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"The one you like best. That's my favorite position. My favorite thing is making you feel good." Reeve Larkin needs a job. Sure, the actor is talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But he lost out on a part in a big movie, and now his day job hours have been slashed too. What's a handsome young thing in need of a role to do? Sign up to be the fake fiancé of the sexy and shrewd casting director Sutton Brenner, who must appear temporarily attached if she's to land a coveted gig casting a red-hot film. So Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve to play the role of her fiancé until she closes the deal. The trouble is, she's sexy-as-hell and damn near irresistible to him. And he's not only a great guy, but also the best dirty talker she's ever met. It doesn't take long for their pretend love affair to heat up, especially after that toe-curling night in the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library. A red-hot love affair. An intense connection. But as the lines between make-believe and matters of the heart blur, can two people working in the world of acting fake it til they make it?

©2013 Lauren Blakely (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Pretending He's Mine is a sexy novella that is packing some heat! Reeve can be my pretend boyfriend any week of the year! Enjoy fellow romance addicts!" (Fueled by Fiction)

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 11-12-16

Fun & Sweet

Another fun & fluffy book in this series. I enjoyed this book, though I didn't love it. I liked Reeve a lot, he was pretty hot!! I didn't really connect with Sutton but that didn't ruin the book for me. There were some super hot scenes for sure!

The narration is not a favorite for me, I actually like Emily Durante but just not for this story. The voices just didn't fit the characters for me, especially Reeve, I'm not a big fan of her male voice.

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With a different narrator, this could be great

There is something very off-putting in this narrator - the voice, the inflection (or lack of), they sets my teeth on edge. An otherwise good story is spoiled by a poor narration. It needs an Andi Arndt, Madeline Maby, Shayna Thibodeaux to make the story shine. Sorry. Try again with someone else...please!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sweet, quick read.

This was a cute, quick read (the Audible version being 3 hours 8 minutes). Sutton is a casting director who is often confused with a Broadway actress. Reeve is an actor trying to work his way up. When the director in charge of a big upcoming movie she's vying for and his wife (the real brains behind the operation) believe Sutton to be engaged and comment on how they'd love to keep a family atmosphere in their business, Sutton goes with it. She has a day to find a fiance. Reeve once auditioned for a part in a movie Sutton casted. When going through her mental Rolodex looking for the perfect fake fiance, Reeve pops into her mind. Reeve accepts her very strange job in exchange for an audition in the movie Sutton is hoping to cast. In order to be believable they need to kiss and touch, but it seems so real. Sutton keeps reminding herself that he's an actor and just acting. But is he really? The two end up truly liking each other as they get to know one another and decide to give it a real try. They wind up with their own HEA. The book is dual POV and has no cliffhanger. It can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. While Reeve appears briefly in Caught Up in Us, it is not necessary to read that book prior to reading this one. The Audible version of this book is narrated by Emily Durante. I enjoyed her performance, though I have heard better. She did a wonderful British accent for Sutton, but wasn't fantastic at the male voices.

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Fun story but terrible narration.

I was so disappointed with this audio book. The story would have been so much better with a different narrator. Her voice and lack of inflection just turned me off to the story. I love Lauren Blakely’s books, but I just couldn’t wait to get through it. Sorry, I hate to leave bad reviews but I need to be honest.

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loved it (heart eyes)

So glad I didn't judge the author based on a book I didn't love of theirs. This book was gold. The perfect fake relationship read for me as a first time.

I loved that the heroine was british and the hero was American because it's usually the other way around, and it was adorable how much he liked her accent.

They had love scenes in some wild places, and their chemistry was awesome. As an actor, he was extremely "method" and hands on with being a fake fiancé if you know what I mean😉

This was a great quick read that made me fall in love with fake relationship!

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Love Lauren Blakely but NOT this book

Struggled to finish. Did not like the narrator. Glad Lauren Blakely uses Sebastian York to narrate now.

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Ok fast listen from a fantastic author

Fast, light, fluffy so-so listen. Will hold your interest and the author is a great writer. Narration is also just okay. Glad it was part of the romance package, do not think it is worth a credit.

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Blakely at it again

Another Blakely masterpiece. Not a typical storyline, but then Lauren is a very creative writer. The story of the rich, creative, strong woman and the gorgeous man, coming together under false pretense is always exciting. In some stories, the dialogue is boring, but not here. Ms. Blakely is a talented and quality writer. The narrator, Emily Durante did an excellent job.

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Good short story

I like the story line in this book. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Blakely.

I just don’t like the narrator for the female characters. She makes them sound like they are from another country. But she does amazing for male characters.

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not my favorite, but still good

This was not my favorite Laruen Blakely story, but it was still a good, quick, and steamy read. Emily Durante did a fantastic job with the narration, IMO.

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  • Heavenly Good Books
  • 01-12-18

Really sweet story.

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and hot where it came to sex. And I do love my sexy time hot hot hot.

Sutton is in a desperate need of a fiancé. So to secure a one of a lifetime job she hires an actor who is going to help her out. In exchange for an acting job which Sutton can get him.

Reece. Oh man. He is so swoon worthy. Sigh.

No other words needed.