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Let's Pretend

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  124 reviews
I’ve always had a thing for fiery Scarlett Johnson.

She has the cutest butt around town and that mouth. What I could do with that mouth!

But as the daughter of a man I respected a great deal she was always out of bounds, but now he’s dead, and he has drawn up his will in such a way that his daughter needs to marry me, Zachary Black. I hold the cards to the thing that mat
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by River Laurent
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fake marriage trope

Scarlett's ancestral home had been left to her evil and greedy stepmother by her father who had recently passed away. The only way she can save it is by marrying her father's business partner who owns the controlling interest in her family's company. In return for marrying her and helping get back her family home she will give him the remaining interest in the company. Zach had always wanted Scarlett since he first met her when she was eighteen. He agrees to the temporary marr
When Scarlett Johnson's father dies, she finds out the house she was supposed to be keeping in the family was willed to his new wife and her stepmother. Scarlett knows her stepmother doesn't want her families home but the will doesn't give her a chance to purchase it herself. There is a loop hole though which comes with a pretend marriage with benefits and spending time with her fathers co-partner of his company, Zachary Black.

Zachary never planned on settling down and when Scarlett comes to his
M Hurford
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A top drawer story that promised and delivered an HEA.
This author is an exceptional storyteller and it shows up beautifully in this book. The characters are complex and engaging. The chemistry between the characters and just not the main protagonists, are juicy, sassy, and just down right complex. This was truly an enjoyable book to snuggle down with.
Definitely recommending this book for your reading enjoyment and pleasure.
I am leaving this review for your consideration. Peace.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I actually liked this a whole lot more than I thought I was going to.

In hindsight this would probably be something I'd avoid. Fake marriage romances annoy me to death but I won't start on a rant about that because this one wasn't too bad! (kind of-ish if you ignore the very annoying part at the end which kind of ruins it which I am trying my hardest to forget happened...)

I can't believe I've found a fake marriage book where they've had to marry for a LEGITIMATE reason. I am sick of reading roma
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I did not enjoy this book at all. This book was so boring and flat that I found myself skimming it to finally get to the end. This was literally an erotica "covered up" with some fluff which wasn't even good. The characters are one dimensional and flat as heck, there is no plot, no story, this book is about pretty much nothing. They have sex and some more sex and realized how WOW SO IN LOVE THEY ARE. Then the MC gets pregnant and they get the house and it's a happily ever after. Barf. ...more
Lady Elizabeth
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scarlett is forced to find a man to marry fast because after her father's death she finds that he has left her beloved Manor House to his new wife. Zachary has worked with her father for a long time and even though she doesn't trust him, she doesn't have a choice but to marry him. He pretends that this marriage is one of convenience for both of them, but the truth is that he has wanted her for years and now he gets to have her.

This is my first River Laurent book and I have to say I'm not disappo
Joanne Carr
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am voluntarily writing this review for this book I received through Booksprouts arc.

Scarlett could not believe what was in the will that he left the house and all the property and woods behind it to his gold digger of a wife Victoria. The house was always supposed to be her house her mom had past it to her and her sister since it had been in the family for hundred of years. Scarlett finds out a way to get her house back the attorney told her she would have to marry Zach Black because he owned
Stephanie Ditmore
WOW! I really loved this book, it’s sassy, sexy, and throw in a hot AF alpha male and you’ve got an amazing story. Scarlett finds out the hard way that her father didn’t leave her childhood home to her in his will he left everything to her stepmother with stipulations for her to follow if she wants the property back in her possession. Little did she know that she would have to wait until she was twenty-one to get her inheritance or that she would have to marry Zach Black to get it. This can’t be ...more
Patricia DeChant Kieffer
Let's Pretend by River Laurent
Scarlett and her sister Lori are at their father's lawyer for the reading of the will, along with step-mother Victoria. Things are not going good with there stepmom, but the girls know Victoria is only in it for the money. The one thing that the girls want more than anything is there Mothers home that has been in the family for over six hundred years. Their father gave the house to Victoria and everything else goes to the girls. They can not even buy the house becau
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Siobhan Yilmaz
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this is another fake marriage type book, but so much more than just that. Scarlett lost her Mother, then her Father and now it looks like she'll lose the family house that's been in the family for 600 years. She has one option and only one way to save it - she has to marry her father's business partner. Luckily, he's quite the hottie and not short of a few pennies himself. A typical alpha with a revolving door of women. That is until Scarlett turns up and changes everything for him.
The attra
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fake marriage😀

Scarlett is shocked when upon her father’s death, she and her sister learn that their inheritance, an old family home which has been in their possession for 600 years, is going to their stepmother. In an effort to thwart her selling the house out from under them, the lawyer suggests her marrying Zachary Black, a well known and ruthless businessman.

However, when they agree to this fake marriage, the lines start blurring to the point that fake feels real!

A good story that is compel
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Scarlett is beside herself when she finds out that her father left her ancestor home to her stepmother. Then she is dealt another blow when she finds out she can't receive her inheritance until she's twenty-one and the only way to buy back her home is to marry Zachary Black who has fifty-one percent which is the controlling shares to team with Scarlett and her sister's forty-nine percent to be in control of who her stepmother can sell the home to. Zachary was given a one two punch when he first ...more
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Let's Pretend by River Laurent is my first book by this author. I liked it very much. The writing is really good and the story very steamy.I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Latifa Morrisette
When Scarlett's father does she learns that the family home went to his widow. One way or another she's deterministic get that house back. Even if she has to marry Zachary Black. What starts out a a fake marriage turns into something neither is willing to let go of. I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end. River is one of my favorite authors and I'm excited to read what's next. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scarlett's stepmother was so awful I wasn't sure how far I would get into the book. Thankfully she wasn't in it much. Scarlett is about to lose the home she grew up in. In order to save it she marries Zach. At first it was just a pretend marriage but of course by the end it was so much more. ...more
TJB's Girl
Skimmed and DNF

I really liked her first couple of books but the last several are boring and quite frankly juvenile. I had hoped things would get back on track and the writing would improve but sadly nope. Despite interesting premises, the execution just doesn't live up to expectations. I'm not going to bother any more.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Over 18 Only Please
Recommended to LMR by: River Laurent & Booksprout
Let's Pretend by River Laurent Let's Pretend By: River Laurent
They'll Play "Let's Pretend" For A Little While... But Will It Yield The Rewards They're Expect'n!?!
When you've LOST the Thing you Hold MOST Dear,
What would you DO to get it BACK!
That's the Million Dollar Question for HER...
Her Answer... Absolutely, Positively ANYTHING!
Including Play'n a High-Stakes Game of "Let's Pretend" with HIM,
Where NOT Only is what She Covets ON the LINE,
But... Sooo is Her Innocence TOO!
But what will this Li'l Innocent DO,
When Their Gam
I received this eARC from BookSirens and the author. This is my honest review.

Scarlette can't believe that her evil step-mother has control over her family house after her father dies. For some reason, her father listed his current wife to get the lands, rather than Scarlette who WANTS to have her house! The only way for her to work around her step-mother? Marry a man who Scarlette has pined over the years (though she refuses to admit that) but knows nothing about.

Zach has built his empire by b
Laura ~ Not Now I'm Reading
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Scarlett is left devastated when her father dies and leaves her mother's ancestral home to her witch of a step-mother. The only way she can save the home, she promised her deceased mum she would always keep it, is to marry the one man that stirs her soul, even if he is a play boy.

Zachary Black has always been attracted to his business partner's daughter. But out of respect, has always kept his distance from. Now though, she's p
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Talk about feeling betrayed. Scarlett and her sister Lori knew that their mother’s home, Wooten Hall, would always be theirs. However, at the passing of their father, they learned that he left the house to his gold-digger of a wife Victoria. In order to spite the women, Victoria expressly states that she will not sell the house back to them which prompts Scarlett to figure out another way to gain ownership of her ancestral home. When the attorney mentions that there may be a way, Scarlett is all ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my I LOVED this read about a young woman, Scarlett, who just lost her dad and her house that’s been in her mother’s family for centuries. Her evil stepmom inherits it and Scarlett will do anything to get it back, including turning to a man wh***, who’s ruthless in the business world. They strike up a deal for her to get the house back and Zach gets Scarlett as part of the deal when they marry. What happens next is a read that is not to be missed !
Oh my my my what a read with steam and a twist
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Scarlett's father dies she learns that the home that was her mother's home was left to her step=mother. This upsets her because this home was in her mom's family for years and should've been left to her and her sister. She asked the lawyer if there was a way they could buy the property from their step-mother only to learn that there was a clause. If she married Zach a man that own a majority of her father's business they would be able to stop her step-mother from selling the property. Howev ...more
Stephanie Mendoza the_immortal_library
Scarlett Johnson's life becomes a nightmare when her father leaves what should have been hers to her stepmother. She must now she must unite forces with Zach Black, a powerful, rich and well-known womanizer. All she needs is a pretend marriage to get back the house that has been in her family for generations. Will they be able to part ways when all the transactions are finished, or will the sham become something more?

This was a very fast read, about 3 hours. It was cute and progressively got sex
Caroline Doig
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic read and it’s Scarelett’s and Zach’s story. Scarlett and her sister and her wicked witch stepmother are at her fathers lawyers office for the reading of his will, the house that has been in Scarlett’s mother’s family for over 600 years has been given to the horrible stepmother and Scarlett was absolutely furious. The horrible stepmother refused to sell it to Scarlett so when the wicked stepmother left the office her fathers lawyer had an idea, he told Scarlett that her father ...more
Andrea Britton
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksirens
So good!! Steamy!

Wowza! This book was hot! My first book by River Laurent and it definitely won’t be the last. I couldn’t put this story down. I was drawn in on the very first page and didn’t stop until I was finished.

Scarlett is about to lose her entire childhood home, one that has been in her family for over 600 years. And she will do anything to keep it in her grips. Even if that means she has to marry Zachary Black.

Zachary Black isn’t known as an angel in fact he’s known as a playboy. But
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's Pretend is the story of Scarlett who has lost both her mother and now her father. When they read the will she finds out the one thing she wanted the most, the home she was raised in was left to her stepmother, whom she despises. The only way Scarlett thinks she can get the mansion is by marrying Zach Black and give him her share of the stocks of her father's business in exchange for him to purchase the mansion.

Zach and Scarlett's father were in business together but her dad made it plain t
Candy Edwards
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic! I loved the characters. The chemistry was off the charts! Scarlett Johnson's father has just died. At the reading of the will Scarlett and her younger sister Lori find out that the home that has been in her mother's family for 600 years was willed to her father's current wife, Victoria. Victoria is a gold digger and hates the girls. Victoria hates the house but will burn it to the ground before making a deal with Scarlett. Scarlett's father had a business which Scarlett ...more
Maura Pritchard
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was all pretend until it wasn’t
River’s storyline is engaging right from the start I was drawn in to the characters’ story. I liked The hero and heroine are well developed characters and entirely believable within the story. Right from the start Scarlett is a relatable and likable heroine. She’s lost both her Mother and now her Father and has cared for her younger sister since their Mother passed away. Zach is the black sheep alpha hero. Most people though wouldn’t think of him as a hero. Scar
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