Author: Ava Michaels

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels

Posted September 20, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 4 Comments

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Losing Virginity
by Ava Michaels
Publish Date: September 19, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic, New Adult
Ebook, 193 pages


Book Description:

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY ONLY FOR AGES 18 OR OLDER. OLIVIA HAS CRAZY THOUGHTS. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS I RECOMMEND YOU DON’T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE VIRGIN EARS I RECOMMEND YOU DON’T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR THEN READ THIS.

Olivia Spurgeon has been a good girl her entire life. Her friends have called her Spurgeon the Virgin since 9th grade. Why? Because everyone in her group of friends had already lost there virginity by then. Over the past four years it has been like a foreign object attached to her and even named it something simple.

Virginity.

Now, she’s a freshman in college and still hasn’t done the deed. All three of her roommates do not have Virginity attached to them and they aren’t scared to show it off. Olivia is jealous. She wants what they are having, feeling. One day she finally decides that she doesn’t want Virginity attached to her anymore and begins the journey of losing it.

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Excerpt

I set my cup to the side and leaned in to him. I gently kissed his lips that were sweet from the wine. My mind had shut off. There were no tumultuous thoughts or conflicting emotions like there had been last night. I was completely in the moment with him… Alone with him.

I gently pulled back from him and looked seriously into his eyes. I studied his face, and his hair, touching them gently as if they were made of porcelain. I leaned back in to kiss his neck and breathe no words but just my desire into his ear. His arms tightened around my waist and he pulled his breath in quickly as he pulled me on top of him. I was nervous. My body seemed to know what it wanted. My hands grasped his hair as our lips met. I felt myself pull closer and closer to him, my hips grinding gently against his. In one motion I sat up, still straddling him and pulled the top of my dress down to expose my breasts. I didn’t feel self-conscious or awkward. I felt excited and confident and I wanted him to feel that way too. He unbuttoned his shirt, exposing his perfectly defined chest. I leaned back down and felt all the blood in my body race as the warmth of our bodies connected.

As we kissed, I reached down and, a little clumsily, unbuttoned his pants and gently pulled the zipper down. This was it. I was ready. I wanted to lose my virginity here, with this man, right now. It wasn’t the alcohol. It was him, Ryder Dawson. He was the man worthy enough.

“Are you sure?” he asked.

About Ava Michaels

I'm an LA girl who lives in San Francisco. I'm currently working a 9 to 5 job but decided to write my own book in January 2013 instead of watching television. My new years resolution. I'm glad that I've finally ready to release it after 8 months of working on it!

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Ava will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 5 copies of Losing Virginity giveaway to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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Review: Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels

Posted September 20, 2013 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels
Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on September 19, 2013
Format: ARC
Pages: 193
Source: Author

Purchase Links: Amazon
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY ONLY FOR AGES 18 OR OLDER. OLIVIA HAS CRAZY THOUGHTS. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE VIRGIN EARS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR THEN READ THIS.

Olivia Spurgeon has been a good girl her entire life. Her friends have called her Spurgeon the Virgin since 9th grade. Why? Because everyone in her group of friends had already lost there virginity by then. Over the past four years it has been like a foreign object attached to her and even named it something simple.

Virginity.

Now, she's a freshman in college and still hasn't done the deed. All three of her roommates do not have Virginity attached to them and they aren't scared to show it off. Olivia is jealous. She wants what they are having, feeling. One day she finally decides that she doesn't want Virginity attached to her anymore and begins the journey of losing it.


Ginny’s Review:

Humorous Quote:
“I’m not saying she’s a slut. I’m just saying she’s put more balls in her mouth than hungry hungry hippos.”

Every once in a while, I read a book that doesn’t immediately draw me in, so just for fun, I’ll check out other people’s reviews (if there happen to be any.)  I have to say that one particular review of this book, a very negative one, made me determined to read the entire book.

Poll Question:
** When reading a book entitled “Losing Virginity” and you then read the book description that includes the fact that the main character is determined to lose her virginity, what in the world would you assume that this book is about?  The wonderful art of baking the perfect souffle?

When a reviewer takes off points for the main character of such a book being “overly obsessed with sex or the fact that she’d not had any yet” just seems pointless and stupid. This is said with all due respect to any and all of my fellow book reviewers, but really? What the hell did you think this book would be about?  If you didn’t like the description of the main story line, why the hell did you read it?

On a whole, was this book the best book ever written? Will this author be the next Jane Austen or Nora Roberts? Not with this book, no. There are some issues that need to be worked out (using “hear” instead of “here” to describe a place, etc.) but it was enjoyable.  And really funny at some points.  As a first novel for a person, I think it’s fantastic, and going out into a world where books like this are almost a dime a dozen, it’s ballsy to do. To put yourself out there. And Ava Michaels deserves credit for the attempt, and for all the humor and thought she put into the book.

One point that the aforementioned (yet unnamed) reviewer made, which I agree with, is that Olivia first knows her guy as “BigStick” — his online dating profile name (which, he says, is due to a history with baseball and using a large bat, but later on we find that he is, indeed, larger than the national average). She continues to use this name, in her inner monologue, as well as when talking to him.  Personally, I felt that it took away from the story, away from the intimacy that she was building with Ryder (which is his real name, btw). I felt that if Olivia is going to be making a huge deal about losing her v-card (which, no matter what age, it’s a BIG deal) and that she falls for him, “BigStick” isn’t what I’d be thinking of him as.

Aside from that, and any major editorial errors, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the bits that made me laugh (i.e. “For me, being in a bar is like Taylor Swift giving relationship advice. Both don’t and shouldn’t happen.”) I loved that it goes deeper than you originally thought it would. And I like that I liked it.  No, it’s not a book that is going to start a deep philosophical discussion in your book club. It’s one of those guilty pleasure books that only a few of us brave ones will proudly show to the world and say, “Yes! I AM reading this!” (Which I actually did to a coworker when I received a raised brow).

So a fine first attempt, Ms Michaels. I hope you continue to write so I may read more. I give it a 3 out of 5, as there are a few hurdles that still need to be crossed, but I definitely liked it! Thank you!