Title: Faking It (Losing It #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic-Fiction
Published: 4th June 2013 by William Morrow & Company
Format: Ebook, 352 pages
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.” (Taken from Goodreads)
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I am a little disappointed with this novel considering how much I liked Losing It. I was extremely excited that this book follows Cade (a side character in the first book), who I felt really bad for and really wished he found his own happy ever after. Just so you know though, during the beginning of Losing It, I had though Cade was gay. His attentions portrayed someone that was very comfortable showing affection for his friends (kissing them on the forehead, cheeks) that I was a little shocked to learn that he in fact was 100% straight.
Because of this, I had a hard time investing in his character all that much. I thought his personality was quite inconsistent from beginning to end. When the book opens up, he is this emotionally damaged guy who’s learning to let go of someone he loves. Carmack had portrayed him out to be heartbroken and sulky…but then as our female protagonist starts interacting with him, Cade turns into some sort of suave gentleman – all smooth talking and flirtatious. Throughout the novel, Cade flickers back and forth between his two personalities, making him seem unbelievable and quite unrealistic.
On the other hand, I liked Max. I’m not going to say that this story wasn’t an entire cliche but there was enough back story and sustenance that I enjoyed it enough. It is not without its flaws though. I just couldn’t be convinced of this blooming relationship between Max and Cade. Her parents’ insistent nature to push Max towards finding someone to take care of her was a little astonishing. I understand that the tragic accident of her sister plays a role in this behaviour, but it felt like all they wanted for her was to be a Stepford wife.
However, I must admit that my enjoyment for this story was influenced by the incomplete ebook I was reading from. Chunks of the ends of each chapter were missing throughout the novel, so I missed a lot of crucial parts to the story. That is greatly unfortunate, but I still enjoy this series enough to want to read the third book, based around the character Kelsey.