Blog Tour: THE REAL THING by Cassie Mae – Review & Giveaway
Aug 26th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer




Written by Cassie Mae

Published by Flirt

August 19, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-553-39253-1 

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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.


My review:

Cover – Isn’t what I would have imagined the character Eric to look like. Doesn’t seem to reflect his character. He’s from Samoa. (But, set that aside!!!) This book is AWESOME!

THE REAL THING is a different type of NA romance novel. There were many things that I found deeply compelling and meaningful. Emilia Johnson is Eric Matua’s best friend. They haven’t seen each other for years, but when Eric offers Emmy a place to stay for the summer – his Mom’s beach condo in Florida – she jumps at the opportunity. She’s always had a secret crush on him. He didn’t seem to notice.


Eric was always heavy and very conscious of his weight. His ex-girlfriend made him feel horrible about his body and it caused a great deal of anxiety for him, so much so that he developed an anxiety disorder. He’s lost the weight, but the history of how his ex treated him impacts his self image. I commend Cassie Mae for creating a male character, who struggled with his weight!

As Eric and Em discover how much they care for each other, they have a lot of issues to work out. Em is addicted to the internet, so much so that it interferes with their relationship. She spends more time with her “online” friends, than with the man who loves her, the guy who is right in front of her. This really pisses Eric off – as it should. She also texts and drives and is on Facebook etc while she drives. This scares Eric, as it should.

Eric has his anxiety/relationship issues to overcome.

When a meaningless online relationship suddenly seems like it might lead somewhere for Em, it threatens their love and could very well destroy it FOREVER.

Second chances aren’t easy to come by when you break trust.



I LOVED!! that Cassie Mae showed a completely vulnerable guy dealing with his fear and anxiety, unsure of himself, coping with body image issues and being head-over-heals in love with his best friend!

Cassie Mae does an excellent job bringing to the forefront addictions to the internet and social media, anxiety disorders, relationships, trust, fear, and sex. There are some wonderful romantic scenes! The writing is terrific—descriptive, emotional. The characters comes to life and are relatable. Cassie Mae will make you laugh. You’re heartstrings will be tugged. You will swoon. You will really enjoy this novel! If you’re a fan of NA romance novels and want a story that has some meat to it, then THE REAL THING will definitely do it for you!



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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