Thursday, 17 April 2014

BLOG TOUR - Pretending by Shanna Clayton (Review & Giveaway)

Pretending by Shanna Clayton 
Publication date: March 12 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Four years.

That’s how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn’t exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn’t expect much to change. That is, until the girl that’s not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.

Three years.

That’s how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She’s convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than illusion in the hallways. It’s easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her—or free her?

Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.




This book turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a typical NA book, but what I got was so much more. It had mystery, intrigue, treasure hunting, and some pretty intense sexual chemistry.
There's nothing more I can say about the story as it gives you everything you need to know in the blurb. After that you need to discover the story for yourself. The main characters I really liked. Told in dual POV, we get an insight into both Wes and Dahila's lives and what they are feeling, but at the same time we are kept in the dark regarding certain aspects of their lives. Like why Dahila tries to hide herself behind a disguise. Or what Wesley found on his trip to Egypt. The chemistry between the two was intense and I loved their interactions. The romance is slow to build and I liked that. Dahila is hesitant to start anything with a guy who has completely ignored her for the past 3 years. Although I sort of felt that Wes's feelings kind of appeared out of no where. But I loved the way the book ended and what the status of their relationship was. I applauded the way the author left it as it was realistic and it made me love them even more as a couple.
The story-line itself is full of mystery and the one thing that made me love this book was the archaeology element. It was such a change from all the other NA books I've read that it really made it stand out from them all. I have always been fascinated with archaeology and treasure hunting so this had me hooked. It was so unique and I would love to find more books like this. 

Overall this was a incredibly enjoyable and entertaining read. Packed with adventure and romance, this is one book you should check out :)

I’m not sure if my mother predestined me to become a romance author when she named me after her favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book, but that’s what happened. Now I live  and breathe all things books. When I’m not glued to my desk writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and cyber stalking my favorite authors. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from readers!

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1 comment :

  1. This sounds like a fun read and i love the mix of romance and mystery. The dual POV is awesome and well and often my favorite kind of story narration I find you can really get into the heads of both characters and see different perspectives of each other. Great review!


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