Wednesday, 29 April 2015
DNF - The Real Thing - Cassie Mae
Publication Date: 19th August 2014
In this electrifying novel from New Adult sensation Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
My Rating: DNF
I really liked the last (and previously only) Cassie Mae book that I read. It was called Switched and the writing style reminded me strongly of Cora Carmack, so I was quite looking forward to reading this one. However, it became apparent, almost immediately that this book was nothing like Switched. It also became apparent very quickly that I was not going to like this book very much at all. The more I read, the less I liked and in the end I decided to stop. For the sake of my sanity and to conserve my precious reading time for something that doesn't feel like a root canal (not that I've had one but I've heard they are excruciatingly painful.)
The male lead had severe body issues that made him incredibly unattractive and not swoon worthy despite the authors attempts to make him the "hot" guy you've got to pant over.
The female lead was an useless arse of a character completely obsessed with her phone, laptop and social media to the point where I just wanted to beat her to death with them.
Murderous rage interspersed with complete boredom. It's not often I fail to finish a book but with this one I'm amazed I lasted to around 40%.
Sorry folks, I just can't recommend this one.
(Review copy received via Netgalley)