Review: Losing it by Cora Carmack

Losing It coverLosing It by Cora Carmack
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Release Date: October 15th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Losing It #1

Goodreads description: 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 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.

I bought Losing It because the Kindle version was $1.99 and I had seen a lot of good things about it. I read it a while ago and didn’t write my review in a timely fashion (oops). 

As the description states, Bliss is tired of being a virgin. She’s in college and she’s the only one of her friends that isn’t getting it on with hot guys. She seeks someone to lose it to and move on. However, when the time comes she wigs out and leaves. Then she finds out it’s her teacher and she has to deal see him all the time.

There were a lot of awkward moments in this book. For me, there was a lot of cringing. I saw a lot of people describe it as funny, but I didn’t find anything funny. There were a lot of CAPS LOCK thoughts going on, which was weird to me:

I was pretty sure I was having one.”

Bliss and Garrick meet in a bar and find each other attractive. The first time they meet, Garrick uses Shakespeare to accuse Bliss of making him jealous on purpose. “You know, sometimes I wonder if Desdemona was as innocent as she let on. Maybe she knew the effect she had on guys, and enjoyed making them jealous.” Well hello there, asshole. Of course any woman talking to another guy is out to make you jealous. Their relationship builds on attraction and maybe a mutual interest in acting. Maybe the forbidden aspect adds heat, and Garrick’s jealousy. They don’t really seem to get to know much about each other. There wasn’t anything about their relationship that made me feel very invested. 

Bliss doesn’t realize her best friend, Cade, has feelings for her. This is completely ridiculous to me because almost every time he talks to her he calls her “babe” and he touches her a lot. I know, I know, some girls can be oblivious and babe can be used in a friendly way, but it’s so often. This part was just too cliché, too tired for me. I don’t really understand why Cade likes her or what’s so special about her. She isn’t horrible, but I don’t understand why two guys are falling all over her.

I didn’t really love any of the friendships, Kelsey was really demanding and even if Bliss wasn’t trying to be insulting, her opinions on Kelsey’s sexual freedom weren’t nice. Bliss wasn’t honest with Kelsey, Cade, or Garrick, which was really frustrating. Some of her reasons for lying were kind of understandable, and everyone lies sometimes. But her lies are just so stupid. I could give specific examples but I don’t want to spoil things. Although I will say that everything involving the cat was beyond ridiculous. 

Bliss and company are drama majors and Garrick teaches them. There’s auditioning, life-planning, and Shakespeare. Some of it was interesting but most of it wrapped back around to the Garrick situation. I think the romance itself, and their interactions aren’t that bad. I thought some of the scenes were hot and enjoyable. I liked that this was a NA book that wasn’t as dark. It’s light and isn’t filled with depressing angst.  

2.5 stars

I had a few issues with this book. It wasn’t completely awful, but I didn’t love it. The writing wasn’t anything special and I wasn’t a fan of Bliss. In the time between reading and reviewing I actually forgot her name, and it isn’t that common of a name. Losing It is the first book in a series, but the next book (Faking It) is about the spurned Cade. Even though Cade’s lovesick devotion and his constant usage of “babe” annoyed the hell out of me, I’m still interested in reading Faking It. I want to see Cade get on with his life and find something better. I’d recommend Losing It if you want a quick romance with some decent heat but more than a few eye rolls.

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Why Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Didn’t Work for Me

Hopeless coverHopeless by Colleen Hoover
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Release Date: December 19th 2012
Publisher: Atria
Series: Hopeless #1

Goodreads description: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

I read this book because someone I respect recommended it to me. I’m going to try to constructively break down why this book didn’t work for me, but I’m guessing there will be some ranting involved. There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t read it and might want to, turn back. I’m not judging anyone for liking this book, everyone likes different things. The majority of people seem to really love it. It has a 4.55 average rating on Goodreads. I’m just trying to honestly express my opinions.

Also, this discussion requires trigger warnings. tw: abuse, tw: sexual abuse, tw: rape,tw: suicide, tw: gore. I think that’s all, but just be warned, a lot of unpleasant things are talked about. If I did miss a warning, please let me know and I’ll add it.

I kind of feel ill-equipped to discuss everything I find wrong with this book. Part of me wants to ask someone I know could handle it better, but I don’t want to subject them to this book.

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