Playing Pretend Blog Tour : Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Playing Pretend blog tour today. There is a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.

Playing Pretend
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 65,000
Release date: March 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
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**

My Review
Charlotte leads a secret life. As the daughter of a Governor she has to keep up an image and do everything her mother says. She has to do the right things and date the right guys. What she really wants to do is hang out with her real friends, skate and draw. She has to keep them a secret from her mother. On spring break she meets Mason and he makes her come really alive. It has to end but she is always thinking of him. Mason had his heart broke and thought a fling on spring break would be a good thing. Charlotte doesn't tell him who she really is and never ask for anything more from him than just a fling. He can't get her out of his head even when he knows he will never see her again.When he moves to Washington he runs into Charlotte and finds out who she really is. He wants to be with her but Charlotte can't risk her mother or the press finding out. She will soon have to face a decision on whether to stay on the path her mother wants or make her own path in life.

Charlotte seems like a girl who just wants to have fun when you first meet her. She isn't out to have a long time relationship just a fling. She is rich but doesn't like people to know it. At home she tries to be the perfect daughter her mom wants and fake being happy even when she is dying on the inside. Mason may not be who her mother would ever be ok with her dating but he is an amazing guy. He could move on from Charlotte but he never does. He tries his best to get her to see she deserves her own life. He has goals in mind but always takes the time for Charlotte.

I really enjoyed this story as Charlotte could have easily been a spoiled girl but she is not. I actually cared a lot for her and felt bad for her. Her mother is constantly making her feel bad and making her feel guilty using her dead father as the reason. She has so much going on I am surprised her head doesn't explode. She has one guy being forced on her she doesn't like and another she really cares about but can't be with. Mason and Charlotte are very hot together. There is several steamy, sexy scenes to enjoy. The actual characters made the book great for me. I kept hoping the best for them but wondered how Charlotte could ever get her mom to listen to her. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a NA sexy romance book.

4 out of 5 Stars

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About the Author:
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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  1. On my list this goes! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Huge NA fan - hard to pick just one but def love all CoHo and Abbi Glines books.


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