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Pretending with the Playboy

Pretending with the Playboy

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by Tracey Livesay

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Commitment makes you weak. It's playboy Carter Richardson's motto. The only exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she's terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt-and desperate to ease his aunt's mind-Carter does the only thing a guy could do...he panics and blurts out that he's engaged to his aunt's enticing protegé


Commitment makes you weak. It's playboy Carter Richardson's motto. The only exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she's terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt-and desperate to ease his aunt's mind-Carter does the only thing a guy could do...he panics and blurts out that he's engaged to his aunt's enticing protegée.

Lauren Olsen has already had her heart crushed once by Carter. Against her better judgment, she agrees to keep up appearances-until Carter makes their "engagement" public in order to protect the family business. Now Lauren's torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Because while she could never trust the womanizing Carter she once knew, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy...

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Pretending with the Playboy (Entangled Indulgence) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Chenet_Fabiola More than 1 year ago
Pretending with the playboy is the second volume in the series In love with a tycoon, and also the second novel from the author Tracey Livesay. I read and reviewed The tycoon’s socialite bride, the first volume that I loved. Carter, the hero of the second volume, works for the company of Marcus, hero from the first volume. Even if in the end I really liked the second volume, I had trouble at first with the two main characters. Carter Richardson and Lauren Olsen have known each other for many years. Lauren always had a crush on Carter and even if this feeling is returned, the latter always refused to succumb to it because of his projects. When the story begins, they haven’t seen each other for ten years, after Carter rejected the heroine after a kiss at a party. The hero is very unpleasant for a good part of the novel. It’s for this reason I was very skeptical about how the author would make him evolve. What saves him is that his feelings for her are very deep. What makes him less likeable is his behavior of playboy, the one who flirts shamelessly with the heroine and other women. Even if I appreciated the heroine more, I didn’t really like the fact she’s unable to resist to the hero’s charm from the beginning of the story. Knowing how she intervenes again in his life, what she knows about him, I’d appreciated more restraint. I won’t explain more here what it’s about to avoid revealing too much but those who have already read it will understand what I’m talking about. What made me like this novel in the end is how the author makes her characters evolve. I wouldn’t know how to explain how but at a point I was rolling my eyes faced with the characters’ behaviors, and a moment later, I thought their story could work. And the author definitively saved the novel with its splendid ending thanks to the characters’ choices. To know what I’m talking about, I can only encourage you to read this novel. And even if at the beginning, you want to kill the hero and shake the heroine, don’t put this book aside, read it to the end. The sex scenes are intense. I also loved seeing again Marcus, and how he talks about his relationship with Pamela, his heroine. The author’s style is still as flowing and dynamic, that’s why we read this novel in one go. That’s why I’ll certainly read Tracey Livesay’s next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story. I found the formatting of the ebook confusing at times. I had to stop and reread when there was an unclear change in setting or scene.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I've read a few of these "pretending to be engaged and then falling for each other" tales and I always seem to love them. This one is definitely another good one! Carter's attempt to make things better for his dying aunt by saying he's engaged to Lauren was an adorable scene. It's all supposed to be just for show, but they have to play it up, right? Can't pretend to be engaged without a few kisses here and there. And so what if they're amazing kisses, and neither one of them want to stop? Yeah, that's the stuff. I loved seeing Carter grow and watch the two of them follow their hearts. Pretending With The Playboy is an cute play on the fake fiancé trope. Carter and Lauren are loveable and so sweet together. I would love to see what else Tracey Livesay writes! My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable but sweet and sexy all the same.....a fun read!
indykat More than 1 year ago
I actually liked the characters for the most part. Overall this book is a light, fun read. 161 pages.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Carter Richardson is successful in business and with women. He has it all or does he? Lauren Olsen, his aunt's social secretary, arrives to bring him home. He has never forgotten this woman or his desire for her. He doesn't want to return, but his Aunt needs him. She was his rock. Now he will be there for her. This is a touching, emotional story of redemption and second chances. Lauren is a wonderful character. Her strength and loving nature made me care for her. Carter is smart, charming and afraid to commit. His past still haunts him. I wanted them to realize that their love was special. Tracey Livesay did a wonderful job. This story was romantic and touching. I love the characters and the glamorous setting. The dialogue was witty and the emotions intense. Aunt Dorothy was an amazing character. Pretending With the Playboy is a keeper.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
wonderful story about love and second chances.  ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** What a fantastic read!! Great read about a playboy named Carter who loves his aunt. When he finds out how sick she is, that she is terminal, he rushes to be with her. Carter is desperate to make his aunt’s last days smooth and peaceful. Only way he knows to do that is tell her that he is engaged- engaged to the girl that raised both him and her-Lauren Olsen. Lauren has no one in her life, save Aunt Dorothy. She does anything that she asks because she wants to show her love for Aunt Dorothy, even though she didn’t have to.  She is a very compassionate, smart and  outgoing woman. She did for others , yet when it came to herself, and her love for Carter, she held that in and kept that a secret because she had already been hurt before by Carter and didn’t want to hurt anyone by her feelings and wanted to keep Aunt Dorothy’s last days happy ones. In the past, Carter and Lauren had been raised together and had some sort of relationship but Carter bailed and moved away to build his company and make a name for himself. He left Lauren, and she just kept that hurt to herself . What drove me nuts about this story was the cousin in law, Allison. She was always putting down Lauren, always telling her that she was a nobody and that she was “ just the help”. She said this in front of Carter and Aunt Dorothy. They never stood up for her and I was so mad about that. I really wished that would have stood up for her and delivered the “smackdown” to this witch. Down the road , something does happen to Alison but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I do love this story and how it takes the reader on a journey, Carter and Lauren’s journey and where it ends. I would love to see a story come down the road for Lauren’s friend Sophie. She is awesome sounding and a story for her would be great. My rating: 4.3 starts ****
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Carter Richardson is a commitment phobe. His parents were so in love with each other, when the other passed on, they forgot they had a son to take care of. The only one that mattered to him is his aunt. So when he learned that she was terribly sick, he went back to visit her. He was too guilty of being absent for a very long time and in a full blown panic. No wonder, to appease his aunt, he tells her that he was engaged to his aunt's beautiful assistant, Lauren. As for Lauren, it was better thinking of Carter when he was miles away, but having him near was detrimental to her peace of mind. Not to mention his sudden outburst with the lies of their engagement. She must remember that this was Carter, the one who broke her heart when she was 18, the one who didn't believe in commitment & ever-afters and their engagement was just for the sake of his ailing grandmother. She agreed to what he wanted, just to appease the aunt who was like her second mother when she lost her family. After all, it would only stay inside the family, or so she was promised UNTIL Carter brought it up, made it public to save the family business.  NO FALLING IN LOVE. But how can she not fall in love with him - when he was all she ever wanted? She tried to stop it, tried to tell her heart not to fall, - but it was futile. How can she protect her heart when it won't listen to her? I love the pacing of the story - it wasn't draggy or overly fast. It was short and I finished this in one sitting. There were a lot of sweet moments to swoon for, some mini-heartbreaks, a public grand gesture for the groveling and a lovely ending. A great read in a cold afternoon or a day in the beach.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 I really enjoyed reading Pretending with the Playboy, it was a cute romantic story that had it's ups and downs. Tracey Livesay did a good job with the book, it wasn't just about love between two childhood friends that was explored in the book, but also about friendships, and loyalty. Carter Richardson has made it very clear that he doesn't do relationships. He has also made it clear over the years that he doesn't want to be involved in the family business. His family has made the Richardson name very powerful, but his family's money wasn't about to hold Carter back when he all he wanted was to create a name for himself, and so he left Chicago in order to pursue what he wanted. Working his way up, he easily became very successful. Yet, having everything at his disposal, Carter's only weakness is his Aunt Dorothy. The one he left behind to pursue his career after his parents passed away, and the one that took over the family business for him. Now after been away from his childhood home for years, he receives the shock of his life when his childhood friend, Lauren Olsen, comes knocking at his door determined to bring him back to see his ill aunt. Little did he knew the commitment that he was going to make to make his sick aunt happy again.  Lauren Olsen had a rough childhood, her parents died, and she suddenly found herself being raised by Aunt Dorothy. She took Lauren under her wing, by giving her a job, and helping Lauren with her studies. Having met Carter before, she was aware of his playboy status, and for that she wasn't too thrilled to bring him back to Chicago. But with Aunt Dorothy's illness, she didn't have a choice, especially when the company could be in deep trouble if they don't find a new CEO to replace Dorothy. But she wasn't expecting to find herself attracted to the playboy that she once knew all over again, and that she had to pretend to be in love with him all to protect his family legacy, and Aunt Dorothy.  I personally liked both character's personalities, Lauren and Carter have a lot learn throughout the book that made it relatable, and realistic. Carter is a playboy, one that knows what he wants to achieve, yet he also has a soft heart when it comes to his Aunt Dorothy. She definitely had the most influence on him, the drive that he has to make a name for himself takes him away from his family. On the other hand, Lauren does the complete opposite and almost wants to become like Aunt Dorothy, by spending time together, she is constantly looking for her approval. Lauren is a talented artist, and she knows that her calling is somewhere else, but she doesn't want to break the news to Dorothy of fear that she might not get better.  Things started to heat up when Lauren and Carter started to spend more time together, after he tells everyone in his family's company as well as his aunt, that he is getting married, everyone is pretty much watching their every move. The were some secondary characters that brought out the drama with them and helped speed up the story. All in all, the story line was enjoyable to read. I found myself rooting for the main characters, and always happy to read their romantic scenes. The ending was my favorite part that I almost wish the story would of kept going. I recommend the book, it was romantic, and fun to read. I would certainly keep reading more from the author in the future. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review***
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable book, about second chances. Carter has made a life for himself, by ignoring his past life in Chicago. This plan is interrupted by Lauren, his childhood companion, who has been sent to bring him back home by his Aunt Dorothy. After seeing his aunt, he lies and says that he is engaged to Lauren. The story that ensues is entertaining and believable. Carter resists changes in his life and Lauren is becoming her own person independent of Dorothy's influence.  The story was well written and had a believable ending that was of course happy!  I was given an arc for an honest review. 
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun story.  Both characters were very real and I fell in love with them very quickly.  Carter is a man that is jaded to commitment, although I didn't quite grasp why until near the end.  There are a lot of hints and I was probably being a bit dense about it.  He's running from his family and his family's company and legacy.  He is forced to come back to it all when he finds out his Aunt is dying.  Enter Lauren - a blast from his past that he's never quite forgotten or gotten out of his system.  She's an art PhD (which I totally loved) and is trying so very very hard to prove herself to the world.  One of Carter's not so nice relatives insists on calling her "the help" and I just wanted to haul off and slap her each time.  She was such a sweetheart that I couldn't stand anyone being mean to her. So, in order to put the dying Aunt's heart at peace, Carter and Lauren pretend an engagement - not the most original plot, but there are some very fun twists and turns in this one.  What was supposed to be a small lie kept in the family quickly snowballs out of control.  The ending was very touching and some of you may cry.  You can really tell that the family cares for each other and just didn't quite now how to show it at times.  The final scene was quite beautiful and made for the perfect ending. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Really, really enjoyed this book. Carter has a reputation as a playboy in Washington DC until Lauren(who he calls Lo-Lo which she hates) shows up and tells him about his aunt. I won't tell any more spoilers but suffice it to say that this story is really good. I like the author's style of writing and it keeps you involved in the story, wondering what is going to happen next. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's very well written and the characters are intriguing. Carter enjoyed his playboy lifestyle in Chicago and has no desire to change it. When he finds out his aunt is ill he rushes to her. To make her think he has settled down the way she wants he ask life long friend Lauren to pretend to be his fiancee. Great premise and it's very well done. I highly recommend this one.