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Pretending with the Playboy (In Love with a Tycoon) Paperback – December 29, 2014
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Ten years later and Laurie is sent to 'fetch' Carter home to his sick Aunt's bedside. He has turned into a bit of a jerk and a womanizer. When he realizes how sick his aunt is he makes a rash decision to make her happy. He tells her he and Laurie are engaged.
The story spirals from there, the lie takes off, lines are crossed, and once again he behaves badly.
While there is a HFN, I do wish Laurie had given him a little more grief.
Carter's aunt, Dorothy, took Lauren under her wing after Lauren's parents died. Now Dorothy needs both Lauren and Carter to help her after being diagnosed with cancer. Carter and Lauren pretend to be engaged to give Dorothy peace of mind, but Carter and Lauren don't know what to do when they are no longer pretending and start to really fall for each other.
Lauren and Carter were always meant to be together and finally have a chance to explore their mutual attraction. Both of these characters set off each other's emotional triggers. By being together, Lauren and Carter are pushed to live outside of their comfort zones. This book was filled with sexual tension and sizzling sex scenes. Even though I knew theses characters would get their HEA, I was still interested in seeing how they got there.
Tracey Livesay is a good romance writer and I would read other books she releases in the future.
I loved the heroine, Lauren, from jump. She was a strong woman who knows what she wants, but loves so deeply that she is willing to risk her dreams for the woman who raised her. What can I say, I like sacrifice in my characters. Which was why I didn't like the hero at first. Carter believes that everyone leaves, so he lives his life never letting his heat be touched. But these two have a past and both love the same mother-figure, who is dying of cancer.
In an effort to keep Aunt Dorothy calm, they agree to pretend to be engaged. The author handles the "pretend engagement" trope just as brilliantly as she did "marriage of convenience" in her previous book, realistically and with class. It's believable.
I began to fall in love with Carter as he began to appreciate Lauren as an intelligent woman, not just a sexy body. The sex was hot! There was so much sexual tension, I was afraid that they would jump into bed too soon, but it was completely organic to the plot.
I highly recommend this book!