Review // Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely

July 11, 2022

Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely

This man—this young, delicious man—was saving the day.

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Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely

Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely

Standalone - Caught Up In Love #2
Release - March 2, 2013
Genre - Contemporary Romance / fake relationship
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat - 3 out of 5 / a few scenes
Length - 144 pages
Publisher - Indie
This novel is now titled The Pretending Plot — a reimagining of the 2013 story Pretending He’s Mine (no longer available for sale). The Pretending Plot has been rewritten in first person and expanded from a novella to novel length!

Once upon a time in New York City, there was a down-on-his-luck actor named Reeve, who was talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But show biz is a rough biz – he lost out on a part in a big film, and now his day job hours have been cut too. What’s a handsome young thing in need of a role to do?

Enter Sutton Brenner.

She’s sexy and shrewd and the most top-notch casting director there is. She’s this close to landing a coveted gig casting a film based on a best-selling mega-romance novel, but there’s a catch. After one too many transgressions with lovely single ladies, the film’s philandering producer has been put on a short leash by his wife, who’s forbidden him from working with anyone unattached.

So the happily single Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve – play the role of her fiancee until she closes the deal, and he’s guaranteed to get an audition for the starring role in the film. But as the two play pretend, the lines between make-believe and matters of the heart start to blur. Especially after that hot night in the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library.

Who’s playing who? Or is someone else really the director in the secret affair of their lives?

My Two Cents

3 "Fake it 'til you make it" stars

There's something about fake relationship romances that hit the spot just right.

➜ all of the crazy tension of being forced to pretend there's something there, thinking there's nothing there, when there's really something there
➜ the chemistry that is even more intense because the characters deny its existence
➜ that moment when it all comes down to who will finally admit their feelings

And this story had all of that. Sutton needed a fake fiance pronto and Reeve needed an in to the acting role to jumpstart his career. Win-win, right?

It even has a cute happy-for-now epilogue. I only wish that I really felt this relationship. I enjoyed the characters and maybe would have felt more if I spent more time with them. Maybe that's why the author rewrote the story and made it more of a full-length book.

About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 60 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A graduate of Brown University, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and she is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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  1. Oh sounds like this one didn't quite meet up with expectations, and that really sucks. I do love a fake relationship trope though.

    Great review darling!

    1. Yeah, it's one of my favorite tropes :)
      It was a good story, just needed more fleshing out. Which she did when she reworked it and I'm sure the new version is everything I was looking for. Thanks Renee! XO

  2. I love a fake relationship. It's been a while since I've read Blakely. I used to read every book she released. Great review! I wish you had felt the couple more, though.

    1. I used to read every one of her releases at one point too. I have so much of her books on my kindle lol.
      Thanks Deanna! XO


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