Title: Faking It
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #2
Genre: New Adult Romance
Received for review from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
I knew I shouldn’t have opened this. Knew I shouldn’t have read the first few lines, the first chapter. Knew I’d be hooked and unable to put it down the moment I let Cora Carmack’s writing sink its claws into my brain.
I really enjoyed Losing It but, for me, Faking It was even better. The characters were rounder, the plot more interesting, and despite the cheesy set up, somehow less forced.
Max made for a compelling character – though it’s as clear for the reader as it is for Cade that her ‘relationship’ with Mace is not good for her, you totally buy the mindset that made her believe that it is. I love a bit of rescue-romance, where the love interest swoops in to save the heroine, but I also love it when the heroine has enough about her to stand on her own two feet and fight for herself, and Max and Cade’s will-they-won’t-they relationship had both in spades, Carmack expertly navigating the fine line between the two.
Cade as the good boy with a naughty side was also a great character – wonderful enough to be the dream boyfriend, but not so wonderful as to be boring or unattainable. He’s not really my cup of tea – I’ve always preferred the damaged, freaky characters – but I can see how so many young women are swooning over him. The boyfriend you could bring to meet your parents but would be wild and adventurous when you wanted him to be.
All in all, I just feel that Carmack’s writing has come on enormously between her last book and this. Losing It was a solid four star read, but Faking It definitely edges into five star territory. I look forwards enormously to Carmack’s next offering.