V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

So, even though I didn’t put it in the title, I read both V is for Virgin AND A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram over the weekend… which is why I didn’t check to see if my automatic posts were actually posting. Evidently they weren’t. Guess I didn’t schedule them properly!419qe39-Z8L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_

“You haven’t seen Tralse’s website today.” She said it as a statement, not a question.

Without saying another word—apparently there were none to explain the coming horror—Robin surfed over to Tralse’s website. Aside from having posted videos from the concert last night of their new song, Kyle had posted a new blog. 
“Ten reasons why Virgin Val sucks?” I screeched.

A couple walking past the store looked up, startled, so I bit my tongue to keep from spouting profanities of my own.

I clicked on the blog. There was no way to make myself not click on it. 

The Top Ten Reasons Why Virgin Val Sucks
10. She called me a one-hit-wonder.
9. She doesn’t appreciate the endearing nickname I gave her.
8. She makes me write stupid blogs about her at four in the morning.
7. She’s encouraging people not to have sex.
6. She blew me off when I asked her out.
5. She has a crush on a douche bag.
4. She won’t answer any of my calls.
3. She’s such a tease with her look-but-don’t-touch policy.
2. I played a whole effing concert just for her and she didn’t come even though she told me she would. (You’re such a liar!)
And the #1 reason why Virgin Val sucks?
I still want her anyway.

A full minute of silence passed with me simply staring at the computer screen, blinking over and over, hoping that the next time my eyes closed the blog would disappear.
“It’s actually very sweet…” Robin said. “If you think about it.”
My jaw, which had already fallen slack, hit the floor as I gaped at her. “Sweet?” I choked on the word. “I’m going to KILL him!” 

From the best selling YA romance author of The Avery Shaw Experiment comes a wildly funny and heart-melting rockstar romance. Kyle Hamilton is the quintessential bad boy, but Val Jensen is not your typical good girl.

When Val gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?

Wow, wow, wow! This book was absolutely amazing. I was so afraid when it was recommended to me because the premise sounds a lot like Fifty Shades of Grey but I was so surprised when I read this book! Pleasantly surprised. It was phenomenal. Kelly Oram has just jumped her way up to being one of my all-time favorite authors, and that’s saying something, guys.

While I don’t have time to say much about the book, let’s just say it’s absolutely breathtaking. The one thing that’s a little weird is the writing style used. It’s told in past tense, first person, with Val telling the story. But it’s more like she’s recalling a day long ago, rather than it being something that’s happening right at that moment, or a week ago. Many details seemed missing, like a grandmother was telling her granddaughter about this Kyle Hamilton guy she had a crush on when she was younger.

Another thing that bothered me slightly was that there was no real way to tell when time passed in the book. You’ll be reading on and then Val will randomly mention, “and years passed…” and you’re like:

Wait. What? Weren’t you just eighteen?? Now you’re … twenty-one? How?! What happened?!

Oh, well. Just not my taste.

A is for Abstinence


“It may have been four years, Kyle, but that doesn’t mean I don’t remember how you operate.”

I snatched her hand as she reached to open the door to the studio. I wasn’t ready to end this moment alone with her. “You don’t think I’ve learned a few things since then?”

She smirked and shook her head. “New tricks. Same dog.”

It was impossible not to take her words as a challenge. I pushed her back until she was pinned against the door and leaned in close enough that our breaths mingled. Her eyes snapped wide the same way they always had whenever I’d invaded her personal space, and I watched, satisfied, as she sucked in a lung full of air and held it.

“That mentality will be your downfall this time around, Val.” I leaned in, letting my lips linger at her jawline for a moment too long before bringing them to her ear. “Same old tricks,” I whispered. “New man.”

With that, I kissed her cheek and breezed past her into the studio, leaving her flustered and in need of another moment to collect herself all over again.

Best selling YA romance author Kelly Oram takes her first dive into new adult romance with this heartfelt and hilarious tale of a rockstar and a virgin.

Rockstar to the core, Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

Did I mention the second and final book in the series is also killer?

Basically, guys, just grab them both while you can.


Marvelous author and blogger (and now friend!) Luke Taylor recently sent me his book The Muiread, which I am just getting to start reading! I actually started last night, but today feels more like the first day. So yay. Andddddd to officiate our friendship, he sent me a birthday present along with his book! Would you guess what it is? Six of Crows. I’ve heard it’s a stupendous book and cannot wait to crack it open!

Thanks, Luke! You’re homicidal (that’d be Rose talk for you’re cool … please don’t kill anyone …)

Keep your eyes peeled this last stretch before Crown of Crimson is officially on the market! We’re coming upon the most fun part 😉 Get ready for awesomeness!

Later, babes!

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