Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to William Morrow, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss.Blurb (from 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to William Morrow, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Losing It’ series, but can be read as a standalone novel.
Bliss’ best friend Cade is trying to get over her, and he’s trying to stay away from her so that he doesn’t have to see her with Garrick all the time.
22-year-old Max is in for a surprise when her parents phone her and catch her in a coffee shop with her boyfriend Mace. Especially when they tell her that they are only a 5 minute drive away, and are coming to meet her! Desperately trying to get rid of Mace who her parents will never approve of, and covering up her tattoos so that her parents don’t see them, she also needs to get a replacement boyfriend ASAP, and Cade looks like the best person for the job.
Hastily talking Cade into helping her, the two proceed to try and fool Max’s parents; only it seems they may like Cade a little too much! Cade and Max are attracted to each other, but Max is holding back, and Cade lets go too easily.
Can Cade and Max really be together? How will Max’s past affect their relationship? And what happens when you’re not faking it anymore?
This was a great contemporary romance, Cade was just so sweet, and Max totally made my heart ache!
I totally loved Cade, he was super sweet and it was easy to see that he was cut up over Bliss and Garrick. I loved the way he related to Max though, and how he saw that she was different to Bliss, and that it was the kind of different that he needed. I also loved how he made himself available to Max, and that he supported her rather than trying to change her.
Cade was also totally charming, and won her parents and her over really quickly. He really was impossible not to love, and I loved that about him.
Max was messed up, but she was real too. I totally got what Cade meant when he said that she was a different person around her family, because it was totally true. While she was fearless and even confrontational on stage, she completely fell to pieces when faced with her judgemental parents, which was so heart breaking.
I loved the romance in this book. Cade and Max were so sweet together, and I really wanted Max to ditch her boyfriend and get together with Cade who was so much better for her. It was easy to see how much they cared for each other, and when they finally consummated their relationship it was both steamy and sweet.
The storyline in this book was good, I’ve read other books where someone pretends to be someone’s other half for appearances sake (the film ‘The Wedding Date’ even comes to mind which I also love!), but I thought that it was done really well in this book. Cade was so natural, and even when they got themselves into sticky situations it didn’t become awkward.
I also thought that the storyline about Max’s past was handled well, and merged into the love story with ease.
This book was more than just a love story though. It made me laugh so much , and Cade and Max both had some great lines. I also loved the songs in this book, they were really beautiful!
Overall; a really enjoyable contemporary romance, with loveable main characters.
8 out of 10.