Friday, March 14, 2014

Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert - Review and Giveaway

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 65,000
Release date: March 2014
Cover: Berto Designs


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**

3.5 out of 5 stars

Playing Pretend surprised me a bit.  Being without power for five days this week due to an ice storm, I had a bit of time on my hands and found myself turning on my Kindle for a reread.  It was sassy, flirty and a light story that I found to be entertaining and the perfect thing for me to read when my real life was literally dark and cold.  

Told using alternating points of view, Playing Pretend tells the story of Charlotte and Mason.  A Governor's daughter and a graduate student.  Two people who have seemingly nothing in common other than a chance meeting when Charlotte was on a trip over Spring Break.  An unffy, chemistry-filled, six days in California where she could be who she wanted for the first time in her nineteen years.

You see, Charlotte's mom is an absolute witch.  I pretty much hate her.  Hard core.  And I found myself pulling for Charlotte and Mason pretty much from the first page.  I do love a strong female character and while there were times when I wanted to smack Charlotte in the face, I enjoyed watching her growth.  

And then there is Mason.  Yes, please.  **grabby hands**  While he does have his flaws, the way he falls for Charlotte and what he is willing to do just to be with her did register a bit on my swoon scale. 

If you are looking for a quick, easy and enjoyable read, I do recommend Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert.  


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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