Monday, March 10, 2014

Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert ~ Book Tour

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Playing Pretend
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 65,000
Release date: March 2014
Cover: Berto Designs

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn't love the man who made her proud of her true self?

**A light, sexy NA Contemporary Romance (17+)*

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Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

3 stars -An enjoyable read with a side of yummy

First Impressions...

The title got my attention.  I am drawn to stories where people are pretending to be together.  This story wasn't one of those but it is what got my attention.

The Characters...

I really like Mason.  He's a sweetie.  From his name to his character, he's just a great guy.  A gorgeous bartender, he's walking sexy.  Not a player, not a bad boy, he's one of the few good ones.  Coming out of a long relationship that ended badly, he's hurting.  The week he spends with Charlotte heals him but then she's gone and he can't stop thinking about her.  He needs cuddling.  That's all I can say.

The Story...

Charlotte is being controlled by her mother but at nineteen she wants to be who she really is.  The week of freedom she spends on spring break gives her a taste of what she really wants.  But for some reason, she won't tell her mother no.  So she's miserable.  She's not my favorite character and I wondered a lot about why she put up with so much from her mother but since I have no experience in her circles of life, I really don't understand.

Could I Put It Down...

It's a quick read and I read it straight through in an evening.

In The End...

This book is an enjoyable evening with a side of yummy scenes.  If that appeals to you, then give this one a try.


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About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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  1. This sounds like a cute one. Although I tend to struggle with characters who just let people walk all over them... I'll have to look into this one. Great review.

  2. I like the pretend romance trope too. I'm glad you liked this despite the lack of connection with Charlotte. Mason does seem great!

  3. this looks and sounds awesome :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow it looks and sounds so good! Thanks for letting me participate! Xoxo

  5. I do love NA. My favorites are the first two books the introduced me to this genre. They are The Vincent Boys and Beautiful Disaster.

  6. My favorite NA would be Perfect Opposite by Zoya Tessi.

  7. As you know, I love NA. I don't think I could choose a favorite. This sounds like one I would enjoy, but when it's hard to really understand a character it does take away from the enjoyment sometimes.

  8. I like your straight to the point review style Val. This sounds like a good, fast-paced, and entertaining story. Mason sounds very sexy, and yummy indeed! I hope Charlotte learned how to stand up to he mother, and stopped pretending to be someone else! Great Review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  9. Thanks for participating of the tour! :)