Fun ? Check Laugh out Loud Funny ? Check Sexy ? Check PLUS Surprisingly Deep ? Check I’ve decided that you can’t go wrong with a Mia Sosa novel: her stories are wholly expected in terms of happy ever afters, and represent the diversity and joy in romance and love that we find in our lives today. In this story we are given an entrée into the lives of Ashley and Julian, both whom we met in Carter’s story (Acting on Impulse). Julian is Carter’s agent and his best friend, a choice Julian made when Carter’s career was at a turning point and he was desperate to have someone he trusted to watch his back. Ashley is Carter’s younger sister, and always been a bit unfocused, her family calls her flighty, and now in her 4th or 5th job in the past couple of years, she’s had a falling out with her roommate and appears on Julian’s doorstep looking for a place to stay. Julian has always been intrigued and excited by Ashley, but as his career at the agency relies on his working relationship with Carter, he’s not going to chance a conflict of interest and place both his friendship and career in jeopardy. What he doesn’t realize is that Ashley always had a crush on him, and now she’s thinking that she’ll test the waters for a bit, then move on. The chemistry between these two is electric, and they are both desperate not to give quarter in the ‘who’s attracted to whom’ battle: from innuendo to open-mouthed stares, Ashley spends much of the early part of their ‘roommate situation’ taunting and teasing Julian. But, he’s giving back as good as he gets – there’s a genuine interest in Ashley – and he hates to see how reluctant she is to go for her dreams of a life in music. He’s going to push, prod and cajole her into action, giving her a solid sense of self as something other than Carter Stone’s sister, and contain his baser instincts where she is concerned. But the Williamson family reunion is coming up, with a surprise wedding for Carter and Tori to close the weekend’s events, and while Julian is attending the whole thing (by request of Carter’s family), Ashley is planning on only breezing in for the finale, only to leave again. Tired from years of her cousin and aunt’s sniping, she’s not interested in yet another family event without a man by her side to deflect the barbs. Thus – the plan is hatched, and the two are a ‘couple who lives together’ for purposes of the cousin and others who may ask without good intention. With chemistry off the charts, a ton of laughs and Julian’s tendency to put his foot in his mouth repeatedly where Ashley is concerned, the weekend of forced closeness shows them just how difficult this ‘thing’ between them is to ignore. And with the plunge taken, things are looking to be solidly on a path to happy ever after. And then, Julian’s determination to separate business and personal come up against his feelings for Ashley, his dissatisfaction with the status quo in Hollywood and some discouraging news about his father causes a rift – and Ashley leaves. Oh he’s got some growing to do – and it’s time that he stops admiring Ashley’s head first dive into something new and different – and perhaps make changes that give him a reason to get up in the morning. If he’s bold enough and can manage to withstand a tequila-fueled pizza party with Eva, Tori and Ashley, and explain his choices to Carter without losing his friend, and hopefully leaving with the girl. Again Sosa has managed to involve concerns, fears and situations that everyone can relate to – mix it with a dash of spice, add in a diverse group of friends and family and come out with a winner. Grab this book – even if you’ve not read the first – you’ll want to have them both read before we get to Eva’s story – coming soon! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I enjoyed this older brother's best friend trope romance, as it didn't quite play out as I expected it to. I thought I knew where it was going several times, but Mia Sosa kept surprising me. I loved the light, fun, flirty vibe throughout the book, and the witty banter among the characters. I definitely enjoyed this title, and look forward to reading books 1 & 3. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
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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 damage. Ms. Sosa will help find your smile, even as she confiscates your heart.
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