Title: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Published: October 15th 2012
Genre: Contemporary NA Romance
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.
Losing It is a story about Bliss who is an awkward 22-year old theatre major and a virgin. At the beginning, Bliss irked me. I found her kind of shallow and she always likes being in control of everything. She can’t just let her hair down and do crazy things, even if it’s just for a night, which makes me wonder how she became friends with Kelsey, a very outgoing and fun girl who is a Barbie lookalike.
But after reading a few more pages, I started to feel less annoyed with Bliss. When she met this super hot British guy (oh come on, who doesn’t love that accent), she found herself comfortably flirting with him, like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Imagine him saying “What’s your name, love?”, wouldn’t you be dying by then? LOL. But seriously, when she first met Garrick, the connection was there right away and you can really feel the intensity of it.
I love the fact that even though Losing It is about a student-professor relationship, Carmack managed to write it in a lighter way and made us look on the positive side of things. It’s a taboo, but I didn’t feel that while I was reading this. It really is a lighthearted read. And even though there were some REALLY AWKWARD moments, the author saved the main character by turning the situation into something funny and sort of crazy.
In the end, I learned to like and appreciate Bliss’ character. It dawned on me that she’s also like most girls.. curious, scared and awkward. There were times when she would sniff her pillow to smell Garrick’s scent and she was also undecided on whether she really wanted to be an actress or take the safe path by being a stage manager. She is a relatable character and I’m sure many people out there feel the same that she is feeling.
I also liked that Carmack also focused on the other characters such as Cade and Kelsey. I totally LOVED Kelsey, that girl is feisty and fun! She is always there for Bliss, to drag her out to clubs and comfort her. Cade is the other best friend of Bliss. I absolutely adore Cade. He is like a guy next door. He is such a sweetheart and a gentleman. Can he be mine? *happy sigh*
I salute Bliss for not “Losing It” right away. Her character improved so much all throughout the novel. She loosened up, she was brave, and she matured. I think Garrick was also part of that. He is a sweet and very caring guy. He did not pressure Bliss and he always thought of what’s best for her. I think they are perfect for each other even though there was a time when I really rooted Cade for her. I loved the fact that Garrick was always so direct with that what he wants. He is always sure of himself, which makes him all the more attractive.
“Just like with theatre –life sometimes has perfect moments when the stars all align, and you’re exactly where you want to be with great people, doing exactly what you want to do.”
You will be amused with Losing It. it is a lighthearted read that will make you want to hide because of the awkwardness but also laugh because of the craziness. PLUS, Garrick is British. Enough said. 🙂
About the Author
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.