"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."
June 4th 2013
by William Morrow & Company. I received a digital ARC of this story.
What I left out of the title for this entry is that this is a sequel to Losing It. To me, this was more of a standalone, since it's really about one of the tertiary characters from that book that I had forgotten about. Although, I maybe forgot way too much from that book since I really disliked it. I'm just going to forget that book existed and I will be reviewing this one as a separate entity.
Cade "Golden Boy" was absolutely swoon-worthy. It was obvious what Max
"Angry Girl" saw in him even though they were so different, and he
wasn't her usual type. He was definitely the perfect guy to introduce to
the parents. I wasn't very fond of Max as a character. While it was
refreshing to have a bad girl with a good boy, instead of the other way
around, she had too much cliched baggage. This baggage was mentioned
constantly and it was why she kept trying to pull away from Cade. You
know the "he's too perfect for damaged F-d up me" syndrome. That got old
and made her hard to relate to and less likeable. Luckily, as in any
good story, she did experience personal growth and I no longer felt the
need to punch her.
The writing was far better than Carmack's last
book. The pacing was a huge improvement. My favorite part of the book
was the risky decisions the characters made, which seemed like a writing
exercise for the author; how sinful/fun could she make the characters
respond in order to push the limits, but be believable? There was a
scene outside of a bar the first day they had met each other where Cade
wanted to prove to Max that he wasn't a Golden Boy, nor was he gay... it
was hot, fun, and believable. Also the scene where the two still didn't
really know each other and Cade walked in while she was having a sex
dream about him. Fun times!
This is a new adult, contemporary
romance, so it's as predictable as you would expect, but you don't read
it to find out if the female lead will end up having a boyfriend in the
end; you already know the answer. The premise was a fun one and it was
part of the reason why these two were able to keep daring each other and
push the limits. I loved seeing how far they would go; it's what made
the story so engaging. Let's just say that there were no boundaries.