by Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow & Company (June 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (304 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (NetGalley) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
At A Glance
I loved this opposites attract romance and the characters, just wish some parts weren’t so rushed.
I just loved the concept of this book. Now that I think about it, I have loved almost every book where the couple has to pretend to be a real couple for whatever reason. And the fact that Max was a tatted, hair-dyed, pierced, rocker girl and Cade was a goody-goody, well dressed, all-American boy just spiced things up so much. Sometimes opposites do attract, and Max and Cade are the perfect example of that.
Cade really didn’t stand out for me in Losing It. There was nothing special about him. But in Faking It he SHINED! Cade rocked my freakin’ book socks off. I hated seeing him so sad with losing Bliss (though he never really had her) from Losing It. But his frown turned upside-down real quick when Max walked into this life. She may not be your typical girl, but she is everything Cade wants, and needs. Cade was a smooth mofo as he played his boyfriend role perfectly. Maybe a little too perfectly if you ask Max. I loved watching these two banter back and forth. I hated when Max broke Cade’s heart because of all her issues, but it was obvious these two crazy kids belonged together.
Max was all kinds of crazy and effed up. She has had a sad past that has made her who she is today. She has an okay life though. She is doing what she loves, singing in a band. But her family life is not so good. Then Cade walks into her life and flips everything on its head. Max was stubborn and infuriating. But I loved her surly ways. Her attraction to Cade mystifies and angers her but she just can’t resist him. Neither can her parents. But all Max wants is for her parents to love her, the real her, with all her tattooed and pierced glory. Then again, having Cade accept her no matter her faults and wildness made up for her family. But Max has trouble letting people love and take care of her. She was her own worst enemy, but Cade would never let her walk away.
These two are just perfect for each other. Cade gives Max strength to accept herself and her past and Max gives Cade a reason to move forward. Faking It is really a great romance. There are ups and downs, but it all only added to the overall personality of the book. Max’s family was pretty bad, but they even made things more interesting. The writing was well done and the characters made me fall in love with this story right away.
I felt like a couple parts of this book were rushed and glanced over, which took some of the drama away from certain situations. Sometimes I wish there was a little more depth in some areas. Carmack is great at focusing on the couple, which I love, but the world-building (not that you need a lot with contemporary romance, but some is nice) and backstory were missing a little.
Woah! Cade may seem like a good ol’ boy on the outside but he is a freak in the sack. He was so rough and dominating in the bedroom. I have to admit, I got tingly all over. Cade and Max fit so perfectly together sexually. I was kinda envious of Max. I want a man like Cade.
Great new adult sex scenes. Enough to make you blush, but not pornish at all. And that sexual tension. Wooo! Cut it with a knife!
I think Losing It was funnier than Faking It but I liked them both about the same, though I might like Losing It a tiny bit more. But overall, Faking It was a great romance with a lot of emotion and heart. Very recommended.
“I’ll remind you every day how amazing it feels when your body touches mine. I’ll remind you of the good times, and help you forget the bad. I’ll remind you who you are when life has beaten you down and made you doubt it. I’ll bust down your door in the middle of the night and kiss you until you remember that your fears are just that, and they can’t control you. I’ll take my chances against your fickle heart if it means it’s mine.”
“Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It’s natural. As long as you open your eyes and keep going.”
“I never dated a girl like her, and she’s probably never dated a guy like me. But sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until it’s already knocked you flat on your back.”
“My name is Cade Winston—MFA student, volunteer, mom-hugger, and your boyfriend for the next twenty-four hours. It’s nice to meet you.”
“Spence, I don’t have balls. Good thing, too, because they’d look terrible in the lingerie I’m wearing.”
“Apparently having emotions equated to having a vagina.”
Book #2 for Netgalley November completed!