LOSING IT by Cora Carmack

Posted on 10/23/2013 in Book Review / 8 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
LOSING IT by Cora CarmackLOSING IT by Cora Carmack
Series: LOSING IT #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on 10/15/2012
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 204
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

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.

Hot theater teacher with a British accent and university senior bent on losing her virginity?  SIGN. ME. UP.

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I only purchased LOSING IT by Cora Carmack because Harper sent FAKING IT to me in the mail, and I figured, eh, why not?  I wasn’t terribly interested in the book however, because the synopsis does it absolutely zero justice and the original cover is horrible.  And by horrible, I mean, the guy reminds me of a llama:

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llama
See? Doesn’t this llama look like the guy from the cover?
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I really just can’t get past it.   And beyond the llama similarities, where does the rest of his body go on the cover?  I’m so confused.  The second book’s cover is like this too.  Disappearing arms.  I cry.

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But horrible cover aside, the book blew away my expectations!  I’m not sure what I really expected to get, but New Adult is quickly becoming a favorite genre, because it takes so many more risks than YA (and yes, I mean sexy times, too).  Cora Carmack writes her characters to be so realistic, they could just step off the page, or be from any college campus in Anywhere, U.S.A.  I was easily sucked into the world the author built, walking across campus, going to the bars, sitting in hot guys’ laps….oh, wait.  I hope my fiance isn’t reading this!

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Bliss Edwards is a pretty easy character to like and identify with.  Not only does she have the typical college-girl neuroses, but she is funny!  Her internal monologue had me dying with laughter, especially when she waxed poetic about men and her own bad luck.

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Garrick is the stereotypical dreamy college professor.  I’ve had a few of those in my time, and it’s fun to daydream about them, but I’m not sure I would have been able to keep my hands to myself if I had had one like Garrick!  Full of British accent, theatre dramatics and a sexy body, he’s the teacher every girl drools over.  He’s semi-confident in everything except when it comes to Bliss, and then he all fake confidence and a weird sort of determination.

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Together, they pack a hot, smoking punch!

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The plot is fun, and way better than the synopsis leads you to think of it.  Yes, Bliss wants to lose her virginity.  But she’s not on a mission to wham, bam, thank you ma’am with a random dude, much to the chagrin of her friend Kelsey.  She sees Garrick and wants more.  And LOSING IT takes us on the journey of the more.  I thought it was a great novel and I can’t wait to read more from Cora Carmack.

four-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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