The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

I love Cassie Mae.  Love. Her.  Cassie has such a fun, quirky, heartfelt way of writing YA/NA books.  Her books always leave me with a goofy smile on my face and a happy heart.  The Real Thing left me with all of this, yet with this story, it left me with a teeny tiny sense of guilt. Why?  Because in this NA story, Mia, has an addiction to social media.  While I'm not addicted, I do love my social media, but definitely not as much as Mia.  Mia's addiction is a little obsessive and is quickly becoming a problem in her relationships.  Eric is this sweet guy who she has known for years and had to move away when they were younger.  They have kept in touch, but when they finally see each other after many years apart, she is pleasantly surprised that he has transformed into Mr. McHottie.  Eric asks Mia to be his roommate and let the fireworks begin!  I love their relationship.  Eric has some anxiety issues that he's desperately trying to work through, Mia has her virtual friends that she has constant contact with, and together they have to decide if being with one another is worth putting aside fears and focusing on one another.  As with all of Cassie's books, these two fall in love and work on their relationship while experiencing many heartfelt and funny moments.  I felt the story was very realistic and definitely kept my attention.  Cassie is so good at putting into words all those butterfly feelings that you experience as you're falling in love.  Mr. McHottie, I mean Eric, and Mia are such likable characters, that you will find yourself cheering for them from the start.  Steamy-ness is light/moderate, but very tasteful.

                                         The Blurb: 
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. 
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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.