Author: Cara Carmack
ebook: 304 pages
Published: June 4, 2013
From Goodreads: 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 received Faking It in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss. THANK YOU! 🙂
While I liked Losing It, I REALLY liked Faking It! It’s been a few weeks since I finished Faking It, and it still gives me that happy feeling when I think back on it. We get to hear from both Cade and Max’s point of view. Both Cade and Max were both delightful in Faking It – I really liked Cade in Losing It,
even if he was a sorry excuse for the love triangle… because we all knew that just wasn’t going.to.happen. Carmack’s character development was awesome – both main characters were complex and dealing with issues from their past, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them learn to overcome their obstacles and open themselves up for love 🙂 (hehe, corny, but true!)
ANYWAY, back to Cade in Faking It – he was just perfect. Swoonworthy, sweet, loyal, and he’s just a darn good person. We got to hear more about his upbringing (he had a harder than average life…), but despite that all, Cade was such a positive person. He was down in the dumps when we first meet him in Philadelphia. He’s heart broken and lost, but after being forced into Max’s life, we get to see the charismatic Cade return.
Max was a multilayered main character – just how I like them. She was a passionate, functional adult with a strong, unique personality. While she did a few things that made me want to shake her shoulders and tell her to stop being so cold, I still liked her. Max felt very real to me. You’d think she’s untouchable and wouldn’t put up with anyone’s crap, but she’s a broken young woman on the inside.
The chemistry between Max and Cade was hot – although there was an initial attraction, there was no insta-love (THANKFULLY), but their budding romance went from appreciating each other’s good looks to knowing how to be there for one another. I fell in love with the two of them during their first scene together in the coffee shop, and the two shared some hilariously awkward/hot/sweet/hilarious moments through Faking It. I will go as far to say I liked Cade + Max > Bliss + Garrick. I’d love to see what everyone else feels about that!
While Faking It does have some of the heavy New Adult trends, it still had enough of the breezy humor, sexual tension, and adorable moments (without being nauseating..). Faking It is one of my favorite New Adult books that I’ve read, and consider me being a big CC fan!