Title: Small Town Pretender
Series: Havenbrook #5
Author: Brighton Walsh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2021
Asher McCoy can win over a crowd with a husky note and a strum of his guitar, but proving to a judge he’s responsible enough to gain custody of his niece and nephew? Not so easy. His big idea—a fake marriage. And who better to play his doting bride than his longtime best friend? He just needs to get her home first…
Natalie Haven couldn’t get away from her suffocating hometown fast enough. For years, she’s fluttered around the globe as a freelance photographer. And if that unconventional job pisses off her daddy? Well, all the better. But when her best friend sends out an SOS, she heads back to the one place she swore she’d never land.
Except a fake marriage means a not-so-fake living arrangement, including only one bed. Nat’s witnessed enough women fall for Asher’s charms, but she refuses to be one of them. Because permanence isn’t in her blood. Not even for him.
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Friends-to-lovers/fake marriage of convenience/instant family story? Sign me up!
Small Town Pretender absolutely did not disappoint! I loved Nat and Asher’s (and June’s and Owen’s) story so much, and not just because Nat’s nickname for Asher’s niece is from one of my favorite kids’ series of all time. (Yep, I’m one of those librarians who has to try really hard not to scare small children with her enthusiasm when they check out her favorite books.) Their we’re-just-doing-this-for-the-kids-oh-there’s-only-one-bed-we-got-this-story was just so much fun to read. I definitely don’t miss those days when the baby wakes up soaked, but they may have made a teensy bit nostalgic for them…
Just as much as Nat and Asher’s slow-ish slide into love and being a family, I adored the way that Nat fit back into the family and town that she’d been so eager to leave six years earlier. And though their black moment did hinge quite a bit on non-communication, usually a pet peeve of mine, Ms Walsh made it work with their characters without being annoying *and* brought them back together in the best way possible.
Though Nat’s the last of her sisters to get an HEA, Small Town Pretender worked just fine as a standalone. All of her sisters’ books are on my TBR, though, (book 4, Captain Heartbreaker is free right now!) and I’m now more anxious than ever to get to them ASAP!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brighton Walsh spent a decade as a professional photographer before taking her storytelling in a different direction and reconnecting with her first love—writing. She likes her books how she likes her tea—steamy and satisfying—and adores strong-willed heroines and the protective heroes who fall head over heels for them. Brighton lives in the Midwest with her real life hero of a husband, her two kids—one who’s already taller than her and one who’s catching up too fast—and her dog who thinks she’s a queen. Her boy-filled house is the setting for dirty socks galore, frequent dance parties (okay, so it’s mostly her, by herself, while her children look on in horror), and more laughter than she thought possible.
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