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Peek Inside Pretending with the Playboy

When commitment-phobic playboy Carter Richardson learns his aunt is terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Desperate to ease her mind, Carter panics and blurts out that he's engaged to his aunt's enticing protegée. Against her better judgment, Lauren Olsen agrees to keep up appearances—until Carter makes their “engagement” public. Now Lauren's torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Worse still, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy...

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Playing pretend never felt so real…

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…


"This was a sweet, loving book full of angst and growth." -- BB's Book Reviews

"I like the way Ms. Livesay turned their combative tendencies into hot caresses which resulted in passionate and hot sex scenes." -- Harlequin Junkie

"The final scene was quite beautiful and made for the perfect ending." --Bitten by Romance

"A lot of sweet moments to swoon for, some mini-heartbreaks, a public grand gesture for the groveling and a lovely ending."--Book Freak

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751675
Series: In Love with a Tycoon, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 29, 2014
Page Count: 230
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, ugly duckling

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By Mandy December 27, 2014

I really like fake engagement story lines and I really enjoyed this one. Carter is a jerk. He's a playboy and to be honest, he really isn't very likeable in the beginning of this story. When he find out his aunt is sick, he fakes an engagement to Lauren. I really liked the chemistry between Carter a ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) December 29, 2014

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*** :)

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 explo ...more

By Phoenix December 16, 2014

This was a sweet, loving book full of angst and growth. The book is a bit predictable but it is written so well that I felt I was just along for the ride. I really liked Carter and loved watching him grow and learn about himself and become the man his Aunt always knew he could be. I like Lauren too ...more

By Laura February 04, 2018

I mean, it was actually a really sweet, short romantic book. For what it was in it’s genre, I thought it was a sweet, easy read which is what I was looking for. It had a much better plot than what I anticipated. Now, back to the book I needed a break from. ...more

By Chu December 30, 2014


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 be ...more

By Caro December 28, 2014

Really enjoyed this one.

Carter and Lauren had a past together, a shared one with Aunt Dorothy and how she pretty much raised them. So their chemistry had been building up for YEARS before they came together.

Carter left Chicago and the family business to make a name for himself, he simply didn’t want ...more

By Angie December 14, 2014

I was fortunate to receive a copy of this story through the publisher for an honest review - thank you! I'm a huge fan of stories published through Entangled Publishing. Pretending with the Playboy is a great example of Entangled's ability to give me 2-3 hours of someone else's drama - and always wi ...more

By Elaine December 11, 2014

This is a romance where the man is running scared of love and commitment. Carter Richardson doesn’t trust love. He believes it makes you weak, especially after his personal experiences. This has made him into a love ‘em and leave ‘em playboy.

The only exception to this is his beloved aunt who brought ...more

By Jasmyn December 29, 2014

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 ...more

By Jessica December 20, 2014

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

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 ...more

By Stephanie December 10, 2014

I really enjoyed this book yes he is a playboy but he is one with a heart. And cares so much for his aunt really there are some touching moments that teach you alot about life. Lolo she is beautiful but underestimated her strength and beauty. Both of these characters have been through so much but le ...more

By Bette December 12, 2014

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 ...more

By Catherine December 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Carter is a big jerk at the beginning, but as the story goes on you can't help but fall for him. Lauren is kind of timid at first but she gets her backbone and is an amazing character. I read it in one day and it kept me entertained the whole time. This is my first book b ...more

By Brittany December 11, 2014

I received this from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I really loved it! I love the contempory romance with a marriage of convenience. It makes such a good story. I enjoyed this take. It was a good take on runaway bride with a twist it being the man doing the running instead of ...more

By MaggieReadsRom August 07, 2018

Why did I not read these books sooner! From her Avon books I knew I really liked Tracey Livesay’s writing and I knew vaguely that she had 2 other books outbut didn’t get them until THE TYCOON’S SOCIALITE BRIDE was on sale last week. I flew through that book in 2 days and then started this one, which ...more

By Renée April 26, 2019

Oh, the playboy who has spent years trying to avoid his teenage love and then is forced to come home and finds her all grown up! He falls SOOO hard and it's delightful.
Tracey Livesay took me on a wonderful journey in this book - and I particularly like how the heroine stood up for herself, even whe ...more

By Beth July 24, 2017

More fake engagement to real love trope. Story is a bit run of the mill and there are some elements that could have been better explored (what's up with Edworth and Allison?!) but it's a cute story, has the heart crushing emotional element, and the HEA is nicely done. ...more

By Emma January 02, 2020

This was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not usually a fan of contemporary romance but I'm glad I gave this a chance. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. ...more

By Sada March 08, 2020

Loved it

As great a read as book 1. Lauren and Carter story kept me entertained from start to finish. This is a must read. ...more

By Shirley January 05, 2015

3.75 stars

Lauren is not looking forward to being the one to bring Carter home but when his Aunt's health takes a turn for the worst, she has no option but to face the man she crushed on as a teenager.

Carter has made a name for himself as a playboy who works hard and plays harder. The last thing he ...more

By Les Romantiques January 04, 2015

Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
Reviewed by Fabiola
Review Copy from the Publisher

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 volu ...more

By Diana February 05, 2015


This was my first read by Tracey Livesay and it was fantastic! I absolutely loved “Pretending with the Playboy.” This is the second book in the “In Love with a Tycoon” series. Although I did not read the first book this is can easily be a stand-alone and reade ...more

By Monica April 18, 2015

***4.5 Stars***

In order to live happily ever after you need to stop running.

This is the second installment in the In Love with a Tycoon and I have to say that it was a good read. When I finally decided to read this story I really didn’t think anything of it but then Marcus name came up and what he d ...more

By April December 30, 2014

****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 pea ...more

By Fangirl Musings January 11, 2017


One Sentence Summary:

The billionaire and his aunt’s secretary gotta play Fake Fiances because health reasons.

What part made you fangirl squeal:

When hero Carter dropped his pants RIGHT in front of our gal in the first chapter!

Favorite Character:

Heroine’s BFF! Sophie was ...more

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Tracey Livesay

About the author

Tracey Livesay

Tracey Livesay wrote her first romance novel at the age of eleven, called The Healing Power of Love. With a detour through college and law school--where she met her husband on the very first day--she has finally achieved her dream of being a published author. She lives in Virginia with said husband and three kids. For info on her upcoming releases or to chat about TV, movies and/or purses you can check out her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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