Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

Pretending He’s Mine is a trope-loving reader’s dream that revolves around Ashley, who’s had the biggest torch for her brother’s best friend/agent Julian, who has nowhere to go but his place. Forced proximity, realizing dreams and a ridiculous amount of unresolved sexual tension later, PLUS a wedding, you’ll find yourself pretending Mia Sosa would write the plot for your life.

Pretending He's Mine CoverMia Sosa returns with another fun, flirty romance in her critically-acclaimed Love on Cue series!

For Hollywood agent Julian Hart, representing his best friend—megastar Carter Williamson—means it’s nearly impossible to keep his personal life and career separate. To make matters worse, Carter’s younger sister has been starring in Julian’s wildest fantasies more often than he’d care to admit. He knows she’s off-limits, but when Ashley shows up on his doorstep, needing a place to crash… suddenly his greatest temptation is sleeping down the hall.

Free-spirited Ashley Williamson doesn’t do commitment. Jobs, apartments, men… why let herself be tied down? But she’s had a crush on her older brother’s best friend for years and she’s committed to making Julian want her, one towel-clad midnight encounter at a time. But just as things start heating up, their steamy flirtation is interrupted by Carter’s east coast wedding. Ashley has no desire to go home and face her reputation as the family disappointment. But living with—dare she say dating?—a successful, sexy film agent could give them something else to talk about.

Julian can’t believe he agreed to fake a relationship with the one woman he can never have. And it’s going to take more than a little willpower to remember it’s all pretend. Or is it? Goodreads

Opposites Attract

Julian and Ashley aren’t exactly compatible. She’s perceived as flakey while Julian can’t do anything unless it works out for his future plan. What’s impressive about the way Sosa matched these two leads together is how they come together despite their character differences and they attempt to understand one another. Julian discovers Ashley’s love for music and how dedicated she’s been about keeping her skill fresh while Ashley helps Julian realize how he’s limited himself in his agent job because he’s always kept himself in the safe zone.

Although not explicitly romantic, Julian and Ashley spend more time together due to their living arrangement, which means celebrity parties, going to meet up with clients, and of course, the wedding.

Pretend Relationship

Carter and Tori’s wedding is where the biggest plot move happens. That’s when Ashley and Julian pretend to be dating to 1) stop Ashley’s aunt from picking on her lack of “commitment” and 2) fend off Ashley’s cousin’s moves on Julian. Win, win, right? Not… quite. The situation brings the two even closer together. What with their newly resolved sexual tension, it means that every touch, every hug, and every kiss brings them into the realization that, hey! this would actually be nice if it wasn’t fake.

The wedding is a small affair, background to the drama happening between Ashley and her cousin. It’s also the bit where Julian and Ashley face a problem of how their intimacy is confusing to them both. They decide not to take it any further but every touch, deliberate or for-show, makes Ashley want more, which she knows would be possible.

Well, all of that and more in the sweet, yet at the same time exploration of important arcs of self-growth and intimacy, in Pretending He’s Mine. It’s a four star read. You can pick up a copy on Amazon!


Title: Pretending He’s Mine

Series: Love on Cue

Author: Mia Sosa

Release Date: April 10th, 2018

Rating: ★★★★ / Four stars

Genre: Contemporary

Representation: Black main character

Tropes: Pretend relationship, best friend’s sister, mutual pining, unresolved sexual tension, forced proximity, opposites attract


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