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.
Review: Having only recently read Losing It I was so pleased to find out the sequel was out. I quickly downloaded it, eager to find out what had become of the love Cade from the previous novel, and perhaps catch up with Bliss and Garrick. Sometimes when you are excited about a particular sequel, you can end up disappointed, but I really wasn't in this case! I devoured this book in a matter of hours, try as I could to slow down and savour the action, my self control was not strong enough, I HAD to keep turning the pages.
I was surprised I liked Losing it as much as I did, but I find this fabulous author's writing style so easy to read and so conducive to an extremely quick read. The way she constructs her plot and even the length of her sentences, just make you keep wanting to turn the pages! I think it was a brilliant idea to take one of the character from the first novel and give him his own story. Cade seems to alway be the injured party in Losing it, and at the start of this novel. He seems to be going down that same route, but he really comes into his own about a third of the way through the book.
I loved the introduction of the character of Max. I think she is really easy to identify with as sometime who wants to be an individual and yet finds it hard to show who she really is to her parents, for their benefit, more than for hers. When she first tells her boyfriend Mace to go away in a coffee shop and quickly hauls Cade into the picture to be her 'Faking It' boyfriend, I wasn't sure I was going to liked her. But she turned out to be a feisty independent women, who I love to read about, and meant that the story was almost more about her than it was about Cade.
We hear a little bit from the characters of Losing It, enough to satisfy fans of the book, but not too much so that it take the attention away from this storyline and this particular novel. I think if you haven't already read Losing It, you definitely don't have to in order to enjoy this novel, it works brilliantly as a stand alone as well as a sequel to Losing It. Not only are the characters in the novel fabulous and the writing wonderful, there are some perfectly described sex scenes thrown in too, this author really does have a way with words! Whether you have already discovered Cora Carmack or not, I am sure you will find something for you in this novel. If you haven't read Losing It already, you definitely should, but Faking It is equally brilliant. A successfully satisfying sequel!
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