Cover Reveal for Lauren Blakely’s PRETENDING HE’S MINE + Excerpt + Contest!

Oh *sigh* I just read the excerpt *points down* And now I really really want to read this novella! Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely will be out on March 2nd. Check out the gorgeous cover and the excerpt that hooked me.

Oh! There’s an amazing contest to! Lauren is giving 3, yep THREE commenters on The Book Tart an ebook copy of this novella! *Kermit Flail* More details at the bottom of the post. 😀

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts



Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely for cover reveal


A Caught Up In Us novella

Author: Lauren Blake

Release Date: March 2, 2013

Once upon a time in New York City, there was a down-on-his-luck actor named Reeve, who was talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But show biz is a rough biz – he lost out on a part in a big film, and now his day job hours have been cut too. What’s a handsome young thing in need of a role to do?

Enter Sutton Brenner. She’s sexy and shrewd and the most top-notch casting director there is. She’s this close to landing a coveted gig
casting a film based on a best-selling mega-romance novel, but there’s a catch. After one too many transgressions with lovely single ladies, the film’s philandering producer has been put on a short leash by his wife, who’s forbidden him from working with anyone unattached.

So the happily single Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve – play the role of her fiancee until she closes the deal, and he’s guaranteed to get
an audition for the starring role in the film.

But as the two play pretend, the lines between make-believe and matters of the heart start to blur. Especially after that hot night in
the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library. Who’s playing who? Or is someone else really the director in the secret affair of their lives?

PRETENDING HE’S MINE is a 30,000 word companion novella in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling CAUGHT UP IN US series.

(It’s not necessary to have read CAUGHT UP IN US to enjoy PRETENDING HE’S MINE. This is not a sequel. However, CAUGHT UP IN US fans should be pleased to know that Jill has several scenes and that both Kat and Bryan appear in a key scene in this novella! There will also be a bonus scene from CAUGHT UP IN US never seen before included in the novella!)





Pretending He’s Mine

2013 © Lauren Blakely

“You were all weird and awkward when I kissed you at your office,” he added. “I’m sorry. I was just surprised.”

“I know. But we need to make sure you don’t jump the next time I kiss you.”

“We do?”

“Well that would give it away, wouldn’t it? You need to get used to being kissed by me.”

“Okay,” she said with a business-like nod.

“That means we need to practice.”

“Practice kiss,” she said slowly, then nodded quickly.

“Right. Of course. Like a stage kiss. Like actors. So of course we’ll stage kiss.”

She sounded chipper and cheery, as if she were trying to convince herself. She seemed to need the convincing, so he went along with it.

“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?” She nodded.


“Right here in the dressing room?”

“What better place to rehearse a kiss than a dressing room?”

“Totally. Absolutely. Definitely.”

Reeve wondered how many more adverbs she’d need to utter before he kissed her. Perhaps they were a sort of liquid courage. Either way, he knew he had to lead. He suspected he had more experience with stage kisses than she’d had.

So he looked at her, as if she were the woman he’d been dying to kiss for years. She was his leading lady, she was the only woman he wanted. She returned her gaze, and then it was as if a flame burst. Reeve pictured her ravenous and greedy, wanting to be consumed with kisses, and hands, and so much more. Her lips were parted slightly, and her breathing had become…lustful. Maybe she was acting too. In that moment, he didn’t care. He wanted to taste her lips, he wanted to feel more of her beautiful body. There was something about her, maybe it was the age difference, maybe it was the power play. But there was no time for analysis because his head was turning cloudy with a need he hadn’t had before. He wanted to do things to this woman. He wanted to make her feel the way a good boyfriend would make her feel – desired, wanted, craved. She deserved all that. He could give it to her now. He could give it to her for a week.



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Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

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Lauren is giving 3 commenters

on The Book Tart this novella!

Pretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely for cover reveal

winners will be chosen using

International entries welcome

To enter please leave a comment and tell us:

When was your first real kiss… 😉

Contest open Feb. 21st-Feb 25th

winner will be chose Feb. 26th and notified via email and in this post and have 48 hours before another winner is chosen.

Good Luck

9 Replies to “Cover Reveal for Lauren Blakely’s PRETENDING HE’S MINE + Excerpt + Contest!”

  1. I was 16 and it was kind of awful. The guy was way more experienced than I was and he moved waaayyy too fast.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  2. I read the excerpt and totally got sucked in! WOW! I want to read this!

    My first kiss was so long ago, I really don’t remember. Hmm…must not have been good.

    But I remember my first kiss with my husband, way before we were married. It was a sweet brush of the lips. And *I* kissed him. Hehehe.

    caszarek at hotmail dot com

  3. Ooh…my first real kiss was when I was 14. We were at a party playing 7 Minutes In Heaven and the the guy I liked actually picked me to kiss. We “dated” for 2 1/2 years after that. 😉

    suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. My first real kiss was when I was 37 years ago..We went into my shed that we had in our back yard, We both laughed after we did it..But we both liked it…

    Thanks for a chance to win..

  5. My first real kiss happened when I was 14. I was with my class on a bus on the way back from a field trip and my boyfriend and I kissed for the first time with everyone around us watching. So embarrassing!

  6. My first real kiss was when i was 15 ..we lived an hour away from each other so i only really saw him every other weekend so i kindsa understood when he took another chick to prom . Fast forward five years my sister married h is brother so now i see him at all the family functions…it isn’t awkward now but it was at the beginning.

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