If I knew this book would be this good I would have read this the moment the publisher approved me. Man, I stayed up late again and finished this book having no regrets. I even managed to get up early in the morning with a smile although my head hurts due to staying up late. You do not disappoint at all Cassie Mae. I liked How to Date a Nerd, and now I love you for writing The Real Thing.
The Real Thing is not your ordinary bestfriend-turn-lovers book. It was insanely good and hot. Eric and Mia are characters you won’t want to miss because they will give you smiles and swoon and flutters like no other book has given you. Forget those clothes ripping, running to a secluded place, fast paced sex. This book will give you sooooo much more, you’re breathing pattern has changed before you notice it. It gave steam level a whole new meaning and it will make you appreciate what “slowly but surely” meant. *fans self*
Though Eric and Mia are bestfriends, they are total opposites. Mia spends almost all of her time online updating her social media sites and checking her email. She depends a lot on internet because for her, friends are just one click away. Unlike Eric, who is socially withdrawn and was never a touchy-feely person. He has social anxiety disorder and being intimate with a girl triggers his panic attacks. This has been happening even before he became friends with Mia. Eric was a fat kid when he was younger and would often be teased by a lot of people and even by his ex-girlfriend which was the reason his condition became worse.
So you see the story’s conflict was already the characters itself. Mia’s addiction to the internet lead her to an almost cheating incident that made her relationship with Eric fail was what I think made this book relatable because it happens in real life. Eric’s situation, on the other hand, would always get in between them and it happens too in real life and the way the author described it was legit and she didn’t just make a miracle for Eric’s condition to disappear.
If there was one thing I’ve noticed when I was just starting this book, it would be how honest these two characters are. Although both already had feelings for each other, they still had those wary moments that made them hold back when things are starting to get past the bestfriend line. It was also refreshing to see the girl making the first move because usually it would be the male doing it. It was really nice when they finally stepped up their level to lovers and still managed to be comfortable around each other because they started as bestfriends.
I like that the story focused more on the couple’s way to evolve their relationship from being “just” friends to lovers. Cassie Mae made it more believable and reasonable by putting a lot of “almost” sex scenes between these two. It may sound frustrating but no it’s not, rather, it was so steamy. Unlike Mia who has become obviously frustrated because they would always stop midway, I felt hunger more instead of frustration. Cassie Mae surely knows how to keep her readers waiting because when their time finally came, OH. MY. GOSH. It was SOOO worth the wait. I would always catch my breath patterns changing because.. I just.. Can’t.. Contain the FEELS. Omg. JUST READ IT PEOPLE! READ IT. It’s a bit hard to explain in words how this book just woken up every cell in my body at 2AM. This book just proved that clothes-ripping, body-slamming sex isn’t all it takes to make a scene hot.
Honestly, I can’t find any faults in this book other than me wishing for a sequel, but that’s on a different fault level (the greedy me level lol). Cassie Mae just gave bestfriend to lovers story a whole new level and this definitely is now a favorite. I’m sorry if my review is just full of swoons and ramblings but this is what you get for reading this breathtaking book. I was in awe with how the author managed to bring out a lot of feels in me with just a few pages.
5 out of 5