by Juliana Haygert
Publication date: October 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
**New extended (13,000 more words) and re-edited version!**
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Playing Pretend . . .
Playing Pretend has not been so fun or real. This was a light, sexy dive into the rich and powerful world where being someone else was the way to survive the game being played. For Charlotte one carefree week of fun in the sun and in the arms of a very delicious stranger gave her a sense of who she wanted to truly be, but life has a way of taking you back down the road you don’t want to go. Back home and in her world Charlotte finds that being the real person was no longer acceptable and it was time to go back to playing pretend.
Mason was by all means a guy that knew how to have fun. Especially during Spring Break. But things take a change in a different direction after meeting Charlotte. She changes the course of his life and the meaning of it. Making the huge decision to move on and start anew, he never expected to find that woman that change everything for him.
Charlotte grows a lot in this one. She learns a valuable lesson of accepting one’s self and standing up for herself. She grows in strength and purpose. Mason was just Mason. He was sweet, strong, and understanding of Charlotte. This romance was darling.
I am not sure what the book was like before, but this time with the new content and the revised edit. I am going to say that I really enjoyed this story. Seeing how people deal with the pretend side of life opens my eyes to a new way of living or the way others live.
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 who man that made her proud of her true self?
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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