Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram

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Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly OramA is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Series: V is for Virgin #2
Published by Bluefields on May 12th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult, Chick-lit
Pages: 282
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

"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.

Note from the author: A is for Abstinence is the second and final installment in the V is for Virgin series. While V is for Virgin was a young adult book, A is for Abstinence is a new adult romance and was intended for a more mature audience. Not only is this story told from the perspective of a notorious bad boy, the characters have grown from the first book and are older now. The book was written with a more mature audience in mind. It's still PG-13 (I don't write graphic sex scenes) but it's not as clean as my YA romance. Please keep that in mind if you're a sensitive reader or thinking about passing it to your teenage daughters.

Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly OramA is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Series: V is for Virgin #2
Published by Bluefields on May 12th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult, Chick-lit
Pages: 282
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars

"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.

Note from the author: A is for Abstinence is the second and final installment in the V is for Virgin series. While V is for Virgin was a young adult book, A is for Abstinence is a new adult romance and was intended for a more mature audience. Not only is this story told from the perspective of a notorious bad boy, the characters have grown from the first book and are older now. The book was written with a more mature audience in mind. It's still PG-13 (I don't write graphic sex scenes) but it's not as clean as my YA romance. Please keep that in mind if you're a sensitive reader or thinking about passing it to your teenage daughters.

My Thoughts

A for Abstinence is the sequel to V is for Virgin. I throughly enjoyed reading this book much more than the previous one mainly due to featuring Kyle’s POV and it being in new adult.

A for Abstinence takes four years after the events of V is for Virgin. Val and Kyle are apart and have let each other go. However, Kyle can’t stop thinking of Val four years later. And lemme tell you ladies, here is where you will start swooning.

Kyle won me over in this book. He has really grown up a lot and I loved seeing him be the best man he can be. Kyle was initially against the Abstinence challenge and never understood what Val was trying to say. However, I like that he takes the steps to fully understand her even if he doesn’t get it. And, Kyle’s persistence at wooing Val made me swoon. He was never overbearing and was there for his woman. At the end of the book, I was in full fledged high mode because he just rocked Val’s world in such an amazing way.

Val also grew much more on me in this book. I like how she is much more mature compared to high school. She is no longer the immature high schooler. Yes, she is persistent in her beliefs, but it no longer makes her a hypocrite. And I also like how she has become much more softer. I love seeing Val’s sweet side.

The entire side crew of this book was much more enjoyable. Mainly due to the fact that all of them grew up. I like how Kyle still maintains the bond between his bandmates even after the events of the previous book. In addition, Val and Carrie’s friendship is still not mended, but it starts to slowly fix itself.

The romance between Val and Kyle is one of my favorites. There is nothing better than seeing a guy chase down a girl and beg on his knees for her. And, when they are both deserving of each other it makes an amazing package. I really liked how the steam was amped up in this book. There wasn’t much angst in this book, but there was real emotion. And, when they finally do come together and get their HEA I was throughly rooting for them.

Overall, this book is much better than the previous one. However, I highly recommend you read the first one to get a better understanding of this one. The characters won me over. Great job Oram!

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