Author: Shanna Clayton
Let’s move on to the characters. Wesley seemed a bit shallow at first, given his physical appearance and everything, but as his story started to unfold, I realized that there is so much more to him. He turns out to be quite a sweet and caring guy, and it makes me happy that in the end, he was able to open his eyes to the error of his ways.
Dahlia is somewhat similar to Wesley, because she was hiding under this disguise for most of her life. Her reasons initially came across as shallow, but she actually became admirable when more was revealed. It’s nice that she was able to gain the courage and find herself again amidst the mess that was her life. It was awesome on how she could just stay Switzerland despite Charlotte and Gwen, her two best friends, are at war with each other.
The supporting characters were also great. There’s Gwen, who I found a little lacking in depth, although she’s a good friend to have and does make you think about all the stupid things that we people would do for love. There’s also Charlotte, who was able to find her true self even though there were some things that didn’t go her way. Even the parents of both Dahlia and Wesley really made the story even more complicated, in a good way.
Now we get to the plot. Some parts were too predictable, and the romance developed too quickly for my liking, especially on Wesley’s part. It just became sort of unrealistic at that point. Although, it’s amazing how both of them are so selfless and were able to gradually help each other grow and become better individuals.
There were also some areas left unresolved, like what happened with Wesley’s parents and also the whole Christine issue with her dad. Despite these things, though, the book still somehow kept me wanting to read more. Going through all these storylines, I came to see how unpredictable love really is. Loving is such a risk, yet we still take it and give it our all, because when we find something so pure and genuine in the chaos that surrounds us… it would be an even bigger risk to let it go.
Pretending is a beautiful story about friendship, love, and most especially family, that is recommended to new adult, contemporary romance readers!