Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert

Title: Playing Pretend
Author: Juliana Haygert
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review


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+)**


Playing Pretend is a New Adult romance by author Juliana Haygert. It centers around Charlotte McClain – the Governor's daughter. She leads a high profile life, which she hates. She is told how to dress, who to date, what to do, etc... She goes on spring break, and for the first time she gets to pretend that she is just a normal girl. She doesn't have her mother with her to control her, and she has the time of her life with her best friends.

Charlotte meets a handsome bartender named Mason, and spends a lot of time with him until she has to leave. She doesn't tell him who she is or where she's from. So, a little while after she gets back home from spring break – she is shocked to run into Mason. He just so happens to get a scholarship to a nearby college. Mason is surprised to see Charlotte when he is bar-tending a party for a bunch of rich, stuck up politicians. He can't believe she is one of them.

Charlotte is a very likable character. You can't help but feel really bad for her. Her mother is awful and she isn't able to live the life that she wants. However, she is an adult and I felt like she let her mother push her around for too long. I really liked Mason. He is a sweet guy. Their romance was sweet and a little steamy too.

The issue I had with this book was more of a personal one. In the beginning of the book, Mason and Charlotte already knew each other and were already intimate. It took some of the excitement away for me – I like reading about the characters meeting for the first time and falling for each other. Because of this, I felt like I was missing out on important moments between them and I didn't connect with their relationship as much as I would have liked. Also, it seemed really unlikely that they just happened to run into each other so many times in DC. For the most part though, it's a good story and I would recommend it to fans of New Adult. 

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