Faking It by Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #2
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: June 4, 2013
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The second book in a fantastic New Adult series from Cora Carmack, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of LOSING IT.
Grad school isn't what Cade Winston thought it would be. He's barely doing any acting and he still sees his best friend, the girl who broke his heart, with another guy on a regular basis.
When Mackenzie "Max" Miller sits across from him at a coffee shop, it's like she blew into his life with the force of a hurricane. She's the complete opposite of any girl he's ever dated - brightly dyed hair, tattoos, a piercing, and a request. She wants him to pretend to be her wholesome, boy-next-door boyfriend for an hour so that her parents don't meet the real guy she's dating. Maybe it's the weeks without acting or maybe he's lost his mind, but he agrees to play the part.
Only neither of them planned for Cade's acting and charm to win her parents over so completely. Now they're insisting he come visit for the Christmas Holidays. Max still has a boyfriend, Cade is still heartbroken, and neither of them is the other's type. But the more they fake it, the more it begins to feel real.
I really enjoyed Cora Carmack's first book Losing It and couldn't wait to read the next book. Faking It was even better! I liked Max and Cade so much more than Bliss and Garrick. Their relationship was fun and they challenged each other.
Cade got his heartbroken by Bliss in Losing It. I felt so bad for him in the last book. He just seemed like a heartbroken puppy. Faking It picks up a few months since Bliss told him she doesn't reciprocate his feelings and he isn't handling it too well. Max's current flame, Mace, is the drummer in her band and he obvious isn't the meeting the parents type, so she gets Cade to pretend to be in love with her.
Max's parents are very controlling and have high expectations. They are very conservative and try to bully Max into doing what they think is best, which of course is the opposite of what Max wants or needs. Max had a long journey to come to terms with the fact that she can't be who her parents except and for her to confront them about it. But Cade pushes and encourages Max to be true to herself and talk to her parents about it.
I think why their relationship worked is because even though it was fake, they developed a strong friendship. They each pushed each other to be better. They may seem like complete opposites, but they really did complement each other. The ending was much better in this book as it was more realistic. Losing It ended almost with a too perfect happily ever after. Where Faking It does have a happy ending, but its perfect because it's real.