Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

Reviewed by Caitlin

Pretending He’s Mine is a standalone contemporary romantic comedy with one of my all-time favorite tropes: the fake relationship. This is my first Mia Sosa book, and even though it’s the second in this series (the first one is about the heroine’s movie star brother), I had no trouble following along.

Julian Hart is a bigshot Hollywood agent whose biggest client is superstar Carter Stone – his best friend from high school. Julian is tightly wound and constantly working or working out (Lord do I love when a book details a hero’s workout regimen). He is worried that he might lose his job because he is outspoken on the matter of representation in Hollywood and his asshole boss doesn’t want him to alienate anyone from his “soapbox.” He also religiously works to keep his personal and professional life separate, which means sometimes he’s Carter’s friend and sometimes he’s Carter’s agent, but never at the same time.

But Julian has a problem when it comes to compartmentalizing, and it’s in the form of Carter’s younger sister. Ashley is a 26-year-old flight attendant who has lived in four different apartments in as many years and doesn’t have very many attachments in her life. She has secret dreams of being a musician, but with one superstar in the family, she never wanted to compete for the attention. She is terrified of failure.

She is also very, very into Julian, just as Julian is very, very into her. The issue is that Ashley isn’t sure she wants to be tied down and is worried she’d always come second to her brother for Julian. Julian, for his part, cannot risk his job in any way, and Ashley represents a minefield.

Circumstances contrive where Ashley needs a place to crash, and she ends up at Carter’s apartment. Further circumstances contrive in time for Carter and Tori’s wedding, and they decide to fake a relationship. With all this close proximity, how long can they hold out before they act on their feelings of lust and affection for each other?

Mia Sosa’s prose is so goddamn fun. She has one solid dick or sex joke after another. As a big reader of romantic comedies, I have lost count of the number of times one character says “fuck” and the other says “yes please,” and if I never see that exchange again that would be just fine. Sosa has quips I’ve never come across before that are both funny and clever. I am very excited to read her other books and cannot wait for the next book in the series. I might not read the previous book – I was frankly less than impressed with Carter as a brother – but I’m definitely officially a Mia Sosa fan.

I fell in love with both characters, even with their flaws. The book begins with Ashley masturbating in Julian’s spare room with the door slightly ajar and hoping Julian catches her and becomes so overwhelmed with lust that he makes a move. I was worried Ashley would be a little cray and very flighty, but Sosa does a great job of creating a fully dimensional, realistic, intelligent, and charming character that I really, really related to.

Julian could be dense – how can he be so observant of Ashley and so blind to her insecurities regarding Carter? – but he always made up for it with something unbelievably sweet or romantic. I have so many notes in the margins of this book that read some variation of OMG I LOVE JULIAN. He is Dream Boy City for sure.

If you want a fun romcom with two people who are super into each other but trying not to be, I would definitely recommend Pretending He’s Mine.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Pretending He’s Mine
by Mia Sosa
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Avon Impulse


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