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Pretend It's Love

(Behind the Bar #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  980 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there...and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now ...more
ebook, 203 pages
Published September 28th 2015 by Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“He was going to convince Libby that her ‘no sex’ rule was pointless. He had absolutely no trouble separating sex from emotion.”

This was a good adult contemporary romance, in which the main characters pretended to date.

The characters in this were a little naïve to think that they could pretend-date and feelings wouldn’t get involved! Paul so obviously
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Pretend lovers turned real lovers!!!! Sold. I adored this sweet story, Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London. The premise of the story is two strangers who both needs each other's help and decides that they can work out an agreement. And the agreement is to be in a pretend "relationship." Paul needs Libby to be his "girlfriend" so his family can stop asking him when he's getting married. And Libby will use her girlfriend status to befriend
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 When Pretending...Isn't Any More Stars * * * 1/2

What we have here is two people who have a need.. coming together and "thinking" they have this handled with everything falling into place as planned.

He needs a "girlfriend" for his beloved brother's wedding. He does not want to walk into the affair without a skirt on his arm. His cheating ex is knocked up by the cousin he found her with...and she will be front and center. On the other spectrum, his loving family will now be haranguing him to s
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
What better way to get closer to someone you're attracted to and keep your family off your back about settling down and marriage than to have a fake relationship. Paul and Libby enter a fake relationship in order to serve purposes other than actually liking one another, which is funny since they can't help but fall into each other physically and get emotionally attached. I give Pretend It's Love a solid 4 stars.

Libby is strong-willed, intelligent, clever, and sweet. I liked her and found myself
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok

Very okay. It moved slowly most of the time, picking up a bit at 70%. The whole pretending thing is usually a good trope, but it wasn't as good as I was expecting. I never read the first book and have no desire to, but this works as a standalone, anyways. Paul's sincerity at the end was sweet, I'll give it that.
Also, Paul is half Italian with black, wavy hair and olive skin. I only wish that when choosing a cover, true appearances can be honoured. It's become a pet peeve of mine when c
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot and the characters.

Libby has quit med school to make a line of flavored vodka. With competition taking over before her business even gets off the ground she is afraid her father is right and she will fail. She literally runs into Paul and just possibly things can turn around.

Paul is a bartender in his brothers bar. After finding out his girlfriend was sleeping with his cousin he doesn't do or believe in relationships. After meeting Libby he knows th

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***ARC review provided through NetGalley***

***3.5 stars with a recommendation for a cute light read***

This was an enjoyable story for me. It was cute with some hot moments in between. Libby and Paul had a plan. They would pretend to be in a relationship, so that Paul family would get off his back and Libby can get some help with her business. That plan was supposed to work with no complications. Right
Kari Lemor
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting because it was so great! The characters were well written and I felt their emotions and conflicts. They both came from different places with very different types of families but the conflicts they had were general enough for any family (not feeling like you're good enough or not loved). The witty banter and sexy flirting is always something I love seeing in a book. Yet it wasn't all fun and games. The serious moments tugged at my heart.

It was a fairly quick read but o
I’ve been missing out - this is the second book in the ‘Behind the Bar’ series and I haven’t read the first one! I certainly enjoyed this one so will be definitely looking out for others by this author in future. Sometimes fate just drops opportunity into your lap and if you dare grab it, there’s no telling where it might lead!

Libby Harris has always done everything she can to win her father’s love and approval but never feels like she’s succeeded. She was studying to become a doctor to follow
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those stories that you will pick up fall into and not want to put down till you get to the end and then still want more I loved this one as I did the first one in The Behind The Bar series.

Paul Chapman is a bartender working in his brother's bar and restaurant First he is known for having lots of flings and nothing permanent but there is a reason that Paul has decided to be this way even though the pressure from his family especially his mother and the fact that his brother Des is
4 stars

I really enjoyed Pretend It's Love.

What a fun and entertaining read this turned out to be. I enjoyed watching Paul and Libby get together. They had amazing chemistry and a strong attraction that you could see/feel right from the start.

I liked both Paul and Libby, they were good people who'd been hurt in the past that left them feeling love and marriage was not on the cards for them.
My heart was full of feels seeing them work through their fears and learn to trust their feelings. They tru
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

I enjoyed reading Pretend It’s Love; Stefanie London did a good job coming up with a fresh take to your typical “fake-relationship-type-of-story.”

At the beginning we get to meet cocktail specialist Libby Harris, whose idea of creating the perfect cocktail has come to an abrupt stop after learning that a celebrity has just stolen her idea. Now the bars that were supposed to take on her product are backing out and she has no idea what to do
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have read about 200 stories EXACTLY like this story. I have written like 4 or 5 reviews this week alone in which I could copy any one of those reviews and paste them here for this book review and it would apply perfectly if I just changed the names of the characters. So here we go again. Let's look at the 'Generic Romance Novel Checklist' and see if any apply to this book: Is this story written in dual point of view between the lead male and lead female? Why, that would be a YES! Do they expla ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're going to face an ex - and a happily married ex who is pregnant and whose husband happens to be a despised cousin - you don't want to go in alone. Paul Chapman certainly believes this, so when the opportunity to bring gorgeous cocktail specialist Libby as his date, Paul takes it.

A bar manager in business with his brother, Paul knows how to keep his customers happy. He's personable and charming, not that he needs much charm to convince Libby. She agrees to go because doing so will help h
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
​​​​​I adore "relationship of convenience" romances and Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London is a wonderful addition to the trope. This book draws you in immediately, and the engaging story continuously captivates with each and every moment. The two primary characters, cocktail inventor Libby Harris, and bar manager Paul Chapman, have amazing chemistry, and their relationship is replete with desire, compassion, and inspiration. Ms. London is a new to me author, and I can't wait to read more of h ...more
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My Thoughts:

After discovering Stefanie London from the first Behind the Bar novel, The Rules According to Gracie, I can't stop myself from standing by with grabby hands for the next book. When I found out about the second book in the series AND that it was going to feature a fake relationship (that trope is like chocolate to me), I knew I needed it straight away!

I was charmed by both Libby and Paul from the very start. They have th
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
4.5 Stars
I admit, this story started off a little slow for me but at about 15% in, it got interesting and then I couldn't put it down.This story was sexy, sweet and just the slightest bit infuriating and I loved every second of it.

Paul, despite what he thought of himself, was so sweet and so supportive and inspiring. His family, as pushy and intrusive as they could be, love him with everything they have and just want the best for him but he can't help but feel judged by them and inferior to his
A Klue
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An engaging, predictable, yet entertaining, angst-filled romantic read featuring a couple who have both given up on finding true love. What they do find is they need each other for other reasons. Libby needs to get Paul’s bar to help launch her new business venture. Paul needs Libby to act as his fake girlfriend during an upcoming wedding to get his family off his back after his girlfriend leaves him for his cousin. Though their heads says no to taking their fake relationship with benefits from ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love

I fell in love with Libby and Paul!!! This was an enjoyable quick read, fun and sexy and heartwarming. I even liked Sadie in the end
Bette Hansen
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. Paul and Libby were so cute and you knew right from the start no matter how hard they fought it, the were destined to be together.

Paul had his heart shattered once and that was more than enough, thank you very much. So - no long term relationships for him ever again. Now if he could just get his family to accept that and get off his back. When he learns that his ex is coming to a family wedding he desperately wants to show her he's moved on but he has no idea who he can take to t
Juanita Kees
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stefanie London takes the pretend lovers trope to a new level in this smart, witty and sexy tale. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it was my first Stefanie London read. I'm pleased to say that it doesn't matter which sequence you read them in because even though Book 1's characters are featured, you're not left wondering what happened in Book 1 that led to Book 2. So now I'm reading Book 1 which is proving an equally enjoyable read.

Ms London's characters are true to life and draw you in
FMR Book Grind
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sexy, sassy and sweet... This book had it all. This was my first book by the author and it was a great read. I loved that the book was set in Australia and that the characters were written authentic to the country. It made for a lively fresh kind of read which I fully enjoyed.

Paul and Libby were a great pairing for the main characters in this book. They each had quirks that complemented each other completely. Paul was amazingly driven and devilishly handsome while Libby was
Isha Coleman
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There was no pretending on my part. Pretend It's Love is a delightful read. It's sweet, enthralling, guilty pleasure fun. For me it was love at first sight. Stefanie London is new on my radar of writers, but I am so glad to finally discover her. She took a story that could have come across cheesy and forced and created a masterwork of dramedy. Paul and Libby go into the charade trying to please others and stumble into an unexpected love. I received an ARC of Pretend it's Love in exchange for an ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Pretend It's Love. Stephanie London has became one of my go to authors...she always writes great entertaining books. When you start one of her books you can not put it down until you are finished. This book was so fun watching Paul and Libby relationship develope. It starts out as pretend and turns to more, but can they make it last. No spoilers from me. I would highly recommend this book for any contemporary romance lover, you will not be disappointed.

I was given this ARC by
Linda Quick
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fun contemporary romance that introduces us to Paul and Libby - two people that have both been badly burned in love and settle into a fake relationship to help them each achieve a goal. While this is a predictable tale, it is told in such a charming and fun way, that you can't help but love it and be captivated by it. This is a quick read that will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for romance fans. ...more
Jenn Cunha
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

When are these MCs going to learn that you can't fake a relationship? Every time someone does, it turns into love. Libby and Paul were both super-resistant to love, and who could blame them? Her parents set a terrible example and his girlfriend is the actual worst. It was great to watch them come together and their interactions with each other's families was heartwarming.

I'll be interested to see how Noah gets hooked.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pretend It's Love is so sweet! I loved seeing Libby and Paul, the two outsiders of their family, come together and help each other's dreams come true! We get to read about two people who didn't believe in love fall in love and inspire each other to be the best people they can be. Loved this so much!

*ARC provided by NetGalley
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. This is the book version of the perfect romantic comedy movie. Paul and Libby have issues and they need each other so they make a deal. This is a great story of pretend becoming real and a sweet little happily ever after. I loved it!

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
4.5 STARS!!!
I love books where pretend couples later fall in love, its always interesting to see them fight the attraction. I especially loved this book.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this book. A great story and characters to root for!
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Stefanie London is the multi award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies.

Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and “Elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have been nominated for mu

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