Review Rendezvous: 12/9/17

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


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!


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
Another book by Kelly Oram, just as cute!