Friday, 14 June 2013

Review: Faking It

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.

Title: Faking It (Losing It ~ Book 2)
Author: Cora Carmack | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: June 4 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Length: 304 Pages
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Source: ARC Provided by Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cover Love: So perfect!
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Cade and Max

My Rating: 5 Stars

You know that feeling that you get when you read a good book like Losing It, and even though you are really happy with the ending... you just feel sorry for 'the other guy'?  Well that was me.  I love Garrick and Bliss together, and I never had any doubts they would be together.  But, I was still sad for Cade.  He was such a great guy.  Well now, Cade gets his own story... and man oh man what a story it is.

“Like they were part of two different solar systems, neither revolving with or around the other, and both were just with each other for a passing moment.”

I absolutely adored Faking It.  I had already fallen in love with Cora Carmack's writing, and this just reminded me how much I enjoyed it.  I didn't know it was even possible, but somehow I managed to fall even more in love with Cade.  And Max has got to be one of my favorite female characters.  She is feisty, fun and strong.

“Whatever stupid reasoning you've got for staying away from me, it's wrong.  And I won't stop until I've proven it to you.”

Dual point of view books are my absolute favorite.  It gives us the opportunity to be inside both character's heads.  I loved seeing how Cade worked through his still lingering feelings for Bliss while he discovered what it really feels like to love.  And Max is such a strong character, but the strength comes from all the walls around her.  It was great to be able to see all of them start to crumble the closer she got to Cade.

“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.”

It was so much fun how these two meet.  The scenes that they 'act' in front of Max's parents are hilarious.  There is a lot of banter between them, and of course it helps to throw in a fair bit of sexual tension.  Which by the way, Cora Carmack delivers perfectly.  There are some wonderfully steamy moments in Faking It.

“You don’t know how much I’ve thought about this tattoo.  I want to memorize it so that every time I close my eyes I can see the way it accentuates your body.”

So, what do we have to look forward to next in the Losing It series?  We have Keeping Her, which is a Garrick and Bliss novella, that is due to be published on August 13 2013.  Then after that we have Kelsey's story, Finding It.  Kelsey is Bliss' best friend, who at the time of Faking it is travelling around Europe.  I am really looking forward to both of these books, they are sure to be just as great.

“I'm glad you fought for me," she said.

"I'm glad you let me.”


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