Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Book Review! | "Keeping Her" By Cora Carmack

I actually typed out this whole review, but it didn't save..YAY! So I'm just going to get right into the review.
If you haven't read "Losing It", the main story that lead to this novella, you can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnOLJblHaEA&feature=youtu.be .
Before I get into my thoughts over the novella, here is the description:

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)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.


Right off, if you are looking for a fun, light book that you'll love every bit as much as the original, this may not be the book for you.
There are quite a few things that annoyed me, seemed confusing, unnecessary..or just weren't consistent with "Losing It". 

The book makes it seem like, not only has Bliss had dating experience, but she's has multiple serious relationships, a fact that is denied specifically in the first book. She's much more needy and annoying in this storyline..her anxiety less endearing. Garrick is more controlling and childish. The entire situation surrounding his mother was elaborated in a strange way and the characters were unable to see the dozens of clear faults in some of their ideas. 
Spoiler: 
At one point, Garrick decides he should give up acting in pursuit of a well paying, stable job in London. The sentiment is great but A) he decides this without discussing it with Bliss, assuming she would go along with it and like the change because she is finally starting to get along with his mother B) he completely looks past all the reasons why this would NOT be a good idea: His friend, Graham, would have all the opportunities in the world to continue making plays at Bliss, his plethora of exes who would all love to have him back (Which- side rant...why is the idea that a literary male needs to have dozens of exes who can't seem to move on from him after the break-up a recurring theme? Because it's rather annoying and unrealistic.) and C) Bliss has grown up in the US! He can't honestly expect her to sign off on something like that on the short notice he would be giving her in the book, which is pretty much "Hey, I start Monday!" 

In the end, I didn't hate this book, despite how hard on it I'm being. However, it was in no way necessary. It didn't feel like a closing, no extra questions were answered, in fact..I was left with more questions than I went into the book with (and I went in with no questions at all.). I think the main issue was the novella's length- at only 110 pages of story, there was no time to expand on anything, so it all seemed thrown together as a way to milk as much from "Losing It" as possible.
 It was an inexpensive book, so if you really want to read more about Bliss and Garrick, then go ahead, but I don't consider it a must-read by any means.

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