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. (Via Goodreads.com)
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Although I did not love Losing It, the first book in this New Adult companion series, nearly as much as Cora's other New Adult series, Rusk University, I absolutely loved Faking It. Cade and Max were both well developed characters and I would do anything to see more of their story. They both had such great chemistry and their interactions made my heart melt. All Played Out, Cora's most recent release in the Rusk University series is still my favorite book by Cora, but Faking It follows closely behind in third place (All Broke Down is my second favorite).
While reading Losing It, I could never point out exactly why I loved the books of the Rusk series so much more, but the reason became clear in Faking It. The books of the Losing It series remind me of candy that is made of 100% sugar, they are pure entertainment and fun; however, the books of the Rusk series are more like an Almond Hershey bar, they have a rich and sweet plot with pops of challenges and hardship. While both series and candy have their positives and negatives, I love the Rusk series because it feels more real. From what I can remember, the characters in Losing It had a rather easy home life, and while that can happen for some, that is not common. Everyone faces hardship and I feel like that was captured better in the Rusk series, as well as in Faking It.
Faking It was able to perfectly capture Cora's humor and sarcasm, the foundation of her books. Cade has most definitely made it to my book-boyfriend list, he is the iconic good-boy that always gets overlooked for the bad-boys (or Brits). He reminded me of the typical side character (or the third side in a love triangle) that is always overshadowed by the main romance. Those characters never get their own story; however, he is here to break the stereotype.
"That was me. . .
the perpetual good guy,
which meant I perpetually came in second" (Carmack 8).
I also adored Max's character. I love that she is essentially the black sheep of her family. She has no problem being herself in front of complete strangers, yet being herself in front of her family terrifies her. Although meeting someone like her seems so foreign, her character is rather realistic. Everyone is afraid to be who they are in front of at least one other human being, whether it be their family, friends, or that cute guy at Starbucks. Everyone is someone else's kryptonite.
Faking It was a true five-out-of-five read that deserves to be moved to the top of your TBR pile. I cannot wait to start the next book in the series, Finding It; however, I am hesitant to start it. Finding It will be my last full-length Cora Carmack book to read and I have no idea when her next book is going to be released. I know I will fall into a major reading slump after finishing her last book. I need to prolong the suffering for a little while longer. Ironically, Cora's books can easily be finished in one sitting and just recently picked me out of my most recent reading slump. I need her amazing characters and writing in my life, I do not know what I will do without it. I highly recommend picking up any of her books on a free day, you will not regret it. Speaking of which, you can enter below to win any of her currently released books. Whether you have one of Cora's books missing in your collection or if you have yet to pick up any of her books, here is your chance to change that. (The giveaway is open Internationally, read the official rules here).
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- Author Interview: Cora Carmack + Giveaway
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- Inspire (Muse #1) by Cora Carmack