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Just Pretending

(The Chicago Falcons #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  71 reviews
It's not easy being royal. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline wears her crown proudly, but between her duties and her overprotective big brother, the idea of romance is just a dream. But a chance encounter in Chicago changes all that….

Sure, seventeen-year-old Tyler Evans loves playing hockey, but he's more concerned about providing for his dad and little sister. Then he meets Ev
Published November 5th 2018 by Entangled Teen
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed the Chicago Falcons series and I'm sad Just pretending is the last book. Each story can be read as a standalone but the characters feature in the books. This is queen Eva's and Tyler's story.

Eva wants a taste of a normal life. She is visiting her brother in Chicago and wants to see more than the tourist's attractions. She visits the ice rink to watch her brother practice hockey. Tyler meets Eva in the last book while her brother needed help. When she bumps into Tyler at hock
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received through

This book is amazing. I loved Eva and Tyler so so much. They're so real and sweet and ugh just loved it!!

I also very much love the writing style. I flew through the book.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, once I got this ARC.. I never really read the previous books. Thankfully, I got them for free on Kindle Unlimited and dove right into them. Each were entertaining to say the least. Plus, I do love my hockey romance books. After reading this though, I'm sad to see this series end. I really enjoyed getting to meet each character and falling in love with their stories.

In this book, you will meet Eva and Tyler. Eva is roya
Dee/ bookworm
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
#JustPretending #NetGalley

publisher synopsis: It's not easy being royal. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline wears her crown proudly, but between her duties and her overprotective big brother, the idea of romance is just a dream. But a chance encounter in Chicago changes all that….
Sure, seventeen-year-old Tyler Evans loves playing hockey, but he's more concerned about providing for his dad and little sister. Then he meets Eva--and falls head-over-heels in love—and he has two more problems. One, she's h
Lisa Schneider
Nov 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, I DNF'd this book (Did not finish....) I got 1/4 of the way in and I just couldn't do anymore. It seemed to fake, and too forced. It just wasn't for me. ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Now, books 1 and 2 in this series were so good, that I had high hopes for this final book, and though I enjoyed it, I felt it was the weakest of the trilogy. In Just Pretending, we follow Princess Evangeline as she travels to Chicago to visit her big brother, Daniel. While there, she meets one of Daniel's team mates, Tyler, but she happens to confuse him with a prince, and though it's wrong, Tyler finds hims
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it

I will start off by saying this is the first book in The Chicago Flacons series I have read. If you're looking for a super cute fairy tale story, then this is for you!

With the plot, I did like the fact that we got to see Chicago but also another country all together. I wish the author would have explored these a bit more or focused more on one location. With the art aspect, I really enjoyed that as art is something I also love. Speaking of parts of the story line, I really enjoy that the authors

Just Pretending was a cute story with a lot of heart. Eva and Tyler both want to be “seen” for who they really are, not just as a queen and a poor jock. Eva, as the young Queen of a small country, wants nothing more than to have friends and belong to the Falcon family her brother Daniel has created for himself and his friends. Tyler just wants a shot at being something more than who he thinks he is.
Although for all Eva’s posturing about how she wanted to fit in and not have people judge her
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tyler was the poor kid with the dead mom. Eva was the teen queen. Both felt the pressure of all their responsibilities, but maybe together, they could have everything they wanted and needed.

• Pro: Tyler and Eva came from such different backgrounds, but surprisingly shared a lot of common ground. The Roopers did a great job drawing those parallels between the two, which I thought lent some credibility to the friendship and the romance that developed between them.

• Pro: These two tugged on my hea
Pamela Lilley
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved book 1 in this series, sadly I missed book 2, but I have to say I struggled with book 3, Just Pretending. The storyline had so much potential, I loved the premise of Tyler pretending to be a Prince and I loved that there were some funny moments, especially with the real Prince Tiberius, who, I have to say was a complete hoot, and stole the show for me. I did however, struggle with how horrid and snooty Eva was, I struggled with how Tyler belittled himself and how he deceived his best fri ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Let me first state that this is the final book in a series, however I haven’t read the other books and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this. Because I really did enjoy this, it was everything that I like in a contemporary, it was a quick read, it had likeable characters and an adorable romance. I really liked the romance, but ultimately it was the c
Inga Lady Of Bookland
Just Pretending was such a cute, sweet and fun story. I very much enjoyed this last book in Chicago Falcons' series. I guess this was my favourite of them all. ...more
Gata Leitora / Cat reader
Tyler is a shy hockey player, a close friend of Daniel, who has a crush on Eva, Daniel's sister and queen of Perienza. Because of his low self-esteem and dyslexia, he believes that will never have a chance with the girl, but he takes full advantage of a chance that comes up and ends up finding himself refreshed next to Eva.
Eva in turn is feeling the pressure of governing and the eternal dissatisfaction of her mother.
She ends up approaching the supposed prince Tiberius and being enchanted with th
Colleen's Conclusions
This book series has been really great reads so far and Just Pretending did not disappoint! It was fast paced, and it had the same reading vibes as the other books had for me.

Just Pretending reminded me of Aladdin so it almost could be an Aladdin retelling. It’s not intentionally supposed to be one, but it had all of the elements there. For example, there was a queen and then a commoner who ends up pretending he’s a prince. I liked that aspect very much.
I liked Tyler in this book and was glad we
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided an ebook copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 1 star

First of all, this book took me extremely long to read. Two weeks, when usually a book of this size will only take 3-5 days, tops. There's one reason for this: I was bored. The plot was boring, the characters were boring, and since I didn't read the first book in the series, I didn't get a good grasp of the relationships that had clearly been established already. I didn't care about Tyler or
Lenore Kosinski
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — After my mixed feelings on Daniel and Madison’s book, I was wary of what this book was going to be like for my adorable Tyler and Eva….but I need not have worried, I was sucked right in and feeling all the feels! I will admit, there were still times I *really* had to suspend my disbelief (mostly when Tyler was playing Tiberius), but as long as I did tha
Tonja Drecker
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Romance skates into a magical, fairy tale, where the dreams of finding true love touch upon a dab of Cinderella fantasy.

Eva is sixteen and a queen—a position she loves but sometimes notices how much it keeps her from a usual life. When she visits her brother in Chicago, her hopes of having at least a few days of 'normality' disappear when her mother insists she escort a prince around town. But duty calls. Little does she realize that this prince isn't going to be what she expects in many, many m
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this eARC from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Eva is now Queen of her people, and she couldn't more more thrilled about it. But let's face it, she is still a teenager and she wants to live a normal life for a brief moment. When she gets the chance to go visit her brother in Chicago, Eva is over the moon about it. But it seems that Daniel is determined to keep her extremely busy doing touristy stuff and not just roaming around and having fun.

Tyler met Eva once, and thought she wa
Diane Lynch
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, hockey-romance
Leah and Kate Rooper scored a hat trick with the third and last book in the Chicago Falcons series, JUST PRETENDING. This is Evangeline Harwell’s and Tyler Evans’s story. Eva is Daniel Sacachelli’s (from book two, JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS) half-brother and teammate of Tyler. Eva is now the Queen of Eldonia. She is visiting Daniel in Chicago. While there, she mistakes Tyler for the prince of Perienza, as Tyler gets wrapped up in the charade. This hockey romance is suitable for young adults.

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(I received a free ebook from the NetGalley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Just Pretending (Chicago Falcons #3) by Leah & Kate Rooper (4 stars)

Just Pretending (Chicago Falcons #3) by Leah & Kate Rooper
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

16 year old Evangeline is the Queen of Eldonia, but when she visits Chicago and meets Tyler, who loves playing hockey b
Jade Davis
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just pretending is the final book in the Chicago Falcons series. A book series based on the bond of three male best friends; Hayden, Daniel and Tyler. The three boys whom turned to men when playing ice hockey and navigating through life. They always have each other’s backs because they are a team, a family and best friends. The first book follows Hayden when Al joins the team disguised as her brother. The second book is Daniel and Madison the hidden prince. Now it’s Tyler and Eva’s story. A tale ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Third book in the series and super cute. I actually still haven't read the first one but I will soon! The second was adorable and so was this one. Tyler Evans is another player on the Chicago Falcons and he lacks confidence in himself in a big way. His two best friends are a prince (Daniel) and brother to an NHL player (Hayden) so he really has a hard time building his self-esteem up in their presence even through they are a super nice guys. Accidentally Tyler is mistaken for a prince by Daniel' ...more
Sofia Sundfors

This book had the same problem as the previous one - too little scenes about hockey!

On a side note: I also don’t like when series change the main characters from one book to another. I can accept it though if, e.g., the story is as good or better than the first one, but since the second book and this one (the third) is completely different from the first one, and not for the better in my opinion (since the series is supposed to be about a hockey team, which the first book was, but the fo
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Just Pretending was very entertaining to read. It is easy to connect with Evangeline and the struggles she has being royalty and having an overbearing/overprotective brother watching her every move. The rebel inside of me loved it when she met Tyler and starts to fall in love with him but later fizzled out when he plays along with the royal card of letting Evangeline know the truth. While reading this book, I could not help but think that one day this will turn into a Disney Channel/Hallmark mov ...more
Janelle Hackbarth
I got an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Thanks NetGalley!

After reading the summary, I just had to get a copy to read. This is the third book in the Chicago Falcons series and the only one that I read. I like that this works as a stand alone book as well, but also entices you to read the others books.

It's a classic royal love story; common boy falls for royal girl while pretending to be royal himself. I like that Tyler and Eva's point of views were both told in alt
Joy D. Fanning
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, I love the way this book was written. The story flows so easily and before you know it you're caught up in the drama, eagerly waiting, watching and hoping for Eva and Tyler to find love.

I love how the book went back and forth between Eva and Tyler, showing the reader both of their worlds and how they perceived each other. I felt this added a great dynamic to the story.

This book reads like a romantic comedy, with plenty of heartfelt moments. I did find myself sometimes annoyed with h
Melena Torretta
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs, 2018
The final book in Leah and Kate Rooper's Chicago Falcons series features Tyler and Eva.

I have liked but not loved all of the previous books. However, I definitely loved those one! It is definitely YA romance with a teenage queen, but the struggles Tyler and Eva experience felt so realistic. My heart especially felt for Tyler and how he felt about himself, his dyslexia, and his future after high school.

All of your favorite characters from the previous books make appearances, and this is a great e
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Move over Prince Charming cause Hockey Players are coming to steal that “dreamy future significant other” spot.

This book definitely had it all; far off places, a hockey player in disguise and a teenage Queen who just wants to have a normal life and friends as well as ruling her country as she’s dreamt of doing so her whole life.

This was my first time reading anything by this author and though it would benefit you to read the rest of the Falcons books, this one was definitely a stand alone that
Makenna Fournier
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2018
I picked this book up at the perfect time. I was traveling and I needed something light that I could fly through, and that is exactly what this book is. It was very easy to get into, and once I had gotten into it, it was hard to put down. That being said, there were things about it that wore on my and got on my nerves near the end, the main being the insta love. The insta love was definitely present at the beginning, but it did not bother me until the second half, and once it started bothering m ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3/5 *

This was a really cute story! It moved a bit too fast for me (I honestly felt like I barely knew Tyler, so it was hard to connect with his troubles too much), but overall this was a fun and easy read.

I like books like this when I'm stressed because I know they won't have too much drama and that it will finish with a happy ending!

**I should also mention that I didn't realize this was part of a series, so I read this without reading any of the other books. About half way through reading, I
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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters who live on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. Ever since they were little, they have loved playing make-believe. Now even as “grown-ups”, they play make-believe every day in the stories they write. When they’re not glued to their laptops, Leah and Kate are both studying Elementary School Education at university.

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