Not Pretending Anymore – Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 300
Release Date: April 10, 2021

Finding a good roommate through a classified ad isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

I was starting to lose hope. 

Until a knock at my door came and God answered my prayers. 

Except…uh…wrong prayer, God. 

I’d definitely requested the big guy find me a drop-dead gorgeous man on more than one occasion…just not as my roommate. 

Declan Tate talked me into interviewing him anyway. 

While he was amusing and charismatic, I wouldn’t have been comfortable living with a man, so I regretfully declined. 

Then cupcakes showed up at my door—freshly baked by Declan and just as sinfully delicious as he was. 

You could say he was persistent. 

I eventually folded. It wasn’t like I had another viable candidate anyway. 

Plus, I was interested in someone else. And Declan was into another woman. So it wasn’t like anything would happen romantically. 

After he moved in, the two of us became the best of friends. We even started to give each other advice on getting our crushes to notice us. 

Eventually, Declan concocted an idea: we should pretend to be a couple to make our love interests jealous. 

I was hesitant, but went along with it anyway. To my utter shock, his crazy plan worked. 

Now I was dating the supposed man of my dreams, and my best friend had the woman of his. 

But there was one problem. 

I couldn’t stop thinking about Declan. 

Those feelings we were trying to fake? 

Yeah…I wasn’t pretending anymore.


Not Pretending Anymore is a fun and flirty romance. It features fake dating and friends-to-lovers.

Not Pretending Anymore is one of those novels you’ll devour in a day. It’s mostly lighthearted with just enough heaviness to elevate the story to more than just a silly romance where miscommunication is the culprit for their prolonged distance.

The reason I rated Not Pretending Anymore four stars instead of five is the lack of sexual tension throughout the novel. The moments Molly and Declan have together are fire hot and full of angst, but there isn’t enough of them.

Declan is the perfect love interest for those who dislike alpha males. Declan is emotional, vulnerable, and a great cook. He’s so emotional and vulnerable that at times the dialogue gets super cheesy.

Overall, Not Pretending Anymore is another great read by the dynamic duo of Ward and Keeland. If you’re looking for a fun and flirty romance with one of the cutest epilogues I’ve read, look no further!


Have you read Not Pretending Anymore? What did you think?

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