Series: Losing It #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on October 15th 2012
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible—a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half a brain would ever believe.
And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor.
She'd left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier...
One of my good friends recommended it to me a while back, but I only got to read it recently. This story reminded me of Last Will and Testament, a NA novel with the student-teacher love story.
22 year old Bliss Edwards felt like a unicorn in college; she was a virgin at 22, something that was apparently rare in college. Deciding it was time to finally get rid of her v-card, she and her best friend goes to a bar and tries to look for the perfect man for a one night stand. After a long night of men that just didn’t fit, Bliss sees a man reading Shakespeare in the bar. Add in a British accent and a very good-looking face, and she’s completely sold. Things heat up between the two, but just before Bliss finally loses her virginity, she freaks out and leaves the poor man naked in her room. The next day, when she goes to her first ever class in the semester, she sees the very same man in front of the room, introducing himself as Garrick Taylor their newest professor.
Being the same age as Bliss, I related to her woes and understood it quite well. It’s hard to be an adult and have no idea what exactly their purpose in life is. I also loved how awkward she is! The secondhand embarrassment I felt every time she felt/did something embarrassing hit me like a ton of bricks each time! The side characters, especially the theater students, were funny and entertaining, too. And Bliss’s pet cat, Hamlet!
Speaking of side characters, Bliss has two best friends––Kelsey Summers and Cade Winston (they have their own books! Faking It, and Finding It). Bliss has always been comfortable with the two, and she loved them both to bits, but when they and a couple of their theater friends play Spin the Bottle and Bliss’s bottle lands on Cade, things get awry. Cade, ever reliable and constant, apparently has feelings for Bliss and she was the only one who had no idea!
I loved Garrick, but I have to admit I had a problem with his apparent lack of concern in the possible consequences of his relationship with Bliss. As a professor and as the older person in the relationship (it was never disclosed how old he was, but he did mention that he was only a few years older than Bliss), he should have shown more concern of what could happen should the wrong people find out about him and Bliss. Bliss was more paranoid than he was. It was too weird for me! I understood that he really liked her, but shouldn’t have he cared more about it?
I would have given this book 4 stars if it was longer. The author skimmed some months in the school year, and it felt like some of the subplots were ignored. Bliss’s parents were mentioned every once in a while, and I believe they had their issues, especially Bliss and her mom.
This book was a pretty light read, and despite my reservations, I still enjoyed this book.