Goodreads Rating: 3.97 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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.
Another guilty pleasure read from Cora Carmack. I really like the story though it’s cliche. The drama is enjoyable and I find it better than the first book. Good thing it’s about Cade Winston, Bliss Edwards’s best friend.
After being “best-friend-zoned” by Bliss, he’s nursing a broken heart and trying hard to move on from her. He pretends to be okay in front of her and her boyfriend. It’s kinda awkward and I can’t help feeling bad for him. When he was approached by a girl and asked a favor to pretend to be her “boyfriend”, he too curious to say no on this rebel chic.
Max Miller has a passion for music. With her tattoos and different get up, she’s rebellious in the eyes of her conservative family. She’s tired of being controlled and pretend to be someone she’s not for her parents’ sake. She wants to be free and pursue her dreams as a musician.
Between the two perspectives, Max stood out more. Her story is deeper and relatable. Pretending to be someone you’re not to please others takes away happiness. I like Cade for being supportive and love her for what she is. He’s a good guy and deserves to be loved. These two shared a good chemistry and I like their angst and banters. Overall, it’s a great read.