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Book Review – Keeping Her

Published 01/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: 15th August 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What happens after the happy ending?

Garrick is over the moon that his girlfriend, Bliss, said yes. He’s finally found the love of his life. That means his worries are over, right?

But when he invites her to visit London and meet his family, he is presented with a whole new set of problems. How will his privileged and wealthy family react to Bliss’s unique brand of awkwardness?

Well as my regular visitors may know, I loved Losing It and Faking It, books 1 and 2 in this New Adult series so when I saw this come up on NetGalley, I just had to request it and I’m so happy they let me have it. (Thank you, publisher! :D)

This one alternates between Garrick and Bliss’ POV with each chapter and we see how they feel about going to London and meeting his family and friends. Garrick is worried how is mum will treat her and Bliss is worried they wont like her. Bliss being Bliss worries far too much but in that humorous way she has that leaves you smiling if not laughing out loud and Garrick is just his charming self trying to make things as easy as possible for her.

One scene I liked was where they go to meet his parents and Bliss, being her clumsy self, knocks over his mothers favourite vase and it smashes into pieces and she just stands there like a rabbit caught in headlights while going through this funny mental conversation with herself.

It isn’t a full length novel but plugs the gaps of what happened between Losing It and Faking It with Garrick and Bliss. It was short and sweet and if you are a fan of the series then you have to read this. (Just make sure you do it in order or you may get a little confused :D)

Next review(s): N/A

Book Review – Faking It

Published 11/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Faking It

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: 4th June 2013

Rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So this one follows Cade, Bliss’ best friend from Losing It. This takes place when they’ve left college and he is now studying acting in Philadelphia. He’s in a café when Max comes up to him with a strange request: be her boyfriend for a spontaneous visit by her parents–who are seconds away from arriving. As an actor, he agrees and charms her parents while at the same time finding himself intrigued by this tattooed, pierced girl. Max knows her parents will never approve of her real boyfriend, Mace–a drummer in her band–so decides to ask the good looking “golden boy” to pretend to be her “boyfriend” for the few hours her parents will be there, knowing he’s the type of guy they want her to be with. Max cant deny her attraction to him and with her parents liking him a little too much, it’s obvious where things are heading. The only problem is Max doesn’t think she’s good enough for him…

Cade may have been sweet in Losing It but I totally fell for him in this one. To see him try and be happy for Bliss when he loves her; you feel sorry for him and then Max enters his life and, well…I don’t want to spoil it but they are perfect for each other. Max is completely different to every other New Adult female character I’ve read about (and I’ve read a fair few) she’s tattooed, pierced, has dyed red hair and is in a band. She is completely alternative and a tough nut but you find yourself relating to her in one way or another and I found myself quickly liking her.

They’re story is very up and down and I found myself willing them on from early on. Sure I guess when stood together they look a little odd but who cares about what others think when you love someone? (I am such a romantic!) They are perfect for each other.

Cora has this way of writing that is both fun and emotional and it is so easy to fall under the spell she weaves. I am so going to read everything else she writes. I am most definitely a fan!

If you’re looking for a fun, sexy read then I recommend this book. You don’t necessarily have to read Losing It first but it would help you get the gist of where Cade’s head is at the beginning.

It is amazing!

Next review(s): Point of Retreat

Back to my Kindle

Published 10/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

So after finishing Dreams of a Dark Warrior earlier on (it was amazing! (Immortals After Dark is such a brilliant series and if you haven’t read them yet, I totally recommend you do; if you like paranormal romance, that is)) I’m going back to my kindle to work through my list of ARC’s again. I was going to read Acid by Emma Pass but the file hasn’t come through and neither has Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley (I’m trying to sort this out) so I’ve rearranged my reading list (see tab “Reading List” above) and I’m going for Faking It by Cora Carmack.

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If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you’ll have seen I read Losing It also by Cora Carmack a bit ago and loved it and I have high hopes this will be just as good.

Then I’ll be reading Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover, the second in the Slammed series. The first being Slammed, which I read a while ago. Then there’s a third book, This Girl which I’m going to buy eventually.


After that I’ll be reading a new Urban Fantasy/Shifter series by Amanda Carlson:



By the time I’ve read these, hopefully Acid and Fire Inside will have come through and they will be next on the list 🙂
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Book Review – Losing It

Published 29/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Losing It

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: 28th March 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll start by saying I love the name and cover of this book. They are so fitting of the story.

Anyway, it tells the story of Bliss, a 22 year old theatre student who has let slip to her best friend that she is still a virgin. Her friend then decides they should go out to try and find the right guy for Bliss’ first time. After downing four tequila shots for courage she heads to the toilet and on her way back she sees a guy reading Shakespeare in the bar. Drunk, she blurts out something stupid and the guy, Garrick, puts the book down to talk with her and before Bliss knows it, they’re flirting with each other and on their way to his place. I don’t want to spoil it for you but let’s just say things go a little wrong and she’s just grateful she wont have to see him again. Only the next day when she goes to class and he’s there…as the teacher.

This story was right up my street. It had everything I look for in a book; humour, sexiness and a good plotline. So in my opinion Cora Carmack is a genius!

If you ask me, Garrick quite possibly pulled every single female reader within those first two chapters. Girls, he’s hot! In fact, Garrick seems pretty fecking perfect and I have to say I’m slightly jealous of Bliss. The rest of the characters are a fun bunch and when they do the whole getting drunk thing together I was laughing.

If you’re looking for a fun, sexy read then I recommend this book. It’s amazing!

Next review(s): When In Paris…