Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review: Playing Pretend by Tamsyn Bester

****4 Stars****
It gets harder and harder to find a completely original book, when you've read as many as I have and inevitably there's sometimes a ring of familiarity to books when there are so many in a sub-genre - though nothing sinister is intended.
Despite this book having that familiar feel, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Celeb is a great character! He's hot, temperamental and with definitive alpha qualities - who doesn't love that growl that rumbles in a man's chest?!
I flitted between admiring Kadence's strength and determination and wanting the slap some sense into her!
If ever there was a case for seeing what's right in front of you and plowing through the bull, it's the pseudo relationship between these two!
With so many outside influences and history rearing its ugly head, love just doesn't stand a chance.
This is the first time I've read anything by Tamsyn Bester and I've got to say that it was really well written. I laughed, welled up a bit and wanted to scratch a couple of eyes out!
It draws you in and before I knew it, I'd read this delightful tale in a day.
If you're looking for a quick, easy read that'll get the butterflies in your tummy fluttering, then give this book a go - it'll be worth it!
Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer
Kadence Kavanagh has spent the last two years trying to rebuild her life. When a job opportunity presents itself, she can’t say no, even if it’s with the man who’s life was ruined by her father’s indiscretion. It’s been years since she last saw Caleb Callahan, and she’s not even sure he remembers her, but she’s determined to give herself a clean slate no matter who she has to work for.

In the unlikeliest of circumstances, Caleb becomes her savior – if somewhat reluctantly - and she discovers that the man she’s read about in the gossip columns is nothing more than a smoke screen. Kadence knows that keeping her distance is for the best, no matter how difficult, but when Caleb proposes the unthinkable, she finds herself caught between what’s real, and what she wishes was real.

Caleb and Kadence lose themselves in a lie, and when reality comes knocking, they realize that all they were doing was playing pretend…

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