One of the many things I love about reading is finding new and up-and-coming authors. If you enjoy reading, I implore you to join Goodreads. It’s a great site to keep track of what you want to read, and recommend to your friends, as well as find great books to read. Hey, we are on there too. That’s how I found out about this wonderful book and author. Losing It by Cora Carmack. I provided the link to Amazon, where you will see that the Kindle version is available now. The paperback will be available 2/26. 🙂
Paranormal romance is my genre of choice, but every once and awhile, I like to deviate from that and read a good romance. Losing It is a great romance, but there is also fantastic humor, another favorite of mine. Cora is fantastic at writing funny banter and physical humor, because for me, that’s what makes the characters more relatable. Her main character, Bliss Edwards, is a young woman, who kind of reminds me of myself at her age. I too waited a long time to lose my virginity, for a lot of the same reasons. The opening scene pretty much lays the ground rules out for the story. Her best friend Kelsey has decided that she needs to help Bliss find someone to lose her virginity to. To get IT over with, and behind her with a one-night stand. Bliss agrees but with trepidation. In theory, that sounds good, because who in their right mind, is a virgin at twenty-two, right? (I was 23, so I get it)
I knew I was going to LOVE this book, when on page two, Kelsey asks Bliss, WHY she is STILL a virgin.
“SERIOUSLY? Is it because of Jesus? Are you, like, saving yourself for him?” Sex seemed simpler for Kelsey. She had the body of a Barbie, and the sexually-charged brain of a teenage boy.
“No, Kelsey,” I said. “It would be a little difficult to save myself for someone who died over two thousand years ago.”
Hilarious, right? The evening progresses and Bliss finds herself yet again bored out-of-her-mind at a bar, after a “fleeting connection” with the bartender. She wanders to the very back, under the guise of finding the restroom, and maybe sneak out, but happens upon Garrick Taylor, sitting at a table alone reading a book. Shakespeare, no less. At a bar. Weird, right? Without thinking first, she immediately comments and the instant attraction is obvious. But who wouldn’t be attracted to Garrick? He’s British. *swoon* Blonde hair, crystal blue eyes, and the face of an angel. That’s Bliss’ description.
I pictured Chance Crawford with blonder hair for my Garrett. Mmmm. So hawt. Is anyone surprised that I didn’t pick another British boy in my head? (Chance is from Texas btw.)
What transpires between them at the bar, and then later at her apartment, is laugh-out-loud hysterical, ending with Bliss outside her apt, hiding in the bushes, barefoot in not very much clothing, waiting for Garrick to finally leave. You just have to read it for yourself. If you decide to read this on your digital e-reader, don’t be drinking anything. Just a warning…LOL
Bliss is finishing her last year of drama school, with the next day being day one of Senior Prep, or Business of Theater. She finds herself staring at the new teacher, wishing that the night before never happened, because Garrick is staring right back at her. Dun. Dun. Dun…
I wanted to crawl into a hole and die.
I wanted to crawl into a hole at the bottom of a ravine, then be buried under an avalanche, and then die.
I wanted to…cry.
That’s right. He’s her teacher, so things couldn’t be more complicated. They keep their professional distance, and try to just be friends. It works for a while, Bliss has people to keep her distracted, like Cade, her other male best friend. Who I love by the way. His character is one that I would love to see more developed. Cara has mentioned that we see more of him in the second book. Yeap, there’s another one coming out, but this book could definitely stand-alone.
Bliss is an intelligent and thoughtful girl who tries to take the high road, and Garrick time and time again, proves himself worthy of being an amazing teacher. His insight into the real world, really helps the students stay focused on why they chose to become actors in the first place. BUT Bliss and Garrick can only deny themselves for so long. Especially when Bliss uses her pent-up sexual frustration and guilt to land the lead role in the play being directed by Garrick. The Greek tragedy Phaedra by Euripides. Another thing I love about this book, I learn things. I was not a drama student, but one of my best friends was, so I could totally relate to the rehearsals and mental prep work involved with working on a play. It’s fairly rocky in the beginning, because Cade plays opposite as Hippolytus. He has been hiding his feelings for Bliss, and these emotions end of “showing up” in rehearsals. *heavy sigh*
The relationship that develops between Bliss and Garrick makes me want to fall in love again. There is so much chemistry and adoration between them. Even though there are barriers that keep them from moving forward like most couples, they work around that, and grow more attached anyway.
I’d always thought too much in my head, as Eric said. But since I’d met Garrick, I had an embarrassing tendency to stop thinking completely. The things that came out of my mouth as a response were almost always embarrassing, but sometimes…they worked out. Sometimes, saying the first thing that comes to mind went well. Sometimes simple and honest worked the best.
Cora does an amazing job with their ending, because she gives us the HEA that we want, but its quirky enough to reflect the characters that we have grown to adore. There’s no compromise, just perfect “bliss”. *giggle* (I had to throw that in there somewhere)
I don’t normally like to compare books with other books, because it sometimes seems weird, and not complimentary, but if you loved Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, then you will very much appreciate Cora’s writing. Also, if you follow me on my fan fiction posts, then I would say this story is The Weight of Words meets Diva Diaries. All books/stories mentioned are fantastic and are very much meant to be a compliment for sure.