Title: Pretend (Blackcreek #3)
Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 209
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
The third book in the Blackcreek series focuses on bar owner Mason and ex-music teacher Gavin. Both men are battling their parents for control over their lives. Mason’s parents want him to take over the family restaurant and Gavin’s parents want him to pretend he isn’t gay when they are together.
I really enjoyed this book in the series (but Stay remains my #1) and the chance to visit with the characters from the first 2 books. One thing that was refreshing about this book was that Mason and Gavin became friends before they fell into bed. While that was a nice change, they did end up labeling their relationship as “friends with benefits” for several months before falling in love. that lack of emotion usually leaves me cold, but somehow worked here.
A bonus to this story was a break-up. I always love a good break-up, because it makes getting back together that much sweeter.
- The problem I had with this break-up was that both men agreed to it and felt being apart was best for their relationship. That is awesome for mature, real people, but kinda sucks when you want a bit of angst and drama. 😉
This was a wonderful edition to the Blackcreek family, a personal favorite series of mine. Recommended!