⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Short and sexy

Quick and sexy, this fake relationship romance doesn’t have the same polish as Blakely’s newer works but is still a satisfying read. As a novella that was expanded to (short) book length, it’s fast-paced and doesn’t have the same level of depth I’ve become accustomed to from Blakely (which I sorely missed at times). That being said, this is still very much one of her works with chemistry that builds along the way, plenty of steam throughout, and a hero you can root for.

The story follows Reeve, a struggling young actor. He hasn’t been able to make his big break, and is eager to advance his career. When casting director Sutton – a bossy, take charge woman – finds herself in need of a fake fiancé, she can’t think of anyone better to cast in the role than Reeve. As the two spend a whirlwind week together, the lines blur and Sutton can’t help but wonder if Reeve is starting to catch feelings… or if he’s just that good of an actor.

It’s an interesting dynamic between these two since Sutton is such a dominant woman, not quite cougar levels but a little older than Reeve and in charge of the “transaction.” I never fully connected to her, but I did like Reeve – once he had Sutton in his sights, he was all about her. It’s such a short book that Blakely doesn’t delve too deep into either of these characters, instead keeping things light and sexy. I did miss that added element to the story because it comes off as a mostly physical relationship without it, but there’s some solid banter between the two. All in all, it’s a quick and fun read that I enjoyed but don’t consider to be of the same quality as Blakely’s newer releases. I received an ARC via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this short and sexy romance.


A delicious and all new reimagining of Lauren Blakely’s original fake fiancé romance! All preorder proceeds go to Australian fire relief!

I don’t mean to just blurt it out. “Why, yes I’m engaged!”
But once I say it to a potential client, there’s only one logical thing to do — cast the role of my fake fiancé.

Easy enough. As a casting director, my job is to find the most talented players for every part, so I choose dreamy, edgy, sexy, sarcastic Reeve.And I sign him up for one week in the role of mine.
It’s not as if I’ll fall for him in five nights even if we get a little cozy one night at theater. It’s not as if I’ll want more even after a scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library.
I can’t let myself fall because on Friday at midnight the curtain drops on our fake romance . . .

The Pretending Plot is a reimagining of the 2013 story Pretending He’s Mine (no longer available for sale). The Pretending Plot has been rewritten in first person and expanded from a novella to novel length!

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