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- Print Length: 274 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495211037
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 25, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IO5K65W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We begin this story with Charlotte on Spring Break with her friends, where she meets Mason and they begin a spring romance. Mason is trying to get over an ex girlfriend and Charlotte is trying to discover who she really is, away from the pressure of being the perfect daughter for her politician Mother. They have a fun and carefree fling, but after she returns to her life in Washington, she never expects to see Mason ever again, but that's exactly what happens. After realising they now live in the same city, Mason wants to continue their relationship and see where things go, but Charlotte is reluctant, knowing her overbearing mother will disapprove. Her mother's political career is the most important thing even above her own daughter's happiness. So embarking on a secret romance is their only option, but when Charlotte's mother starts pushing her into a relationship with Donnie, a young man with aspirations for Presidency, things start to get complicated and it's only a matter of time that Charlotte's double life is exposed!
Charlotte has spent her life doing everything to please her mother. Tired of the suffocating pressure to be perfect, and hiding her true identity, she relishes the feeling of freedom she has around her real best friend Liana and secret boyfriend Mason. Around her mother, she's weak and never stands up for herself, but around her friends the real Charlotte comes out; a carefree girl with a passion for street chalk art (such a different and fun idea!) - a stark contrast from the uptight and poised woman her mother wants her to be. I loved seeing her grow into her true self and go after the things she wants in life.
Mason comes from a poor background and is desperate to make a good life for himself. He's determined and goes after what he wants - one of which is Charlotte. He's also working towards a career in engineering and I loved that he never let his lack of money be an excuse for giving up, he's driven and passionate about his future, which was really refreshing! I also loved that he wasn't a man-whore!!!
The supporting charters where also excellent, with Mason's roommate David and also his brother Matt and best friend Brody. Brody is a total player, while David and Matt are a bit of a mystery. I actually think there might be something going on between David and Charlotte's BFF Liana!
In every scene, Mason and Charlotte where so natural together. They brought out the best in each other's personalities and they didn't have to hide who they are. Mason was really sweet and I loved that he encouraged Charlotte to enjoy the things she was passionate about, like her art. And the love scenes where seriously sexy and passionate! Such a beautifully written romance!
After reading and LOVING Breaking The Reins by Juliana, I knew I had to read this book, and while it's not as intense and doesn't address any series or heavy issues, it still has the same heart and emotion. I also really appreciated the length of the story. Juliana didn't fill the book with unnecessary filler scenes just to extend the story, she used just the right amount of words to tell this story. It made for a quick and fast paced book!
With a sexy romance and a fresh and fast paced story, Playing Pretend is perfect for any contemporary romance fans! I can only hope there will some companion novels for Mason's roommate David, best friend Brody or Charlotte's best friend Liana!
Sexuality: medium / descriptive sex scenes
Language: medium / several f words
Drugs & alcohol: mild
A definite winner!
After finishing the book, I logged on to post this review to find out Juliana Haygert is a Brazilian expatriate, like me. Then, it clicked why I appreciated her style so much. She’s got a very refreshing voice and uses interesting analogies that carried a distinct Brazilian flare.
Juliana does a very good job at building characters and presenting their background story as well as the settings. Living in Southern California, I felt at home with her description of Spring break around her. I knocked off one star because I felt she dropped the ball with the plot, which is very predictable and not quite realistic, at times.
I mean, it’s almost common sense that politicians are deceitful. It’s also a given their lives aren’t private. I can only imagine what it’d be like growing up in a politician’s family. Moreover, being nineteen is tough on any regular girl, for a governor’s daughter, I guess it might be a nightmare. Having said that, I understand Charlotte’s wish to be herself, away from the spotlight and her mother’s authoritative presence. Her lying to Mason, hiding her identity, during a short yet unforgettable Spring break on the other side of the country is believable. Her being the daughter of a sitting governor and not having a security detail isn’t that easy to believe, though. Lastly, the ‘conflict situation’ – no spoilers so I won’t say more than that – was a bit farfetched for my taste. But, hey, that’s is only me.
I always leave the best for last – sex! Being a romance author and avid reader, I prefer my love scenes to be more on the spicy and steamy level, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the love scenes in Play Pretend. On the contrary, they’re well-written and sweet.
I recommend Playing Pretend to readers searching a new voice in romance novels. You’ll enjoy Juliana Haygert’s style.
I received a copy of this book during a promotional campaign with no obligations to write a review. I did so voluntarily.
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