This review is of my own purchase of the book. No compensation from the author or publisher.
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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 theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
What is it about Stereotype British accent that is so fascinating?
Bliss, a twenty-two years old college student is a virgin. Her goal is to lose her virginity by the end of her college life. So why not take the action on her own hand? Off she went to a bar, with the sex intention (with a random guy).
She stumbled upon a blond-haired blue-eyed Garrick who was reading Shakespeare, in a bar of all places (Thumbs up, man! That's classy). Which turned out to be her new (British) college professor. How coincidental.So the journey begun.The baby-angst of "it's so wrong, yet it's so right", on and off relationship between the two characters. The starry-eyed longing in classes, keep in mind it's a theatre class, of course some drama is a must.
First of all, although it's quite the norm for college student... heck even high school seniors do it now (losing virginity). I wouldn't advise any girls to lose them by peer-pressure, you do it because you're ready (emotionally and its consequences) AND with someone who you can be trusted. Losing It with a random guy you met at a bar not only risking your sex health but also you're most likely to regret it in future.
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SexEd aside, I love Carmack's style of writing. It's cute, fluffy, rainbows-and-unicorns kind of style. There's no dark edge to her stories. Imagine The Bridget Jones diaries, college style.
The plot of student-teacher 'taboo' relationship was dealt in quite a light direction. There's little flair of 'taboo thrill', it's almost like normal sugar-coated college contemporary story.
Character wise, most of them were mild. Yes, they have great humorous interactions with each other, but there's no stand-out characteristics. Bliss was a normal a bit clumsy college girl, Garrick was portrayed charming...(was that just because he has a British accent?) he seemed to be a 'just floating' character for me until climax of the story, which is too bad - 'cause this book has so much potential to be more 'beefy'.
Shakespeare and his works appeared quite a lot in this book from the start. The meet, and the awesome glary-eyed cat - Hamlet to name some.
I would recommend this book if you like a sweet, funny light book with HEA, but for those adventurous young grasshopper - i wouldn't put this at my top TBR (To Be Read) list.
- "It wasn’t until I’d walked halfway across the parking lot that I realized: 1. I wasn’t wearing shoes.
A. Or a shirt.
2. I didn’t bring my keys
A. Or anything really.
3. I’d just left a complete stranger in my apartment.
Whoever said one-night stands were supposed to be simple withno strings attached had clearly never met the disaster that was me.
- “What cat? Oh! MY CAT. The cat… that is mine. Oh, she’s... ” I had said it was a she, right? “She’s fine. All meowing and purring and other cat things.”