Monday, December 29, 2014

ARC Review: Pretending With the Playboy (In Love With a Tycoon) by Tracey Livesay

Title: Pretending With the Playboy (In Love With a Tycoon)
Author: Tracey Livesay
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Commitment makes you weak. It's playboy Carter Richardson's motto. The only
exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she's terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt—and desperate to ease his aunt's mind—Carter does the only thing a guy could do...he panics and blurts out that he's engaged to his aunt's enticing protegée. Lauren Olsen has already had her heart crushed once by Carter. Against her better judgment, she agrees to keep up appearances—until Carter makes their “engagement” public in order to protect the family business. Now Lauren's torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Because while she could never trust the womanizing Carter she once knew, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy...

This was a very fun story.  Both characters were very real and I fell in love with them very quickly.  Carter is a man that is jaded to commitment, although I didn't quite grasp why until near the end.  There are a lot of hints and I was probably being a bit dense about it.  He's running from his family and his family's company and legacy.  He is forced to come back to it all when he finds out his Aunt is dying.

Enter Lauren - a blast from his past that he's never quite forgotten or gotten out of his system.  She's an art PhD (which I totally loved) and is trying so very very hard to prove herself to the world.  One of Carter's not so nice relatives insists on calling her "the help" and I just wanted to haul off and slap her each time.  She was such a sweetheart that I couldn't stand anyone being mean to her.

So, in order to put the dying Aunt's heart at peace, Carter and Lauren pretend an engagement - not the most original plot, but there are some very fun twists and turns in this one.  What was supposed to be a small lie kept in the family quickly snowballs out of control.

The ending was very touching and some of you may cry.  You can really tell that the family cares for each other and just didn't quite now how to show it at times.  The final scene was quite beautiful and made for the perfect ending.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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