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

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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.
As you may or may not know, I absolutely didn't like the first Losing It novel, I gave it only one star on Goodreads. Still I liked Cade's character and when I read the blurb of Faking It I was intrigued and curious. Was I glad I gave it a chance, because I absolutely loved it!

Cade has been trying to pick up his life after his rejection from Bliss. He's been studying to get his master's degree and meanwhile also trying to find some paying work, without much luck. So when this gorgeous, special girl in the coffee shop asks him to play her boyfriend for a couple of hours, it might be the most exciting thing he has done in months. Certainly when circumstances keeps throwing them together and he realizes he doesn't have to make much effort to behave like her boyfriend.

Max parents have just arrived into town for a surprise visit and she needs a nice guy to meet her parents, instead of her real boyfriends whom they won't approve of. Her parents don't even approve of her hair color and her tattoos, let alone a guy called Mace. Luckily Cade is right available and without giving much thought to why a guy would do such a thing, she grabs the opportunity with both hands. Now it seems her parents will be here for a while, so she needs to keep bringing Cade along. Still even without planned meetings she seems to keep bumping into him everywhere.

What she doesn't get is why she feels attracted to him. Cade is a nice, decent guy, but Max doesn't do nice, decent guys. Meanwhile Cade believes Max might just be what he need. So there is this whole I-might-like-you-but-I'm-going-to-deny-it-but-you're-so-hot situation going on between these two, but physical attraction isn't the only thing that is going on here. While it's obvious Max has some parent/family issues, it also affects what is going on between her and Cade. They both have some secrets they need to share with each other, it's just a matter of time and stubbornness.

Faking It was truly a lovely read. I very much enjoyed and really liked Max, she literally a colorful character. The bantering between her and Cade is so much fun and almost made me laugh out loud. There is still plenty of frustration to go around, because you get to see both point of views and you just wish they make it all okay. If you read Losing It and didn't like that book, I definitely recommend to still read Faking It as it is so much better written. Also if you did like the first book, you're going to love the second!

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