Playing By The Rules by Imelda Evans
Author: Imelda Evans
Kate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger. Instead, her French boyfriend, Alain, breaks up with her right before she leaves for Australia.
Unwilling to show up at her high school reunion desperate and dateless, Kate asks her best friend’s brother, handsome Josh Marchant, to pretend to be her fiancée.
Josh has always had a soft spot for his sister’s friend and happily takes on the role. And as they spend time together, the lines between fact and fiction blur and they’re soon struggling to remember it’s all just an act. But will the arrival of an unexpected visitor shatter the illusion they’ve created?
Review: This is an easy read, well written, but not something that really stands out from the crowd. Kate is a woman that has just discovered that her long term boyfriend is leaving her to be with her best friend, and she has come home to try to regroup from the pain. Especially since she is expecting him to propose instead! Unfortunately, she was still with her loser of an ex when she set up her RSVP for her high school reunion, and they already think she is engaged! To ashamed to show up and confess what happened, she gets set up with her best friend’s brother as a stand-in. But when they are inundated with questions, the tales that fall of Josh’s tongue are a little believable – could it be true that he has had a crush on her all along?
While the book was okay, there were a few things that irritated me about this book. First off was Kate herself. I found her very whiny, and almost childish in her behavior. There was stomping her foot down like a toddler when she didn’t get her way, to throwing herself across the bed and crying and wailing when she was upset. I found her very annoying for the most part. Josh, on the other hand, was very bland. We are supposed to believe that he has had a crush on her for years and years, and while he does go along with the plans his sister to cooks up for him to pretend to be Kate’s fiancée, that is pretty much all he does – go along with it. He didn’t really jump at the chance, or try to convince her that they are meant for each other, or anything like that at all. I just did not feel like there was this huge crush that he had for Kate – either in the past or in the present. I more or less felt like she was there, convenient, and already got along with his family, so why not her to try and fall in love with? I also thought the whole fiancée and best friend thing was a little to convenient to the story.
A good read, but a few things that irritated me enough that it was a bit of a struggle to care about what happened to these characters.