Thursday, 19 June 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: V-Card by Alicia Michaels

I received a copy of V-Card in exchange for my review.

Jenn is determined to lose her virginity before her 21st birthday, especially because it seems to just be bad luck that she hasn't yet managed. While helping out one of her roommates, Christian, by pretending to be his girlfriend at a function, Jenn meets Dain, who she thinks is wonderful and quickly starts dating. Originally the plan was just to have sex, but now faced with possibly gaining more, Jenn doesn't feel as rushed and doesn't mind too much when things get in the way. Unless that thing is her other male roommate, Luke, who is taking protective to a whole new level.

Firstly, don't let the title, blurb or cover put you off because of sex, because that isn't the focus of this book really. Well it is to some extent because Jenn does want to lose her virginity, but at the same time the focus is more on her relationship with Dain, and on her friendships with her roommates; Christian, Luke, Chloe and Kinsley. They're all in college and it adds layers to the story that make it both sweet and complex.

I actually really liked both of Jenn's male roommates, they were super protective true, but there was one point where Christian stood up for her and I felt proud of him, and thought that it was good that the author chose to portray him like that. Though Luke was a whole different story. From the beginning I couldn't help but feel the chemistry between Jenn and Luke, even if Jenn herself didn't feel it!

I did also feel the chemistry between Jenn and Dain though, and certainly didn't see the reason that what happened happened (I did see it happening though). They seemed like a really sweet couple but for the whole book I was pretty much hoping that Jenn and Luke would get it on, shameless I know!

I really really enjoyed V-Card, and just got a little over excited realising that it is part of a series, which I'll definitely be reading (and not just because I've read and enjoyed Michaels writing before!)


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Title: V-Card
Series: Sharing Spaces # 1
Author: Alicia Michaels
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Formats: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Cover by: Najla Qamber
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Pages: 133 pages
ISBN : 978-0692203323

Jennifer Nolan has been unlucky when it comes to love; even more unfortunate when it comes to sex. In fact, the twenty year-old college junior is about to enter her senior year still carrying her v-card. All she wants is to be with that special someone without it resulting in a trip to the emergency room, runaway office supplies, or being scarred for life by someone’s weird fetishes. With several botched attempts under her belt, she begins to fear she’ll end up a lonely spinster or a crazy cat lady.
With only 60 days until her 21st birthday, Jennifer is determined to lose her virginity once and for all. Little does she know that her mission will lead her down a path toward love. She never expects that her mission will lead her to a discovery of what true womanhood is, and where true and lasting love begins.

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“It sucks when your pretend date ditches you for a real one.” I looked up to find Dain in front of me, blocking Christian and Amber from my view. He was so tall I had to crane my neck up to look at him. I didn’t mind; the view was spectacular.
I shrugged. “Yeah, but what are you gonna do?” I said, my tongue finally coming unglued from the roof of my mouth. He smiled and my insides quivered. “It’s okay, we’re roommates. I’ll just do gross things to him while he sleeps.”
He laughed again and I smiled in response. “You could do that. Or,” he leaned in, so close I could smell his cologne, “you could get even.”
My mouth fell open. I was a fish again, gasping for air and flopping around for something witty to say. Instead, he got, “Get even?”
He nodded. “Yeah. You know, find some wildly attractive guy to be your new date and piss him off.”
“That’s a good idea,” I said. “Know any wildly attractive guys?”
“If you’ll settle for extremely witty and tall, then there’s always me,” he said. Him. On a biscuit. Or covered in chocolate. Or running shirtless, drenched with sweat. Or … I swallowed past the lump in my throat.
“I guess you’ll do,” I said with a shrug.
“Good. Why don’t you tell me about Jenn?”
“Um, okay.” He placed his hand at the small of my back, turning me toward the little dock jutting out over the water. A sleek speedboat bobbed on the surface. I concentrated on trying not to trip as we stepped out onto the dock. “Well, I’m a Nursing student. I’m in my junior year and I want to be a Pediatric nurse after I graduate.”
“Pediatrics, huh? You must like kids or something.”
I nodded. “Everybody likes kids.”
“So you must want to have them someday.”
“Doesn’t everybody?” He shrugged. “I don’t know. Maybe someday. I’m more focused on my career right now than anything else.”
“What do you do?” “Well, I just graduated with a business degree last year,” he said, stuffing his hands into his pockets. “I just started an entry level position at my dad’s company.”
“Wow,” I said, eyebrows raised. “Color me impressed.”
He laughed. “Not that impressive. It’s grunt work in the mail room, but you have to start somewhere. My dad started there and now he’s CEO. I could have gotten a job higher up, but I wanted to take my lumps like everybody else. Couldn’t have everybody whispering behind my back that Daddy did it for me.”
I wasn’t lying about being impressed. A guy who could have gotten any job he wanted through his dad, choosing to work his way up from the bottom. This guy became more intriguing by the second.
“That’s ambitious,” I stated. “More so than Nursing.”
“Hey,” he said, his hand coming out of his pocket to touch my bare shoulder. That touch caused my blood to sing in my veins. Electricity arced across my skin. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a nurse. It’s a hard, noble job. Besides, someone has to hold the little brats down while they get their shots.”
“You are so not funny,” I replied, but I was laughing all the same.
“No, but you are,” he said. “Look at you all mad at me. It’s cute.”
I could feel my face getting hot. Cute? I’d take it. For him, I’d wear cute like a badge of honor. This was going well. I was flirting without making too big a fool of myself. Dain was smiling, and not a fake, forced smile either. He kept touching me—my arm, my shoulder. Things were going perfectly. Until I took a step backward and went plummeting off the side of the dock.
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1 X $25 Gift Card to eBook store of winner's choice (grand prize)
2 X Signed paperbacks of V-Card - USA Only
10 X Swag packs: autographed v-card postcard and magnet - International
about the author
clip_image016Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With seven Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card is her first Contemporary Romance.
The mother of three and wife to an Army sergeant, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.
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follow the tour
Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour for V-Card by Alicia Michaels from June 15 to 21, 2014.
June 15
Book Hostage - Spotlight with Excerpt
Books, Authors, Blogs - Spotlight with Excerpt
The Page Princess - Review, Dream Cast, & Book Soundtrack
Midwest Book Lover - Review, Character Bio's & Playlist
Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight with Excerpt
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Spotlight with Excerpt
June 16
A One-click Addict's Book Blog – Spotlight with Excerpt
Mean Girls Luv Books - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
Eclipse Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt, Character Interview, Playlist, Book Soundtrack, Character Bio’s & Dream Cast
Portals to new Worlds - Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Playlist, Book Soundtrack, Character Bio’s & Dream Cast
Darkest Cravings - Spotlight with Excerpt, Top Ten, Playlist, Book Soundtrack, Character Bio’s & Dream Cast
June 17
iHeartBooks by MiLo18 - Spotlight with Excerpt
The Book Whore-der's Delights - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
Pretty Girls Read Books - Spotlight with Excerpt
Our New Generation for Reading - Spotlight with Excerpt
Read That - Review
Raven Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
June 18
Pretty Little Pages - Review, Dream Cast, Character Bio's
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
Deal Sharing Aunt - Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview &Top Ten
Storm Chase Novels - Spotlight with Excerpt
June 19
Cajun Book Lover - Spotlight with Excerpt
Trips Down Imagination Road - Review
Broadway Girl Book Reviews - Review
MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways - Spotlight with Excerpt & Character Bio's
Catholic Kittie's Litter Box - Spotlight with Excerpt & Dream Cast
June 20
Clarissa Wild's Blog - Spotlight with Excerpt & Playlist
Gthebookdiva.Com - Review
Naughty And Smutty Book Blog - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
2 Girls & A Book - Spotlight with Excerpt, Review, Character Interview, Dream Cast & Character Bio's
June 21
Hooked on Books - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
Crystal's Many Reviewers - Review
For the Love of Books by Jaime - Spotlight with Excerpt, Review & Guest Post
Red Cheeks Reads - Review & Playlist