Blog Tour: Review: Pretending by Shanna Clayton
Book & Author details:
Publication date: March 12 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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.
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.
My thoughts (Theo): This story it is not sweet from the very beginning. No, sir, this story likes to scramble up your brain and then offer you a final consolation prize. But the chase… is it worth it? Definitely!
Dahlia Reynolds is your typical student. Boyish, no one wants to get close to her, big glasses and definitely someone you would pass on if it was right in front of you. But she is sort of Cinderella. Once the night is on she lets all the stupid make up on and become someone beautiful and still nerdy. Dahlia lost everything, from her mother to the man she was supposed to call father, but also the man who sort of adopted her. She has no one except for Gwen and Charlotte. She is alone in a big old mansion. But she is also strong-headed; someone who is willing to sacrifice everything for her loved ones and also someone sweet and innocent.
Wesley Kent is you typical college boy: in a frat, drinking like there is no tomorrow, an exceptional archaeologist, but someone who is trying too much for too long. His hatred is palpable from the very first meeting with him. His eyes are piercing through everything and he hates everyone, even though he mastered the fake smile and the fake good mood.
Dahlia is living with her roommate in a big mansion, courtesy of the old man of the roommate and Dahlia’s sort of father. She does not speak to Wesley and she does not want to: ignorance is bliss is one of her mottos, but also Wesley’s. Until the day he comes back from his expedition and he is bleeding. She needs to take care of him, right? But she gets scared after she assures herself he will be fine.
Dahlia is obligated to live in with Wesley because of his father. He died a couple of years back and he wanted for both of them to live in the mansion until they graduated college; then they would be able to inherit everything from him, until then they were like passengers held on a promise.
But soon things will change. Wesley finds himself in front of an amazing beautiful girl in his library. And even though he assumes is probably one of his new house-keepers he cannot let go of her sight, but when he asks her in a passionate kiss what’s her name – Dahlia loses it. She slaps him and gets away from him as soon as possible. But Wesley does find out who she is and he is more thrilled than shocked at finding out.
But he needs to protect her from the guys chasing him. But how can he do that if she is moving out? Right after a party Dahlia is contacted by her former ex-boyfriend: he has what she needs – an old piece of a map that she was seeking forever – but in order to get it she has to lose it all – mansion, money, everything and go live with him and his harem. She accepts, because she does want that sort for a reason or another. But Wesley shows up, he wants her back and he fights the ex-boyfriend almost to oblivion.
Back at the mansion things gets heated. Dahlia knows what she wants, but she cannot get it. Wesley ignored her for three years straight and now he wants her. Her from – all people. She has her reasons to not believe his sudden interest, but soon her feeling get the best out of her. A new triangle is formed between her best friends, and she finds herself willingly to get the ugly part out of the way.
Things get spiced up at a party threw by Wesley and from there on the story gets ahead of us! I loved the characters, the action and especially how someone I was not expected made my blood jump up on the roof.
It is an interesting story that does not get you sweet right from the very beginning, a story that makes your heart ache sometimes, with a lot of moments you want to reflect upon. I didn’t especially enjoy her friendship with Gwen and Charlotte at the same time, I felt like she was always cheating on one of them and it felt strange, but in the end the things sorted out.
I recommend this book if you are no looking for a classy fairy tale, I recommend it if you are looking for a way to escape mundane things!
Happy readying everyone!