Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Posted June 24, 2013 in Review / 6 Comments

Faking ItFaking It (Losing It #2)
By Cora Carmack
Published June 4th, 2013
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
304 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
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About the Book:

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.

Did you read Losing It, the first book in this new adult “series” by Cora Carmack?  Yes?  Then you know the fun of Cora Carmack’s writing – skip my review and just go buy the book, vámonos!

Didn’t read Losing it?  Absolutely no worries!  Just run and pick up this baby on the bookstore shelves (if you can find it) or on your favorite e-reader.  Faking It works perfectly as a standalone.  I know because it feels like forever since I read Losing It.  Okay, it’s only been since early December 2012 but I’d completely lost the feel of the book.  So when I started Faking It, it was like starting a new Cora Carmack world from scratch.  And I loved getting lost again in Ms. Carmack’s world of mixed up young love.

Story / Tempo

Our story of mixed up young love starts off in a coffee shop in Philadelphia.  Cade, the broken-hearted “bestie” from Losing It is miserable and generally trying to distract himself from his aching heart.  Mackenzie (aka “Max”) stumbles into the coffee shop with her boyfriend for some coffee when she gets the scariest call of her life – her uptight parents are five minutes away from the coffee shop and can’t wait to see her and meet her boyfriend.  Problem is, Max has been “faking it” with her parents for as long as she can remember and the life she lives in Philadelphia is nothing at ALL what her parents would approve of.  The tattoos that cover her body – nope.  The bright red hair – nope.  The boyfriend with the tattoos, gauges, and manners of a pig – hell to the NO!

So Max freaks out, sends her boyfriend packing (which, with manners of a pig, he has no problem with) and scours the coffee shop for a life preserver in the form of Cade.  Cade, having nothing better to do than to distract himself and work on his acting, has absolutely no problem acting as Max’s boyfriend of a couple of weeks for the parents.

You would think this tale would be just fluff and comical circumstances that arise out of the situation that Max has put Cade in.  Some of that does occur.  But I was truly surprised by the depth of story that Ms. Carmack weaved into this fun tale.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a fun summer read!  But there’s a little meat to this tale that keeps you interested in their love story all the way to the end of the book.  The pace is steady and you’re constantly engaged, I think due to the back and forth of the dual POV (my fave!)


It’s through this dual POV that we get to really know Cade and Max.  Max is the cool character that I always wished I had the cojones to be right when I got out of college.  The closest I got was a bellybutton piercing I went and got on my own (this was 22 years ago so it’s was cool back then).  I had friends who were independent spirits like Max so I lived my life through them.  Yeah…  I liked Max and her story.

I will have to (sheepishly) admit that I really don’t remember much of Cade from Losing It.  That’s why I say that this book stands up alone, strong!  You get a thorough back story on Cade that was everything and more than enough to have your heart breaking right along with his.  Cade is the guy I think every girl would want: soft on the outside but wicked on the inside.  Or is the other way around?  I keep changing my mind on my imaginary boyfriends.

Wow, did I even write a review in there?  I’m not quite sure.  I think I mostly “discussed” this book.  Oh, well, this is my review and no one else’s so phhhhhhtttt 😛

I loved this book, possibly more than Losing It.  I think maybe Faking It put Losing It completely out of my mind… who’s Bliss?  Oh, yeah… Garrick…  *swoon*

Speaking of which, Bliss and Garrick’s short story, Keeping Her, comes out on August 13th, 2013.  Check out my preview HERE.  Kelsey’s story, Finding It, comes out on October 1st, 2013.



cora carmackAbout 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 (working retail), fun jobs (working in a theater), stressful jobs (teaching) and dream jobs (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, was a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller. Future titles include FAKING IT (June 2013), KEEPING HER (August 2013), and FINDING IT (October 2013), all with William Morrow and Company.

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Other Books in the Series:

losing itKeeping Her






I still love the “old” cover to Losing It *smile* – click on the images to go to my posts on these books. 



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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6 responses to “Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

    • K

      I’m so NOT judging you!!! You’re the Goddess of bloggers, all scheduled out and such! I’m a pantser! Woooooo, there they go again! And I CAN’T wait to fall in love with Kelsey’s book b/c you’re right, Carmack does write loveable characters!

    • K

      Awwwww, I’m crushing back on you! You write just like me!! And yes, you must go get this… you’ll thank me later for Cade 😉