Kathy Reviews The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

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.


Mia Johnson has more online friends than she has in real life. She is completely obsessed with Facebook, twitter, and her phone. Eric Matua has been her best friend since high school. When Mia needs a place to stay for the summer, Eric immediately offers for her to stay with him. This is an opportunity for Mia and Eric to spend the entire summer together in real life. Mia has secretly had a crush on Eric since high school so she is hopeful that a romance will begin, to say the least.

Mia and Eric are so cute together. This is a really sweet story of two long time friends, who have each secretly had romantic feelings for the other, coming together. There are plenty of laughs and sweet moments. However, Eric has some pretty intense insecurities from being overweight in high school and Mia has her online obsessions so the two aren't without obstacles.

Both Eric and Mia were relatable and lovable characters who each try to deal with their issues and form a lasting relationship. This was a really fun story that also had serious topics in a meaningful way. Another hit for Cassie Mae!


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