Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seeking Her (Losing It #3.5) [Kelsey Summers & Jackson Hunt] by Cora Carmack

This is my least favorite of the bunch. I DID came to like Kelsey and I enjoyed Hunt's character but I think that this one, as a separate novella is somewhat lacking / not interesting enough. I think it would have been better if Hunt's POV would have been part of "Faking It" and maybe with Hunt thinking in retrospect of the time before they meet in the club in Budapest. 

This novella is told solely from Hunt POV and tells us how he came to "babysit" Kelsey. About half of the novella is about Hunt watching Kelsey (meaning a part we haven't read before), continues with the beginning of their time together in Budapest (The beginning of "Faking It") and concludes in the night he takes her to his hotel after she is being drugged.

I would have LOVED to read about Hunt's time apart from Kelsey nearing the end of "Faking It" but naturally it would have stretched this one for too long.. and anyhow I felt that the beginning of her vocation in Europe in this novella as well as in "Faking It" was quite redundant..

The only "light" in this novel was seeing Kelsey from Hunt's POV. He saw things in her she doesn't see in her self, he saw her darkness and her pain - so like his own, he sees the good in her, the kindness and things that as we read from her POV she doesn't give any attention like how much she influences people, how people gather around her, the fact that she is a really kind and good person. 

Not a "must read" since most of the details we get about Hunt was already disclosed in "Faking It" it's mostly interesting so we get why and how Hunt fell for Kelsey but there is nothing in there that makes this story a "whole", it's a nice little add that's all.

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 160 pages, 15-17 September 2014 / On GoodReads
Losing It is a Young Adult / New Adult series by Cora Carmack. The series evolve of 3 friends, each novel introduces them to their Happily Ever After. 

In the first one we meet the "gang" while they are in College studying acting (Texas) there the first couple is formed. The next one takes place in Philadelphia to where the (not so new by now) couple move with the main character of the second novel. The third one takes place in Europe where the main character is backpacking and where she meets her HEA.  

In my opinion each book can be read as a stand alone since though we met the 3 characters in the first book, on the next ones they don't play THAT a big role for you to need to know their past relationship and what you need to know is explained. Besides, the timing of the second and the third kind of overlap so it doesn't really matter which you read first.

Most of the series is written by a single POV, meaning the first ("Losing It"), the third book ("Finding It") and the finishing novella ("Seeking Her"), but the second one ("Faking It") as well as the first two novellas ("Keeping Her", "Inking Him") are written with alternating POVs of the MC. I think that in general I rather have alternating POVs to singular one enabling me to get the "whole story" and not only because of that - the second book was my favorite of the bunch. Really loved both the MC and enjoyed getting to hear both their voices throughout the book. 

I find it hard to classify this one, it's somewhere between Young Adult to New Adult. While the first one felt like a true Young Adult novel (which annoyed me a little) where the romance was sweet yet somehow childish in certain aspects and also very "fresh" since the main heroine is a somehow an insecure virgin, the second one felt more mature which I enjoyed much more. The second one also has the "coming of age" concept that we usually find in a NA book. The third one is somewhere in the middle, it has the "coming of age" vibe that feels like a NA novel, yet to get there you have to bear through quite a lot of silly and teenagery behavior before the main heroine decides to put aside the liqueur and have some mature decisions. 

This series is simply a joy to read. You spend half the time Laughing Out Load and the rest just enjoying the easy going writing and the beautiful love story. 
I should add that the novellas in between aren't a must have and in my opinion are not as good as the full novels. So, you can just stick with the 3 main ones.

1. Losing It [Bliss Edwards & Garrick Taylor] (published 15 October 2012) ★★★★½
1.5 Keeping Her [Bliss Edwards & Garrick Taylor] (published 13 August 2013) ★★★★
1.6 Inking Him [ Bliss & Garrick bonus short story ] (published 23 April 2014) ★★★★
2. Faking It [Mackenzie “Max” Miller & Cade Winston] (published 4 June 2013) ★★★★★
3. Finding It [Kelsey Summers & Jackson Hunt] (published 15 October 2013) ★★★★
3.5 Seeking Her [Kelsey Summers & Jackson Hunt] (published 28 January 2014) ★★★½

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