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review 2016-04-03 02:23
"Losing It" by Cora Carmack
Losing It - Cora Carmack

I picked this up on sale at the recommendation of a friend, but I was only moderately impressed. The writing is okay, the characters are likable, the pacing is good and the ending is satisfying... but there's also a fair bit of insta-love and unnecessary melodrama and poor communication between the lovers. 


The title and the blurb make it seem like the whole point of this story is Bliss losing her virginity, but that's an oversimplification of what is actually a reasonably interesting conflict. Bliss almost hooks up with a guy at a bar, only to learn that he's her neighbor and, later, that he's her professor. Their relationship is therefore forbidden -- but they can't turn off their feelings. Around the same time, Bliss realizes that one of her best friends is in love with her, which is a complication she doesn't need. 


If forbidden love stories are your catnip, and you don't mind a first-person narrative (by a really naive and unsophisticated narrator), you might like this book a lot. 

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review 2015-09-23 21:52
Losing It Review
Losing It - Cora Carmack

Bliss Edwards might be good at acting, but she's an amateur when it comes to hiding her feelings about Garrick, a hot British boy she finds at a club the night her best friend takes her out to lose it once and for all. A hot British boy who turns out to be her teacher! This aspect amazed me. Plenty books surround themselves around the idea of teachers and students becoming attracted to one another. I didn't know if this one would be any different. But surprise? It was! This book was amazing. A fun, easy read. I thought maybe she would already know he was her professor, but I loved that she didn't. That made it more innocent and sweet to me since eventually the characters develop feelings for one another. DUH. I found Bliss to be an intriguing, funny character. She's super beautiful and smart, but she's also reeeeally awkward. I loved her. She was relatable in many ways, as I am in college and majoring in the arts and a virgin. AND SO AWKWARD.  But I'm not down with my professor...

Still, the story line was totally sweet and hot. One minute you're swooning and the next you're sweating. The writing style is the perfect blend for a spicy, adorable new adult novel. I enjoyed the plot, though cheesy at times, because much of it was fresh. The theatre aspect and the fact that they met before class began, made the whole idea of student/teacher romantic relationships alter.

The book will keep you reading until the last page is flipped. When she leaves him that night with an excuse, it's so ridiculous you will just be like WHAT. It's completely silly. But it works, apparently, and makes the story even more hilarious later. Situations arise and things get twisted and turned under the lights of the stage. Friendships are put to the test. Bottles are spun and cats get angry...

Things get hairy. Haha...

There's only one more thing you need to ask yourself with it comes to this book. TO READ OR NOT TO READ? Umm...

Definitely to read. Even Hamlet says so.

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review 2015-08-29 18:05
Losing It - Cora Carmack

This is the book that you-should-not-judge-by-its-cover since when you look at it you would think that this is an erotic book but it’s not (well not really).


What I really liked about this book was that the characters had something to do with theater acting. This was the first time that I read a story about that so I could say that I somehow enjoyed this book.


This book was about student/professor relationship so it was a bit complicated.  Bliss was a theater student who happened to meet Garrick in the bar on her first ever attempt to look for someone to lose her V-card with from the suggestion of one of her best friends. It was an insta-love but it was not a big deal for me because I think if I saw a good-looking guy in a bar reading a book, he would definitely grab my attention. Plus Garrick seemed to be a nice guy (and British) too. So they almost made it, I meant their make out session was starting to heat up but Bliss freaked out and left Garrick in her apartment naked. Then later on found out that Garrick was her new professor. The hell! The guy you almost had a one night stand with was your new professor.      


This kind of relationship was such a sensitive issue, but honestly I could say that I somehow knew how that felt like, and I know that others too experienced this especially the students. Back when I was in college I got a crush to this professor of mine. I don’t usually tell my friends whenever I have a crush on someone because I don’t like being teased about it, and admit it or not sometimes when your friends know who your crush is they tend to give you unsolicited advices that usually suggest of you being aggressive. I’m not saying that my group of friends back then were bad influenced to me, but I got some of them teased me so I know that somehow my professor whom I’ve got a crush with got the idea that I liked him. That was awkward because I know he was happily married and I don’t want to be a cause of a family being broken, so I just tried my best to ignore my friends whenever they teased me and swallowed the embarrassment when they tend to get more excited when my professor crush was nearby.


So back to the story, I know that most girls could somehow relate to this book.  


The author wrote this sensitive issue in a story where she mixed it with some humor and the story was fast paced so it was okay with me.


I’m just a bit bothered that most girls think about the pressure of being virgin. This should not be a big deal. If you think you’re not ready to lose your V-card, don’t pressure yourself, don’t do it just because other people are telling you to do it. And besides, it is your body, you’re the one who’s in control, do not let them dictate you on what to do. Stand your ground and chin up. So what if you’re still a virgin. It’s none of their business.  

Another thing that Bliss got into in this story aside from getting involved with her professor was that she found out that her guy best friend Cade was in love with her. She was already in love with Garrick so of course she turned down his feelings towards her. And Cade did not accept it easily; he tried to avoid Bliss so their friendship got affected. Her secret relationship with Garrick and the sudden change in her relationship with Cade were some of the highlights in this story.  


What I liked least about this was the part where Bliss got sick then Garrick had to take care of her, then later on they got back together. I don’t know but I got a bit disconnected because of that, it could have been better with any other circumstances, I don’t know what that should be but anyway it’s just okay.


I liked Bliss though I couldn’t really connect with her for some reason but she has a strong personality, she’s passionate about theater and she likes being in control.    


Anyway the story ended nice. I’m happy for them. And over all I could say that it was a fun read. So if you’re into this kind of romance with the stage/theater drama, you better read this.

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text 2015-03-20 03:30
Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards
Losing It: A Collection of VCards - M.A. Peart,Stacey Wallace Benefiel,Julie Prestsater,Helen Boswell,Ednah Walters,Kristina Circelli,Heather Hildenbrand,Tamara Rose Blodgett,Julia Crane,Bethany Lopez,Alexia Purdy,Milda Harris,Amy Miles,Tish Thawer,S.M. Boyce,Misty Provencher,Nikki Jefford,


Confession: I admit it, okay!! I love, LOVE! Shocker, I know... who doesn't! But seriously, I'm all about the feels...whether it be a innocent, YA first kiss, or the down and dirty, OMG, kind of hotness, I love it all! And yes, I too have fallen for the occasional book boyfriend. However... my true confession, is that every book boyfriend only reminds me of husband, not the other way around. My hunky hubby is dark and brooding at 6'3", 215 lbs, with broad shoulders and lips and eyes that melt my knees. Yes, it's true...I'm a lucky girl!

Another secret I need to share is that I didn't read much growing up. In fact, I didn't pick up my first romance novel until I was near my thirties...O.o (which I'm now well past!) LOL. With that in mind, I can honestly say my first book boyfriend was Maddox from Gena Showalter's, Lords of the Underworld series. Holy Hannah! The fact that Maddox and my husband shared so many traits, it was easy to fall for him. My second book boyfriend was Rome, from Showalter's Tales of an Extrodinary Girl series. (Apparently, I may also have a small crush on Ms. Showalter herself.) :p

I'm honored to have been a part of the Losing It collection and can't wait to hear what you think! If you enjoy the book, please mention it to your romance reading friends. This is a 2015 limited edition collection. Twenty-two sexy scenes for only $3.99.

Here's an excerpt from The Release of Rae, my story, pulled from the Ovialell series companion short, The Rise of Rae.



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review 2015-01-11 12:45
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Losing It - Cora Carmack
And I think I could one day be in love with [my best friend], but I had to get rid of my feelings for Garrick first.

You know, if Bliss had had anything in her head, this book would have been so much simpler. She would have realized that, holy shit, this is my teacher, off limits, and we didn't spend any time together for me to catch feelings, so I'll go focus on my best friend, a person I can actually fall in love with. Instead she continues to fall for her teacher (which still makes no sense, because they barely speak) and hopes to lose her virginity.

Okay, let's face it. This book is nothing but Bliss' constant hopes to loose her virginity to her teach whom she has the hots for. But, since he's a teacher, they make a poor attempt to not do anything about it. Until, as typical, they both get jealous and decide, screw the rules, let's screw each other. The plot is non-existent, and I swear Bliss' wonderful friend Cade is only in this story for convenience so something can move the story along.

One of the few things saving this story, for me, is that it's not littered with the typical clichés in New Adult (at least no as many as usual). There are no tragic pasts or the typical douchebag hero. They are actually nice people (apart from Bliss' stupidity). However, while Losing It is busy focusing on the hero Garrick's hotness, it fails to give him any substance. What do I actually know about this guy? Well. He's British? But his British personality is only present in his constant use of the word "love". Not sure if this is the case, but I doubt British people go around telling this to random people they just met, or use it in every other sentence.

While I found the writing decent and readable, the voice of Bliss was so immature. As in, she sounds about twelve rather than twenty two. The constant use of CAPITAL letters to put emphasis on words frustrated me to no end, as well did the usage of FML. And. This. Type. Of. Writing. It just didn't do it for me. Yet, apart from that, I found it oddly readable. Compared to other titles in the New Adult genre, this might be one of the few that didn't offend me that much. Yes, I had issues still with the portrayal of sexuality, but it wasn't as bad as some other works in the genre. Would I recommend it? Not in particular, because it does miss the whole thing known as having a plot and likable characters.

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