by Cora Carmack
Published by William Morrow
Novella in the Losing It Series
Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start.
By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?
But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.
As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Simple.
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack is a novella in her Losing It series, and centers around Bliss and Garrick, who are now living together, and living the very hectic lives as actors trying to make ends meet. Despite their busy lives, they are blissfully happy with one another. Until it's time to meet the parents. As soon as the pair land in London, its disaster after disaster, and it leaves both wondering if they are ready to go down the aisle.
I almost didn't review this one, because it's so short. But because it's short, I will get to the point.
Again, it's not original, but it's simple and cute.
Plot was interesting and fast paced. I got a bit teary eyed at the end.
Characters and story was consistent with Losing It.
As I have already discussed my thoughts on the characters in my Losing It review, I will say, I liked that we get to see more of Bliss's anxiety, and how Garrick has learned to help her get past the voice she has in her head that tells her that she isn't good enough.
If you liked Losing It, you will like this small continuation of Garrick and Bliss's story.
Graham and Rowland getting Bliss and Garrick drunk before Bliss meeting his parents
The almost sex in the backseat of the car
The teenager's comments when Bliss was purchasing a pregnancy test
Bliss gave a garbled groan and sank even further until her face rested against her knees. I was still learning the intricacies of speaking Bliss, but I was fairly certain that groan meant that she was dying of mortification.
Rowland: "Your mum will understand. The two of you are practically on a honeymoon already. It's pretty nauseating."
Graham: "Of course she'll understand. I mean, she's your mom. It's not like she hasn't had sex before."
Oh God. Now I was going to laugh and cry.
Graham leaned around me to look at Garrick, whose face was scrunched up in possibly the only unattractive expression I had ever seen on his face.
Graham: "I bet your parents are doing it right now. Sneaking in a quick shag while your flight is 'delayed.'"
Garrick: "And ... that's our cue to call it a night."
Graham: "And call a therapist."
Rowland: "Hey, hey now! No sex while I'm driving. That's a public hazard."
Garrick's lips ran down my neck, and I couldn't seem to make myself stop giggling.
Bliss: "So pull over."
Rowland: "Are you seriously going to have sex in my car? Because that's hot. Can she be on top?"
Garrick: "Eyes on the road, Rowland! No one is having sex."
I frowned, and he kissed my puckered bottom lip.
Garrick: "You are a public hazard."
Graham: "You two don't need coffee. You need a fucking tranquilizer."
Garrick: "We're going to meet my parents. We'll smile and talk long enough that they feel like they've met you, then we're finding a place to be alone. My bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, I don't care where. The only thing I care about is fucking you so hard you can't see straight."
Annnd ... aneurysm.
Bliss: "Kill me. Just put me out of my misery, please."
Garrick: "And leave me to be miserable without you? Never."
Bliss: "So selfish."
Garrick: "Marry me?"
Her eyes turned sad.
Bliss: "Garrick, not now."
Garrick: "Yes, now, love. Marry me."
Bliss: 'Still? You know I'm just going to keep breaking things."
Garrick: "And you know I'm just going to keep loving you anyway. Besides ... not marrying you would break me."
Bliss: "That kid better watch it. I'm totally a Slytherin."
I shook my head, smiling.
Garrick: "Love, I'm going to need you to pull back on the crazy a bit."
Bliss: "You're right. Realistically, I'm a Ravenclaw."
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