Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Faking It- Cora Carmack

“I'm tired of the way we both pretend.
Tired of always wanting and never giving in.
I can feel it in my skin, see it in your grin.
We're more. We always have been. 

Think of everything we've missed.
Every touch and every kiss.
Because we both insist.

Goodreads Synopsis

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 review

First off, an inane observation- Cade's cover model is better looking than Losing It's Garrick (marginally, but still). Sorry Team Garrick folks, but it was impossible not to compare and make distinctions.Losing It didn't do Cade justice- neither the character, nor his fate. It seemed unfair that he received no closure and was damned to misery. But of course, Cora Carmack had better plans for the guy. FAR better plans...

Max's character was an unpredictable and entertaining one. I loved her feistiness, the impulsiveness, the hilarious side comments, the boldness that Bliss so terribly lacked, her passion for music...even the tattoos. 

Max Miller—musician and raging bitch. I’m sorry for slapping you.

The convivial first meeting and the resultant chain of events that unfolded a ridiculously cliched but undoubtedly cute love story was adorable. Cade, the 'golden boy' was of course perfect, even with all his issues. It was a relief when he switched from mopey goody-two-shoes to a cocky new avatar.

My name is Cade Winston—MFA student, volunteer, mom-hugger, and your boyfriend for the next twenty-four hours. It’s nice to meet you.

Milo and his very effective prep talk along with the alcohol gods vs Cade challenge was absolutely hilarious and by far my favourite part of the book. The use of alternating POVs was great as it gave insights on the feelings of both Cade and Max.

Overall quite an explosive package with drama, angst, humour, love and plenty of steaminess. New adult at its best!

Rating:- 3/5 stars!

About the author

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Question for fellow readers!


Who do you think rates higher on Swoon-worthy Scale? Cade- golden boy and situation saver extraordinaire or Garrick- hot Professor with the British accent? 

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