I Might Be A Virgin, But I Know What I Want In Bed It S Just That I Haven T Found Him Yet So I M Stunned When Charming, Laid Back Adam Volunteers To Work Through My Wish List That S When I Discover The Voracious, Commanding Man In Him, My Next Door Neighbor And I M Enthralled In And Out Of The Bedroom Every Night We Explore My Fantasies, And Every Morning I Try Harder Not To Want From Him Because There S No Item On My List About Falling For The Guy Besides, We Agreed To The Last Item Already When We Re Done We Walk Away But Every Fantasy Unlocks Another Each Hotter Than The Last Until I Discover There S One Last Thing On My To Do List To Check Off One So Daring I Can T Figure Out How To Ask Him Or What It Might Do To My Heart The Virgin Gift Is A Red Hot And Sexy Exploration Love Story Exploring All Sorts Of Fantasies I expected this book to be steamy just by the title alone, but holy moly, this book is so hot it is contributing to global warming In my review for The Engagement Gift, book one, I said it was the sexiest book I had ever read, but The Virgin Gift has moved right to the top Lauren worked her magic once again by creating characters that were likeable, engaging, and deeply connected to one another Adam and Nina are neighbors and best friends I loved how relaxed and comfortable they were with one another even before they were intimate They supported each other, made each other laugh, listened and gave each other advice They knew each other s families and friends, past relationship drama, and habits, and kept no secrets from each other except for one One big secret Nina was a virgin, as the title suggests, and even though she was a successful boudoir photographer, she longed for intimacy and to act out on her sexual fantasies which were not for the faint of heart Fantasies that she recently penned in a journal for her eyes only that was until Adam found it and made it his mission to make her every desire come true This book is so much than just the sexy times, it s a love story in the making and I loved every page Friends to lovers is my favorite trope because I believe you need to be friends for any romantic relationship to stand the test of time These two had mutual respect, truly enjoyed each other s company whether they were watching TV at home or out at a fancy dinner, and were committed to pleasing each other There is no doubt that Adam enjoys being the alpha in the relationship and Nina was than eager to submit They were fun and flirty, and their chemistry and dirty talk burned up the pages and made me blush than once Nina was talented, strong, and brave and I admired her so much Adam was smart and successful, and had the most sensual sweet way about him that will make you melt That is until he starts giving orders and then your ears will perk up right along with other body parts.Even though this book is a standalone, I loved all of the supporting characters that we have come to know in past books, and seeing them interact with Adam and Nina Are they going to be able to go back to just being friends after her checklist is complete as was originally intended Or is this the beginning of their own happily ever after HOT HOT HOT Once again, Lauren has NAILED IT with another Lauren Blakely After Dark book The chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS and the dirty talking is THE BEST THING EVER My favorite thing about this book It s scorching hot with heart Be prepared to fall in love with Adam and all of this dirty dirty ways 3 4.5 starsThis is the newest stand alone in Lauren Blakely s After Dark The Gift series and it is just as hot as the first one This one features Nina and Adam They are neighbors and great friends They laugh, eat together, and geek out over interesting facts They both are happy just spending time together Adam has been burned by his last relationship and is on a dating hiatus He is charming, easy going, funny, and a great friend He seems just like the sweet and handsome boy next door, but he has his own hidden preferences Nina is a boudoir photographer so she sees people in erotic or loving poses all day long and sometimes her imagination gets away from her But she has no experience herself and is realizing that maybe it is time to be empowered to find what she wants and ask for it She is introspective, quick witted, and comes off like a good girlbut her thoughts and fantasies are anything but A naughty to do list and a volunteer for safe sexual exploration take them to places they never even considered And pretty soon things are heating up But will it strengthen their bond or ruin their friendship This is an engaging and steamy friends to lovers romance about trust, communication, and not being afraid to ask for what you want or need It s the rules and boundaries of an arrangement versus the trust and compatibility of a friendship And the ultimate risk of breaking down walls and mixing in emotions I really loved Adam He was the perfect dichotomy of a good, caring, generous man with an underlying hot alpha And even though Nina was inexperienced, she was mature and coming into her own Together they were adorable, fun, and also scorching hot I love how they could surprise themselves and each other.I also liked getting with their friends, Lily, Finn, Kate, Jake and Brandon There is a lot of sexual tension and chemistry radiating through this group I am looking forward to with Kate and Jake in The Decadent Gift . Someone please call the fire brigade as Lauren Blakely has lit up my device, my mind and my body by this scorching hot romance called The Virgin Gift It was intense It was dirty, filthy and sinfully sexy The best kind of decadent heat you would like to feel again and again.Nina and Adam has been best friends for a long time They have an easy camaraderie going on Nina is one of the most sought after Budoir photographer in Vegas but her own experience is lacking She is dying to feel the excitement, the exhilaration and the kinky pleasure from a dominating man When Adam finds out about her bucket list accidentally, he has to volunteer to be that man Because he has been attracted to his friend forever but he never wanted to cross his line and also due to his traumatic past relationship But can they keep the sex and the feelings separate And what about the last item on her list Nina and Adam has this sizzling hot and mindnumbing chemistry I love how Adam can be two different yet same person He can be sweet, caring, charming, funny and easy going gentleman But he turns into this possessive, controlling and rough alpha with Nina I loved Nina s personality She is smart, sweet and intelligent She has a shade of uncertainty and vulnerability about her sexual desires But once she embraces them, she became a vixen You should be ready with tissue, wine and multiple change of panties Because it was one feast of dark, delicious and toe curling passion Lauren Blakely put the sweet romance in middle of all the steamy scenes and that made this story alluring Nina and Adams fall for each other by a bit after every item is checked off the list And the last wish was so forbidden and risky that I could not believe they did it Full on blush, goosebumps and wetnessLauren Blakely surely has a way with her words and The Virgin Gift proves that again Indulge yourself in this incredibly sensual treat Received ARC for Honest review The Virgin Gift is the second book in The Gift series by the talented Lauren Blakely This is another After Dark novel and you will definitely need a fan And most likely a lover on standby If you thought The Engagement Gift was hot, hold on to your panties The Virgin Gift takes it up a dirty, filthy notch Nina is a virgin, but she s not innocent Far from it She knows what she wants and she knows how she wants it Adam is literally the guy next door and her best friend She never thought he d be the one to offer to help her with all her fantasies Adam cares about Nina too much to let her explore her desires with a stranger He wants to be the man to touch her for the first time Taste her Have her And he s going to get what he wants Adam and his sexiness, his growl and his dominating dirtiness was everything I had to stop reading a few times just to catch my breath Nina may be untouched by a man, but she knows her body and what it craves and Adam is the only man who can fulfill all her dirty fantasies Their relationship is based on friendship, fun, enjoying each other s company and adding the physical aspect to it only made it hotter And real It isn t just sex for either of them, but is it too late to change the rules to the game Never I loved seeing Lily, Finn, Jake and Kate again and meeting new characters And sweet Lord, number 11 Adam Charming, clever, thoughtful Adam Adam was the guy next door But tonight, he was the man gripping my hip, digging his fingers hard into my flesh My cells cried out for his touch For his command And for his rough edge that I hadn t known existed My mouth watered as I turned into the kitchen to find him at the stove He wore only jeans as he cooked I blinked Why wasn t this on my list This was a fantasy I hadn t known I had This handsome man shirtless and making food for me. Lauren Blakely s newest title in her After Dark series is The Virgin Gift The chemistry between Nina and Adam is through the roof These two have been friends and neighbors for 2 yrs now They really became best friends before becoming lovers Nina is a photographer specializing in boudoir photography She has finally gotten to the point in her life where she is ready to experience first hand what she has been photographing She wants to be able to completely understand her clients Due to circumstances from her childhood Nina has not had much experience with men She creates a list of 10 things that she wants to experience in the bedroom Adam has been crashing at her place while his apartment is being painted He finds the list Adam is the boy next door with a hidden side In private, Adam likes dirty talk, some kink, and very swoon worthy Will NIna forgive him for finding reading her list or will she enlist his help Will Nina give Adam her virginity Will these two be able to walk away and stay friends Nina s idea I love the characters, their strength, beauty inside out , and chemistry Will they runaway from their feelings or embrace them I totally love the writing of this author, the realness of the characters, and how I feel I am right there with them Lauren Blakely is one of my most favored authors She writes well thought out stories and characters She is very capable of writing rom com and contemporary romance with very steamy between the sheets scenes If you like dirty talkers, handsome, a hint of kink, steam between the sheets, and hearts of gold characters you will enjoy The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review 5 stars 4.5 starsNina is used to being around steamy situations as a boudoir photographer, but though she knows what looks sexy to her clients, she doesn t know what it feels like to be in those poses She knows what she wants, and creates a list to prove it, but is lacking the experience or the opportunity to work through her curiosities Adam is the guy across the hall, friendly, helpful, and on a dating hiatus after a bad breakup He may be on a relationship break, but even he can see what is special about the woman across the hall When he learns she has a list, he volunteers to help her After all, wouldn t that be something a friend should do I loved watching these two explore Nina s list Adam may not be directing the action, but he has his own tastes that he finds ways to weave into Nina s list These two heat it up and while it seemed they could keep their friendship when they get to the end of the list, they each start to question if that it even possible any This is a great friends to lovers story, emphasising the importance of communication and trust as they explore each other and their desires I loved the way Adam supported Nina in her curiosity She may have known what she wanted, but asking for it is an entirely different story And their friendship made it both possible and a challenge to ask for what she wanted The side characters add a touch of fun as well, and I can t wait to see what s in store in the next Gift standalone I always turn to Lauren Blakely books when I am in need of light hearted, funny and swoony romance and this beauty landed in my lap at just the right time As always Ms Blakely delivers are a funny, swoony and delicious plot that ha my grin from ear to ear.The Virgin Gift is about two neighbors, Adam and Nina They are close friends, and get along well, they laugh and have fun The perfect friendship really Adam is swoony, charming, deliciously hot and easy to get along with, he s fun and outgoing But hasn t had the best luck when it comes to love, so rather than risk himself getting burnt again, he sworn off relationships altogether.Nina is a sassy, witty, and kind good girl next door, but she is in a line of work that she has to snap pictures of people sexy poses, naughty kind of ones, erotic pictures She has seen her fair share of things and she often lets her mind run with possibilities She s inexperienced but wants to change that So she begins a list of things she wants to try Adam comes to stays with her for a bit while and that is when he finds this list and him too his intrigued so what better person to help her ticks these off The thing is, what starts as two friends exploring and having fun doing it Well, the heat keeps rising and the connection between these two is on fire But will they be able to keep doing this Or will they realize that they are meant to be This was HOT and exactly what I needed right now I devoured it in one sitting, but that s no surprise I do that with most of Lauren s books It s funny, steamy must read5 Stars Now this is the sort of story you wanna sit back with and just let the enjoyment flow.The Virgin Gift just has that ring about it that makes you say huh Lauren Blakely has outdone herself with this one Between the laughs and the hotness this story is too touching to put down.Adam is the perfect alpha male But with most of us alpha males some sad circumstances existthe broken hearts, the resolve to never let our hearts be broken again, etc Yes, ladies, we men deal with broken hearts also Adam is not immune and he definitely has valid reason for keeping his defenses up But even with all the ammo surrounding him, sometimes the best shots are from friendly fire.Nina is strong and independent Successful and loved by everyone she comes into contact with While her life has been no fairytale, her lessons learned have guided her well to become the woman she is As many of you know, sometimes the best advice you can get comes from the unknown A new voice or view can motivate you in ways not of your norm Nina definitely discovers this in a very hard haha way.Lauren, this is one hot book and I could not get over how you wove friends and family together to create an epic adventure with a HEA ending to beat all Even in the final pages of this story pieces are still coming together and because of that I had hell putting this book down till I read The End Great job and worth all the stars And as for that last flight home, I am so ready for that story For the rest of you, ya gotta read this one to catch what I am talking about LOVED IT Wow, this book is sooo HAWT, you ll be lucky if your kindle survives you reading it.The Virgin Gift is the second book in the After Dark series by Lauren Blakely It follows the extremely hot and seductive The Engagement Gift, Lily and Finn s story You don t have to have read it, but it does add to the depth of Adam and Nina s story as both characters feature here.The Virgin Gift was even hotter, seductive and drew me in from the opening page Nina is a boudoir photographer and spends her day fulfilling other people s deepest wishes on camera Nina has her own bucket list of wishes, and one day after some prompting she writes them down These two shared a chemistry that was palpable and realistic from the outset Even though Adam hadn t been looking for love, it jumped up and smacked him upside the head when he saw Nina s wish list This isn t a list you d find on , lol.But, after reading it, Adam can t do anything except offer to help Nina carry it out.The list is extensive and filled with every secret desire she s held inside her Adam turns up the heat when he shows Nina just how exactly he can fulfill each and every delicious, decadent pleasure she wanted to experience But what will happen once the list is complete Can these two friends stay the course or will giving into sinful seduction end it forever Find out when you One Click this amazing, arousing story, just be prepared to melt from the scorching heat level along with your kindle.
- 200 pages
- The Virgin Gift
- Lauren Blakely
- 06 November 2018 Lauren Blakely