Monday, April 8, 2013

[Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack]

"Losing It"
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #1
Pages: 204
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Date Published: October 15th, 2012
Publisher: Self Published, but picked up by Ebury
Format Read: Purchased eBook



Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.


My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that could have gone so wrong for me, but so many people seemed to be enjoying the story that I gave in a bought the eBook on sale.  I have to say that I am so glad that I did.  A part of me feared that this book would only be about Bliss's virginity and the loss of it, but there are so many wonderful and awkward moments tucked in between the pages of this novel.  I honestly think that I'm still surprised at how much I liked this one!

I did have a few qualms with the fact that Bliss wasn't just okay with being a virgin, but as the story infolds you realize that that isn't really what the story is about.  It's about owning up to who you are and the choices that you make.  Even the hard ones.  And the extremely awkward ones.  Seriously guys, this book has some moments that rival the awkwardness of "New Girl", so that's saying something!

Bliss was a delightful protagonist.  Between the mishaps and the holes she kept digging herself into, she will undoubtedly keep you entertained.  I know that's what her character did for me!  From making up excuses like cats that she doesn't own, or getting mono from a crazy theater troupe party.  To burning herself or tripping or falling for her English theater professor, she's bound to click with you in some way.  

And dreamy English gentleman Garrik was also a lot of fun to get to meet.  I mean he's got an accent, he rides a motorcycle and he's an actor.  Can you get any better than that?  Well, you could if he wasn't blonde.  I tend to go for dark haired dudes.

Cade was also a wonderful guy and I wish that he would have had more of a shot!  I found myself rooting for him and wanting to be his friend more than any of the other characters in the book!

The thing is, that even though the romance was the main drive to the plot, there was so much more going on in the book.  So many more interesting relationships and side characters that it fleshed out what could have been a really boring book.  Carmack has a grasp on the theater world that made me feel right at home.  The dynamics of actors hanging out were displayed perfectly (as a theater vet myself, I would know).  The fact was I felt at home with all of these characters and the situations they were in speaks well for her knowledge of theater and the people in it!

And thank you Carmack for using all of your side characters to their full potential!  Even the evil furry ones!  And all I want to know is when do I get to read more about Cade in "Faking It"?  I want it now!   

4 Unicorns: = Close to perfect!


Jenni @ Alluring Reads said...

Hahaha this sounds so awkward (kind of like that cover *shivers* I am so happy that they redid it and took the guys face off because he's like 12) I like that this one was so much more than just a romance for you. I've heard nothing but great things about this one and grabbed it when it was on sale too I guess I should pick it up sometime soon and see what all the fuss is about. Fabulous review as always!

Eileen said...

OMG YESSS!! seriously, this ENTIRE thing was so awkward and cute and adorable and I can't even right now I need to leave so I can go fangirl in the corner by myself and then come back and then fangirl to you via this comment and then not even connect with your review when really I agree with all of it like with Bliss's journey and Garrick and Faking It and OMG I NEED A MOMENT.

*wanders away*

Nicole said...

ya know, I've had the ebook of this for what feels like forever and haven't been compelled to pick it up yet over some of my other reads. until now. I should really read this when I go for my next contemporary. It's a topic I haven't yet breached in a book and I'm all for new things, especially if it's done well!! And Bliss sounds like a good lead! (PS: who names their kid Bliss?) Thanks for sharing!

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert