Review: Faking It By Cora Carmack12:12
Author: Cora Carmack
Date of publication: 4 June 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author's links: Website / Facebook /Goodreads
My rating: 4 stars
ARC provided by Ebury Press UK via NetGalley.
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 loved the first book by Cora Carmack, Losing It, so I was excited about her second one, as well. I was not particularly impressed by Cade in book 1, but I figured that pretend-lovers-to-real-lovers story should be fun to read.
I enjoyed this book a lot, just not as much as Losing It. What I loved about Garrick and Bliss was that they were unique and endearingly awkward and sadly, all this was missing in the characters in Faking It.
The story of Cade and Max was nice and fun but too cliché. Cade was Golden boy, through and through, to the point of being completely unrealistic. Max was supposed to be a rebel, a young woman pursuing her dreams no matter what . She was portrayed as strong and opinionated, yet she kept believing herself to be unworthy and incapable of being with Cade, which I found rather annoying.
I liked how the relationship between Cade and Max progressed gradually and I also found the change and growth of Max genuine and convincing. There was no development with Cade, though, he was just perfect from the start ;) The weakness he overcame - letting people go without really fighting for them, was not a real weakness. Actually, he did fight for and won, the person that really mattered.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who read and liked Losing it.