Title: Faking It (Losing It #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Published: June 4th 2013 by William Morrow & Company
**Warning: FAKING IT is a companion novel to LOSING IT and while it's a completely separate story, the summary and review may contain somewhat obvious spoilers in LOSING IT. Read at your own risk.**
"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."
First line: "You would think I'd be use to it by now."
Thoughts: Is it just me or is Cora Carmack's writing completely addicting? You guys, I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun, adorable, and super sexy FAKING IT is. While I really, really liked LOSING IT, I loved FAKING IT. Just thinking about it now and remembering all of my favorite scenes puts a big smile on my face. Le sigh. Okay, let's talk about the book!
First off, if you've read LOSING IT, you'll remember that Cade is one of Bliss' best friends. You'll also remember that they didn't exactly end things on the best of terms. At any rate, while Cade is trying to move on with his life, he can't help but feel left behind. His friends are doing these incredible things, moving on and whatnot, and he's just stuck. Sure he's in grad school, but it's not as exciting as he thought it'd be. Enter Max (don't you dare call her Mackenzie).
Max is a head to toe rocker girl. There's nothing in this world more thrilling and emotionally exhausting to her than performing in front of a live crowd. She knows who she is and isn't afraid to express it. That is, express it to everyone except her family. Though she may seem strong (and she is), there's part of her that's completely broken and fragile and only one person will be able to break down her strong walls.
To be honest, whenever I first read the summary for FAKING IT, I didn't really know what to expect. I liked Cade in LOSING IT. He was sweet but somewhat boring and drab. Boy, did Cormack prove me wrong. Now, there isn't one thing I don't love about Cade. He's super sexy (SWOON!), hilarious, and an all around good guy. He also has this southern gentleman side that unconditionally made my insides melt. Ugh, why can't he be real?
With Max, I really enjoyed her music and generally what she brought to the book. In a lot of ways, she's very much a child who is afraid of not only her parents but letting other people in. I truly adored how this girl had such a rough exterior yet delicate heart. If I can't have Cade, I'm glad Max can.
Now, let's talk about their chemistry. FAKING IT made me do something I've never done before. I brought my iPad to the gym and read the book while working out. I normally don't do this, but I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened next, and this has everything to do with the chemistry and sexual tension between Cade and Max. Geez, I'm pretty sure these two made me sweat more than I normally do. Let's just say there's a scene involving dancing that almost made me fall right off the elliptical machine. Holy freaking cow. Yes, I will have seconds and thirds and so on.
Overall, I highly recommend FAKING IT to contemporary fans looking for a light and fabulous book. While reading by the pool this summer, be sure to have a copy of this book by your side. It'll make you laugh, it'll frustrate you, and it'll make you smile ear to ear until your cheeks hurt. Seriously, you don't want to miss out on all the hoopla!
"I hated when people said that, like it assumed strength and being a male where synonymous. There was strength in being a woman."
"Looking at him, I knew this wasn't the kind of fear that sent you running for the hills. It was the kind of fear that made people jump off cliffs and climb mountains- the kind of fear that told you something miraculous was waiting at the end of it, if you could only get there."
"The devil made me do it. And by devil, I mean my uterus."
" I think everyone does. Even happy people. They may not admit it to anyone, but I think they feel it. I think they close their eyes, or go for a run, or take a long shower, so that they can forget just for a second who they are and what they have to do day in and day out. Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It's natural. As long as you open your eyes and keep going."
" 'I swear it's not as creepy as it looks.' 'Said the serial killer to the police.'"