Faking It By Cora Carmack
*Title provided by 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.
Faking it tells the story of Cade Winston and Mackenzie ‘Max’ Miller, two completely different, but lost souls who meet under the guise of a fake relationship. Max propositions Cade one morning in a coffee shop in a hasty attempt to hide her true identity and life choices from her parents, who want nothing more than for their Mackenzie to be normal. Cade is instantly taken by Max’s unique beauty and agrees to play the part of the perfect boyfriend for her parents, and he wants more time with this eccentric girl who makes him forget about everything. But what starts out as just a simple arrangement, turns into so much more as these two find it increasingly hard to fight the electricity and feelings that seem to be deepening by the day. But will they realise they just might be perfect for each other, when neither one truly believes they are what the other needs?
I read Losing It when it was first released, so I was incredibly excited to find out that Cora Carmack would be writing Cade’s story, and what a book she has written. What can I say, this book had me intrigued as soon as I read the synopsis and instantly consumed with the first chapter! I absolutely adore when authors play around with the reversal of stereotypical gender roles, and to see such a strong female protagonist who is eccentric and a sweet, sensitive and compassionate male protagonist together was so refreshing.
These characters were complimentary to one another in all their contrasts. Max is the vivacious and colourful musician who bares her soul and wears the scars of her past through her body art. Cade is much more subdued in comparison, but has also been through a lot. Every girl he seems to love doesn’t reciprocate the feelings, and Max appears to be no different. It is Cade’s continuous pursuit of the sweet, damaged girl who hides behind the tough façade that both intrigues and frustrates Cade and displays how charming, sexy, and endearing his character really is.
The book is written in both Cade and Max’s POV and the alternation between chapters was fantastic, and I found myself biting my nails to read what the other character would have to say about certain situations. I loved the witty banter between these two and the fact that the story was so focused on the growing relationship between Cade and Max as well.
I can’t help but feel a little bereft with the ending, I just wanted to keep reading this book and learn more about what the future held for these characters. That is my only fault with this. Simply that I wanted to keep reading.
I devoured this book in one night nonetheless, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an intriguing and endearing romance story that’s a little different. There were so many charming and humorous moments in this book; it was just an enthralling and heart-warming read
4.5 shiny Stars
Louisa’s Favourite QUOTES:
“I moved closer and wrapped an arm around his waist. His hard body pressed into mine, and the heat of him seeped into my skin. His brown eyes met mine, and there were volumes written in his expression. Those volumes contained words that terrified me, but I couldn’t look away for the life of me.”
“I’ll remind you ever day how amazing it feels when your body touches mine. Ill remind you of the good times, and help you forget the bad. I’ll remind you who you are when life has beaten you down and made you doubt it. I’ll bust down your door in the middle of the night and kiss you until you remember that your fears are just that, and they can’t control you. I’ll take my chances against your fickle heart if it means it’s mine.”
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Release date: October 1st, 2013
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