3 October 2013

eBook Review: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

"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."

Rating: 4/5

You can buy Keeping Her as an eBook now.

I've read both of Cora Carmack's new adult novels so far and have really enjoyed them. Her first book, Losing It, was based on a young female character called Bliss, and her subsequent relationship with teacher Garrick. The ending of that book was great, but did leave some scope for the characters being revisited, which I had hoped would be the case. Carmack hasn't brought them back in a full length novel, but instead in this eBook novella, which promises to go back and revisit Bliss and Garrick and find out what they are up to next.

Bliss and Garrick have been happily loved up for a while now. They are working hard, and are now engaged to be married. Garrick realises he has to take Bliss back home to England introduce his fiancée to his family, although it isn't something he particularly wants to do, and Bliss isn't too happy about it either. They soon arrive in London, and things don't go to plan right from the beginning. Bliss is nervous, Garrick is worried and things seem a bit tetchy between the pair. Bliss begins to realise perhaps their relationship is not as perfect as they thought, and when a big surprise comes along, Bliss isn't at all sure she can handle it...

I really enjoyed revisiting the characters of Bliss and Garrick again, and seeing where they are at in their romance. It's nice to see that they are still happy together, and I thought it was a good idea to send them to London to meet Garrick's family and throw them into a new situation together too. I felt really sorry for Bliss, she's so nervous and her clumsiness comes out much to her annoyance, but you can't help but love her even more for it... she does seem to be meeting the in-laws from hell! I enjoyed the twist that Carmack throws in along the way too, it opens up the novella to a whole new angle, and the way she ends it once again leaves it open to revisit these characters in the future.

This was a fairly short story, and I read it pretty fast, but as I mentioned before, it is nice to read something with familiar characters, and those who have read Losing It will certainly enjoy the catch up with these characters again. I wouldn't advise reading this before its predecessor as this is definitely a follow up, and will spoil things for those haven't read the previous book. The eBook story felt very realistic, a couple of young and in love characters, unsure where they are going with their lives and relationships, and dealing with family issues along the way too. I really enjoyed this eBook, and I do hope Carmack brings back these characters for another catch up soon! If you loved Bliss and Garrick in Faking It, you will definitely want to get a copy of this.

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