Only Pretend by Nora Flite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Advanced reader's copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of Celeste whose boyfriend has just not only dumped her, but fired her from her job, telling her she was "boring".
Boring?! Hmmm, well Celeste strikes out to prove not only to him, but to herself that she's anything but!
On a whim and out of a place to even stay for the night, she colors her mousey brown hair to a sexy blonde, gets her nails done, packs what few belongings she has left and strikes out for Vegas.
Finding that she really can't afford a room in a high end casino, she slips into the ladies room and puts on her sexiest outfit.. one she's never worn before, and a bit of 'Vegas Baby' makeup, thinking she'll just make herself feel better, have a drink or two and head to a cheaper motel on the outskirts of Vegas.
Then she meets a very handsome stranger, Leonide.
He's charming and sexy and he only has eyes for Celeste. She sure doesn't feel boring now!
Celeste follows him up to his room, doing her best not to be "Boring Celeste" by pretending to be someone she isn't. But she finds that playing pretend can land her in some very real trouble when she wakes up in unfamiliar surrounding and she's pretty sure she isn't in Vegas anymore!
She's in a world of trouble and pretending isn't going to get her out of it!
I'm used to
dark reads, and this isn't one that I'd really classify as "Dark" or "BDSM" for that matter. I would put it more in the New Adult genre. Over 18 only for a little bit of non/dub-con and a few naughty words. But nothing over the top. I would have liked more than one short chapter from Leonide, he had the potential to carry the story to a darker realm.
Only Pretend is a good read and it's very well written. Solid 4 Star read for me.
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