Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

  • Publisher: William Morrow (Imprint of HarperCollins)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Source: ebook provided by publisher via Edelweiss for review
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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

Cora Carmack is now a must buy author for me!! This book was fabulous!! I absolutely loved Losing It, so when I heard Cade was getting his own story I was really looking forward to it! I know that he didn't really stand out for a lot of people in the first book, but he was one of my favorites!! Besides his awesomeness in this, I loved Max!! I also loved the double meaning of this book title too! Yes, they are faking to be a couple for Max, but they are also both faking who they really are to those around them. This story was everything I was hoping it would be!

Cade is still very broken from what happened in Losing it. He puts on a brave face, but he's far from home and still trying to mend his broken heart. He is barely holding on, when he meets Max. He can't help but be intrigued by her. He goes along with her plan to pretend to be her boyfriend both to help her, and because he figures why not. Then it becomes convenient for him to escape his problems as well. The thing is, he realizes that he's finally letting his heartbreak go, and realizes he needs to stop faking that he's been okay with his life recently. He needs to stop lying to his friends, and himself. Max brings out a side of him that he had hidden away. Cade is beyond sweet, and in the beginning he seems like a fragile, broken guy, but he's actually quite a bit stronger than I gave him credit for. I loved seeing that change in him.

Max outwardly seems like a tough chick, oozing with confidence, who fears nothing. Really though, she is terrified of letting her parents down, not being what they want her to be, and not being able to be who she wants to be. She really is a strong person in every other situation except for when it comes to her parents. As the story goes on, we get to know why it's so hard for her to be able to just be who she wants around them. Why she has to fake she is someone she isn't just to make them happy. It's deeper than just strict and proper parents. I really felt for her and I wanted her to not have to be afraid. At first I thought she was being weak, but in the end I realized it was harder to fake, then to just come clean, at least mentally.

The romance was not an easy one. I think that's why I really liked it. Yes, they are pretending to be a couple, but that's for her parents benefit. They slowly start to let their guard down around each other and be themselves. No hiding behind fake pretenses that everyone else sees. I think it really added to their growing bond. They find themselves sharing things with each other that they haven't with anyone else, and finding a comfort in one another even if it's only in fleeting moments. They both are attracted to the other, but have no clue how much of an act it is for the other. It's not easy, but it's real. I thought it moved a little quickly, but in the situation, I can see that happening. They are both raw with emotion and just what the other needs.

If you enjoyed Losing It, you need this one. It was not as humorous since the characters situations are much different, but it was so good. The connection I felt to them made me full of emotion while reading it! These are some majorly broken characters that need to figure themselves out and move on from the past. There was more focus on fixing each other (mostly Max) then getting together. This one is still sexy, but more on the emotionally dark side then the humorous side. I thought it was amazing! I need more from this author now!



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

24 comments:

  1. I skimmed this review, because I have it up next week. I can't wait to read it!!!!

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    1. I loved Cade and Max. This didn't have all the awkward humor that Losing It did, but it was really great!!

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  2. This sounds a lot like Monica Murphy's series with the couple pretending to be a couple. I didn't like the first book all that much but from your review, it seems I might actually enjoy this one, especially since it's humorous.
    Great review, Amy! :)

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    1. I thought the characters in this one were so great!! And I loved that their issues seemed real and they weren't super cliche!

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  3. So this book is good huh? I'm so reading it then. Your review convince me. LOL :)

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    1. I think you will love it Savvy!!

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  4. Dude, yes, I liked Cade in the first book too. I mean, I wasn't obsessed with him and didn't need his story, but he was a nice guy and believable character. I'm totally glad this book happened.

    I loved that both Max and Cade had issues, and that they weren't like external problems. Max fears commitment and Cade isn't willing enough to put himself out there. They have to overcome those things, not like forbidden love or stupid stuff like that. :)

    We don't always have the same taste, so it's awesome that we agree on these books so much!

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    1. I like when issues seem more real and not something that's been done a million times. I loved how the title had the double meaning too. Fabulous play on the title and the story!

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  5. Great review! Thanks for pushing me to read this one :)

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  6. I've heard good things about these books! Sounds like I need to work on getting my hands on the first one!

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  7. I didn't think about the double meaning of Faking It! Oh my!!! How very creative Carmack is :)

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  8. I love both of these books so much! I think I connected to Losing It a bit more, but I'm just all around blown away by Carmack's writing style and her characters! Like you, I was a huge Cade fan in Losing It, so it was great to see what happened with him in this one! Great review!

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  9. Cora seems to be a must buy for a lot of people since this series I really have to give it a try! I like how Max (awesome girl name BTW!) sounds so multi dimensional with a tough exterior and hidden worries. I notice a lot of series are doing a boy/girl book now it's kind of cool!

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  10. SERIOUSLY! LOVE her stuff! I still like Losing It better though ;P

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  11. I need to read this one soon. I’m hoping for this month.

    The narration on Clockwork Prince was AMAZING! I’m on Clockwork Princess right now but I miss Ed’s voice :(

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  12. Ooh there's a second one out already? I picked up the first one and had been meaning to read it! With your review, I'm definitely bumping it up my list!!

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  13. I still need to read Losing It. But I am a HUGE sucker for the Fake Boyfriend plot. I just love it. So I'm definitely reading this! Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  14. Great review Amy! I loved this one and loved the characters too! I also loved that this one was more emotional.

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  15. Yay I'm glad you loved this one so much!! I pretty much agree with everything the characters were amazing and the romance was so well-deserved because there was actual time that was spent trying to develop the romance and their relationship :D

    Fantastic review!

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  16. First off, I am so excited for Cora and get success. Second of all, Faking It is getting even better reviews than Losing It and I loved that book! I got this from the publisher, and I will be reading it ASAP. And getting it signed when I see her again at Book Bash! Awesome review, chick!

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  17. I'm so glad to hear Cade is getting his own story (goodness knows he deserves a happy ending)! Max sounds great, and I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this. Can't wait to read it! Lovely review :-)

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  18. So agree. I am on auto buy for Cora too - or go stand in line to get it! Great review.

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  19. I just read, and reviewed this one and LOVED it so much Amy! Great review--very thoughtful. Especially how you mention the double meaning behind the title of the book, there being a deeper reason for why Max felt like she had to pretend with her parents, and how it's mentally tougher to pretend, then to be yourself!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  20. I LOVED Cade in the first book! I am happy he gets his own happy ending.

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