Friday, May 17, 2013
Book Shelf: Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack
As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she's the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she's determined to deal with the 'problem' as quickly and simply as possible.
But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognizes her hot new British professor.
She'd left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier...
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Cora Carmack's debut novel, Losing It is a brilliantly fun, passionate debut that oozes chemistry and sensuality. Dripping with romance and intense longing, this captivating read had me from the opening chapter!
I've been hearing things about this book for a while, but as someone who's never read a lot of contemporary novels until recently, I hadn't really thought to read it until I ordered a copy of it on a whim one day. And then, when I felt like I wanted to read something different, I decided to start reading it, not a hundred percent sure what to expect. But to say that Losing It surprised me would be an understatement. From the opening chapter I was drawn into the story and could not put it down--I loved this book! Oh....my....goodness, did love this book! Losing It was fantastic! Simply fantastic!
I have to admit, I'm a hopeless romantic. I always have been, always will be, and when I begin books like this I'm always looking for something intense and passionate between the characters. Something that captures your attention from the very beginning and doesn't fade as the story progresses and yet whose characters feel real and who are enjoyable to read about. Cora Carmack ticks all these boxes with her perfectly told tale of a collage virgin who almost sleeps with a stranger she picks up in a bar, only to chicken out and then find out a few days later he's actually her new collage professor.
Losing It was wonderfully written. Carmack's writing was descriptive where it needed to be and intense when required. The story's pace was perfect and there was a never a dull moment to be seen. At it's base, this is a story of longing and forbidden romance and the intensity between main characters Bliss and Garret bleeds from the pages but there's also an undeniable story about growing up and facing the fears that come with moving into adult hood. And yet this book is so much fun and so very edgy--if you're not swept up in it, I don't know what's wrong with you!
As our leading lady, Bliss Edwards shines! Cora Carmack has written a splendid female lead in Bliss. Bliss is everything I expect a young, twenty-one year old collage student to be. She's smart and kind and funny and even a little bit crazy. She's basically a normal everyday girl and I think that's one of the reasons liked Bliss so much. I found her to be so relatable. Her fears over being with a man for the first time, and her insecurities when it came to relationships were something that seemed so understandable--I completely understood where she was coming from, could even go so far as to say I've been in her shoes in some occasions. So the fact that it featured a girl like Bliss certainly made the book more fun to read.
And admittedly, a love interest like Garrett didn't hurt either! Garrett Taylor is just plain sexy. Honestly, I loved this guy. He was the perfect match for Bliss. There's simply too many things about this guy that made me love him--his intensity towards Bliss, his kindness, his cheeky and wicked attitude and that's not even including his British accent. Garrett really was the perfect man in this book. And I say man because to me, that's what he was. Bliss may have refered to him as a boy, a "British boy" to be precise, a couple of times throughout the book, but I never really thought of him as a boy. He may have been only a few years older than her, but Garrett was a man, and Bliss often seemed young in comparison. He seemed so wise and experienced and very skilled in the seduction department, that it wasn't hard to understand why Bliss fell for him.
And did she ever! Losing It was an endless roller-coaster of desire and lust; love and romance and Cora Carmack told it so well! The romance and relationship that develops, and then blossoms, between Bliss and Garrett was so brilliant to read about. These two have chemistry in spades and every shared moment between them from chapter one onwards is electricity charged and intense. They're passionate and thrilling and their desire just oozes from each and every page. And yet, they're also very sweet too. The attraction they feel for one another is never far when Bliss and Garrett are together, but their relationship really develops into something deep as the story progresses. While they're always hot for one another, they care about each other from the beginning and I think that's what makes them so amazing to read about--they're willing to risk so much, especially Garrett, simply because what they feel is so real and vibrant, regardless if it's breaking some rules.
I will say Carmack doesn't shy away from the sexual tension between Bliss and Garrett and there is some mature content that younger readers should be aware of, but personally I loved how she wrote the romance between our main characters. They really were perfect for each other in so many ways and I was happy with how Carmack set up their future and life together.
Losing It was gripping and addictive from start to finish and features its characters in a bunch a of fantastically funny and electric situations. A fantastic debut by Cora Carmack that already has me eager for it's follow up and sequel, Faking It, featuring Cade and his lady love!
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Recommendation: Everyone! If you enjoy contemporary novels, I'm fairly certain you'll enjoy this!
Cover: I actually really love this cover. It's simple, but looks fantastic in real life!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! I've already pre-ordered a copy of the sequel!