One of the new adult genre’s early standouts, Carmack proves she’s not a one-hit wonder with the follow-up to her breakout bestseller, Losing It. It’s a real treat to see how sexy Cade is in Max’s eyes, after Bliss’ rejection in the previous book. Max’s angst is well earned, Cade’s trouble adjusting to post-college life realistic and their relationship steamy. A winner!
College is over, and Cade’s living in the same city as his former best friend, Bliss, and her soon-to-be fiancé, Garrick. Cade spends his time avoiding Bliss and trying to make it in grad school — neither pursuit is going well. But then he meets the tattooed, wild Max at a coffee shop, and she has an insane proposal for him: Can he pretend to be her boyfriend during her uptight parents’ surprise visit? Cade is an actor, after all, and maybe Max is just the distraction he needs. (MORROW, Jun., 336 pp., $13.99, ISBN: 9780062273260, PB, 16 & Up)