of the wealthiest families in Cleveland, Ohio. It is his job to verify that they are the stolen earrings and, if possible, to recover them. And if he has to pretend to be Kayla’s tool and Veronica’s lover to get what he wants, so be it. At least, he thinks he’s pretending to be in love with her.
Brant is actually an insurance investigator, looking into a theft of a pair of earrings that are priceless. The problem as Brant sees it is that Veronica may have either stolen them or didn’t have any clue to their value and was implicated by default. Meanwhile, Ronnie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Brant, both playing pretend to garner the attention of Ronnie’s boss who seems aloof and uninterested.
It isn’t until Ronnie and Brant start to publicize their relationship that Mr. Lang starts to show some interest. So while Brant and Ronnie pretend to be lovers and play games with each other – they start to have very real feelings for each other. While most of the story’s focus is on the relationship, the author does delve into the other plot involving the earrings. Like where did Ronnie get them? Will she go to jail? Does Brant want to sleep with a thief? Yes, he does. Very much so because she’s hot.
Brant goes back and forth about how much Ronnie is involved and eventually decides she’s guilty. Misunderstandings abound but thank goodness they don’t last long. The villain came out of nowhere for me. I was completely thrown for a loop. I wanted Brant to kick the villain’s ass but it seemed as if Brant was the one looking for help. (If your a fan of Lucas Davenport from Sandford’s Prey series, you know that Lucas does not play around. He will kick your ass if you mess with his family.) You don’t see that much in romance novels. Pity.
To wrap this up: I enjoyed the dialogue, the characters, the overall story was fun. The secondary characters helped round out the story. The suspense was okay. Let’s Pretend gets a recommend from me for sure.