Sunday, October 21, 2012

Book Review: Losing It

Losing It
Published By: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 15, 2012
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Kindly Provided by Author
Audience: New Adult - Contemporary Romance
LOSING IT paperback releases in the U.S. on 2/26/13

This is only the second time I have ever immediately reread a book upon finishing it - the other time was when I read the Twilight saga. What will follow may contain serious gushing about how much I loved this book, but I'm going to lead out with a warning: I don't for a minute imagine that everyone will feel like I did about this book. Losing It seems to have caught me at the right time in my life, in the right mood, and it totally swept me away. 


Losing It is the story of Bliss; a heroine who I just adore. She's a late developer and makes things hard on herself, which is why she's at the end of her college years and still a virgin. She's pretty, intelligent, funny, and she doesn't really believe that she is. She is kind of desperate to lose her virginity, but at the same time she is totally freaked out by the idea. One night her BFF talks her into getting it over with, and with some liquid courage she finds herself talking to a hot stranger in a bar. This is the point at which I could have rolled my eyes and wandered off to make a cup of tea - if not for the writing. I loved the word play, the zinging back and forth and Bliss's inner dialogue which was almost exactly what I would have been thinking... a lovely mix of disbelief, glee, and sarcasm. 

My fangirl love was sealed when, following a ridiculously hot scene, Bliss freaked out, yelled something about a fictitious pet cat, and ran out of her own flat into the middle of the night in her undies. How could I not love such a lunatic?! Better yet that she recognized her own insanity and then berated herself. I think there's not a woman alive that couldn't relate to that, at least in part. I was sucked in by the romance but I stayed because Bliss totally won me over - she actually went out and rescued a cat to try and cover up her insanity! I seriously love that character! (I am also a sucker for a well written cat, and Hamlet was fabulous!) 

As for the lover boy... Garrick was such a swoonsome hero that it wasn't hard to lust after him like Bliss did. I usually get really irritated when people try to write British men in books, because the Hugh Grant stereotype hasn't ever done a thing for me, but happily although Garrick was British he wasn't a Hugh clone. He was just the right mix of sexy grinning and dashing gentleman, sprinkled with a smidgen of sexual predator that made both Bliss and I go weak at the knees. I also really enjoyed the forbidden nature of Bliss and Garrick's relationship. I first enjoyed the student/teacher angle in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, followed it up with Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout, and I think Losing It this is another great example, although I would say Losing It is definitely for older readers than those other stories. 

This was a hot HOT story. I won't lie - I wouldn't give this to any teenager. I would absolutely hand this out to young women in their 20s and give them a wink though! I am eager to explore other reads coming out in the New Adult genre after this book - the sexuality of the book was just the right side of the adult romance genre and just the wrong side of YA fiction to feel utterly pitch perfect to me. It left me seriously hot under the collar, covered in goosebumps and wishing I wasn't quite so single. There is a marvelous build up of sexual tension through the book to the inevitable departure of Bliss's virginity, and I wouldn't have changed a single word. It was fun, seductive and full of just the right amount of red faced humiliation to suck me in and keep me glued to my Kindle until I had finished the book... twice

Full marks to the Cora Cormack - she's on my 'to watch' list, and I will be watching and waiting to get a copy of this in hard back for my super special shelf in the bookcase. 



Virginity.


Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she 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 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.




25 comments:

  1. Oh...you can BET I'm reading this one, Jen!! Great review! You put into words your feelings on it perfectly!

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  2. Michele, you will LOVE this book. I made a bunch of my friends buy it on day of release and FOUR of them read it in one sitting, with one staying up until nearly 6am to finish!!! ALL of them LOVED it. This is going right to the top of my awesome reads in 2012 list... tying for first with Pushing The Limits.

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  3. Hi there, the November edition of Books You Loved is now live. Here is the link Books You Loved November Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

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  4. Ooh, now I want to read it more! I have had my eye on this one for awhile. Thanks for your thoughts and enthusiasm!

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  5. I really want to read this one. It seems to be everywhere right now. And the reviews have been stellar!!

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  6. I loved this book! Hopefully more New Adult books will follow its lead, and inject more humor into their stories :)

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  7. LOVE New Adult! Love how the main character isn't the usual mainstream type:)

    Lovely review:)

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  8. I am SO pleased that Reading Lark was able to be a part of Cora's release tour - she just signed with William Morrow (HarperCollins) and that is fueling my hopes for a signed hardback (or paperback) one day to occupy a spot on my special shelf!

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  9. Thanks for the review Jen. Even if a concept may not be my cup of tea, I am always compelled by good dialogue.

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  10. First time I'm hearing of this one. Looks interesting enough, but I wonder if I should buy it our borrow it..

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  11. I'm not into romance books but this sounds fun. I'm tempted to get this book. ;)

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  12. Love the review!Sooo happy I bought it! :D

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  13. Great review! I loved Hamlet! Faking It was such a fabulous book!

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  14. This one was hilarious! And it's cool it's in college that way the teacher student love stuff isn't creepy:)

    Cora Carmack is a wonderful author:)

    Lovely review:)

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    1. I agree! I still have to read the next installments but they're close to the top!

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  15. Amazing review hun! Hamlet is definitely a memorable cat what with it hating it's owner and loving the hot guy :D

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  16. I'll be sure to recommend this book to my sisters too.

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  17. Oh my gosh! *Adds to cart* I'm so excited to read this book!!!!

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  18. Sounds good but I don t think I'll pick it up. Still trying to get a grasp on NA books :D

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  19. Love your review and that it is a reread.

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  20. Love your review, I like this book too, is so funny and sweet. Bliss had a funny life, make me laught a lot

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  21. OMG LOL the summary sounds like ep 1 of Grey's Anatomy. Almost. And this sounds like such a cool story! I must admit the cover makes me a little shy to pick it up in the bookstores. I don't wanna get stared at obviously. I think I have to add this to my wishlist after typing this comment! Thanks for the review!

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  22. The forbidden part of the the student/teacher relationship sounds smokin' hot!

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  23. The thing that's holding me back from the book is the cover. Seriously, my daughter would be standing over my shoulder wondering if she can get sneak peeks. I wish there was a boring sleeve I could put over it.

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    1. You could buy book covers, I'm sure, at places like Barnes & Noble. ;)

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