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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

Book Review: Stay (Blackcreek #2) – Riley Hart

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

Similar to the first book of the series, Stay was written and revolves around the same circle within Cooper and Noah. This time it was Cooper’s colleague Braden Roth – a good hearted, happy-go-lucky, hippy, I-love-everyone kind of guy who realized that he’s bound to stay in Blackcreek when he met Wes (the guy Noah was supposed to have a one night stand with in the first book) and decided to pursue him. Braden was actually a really interesting character but perhaps too unrealistic. I would’ve liked it if there we more conflict aside from Wes’s family responsibility because it’s just all very simple. Its plot was so weak that it became almost unbearable to read but since it’s a short read, I decided to go ahead with it. There was not enough backstory especially for Wes and I thought the ending was pretty weak. Overall, it was a “just okay” read to pass time but I’m not exactly going to recommend it eagerly.

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Collide (Blackcreek #1) – Riley Hart

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

I kind of enjoyed reading this book. It’s my first from Riley Hart and I thought it actually has a good touch of the usual romance m/m genre. It centers on Noah as he’s returning to his childhood hometown for three years coming from a terrible break-up and is looking to build a new career and settle down. In Blackcreek, he reunited with his childhood best friend Cooper, now a fireman – who is supposedly a straight guy and is also battling his own demon. Although it has a thinly veiled plot, I thought the romance factor was still there. The flashbacks were a bit distracting and the “suddenly-Cooper-is-gay” / “gay-for-you” concept doesn’t sit well with me at all. I mean, seriously? The conflict was weak but nevertheless tolerable because Noah’s a great character. I just wished that there’s more to Noah’s mature backstory. Overall, this was just an okay start of a series – not very promising but its alright.

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars