Publication date: October 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
**New extended (13,000 more words) and re-edited version!**
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 that made her proud of her true self?
Playing Pretend was so good guys!
It seems that this week, I have had some really good books to read and review for you and this one got me excited after the 3rd page. I don’t know it just clicked!
Now, if you ask me to dig deep to tell you why it clicked, well it just did; honest no idea. But, upon a bit of reflection I would say it had to do with the characters.
I really really really loved Charlotte and Mason from the moment I saw them together and I still loved them together and separate. I think Charlotte was very relatable, as we all one way or another play pretend do. I mean, I am sure I am not alone when I say that sometimes we have to be nice and cheery at work for example whereas all I want to do is crawl back under my duvet at home and be left alone. Or how many times, did we plaster that smile on our faces during social occasions chatting with people we wither didn’t like or care about because it was the polite thing to do?
So yeah, Charlotte I get you girl!
It is exhausting and there is something to be said finding that one person you can be yourself with.
So as much as I love Charlotte, I also loved Mason so much! He is a fantastic character, and honestly he could have been a bit more difficult in some occasions and he was not.
Boy passed Prince Charming 101 with flying colors.
I read the book in one go and it was an easy read and it flowed very well. The was a great pace to it and I really liked the surrounding story as well. If this is an intro to Juliana’s talent then my darlings I am sold and I need to get my hands on her other books and any series she has written.
So in case of any doubt, I am going to highly recommend Playing Pretend and tell you guys that you will not regret it!
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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