August 27, 2013

Review: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5) Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
Published August 13th 2013
by William Morrow

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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.

     I have read every single book of this series and loved them all except this one. Many parts of this book just didn't do it for me. For example, their love was just a little too "Mickey Mouse" for me. I understand that they were in love and all that good stuff, but it was just a bit much. Every other scene she was blushing or she was getting flushed and that became annoying. It just made me feel like I'm reading books about teenagers rather than adults.

     However, I do love Garrick and Bliss because I read about them in "Losing It' and I got the chance to see their relationship blossom. So because of that, I was able to put all the blushing and lovey dovey aside and continue the story. In "Keeping Her" they visit London and you get to meet his parents. And the minute that you're introduced to them, you knew immediately this trip is definitely not going to be uneventful. I don't remember reading anything about Garrick's home life so everything was pretty fresh to me. I immediately knew that his relationship with his parents wasn't the best and took a disliking to them.

     What bothered me a bit was, every character in the book was concerned about Garrick's mother's attitude towards Bliss. Now who doesn't hate an evil mother-in-law? Her claws came out immediately and I just wanted to grab Bliss and defend her. But as the story progressed and Bliss and Garrick dealt with their dilemma at hand, things turned out a lot differently than I expected. Bliss and Garrick's mom's relationship changed from one minute to the next. And I just didn't buy into it. I think it takes a lot longer for a mom (especially given the way they described her) to warm up to a future daughter-in-law.

     Now what I did like about this book was the dilemma Cora put them through. It showed me how serious Garrick is about their relationship and how much he's willing to sacrifice himself for Bliss. Garrick showed his commitment to Bliss a lot more in this novella. It was a good story line but some parts didn't do it for me this time. I will, however, continue to read the series because I do love all her characters. So I'm eagerly anticipating her next novel "Finding It". I give "Keeping Her" a 3 stars! I hope you guys love it more than I did.

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