Friday, July 5, 2013

Reviews: Losing It and Faking It by Cora Carmack

Losing It
by Cora Carmack
Publisher:   Harper Collins
Source:  Purchased from Amazon
  • 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 theatre professor.  She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.  
My Thoughts:  I had been wanting to read this forever and just hadn't got the time to get to it, despite all the wonderful reviews and the super hot cover.  In all honesty, I was sold by that hot cover.  When I started reading Losing It, immediately I was hooked.  It starts out hilariously and the humor continues throughout the book.  Cora Carmack had me dying laughing when I found out what a hoo hoo was, and just kept me smiling throughout the book with her witting sense of humor.  That is not to say that Losing It didn't have it serious moments, it definitely did, and it  had its steamy moments also.  I love Bliss' character.  She is a virgin and consider herself an anomaly because of that fact.  She wants to have sex, but she doesn't want to have sex, and has this internal dialogue going on with herself regarding the pros, cons, and everything in between that is comical and very entertaining.  When she meets the uber British hottie Garrick in a bar and decides he is definitely the one, she wind up going home with him, getting him naked, then running out on him leaving him in her bed, and when you read what she is thinking during this process you will be laughing all over again.  Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she walks into class and said ditched uber British hottie is her professor in her theatre class.  As you can imagine things get even more complicated from this point on out.

To say these two had obstacles to overcome would be putting in lightly.  The first and most obvious problem being that the students can't hookup with the teachers, big no no.  Then there is Bliss' erratic behavior and the bizarre and humorous lies she tells and then convinces herself of in the process.  You will understand this when you meet Hamlet.  Her relationship with her best friend Cade takes a turn in a different direction after a drunken party, which throws another wrench in the works.  Then you have her best friend Kelsey who I loved and is a hoot herself and loves to get into the middle of things.  All these challenges  mixed with the drama in the drama they are putting on, the sparks that fly every time Bliss and Garrick get close to each other, her BFF Cade who would rather be her BF, and the feelings that neither Garrick nor Bliss can deny leave Bliss' head swimming, causing her to feel like a martini that has not only be shaken, not stirred, but also put in the blender with the lid off for while.  That said, Losing It is and enjoyable and entertaining story, and I just loved it.

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Favorite Quotes:
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?” 

That’s the number of people who saw me hiding around the corner from my own apartment in just a skirt and a bra. Eleven. 
That’s the number of ant bites I got on my shoeless feet. 
That’s the number of times I was tempted to do myself physical harm because I am an IDIOT. 
That’s the number of times I tried not to cry, but failed.” 

“Let me get this straight… you didn’t have a cat? Did you get a cat just so that you wouldn’t have to tell me you were a virgin?”  I pressed my lips together to keep them from trembling. I nodded. The look on his face was somewhere between shock and amusement. He was flabbergasted. That was the best word. His flabber had been thoroughly gasted.”  “He stepped away from me to talk, and I leaned heavily against the wall beside his door. Clearly, I was not meant to have sex. This was God telling me that I was meant to be a nun. Get thee to a nunnery, and all that crap. I was so delirious I was confusing God and Shakespeare.” 

“Garrick was panting when he replied, “You’re not forcing me to do anything. I just want you to be sure. You can say stop at anytime.” His lips pulled wide. “You don’t need to make up a new pet.” 

Faking It
by Cora Carmack
Published: 6/4/13
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
My Thoughts:  I loved Losing It and couldn't wait to start reading Faking It.  I was really interested to read Cade's story, and to meet Max.  I liked Cade in Losing It, but he didn't blow me away or have that magnetic pull like some characters do, but in Faking It, I absolutely loved him.  Oh, there is so much more to Cade than meets the eye and I loved digging past those layers while reading his story and learning more and more about him.  Cade is going to school and living in Philadelphia, which is also where Bliss and Garrick live, and unfortunately, Cade is still hung up on Bliss, which makes a bad situation even worse.  Try as he may to avoid them, he can't totally, and he really tries to hide just how broken and hurt he is about things when he is around them, not to mention the fact that he actually likes Garrick, which makes things even harder.  Cade is not your typical bad boy.  In fact, he is a really great guy.....a really hot really great guy with a great sense of humor, loyalty, and has sex appeal I wasn't even aware the boy possessed, with is hot preppy self. 

While Cade is in the coffee shop one day, Mackenzie "Max" Miller walks in with her boyfriend.  Max is the total opposite of Bliss in every way.  She has the whole badass, bad girl, thing going on, with tattoos, piercings, and dyed red hair, with an attitude and snarky sense of humor to match.  (All the qualities of the guys I typically go for in books).  There was just one little problem.  Max's mom and dad were in town and on their way to see her, and they had no idea about this aspect of her life.  Max had been trying to live her dream of being a musician, while keeping her real appearance, tats, piercings, and all hidden when she would see her parents.  Unfortunately, she still needed their help financially to make ends meet.  As fate would have it, she convinces Cade to play the part of her boyfriend when her parents come in the coffee shop to meet her, but Cade does his job so well that the parents want him to come to Thanksgiving dinner.  Thus, the beginning of what is Cade and Max's story, and boy is it a good one.  I think I liked Faking It even better than Losing It. 

What starts out as an "agreement" soon turns into something more, despite Max's desperate attempts to keep it from happening.  Max is a very hurt, broken, and emotionally wounded person as a result of tragedy in her life that she has never recovered from.  She tries to cover it up as best she can, but somehow Cade can see past the facade and into the heart of who she really is.  The truth be told, Max doesn't think she is good enough or good for Cade.  What she doesn't know is that Cade is just as broken and wounded as she is, and that she is the first light that has come into his life in quite some time.  I loved watching their relationship progress.  Max refers to Cade as Golden Boy, and he in turn refers to her as Angry Girl.  They hurt each other, they help each other, they can't keep their hands off each other, and Max tries her best to run away from the thing that she needs the most, Cade.  Cade's whole life he has been used to having to let things go, so when Max runs away from him, he has to make a choice, a choice as to whether he is going to go after what he wants or let it slip away.  They did have a little help in the form of Cade's friend and neighbor Milo, who I just loved.  I actually hope he gets a book to.  

While Faking It still had the element of humor that you find in Losing It, it is much more sober, intense, and heart consuming, as you journey with Cade and Max while they work through their issues.  I found it amazing at how good Cade was with and for Max.  Faking It is a great story that is romantic, sometimes funny, definitely intense, heartbreaking, heart warming, and even has its steamy moments.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely recommend it.  

Favorite Quotes:
“I never dated a girl like her, and she's probably never dated a guy like me. But sometimes you don't know what you're looking for until it's already knocked you flat on your back.” 

“After what could have been an eternity or a few seconds, Cade whispered, "Pain changes us. Mine made me want to be perfect, so that no one would ever want to leave me again” 

“Her eyes were a bottomless ocean that I would give up air to explore.” 

“I’ll remind you every day how amazing it feels when your body touches mine. I’ll remind you of the good times, and help you forget the bad. I’ll remind you who you are when life has beaten you down and made you doubt it. I’ll bust down your door in the middle of the night and kiss you until you remember that your fears are just that, and they can’t control you. I’ll take my chances against your fickle heart if it means it’s mine.” 

This kiss, though, was a paradox.  It was sweet and soft, like I would expect a kiss from Golden Boy to be.  But every time I'd thought of pushing him away, there had been something - a pull on my hair, a graze of teeth, a press of his hips - that had frayed my thoughts and kept me kissing him.  I don't know how he managed to be soft and rough at the same time, but I had to hand it to him, it was kind of mind-blowing.  It was also the worst idea since Crocs.  

I swear this guy had to have like supernatural powers.  He had that mind-control power like the people on The Vampire Diaries.  Or some scientist had experimented on him as a child, and now he had, I don't know, extra potent pheromones that bent other people to his will.  It would explain why he was so damn likable... Stupid magic sweat.  

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. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


  1. I loved Losing it! Still need to read Faking it!

  2. I adored Losing It, but haven't had a chance to read Faking It yet. I am so glad you adored both, Ellen. Great reviews!

    1. Faking it is so good to Andrea, and is still funny, but has a more serious tone to it.

  3. Gah! I so need to read these ones! I have read some deleted scenes and loved them so I know I will like both of them.

    1. They are so good. I really think you will enjoy them.

  4. Ellen I love this series and author and your reviews were spot on! I cannot wait for the novella later this month and of course the next book!!

    1. Thanks. I am really looking forward to the novella to.

  5. Oh so glad you liked them both!!! I really found them to be standing out from all the heavy NA romances and added a lighter touch and mor efun! I personally. loved Faking It even more and especially in the beginning were some hilarious moments:)

    1. You are absolutely right, and I did enjoy them both.

  6. Wow. This series looks so goood
    I notice that the first one is more humorous than the second one, don't know if I am right
    GREAT review, though
    Your reader,

    1. You are right. The second has its humorous moments, but takes on a more serious tone. Both are really good though. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I loved Losing It too, and I can't wait to read Faking It. I just want happiness for Cade. I adore him. :) Great reviews.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. I can't wait for you to read it to. I hope you enjoy it.

  8. Wonderful reviews! I enjoyed both of these but preferred Losing It a bit more, I wasn't a huge fan of Max in Faking It.

    I love the quotes you shared :)

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

    1. Thanks. I am really looking forward to the novella.

  9. I LOVED Losing It!! I actually just did a post on my blog about books to read to get you ready for Valentine's Day and Losing It was on the list! Great post!!


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