TITLE: Losing It
SERIES: Losing It #1
AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
PUBLICATION DATE: October 15, 2012
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 204 pages
RATING: 4 stars
Bliss Edwards is a college senior with a dirty little secret. She’s still a virgin. It’s not that she is saving herself for marriage or that she’s a super prude, it’s just that no one has ever gotten her blood boiling. Determined to rid herself of this label, she goes to a bar to find a one-night stand. What she finds, however, is Garrick. Hot, British, and utterly charming, they end up going back to her place. Things don’t go according to plan because Bliss freaks out in the middle of their massive make out session, created a ridiculous excuse to literally run out of her apartment. After Garrick leaves, Bliss consoles herself with the fact that at least she won’t have to see him again. Then she walks into her first class of the semester and see’s their new teacher, Mr Taylor, a.k.a. Garrick Taylor, that hottie she left naked in her bed last night.
Bliss was an interesting character. She is a control freak and a theater major. She cannot decide if she wants to pursue acting as a career or become a stage manager. I’m not a control freak, but I can definitely understand her need to make the voices in her head shut up for a small amount of time and how difficult making that happen can be.
Garrick was a character I was a little on the fence about. Initially I liked him, but the further into the story we get, the more slick he felt. He doesn’t fight his attraction to Bliss and puts her in more than one compromising position, which was hard for me to understand because he could lose his job over their relationship. I had a love/hate thing going for a while because I felt like it was unrealistic for him to want to risk his job for a girl. Luckily, he improves quite a bit towards the end. Normally I’d be all over the captivating guy with that sexy British accent, but I was a bit more leery of him than I honestly understand.
The whole student-teacher aspect is something I’m always cautious about because some novels get it so right and others I just find creepy. This one definitely gets it right. The lusty romance has you on the edge of your seat for the will they or won’t they conflict. You get just the right amount of side characters and I loved that the relationship with Cade wasn’t instantly mended just because Bliss is sorry. It gave the story a more realistic edge than is portrayed in many novels.
This had everything I was searching for: love, passion, suspense, and that happily ever after that I’m always so hung up on. No cliffhangers either, just boy plus girl and all their major problems solved.