I finally have Faking It in my hands......well in my kindle app but it amounts to the same thing ;). I will admit that I had not heard about Cora till I saw all the buzz about Losing It, and once I had finished reading Losing It, without a doubt I was in love, and I knew I HAD to read Faking It when it was released.
Mackenzie, or Max as she prefers to be called, is a singer in a band. She puts on a tough act but deep down inside she is hurting over something. The name Alex pops up and it is something to do with her, yet it is not initially revealed who she is (which I had guessed) and what happened to her. Max hides behind her music and her songs constantly pushing people away and keeping them at a distance. Max tries to be perfect for her parents, but she doesn't seem to be able to meet their standards, she hides who she is so her parents to continue helping her pay bills so she can carry on what she is doing, music.
Cade is the same guy we met in Losing It, only this time he is in Pennsylvania studying for his masters in theatre, and we get to see more of him and get to know his thoughts and feelings. He is completely opposite to Max in every way possible, and whereas she pushes people away, he lets them go, which is not a great combination to begin with.
After a surprise call from her parents, who announce they are in the area and are coming to visit her at the coffee shop, Max makes the decision to send Mace, her current boyfriend, away, and target Cade, asking him to be her boyfriend till her parents go home the next day. The first meeting between the parents and the 'boyfriend' is nothing short of spectacular, with great first impressions and not so great first impressions for Max.
‘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.’
‘Max Miller- musician and raging bitch. I’m sorry for slapping you.’
Having Cade pretend to be her boyfriend makes it even harder for Max with impossible standards for future boyfriends to live up to. Max's parents quickly accept Cade into their family and insist on him joining them for Thanksgiving, making Max's proposal last that much longer.
The first kiss between Max and Cade......what a first kiss it was, I can't do it justice by trying to describe the feelings portrayed but I would not have said no to some of that. The passion between this duo is indescribable and it expresses itself throughout Faking It. I love Max, she is flawed and has some serious issues with hiding who she really is, but she is tough and brave and doesn't take crap off anyone, but I love how Cade helps her see the truth. This slow friendship builds over a period of time and it isn't rushed or forced. This duo fought so hard not to fall any deeper than they were, to not feel something for the other, and the more they fought the more they realised they had feelings for the other.
The ups and downs of the 'relationship' certainly kept Max and Cade on their toes,a and while there are a few bumps along the way they always came back to each other. The return of Bliss just cements Cade's feeling for Max, and while I was sad to see this friendship disintegrate, it was what Cade needed to get back on track and carry on with his life.
When Max eventually reveals who she is to her parents, brother, and Sister-in-Law, the truth about what she is hiding from is finally revealed, and Cade is there through it all. He is her strength when she needs it, her comfort when she is sad, and her light at the end of the tunnel.
I loved Faking It just as much as Losing It, I could not put this book down. I loved getting to see more of Cade and his true personality and adding Max to the mix made Faking It so much more gripping, constantly wondering what either of them would do to mess things up, or waiting to see what they would do next. This series so far is unbelievable, and while most books suffer from 'middle book syndrome' Faking It is not one of them. The countdown is on for Finding It, 108 days and counting.