Friday 6 September 2013

Losing It - Cora Carmack

Pages: 255
Publisher: Ebury Press
Release Date: 28th March 2013
Edition: UK paperback, review copy

Other Titles in this Series: Faking It, Keeping Her

Bliss Edwards is a virgin.

But her plan for a no-strings, one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially the next day in class when she recognises her hot new professor.

She’d left him – naked in her bed – just 8 hours earlier...

I was initially quite hesitant about reading Losing It, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

This has been pretty popular on my Twitter feed and on the blogs recently but I didn’t really have any desire to read it. I liked the idea of the student/teacher relationship in a college setting but my experiences with NA put me off. Then I had a few people whose recommendations haven’t let me down before tell me I’d like it so I took the plunge and accepted a review offer. I’m glad I did.

Losing It delivered on an element that I always lacking in NA that I think should be a major part of the genre; something that would definitely connect with me and draw me in – the jump into adulthood. Bliss and her friends are in their final semester of college and are facing decisions about their futures and their lives. It’s something I slaved over not too long ago; something that I’m still trying to figure out. I was glad that they were unsure and were struggling to make such decisions and come to terms with the end of being a child.

This sense of growing up was reflected in Bliss’ attitude to sex as well, I think. Being a virgin at twenty-two is unusual  nowadays, but I respected her choice to wait for the right person and I really didn’t like Kelsey, her best friend, for trying t push her into it. Small spoiler ahead so read if you dare: I was so, so glad that she decided against it for her own reasons. She didn’t want to have sex without love and I got that. She was uncomfortable and insecure about anything else and I respected her for that. She chose how to use her body and stood by that and if a girl chooses to go the other way, then good for her as well.

So there you have it. Only the second New Adult novel to strike a chord with me. I already have Keeping Her to read and I’m looking forward to more from Cora Carmack.

Thanks to Ebury/RHCP for the review copy!



  1. I really do love the sound of this and I'm glad you liked it :) Totally agree that this is what NA should be: exploration of adulthood, not just young adults having sex

  2. So glad you enjoyed it, Sophie! It's a favourite of mine. Faking It is just as good, although I did miss Bliss and Garrick.

    Great review!

  3. Yay! I'm very glad you enjoyed it like I said you would. ;) It's definitely my favourite NA, closely followed by Easy by Tammara Webber. I think you'd like that one too...


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