The Fine Art of Pretending


According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.


I loved Aly and Brandon from the very start of this book. They are the best friends everyone else knows should be together. Of course Aly thought so too a few years ago, but Brandon doesn’t believe in relationships and is afraid of losing Aly if they become anything other than friends. But when Aly decides to get a makeover and change everyone’s image of her, she changes Brandon’s too. He can’t deny his attraction or feelings for her, and when he winds up agreeing to be her pretend boyfriend to drive home Aly’s new image, he’s in over his head.

Pretending becomes a whole lot more for these two, and they have to work really hard to keep their true feelings from each other. The tension was so amazing I couldn’t stop reading. Both characters grow a lot in this story. Pretending actually leads to a bunch of truths for both.

This was a great read and I highly recommend it.


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