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Designed as a quick read, but is more a story outline than an actual book
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016
Christy Moore and Martin Hawking have emerged from recent marriage break-ups a little bitter and angry. They start an intense relationship, and they bring out the exciting and dangerous side of each other, engaging in high-risk scenarios such as a dine-and-dash and taking Ecstasy. However, these games risk getting out of control and leading to death.
I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of "BookShots". A large part of me suspects it's a way for James Patterson to line his pockets even further and monopolize the entire publishing industry. At this rate, he'll be the ONLY person writing books anymore. But I thought I would give an original title a try. (I didn't want to grab any BookShot that was simply designed as an intro to a future series, or a teaser for a book in an existing series, which a lot of them seem to be.)
"Let's Play Make-Believe" had a good idea at its core, but as read, it plays out as little more than a story outline, lacking fleshed-out characters or interesting scenarios. It also failed the read-in-one-shot test, as it was too easy for me to put down and do something else, despite the little time required to read it.
The book has a rinse-and-repeat pattern to it. Christy and Martin complain about their exes. Christy remarks constantly on how awesome she thinks Martin is and how he makes her happy. Christy and Martin attempt to get a little nooky but are interrupted by a knock on the door. (You'd think they would learn the first time they get a noise complaint). Christy and Martin play a high-risk prank/game. That's about it before it heads into its end-game, ending exactly as you'd expected it to after that opening prologue.
However, I'll give a couple more a try. Ultimately, they're well-priced, so even if you don't like it, you haven't wasted too much time on something that isn't very good.