Release Blitz, Reviews, and Giveaway: The V Card: Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente

by - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A brand new sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente, THE V CARD is about all of the seduction and emotions that come when one woman is ready to ditch her V card and enlists her brother’s best friend to teach her the art of seduction! What happens next when he agrees to help her get top marks in seven days are lots of steamy and heartfelt moments. THE V CARD is available now!

The V Card
Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente
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Release Date December 13, 2017

A brand new sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente! 

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card. 
You'd be wrong.
At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job—my brother’s business partner and best friend. 
Graham Campbell is charming, smart, and, I’m told, oh-so-skilled in the sack. As long as I keep my eyes on the prize, there’s no way this pluck-the-flower project could possibly complicate matters.
Work and pleasure. As the CEO of a fast-growing company, I've been enjoying both to the fullest. What do I do when the board throws me for an unexpected loop so I can keep my business in my hands? I enlist the help of my best friend's little sister since she holds a big stake in the company. But then I learn there's another big stake she wants. 
The one between my legs.
I can do this. Seven nights to teach her everything I know in the bedroom. There's no way I'll fall for her, even though she’s earning top grades in every single sinfully sexy lesson. And turns out I’m learning something too. The trouble is I don’t have the answer key to what to do when I fall hard for her.
And that throws a whole new hitch in my plans. 

CJ Murphy has a problem that she wants resolved asap. She's smart, successful, independent, but she needs her V card punched and that is something she cannot do alone. She's tired of waiting for Mr. Right and dealing with all of the Mr. Wrongs.

The right guy for her (in her mind at least) is her late brother's best friend, Graham Campbell. He's charming, sexy, caring, and has a reputation for knowng how to please a woman. But they have always just been close friends.

So when Graham needs a favor for assistance with something for his business, she shocks the hell out of him with a counter offer. Now they've got a seven day deal for him to teach her how to please a man and to finally lose her V status. He seems like the perfect choice because she trusts him and he does not do relationships. 

What they did not count on were feelings beyond their friendship. However, they both become a bit addicted to  the other, but are scared to admit it. But there is a time limit, and a long time friendship at stake. And it is hard being the one to bring up a new idea that they did not sign up for and could blow up in their face. 

Miscommnucation can lead to hurt feelings. And as time comes to an end, they will both have to figure out their life priorities and also if it is worth risking their friendship on a chance at something more. And if so, one of them will have to be brave enough to make a move. 

This is a snappy, sweet, sexy, funny, swoony, friends-to-lovers and best-friend's-little-sister love story. It is told in dual points of view and the characters are both fun and likable. CJ is a bit quirky and shy, but also sassy and sweet. Graham is strong, charismatic, and protective,  but also has a tender, vulnerable inner core. He is such a swoon-ilicious hero! Together they have history and good chemistry, and are just adorable and hot.  Their banter is lively, and the side characters are interesting and entertaining.

This is a total stand-alone, and an engaging and romantic collaboration from these two talented authors. Their two writing styles flow seamlessly and immediately drew me in and kept me interested throughout.

I was gifted a copy by the author. 
As a 25 year old business woman, it shouldn’t be as difficult as CJ found it to lose the last vestige of her innocence. When her late brother’s best friend and business partner needs her help, she decides there is a way they can both get what they need out of the arrangement.

Graham and CJ are friends, so what she’s asking shouldn’t be a problem, especially since they have known each other forever. But neither plans to develop deeper feelings than the friendship they’ve always had, especially since she is his best friend’s little sister.

I’m a sucker for both friends-to-lovers and best friend’s siblings romance. They both make me giddy watching as the characters realize what has been right in front of them for so long. Graham and CJ had huge blinders on, and I loved watching their games as the blinders came off during their week together.

Their chemistry was fantastic, to the point I had a hard time believing they had avoided anything between them for as long as they had. But when they set up their arrangement, things are explosive.

This was a sexy, smooth read that kept me turning the pages. Any time I enter one of Lauren’s books I know it’s going to be an enjoyable time, and this collaboration with Lili Valente was no exception. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

✦The audiobook is narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! ✦
✦Audio on Amazon 

As we settle in, the busboy brings the waters, and I cut to the chase. “So, I hate to crash the Sunday Funday vibe, but I invited you to brunch with an ulterior motive. I need a favor.”
She spreads her napkin on her lap with a raised brow. “What kind of favor?”
“I need you at next Monday’s board meeting. As you know, we lost an important account last month when Beaux Rêves in Paris went with a cheaper option. Obviously, they aren’t our only account, not by a long shot. But given how volatile the industry has been lately, I need to make it crystal clear to the shareholders that selling isn’t the right path. With the number of mergers and acquisitions going on, they’re seeing dollar signs, but quick money isn’t the answer. That’s where you come in.”
“You want them to hear from me because of my shares?” she asks, her brow furrowing. “We don’t have anything close to a majority.”
Though CJ inherited Sean’s share of the business when he passed away, that’s not why I need her at the meeting. CJ has a way of putting people at ease, of winning their trust and confidence. She’s a successful business owner in her own right—her accessories company Love Cycle Creations is growing by leaps and bounds every year. Plus, she was courted early on by an accessories conglomerate and she declined—totally the right call, as her company is now a rising star in her field.
I nod. “Of course, but that’s not the only reason. I need to convince them that now is not the time to explore getting into bed with a huge multinational retailer. And to do that, it’ll help to hear from someone with an insider’s stock holdings and an outsider’s perspective. I want them to hear from you in particular since you went through something so similar with Love Cycle.”
“On a much smaller scale, though. My company is tiny compared to Adored.”
“Size doesn’t matter.” I pause to wiggle an eyebrow for effect. “Well, in this case.”
A faint blush spreads on her cheeks. “You and the innuendo.”
“I do love innuendo. I also love Adored. That’s why I want to keep it the way it is—growing, profitable, and independent. I don’t want it swallowed by some faceless corporate giant.” A smile teases her lips for a moment and then disappears. I can’t read her at all, so I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for an answer. “Please, CJ,” I add when she stays silent for a long beat. “I need you.”
“You need me,” she echoes, her brow smoothing as she sighs. She takes a drink of water, sets down her glass, and runs the tip of her tongue across her lips.
I watch her tongue move, wondering why I’ve never noticed how amazing her mouth is. She has the bee-stung lips of a cover girl, in a shade of pink so deep it brings to mind flushed, hot, intimate things.
Things I should be thinking of in her presence.
In anyone’s presence.
Resist, Campbell, resist…
Finally, just as I’m gearing up to beg, she looks up, a mysterious smile curving her lips. “I know exactly what you need, Graham.”
Damn, that sounded…naughty.
I reach for my water glass, needing something to cool me down since innocent words from a woman I’ve known forever are sending my thoughts straight into the gutter.
“But before I agree to your request,” she adds, her fingers drumming lightly on the white tablecloth, “I need something from you, too. Something I’ve been thinking long and hard about. Very long. And very hard.” Her eyes meet mine, trouble flickering in her gaze.
Glass halfway to my lips, I freeze.
Christ. Who the hell is this sexy-as-sin woman, and what has she done with CJ?
Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty-five times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October, she released HARD WOOD, the final standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

Lili Valente:

USA Today bestselling author Lili Valente writes both naughty things and funny things (that are also naughty). She has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.
These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

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