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Pretending He's Mine

(Love on Cue #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  635 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Mia 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
ebook, 1st edition, 432 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Avon Impulse
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"Like a tiger approaching its prey, I climb onto the bed and watch her reaction. She stretches awake, her back arching off the mattress, and my gaze roams over her naked skin, taking in the sight of her breasts. If I'm not mistaken, her dusky nipples are speaking to me. Julian, suck us, they say."

Nothing like some good old-fashioned talking nipples, am I right?

Mia Sosa's Pretending He's Mine is's not great. The book suffers from a serious inability to introduce meaningful conflict, and
Maria Rose
Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa was one of my favorite reads in 2017, so it was pretty much guaranteed that I’d want to pick up the next book in the Love on Cue series. The characters in Pretending He’s Mine were introduced in that first book and there was already a hint of a little ‘something-something’ in the air between them to entice the reader to want to know more. With a classic best friend’s sibling trope combined with a current look at Hollywood and its biases, this sexy romance delivers a ...more
The synopsis of a fake relationship paired with the best friend’s little sister had me giddy.

I liked Ashley and Julien well enough. They’re both interesting characters with a lot going on in the background. Add in the extra layer of Ashley’s brother being Julien’s client and things get a little complicated for them.

Plot wise it was just okay. It felt like a lot of telling and not showing, especially when it came to their chemistry. 98% of Ashley and Julien’s inner monologue was about having sex
nick (the infinite limits of love)

The first book in the Love on Cue, Acting on Impulse, was an underrated gem. It had everything I enjoy in a romance and easily made me a Mia Sosa fan. I couldn't wait to read Pretending He's Mine for several reasons, but the main one being that the book has the fake-dating trope. This book left me grinning and with a warm feeling in my heart - you know that's a sign of a good romance!

Pretending He's Mine tells the story of a flight attendant, Ashley, and Hollywood agent, Julian. Julian also happ
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

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Holy hell does this tick off so many of my boxes!! I can't wait to read this!!

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You can find this and many more reviews on my blog Marianna's Corner!

Pretending He’s Mine is the second book in Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series (first being Acting on Impulse –reviewed-) and I loved it waaaaaay more than the first one!

I’m going to make a quick break down of the reasons why I loved this romance:

💕 The main character
. Ashley is my one and only queen. By far one of my favourite heroines I’ve ever read. I love her personality, her humor, her kindness and her sassiness and how she think
Sam (AMNReader)
This was good and bad. First, it seemed like a lot of the editing on this book was tighter. I'm also tired, and not heavily sensitive to some of that, but I thought I'd note it in case that gives you pause.

Unfortunately, there was some major drag on this book. . The story was of the compartmentalized Hollywood agent and brother's best friend, Julian, and flight attendant who is figuring her life out little sister of Carter, Ashley. In the beginning, these characters focus on wanting to be intima
N.G. Peltier
Mia has done it again!! Made me fall so hard for these characters. And I mean hello that cover??? Is gorgeous. We got a MOC on this here lovely cover and look how cute it is!!

Julian and Ashley were so fun to read about! Loved their voice, I especially enjoyed being in Ashley's head. her thoughts lol. i could so relate to so many of them.

This book was just so happy making. So many fun scenes. Between Julian and Ash. Between Carter and Tori's families and i especially enjoyed whenever Ash, Tori
Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this story. It's not something new, but it's a genre I enjoy usually. I didn't like how the idea was executed though. I got tired of the constant back and forth between Julian and Ashley. It was mostly Julian's fault though. I got frustrated after the tenth time he pulled back after they kissed or things got more than platonic. Also, I felt time too much time had passed before the pretend part of the story came into play. That was Toni's idea and it came at the 30% mark. And ...more
Mel González
"It's going to take more than a little willpower to remember it's all pretend."

*ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

This might be one of the cutest book I read this year. I finished it last Friday and I can't stop thinking about it. It's a book that doesn't only have an adorable couple with beautiful dynamics that made my heart sing, but it also uncovered and discussed a lot of problems about diversity in the entertainment industry, living in the shadow of
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

While the core of what I like about Sosa's writing is here, this couple didn't work for me. Ashley and Julian have an overwhelming physical attraction and precious little else. Over time we see flashes of why they admire each other, but it wasn't enough. The conflict was fine, how things came together at the end was fine, but I wasn't pulled in by the actual romance. Definitely continuing on in the series, though, because book three will be about Eva and I ❤ Eva.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
Ripped Bodice Bingo 2020: There Was Only One Bed

This was fine, but for someone who loves a) fake dating, b) THERE WAS ONLY ONE BED, and c) falling for your best friends sibling (& vice versa) I was left pretty cold by this. But this was also a book I probably wouldn't have picked up were it not for bingo, so maybe that's a little harsh.

I just didn't get why Julian & Ashley liked each other, and I wasn't into Ashley's story separate to the romance.
I enjoyed this book a lot and thought it was stronger than the previous one for a few reasons that are partly personal preference. First, while this book has famous-adjacent people (like Carter), it’s not a book about a celebrity. Second, hello... (seemingly) unrequited crush on your brother’s best friend with some fake dating thrown in? And they’re roommates??? Hell yes.

Actually, the fake dating storyline wasn’t that prominent IMO because almost everyone was in on it. And I was a little tired o
Aug 11, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
I read a quarter of this and honestly I was just bored. IIRC the first book in this series didn't work for me either, so I should have known better than to try the second. ...more
Jen (mrs-machino)
Apr 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was funny, hot and a good combination of the brother’s best friend and fake relationship tropes. The fake/real relationship got a little confusing at times but Julian’s career evolution was so interesting, and I enjoyed seeing more of Carter and Tori and their families
J. Greene
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
There was something lacking in this one that I just couldn’t grapple with. I didn’t much care for Julian or Ashley—I can’t put my finger on it, but I didn’t connect with the characters. Well-written, but it did nothing for me.
Darbi Bradley
I am so happy I read this book!
Donna Was A Scandal
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carmela gave this one 4 very enjoyable stars over on Scandalicious Book Reviews - follow the link to see her full review:
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Another cute romance in the Love on Cue series.

As with the first book, Sosa presents an atypical hero: one who is logical, kind, and straitlaced. Julian's Carter's agent, and he's the sort of guy who thinks with his head more than his dick, which hells yes to heroes like this. He's put together, organized, and professional. Enter: Ashley, Carter's sister, who is an outspoken free spirit and in need of a place to stay.

Ashley and Julian spend most of the book openly discussing the fact that they w
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series, and I think it would be richer for having read them in order. Whilst this is a new romance, it follows on closely from book 1 and the friendship and working relationship between Carter and Julian is first explored there.

It is often fun to read about the 'fake' boyfriend at the wedding stories, but this one is to say the least complicated. Both Ashley and Julian are attracted to eac
Happily Mary After
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mia Sosa never fails to dazzle, and Pretending He’s Mine is a refreshing, witty and steamy romance that left me with a huge smile on my face. Ashley Williamson has crushed on her older brother’s best friend and Hollywood agent, Julian Hart, for years, and she’s now temporarily living with him and attempting to subtly seduce him. Julian desires Ashley, but he also feels enormous guilt for being attracted to a woman who is like family to him and whose brother is his biggest client. Julian prides h ...more
Avid Reader
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretending He's Mine (Love on Cue #2) by Mia Sosa
3.5 stars
M/F Friends to Lovers
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is a story about acquaintances who become friends who pretend to have a relationship. I found that despite the premise of the story, this seemed to be much more YA than a romance novel.

Julian is working for Carter as his hollywood agent. Carter and Julian have been friends a long time and despite that friendship and their working relationship, Julian has
i'll be completely honest, i liked the first one but didn't love it. i got the third from edelweiss and knew i needed to read this first, but it wasn't jumping out at me and i kept putting it off. i mean, 'unrequited love for a long time trope' and 'brother's best friend/best friend's little sister' are two of my favourite tropes -mix them together with a dash of fake relationship and forced proximity and you've got a tropetastic fun time that sounds right up my alley. but because i didn't love ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretending He's Mine is a handful of sunshine on a cloudy day. Mia Sosa never loses her sense of humor as she opens her heart to readers. To be open to love, one has to be willing to risk the consequences. Julian and Ashley had a bit of wreckage to work through, but watching them muddle through was the fun part. Ashley's looking to find herself. Julian's trying to keep his sanity. A relationship of convenience is the answer to both their prayers, unless their hearts end up being collateral damag ...more
PRETENDING HE'S MINE is a happy read for me. I couldn't stop smiling while reading this book. It ticks all my boxes when it comes to romance novels:
- likeable and well formed characters in Julian and Ashley
- witty banter
- undeniable chemistry between the leads
- sub plots of functioning family dynamics and strong friendships
- memorable diverse secondary characters whose stories I want to read more of
- super hot sexy times
- multicultural/interracial reflecting the reality of the world we live in
Dani (Dani's Bookshelf)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I really enjoyed this book! It's a fun setup, and I think the fake dating trope is handled really well. The reason it doesn't get a higher rating is that I think the book was too long, so it dragged a fair amount in the middle. Also, Ashley and Julian changed their minds way too frequently for me on whether or not they should get together, and sometimes it was hard to keep up. But mostly it was a fun read, and I'm excited for the sequel!

I received a free copy of Pretending He's Mine at BookCon
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a solid entry for me. I love that Sosa addresses the issues of race and family head on and at times in beautiful ways. I do have to admit that since Acting on Impulse was one ofy favorite books last year, this one was not quite at the same level. I think a large part of it were the constraints of the character dynamics and the existence of Carter as a major road block in the love story. Julian is Carter's beat friend and agent, Ashley is Carter's sister, so there really was no escaping ...more
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I did not feel a connection with either Julian or Ashley. I could not feel their supposed friendship for year. Mind you he was friends with her brother, but the two of them did not feel like they had known each other for years. I read the words of them have been wanting the other for years but again I could not feel it. This was just a read for me to get to the end.
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Mia Sosa is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have received praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, NPR, and more.

Booklist recently called her “the new go-to author for fans of sassy and sexy contemporary romances,” and Entertainment Weekly described her trade paperback debut, The Wo

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