‘Faking It’ and ‘Finding It’ with new Carmack books

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“Faking It” by Cora Carmack. HarperCollins, 2013. $13.99.

Opposites attract.

Cade is lonely, brokenhearted, and struggling to move on. He’s an actor with all-American golden boy looks. We initially meet Cade in “Losing It,” but you don’t have to have read that book to enjoy this book in the series.

Max is dealing with identity issues. She’s a musician and she thinks she knows who she is. However, her parents have different views of who she should be and are expecting to meet her for the holidays. This includes meeting her boyfriend, who they certainly wouldn’t approve of. She needs a “fake boyfriend” just until her parents leave town.

When Max approaches him randomly in a coffee shop, Cade he is faced with a crazy proposition that he can’t turn down. Cade and Max develop a unique relationship that turns into something neither one expected.

“Faking It” is a fun, breezy, summer read, great for the beach or pool.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs

“Finding It” by Cora Carmack. HarperCollins, 2013. $13.99.

“Finding It” is the third book in the Losing It series, but it works well on its own.

This book follows Kelsey, who we met back in the first book. Kelsey wants nothing more right now than to kill time after graduating from college. She’s on a European adventure with her Daddy’s credit card without a care in the world. She has a degree and money, but she wants more. Kelsey wants to say she has lived her life to the fullest, but she really hasn’t begun to live or love.

Enter Jackson Hunt. Described as unbelievably gorgeous and mysterious, Kelsey is taken in with “Hunt” from their first meeting. He takes care of her when he doesn’t even know her and then sets off on a whirlwind journey with her.

“Finding It” is about finding adventure, finding hope, finding independence, and, finding yourself.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs

“The Engagements” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Knopf, 2013. $26.95.

“A Diamond is Forever”, the logo created by Frances Gerety, a young female copywriter who, ironically, never married, changed the diamond engagement ring industry in 1947. Gerety’s slogan was so effective that Advertising Age named it the best slogan of the 20th century.

Gerety’s story becomes the background to this well-crafted novel. As we read about the workplace prejudices Gerety faced in the postwar era, we also witness the changing attitudes and dynamics of marriage as seen in the stories of four other characters which span from the 1930s to the present.

Though detailing the lives of five characters could make for a jumpy novel, Sullivan ably captures and retains the readers’ attention.

Weaved into their stories, and ultimately what brings the characters together, are their thoughts and attitudes on the diamond engagement ring’s meaning. Along the way we also learn interesting tactics employed by the diamond industry to persuade us to buy the “perfect” diamond.

— Laura Acosta, Baton Rouge