26 August 2013

Review: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack

Published: 13 August 2013 by William Morrow

Pages: 100 (ebook)

Genre/s: New Adult, Romance

Source: Publisher for review


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.

My Thoughts

Losing It was one of those books that I wasn't completely convinced about - I liked Bliss, I liked her relationship with Garrett, but it didn't blow me away, although I completely understand the appeal for other readers - maybe I'm just old and cynical, or particularly hard to please.  Therefore I didn't really intend to continue with this series, until I saw that Keeping Her involved Bliss meeting Garrick's family.

Personally I had a pretty dodgy record with meeting parents.  My first ever 'real' boyfriend's mother took me to court after I split up with her son, the second ones mother scared the absolute crap out of me, and my current mother-in-law got me so drunk the first time I met her that I had to be carried up the stairs - at a wedding reception.  Luckily, June is also a lady who likes a tipple, so we are cool now ;)

Therefore I could completely relate to how Bliss felt about meeting Garrick's mother.  And because Keeping Her is told in alternate POV between Bliss and Garrick, there was the added dimension of how Garrick felt about introducing the woman he loves to his rather scary mother.

Losing It was a quick read, and being a novella, Keeping Her was quicker again.  Even though a lot happens, I didn't feel like it was rushed, or that certain topics were glossed over.  It was fun revisiting Bliss and Garrick as characters, and although I wished it had been longer, Keeping Her was a perfect follow-up to their story.  

Definitely read Losing It first - and even if you don't love it, the continuation of the story in Keeping Her really brings everything together.   Bliss and Garrick are much the same as they were in Losing It, there are new characters in the form of Garrick's childhood friends, a scary mother-in-law and a rather ambivalent, but ambitious father-in-law.  Cora Carmack now has a new fan in me - Keeping Her really helped me see just how talented she is in creating realistic new adult characters.


  1. I read this the other day and like you, I enjoyed it more than Losing It but I still can't fully connect to these tow. They are certainly likable enough but meh.

    I did like what happened with bliss and Garrick's mom.

    If you read Faking It - let me know what you think. I adored that one so I'll keep reading the series. I like Cormack's writing even though the LI characters didn't quite blow me away.

  2. I've heard so much about Losing It, but I just don't think it's the right type of book for me. What I do enjoy, however, are these little mini-novellas that give us sneak peaks into other characters/POV's. My favourite example is Liv & Roar (Under the Never Sky series) which I highly recommend reading, if you haven't already. I'm getting kind of burnt out on sequels/prequels so these novellas are kind of the perfect way to get more of the universes we love!

  3. LOL. I love that you bonded with your mother-in-law over alcohol. That's fabulous. You guys sorted out your priorities. :)

    You make me want to read this, and you know my stance about novellas (probably). Curses!



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