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.
I didn't want to be a virgin. That much I knew. I didn't want to feel like the immature prude who knew nothing about sex. I hated not knowing things. The trouble was...as much as I didn't want to be a virgin, I also didn't want to have sex.
The conundrum of all conundrums. Why couldn't this be one of those square is rectangle, but rectangle is not always a square kind of things?
But then Bliss meets Garrick at a pub her friend dragged her to. He's the only man there who isn't wasted in their cup, and is in fact reading one of her favorite plays from Shakespeare. Turns out he's only there to pass the time before the locksmith shows up at his apartment to open the door for him after he locked himself out. They start talking and really connect, but Bliss' friend is by the bar, and she only left her to go to the bathroom.
When the bartender drops off drinks for Garrick and her, he reminds Bliss about her friend. Garrick thought the bartender was being a little too friendly toward Bliss and didn't want her to leave him.
He said, "You know, sometimes I wonder if Desdemona was as innocent as she let on. Maybe she knew the effect she had on guys, and enjoyed making them jealous.
I met his eyes then, and they were narrowed, studying me.
I swallowed my nerves and studied him back.
"Or maybe she was just intimidated by Othello's intensity and didn't know how to talk to him. Communications is hey after all."
"It could have solved a lot of their problems."
"In that case, I'll endeavor to be as clear as possible." He picked up his chair and placed it mere inches from mine. He slinked down beside me and said, "I'd rather you didn't go back to your friend. Stay here with me."
Garrick eventually asks her to his place and she agrees.
Bliss Edwards is totally embarrassed that she's still a virgin, and the one time she finally finds a man who she wouldn't mind giving it up too...she freaks out, thinking that she'll be totally lame, and runs off on him just before he's about to seal the deal. Resolved with the fact that she'll probably never see the man again (as long as she's careful since it turns out that they live in the same apartment complex) she'll live. But oh how wrong she is. The man turns out to be her professor to boot.
They both decide to play it cool and try to forget that night ever happened, but the attraction that pulled them together is still very much there and it's damn near impossibly not to throw responsibilities out the door and to say 'to hell with it.'
Bliss is just hilarious. She's insecure at first and makes up the most ridiculous lies up to cover her tracks and it's so obvious. (Lol) Garrick Taylor knows that he can't tango with a student, but he's completely out of his element when it comes to Bliss. One of her best friends is a guy who obviously in love with her, and he's intimidated by that fact. Though Bliss is oblivious.
"Did you sleep with him?"
He didn't lean back toward me, but his grip on the chair loosened. One of his knuckles brushed against my arm. "Good."
"Garrick..." He was going to that place we weren't supposed to go.
He smiled cheekily. "What? Just because I can't have you right now, doesn't mean I'm okay with him having you."
He can't not have her, and is totally willing to play with fire if it gets him the woman of his dreams. He's a really sexy character with his protective and overbearing tendencies as well as hints of vulnerability that makes him completely loveable. At times I wanted to hit Bliss over the head with some of her antics, and sometimes I found her to be too level headed... I wanted less rationality and more thinking with her heart, but she figures it out on her own eventually.
Cora Carmack is a great author and I really enjoyed this book and believe many of you will too. Check it out and leave us a comment down below telling me what you think of it.
Have you ever been into someone you know you shouldn't want?
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