Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pre-Release Review & Giveaway ~ Pretend (Blackcreek #3) by Riley Hart

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Title ~ Pretend (Blackcreek #3)

Author ~ Riley Hart

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

Published ~ 29th December 2014

Rating

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Synopsis

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.

Macky’s Review

Pretend

I've been loving Riley Harts Blackcreek series. The MC's have all been engaging guys, plus there's always just the right amount of conflict and angst to keep you engrossed in each couples path's to true love, packed with truck loads of sexual tension and chemistry; the two main components that are essential, in my eyes, to keep any m/m romance lover captivated.

The love story this time round is between Mason Alexander, the fairly new owner of the towns local bar, who we've already met as a secondary character, and Gavin Davis, a musician and ex teacher, who was talked about in Stay, the previous book, but has now come back to Colorado, after being away for more than a decade. Both are having to handle a different set of family problems that have shaped their outlook on life and love in general. For Mason it's dealing with the betrayal he feels after he learns something about his status in the family that his parents, who have always accepted his being gay and loved him, have kept secret until recently; a secret Isaac, his now (insistent) ex boyfriend and friend of the family from childhood also knew about, but decided to keep away from him, causing their breakup.

For Gavin however, it's coping with a family who in their own unbending way do love him but because of their deeply religious background, won't accept his sexuality and life choices, placing him in a position where, because of his father's oncoming Alzheimer's, he's now stuck between a rock and a hard place. Drawn to each other from the beginning, problems arise when the consciences, expectations and the obligation that arise from their respective family drama's, begin to encroach on their budding romance and they have to choose whether they let all the burdens resulting from it push them apart or they carry on telling themselves that they're coping with the life situations their families have created. Pretending to themselves is something they've kind of perfected, pretending to each other...not so much.

I like that in each novel we get to see more of the previous couples we've come to love, but never in a way that encroaches on the two new guy's romance as each one is a separate love story in its own right. More of an enhancement, they add a nice touch of support to each other's stories, as their interactions together helps to drive the series forward. I would say that to really get the most from this, it's a bonus to have read Collide and Stay because you do get to know how they all connect to each other, but I also think you could pick this up and read it as a standalone without too much trouble, because even though the links are there, it's not a series where the books end on cliff-hangers. For instance the connection in this, is between Braden, who found love with Wes in book #2, and Gavin, who have history together, but even though we get to see more of Noah and Cooper, and Braden and Wes, the main focus is definitely on Mason and Gavin's struggle to start, and keep, their relationship despite the backlash from both their family situations.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot but it didn't thrill me quite as much as the first two in the series as it lacked a little bit of the magic I experienced when I first read those. I can't really put my finger on what exactly, because like always the sex is hot, the dynamics in the bedroom are interesting; as Mason is a very 'toppy' bottom, the guys are really likeable and the chemistry is there, but I just found it harder to connect as quickly this time with Mason and Gavin as a couple, the way I did with the other two partnerships. One of those times where, for whatever reason, I feel like it's more likely a case of the "just me" syndrome. I do love this series though and if Riley does carry it further—and I'm wondering now if Isaac, Masons ex could be next—I'd definitely add it to my Riley Hart collection as I am a fan of her writing style. I know it's nothing to do with this particular series but Broken Pieces was one of my stand out reads of 2014...I really adored that book!

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Series Reading Order

Blackcreek

Book #1 ~ Collide
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Book #2 ~ Stay
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Book #3 ~ Pretend
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Meet Riley Hart


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Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she's not writing, you'll probably find her reading. Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.

 

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Giveaway

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41 comments:

  1. Huge fan of Riley Hart and looking forward to the 3rd book in the Blackcreek series!!!

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  2. Love Riley Hart and can't wait for Pretend! 😍

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  3. I'm so excited that this one is being released. Love this series!
    terrihawk66@yahoo.com

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  4. I've really enjoyed this series. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for the review! Great series! I'm going to buy and read this story for sure *_*

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  6. I love this review, And this series is amazing my finger's are crossed i really want this so bad, Thank you for the chance xxxx Happy Holidays

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  7. Can't wait.....love this series!

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  8. I loved Collide... I am really looking forward to continue reading this series

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  9. Great review Macky! I have been waiting on this release. LOVE the series!

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  10. I love this series i have the first two and cant wait for the third im also so totally in love with the Broken peices set. Cant wait to read more from you

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  11. I loved Collide and can't wait to read Stay and Pretend, and the Broken Pieces series too! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Gorgeous cover! Can't wait to read this book.

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  13. I've loved the first two books in this series and I've been patiently waiting for book 3..I'm so excited to finally get my hands on this. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway :D

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  14. Love me some Riley Hart! Can't wait for this release...those Blackcreek boys are amazing!! <3

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  15. Love Riley Hart! Cannot wait for this new book!!!!

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  16. Looking forward to starting this series!!

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  17. Thanks so much for the review!

    --Trix

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  18. Love these books and can't wait to read more in the series.

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  19. One of my favorite things about this series is that each book really could be read without having read the others. I'm so tired of people releasing portions of a book and stringing out sales rather than just releasing a whole story. I'm not complaining about series in general here, just the ones where you reach the last page and it ends in the midst of a scene, and you're left wondering what the heck is going on. I'm actually a fan of a couple of series that have twenty or more books. I like them because they each tell a complete story, but the universe has a larger, overarching story that serves as the thread that holds the series together. Blackcreek is like that, and I'll probably keep reading them until the author stops writing them. Quality writing.

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  20. Wonderful review-looking forward to reading it. :-)

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  21. I loved the first 2 books and I just know this will be fantastic too!! Thanks for the review, snippet and giveaway!!

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  22. So excited to see a third book in this series! jfadksljfasdkljflkasdjfkalsjfaskl I love love love Riley's writing

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  23. I'm so excited for this book!! I love all of Riley Harts book and I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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  24. Thanks for the chance. Would love to read this story

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  25. Thanks for the review. Riley Hart is definitely a "must buy" for me now. I already have mine on pre-order.

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  26. I haven't read anything by this author but the book sounds like a fantastic read that I'd love to read. I have this and a couple other books now on my Amazon wish list. Thx for this opportunity!!!

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  27. Love the quote. Thank you for the review!

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  28. I love M/M romances..thank you!

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  29. Macky, great review as always. Like you, I adored Broken Pieces, and will forgive Riley any missteps because of that book, oh.. probably for the rest of her career. I'm looking forward to reading this book even if it's not as good as the first two.. I just hope the series doesn't get dragged out needlessly.

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  30. I love this series can't wait to read this book already pre-ordered jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  31. The first two were so good I was waiting for this one.

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  32. I love these books and can't wait to check this one out!

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  33. Thanks for the chance! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  34. I loved the first two books! Can't wait to read this one as well.

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  35. Haven't had a chance to they this series yet, but sounds great.

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  36. I'm a big fan! Thanks for a shot at winning a copy of Pretend!

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  37. Sounds like there's plenty of angst and anxiety in it, so yeah, I'm in! :p

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