Faking It

By Cora Carmack
Published on June 6th 2013
Published by Ebury Press
Source: Publisher
Every girl likes a bad boy...

And Max's current boyfriend is as bad as they come. She knows her family would freak if they saw his tattoos and piercings.

So when her parents turn up unannounced Max grabs the most wholesome guy she can to play her boyfriend.

But Cade Winston is so perfect that Max needs him to keep playing the part. And the more they have to fake their relationship, the harder it gets to just pretend.

First, I think I need to point out that I didn't read Losing It where Cade Winston first appears. It in no way hindered my understanding or love of Faking It. Cora Carmack fully developed Cade and enough of the back story at the very beginning that I had no problem diving head first into this story.

I loved this book from "go." Good boy, Cade Winston, meets outgoing Mackenzie "Max" Miller in a coffee shop. He's fending off unrequited love heartache, and she's hiding from her overbearing parental situation.

Even though this is slated as a romance, there is very little sappy, sexy love. These are two damaged people who come to terms with their feelings for each other. I love how both characters challenge, and at times, infuriate each other. That raw realness of their relationship made the story very real for me. I (most times) absolutely loathe instalove, so this was wonderful.

There was quite a bit of well-placed humor for most of the book due to the sarcastic attitudes of both characters and how they challenge each other as I previously mentioned. I repeatedly caught myself smiling. Not to sell the serious side short, but I definitely think Carmack hit the sassy nail right on the head.

I think one of the best things this story had going for it was Carmack's use of using the first-person perspective of Cade and Max both, alternating by chapters. I thought it added a fullness to the story to be able to get in both character's heads to see how they viewed each other and the world around them, even when they wouldn't open up "verbally."

Carmack definitely has me hooked!

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