“I appreciate what you’re doing, and I get it. I love you for being willing to do this, but it’s not worth it. Not if you stop being you.”
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.
Keeping Her is the continuation of Bliss and Garrick story of Cora Carmack series, Losing It. If you read the first book of this series, Losing It, you all know that Bliss and Garrick end up as boyfriend and girlfriend after trapped in a student-teacher situation. And from the second book, Faking It, you have a glimpse of their happy status as couple, staying in love and in the bliss of happiness together. Now in this novella, Bliss and Garrick are trying to navigate their relationship more by pushing things a little forward which basically includes Bliss meeting Garrick’s family. The idea of going to London to finally meet Garrick’s parents is stressing Bliss. She don’t know if they will like her. And her knowledge about Garrick’s Mom makes her more nervous. Garrick on the other side is more concern what will Bliss will think after meeting his parents. Will she still like to get married with him after knowing her future in laws?
As a couple Bliss and Garrick were just endearing to read. They are more comfortable now with each others compare to what they are in the first book. They both mature not just as a couple but also as individual. Bliss as usual offers the funny scenes as you see her panic or just landed straight in the center of most awkward moments. Her fear in meeting Garrick parents is reasonable. I think most girls who will be meeting his fiance family for the first time will feel the same. Add to it her impression about Garrick’s mom and being in a distance place with only one person you actually know, for sure it is not easy.
As for Garrick, he shows a different side of him in this novella. Meeting his family reveal the vulnerable side of him. Coming from a loaded family, Garrick is like a prodigal son in the eye of his parents, a son who left them and moved to US. But in reality Garrick is just trying to live his own life in a way he wants. He wants to do things that make him happy like theater and acting, and not be just another plan that his parents want to achieve. He don’t want to live forever in the shadow of his parents, especially his dad who wants to mold him into something that he is not. Garrick wants to prove that he can take care of himself, and that his own dreams and goals are more important than the luxury his parents and their money can give to him, that’s why even it means he have to left his friends and the comfortable life he has, he still decided to left London.
And speaking of London, knowing that the story will be set in this beautiful place, I’m kinda hopeful that I’ll be getting a lot of European vibes, because like Bliss I just can’t help but get excited knowing more about London, one of the many places in Europe that I’m eyeing to see and experience first hand someday. And for a novella, as expected the story provide just enough touch of Europe, like the British accent and words, a few places in London, and a bit of Harry Potter reference which I did like.
Overall, Keeping Her is an entertaining quick read. With enough humor, romance, and drama this novella is a perfect quench to those who’s thirsting for more of Garrick and Bliss. If you enjoy reading Bliss and Garrick story in Losing It, you will surely enjoy a little more of their love story in this novella.