Unintentional Virgin by A.J. Bennett
September 19, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Karma Points is cursed. Cursed with a stupid name and the inability to lose her virginity. She's determined to lose her virginity before she turns twenty if it's the last thing she does.
One night, her good friend Eva brings her to an underground club where Karma meets a tattooed bouncer. He’s far from the clean-cut type she normally falls for, which makes her think this might finally be the night she crosses the threshold of womanhood.
Excited, she goes home with the bouncer named Jax and as always, her dreams crash down once again. Jax cannot believe she is willing to give away her virginity to a stranger she met at a club. As the only son with five sisters and a widowed mom, he can't morally go through with it, even though he's never been more tempted in his life.
Unwilling to let her walk away he strikes a deal. Karma has to spend three weeks dating him and then decide if she wants to have sex or walk away.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I was supposed to do a spotlight for this story, nothing more than featuring the cover and synopsis here on the site. However, after reading the summary, I really wanted to read the book, too! And for just 99¢, how could I pass it up?
Twenty year old Karma never intended to remain a virgin, but a series of failed opportunities have left her still sporting her V-card. Enter a certain unsmiling, tattooed bouncer, and her bad luck may be coming to an end.
The plot is simple enough, and to be honest, that’s what drew me in. While nearly every other book synopsis I’ve browsed ends with the now standard “…but what if the whole world ends when some ridiculously dark secret is revealed?” bit, this story hinted at something less melodramatic and (usually) contrived. And I can’t say I was disappointed.
Karma is a not-so-secure, somewhat goofy, entirely normal girl. Her preoccupation with losing her virginity struck me as a bit odd at first, but the more I got a glimpse into her head, the more I bought it. She’s not convinced that giving it up will somehow change who she is, or that everything will just magically get better once the deed is done; she simply refuses to accept that despite her rather normal teenage years and a few boyfriends along the way, she’s yet to experience what everyone else has.
Jax, despite his somewhat gruff appearance upon introduction, is really just a normal, good guy, too. As easy as it was for him to take Karma home, he just can’t follow through once he realizes what she’s up to. One night stand? Sure. Giving up her first time to some stranger she picked up at a club? Nope. So they strike a deal to get to know each other, and the chemistry kicks up a notch. A series of dating mini-adventures follows, and it’s pretty clear that they’re made for each other.
Karma has two dads (who are just awesome, by the way), a straight-shooting best friend, and a judgmental b**** of a mother who’s rarely around. Unfortunately, they’re all more scenery and plot device than story.
Eva, the best friend, serves as Karma’s way out of the house and her introduction to the club where she meets Jax. But aside from a few conversations to set various scenes, she’s not all that present. Similarly, we get barely a glimpse at Karma’s mom. She’s a model, always on the go, and not very involved in her daughter’s life — except when it comes to telling Karma to lose weight, get a nose job, or wear something more flattering. Her mere existence explains a lot of Karma’s insecurities, but while she breezes in with all the destructive force of a tornado, she’s easily subdued in a rather two-dimensional scene where we’re offered a convenient excuse for her behavior and apparently expected to instantly accept her as a loving but misguided mom. Karma’s two dads, on the other hand, offer slightly more, and it’s easy to understand her dependence on them as the two-part core of her world. Still, I’d liked to have seen more of them — not to mention find out why a plastic surgeon with a giant house and luxury car had his daughter riding around in a Ford Focus. And what was with the reemergence of the almost-widower at the club?
While a quick, enjoyable story with only a dash or two of light angst thrown in, I feel like it could have used a bit more development all around. Still, it was a really fun read, and while I would have liked to see some of the more minor loose ends tied up, the focus of the story and the main characters weren’t lacking at all. It was definitely worth the 99¢ I shelled out.