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?
Reeve is the definition of a struggling actor. He’s worked in a couple of broadway shows, but he hasn’t quite gotten his big break–which is what any actor/singer/artist in New York City hopes to gain. Sutton, on the other hand, has it all figured out. She’s the hot-shot casting director with all the right connections. She has the nice apartment and the adorable little companion. But the one thing she needs to score the most coveted casting gig is the one thing she doesn’t have–a fiancé. That’s where Reeve comes in. These two make a mutually beneficial deal: Reeve pretend’s to be Sutton’s fiancé and he gets a part in the movie. Entering into a fake relationship is bound to have its mishaps. And somewhere along the way, a real relationship starts to form between these two.
Pretending He’s Mine is the second book I’ve read by Lauren Blakely and it’s short, sweet, and simple. This is the kind of book you read when you need a break from heavy subjects. And believe me, I was in need of a nice little break. I liked the dynamic between our main characters. I’ve been reading a lot of books where the girl is lost or has a tragic past and the boy who saves her is hiding a few skeletons in his closet. Don’t get me wrong, I love those kinds of books, but after a while it can get a bit stale. Anddd I loved that our main character was older than her love interest–it’s a nice change from the norm.
Lauren Blakely definitely has a way with words. While some of the lines are a bit cheesy, they’re also sweet and endearing and most of all sexy! The story she created is simple, but it’s real. I can understand why Sutton’s hesitant to let herself feel something for Reeve, and I believe Reeve when he tells Sutton how he feels. Most of all, I can feel for these characters. All in all, if you’re looking for a story to breeze through (in all the right ways), Pretending He’s Mine is a pretty good choice.