Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Just Pretend by J.P. Nicholas

J.P. Nicholas is here today to share his new release, JUST PRETEND with us! I am so excited to share it with you—check it out and be sure to grab your copy!

When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she’s never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion.

For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he’s fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family.

Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…


5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

What do I love more than anything? Oh man, the list is long but I will tell you one thing that gets my goats like no ones business – Friends to Lovers tropes. And what makes them even better? When an author puts more depth into the characters who are friends to lovers without someone on the connection realizing one day ‘whoa my bestie is hot‘ kind of deal. That’s right, I like a backbone babes. I like connections that have always been there but never acted on, so when an author does it right I am head first deep dive into that book to gush like no ones business. That is what Nicholas did for me. Hot damn! 

Seriously, I have never been an avid reader of male authors in the romance world, mostly because they are not as dominant in the genre which is damn near a shame if I ever saw one. Nicholas, hands down has gripped me by a choke hold and he is now officially a top author of mine. His writing style is absolutely stunning, the dynamics he created was breath taking to say the least. 

Oh my gosh did I absolutely fall head over heels for the characters. Everything about them was endearing, adorable, and drop dead lovable in every aspect. Logan is the main perspective we get, and I liked this. I am a sucker for two way perspectives in romance novels but very rarely do you get a more male perspective in romance novels – it was really refreshing blend of events. Logan. Oh man firstly I love the name Logan. I always think to Veronica Mars’ Logan Echolls, so immediately I always think troublemaker, cocky lover boy…. I cannot help it. Honestly, I think this describes our fictional Logan to a T. Not only is he an openly cocky womanizer of sorts, not that he uses women he just knows his sexual strengths, but he is a closet sweetheart. This especially coincides with his friendship with Hannah. 

Speaking of our beautiful Hannah. She is probably my favorite fictional female. I connected with her a great deal. I loved her father-daughter relationship, I loved her personality as well. She was a fun character from Logan’s perspective. Which brings me to another factor – do we get her POV? Well yes we do comrades but in a really interesting way. There are flashbacks of her and Logan from Hannah’s perspective, I LOVED this. I mean I flipping LOVED it. 

This of course brings me back to what I was saying earlier, there was a depth to Logan and Hannah’s friendship, one that helped the backbone of their Friends to Lovers Trope seem more believable. They had crushes on one another, they had this connective history where they kept it in friend-zone but secretly had more feelings. Nicholas did a phenomenal job on closing this gap in the plot development. Again just made their chemistry more believable as it progressed.

And that chemistry?! Oh my lanta was it delicious. I am pretty sure my thighs are still steamrolling from those scenes…. whoa. Everything from their quirky banter, their diehard protective shell they hold for one another to the overall sexual connection they start to blossom, it was just perfection. 

And I cannot leave you hanging without mentioning that I absolutely LOVED the secondary characters. Because Hannah and Logan were childhood besties, the secondary characters were family members. I really enjoy when these types of tropes really Incorporated these types of dynamics. It aided in their chemistry, their drama and overall happy ending. 

Bottom line – go and follow, add everything and anything of J.P. Nicholas. If you don’t you are truly missing out. If you love Friends to Lovers trope like I do and you love to see more depth invested in the characters personalities and dynamics towards one another than I promise you are in a real treat if you allow this peer pressure to consume you and read Just Pretend. It was adorable, sweet love story with such amazing conflicts that added just depth to the characters that made me swoon until I was crying, and laughing until I was giggling like a school girl. He took my breath away with each heart pounding moments. 

Add it now. Read it. Tell me what you think because I have officially decided to stalk this author… and I am a very good stalker. 

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About J.P. Nicolas:

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines.

When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.

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