Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Faking It (Losing It #2)
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.
Publisher: William, Morrow & Company
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Kat's Review
I haven't read Cora Carmack's first book, Losing It, so I went into this one not knowing what to expect, other than what the description told me.  I've been hearing good things about this author, and I've been reading quite a bit of New Adult these days, so I decided to give this one a go. 
This is one of the better New Adult books I've read.  The writing is strong, and I connected with the main characters.  I felt that Mace was maybe a bit over the top, but Max was completely loveable despite her tough exterior.  She actually reminds me a bit of a cousin of mine, with her fifties pin-up look, red hair, multiple tattoos, and a heart of gold.  Made me like her right away.  I also really liked Cade.  I enjoyed reading about the good boy who falls for the tough girl, and that despite being a nice guy, he was still masculine and not a complete pushover. 
The premise of the story seems a bit far-fetched, but the author manages to pull it off and make it seem real.  The characters' backstories are believable, and the attraction between Max and Cade grows over time, rather than being a sex-fest only occasionally interrupted by drama.  Unfortunately I've read far too many of those lately.  Faking It has attraction and sex, but it works with the storyline, not as a distraction from a non-existent one.  The only thing I would have liked to see more of was Cade's acting, since that's what he was studying.  I enjoyed the scenes with Max and her music, but would have liked a closer look at Cade's abilities on stage.  Regardless, that's a small complaint about an otherwise enjoyable book.
Rating: A Good Read
I really enjoyed this book.  The protagonists were likeable and the relationship that grew between them was based on trust, affection, and real experiences and emotions.  I will definitely be buying Losing It, now that I know I like her style.
I received a complimentary copy of the title from Edelweiss and the publisher in return for an honest review. 
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  2. I keep debating if I want to read this and I don't know why... I just read Losing It and I really enjoyed it. It had a lot of good laughs and the main male was delicious. I hope you enjoy Losing It!

    Kay @ It's a Book Life


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