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Published by: Harper Collins Publishers - June 4, 2013
Genres: NA Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
Only once before has a new adult novelist made me fall in love with her novels (Chanel Cleeton). Cora Carmack is making me fall in love all over again!
Max has spent every year since her thirteenth year pretending to be someone she's not to just to appease her parents. She started out trying to be like her perfect sister Alex. When being a popular cheerleader turned Ivy League college student became tiresome, she dropped out of college to make music and began tattooing her feelings on her body. As long as she hides her tattoos and her real self from her family, they will keep supporting her. The only problem is that they're threatening to pull the plug and Max needs reinforcements.
Cade has been pining after his best friend for the better part of a year (story can be read in the first book in the series, Finding It). He's resigned himself to watching the woman he loves spend her life with another man, wondering how he'll ever get over her. Enter Max.
Max is just the right person to throw Cade off balance and bring some fire back into his life. Cade is calming influence that Max needs in her life. When the two of them pretend to be dating for the sake of Max's parents, the lines between acting and reality become blurred. Have Angry Girl and Wonder Boy fallen in love?
When this author writes about opposites attracting, she really means exploding! Max and Cade are just plain scorching. Their story is at times sweet, angry, fearful, intense but always loving. I highly recommend this book and I'm off to read the third book in the series!