Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram

May 23, 2014 Raquel Romero 0

A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Series: V is for Virgin #2
Publication Date: May 12th 2014
Publisher: Bluefields
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 204
Format: eARC

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 received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

I have been waiting for a sequel to V is for Virgin for what seems like forever, and when Kelly Oram announced there would be a vote as to which of her heroes was getting a sequel, I knew Kyle Hamilton was The One. Ladies (and gents) if you havent read V is for Virgin, then this review is probably going to spoil some of it, but Ill try my best not to spoil much. I absolute loved V is for Virginthe storyline, the characters, the obnoxious, maddeningly-sexy mess that is Kyle HamiltonI loved it all! And with the ambiguous ending to V, I was just dying to know more about Val and Kyles story.

A is for Abstinence is told completely in Kyles POV, and while I certainly missed Vals narrative, I truly got to know the infuriating mess that is Kyle Hamilton. Picking up a couple of months before the epilogue in V, A is for Abstinence gives us an inside look into everything that went down with Kyles relationship, and ultimately, what set his new journey in motion. Val Jensen has always been the one that got away, and once Kyle starts thinking about what could have been, he becomes determined to win her back, no matter the cost.

Like Val, I always had a soft spot for Kyle, and the sequel, Im able to really get to know him. Its pretty clear to everyone around Kyle that hes been in love with Val from the moment he first met her, and it takes him a long time to truly understand the reasons that drove Val to abstain from sex. Vals choices and her beliefs were the main issues in V is for Virgin, and theyre recurring the second time around. This time, however, Kyle knows that if he wants a future with Val, he has to be willing to wait for her.

It was such a treat to see all these characters I loved from the first book make an appearance this time aroundCara, Shane, Robin, etc.and Im happy that Val and Cara are able to slowly repair their friendship. I always found Vs ending bittersweet, not just because its never clearly defined that Val and Kyle end up together, but because Val and Caras friendship had taken a big hit after that final Tralse (Kyles band) concert. Despite the story happening through Kyles eyes, we get to see Val and Cara take those first steps in becoming friends once more.

A is for Abstinence was everything I was hoping for: sweet, funny, heartfelt, and final. Val and Kyle get their happy ending, and I couldnt have asked for more. While the sequel could be categorized as New Adultafter all, Kyle and Val are well into their 20sthe romance is still mild. But in true Kyle Hamilton fashion, its certainly present and sensual. If you havent read V is for Virgin, I would definitely advise you to do so because a lot of the backstory is lost otherwise. If you have read V, then A is for Abstinence should be next in your TBR pile!


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