Mason Alexander thought all he wanted in life was something to call his own—something without the family name attached. He got that when he bought his bar in Blackcreek…but then a hard truth opens his eyes that he’s been lied to his whole life, and he’s tangled amid the family that loves him, a truth that haunts him, and torn between the life he wants for himself and the obligation he feels for his family.
Gavin Davis knows a thing or two about living a double life. Being a gay man with strict Christian parents who believe he’s going to Hell, has never been easy. Instead of dealing, Gavin lost himself in his career. Teaching music gives him solace. So when he loses his job at a private school for helping out a gay kid, he feels like he lost more than a job. He lost his identity.
Blackcreek is a new start for both of them, two men, loyal to a fault, who both feel obligated to people in their lives. What Mason and Gavin don’t expect to find in each other is the place where they can be real. They know they want each other, it’s the rest of it they can’t figure out. Caught between loyalty, obligation, fear, tragedy and family, Mason and Gavin’s lives threaten to pull them away from each other if they don’t get real, and stop playing pretend, for good.
I’m in love with Riley Hart’s writing i adored Stay and Collide and i did like Pretend, but i have to say i didnt love it as much as the previous two books.
I really liked Mason, and Gavin was a good character but i didnt feel the great connection that i have with the couples in the other books.
Mason was such a bossy bottom which was different, and i thought the nick names he had for Gavin were really cute.
Gavin’s parents drove me totally nuts, i just couldnt like that part of the book it really didnt do anything for me at all.
Pretend wasn’t particularly angsty, nor was it particularly full of romance either, it was sexy hot at times, but there wast really that much to pull you into the story.
This was a good read but didnt blow me away, so it will be a 3.5 stars for me.