THE REAL THING
Written by Cassie Mae
Published by Flirt
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.
We start off in Keiser, Florida but head to Daytona Beach for the summer. Mia is headed to the beach to work the summer and catch up with her best friend, Eric. Eric has returned from Samoa and staying the summer at the family’s condo. The beach makes a great setting for their summer story.
With a summer as roommates, Eric and Mia finally admit to long felt feelings and move beyond friends only. As their relationship develops, Eric continues to battle anxiety and panic attacks. Not knowing why Eric sometimes pulls away, Mia’s virtual world is always at her fingertips…her books, texts, facebook and twitter notifications, and email chats.
The Real Thing has it all. I loved the realistic portrayal of all things social media that Cassie Mae gives us in this sweet, emotional read. The Real Thing had me smiling, laughing, sniffling and turning the pages until I hit the last page.
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About Cassie Mae
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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