Title: FAKING IT
Author: Cora Carmack
Source: eARC from author for review
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.
Cade is back. Oh yes!! It is now time for him to find his ‘happily ever after’ after watching the love of his life find hers...with someone else. A chance meeting with a gorgeous redhead has him about to play the role of his life: fake boyfriend. Who would have thought that playing a fake boyfriend would have him forgetting his past and looking forward to the future?
I took at beat, which is just a fancy acting word for pause, but it felt easier if I approached this like a scene, like a fiction. Beats are reserved for those moments when something in the scene or your character shifts. They are moments of change. Man, was this one hell of a beat.
Max has issues. Like, a lot of them. And they all stem from her family and an accident that happened when she was 13. Who ever said 'Time heals all wounds' obviously lied. Because those wounds have had tattoos and piercings placed upon them like band aids and never really had the chance to heal. Therefore, Max really never got a chance to be herself...in front of her parents. Even living hundreds of miles away, she still isn't fully being true to herself.
Maybe someday I'd be able to look back and laugh at the ridiculousness of this moment. Maybe someday I'd also get on a subway that didn't smell like urine. The future had much to look forward to.
About stinkin time! Lately all the books I have been reading have had tatted up guys. Don't get me wrong...I love me some tatted up bad boys. But it was about time a good, tattoo-less guy got his story. And that is exactly what we find with Cade. I adored him from LOSING IT and even more so in FAKING IT. He is seriously such a good guy and so great and so sexy and so... Well you get my point, right? And just because he is a good guy doesn’t mean he is boring. Oh no! Absolutely not.
Need some romance? Well you are in luck. Carmack makes you swoon in this one. And some of that is just from the anticipation of what could happen between Cade and Max. The buildup of some of the scenes had my heart racing and nearly about to explode out of my chest. I was a puddle when they were over and would have been happily content to stay that way for the rest of time. The amount of romance and storyline was beautifully balanced and perfectly wrote. Cormack could write cereal box ingredients and have it sound interesting and amazing. She is just that good.
I brushed her hair back, and I could feel her walls dropping. Her fear fled, my anger abandoned me, and certainty crept in. I was certain that we weren't as different as we wanted to believe, certain that she felt something for me, certain that this could work.
Check out FAKING IT as we discover two people with totally different lives find that they really aren't so different after all. And maybe find that they actually care for one another along the way.