Friday, 17 May 2013

ARC Review: Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

Faking It (Losing It, #2)Faking It

Author: Cora Cormack
Series: Losing It
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 304
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Puchase: Amazon : TBD
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: 13th June 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 Stars

Faking It is the second book in the Losing It series by Cora Carmack and is Mackenzie ‘Max’ Miller and Cade Winston’s story.

Cade was Bliss’s best friend from Losing It who also fell in love with her, he is reeling from a broken heart until he meets tattooed, confident Max in a coffee shop who asks for his help to play her fake boyfriend whilst her uber conservative parents are in town – in saying this she already has a boyfriend but he doesn’t fit with who they would want her with hence her on the spot plan to use Cade.

I loved smexy, golden boy Cade, he was an absolute sweetheart but angry girl Max not so much unfortunately; she started off as a strong character but as the book progressed she came across weaker and weaker; her persona completely changed which really threw me off.

The relationship was sweet and the chemistry hot, both of these characters were complete opposites but similar in the sense that they both have emotional baggage; together they were able to work through it and came to form a trust and bond that drew them closer. I liked watching the progression but not so much the denial on Max’s part about how she truly felt, she didn’t feel worthy of Cade and pushed him away constantly.

The story is told from both characters POV which I always like, it was an insight into how different their lives really were and the pain both were experiencing.

What let Faking It down for me was it was quite predictable, the romance and relationship was typical new adult with nothing that stood out amongst the other books in the genre – the only difference I felt was this time we have a good boy/bad girl (who isn’t really bad per se) rather than the usual misunderstood bad boy/good girl scenario. It wasn’t unique unfortunately.

In saying this, I did like Faking It, it has a storyline I always find myself enjoying; Ms Carmack’s writing is entertaining, I really like the humour and dialogue she writes and despite not connecting fully with Max, I really liked Cade. It was also nice to get snippets of Bliss and Garrick from the first book and to see how their relationship has progressed.

Overall, Faking It is a quick easy read and despite not enjoying it as much as the first book in the series it was enjoyable none the less.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Finding It which is Kelsey’s story, the snippet we get at the ending of this book sounds quite intriguing.

Thank-you kindly to William Morrow and Company and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Faking It.

About the author:  Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


  1. That sucks. I was looking forward to Faking It, because I enjoyed Losing It more than I thought I would. Oh well. Might give this one a pass.

    1. I've seen a few reviews where people have actually enjoyed this one more than the first; I think I would have liked it a lot more if it wasn't for my lack of connection with the MC and it's predictability.

      In saying that, I did find the book entertaining - especially smexy Cade :)

  2. Darn, sorry it disappointed but sadly we are starting to see a trend of the same old plot. Sometimes predictable is ok, if i want a light quick read, but something new and original would have tickled me pink! Love your review!

    1. Thanks Kimba :) I 'need' something fresh and original, this book was enjoyable but just didn't wow me unfortunately.

  3. Aw, that's too bad that it suffers from second-book-itis and fell sort of flat. Sheesh, all those tattoos in NA are getting boring by now, huh? :) I didn't realize the series would be a new couple each time, so I like that, but I don't know if I want to read this one if the MC is kind of a pain and not likable. A great guy isn't good enough for me if I don't want him with her. I'm going to have to think on this one. Wonderful review, I love hearing your thoughts!

    1. Too true! except the tattoos this time are on the female rather than the male ;) the next book in the series sounds interesting and the MC is a character I quite liked so I'll still be grabbing a copy, I just hope it is a little more unique. I'm not reading too many memorable NA's lately {sigh}.

      Thanks Barbara <3


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