Series: Losing It #2
Author: Cora Carmack
Pages: 354 (Kindle)
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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 is, obviously, a fake relationship turned real, but without enough of the fake part. It picks up soon after Losing It, with Cade in Philadelphia where he hopes to work, yet hasn’t gone on any auditions. He’s also trying to get over his former best friend, Bliss, and learns that she’s about to become engaged which hits him hard. Then Max walks up to him and asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend, since her parents are on a surprise visit and cannot meet her real boyfriend. Cade is an actor, a knight in shining armor, and needs a distraction, so of course he agrees.
I know I say it all the time, but fake dating really is my favorite romance trope so I was very excited for Faking It. It starts off really well as Max is afraid that her ultra conservative parents will disown her if they see her with not only tattoos, piercings, and dyed hair, but with an equally inked up musician boyfriend. So when she spots Cade sitting in the same coffee shop, she knows he’ll be perfect. That initial meeting with her parents was so awkward, but in a good way. Then Cade starts wanting a real relationship, Max suddenly becomes single, so that becomes a real possibility. Although she does push him away a lot because of reasons. Then from there, they were basically real dating instead of fake dating, even if Max insisted it was just to get through the holidays with her parents.
I did enjoy Faking It quite a bit, but I wanted more of the fake stuff with growing tensions! It’s almost as if Max and Cade were really dating for the latter half of the book, while the first half we’re just waiting for her and her boyfriend to break up so that she can real-date Cade. It was weird. There’s also plenty of angst and drama as Max is still dealing with the grief of losing her sister. I didn’t like how she used it as an excuse to treat Cade like crap at times, but I did believe her guilt over how her sister had died. I also really loved that ending.