Book Review: Pretend (Blackcreek, #3) – Riley Hart

Pretend BLURB: 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.

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And here I thought that this would be an awesome third book for the Blackcreek series. So not the case! Just so not the case! Mason and Gavin’s story started out great until all their issues mostly revolving around their respective families started to get annoyingly repetitive. Gavin with his uber-religious parents and the “your soul is going to hell” speech started to get on my nerves just after the third time he visited his mom – like every single interaction with his Mom were like that. Mason on the other hand acted like the most sensitive prick to ever live and was always guilt ridden like Gavin for shunning his parents after it was revealed that he’s not their biological son. I mean, lawd – is he like twelve or something?!

This is Too mUch

Don’t even get me started with Isaac – Mason’s annoying ex-boyfriend. And then there’s Braden – I know that he’s Gavin’s first boyfriend and he really cared for him but this dude need to get it in his head to mind his own business just for once. Ugh. ANNOYING! ANNOYING!

I can’t believe the story turned out like this, I really do like the start but somewhere in there – it was like the summation of the whole series – repetitive, weak plot points and lost potentials. Sadly, it’s the weakest amongst the series so far…

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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