Review Rendezvous: 12/9/17


A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, new adult, contemporary
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 282
Publish date: May 12th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

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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.


I raved about the first book in this duology last year, and I have to say that this book makes everything even better. I love the fact that Oram switched over to Kyle’s point of view here, because we get to see a lot more of his motivation.

I appreciate the fact that Oram actually makes Kyle’s change seem realistic. He doesn’t just drop everything at once and become the man that Val wants him to be, it takes him a bit. Of course, he has to prove to everyone around him that he isn’t back to his old ways, which proves harder than he’d wanted.

We don’t see a whole lot of Val at first, but once she’s back in the picture, I really liked seeing her all grown up into a fierce, passionate young woman. She’s still not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and I commend that in a person.

The dynamic between Val and Kyle is tedious. She wants so badly for this to be true, but she doesn’t fully trust him and think that he’ll break her heart still. Kyle, on the other hand, is doing everything he can possibly think of to prove his worth to her, and is getting different signals from Val.

There’s also the relationship between Val and her best friend to think about. At the end of the first book, Val’s friend (her name is escaping me right now, apologies!) basically ambushed her, which made Val completely turn away from the friendship. We get to see the slow work of them repairing the relationship, which we the perfect addition to the main romance.

And that ending. Oh the ending is so good. You need to read this, it will give you all the happy feels!

Rating:


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

52 Reasons
Contemporary romance featuring a spoiled heiress who has to work a real job (gasp!) to keep her inheritance
Cinder
Another book by Kelly Oram, just as cute!

Review Rendezvous: 11/18/17


Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, romance
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 254
Publish date: August 15th, 2014
Purchase: AmazonBook Depository

Cinder

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


That cover design though. Can anyone say adorable? So much better than the original one. With that said, remember how I adored last week’s book so much that I could buy it and read it six million times over? Yeah. Double that excitement for this book. I am a former Disney Cast Member, so anything remotely fairytale-related immediately strikes me. I will say though, I am all for those who actually put a spin on the tale (I’m looking at you, Lunar Chronicles), and I would say that this series does a fairly good job.

Ella begins by moving into a new home, which she was essentially given no option out of. She has scarring on much of her body, leaving her a bit of a social outcast and in pain fairly often. Her new family is certainly unwelcoming, though her dad does try. The relationships in her life are quite dismal, so it is a relief when things begin to look up for her.

On the other side of this story, we also see things through the viewpoint of Brian Oliver, resident Hollywood bad boy trying to clean up his image. He’s been forced into a fake relationship in order to resuscitate his public face, in hopes that he become a legitimate Hollywood A-lister.

The two know each other through Ella’s blog, with Brian only communicating under the screen name “Cinder”. With names like Cinder and Ella, you know it’s only a matter of time before they get together. I will admit though, there are quite a few obstacles in their way, and meeting face to face may in fact send Ella spiraling back to where she came from instead of providing the healing she most desperately needs.

I love this story so much, because there’s so much focus on character growth and their reaction to the situations. There’s also something to be said about the fact that they actually have a relationship beforehand, so there’s no case of instalove (which turns me off of a book big time). This is the first book in a duology, so fear not if you feel like you need more. There is a full-blown sequel that is even more adorable. If that’s possible.

I read both this series and the V is for Virgin series on Kindle Unlimited, so if you’ve haven’t tried it, you can get a 30-day trial. Or just sign up for a month or two because these books are seriously worth it!

Rating:

(trillion)


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

V
Another feel-good romance from Kelly Oram
Spinsters
The story of what happens after the glass slipper
cinder
It’s Cinderella, but as a cyborg in SPACE!

Review Rendezvous: 11/11/17


V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, romance
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 360
Publish date: December 11th, 2012
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository

V

When Val Jensen 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?


This book. THIS BOOK! So much yes. Well, this one and the sequel. I am a sucker for a cute story and a good resolution, so this duology is a must! Oram cemented herself with this series and the one I’m reviewing next week, so stay tuned!

The thing that first stuck out to me was the fact that this teenager was willing to take the hard road against most of her peers. This kind of choice belongs to you and you alone, so I was glad to see Val standing up for that. Of course, she kinda fell into it as she was retaliating for a broken heart, but it ended up good anyways.

This proclamation to her school quickly snowballs into a huge, nationwide movement. We see the struggle for Val as she wants to pursue this and see it through, but she doesn’t want to let it take over. Add in the fact that the lead singer of boy band Tralse, Kyle Hamilton, seems to personally make it his mission to discomfort her and push her boundaries, and you have a recipe for implosion.

Oram’s voice tells the narrative in a perfect way, and I would 100% buy this book (if I had money) and read it again six million times. Both of those statements are very high praise, because I am your “one-and-done”, library-only type of reader. I don’t spend money on unnecessary things, so to consider buying this is huge. You definitely need to read it.

Rating:

(million) 😉


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