August 13, 2013

REVIEW: My love letter to KEEPING HER by Cora Carmack

KEEPING HER by Cora Carmack (LOSING IT #1.5)
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Source: Edelweiss via publisher
Rating: 5/5 stars
Get it: Amazon | B&N
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.


Like the sister before you, I am writing you this love letter review to basically tell you and Cora Carmack and the whole world how much I adore you. You are a tease in so many ways and yet you left me content by giving me a dose of the Bliss and Garrick love I have missed oh so much. 

I was thrilled that Cora Carmack decided to write a continuation of what I originally fell in love with in LOSING IT. I believe she has the magic touch because it’s just so easy to get lost into Carmack’s writing, so of course reading you was better than a walk in the park or eating a popsicle on a really hot day. I didn’t even realize the few hours that have passed until I finished praying-wishing-hoping-yearning for more. 

Let me go ahead and tell you that I absolutely, positively loved being in Garrick’s head! It was like the whip cream and cherry on top of an already delectable hot fudge sundae. I really got to know him on a much more deeper and intimate level. I liked knowing who he was before and where he came from. I couldn’t help but feel warm fuzzies in my heart at how much Garrick loved Bliss. At how much he made her feel beautiful. I just loved his sweetness, the way he called her “love” and how he continually reassured her. Especially the little things he did for Bliss like the marry me and airplane seat thing, the man was just perfection. And can I mention that Garrick was already sexy, but dirty talkin’ Garrick was triple X sexxxy. *fans self*
“We’re going to meet my parents. We’ll smile and talk long enough that they feel like they’ve met you, then we’re finding a place to be alone. My bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, I don’t care where. The only thing I care about is fucking you so hard you can’t see straight.”
Like, holy french toast, KEEPING HER! You really know how to make a girl blush and swoon! 

I really missed Bliss and her awkward, silly, quirky, and charming self. She doesn’t even have to try, really. I just love her. Adore her. I liked that though Garrick told her it didn’t matter what his mother thought, it mattered to her. It was cute to see her unsure and flustered. I just loved her overactive outrageous imagination. Bliss was so freaking hilarious, I couldn’t even. I did felt some sadness at the way Bliss worried and questioned herself, but like always, I knew she would rise up to the challenge!
“If I couldn’t be near him, I wanted to wear his clothes or sleep on his side of the bed. I was a creeper. I could accept that.”
I love you, KEEPING HER because you not only gave me super cute I-want-to-die-from-happiness moments with Bliss and Garrick, but you also let Carmack throw a twist in there that totally had my heart racing. And I really liked that though Bliss and Garrick had their happily ever after in LOSING IT, they weren’t this perfect couple, but two people who were reachable, relatable and grounded. Cora Carmack just keeps getting better and better and damn, I’m so ridiculously in love with her writing it’s what I call crazy stupid love, (possibly borderline obsession, but don’t tell her that!) Don’t even get me started on that Game of Thrones and Harry Potter reference(s). Freaking brilliant. 

My dear KEEPING HER, you are short and sweet and everything nice. You gave me a wonderful glimpse of what happens with Garrick and Bliss after LOSING IT and I couldn’t have asked for more! (Though I really do want more *winks*).

Love forever and ever,
Jessirae xx

*Thanks to William Marrow for sending a copy for review purposes
I was not compensated for my opinion


  1. Man I really need to start reading this series so I can meet Bliss and Garrick, that quotw of Garrick's up there is HOT HOT HOTT! So happy that you loved this one so much you wrote a love letter to it! Great review!

    1. OMG YES YOU HAVE TO!! I think you will just love Garrick!! ;)

  2. I just read Losing It and Faking It last week and I loved both of them so such. I definitely fell in love with Carmack's writing.
    I love this format for your review! It's so original. :)
    And oh my! Garrick dirty talks in this one? *dies of swoon*
    I'm looking forward to reading this! :)
    Lovely review, Jessirae!

    1. Right?! It's so easy to just fall in love with her writing! And thanks so much! I only do this for her books since her love letter contest. Since then it just stuck! I hope you enjoy Keeping Her!!

  3. Oh, trust me, those times when Garrick gets good and dirty?! Love it! Lol. Also, when he's super sweet?!!? My heart melted! "Marry me", swoon!!!! Great review love!

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    1. ME TOO! I wasn't expecting him to talk that way!! Thanks so much Vi!!

  4. Cora Carmack definitely has a magic touch. I don't read a lot of NA books, but hers definitely catch and keep my attention. And it sounds like Garrick steps up the charm in this one (haven't read yet--still debating whether to purchase). I wasn't quite, quite sold on him in Losing It, though I did like him, but I like what you said here. That he supports Bliss and knows how to step up the game a bit with some dirty talk :). Also, Bliss is just adorable. Half the humor I loved so much came from her and her awkwardness.

    Game of Thrones and HP references? What?!

    1. YAY! That makes me sooo happy that you like her writing. I hope once you read Keeping Her you'll like Garrick more :) Hell yeah, Bliss is definitely adorable. She's so fricking funny! AND YESSS. Mostly HP, which was awesome! Thanks so much Christina!

  5. I loved this too!! My review posts tomorrow for it. I love Garrick and Bliss and was glad to get more of their story!

    1. Really!? I will read it and comment too!! I was super glad too. Thanks Amy!

  6. Oh my! I loved Losing It and this sounds so amazing! That quote!! *dies* I totally want in Garrick's head. Excellent review, Jessirae. :)


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