PRETENDING HE'S MINE - Maa Sosa
Harper Collins/Avon Impulse
REVIEWER: Cheryl McNeil | RATING: B
REVIEW: PRETENDING HE’S MINE is the second book in the Love on Cue series. We met Julian Hart and Ashley Williamson in the first book, featuring Carter who is Julian’s best friend and agent and Ashley’s older brother. This is an interracial story featuring a Caucasian woman and African-American Man. Ashley has had feelings for Julian for years. At some point Julian also realizes that Ashley is not the little girl in pig tails anymore. I like the author’s carefree, flirty writing style. The first scene in the book peaks the reader’s interest right away. Ashley is staying with Julian and poor Julian overhears Ashley, let’s say, spending some time with herself. It’s something he can’t get out of his mind. A set of circumstances leads them to pretend they are a couple for the weekend, but are they really pretending? In the midst of everything going on they truly help each other realize their true passions. The question is, will they get past their fears, go for it and start doing what they love to do?
The author has written Ashley with a clever sense of humor. Julian is more serious and there are quite a few times where Ashley says something that has Julian at a loss for words. One thing that is refreshing is there is really no big brother “leave my sister alone” type confrontation. It’s written in a way where big brother and best friend Carter understand the point of what they are doing and then realizes it’s much more. In the end, he wants them to be happy.
The author wants us to get to know and connect with these characters. We learn a little about their individual childhoods and how relationships have shaped them. We also learn why they are both afraid to do what they love. There are some hot and steamy physical scenes. There is some graphic language as well so be prepared for that. The theme of friend to lovers is the strength of the book.
Even though this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The author does a good job updating us on Carter and Tori from book one. They are strong secondary characters and some interactions that set the stage for the next book in the series. There is a villain of sorts who is more annoying than anything. The interactions with Ashley’s cousin make the reader root for her even more. Overall, PRETENDING HE’S MINE is a good read.
10th June 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org