by Cora Carmack
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Book 1 in the Losing It series
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards 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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult
Losing it by Cora Carmack is the first book in the losing it series. This first novel centers around 22 year old Bliss, a senior in college, and still a virgin. In hopes of riding herself of her virginity before she graduates, she meets a handsome young man in a local bar. Bliss panics though, and leaves him naked in her bed. At least she doesn't have to see him again ... that is, until she walks into class the next morning, and see's her would be one night stand teaching the class.
I was in need of a little light reading after The Crown of Gilded Bones. A quick, simple, romance that will give me all the happy feels, without having to think too much. Losing It was exactly that. Not terribly original, but the story was interesting enough to keep me reading. Simple, but made me chuckle at times. My only complaint was it was a bit too "Insta-love" for my tastes, and the sex scene was a bit bland.
The characters were probably the most interesting, particularly our main character, Bliss. Described as a neurotic, anxious mess, for the first time in a long time, an author managed to write a character who actually IS anxious, and not just state the character is, just to make them stand out. Most of these "about to graduate and still a virgin" stories typically involve a character who just hasn't gotten around to it, or wasn't interested enough to do it. Sometimes it borders on unbelievable. But Cora made me feel Bliss's anxiety, and her self-doubt, and it made sense why she was a virgin. Although, another reason was, she needed to be in love. She wasn't able to be that vulnerable with someone until she 100% trusted them, which I enjoyed. As for Garrick, he is your typical, adorable, respectful, hot male lead with a British accent.
If you are looking for a short, but sweet romance, you will enjoy Cora Carmack's Losing It.
Garrick and Bliss seeing each other in class
The cat lie that eventually made her get a cat
Bliss getting a cat that hated her, just because she matched the description she gave Garrick.
Garrick and Bliss deciding to have a secret relationship
Garrick and Bliss's make out, where she got caught in a curtain
I love you
Bliss admitting that she was a virgin, and Garrick's only reaction surprise because she got a cat to go along with her lie
The night Bliss is finally ready and comfortable with sex
Kelsey: "Never interested? In guys? Are you gay?"
Bliss: "No Kelsey, I'm not gay, so keep putting your shirt on. No need to fall on your sexual sword for me."
Bliss: "I won't tell anyone."
His eyebrows raised, but I couldn't tell if it was surprise or judgement or just a facial tick.
Bliss: "I mean not that there's anything ... not that we ... I mean we didn't actually ... um, make the beast with two backs and all that."
OH. MY. GOD.
The beast with two backs? Seriously?
I'm 22-years-old, and rather than just spitting out the word sex, I used a Shakespeare reference! A really embarrassing Shakespeare reference.
Bliss: "I am in love with this burrito. I would marry it if I didn't want to eat it so badly."
Cade: "The tragedy of true love."
Bliss: "I have a cat! I do!"
Damn it ... why couldn't I ever remember my imaginary cat's gender?
Bliss: "Um ... she's gray and adorable and her name is ... Hamlet."
I was a genius. I couldn't even invent a girl cat with a girl name. It's like there was this bridge in my brain between rational and the absurd, and somehow I had burned it.
Garrick: "You have a cat named Hamlet?"
Bliss: "I do."
Kill me now.
Bliss: "I definitely, definitely do."
That was it. I was going to have to get a cat.
Bliss: "I'm going to pretend you didn't just refer to me like property to be owned."
Garrick: "Can't we own each other?"
Cade: "He'll forgive you, I would."
Bliss: "I'm a virgin. That's why I ran away the night we met. I didn't have a cat. I wasn't with Cade. I was just afraid."
Garrick: "Let me get this straight ... you didn't have a cat? Did you get a cat just so you wouldn't have to tell me you were a virgin?"
I pressed my lips together to keep them from trembling. I nodded. The look on his face was somewhere between shock and amusement. He was flabbergasted. That was the best word. His flabber had been thoroughly gasted.
Bliss: "You said you loved my craziness."
Benji: "First, that was three minutes. I counted. Second, you two are disgusting. I feel like I'm watching some Lifetime movie."
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