Series: Losing It #2
Published by William Morrow on June 4th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
After just fifty pages of Cora Carmack’s debut, Losing It, I knew that I 100% needed Faking It in my life, so I ordered it right away. And this author just keeps impressing me. If all new adult were like this, it could easily become one of my favorite genres.
Faking It follows the absolutely awesome Cade, who we got to know in Losing It – where he did not have such a happy ending. In fact, the book is told from the alternating perspectives of him and Max (Mackenzie), a new character who quickly becomes his love interest. Right off the bat I was impressed with how Cora Carmack made their voices distinct but believable. I can quickly get iffy about male POV’s written by female authors, but I totally loved Cade.
Both characters have deep rooted insecurities in relationships. Cade has been left behind by his parents and previous relationships, to the point where he doesn’t fight for anyone anymore. After the demise of his relationship (and friendship) with Bliss, he is understandably depressed. Max is a musician. She’s spunky and powerful. She lives her life her own way, following her passions. But she’s rather insecure as well. Her past has left her with scars that she covers up by never letting anyone get close enough to see. I’m not usually into such dramatic characters, but here it totally worked for me.
As with Losing It, Faking It just has a killer romance with chemistry off the charts. Max needs someone to stand in as her boyfriend while her parents come to town and gets “Golden Boy” Cade to take the role – even though they were strangers before that. Guys, fake relationships – it’s my jam. I absolutely love this trope. Cade agrees because he’s just an absolute doll, and he’s drawn to Max. He plays his role perfectly, and instantly her parents (who are an absolute nightmare) are pretty much in love with him. I fell for him just as hard.
Because, seriously, Cade is the dream, guys. I could not even imagine a more perfect boyfriend than this one. He is nearing the top of my book boyfriend list, I’m not even kidding right now. He’s so generous, sensitive, empathetic. He knows how to read Max and knows when to give her support or a firm reality check. I loved seeing that relationship develop like that. And when they’re not helping each other grow and move forward with their lives, they just have the absolute best banter ever. I was laughing out loud so much. I couldn’t put this book down.
The ending became surprisingly dramatic. I was head over heels for this romance, and I thought that would be it – but it definitely wasn’t. There was so much more to Max’s backstory, and, again, while I don’t usually like such dark, haunted pasts, this one seriously got to me. The last couple chapters… I seriously had tears in my eyes, and I was sucker punched in the feels. I felt completely emotionally crippled. But it was beautiful. And it made me love Cade so much more than I already did. It was just perfection. There. I said it.