My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
An endearing read!
This was a very sweet and entertaining story. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first installment, Losing It, I did appreciate that it was a unique read and that it was able to separate itself entirely from its predecessor.
Faking It candidly follows the perpetual good-boy Cade, who is miserably fighting off his residual feelings for Bliss (heroine from Losing It.) The author does a fantastic job exemplifying the heartache of unrequited love. But, luckily for Cade, his heartache is short lived as the quirky and uniquely gorgeous Mackenzie Miller, aka ‘Max’, stumbles into his life.
“Max Miller—musician and raging bitch. I’m sorry for slapping you.”
Max is a tough, rocker girl with one arresting weakness: the inability to stand up to her controlling and judgmental parents. When she spots Cade at a local coffee shop she immediately knows HE is the perfection of which her parents would approve. Max hatches a plan to appease her parents by introducing Cade as her boyfriend…and so a ‘fake’ relationship ensues.
“My name is Cade Winston—MFA student, volunteer, mom-hugger, and your boyfriend for the next twenty-four hours. It’s nice to meet you.”
What I love most about this author is her ability to make the reader laugh; her random one-liners are hilarious and she truly excels at creating entertaining internal dialogue. This book did start off with all those qualities I adore, but sort of lost its comedic mojo as the story progressed. I understand that the plot became progressively more serious, but I found myself missing the sassiness of the storytelling.
That said, this book was still a fun read for me and I enjoyed how it all unfolded. The alternating perspectives were executed perfectly and offered amazing insight to both characters. I enjoyed the slow progression of the fake-turned-real relationship between Max and Cade, and their connection sweetly sizzled. Cade was an incredibly swoon-worthy hero and proved that good guys don’t always finish last. I loved how he challenged Max to become comfortable in her own skin—something many of us have struggled with at certain points in our lives. All-in-all, a very fun and sexy story of a ‘golden boy’ and an ‘angry girl’!
“There are some things that are worth fighting for, no matter the outcome, and you are one of them.”
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/NA
▪ Steam Caliber: Moderate
▪ Romance: Fake-to-real relationship
▪ Characters: Sweet and charming hero. Tough-girl heroine.
▪ Plot: A humorous love story focused on being true to and accepting oneself.
▪ Writing: Entertaining and engaging.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Alternating Dual Perspectives
▪ Cliffhanger: None