Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Title: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Release Date: 17th January 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Description: 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 recognises her hot new British professor. She'd left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier...

Losing It is a good romance novel. It has all the elements you would expect to find in a light, breezy story. Losing It is a predictable fare, containing many of tropes usually found in the genre. There is the gorgeous romantic interest complete with an accent, the awkward main character and a side of forbidden romance. Despite the conventional story, this book is fun, especially if you want to read something light with a happy ending.

Losing It is classified as a New Adult book, a new categorisation that’s becoming more prominent. Like other books in this category, Losing It consists of characters that are twenty something and still at university.  Bliss is in her last semester of university, looking to be an actor after she graduates. Bliss has a problem; she is still a virgin and no longer wants to be. As a way to lose her virginity, she goes to a local bar, looking for a one-night stand with no strings attached. Her plan goes awry when the man she flirts with and almost sleeps with is her new professor. However Bliss and Garrick are drawn to each other, and embark in a forbidden relationship full of comedic, romantic and awkward moments.

The romance between Bliss and Garrick was full of longing, attraction and tension. Despite the enjoyable nature of their relationship I felt like there was something missing.  I wanted to see a deeper connection between Bliss and Garrick. There was definitely an attraction between them but I wanted to see what qualities drew these two together apart from lust. The question I wanted answered in more detail was what apart from attraction made Garrick and Bliss begin a forbidden romance and put both their futures and careers on the line?

Garrick is British and very attractive. He was definitely sweet and really cared about Bliss.  I wish we got to know more about his background and family. Bliss was awkward and had a tendency to ramble a lot. She was also very quirky and her inner dialogue was funny.  Drunken Bliss was also a lot of fun. I was not a big fan of the Bliss reasons to lose her virginity. It was not explained enough and losing control did not make sense. I think shedding light on her previous romantic entanglements would provide valuable insight into her decisions.

Losing It is a fun, quirky, breezy romantic read. It’s also a quick book to read. If you are in the mood for a light story to lose your self in then, Losing It might just be for you.

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