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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 tal 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! Caught Up in Love: The Swoony New Reboot of the Contemporary Romance Series1: The Pretending Plot (previously called Pretending He's Mine) 2: The Dating Proposal 3: The Second Chance Plan (previously called Caught Up In Us) 4: The Private Rehearsal (previously called Playing With Her Heart)


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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 tal 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! Caught Up in Love: The Swoony New Reboot of the Contemporary Romance Series1: The Pretending Plot (previously called Pretending He's Mine) 2: The Dating Proposal 3: The Second Chance Plan (previously called Caught Up In Us) 4: The Private Rehearsal (previously called Playing With Her Heart)

30 review for The Pretending Plot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Blakely

    Dive into my original fake fiancé romance, reimagined, rewritten into first person and expanded into a novel! THE PRETENDING PLOT! ✦Amazon ➜ http://blkly.pub/PretendingKindle ✦Apple➜ http://blkly.pub/PretendingApple ✦Nook ➜ http://blkly.pub/NookPretending ✦Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboPretending ✦Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GooglePretending ✦Audible ➜ http://blkly.pub/AudiblePretending Dive into my original fake fiancé romance, reimagined, rewritten into first person and expanded into a novel! THE PRETENDING PLOT! ✦Amazon ➜ http://blkly.pub/PretendingKindle ✦Apple➜ http://blkly.pub/PretendingApple ✦Nook ➜ http://blkly.pub/NookPretending ✦Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboPretending ✦Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GooglePretending ✦Audible ➜ http://blkly.pub/AudiblePretending

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I liked it...but...he's an actor 😲😕😒 It cracks me up that the hero in The Pretending Plot articulated perfectly why I struggle with romances that have actors as the main characters. Now, I can't quote because I listened to it, but the gist of it was that if they're a really good actor, how can you tell if they're actions and words are sincere? For a lot of this story, I wasn't sure whether the hero's feelings were real or just a result of his appreciation in getting work. I was completely convinc I liked it...but...he's an actor 😲😕😒 It cracks me up that the hero in The Pretending Plot articulated perfectly why I struggle with romances that have actors as the main characters. Now, I can't quote because I listened to it, but the gist of it was that if they're a really good actor, how can you tell if they're actions and words are sincere? For a lot of this story, I wasn't sure whether the hero's feelings were real or just a result of his appreciation in getting work. I was completely convinced that he was a struggling actor and NEEDED the work. So convinced, that I was surprised when he declared his feelings for the heroine were more than lust and attraction. Unfortunately, with my narrow-minded views about actors, The Pretending Plot was definitely starting from behind. As this is a short story, we really only skim the surface of their relationship. I just think I would have rated it higher if I had spent more time with these characters to see more of their connection, communication and commitment. Even though the storyline is not my favourite type of romance, I was mostly left satisfied. The narrators do a fantastic job and I think they complimented each others style. I'm a fan of Lauren Blakely as her work always puts a smile on my face. I originally bought (pre-ordered) the Kindle version of this story as it was a fundraiser set up by Ms Blakely to raise money for the Aussie bushfire appeal. Thank you, Ms Blakely, you're a bloody legend!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This is an adorable romance. Our heroine wants to land a big client. Unfortunately the client doesn't want to test her husband with the wandering eye, so our heroine confesses to be engaged. It helps that a socialite with the same name just announced her engagement. Since she has a steady lined of handsome actors waiting for her call for a job, she picks the one that fits her bill perfectly. Its a short stint and she is sure she won't fall in love. After all, she never dates actors! Great romc This is an adorable romance. Our heroine wants to land a big client. Unfortunately the client doesn't want to test her husband with the wandering eye, so our heroine confesses to be engaged. It helps that a socialite with the same name just announced her engagement. Since she has a steady lined of handsome actors waiting for her call for a job, she picks the one that fits her bill perfectly. Its a short stint and she is sure she won't fall in love. After all, she never dates actors! Great romcom!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    How did I not know about this series? The Pretending Plot was a pretty quick audiobook. It had everything that I love when it comes to Lauren Blakely books. In it, you will meet Sutton and Reeve. Yet, there was something special about them because they were both open to anything (sexually that is). I loved it and love them quite easily. Honestly, these two had chemistry, sparks, and everything in between. Their story was fun, sexy, and highly entertaining. Just wished it was longer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    Audiobook Review Overall 4 stars Performance 5 stars Story 3 stars This was an entertaining and cute fake fiance/dating romance. I found it refreshing that Sutton was a little older than Reeve and that she was the more successful of the two. I also appreciated that she was just as sexually open as Reeve and not afraid to take charge of her (or his) pleasure. Things unfolded fairly predictably, but it was still fun and very sexy, seeing things go from pretend to something more. The story was wonderful Audiobook Review Overall 4 stars Performance 5 stars Story 3 stars This was an entertaining and cute fake fiance/dating romance. I found it refreshing that Sutton was a little older than Reeve and that she was the more successful of the two. I also appreciated that she was just as sexually open as Reeve and not afraid to take charge of her (or his) pleasure. Things unfolded fairly predictably, but it was still fun and very sexy, seeing things go from pretend to something more. The story was wonderfully narrated by Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin. I am a huge fan of Joe Arden, but this is only my second time hearing Vanessa Edwin. She was amazing! I was very impressed by her range and ability to switch seamlessly between accents/no accent, as well as male/female characters. I had no problem distinguishing between characters and she complemented Joe Arden so well. I will definitely be looking for more titles that she has narrated. Note: The Pretending Plot is a re-imagining and expanded version of Lauren Blakely's Pretending He's Mine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janice Dudley

    4.5 stars. I listened to this book and I quite enjoyed it. I found myself quite engrossed at times to the displeasure of anyone who wanted to talk to me. I also found myself smiling throughout as it was quite sweet, although it was also quite steamy at times too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    Cute and sexy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    The plot was a bit on the light side, but the sex scenes are phenomenal. It seems a bit like the adult after dark movies on premium channels with a little bit of plot to set up the next scene, the next and the next. Personally, I found it fabulously entertaining, but if you are looking for a meaty plot this isn't it....if you are looking for some serious steam and heat...well grab a towel as things are about to get wet. I've already downloaded the next couple of books in this series so I'm defin The plot was a bit on the light side, but the sex scenes are phenomenal. It seems a bit like the adult after dark movies on premium channels with a little bit of plot to set up the next scene, the next and the next. Personally, I found it fabulously entertaining, but if you are looking for a meaty plot this isn't it....if you are looking for some serious steam and heat...well grab a towel as things are about to get wet. I've already downloaded the next couple of books in this series so I'm definitely in to listen to a few more and I know my husband will quite enjoy my listening material even if he never hears it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Sutton has created a successful career as a casting director but her future promotion could go up in smoke if she doesn’t ante up the fiancé she doesn’t have. She hasn’t gotten this far in her career without being resourceful and that starts with putting out a casting call for a fiancé and she has the perfect man in mind for the job. Reeve has achieved modest success as an actor but wants to take it to the next level. Although the opportunity from Sutton is unorthodox it may just be the solution Sutton has created a successful career as a casting director but her future promotion could go up in smoke if she doesn’t ante up the fiancé she doesn’t have. She hasn’t gotten this far in her career without being resourceful and that starts with putting out a casting call for a fiancé and she has the perfect man in mind for the job. Reeve has achieved modest success as an actor but wants to take it to the next level. Although the opportunity from Sutton is unorthodox it may just be the solution to both their problems. What could possibly go wrong? Fun and flirty I enjoyed watched what was supposed to be an arrangement to advance both their careers turn into a love match that would change their lives.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    Sutton and Reeve I love that they knew of each other a little before this proposal thing became something more. They really enjoyed each others company I think if they didn't it wouldn't have worked out as well as it did. I kind of love that Reeve puts it all out there. But Sutton really doesn't know if it was all an act or if it was more. The chemistry was off the hook and I love how unabashed they were when emotions got involved. And how explosive they become when they get their hands on each ot Sutton and Reeve I love that they knew of each other a little before this proposal thing became something more. They really enjoyed each others company I think if they didn't it wouldn't have worked out as well as it did. I kind of love that Reeve puts it all out there. But Sutton really doesn't know if it was all an act or if it was more. The chemistry was off the hook and I love how unabashed they were when emotions got involved. And how explosive they become when they get their hands on each other. I loved the narration Joe is a favorite of mine and Vanessa is awesome I want her to narrate more things because not only does she give you all of the character but her male voice is fantastic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is the third audiobook by Lauren Blakely that I've listened to this week and I have to say this one was the weakest (at least for me). I was a bit disappointed by the female narrator. I can't say I enjoyed listening to her voice or her accent that made it more difficult to understand what she was saying when I was trying to do other tasks at the same time. As for the book itself, I didn't connect with the characters. Perhaps it was because of the characters type (actors) or maybe the trope w This is the third audiobook by Lauren Blakely that I've listened to this week and I have to say this one was the weakest (at least for me). I was a bit disappointed by the female narrator. I can't say I enjoyed listening to her voice or her accent that made it more difficult to understand what she was saying when I was trying to do other tasks at the same time. As for the book itself, I didn't connect with the characters. Perhaps it was because of the characters type (actors) or maybe the trope which isn't my favorite (fake fiancé). Not all novellas can be winners even if they're written by Lauren Blakely. I still want to read more by this author :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alex in Spades

    Sweet and sexy. I love the pretend relationship trope, so this was a blast. I also really enjoyed the setting for the characters - the young actor, and the casting director. Wonderful characters, with a lot of heart, and fun. So your Lauren's usual :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    V_Nerdbooks

    When you get a Lauren Blakely book, you always know that you are going to be sitting with a huge grin on your face for the whole time, she does romance and witty banter like no other. This book was not exception, if you love a fake-fiancé trope then you are in for a treat with this one. Narration by Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin was a match made in heaven, and I hope she pairs this couple up again soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    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 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    PP's Bookshelf

    The Pretending Plot was a taste of what you can expect from a Lauren Blakely creation. It had sharp wit and endless humor. It had steam and sweetness balanced perfectly. It's the kind of romance that warms you to the core and make you feel every single good thing! Reeves is a struggling actor in New York city and Sutton is the hotshot casting specialist in Hollywood. Don't worry, it has no casting couch scandal. But Reeves is fresh out of luck and Sutton needs someone to pose as her fake fiance t The Pretending Plot was a taste of what you can expect from a Lauren Blakely creation. It had sharp wit and endless humor. It had steam and sweetness balanced perfectly. It's the kind of romance that warms you to the core and make you feel every single good thing! Reeves is a struggling actor in New York city and Sutton is the hotshot casting specialist in Hollywood. Don't worry, it has no casting couch scandal. But Reeves is fresh out of luck and Sutton needs someone to pose as her fake fiance to score the casting contract with the next erotic romance blockbuster. It is a good deal until their chemistry starts to blur lines. Reeves is a typical Lauren Blakely man. Seriously these guys are a category of their own. A charming, courteous and nice gentleman who can turn on and off his devious and sinful ways with alpha edge so easily. Sutton is a sweet and sassy charcter who does not give control easily and can hold her own against Reeves' magnetism. But the chemistry is so deliciously hot! I could not help but squirm a lot whenever they were in the same space. The Pretending Plot was a soft yet intense rom com from Lauren Blakely. I had a blast with all the fun filled, sexy as sin and heartwarming moments! Received ARC for honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate R

    The Pretending Plot is a reboot of Lauren Blakely’s older novella, Pretending He’s Mine. This is longer and told in first person. I did not read the novella and it is no longer available, so I cannot speak to how much it has changed but I thought this was a quick, sweet, and swoony romance and I enjoyed it so much. It’s a fake relationship trope. Sutton is a casting director and trying to secure an incredible job opportunity, so when her potential employers mention her engagement, she goes along The Pretending Plot is a reboot of Lauren Blakely’s older novella, Pretending He’s Mine. This is longer and told in first person. I did not read the novella and it is no longer available, so I cannot speak to how much it has changed but I thought this was a quick, sweet, and swoony romance and I enjoyed it so much. It’s a fake relationship trope. Sutton is a casting director and trying to secure an incredible job opportunity, so when her potential employers mention her engagement, she goes along with it, and decides to just cast the role of her fiancé. Immediately, Reeve comes to mind, as she cast him in a small role in a previous movie. Reeve is a struggling actor and desperately needing a job, so he agrees to Sutton’s proposal, and as you can imagine, sparks fly between them. These two had so much chemistry and were so great together. Sutton did get on my nerves with her hot and cold routine, but I adored Reeve! This is a super quick, cute contemporary romance and I would recommend it. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    4.5 star review of The Pretending Plot (Caught Up In Love #1) by Lauren Blakely If you are looking for a quick, hot read then The Pretending Plot will be right up your alley. This is an extended and updated edition of Pretending He’s Mine. I could not wait to read this book. As a very proud Australian, I so appreciate the fact that all of the pre order proceeds are going to the Australian Bush fire Relief so for me this was a win/win. This is Sutton Brenner and Reeve Larkin’s story and is an enter 4.5 star review of The Pretending Plot (Caught Up In Love #1) by Lauren Blakely If you are looking for a quick, hot read then The Pretending Plot will be right up your alley. This is an extended and updated edition of Pretending He’s Mine. I could not wait to read this book. As a very proud Australian, I so appreciate the fact that all of the pre order proceeds are going to the Australian Bush fire Relief so for me this was a win/win. This is Sutton Brenner and Reeve Larkin’s story and is an entertaining read that had me hooked from start to finish. As I have come to expect from Ms. Blakely, the story was funny with characters you cannot help but like. The chemistry between Sutton and Reeve sizzles as pretence morphs into reality. I was intrigued by this story and couldn’t put it down.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    No wonder the characters and plot seemed too familiar. This is a rehash of Pretending He’s Mine. Apparently there are two Caught Up In Love series. Why do authors do this?

  20. 5 out of 5

    HANNAH (Books, Films, and Tea)

    I loved The Pretending Plot by Lauren Blakely! Sutton is a casting director and when being interviewed for a potential job, she accidentally blurts out that she is engaged. She decides to cast the role of her fake fiance, and chooses Reeve. Reeve is an actor who is still struggling to break into the big leagues. He agrees to be Sutton's fiance for a week in exchange for an audition for a movie. As Sutton and Reeve spend time together, they realize their feelings are becoming more and more real. I loved The Pretending Plot by Lauren Blakely! Sutton is a casting director and when being interviewed for a potential job, she accidentally blurts out that she is engaged. She decides to cast the role of her fake fiance, and chooses Reeve. Reeve is an actor who is still struggling to break into the big leagues. He agrees to be Sutton's fiance for a week in exchange for an audition for a movie. As Sutton and Reeve spend time together, they realize their feelings are becoming more and more real. But Sutton is wary about Reeve since he is an actor. I thought Sutton and Reeve were so cute together. They had great chemistry and a natural flow to their relationship. Sutton's dog The Artful Dodger was really cute as well. Janelle Pinkerton, the lady they were pretending to be in a relationship for, was odd and it was clear she was up to something. In the end, when everything was resolved, I thought she was more just weird. Reeve was great, he was clearly into Sutton, and Sutton was witty and smart and amazing. Overall, this short and sweet book had just the right amount of cutesy scenes and steamy scenes, along with great characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author*** Sutton and Reeve had a shorter story originally and now they have a longer, more flushed out story. I've read both, and I enjoyed both... But I admit I liked this one better. I liked the story, and the banter between the characters was what made this one feel unique and different. Let's face it, fake boyfriend/engagement/wedding is a pretty common trope, so it takes skill to make it feel new. This one was enjoyable, the chemistry worked and I liked the secondary cha ***ARC Provided by the Author*** Sutton and Reeve had a shorter story originally and now they have a longer, more flushed out story. I've read both, and I enjoyed both... But I admit I liked this one better. I liked the story, and the banter between the characters was what made this one feel unique and different. Let's face it, fake boyfriend/engagement/wedding is a pretty common trope, so it takes skill to make it feel new. This one was enjoyable, the chemistry worked and I liked the secondary characters. It's perfect for those who have read the original and for those who haven't.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Reeve and Sutton. Their names just beg to be together! Reeve is an actor who is just waiting for his big break. Sutton is a casting director that wants the next biggest movie gig. But first, she has to pass a test of sorts from the producer’s wife. Sutton remembers Reeve from a screen test and wants to “cast” him as her fiancé. Nevermind that he’s her type, she wants this opportunity and Reeve has his eyes set on a movie part. That’s when the lines become blurred. Yes the story is formulaic, but Reeve and Sutton. Their names just beg to be together! Reeve is an actor who is just waiting for his big break. Sutton is a casting director that wants the next biggest movie gig. But first, she has to pass a test of sorts from the producer’s wife. Sutton remembers Reeve from a screen test and wants to “cast” him as her fiancé. Nevermind that he’s her type, she wants this opportunity and Reeve has his eyes set on a movie part. That’s when the lines become blurred. Yes the story is formulaic, but I love how the narrators did the dual POV. Joe Arden puts in a solid performance, but Vanessa Edwin is a complete joy in this! A pleasure to listen to this audio.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Says

    Short but steamy, this fake relationship tale feels a bit different from Lauren Blakely's more recent books, but I still really enjoyed it. I hadn't read the original novella that this story was expanded from, but found this length to be perfect for a quick weekend read. Reeve and Sutton had great chemistry and their banter was fantastic. A fun read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers

    The Pretending Plot is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new Reboot of her Caught Up in Love series! I absolutely loved Reeve and Sutton’s story when I read it back in 2013 as Pretending He’s Mine. And now, I love it even more. There is all-new material mixed in with the original swoon and sexiness. Sutton needed a fiancé. Reeve needed a break. It’s a win-win. One week was all they needed. If Sutton landed the casting director for the next big movie then she would have more pull in getting the The Pretending Plot is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new Reboot of her Caught Up in Love series! I absolutely loved Reeve and Sutton’s story when I read it back in 2013 as Pretending He’s Mine. And now, I love it even more. There is all-new material mixed in with the original swoon and sexiness. Sutton needed a fiancé. Reeve needed a break. It’s a win-win. One week was all they needed. If Sutton landed the casting director for the next big movie then she would have more pull in getting the audition Reeve wanted. One he needed so badly. One that could give him his big break in the acting world. And really, acting as Sutton’s fiancé wouldn’t be so hard since she was smart, witty, and beautiful woman. As for Sutton, it wouldn’t be hard to pretend to be in love with a man who made her knees weak with every touch and every word that comes out of his wicked mouth. And it definitely won’t be hard to walk away. She didn’t date actors. One week. Less than one week. Five days. No way they couldn’t pull this off and walk away, right? So wrong! Each day was a surprise. Each date was more confusing then the last. Hot and cold. Was it all an act or was it real? Awe! It’s been years since I read their story and it felt like the very first time. It was everything I remembered and so much more. The characters. The story. The twists. The chemistry. The banter. The kisses. And the connections! It’s so fun to see characters from other books and Lauren is the queen of cameos. Next up...The Second Chance Plan! Quotes: “Do you, Reeve? Do you make them scream your name out loud?” I raised an eyebrow playfully. “Every. Single. Time.” “I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman,” he joked. “Think of this as a dress rehearsal. We’re prepping for the big kiss scene that makes the audience swoon and totally believe we’re in love. Got it?”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)

    The Pretending Plot is the first book in the Caught up in Love series by the fabulous and talented Lauren Blakely. This was originally Pretending He's Mine, but it's been rewritten in first person and expanded into a full length novel! Sutton is a casting director and she needs the perfect actor to pretend to be her fiancé. Enter Reeve. The sexy, fun actor looking for his big break. Of course he agrees to help out Sutton. She's gorgeous and sexy and she might be able to help him get his next job The Pretending Plot is the first book in the Caught up in Love series by the fabulous and talented Lauren Blakely. This was originally Pretending He's Mine, but it's been rewritten in first person and expanded into a full length novel! Sutton is a casting director and she needs the perfect actor to pretend to be her fiancé. Enter Reeve. The sexy, fun actor looking for his big break. Of course he agrees to help out Sutton. She's gorgeous and sexy and she might be able to help him get his next job. It's only a week. Pretending will be fun, right? Heck yes it is, until it's more than pretending and they both want more but don't know how to ask for it? Will Sutton take a chance on love? Will Reeve figure it out before it's too late? I loved this story. Their chemistry is off the charts, their banter is fun and they complement each other perfectly! Audio: Joe Arden is one of my favorite narrators and I thought he was fantastic as Reeve! I think he just keeps getting better and better. Vanessa has such a great voice and her accent was perfect! “Reeve.” Her voice was needy, full of want. I turned her around, zeroed in on her red lips, then gave her a soft, silver-screen kiss. Not the kind that leads to the bedroom. But the kind you give at the front door at the end of a fantastic date. Tender, gentle, lingering. Sutton: You have to swear not to laugh. McKenna: This is a text message. You can’t tell if I’m laughing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    This is one of Lauren Blakely's earlier books I read. It was great then, but oh, so much better now. Sutton is a very successful casting director who is given an opportunity to advance her career. By telling a wee little fib about her relationship status, Sutton finds herself in need of a fiancee ASAP. Reeve, an actor who finds himself out of a job, and the acting prospects are getting kind of shallow. But he's an actor, and he knows his big break will eventually happen. When Sutton calls his ag This is one of Lauren Blakely's earlier books I read. It was great then, but oh, so much better now. Sutton is a very successful casting director who is given an opportunity to advance her career. By telling a wee little fib about her relationship status, Sutton finds herself in need of a fiancee ASAP. Reeve, an actor who finds himself out of a job, and the acting prospects are getting kind of shallow. But he's an actor, and he knows his big break will eventually happen. When Sutton calls his agent about a job, Reeve is excited. When he finds out what the job entails, he's not as giddy, but definitely intrigued. He finds Sutton very attractive, so hanging out with her pretending to be her fiancee won't be such a hardship. I loved the almost immediate chemistry between Reeve and Sutton. There's the physical attraction, but they both discover that there's more to each other than what's on the surface. Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin do an amazing job breathing new life into Reeve and Sutton. You can see and feel their narration of such a beautiful whirlwind kind of love story. If you've read Lauren's books, you'll recognize some of the appearances. I love when she does that, and you feel you're in on something because you know these characters, and how things play out for them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Aaron

    This book features a likable couple, and they have some hot scenes -- but it just seemed to me like they were more in lust than in love. I just didn't believe they knew each other well enough to fall in love that quickly, especially considering the way their relationship started. I did really like that they were both so lighthearted and open to having "fun" together, and they were often funny. My rating system is below. 1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some This book features a likable couple, and they have some hot scenes -- but it just seemed to me like they were more in lust than in love. I just didn't believe they knew each other well enough to fall in love that quickly, especially considering the way their relationship started. I did really like that they were both so lighthearted and open to having "fun" together, and they were often funny. My rating system is below. 1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it. 2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws. 3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating. 4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one. 5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    4.5 stars The Pretending Plot is Lauren Blakely’s brilliant retooling of her novella, Pretending He’s Mine. Sutton Brenner is the expert when it comes to casting the sexiest men in movies. But when a potential job seems to hinge on her being engaged, she decides to hire a fake fiancé for one week. Reeve Larkin is the perfect man for the role. He’s just Sutton’s type… in every way possible. As their undeniable chemistry goes from a simmer to a boil, they’ll have to figure out if their relationship 4.5 stars The Pretending Plot is Lauren Blakely’s brilliant retooling of her novella, Pretending He’s Mine. Sutton Brenner is the expert when it comes to casting the sexiest men in movies. But when a potential job seems to hinge on her being engaged, she decides to hire a fake fiancé for one week. Reeve Larkin is the perfect man for the role. He’s just Sutton’s type… in every way possible. As their undeniable chemistry goes from a simmer to a boil, they’ll have to figure out if their relationship is more real than either anticipated. This novel is Blakely at her best. Sutton and Reeve’s attraction to each other is palpable, the banter is witty and plentiful, and the sexual tension is off the charts. It’s well-written, adeptly plotted… and, let’s just say, I’ll never view the stacks in a library the same way again. Devoted fans of Blakely’s work and new readers alike will devour this book the way that Reeve devours grapefruit macarons: wholeheartedly and enthusiastically. Plus, the process from all ebook preorders of this title (as well as The Second Chance Plan) will be donated to help fund Australian fire relief. So it’s a win-win, really. An ARC of this title was generously provided in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    4.5 Stars for The Pretending Plot If you are looking for a quick, hot read look no further than Lauren Blakely’s latest novel which is a reimagining of her 2013 novella Pretending He’s Mine add in the fact all preorder proceeds are going to the Australian Fire Relief Fund and you get yourself a must one click. Sutton Brenner knows her job and is an expert when it comes to casting some of the hottest men for movies but she struggles to find a man for herself and now it seems the potential clients 4.5 Stars for The Pretending Plot If you are looking for a quick, hot read look no further than Lauren Blakely’s latest novel which is a reimagining of her 2013 novella Pretending He’s Mine add in the fact all preorder proceeds are going to the Australian Fire Relief Fund and you get yourself a must one click. Sutton Brenner knows her job and is an expert when it comes to casting some of the hottest men for movies but she struggles to find a man for herself and now it seems the potential clients she is meeting with for her latest venture what her to be settled so she blurts out she is engaged...... enter trying to find a fake fiancé ......Reece Larkin is the perfect man for the movies and for the role of fiancé after all he is Sutton’s ideal man, problem is Sutton is his ideal woman so what happens when feelings and chemistry come into play and how long does this relationship stay platonic...... This is an entertaining read with a great story and adorable characters, it’s got the Ever present witty banter that we have come to expect from this very talented author and I’m sure all fans of Lauren Blakely and romance lovers will adore this fun flirty read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Remastered and still sensational! A steamy fake fiancé romance that you won't want to miss by an extremely talented author. This is a remastered version of her Caught Up in Love series which was originally released in 2013 as Pretending He’s Mine. There is all new material mixed in with the original, which lengthened and livened up the masterpiece it previously was which was really enjoyable. Sutton needed a fiancé to impress her potential boss to win the casting director job on Hollywood's next b Remastered and still sensational! A steamy fake fiancé romance that you won't want to miss by an extremely talented author. This is a remastered version of her Caught Up in Love series which was originally released in 2013 as Pretending He’s Mine. There is all new material mixed in with the original, which lengthened and livened up the masterpiece it previously was which was really enjoyable. Sutton needed a fiancé to impress her potential boss to win the casting director job on Hollywood's next big release and Reeve needed an acting job to break his latest streak of bad luck. It’s a win-win with the added bonus that he already has the hots for sexy Sutton. That's if he can convince her to loosen up a little and open herself up to the possibility that their chemistry is more than just pretend. Not to mention the fact that Sutton refuses to date actors. She can never tell what's real and what's an act. The Pretending Plot is Lauren Blakely at her best. I laughed, I swooned and my heart melted. I particularly enjoyed the cameos from characters in her other series. I honestly loved this updated version and couldn't recommend it more. So pick up your copy ASAP. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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