Sunday, 24 August 2014

Review ~ The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

The Real ThingeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 19th August 2014

Publisher: Random House (Flirt)

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 Opinion

I knew this author sounded familiar when I saw this book on NetGalley but I couldn't put my finger on where I had seen her before. In fact it has taken me the whole book, and only when I got to the end did I realise it was because I read Friday Night Alibi and loved it, at its release. Therefore, I was pleased that this was a book by an author I've liked in the past and it was nice to read her other work and love it just as much!

I was slightly unsure whether I would like this so it came as a pleasant surprise to fall in love with some of the characters and their story. I adored Eric. Out of all the characters I expected to find him the most annoying because of his anxiety as I normally like alpha type guys. However I found him completely endearing and sweet. His anxiety was an important part to his character and the story, but I felt the author did a great job of balancing it with the rest of the book so it didn't become overpowering. Similarly, he was a really genuine guy and his progress was believable. I liked how he was around Mia and thought their relationship couldn't help but draw you in. It was a sweet relationship that had its ups and downs, and I loved the little jokes between the two.

Surprisingly, it was Mia that caused my only problem with this book. She wasn't my favourite character and I did find the constant online thing annoying. She also transformed when Scott came along and I didn't like what she did. I know this is the main thread to the story but I've never understood the need to post everything to the world on social media so I found her a hard character to connect with. Saying that though, I did like how she brought out Eric's confidence so she did have redeeming qualities.

Overall, this was sweet read that kept me engaged. I did feel the ending was slightly rushed but it was nice to read a book based solely on emotions rather than sex. The characters are realistic and it's a simple, easy read.

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