Review: The Real Thing, by Cassie Mae


Part of a series? No.

Category: New Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: Flirt

Pages: 289


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.






I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

I don’t know you, but I’m always a sucker for stories featuring best friends turned lovers. It’s always fun and thrilling to see their struggles from going from best friends to more. In this book, the cuteness was ever present, but the emotions lacked until the last 20% or so. At least, that’s how it felt for me.

It’s a cute story. If there’s something to keep in mind, it’s that. Eric and Mia are cute, good together and have a few funny scenes quite enjoyable. Though, I wasn’t expecting that “chick-lit” vibe at all.

That’s quite strange to be honest. The book is told from both characters’ POV and while I could see a slight different between the two narrations, it’s really difficult to perceive. I’m talking about the voice of the story, not at all the characterization.

Speaking of the characterization… I can’t fault the author there. She made great job at portraying them both, at showing us Eric’s hang-ups and Mia annoying as all Hell behavior. I could understand them to a certain extent, but unfortunately I had a very hard time liking Mia for most of this book. That ruined a little my reading pleasure.

The plot itself is pretty straight-forward and while I do think it’s well-built as it is, the consequences, the twists and sub-plots didn’t play out enough for my liking. In a way, I would have loved a little bit more ups and downs instead of always circling back to Eric’s issues. That way I think I would have been even more moved by Eric and Mia.

Though, them together really work. They’re cute and even hot at times. I could feel their friendship through it all and that’s not an easy fit!

The writing is flowing well, the descriptive parts aren’t too long and the dialogue parts don’t seem off tune. The whole story is pretty dynamic.

If I’m not rating this book more it’s because I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. I was really annoyed with Mia for a very long time, I even thought I would need to take a break and read something else at one point. But still, I enjoyed it, just not as much as I was hoping for.

If you’re looking for a cute story, something about friends becoming lovers, then maybe this book is for you.

Is/will Eric be your next book boyfriend?



3 to 3.5


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