Sunday, June 16, 2013

Faking It by Cora Carmack

Faking It 
Cora Carmack 
ISBN: 97800662273260 
Publication Date: June 4, 2013 
Reviewed from: eArc provided by William Morrow Paperbacks—thank you! (I have since purchased a copy)


GoodReads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I just loved Losing It so I was really looking forward to Faking It and I have to say, while it was different than Losing It, I think it was equally as well done.

We are first introduced to Cade in Losing It, as the guy who has a crush on Bliss but has been put into the dreaded friend category. We learn that Cade is heading to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at Temple University, Garrick’s alma mater. Despite the hesitation of being in the same city as Bliss and Garrick, he attends anyway. We catch up with him when things are not going so great—he’s lonely, not doing as well as he likes in his classes and cannot stand the idea of spending Thanksgiving with Bliss and Garrick but does not have enough money to return home. Enter Max.

Mackenzie is battling her own demons. Losing her older sister in a horrific car accident, Max is trying to push herself forward but is remaining in neutral. She left home to be in Philadelphia, to pursue her music career. Her parents are less than thrilled, and wish she could behave more like her celebrated older sister. So much so, that Max feels she needs to hide her authentic self from her parents.

The two of them are at a point in their lives when they are ready to make changes (even with their minds’ resisting) but would they be good together?

I admit, I had hoped that I would read more about Garrick and Bliss in this book too but then I realized that Cade needed his own story, away from Bliss. Quickly, Cade and Max filled my world with their trials and successes, as they each find a way to put their next foot forward when life seemed to be pushing back against them.

There is something about Ms. Carmack’s writing that just hooks me instantly. Her lush sensuality, authentic characters and the emotional depth makes me crave more from her. I am really looking forward to her novella that is coming out in August, Keeping Her: A Losing It Novella due out on August 13th. With Faking It, she has solidified her status on my sure-bet list.
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