Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Losing It Blog Tour! The tour is being hosted by the lovely girls over at YA Sisterhood. You can find the complete tour schedule here. My stop includes my review and the tour giveaway!
Publisher: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Source: Received from author for review.
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.
Why I Chose to Read Losing It: I admit, the cover totally caught my eye. Also, when I saw the girls over at YA Sisterhood talking about Losing It, I was intrigued. Add in the fantastic blurb and there ya go. I was hooked!
Charming. I found Losing It to be such a charming, light-hearted, yet thoughtful story that left me smiling from beginning to end.
Bliss is a college senior who's decided that it's time to give up her V-Card. It's not that she's saving herself for marriage, it's just something that hasn't happened. When her friend drags her to a bar to find a one-night hook-up, Bliss is resigned to go along with the plan. When she meets Garrick, though, it seems that Bliss just might accomplish her mission, with someone she could easily fall for. With the end in sight, Bliss panics and leaves the poor guy all alone, in her apartment. And try as she may, Garrick can't be avoided because he's her new professor. In an awkward, sweet dance of attraction and friendship, Bliss must determine whether she wants to pursue a relationship with Garrick despite the rules; and whether she's up for losing her virginity at all.
So, Bliss and Garrick. I don't even know where to start with these two impossibly sweet, endearing characters. Bliss is someone most of us can relate to. She enjoys college life, her friends, learning. She is awkward when she's nervous, and it always leads to hilarious situations. I love that she wasn't a simplistic, one-dimensional girl and I will admit, I was a little worried that she would be written as a young woman who is swept along by a guy, convinced by him that she needs to give it up. Yes, she is innocent in a way, but she's not some naive girl who is clueless and needs a "big experienced hottie" to show her what she's been missing. Bliss knows herself and is fully aware of what she wants and needs. She is passionate, reckless when it comes to Garrick. And best of all, she isn't satisfied with anything less than what she needs emotionally. And good gosh, this girl truly knows how to "awkward up" any situation. Loved. Her.
As for Garrick....*deep breath* Whoa. Not only is he a truly handsome guy, describe much as he's portrayed on the cover, but...HE'S BRITISH. I know, right? Give me a truly nice, handsome guy and I'm hooked; throw in a sexy accent and I'm a Goner. Now I know that some may be worried about Garrick because he is technically Bliss' professor, but believe me, there's nothing sketchy about him. Remember the very first episode of Grey's Anatomy, when Meredith finds out she slept with her new boss, Derek? This is kind of the same situation we're dealing with, and look who well that worked out for Meredith and McDreamy. Losing It is not the story of Bliss running away from Garrick and him spending the entire time chasing her, trying to convince her to give it up. Garrick is a supportive friend, advisor, he cares about what she wants and needs. He is a boy, willing to wait for a girl, and I loved him for it.
I would like to take a moment to talk about the cover of Losing It. As I said above, I like it. A lot. To me, it looks like two beautiful people, lost in a moment. But I have come across a remarks, one here at my own blog, in which people talk about the "male domination". I don't see that, at all. In fact, the cover doesn't even look like one whole picture, but actually two separate ones. I guess my point is, don't look for something that's not there, folks.
In terms of Contemporary New Adult Romance, Losing It is about as good as it gets. It delivers smart, funny, and engaging characters, a story that will make you laugh and cry and swoon, and provides for some very thoughtful moments. I couldn't put it down until I reached the happy ending (gah, no pun intended). Losing It is Bliss' story of a girl Finding Herself.
"I was acutely aware of the fact that he was kissing me in the middle of a bar, until he nipped at my bottom lip. Then I forgot about everything but him. My whole body shuddered, and my heart dropped toward my stomach like the force of gravity had doubled. My head was swimming, but I didn't care. I opened my mouth, and immediately his tongue swept in, taking control. My hands clutched at his back, and in response, he pulled me closer. His hand slid up the back of my shirt- hot fingers pressed into my already heated flesh." (eARC, pg 17)
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