Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Release date: February 27

Violet & Xavier are high school sweethearts determined to make it big in their respective fields. When Xavier’s basketball dreams are derailed by an injury, he breaks up with Violet in a misguided desire to not hold her back. Flash forward, Violet is living her dream to be a majorly successful stylist, but her love life is in shambles after being cheated on by her fiance.
Years later, when they see each other in Vegas… well, they wake up married. Pretend married, that is. I learned you can have a “pretend wedding” apparently. When their friends & family find out, they decide to go with the flow and keep pretending.
If you love second chances, marriage of convenience, one bed, The Partner Plot has all the things!

Things I loved:
๐ŸŒธCharacters are adults who are realistic about relationship challenges
๐ŸŒธGreat communication
๐ŸŒธNo third-act breakup
๐ŸŒธFantastic plot development
๐ŸŒธBIPOC characters

Things I didn’t love:
๐ŸŒธThe opening of the book – it’s Violet & Xavier in high school and I’d have preferred they did later flashback(s) instead of frontloading. (that’s just my personal preference)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Thanks to #NetGalley and #berkleypublishing for the opportunity to read and review. All opinions are my own.

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