Faking It (Losing It #1)
by Cora Carmack
[Received a copy from 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.
After finishing Tragic by J A Huss, I was still in the mood for some New Adult so I decided to pick up Faking It. I really enjoyed reading Losing It earlier on this year, so I was really looking forward to Faking It. I ended up enjoying this one a lot more than Losing It and I stayed up until 2am reading it.
The characters in this one were so much more interesting than in Losing It. I really enjoyed learning more about Cade. I'd felt bad for him in the first book because he was in love with Bliss but she was with someone else. I still felt bad for him at the start of this one because he had to deal with seeing Bliss & Garrick together all the time. He's such a nice, sweet, genuine guy that I just didn't want him to have to feel the pain of being in love with her anymore. And then along came Max.
Max blew into Cade's life like a hurricane. She's the complete opposite of what Cade usually goes for, but he finds himself extremely attracted to her. She's confident, feisty and sexy, but Max is also dealing constantly with something that happened in her past that affected her whole family. It's led to her having to lie and keep secrets from her parents, which is how she met Cade.
I really loved Max. She had me laughing a hell of a lot throughout this book. I also felt really bad for her because of the pressure her parents had put on her after what happened and she was trying to be the perfect daughter instead of being herself.
Max and Cade really helped each other a lot throughout this book. Max helped Cade get over Bliss (mainly because he was falling for Max) and Cade helped Max start to become herself again. They were just perfect for each other. From the first time they met I was just waiting for them to start to realise they actually had feelings for each other. It was a pretty weird situation to start with since neither of them actually knew each other but were pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but it was just such a hilarious situation. They had so much chemistry that I was dying for them to get together.
Their interactions with Max's parents when they were pretending were priceless. They were both trying to annoy each other and it's was really funny to read. Cade was always saying something to Max's parents that made them fall in love with him and it would annoy the hell out of Max.
The storyline in this one was so much better. We had Max and Mace, Max dealing with her parents, Cade trying to get over Bliss and the whole fake relationship. There was a lot more going on and a lot more for me to enjoy. I powered through this book because I just couldn't put it down.
I really did enjoy Faking It a hell of a lot more than Losing It. Everything about this book was just so much better! If you haven't started the Losing It series yet, you definitely should. Especially if you're a New Adult fan.