Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Source: BN.com (Purchased)
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 (goodreads).
I picked up Faking It without knowing much about Ms. Cora Carmack or the first installment in this series. Luckily, these books can serve as standalones and didn't take away from any of the book's charm.
Plot: The story of Cade and Max is a really cute and simple one. They're both two individuals with overwhelming pasts and seem to be the polar opposites of each other. Max's desire to continue hiding her one true self brings the two of them together for a game of "Let's pretend!" There weren't a lot of curve balls in this one, of course there is reveal for one of the characters, but nothing too crazy. This love story was very simple and adorable, which is why I liked it!
Characters: Cade is SUCH a catch, I swear, I think I liked him more than I liked Max! Cade is the straight lace golden child while Max is the punk/goth/rocker girl. The two of them get together and they have so much chemistry. liked Max and her how her past played out, her family could have been fleshed out more, but the story circled mostly around Max and Cade so it's understandable that Carmack didn't give secondary characters as much "meant."
World Building: As most new adult novels, this one circles around class, work, and bars. I'd say mostly bars. There wasn't much to the world building but I did feel like the characters moved from point A to point B rather quickly.
Short N Sweet: Faking It is a refreshing and sweet new adult title that explores the past and learning to live for the future. It's just what you need when you need something to make you smile!