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No More Pretending Alluring screen actress Lauren Langham excels at the roles she plays both on and off camera She's so good at pretending in fact that no one watching her popular rom coms or dazzling red carpet appearances would assume she was anything but charming outgoingand straight While preparing to shoot a new film in a small Texas town Lauren wonders what she would be like if her own life had followed a different script Then she meets Harper Ward a waitress at the local diner whose natural beauty leaves her speechless Harper mistakes Lauren's reaction for being stuck up and takes an instant dislike to her Like Lauren Harper isn't exactly what she seems—and also wonders what her life would be like if family obligations hadn't turned her world upside down When the film's lecherous director hires Harper to work as his assistant she and Lauren find themselves fighting a powerful attraction that uickly escalates into an overwhelming passion But where can they go from here

10 thoughts on “No More Pretending

  1. Lex Kent Lex Kent says:

    I must be honest this book was not on my radar at all Therefore it was such a pleasant surprise how much I really enjoyed this Then to find out this is a debut novel I'm even impressed The book is not perfect the storyline is not a brand new idea but boy for a traditional girl meets girl romance this book really worked for meI don't know what it is but something about romances that involve a movie star falling in love with a girl next door type are some of my favorites I normally prefer my romances to involve a mystery plot or take place on another world but for a traditional type of romance I enjoy this storyline This story is about Lauren a mostly closeted actress filming on location in a small Texas town She meets and is instantly attracted to a waitress named Harper Harper mistakes Lauren's shyness believing she is stuck up and conceited It is not a good first impression or second or even third The time they spend together the feelings develop Can a relationship between two different people actually work out or were they doomed from the beginning?What really surprised me about this book was how emotionally invested I became in the characters I mean to the point that they have a fight and it literally made me choke up I just really responded well to how Hawkins writes I absolutely believed in the romantic connection these two characters hadAs I said before this is not a perfect book I wish the intimate scenes would have been a little steamy Some were even the fade to black kind I personally like explicit sex scenes because I believe the intimacy shows a stronger connection The difference in this book I already believed the connection so I actually didn't mind as much as I normally would I think Hawkins has room to grow as a new writer but honestly I am pretty impressed were she is already They way she writes is believable and I thought contained good dialog For me she successfully showed the romantic connection and that's what I look for in a romance authorFor me personally this book really worked I am hopefully readers will be pleasantly surprised at how good this debut novel is Without a doubt I will read the next book Hawkins writes An ARC was given to me by Bella for a honest review

  2. mishi mishi says:

    “Nobody teaches us or tells us whom to love It just finds you” The romance was very sweet Nothing earth shattering but adorable nonetheless The leads were likable and authentic especially Lauren was uite a refreshing character because usually actors in fiction are shown to be self assured and cocky so her awkward and shy personality was very endearing and fit really well with Harper's girl next door character Although the tell not show bothered me a few times it was still an enjoyable read

  3. Pin Pin says:

    Nicely done for a debut novel Solid writing with good dialogue a nice bunch of secondary characters including Chester the dog a well described settingBut I had some issues with conflicts between the main characters as well as their reasons for certain behaviors The author has created conflicts in a way that make her protagonist actress Lauren Langham uite neurotic and fickle which are not likable characteristics On the other side her other protagonist waitress Harper Ward is a bit unnaturally selfless person who is practically destroying her life and career by not at all trying to change the situation in which she found herself Again not very likable characteristic in my book although I believe that the author wanted to achieve just the opposite I understand that this was done to justify some plot developments and to inject a little bit of needed drama but it could have been done better and been convincing Lack of experience I believeRegardless of my objections this is a good first novel I liked it and will certainly read the author's next book325 starsJuly 22 2017A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher

  4. Farah Farah says:

    I'm extremely sorry but this didn't work for me at all If you're interested to read it then please ignore this review and go read the ones with higher ratings And if you enjoyed it let's not rain on each others' paradeagree to disagree Lauren Langham an established actress earning 6 figures salary closeted and portrayed as socially awkward Harper Ward a lawyer from NYC turned diner waitress then PA returned home to look after her dad and brother after the death of her mum The dad turned into a whiskey lover but not an alcoholic while the brother only appeared almost at the end of the book A lot of things didn't make sense yeah it's fiction but sense still matter the lengthy inner monologues were a total killjoy I would have been satisfied if they remained as friends instead of a couple as the built up to the romance was non existent and the romance itself felt forced The 2 stars awarded to Chester the dog the only character worth reading about Please correct me if I'm wrong but I think Lauren was still closeted till the end If I'm right that's not a HEA

  5. Rosi Rosi says:

    Well I liked this book uite frankly It deals with the relationship between a Hollywood actress and a young lawyer who has had to leave her job in New York to take care of her father and brother after her mother's death Lauren the actress is a shy person and is also very careful in keeping her intimacy unexposed to the public despite her profession Harper the lawyer after returning to her hometown forced by the illness of her mother and after her death forced to stay to care for her younger brother and their father who has been sunk by the loss Their first encounter is somewhat uneven their subseuent encounters do not seem to take them anywhere but little by little because the work forces them to see each other almost daily they begin a rather sweet and romantic relationship Of course there are ups and downs misunderstandings and lack of confidence on both parts in believing their relationship can reach something serious But the story is flowing uite smoothly and with some moment of anguish at the end ends happyly But the resolution is too abrupt although all the problematic issues are solved in some way the author does it too uickly for my taste Anyway that does not tarnish the good feeling that this story has left me with

  6. Bree Paige Bree Paige says:

    Wow “Can we stop pretending?” Lauren asked looking into her eyes Harper felt so lost in that gaze again It took her a moment to even register what Lauren had said“Pretending?”“We’ve been going along like everything is fine and I’ve been pretending this whole time that I was okay with this being a short term thing This isn’t just some cute holiday romance thing for me I haven’t been okay with that at all”This book was amazing at first I didn't expect to much from this book I just read this coz of some good review and also coz I like to story between actress love story It was well writen and all I really felt the love and longing between themm So much love

  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    It's the typical closeted actress falls for someone she's not supposed to It was written beautifully although really predictable I liked that the conflict was dragged out however because most of what I've read are photo finish love stories with a depth of a spoon It frustrated me which is a new and welcomed feeling Good uick read

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    I really enjoyed this very sweet romance between two likable characters I am rating this 45 stars but rounded up for the debut author I may be being generous but it was just the read I needed at the time and couldn't complain about any aspect Just hit the mark for me

  9. Tinything Tinything says:

    Okay this is a good book i guess I think i really enjoyed the first half of the book I could see the chemistry between them But after that like 60% onward i felt like i dont know they dont really communicate any All they mostly do were going to work sneaking around than have sex Seem like it kept dragging until another conflict pop up and things seem awkward for awhile than back to okay again I feel like it didnt really convincing me much So i dont know But well I like both main characters I can understand Lauren shyness and got misunderstand on her behavior as a stuck up actress I am a shy person myself people tend to think that i am a uiet person but i actually kind of being playful and tease them to no end if i know that person well enough 😅 well i enjoyed the book

  10. Ted Ted says:

    As predicted DNF Once the page flipping happened it was doomed It started off a 5 in the beginning then the middle of it devolved to a 3 Then Nope Sorry Try again

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