Wednesday, June 20, 2012

[ARC Review]: "The Virgin's Revenge"

The Virgin's Revenge by Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 3, 2012)
Series: The Rancho del Cielo, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

If you can’t beat ’em…seduce ’em.
A Rancho del Cielo Romance
Amanda Jackman’s love life is the stuff dreams are made of...which is fitting, because it’s all in her head. Thanks to six oversized, overbearing brothers who treat her like the family jewel, she’s lived in a padded little box.
Determined to get a life before she needs a padded little cell, she sets out to throw off the yoke and live on her own terms. Except she seriously underestimates the lengths to which her brothers will go to keep her safe and sound.
Cole Engstrom’s life might just be at an end. Cornered by all six of the massive Jackmans—men he normally considers his friends—he learns he’s their choice to marry their sister...or else. Make that first choice, but not the last.
Rather than watch Amanda’s brothers club their way through potential mates, Cole figures it’s best to just play along for a while and buy her some time to find a man of her own. It’s a good plan. Until Amanda figures it out—and decides he’s the one to relieve her of her “sheltered little virgin” status. One seduction at a time...
Warning: This sexy romp of a book contains a virgin, a man and a plan. Game. On

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My Review:

Ah, the old “friends-to-lovers” troupe, with a slight twist—the heroine's a virgin, and she's tired of being placed in a glass box. One way or another she's going to lose her pesky virginity. And the guy she wants to take it from her is her brothers' best friend. Oh yes, this should be fun...

Amanda has six brothers. Yep, six. Needless to say, she's been coddled, protected, and unable to even date much since she reached puberty. Of course, the one man she wants to date (and oh so much more...) doesn't have the same feelings for her. After all, she's just his best friend's younger sister, just another one of the guys...right?

Cole has a secret, one that he won't even admit to himself (yet). He's in love with his friend's sister. Yep, the ultimate “no-no” in guy world, but he can't help it. But Amanda can't be interested in him, he's not the type woman fall for...

Things get even more complicated when Locke, Amanda's oldest brother, tells Cole that he will marry Amanda. It's time for her to get hitched, and Cole seems to be the first choice. But not the only choice; if Cole won't do it, Locke will just move on to the his next candidate. Needless to say, Cole agrees just so Amanda won't be passed around like a giveaway prize. But he doesn't want to marry—ever. Not even Amanda.

But if he did...well, Amanda would be the one. Assuming she felt the same about him.

The Virgin's Revenge is a quick, entertaining read, and one I really enjoyed! This might have been my first novel by Dee Tenorio, but it will not be my last! :) The characters are all great, and I look forward to learning more about many of them. The story was good, and the romance was believable—sweet, spicy, and real, not something that sprung up suddenly.

And I loved Cole—he wasn't the typical romance hero. He's not buff, brawny and athletic. He's not an alpha male, like Amanda's brothers. He's fit, but not big (heh, not that way dirty minds! Lol). He's a proud geek/nerd, a computer programer who speaks Klingon and Elvish. In other words, a welcome reprieve from the usual, and I would take Amanda's spot in a heartbeat!

Favorite Quote^:
“There's more to sex than just going at it.” He pressed a kiss to the corner of her mouth, then another along her cheek. She turned her head to give him more room. “There's not much satisfaction in that. You should have build-up. Anticipation. Temptation. Seduction.” He kept kissing, sometimes a nip, sometimes a nibble, punctuating his husky words on his way down her neck.
Cole, you are my hero--you just described how a relationship should work out, both in real life and in the romance novels I read! :)

4 STARS! A sweet, funny contemporary romance, The Virgin's Revenge is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a quick weekend read. I highly suggest you try Dee's books if you haven't already---I think I am now a fan for life!

^Quote belongs solely to the author. I do not claim it in anyway.

I received an e-ARC of this book from Novel Sidekick, in exchange for my honest review!


Until Next Time,
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Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Kathleen O said...

I have never reas any of Dee's books, but I have been hearing great things about her books from all kinds of blogs.. Can't wait to read them all, including this one..