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Virtuous (Quantum Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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"I honestly fell in love with Flynn. Talk about a book boyfriend. Ladies you don't know what you're missing."--5 star review of VIRTUOUS from Schemxy Girl Book Blog
"I am going to make this very easy for you all - M. S. Force's new Quantum Trilogy? Get it on your TBR. #OCTB. Whatever you have to do, but make a point to read these three books, because based on Virtuous, the first book out today, this series is going to be AHHHH-MAZING."--Review of VIRTUOUS at The Literary Gossip
"First, the writing is impeccable, as one would expect from Ms. Force. It's clean, filled with wit and sensuality and the storyline is one that almost every woman can relate to..."--4 star review of VIRTUOUS at The Romance Reviews
"Virtuous has everything we've come to expect from a Marie Force book- a beautifully written, emotional story, engaging characters, brilliant dialogue, and lots of romance. Writing for the first time as M.S. Force, she gives readers the added bonus of hot, steamy sex, dirty talk, and BDSM. While this series might not appeal to all of Marie's readers, I loved it and can't wait for the next installment!"--4 star review of VIRTUOUS at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
"This is an erotic romance but I loved that the story did not revolve around the sex. The heart of the story was them and the sex complimented the story, but it was not the center of it. Every scene drove the story forward and was (in some way) character building. THIS is how a strong erotic romance should be!...This book just had everything I love it in. It had amazing writing, a gripping story, characters I fell in love with and respected, and a romance that made my heart melt."--Aestas Book Blog
About the Author
M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. All three books in her initial Quantum Trilogy were New York Times bestsellers in 2015, and the Quantum Trilogy became the Quantum Series with Rapturous and now Ravenous, with more to come!
With more than 5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author more than 50 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold 2.5 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's HQN, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series, among other books and series, including the Quantum Series, written as M.S. Force.
Her goals in life are simple--to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
Join Marie's mailing list on her website at marieforce.com for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor, on Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram at instagram.com/marieforceauthor/. Contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I'm assuming "Virtuous" is because our young adult heroine tells nearly everyone she talks to that she won't sleep with a guy before marriage. That it's because of a traumatic past makes it a believable position. Except that in this millennium I would think that road testing would be smarter than tying yourself to life to someone who may or may not treat you right in bed. Because while one expects only to marry someone who would do you right, abusers are extremely good at hiding themselves until you're trapped. Finding out on a wedding night that you've chosen poorly would be inadvisable for most, catastrophic for her. I'm not dissing the heroine's lack of interest in casual sex, just her naïveté in thinking marriage would make it safe.
As for the hero, he "just likes her". Even seeing inside his head, he just feels this strange attraction. There is no depth to it at all. He ascribes all sorts of glowing traits to a young lady he meets when she has the wind knocked out of her, and just runs with it. He doesn't really get to know her. He "just likes her". And while I believe in chemistry at first sight - there are some people you just like - I needed more from this character because, as a famous movie star who can snap his fingers and have anyone he wants, I could not buy that he wants our heroine. After several meetings, his thoughts and words never deepen, and he didn't think about much. He was such a lunkhead that I didn't care.
So we have the damaged not-quite ingenue meets bored superstar and I found neither character nor their budding relationship interesting or compelling enough to make me continue past his offer to take her to a televised awards banquet. He'd throw a newbie to the paparazzi wolves within a week of meeting her? Not nice. That she, someone who had been attacked/ raped/ abused (one or all) would seriously think about flying out of state for essentially a third date with a dude who is so rich he could dump her body out of his private plane in the middle of nowhere, and could buy the silence of his employees whose livelihoods depend on him staying a star, is crazy. He'll get her a dress, and she'll stay at his place, and depend on him for transportation? That's a recipe for disaster. Fortunately for her, he doesn't seem smart enough to pull off anything crafty. But he's an actor, so how does she know what he is so soon? She doesn't. I don't know if she goes to the awards dinner/ party because I gave up on them at that point as TSTL.
It's a Cinderella story, from what I can tell. If you like a fantasy where you trust the H/H to be goodhearted and and do goofy foolish things because their insides are all wiggly, this may be the book for you. But I am not that trusting, and it takes a lot of effort to make the Cinderella trope work for me. It can be done, but this author did not do it for me.
Can I return this ebook and audiobook?
Natalie is a sweet, shy, and innocent teacher in New York, when her adorably grumpy old dog bolts from her on a walk and ends up not only crashing a movie set, but biting Hollywood's biggest heartthrob Flynn Godfrey there are no words for how shocking it is. Flynn is instantly captivated by Natalie and knows he needs to see her again.
Flynn is just, *sigh*, perfect. There's really no other word to describe him other than perfect. He's so sweet, so kind, so much of every good quality you want in a man that he's irresistible. He falls hard and fast for Natalie, but he's also holding back. Afraid his strong sexual needs are too much for her. The turmoil he has on whether he should let her go because she deserves better, or stay because of how much he truly loves her is heartbreaking at times.
Natalie has secrets of her own that are a devastating blow. She's truly so incredibly strong despite her innocent and shy nature. Together they make a dream couple that I cannot get enough of!