I Wanted More Heat! Losing It & Keeping Her by Cora Carmack [Audiobook Review]

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I Wanted More Heat! Losing It & Keeping Her by Cora Carmack [Audiobook Review]
Title: Losing It
Written by Cora Carmack
Read by Phoebe Strole
Series: Losing It, #1
Published by HarperAudio
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: two-half-flames


Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

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 theater professor.

She'd left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier. . . .


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This is the first book that I read written by Cora Carmack and I enjoyed it! This is another taboo romance because the hero is her professor but he is also not that much older than the heroine. The good thing about this romance is that they didn’t really “hookup” until AFTER the heroine’s graduation!

Losing It was a perfect New Adult listen for me during the holidays because it was pretty short and sweet. Although, I wanted there to be more heat and sexy times! So yeah, this book felt too sweet for the New Adult romances that I had been reading during this time.

Bliss is planning to lose her virginity before graduation and she meets the perfect guy at a bar reading Shakespeare, of all things! And she also finds out that he lives in an apartment in a building next to hers!

Losing It has a fun premise that I like. Bliss was such a fun and awkward character which I related to immediately. Garrick, of course, was a little swoon-worthy and he also has a British accent!

As much as I enjoyed Losing It, it felt too short for me, though and I actually wanted more interaction between Bliss and Garrick. I wanted more banter between the two because those interactions made me laugh out loud. Bliss’ antics were also quite amusing – like the cat episode. 😂

What I didn’t like was that hint of a love triangle. It wasn’t necessarily a love triangle because Bliss didn’t have feelings for her best friend but… it made the romance a tad bit dramatic. It is merely a hint, though, so you shouldn’t worry about it too much.

The audiobook was read by Phoebe Strole and she did a pretty good job with it. She also did an AMAZING job with Garrick’s voice and it didn’t sound too weird.

Overall, Losing It was a fun read for me. I was also a little bit surprised that there wasn’t too much angst which was also refreshing! I will definitely be reading more Cora Carmack books!

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3.5


I Wanted More Heat! Losing It & Keeping Her by Cora Carmack [Audiobook Review]
Title: Keeping Her
Written by Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It,
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: August 13th 2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 176
Format: eBook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
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Challenges: 2018 Review Challenge

Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.


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Keeping Her was a very short read for me but it was a perfect companion to Losing It and is set after Garrick and Bliss got engaged and they were off to meet Garrick’s parents.

Oh, did I mention that they were going to London to meet Garrick’s parents?! I also knew a mile away that Garrick’s parents were loaded so it wasn’t a surprise when we actually get a glimpse of Garrick’s home and his parents.

I honestly think that this book felt real. I remember meeting my future in-laws for the first time and I was pretty nervous, although I wasn’t as nervous as Bliss!

Keeping Her was okay and is best read right after you finish Losing It. I also liked that it was still in dual POVs and I liked getting a glimpse of Garrick’s mind. What I did not like was the typical pregnancy scare added to the drama. I actually wanted more about how Garrick’s parents came to terms with Garrick’s career decision and also his marrying an American when it was obvious that his parents invited his 10 exes to their engagement party.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne Star
Rereadability
0 Stars
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall:

 

 

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Do you like romances with an HFN (Happy For Now) ending like Losing It?

What do you think of novellas that continue their story to reveal their HEA?


About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.


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8 responses to “I Wanted More Heat! Losing It & Keeping Her by Cora Carmack [Audiobook Review]

  1. I think this was one of the first original NA books bavk when theh were first coming on the scene and before sex scenes were all the rage so it was more on the sweet side. I really like book one but never continued the series.

    • I am pretty okay with NA as HFN because it’s NA, but I would really like a novella about their actual HEA or have them visit other books in the series… 😊