The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
In this electrifying novel from 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.
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In Cassie Mae’s latest, The Real Thing, the friend-zone is a very crowded place. Mia and Eric are long friends who kept in touch through social media but due to fate, are living together for the summer. At first glance, it is just a couple of friends sharing a condo. But when you throw in unspoken feelings from both sides, things get a little complicated.
When it came to the characters themselves, I ran into some issues. At first, I really liked Eric. He wasn’t your typical pretty boy. He was the ugly duckling who transformed himself into the hunky swan. Are there boy swans? I don’t know. Either way, he was adorable with his shyness and uncertainty. And I admired that he suffered from anxiety because you just don’t see that. That wore thin for me though. I found myself frustrated with him more times than I could count. Especially after things started to develop between him and Mia, I just wanted to shake him to be more… I don’t know, assertive?
Also, I thought the diversity in this was interesting and appreciated. This was the first time I had read a male lead or any lead for that matter that was Polynesian. I won’t go too much further into detail because that will just give all the good stuff away, but this was a cute and flirty read with a little drama thrown into the mix to keep it interesting enough.
Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
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