[mini-REVIEW] Riley Hart: Pretend (Blackcreek, #3)

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.

Dieses Buch macht seinem Namen alle Ehre. Leider. Denn es gibt nur vor, ist nicht wirklich, wie mir schien. Um genau zu sein, kam mir die Beziehung von Mason und Gavin von Anfang an einfach gestellt vor, so als ob, einfach eben. Nicht echt. Es hat mich nicht berührt, was mit den beiden passiert ist und was eben nicht. Und alles in allem war die Story an sich auch nicht wirklich was Besonderes. Bisher eindeutig der bei weitem schwächste Band der Blackcreek-Reihe, wie ich finde. Daher auch meine Wertung ...