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Hi! My name is Kendall, I'm 29, a Media Graduate and I'm from Scotland. I'm a Reader, Reviewer, and Blogger.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Pretending by Shanna Clayton!

Publication date: 12th March 2014
Paperback edition: 279 pages
Source: Kindle
Rating: 4 stars
Four years.

That’s how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn’t exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn’t expect much to change. That is, until the girl that’s not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.

Three years.

That’s how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She’s convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than an illusion in the hallways. It’s easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her—or free her?

I was really intrigued by the synopsis and cover of this book that I really wanted to read it  and find out more! I do have to admit that while I enjoyed this book, it was slightly strange lol! It had a bit of a, not paranormal, but sort of suspenseful side to it! I actually didn't think it was going to have suspense in it after reading the synopsis, but it did! The plot was also quite long! It took a while for something to actually happen and questions to be answered! That's why I took it down a star! I like my plots to be fast-paced and lots of action in it, but It took a while for these things to happen in this plot! I really enjoyed the plot though! I also thought that this book was going to be a contemporary book, and it was, but it was contemporary with a side of something else! It's hard to explain unless you've actually read the book or someone's explained it in their review lol! I don't want to spoil it, so I'm not going to say a thing lol! I did love the development of the plot as well and I loved the whole concept of it, even though it was different to what I was expecting! The characters were amazing! I connected really well with them! Wes was the main male character and he was pretty damn hot! Wes was the one hiding a secret in this book, and it was a pretty big secret! I could completely understand why Wes hid his secret though! He did it for his brother and I thought that was very beautiful! I also loved how protective Wes was of his love interest, Dahlia! I could see that he had strong feelings for her and that he would give up the thing that everyone wanted in this book to protect her, which I thought was so cute, and sort of made Wes ever hotter! Dahlia was the main female character and I connected really well with her! Dahlia's intentions in this book were the same as Wes' in a sense! They both wanted the same thing! And I don't mean in the romantic sense lol! Well, that came later lol! Dahlia was also sort of pulled into the middle of the suspense and danger in this book! She wanted the same thing as Wes, but she was going about a different way of getting it! Dahlia was such an amazing character and I loved seeing her feelings for Wes develop as this book progressed! I loved that this book was written from both Wes and Dahlia's point of views! I was expecting it to be after reading the synopsis and I have to say that this book was actually better written from both their point of views! I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if it had only been written from one of the characters point of view! The ending of this book was so perfect! It just completely summed up how beautiful Wes and Dahlia's relationship was and also how far it had come! I'm also really happy that this book is a standalone because everything was answered and wrapped up! The cover for this book so pretty! It was one of the things that made me want to read this book! I love the colouring and everything! Big thank you to Shanna for a copy of Pretending and to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on the Blog Tour!
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Author bio:

I’m not sure if my mother predestined me to become a romance author when she named me after her favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book, but that’s what happened. Now I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not glued to my desk writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and cyber stalking my favorite authors. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from readers!


  1. Glad you liked it, Kendall. I actually like strange it's one way I'm sure it will be original >.< This one sounds intriguing to say the least!

  2. Thank you for reviewing Pretending, Kendall!

  3. Sounds like a great read :)

  4. Sounds like a good book Thank you for the giceaway.

  5. Pretending sounds pretty good. I added it to my tbr and I'm looking forward to reading it.