Hello fellow bookworms! Aside from it being Halloween, today is a very special day because it is the last day of the LOSING IT blog tour. Before we get started I wanted to say a quick thank-you to The YA Sisterhood for hosting this wonderful blog tour and letting me be a part of it- I'm so honoured and excited to be participating! This is the last and final stop for this tour so whether this is your first time hearing about the book, or have already become a die-hard fan, sit back and enjoy!
Source: Review copy from author in exchange for an honest review
Virginity.Literally the second I read the synopsis of LOSING IT when participating in the cover reveal, I knew I had to read this book- awkwardness like that just can't be ignored! I started the book expecting a steamy, sweet, and hilarious read and that's exactly what I got. I assure you, LOSING IT does not disappoint!
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.
The plot itself is ridiculously hilarious! Bliss is getting ready to graduate college, but is troubled with one "problem", she's still a virgin ! In an attempt to lose her virginity, Bliss goes looking for a one-night stand while at a bar with her friends. It is here she meets Garrick- a hot guy who is British and reads Shakespeare.... woah REWIND, and I repeat, he's British AND reads Shakespeare.....like c'mon, why are fictional boys always so perfect?! (Not that I'm complaining....bring on the perfection!) Unfortunately after "chickening out" and leaving Garrick naked in her apartment, Bliss arrives to class the next morning and receives a shocking surprise. Turns out there's one flaw to this magnificent British creature- he's Bliss' professor [inserts "wah wah wahhh" effect ] ....and he was doing so well....
For such a short book, Cora Carmack does a really great job in connecting you with all of her characters. The main character, Bliss, provided me with many 'LOL' moments while reading this book. Bliss immediately sucked me in with her terrible lying skills and talent for getting into awkward situations (a talent I found very relatable may I add!) Her inner strength was very admirable, while her insecurities made her easy to connect with. I also really enjoyed the "theatre element" that was present in this novel- it added something to the story. As for Garrick...I think you guys have a pretty good understanding on my love for him from the paragraph above :P
The chemistry between Bliss and Garrick gave me butterflies and goosebumps! Although their "relationship" started really steamy really quickly, they steadily became so much more. There's an actual connection that builds between the two them (instead of what you might expect to be an instant-love kind of situation). The steamy "blast the A.C." moments were beyond HOT- with their sexual tension acting as a pleasant addition to the deliciousness! If you don't believe me, just look at that cover....doesn't it just scream SWOON?!
By the time I reached the end of the novel, I was pleasantly giddy and satisfied. The ending provides us with some insight into Garrick's mind that will sure have girls everywhere sighing in awe from his perfection- trust me, I speak from personal experience :P After reading the book, I'm also curious as to whether or not Bliss best friend (Cade) might get a book of his own one day. Cade had a pretty large role in the story, and unfortunately, certain events lead him to getting "the short end of the stick" in a certain situation.
I was going to have sex.
With a boy.
A hot boy.
A hot BRITISH boy.
Or maybe I was going to throw up.
What if I threw up on the hot British boy?
What if I threw up on the hot British boy DURING SEX?”
“It wasn’t until I’d walked halfway across the parking lot that I realized:
1. I wasn’t wearing shoes.
A. Or a shirt.
2. I didn’t bring my keys
A. Or anything really.
3. I’d just left a complete stranger in my apartment.
Whoever said one-night stands were supposed to be simple with no strings attached had clearly never met the disaster that was me.”
“I am in love with this burrito. I would marry it if I didn’t want to eat it so badly.”
“The tragedy of true love,” Cade whispered.
Overall LOSING IT was an incredibly sweet, steamy, light, and addicting read. I devoured all 204 pages of this swoon-masterpiece in no time at all! LOSING IT is a must read for all you bookworms looking for a sizzling chick-lit novel that you won't be able to put down (Although I don't advise this book for young readers seeing as it is a contemporary romance that does have sexual content)!
Cora was kind enough to provide me with an awesome excerpt from LOSING IT to share with all of you today! Voila:
His face was right up against mine, so that I felt the heat of his breath against my face. I was supposed to crumble, defeated, and he would take me off-stage for the rape scene, but that’s not how things actually went.
Dom dropped his script, gripped my neck and pulled me forward into a kiss.
Shocked, I pushed against him with my free hand, but he kept going, not realizing that it was me protesting, not Blanche. I pushed and writhed, but he was too strong, and his lips were pressed against mine so hard that I couldn’t say anything to make him stop. I was gearing up for my final move of protest, a swift knee to the junk, when Dom was ripped off of me.
I gulped in air, and saw Garrick, who was seething, release one of Dom’s arms that he’d had twisted back at an odd angle.
“Where exactly in this script did you see that particular stage direction, Dominic?” Garrick asked, his tone deadly quiet.
I wasn’t wasting time with the logical questions. I flew at Dom, shoving him backward.
“What the hell was that, Dom? The rape scene occurs offstage, you asshole!”
He grabbed my wrists as I went to push him again. “Hey, I was trying to connect. I was improvising. That’s what actors do!”
Garrick’s hand came down on Dom’s arm, and he squeezed a little harder than was probably appropriate. Dom let go of my wrists immediately, and I backed away.
“Be that as it may,” Garrick began. “Actors also respect each other. Unless you’d like to be accused of assault, you okay something like that with your partner before hand.” I could see Garrick’s calm façade cracking. “Now go. You’re dismissed.”
I could tell Dom was pissed. He gave me a scathing look, and pushed open the door so hard that it banged against the wall outside. I just could not catch a break this week. Was the world dropping shit on everyone else or just me?
There was a feather light touch on my arm, and then Garrick was in front of me, cradling my arm in his hands. A bruise was already forming where Dom had grabbed me during the scene. Garrick ran a hand over his face, and then looked at me. He said, “I probably could have handled that better.”
I didn’t realize how much my head was still pounding until I laughed, and the movement sent pain ricocheting through my head. I closed my eyes on instinct. Garrick’s fingers brushed along my jaw, sending an earthquake of shivers across my skin from where we touched. I kept my eyes closed, because as long as they were closed, I wasn’t doing anything wrong, right? But if opened them, and I looked at his gorgeous face and I saw those lips… I’d be crossing into a completely different territory that was most definitely wrong, wrong, wrong.
A whispered, “Bliss…” was all the warning I had before his lips were on mine.
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Your Y.A. Bookworm,