13 March 2014

Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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**
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The blurb says: A LIGHT, SEXY NA Contemporary Romance, and certainly it was!

Reminded me of movies about the president’s daughter – girls who wanted to be free, experience life, and fall in love with someone with no ulterior motives other than to love her shamelessly. Yay.

Charlotte is the governor’s daughter and she spent her life playing Peyton (her mother) says. She was really good in pretending. She can smile, laugh and talk FAKE. So when Spring Break came and she had the opportunity to be reckless, she dove in, and meets a boy who rocked her world: Mason.

Mason was a nobody. He was not rich, he didn’t belong to any political family, he was just an ordinary guy with a broken heart, who met an amazing girl during spring break. They agreed not to exchange personal stuffs during the break, instead they spent every day in each other’s arms. It was suppose to be a rebound, a fling, but it ended out to be something more. After Spring Break, he decided to move out to Washington and pursue his graduate studies, and he never expected to find Charlotte again, only this time, he wasn’t the Charlotte he knew over Spring Break. This Charlotte was different – rich, controlled, elegant, way beyond his league. But it didn’t stop him from pursuing her.

Charlotte tried to fight it off, she knew her mother would never approved. But they have that “connection” she couldn’t just ignore. How much long she can resist him? How much long will she allow her mother to dictate her?

I was waiting for THAT moment when Charlotte would stand up and fight for herself, and for everything that she wants including Mason. I hate seeing her nodding yes, smiling fake, and be with people whom her mother wanted her to be with. She’s a talented girl who prefers roller skating, drawing and short skirts rather than pencil skirts and law school. It took a little while, and a lot of sneaking around before her actions finally caught up with her, and she found the courage to speak her mind out.  

It was an easy read, good for my heart, since it needed rest. It’s a short, sexy novel, perfect for a lazy afternoon! 

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★


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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