Monday, April 6, 2015

The Virgin's Night Out by Shiloh Walker

Title: The Virgin's Night Out
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Sloane and Boone
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: 
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sloane Redding is the shy one, the timid one. The morning of her wedding, she's dumped by the man she'd thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. Humiliated, she turns tail and runs, leaving Nowhere, Alabama for a job in the city. Sloane sets out to remake herself. She succeeds...on the outside. On the inside? Different story. She still the shy Redding. Still quiet, still more interested in standing on the standlines. But all of that is about to change.

The night before her brother's wedding, she strolls in the lone bar in Nowhere wearing wicked red and she's got one goal in mind: to show her ex-fiance just what he lost.

The night before his best friend's wedding, D.B. "Boone" Cassidy walks into the lone bar in Nowhere, Alabama with one goal in mind. Get wasted. Former military, he's spent the past few years as a security specialist and all around troubleshooter. It should have been easy to spot the trouble that night...a sexy woman in wicked red. It should have been easy. Yeah, right.

One thing leads to another and his plans to get wasted turn into a night with the sexy woman in red . Boone gets the shock of his life the next day when he shows up at his friend's wedding to find out he'd just spent the night wrapped around his best friend's little sister...and that isn't the only surprise.

Includes a bonus story, Tempt Me.


My Review:
This was an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down once I began reading it. If you have ever read Shiloh Walker, then you know that she writes with some real angst and emotion to her characters. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because it looks much more light-hearted than her normal fare. Despite all appearances, this book is that same high quality angst and emotion that Walker writes in her other books. 

Sloane has had a rough time in the romance department. Her sleaze of a fiancé dumped her right before their wedding, but he actually did her a favor and now she's looking for a fun night out before her brother's wedding to help in her recovery. Enter Boone...who saves her from the sleaze at the bar. But they hook up without names, neither of them realizing who the other is. Boone has been her brother's best friend for years and while the two of them became pen pals of sort, they never actually met. This whole aspect of the story line takes a little bit of suspension of disbelief, but it worked for me. 

The story evolves and eventually covers more than a year of time and a whole lot of trials and tribulations for the two main characters. I liked how Sloane became such a stronger person over that time frame. She had a great character arc which really worked for me. In fact, eventually, most of it worked for me. I liked the characters. I liked the various back-stories, and the various conflicts were riveting and believable. 

I have two minor issues with this book which ultimately earned it a slightly lower rating than it would have earned otherwise. One...it ended entirely too abruptly. I was fine with the ending. It just needed some sort of epilogue to truly feel complete. Two...that title is so not right for this book. Honestly, I feel like it's misleading. Her virginity was never the issue. In fact, it would have been nice if that spoiler hadn't been in the title, because it wasn't something even hinted at in the book until that moment when it was gone. The title makes it sound like a flighty little night out, but this book is so much more than that...in both subject matter and emotion. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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