Review: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

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.

Title: Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5)
Author: Cora Carmack
Source: Library
Publication date: August 13, 2013

Keeping Her is a followup novella to Losing It. This review contains spoilers for Losing It.

Set about a year after Losing It and alternating between Bliss and Garrick’s points of view, Keeping Her gives a short peek at Bliss and Garrick’s life after her graduation and their move to Philadelphia. Bliss and Garrick are both working actors, but they’re supplementing their incomes with part-time jobs outside the theater world, living in a tiny apartment with their cat Hamlet, and planning to marry soon. The only thing worrying Bliss now is their upcoming trip to London to meet Garrick’s parents.

What I Like
  • It’s nice to see things more from Garrick’s perspective. Since Bliss got Losing It, I think I could have gone for the entire story here from his POV, although there would be a lot of changes.
  • I love Garrick’s friends and I wanted more from them! But…short story/novella. No time.
  • Garrick. I think I love Garrick. He’s a little cheesy with his constant “Marry me?”ing, but his accent and his obvious love for Bliss make up for it.
What I Don’t Like
  • Bliss seems a little more toned down than she was in Losing It. Part of that may be her insecurity and her nerves about meeting Garrick’s parents. In many ways she’s still the same woman who goes out and gets a cat to cover up the fact that she was lying about having a cat, but she just doesn’t seem quite like the same Bliss I loved so much in Losing It. There’s something missing from her character.

Overall verdict: It’s always fun to check in with characters after their book is finished. I assume (and hope!) they will be showing up in the other books in the series, but since this one focuses on them, it has a little more meat than any cameo in another couple’s book can offer. I think the series is complete, but I would love to see more followups.

4 stars