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The Real Thing

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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 notif
ebook, 235 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Flirt
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• Lisa •
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

"Touch me, kiss me, take me."


Cassie Mae is an author who always delivers the goods. I love nothing more than to escape into one of her sweet tales and predictably I loved everything about this insanely cute story. As soon as I saw the blurb for 'The real thing' I knew that this would be a 'friends to lovers' story that I would fall in love with and happily I was not wrong. Nothing makes me smile more than this authors writing and if I had it my way I'd have a
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review}

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This is the second book I've read by Cassie Mae. She definitely knows how to write very sweet, funny, and romantic YA stories. I really enjoyed this one.

Eric and Emmy have been BFFs since their High School days. They went their separate ways after graduation, when Emmy went off to college and Eric went back to Samoa. They remained in close contact via text, chats, and emails. This
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Live today!

4 Stars

Eric and Emmy have been best friends since high school, and while both always felt an attraction and love for one another they have always been just friends.

Eric has a lot of self-esteem issues and struggles with anxiety, while Emmy is a social media junkie, confident and outgoing.

Eric has been overseas in Samoa since high school and Emmy has been away in college. Everything changes for these two when Eric comes back to stay in his gra
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5 stars!!


Adorably sweet and flirty, The Real Thing is a light and fun friends-to-lovers story! Though the book is not without its flaws, Cassie Mae delivers another cute read that I enjoyed.

Mia Johnson needs a place to stay for the summer and she becomes roommates with her best friend and crush Eric Matua. They haven’t seen each other for a few years and with this reunion, both don't expect to fall hard for one another. Eric, who has panic attacks, anxiety issues, and weight insecurities, stil
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2.5 stars

Em was way too insensitive and Eric was too insecure. Add this plus unnecessary drama and it wasn't the book for me.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok

It was ok.


I was really excited to start this book because the blurb sounded fun. Best friends who have secret feelings for each other move in together for the summer. I was already imagining all the fun situations they could have and with Mia's addiction to the internet I was expecting some hilarious situations. However the book was different from my expectations. It's not necessarily a bad thing, when the author takes a different route from what I expected because I like when author surprises m
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

Wow this was such a cute story. The Arthur did a get job creating characters that are relatable and loveable. I really had no dislikes with this book. I love how the author took all the modern social networking - FB, Twitter, GR, etc- and molded them into the story line. It was very relatable - seeing how most of us readers are addicted to GR and all other social networking sites!!

Best friends since they were 15, Em and Eric has kept in touch after high school and after 3 years are finally going
Duchess Nicole
This was a sweet, slightly spicy New Adult novel from a new-to-me author. It stood out for a few reasons, mostly centering around Eric, the male half of this friends to lovers story:

1) A fantastic beta hero
2) Instead of an insecure heroine, the tables are turned, and we get a hero that used to be plump but has worked on himself. Eric still has some self esteem issues, so that was really the focal point of the story for me.
3) The hero is half Samoan...I love couples that aren't cookie cutter!

Em a
Claire Robinson
3 - "Only bookworms understand the kind of power stories can have on a person." Stars.

I didn’t really love, and I didn’t really hate The Real Thing. It was enjoyable, but there were a lot of things about it that I felt needed more depth and expansion, I felt at times like the author had added a fact but forgot that we as the reader didn’t know the basis for it being there.

It starts with Mia’s college roommate Eve’s situation with her boyfriend Paul, which although is not uncommon in this day and
Tessa Teevan
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable read with a fantastic message! Loved it!!
Lexi Lynn
5 Yellow is a Flavor Stars

I've typed up about twenty different openers for this review, trying to gather up all my thoughts on this book and just how much it made me feel. But no matter how many times I type "THIS WAS AMAZING!" it just doesn't do it justice. Not even close.

In a nutshell:

Three years after he moved away, Eric Matua returns to his hometown for the summer and his best friend growing up needs a place to stay. So they bunk together. Both are extremely attracted to the other, but Eric
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I liked the plot, best-friends-to-roommates-and-then-lovers, but truthfully, something didn't work for me..

The beggining was really nice, but then the plot turned into a tedious, repeatitive blur. I couldn't stand either of the main characters for different reasons each.

Eric Matua -don't ask me to remember his Samoan name, it's practically impossible- is a good guy, but his insecurities weren't much endearing, actually they felt kind of childish to me and although i 'm a big fan of the concept
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty


ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Expected date of publication: August 19, 2014

Not bad... It’s a charming little story. The Real Thing is a standalone without OTT drama. There’s just a tad bit, but that’s at the hands of one character.


This is my first novel by Cassie Mae . Safe to say, it kept me interested. There are some quirky and fun elements sprinkled in here and there, but it also addressed something I felt is a serious issue. Mia has a borderline addiction
**ARC from Netgalley**

Scary things can be beautiful.

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 2/10
Hero: 9/10
Humour: 3/10
Hotness: 1/10
Romance: 6/10
Extra book Details: Dual POV. Stand alone.

Em has kept in touch with Eric for 3 years, separated when Eric goes to Samoa. Now, Eric is inviting her to stay at his Mom's beach condo in Florida for the entire summer.

Eric suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia... and he's been working out. But beca
I LOVE this book! Mia and Eric have been best friends since high school and are spending the summer together at a beach condo. After years of being attracted to each other, they start to act on their feelings. I love Eric. He is unlike any male book character I have ever read. He use to be overweight and has some emotional baggage and self-esteem issues. He doesn't see himself the way Mia does. His struggles are heart-breaking and it is impossible to read this book and not fall in love with him. ...more
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it

cahildim kapağın güzelliğine kandım. (Neşet Ertaş)

girls, i dont wanna talk too much cuz' there is nothing to talk.
first of all, the beginning was good. best friends in love each other. all years they keeping in touch. then that "one summer" comes...

this is ok, but progressively story made me *meh*.

1. i didnt like Mia: if you love this much your man, you dont even think to look at your phone screen. i'm a social slut since i was 13, i have all social media account, include flickr, deviantart,
~~3.75 HEARTS~~

The Real Thing hit to close to home for me but I did enjoy reading it. This is my first Cassie Mae book and it didn't disappoint. I think I've found a new author to stalk. This was a really cute story. Best friends from high school that becomes lovers. I love the shy attraction that Mia & Eric had for each other. They both liked each other but didn't have the courage to let the other one know their true feelings. This book made me smile a lot. It was well written and so real
Serena (The Book Comedian)
I was fortunate to receive an arc for this but it was unfortunate that I didn't actually like it :(

This was set at both Mia and Eric's POV and I found being in their mind's were like being in a 15 year old's mind, not adults in their 20's.
I really hope older generations don't assume the majority of young adults who are raised with technology, actually think and act like that.

And the way the two described how sexy each other were in their heads, omg, I could not stop cringing. -shivers-

Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Dedicated to anyone who has weaknesses, and finds the strength to overcome them" Cassie Mae

As I marked this as read, I realised that I have read quite a few of Mae novels now. I like her lighthearted and fun approach in all of the ones I read. I love that she writes characters that feel real, I can easily connect with and whose lives feel very realistic. I also really like her humor, her geeky quirky heroines and down to earth hotties.
But in my opinion: in no other novel did Mae get it as rig
Tiffany Willams
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Scary things can be beautiful."

Mia Johnson and Eric Matua have been best friends for years. Nothing could keep them apart. Not even being in different countries. After high school, Eric went to live with his uncle in Somoa. They stayed in touch with their phones and computers. Three years go by and now they will finally be reunited for the summer.

These two characters are so cute with each other. Even though they haven't physically been around each other in years, their friendship is still ther
Kelley Lynn
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Cassie Mae. What I loved most about this story is that while Eric is a swoon worthy, yummy, male lead, he's got some insecurities. He doesn't lost his 'man card' because he's slightly insecure, in fact, it makes me love him that much more. This guy is REAL (the real thing ;) ;))and I root for Mia to see that the whole time.

Mia has a problem, unfortunately, a number of us technology users have. IE: Nose in a phone, tablet, computer, etc. And not living in the real world beca
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 12%

Yes. 12%. I quit when the white female protagonist laughed about how she didn't like the Samoan male protagonist's Samoan name (Ezekielu - "Ezekiel or something" as she says) and tells him how much better "Eric" is. Because it's so funny when a POC has to shorten or adopt another name that's easier to pronounce!

Also I don't know how old this author is but "IM" is something that mostly died out before the protagonists in this book got computers. I cringed at the effort to sound ~in the
Lenore Kosinski
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
4.5 stars -- I received an advanced copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!! (it was the whole reason I signed up for netgalley)

Oh sweet baby jesus....since I read my first Cassie Mae book, I have been an avid fan. Her writing is just so refreshing and unique and honest. So I will say that I have spent the past few months enjoying teasers for this book, and impatiently waiting for Eric and Mia's story. And I totally thought I had it down what it would be about, and
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Now that I got that out of my system, let's see if I can communicate coherently.
Funny, enjoyable, and a delightfully sweet romance, The Real Thing was absolutely incredible. The story of an internet-addicted girl and a socially anxious boy going from best friends to lovers, this book was fantastic. I loved every bit of it.

Mia was a great heroine. She was a very realistic character, whose flaws made her more likable because they made her feel real. She, like many p
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would! Once I started reading, I literally had to force myself to put my KOBO down to do essential tasks like laundry and make dinner, and I ended up reading it all in one day, which virtually never happens! What I thought would be a light fluffy read ended up dealing with some pretty serious issues.

It was such a refreshing change to have a male lead who was self-conscious about his body rather than the stereotypical perfectly muscled macho
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*ARC received through netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Its not often i go for a less than alfa male in the books i read, but if the were all like Eric then i would definitely plump for them more often! Cassie takes real subjects and injects humour and romance to make fantastic Stories.

The Real thing is a story about two best friends reconnecting in person. Eric has always been self concious and has always loved his best friend Mia. Living with her for a whole summer could be just the t
ARC received via NetGalley

This book was so easy to read and I quickly fell in love with it. Enjoyed the duel POV's and the fact that each chapter begins with a status update or something similar belonging to whoever's chapter it is. Eric's character was very loveable. Emilia though, I found annoying at times due to her obsession to technology. The romance was sweet.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Feb 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
*ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Jun 10, 2014 marked it as to-read

**ARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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CASSIE MAE is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books, some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she’s signed several Romance titles with Random House Loveswept,
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“The ocean is scary . . . but it is beautiful,” he says into my ear.
He clearly sees something I’m not seeing.
“I guess.”
“You stubborn woman.” He chuckles, and his hands slide from my waist to the railing, and his front presses against my back. “Terrifying things can be beautiful, you know. Trust me on that one.”
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