Title: Faking It [Losing It #2]
Author: Cora Carmack
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.
This book was exponentially better than Losing It. Maybe it’s ’cause Cade was the main character here, or maybe ’cause Max is awesome. I don’t know but I loved it!
Cade and Max meet by chance – Cade is still in his post-crush-on-Bliss-the-boring-stick slump and Max is dating Mace, a tattooed and not very gentlemanly drummer. Panicked by her parents’ sudden arrival in town, Mace dips, and Max needs a temporary boyfriend and Cade looks just right for the role. What they don’t expect from all of this is that they may just be a little bit attracted to each other.
I loved that these two characters let each other (and readers) see into their past and into their backgrounds. We got to see a lot of Max’s dysfunctional family, and even got a peek into Cade’s relationship with his grandmother. I liked that these two characters had genuine problems (unlike some princesses we know -ahemBlissahem-). Cade worried about money, student loans, what on earth he was going to do after he graduated. On the other hand, Max worries that her parents will never accept her, her lifestyle, or her life choices. They complimented each other on many aspects, where Max was confident in her work and her art, Cade worried that he’d never be good enough. Where Cade was down with letting his emotions show, Max was scared to death, and worried that she wasn’t worth loving. There was a lot more depth to these characters than there was in Losing It and I think that sold me on this installment.
Plot wise, I found it significantly MORE than Losing It, but I feel like there was still something missing from it. I liked that there was a lot of focus on the characters and that there were some things that didn’t come to light for a while. However, I didn’t get the emotional punch in the stomach with this book like I have with numerous other books. So while that was a little lacking, I have to say that the whole fake it ’til you make it kind of relationship was new for me, and I think that’s where most of the story’s allure came from.
I really enjoyed this book. If you hated Losing It, it wasn’t the end. Try out Faking It, better story line, better characters, better… everything.