Natasha is in Vegas for a wedding when she first meets
magnificent, arrogant Orlando Spenser, vampire, gambler, and
womanizer extraordinaire. Orlando is on a mission to find
his life mate, courtesy of the Elders. There are
stipulations and criteria to choosing the right woman, and
Natasha meets them all. Time is short. He needs to
convince her that they’re meant to be but with a woman like
Natasha, it won’t be that easy.
Anticipation is the best part of finding a new series to
read. This story lived up to a few of my expectations. But
first, I want to point out what didn’t work. The biggest
problem I had with it was awkward narrative and stilted,
dated dialogue. Words should flow and conversations should
ring true to the ear. Sometimes the phrasing was off and
The character development was weak. Another factor was the
lack of plot twists and surprises as the plot progressed.
The vampires appeared more human than preternatural.
Orlando and his brother are rakes, and aside from being rich
pretty boys from a close knit family, there’s little else.
Natasha came off as obnoxious and annoying when I’m certain
that the author meant for her to be spirited, independent,
and assertive. I thought she was a foul mouthed spoiled
brat, and there wasn’t enough substance to help me
Winning Virgin Blood wasn’t all negative,
there were some positives. The kick off begins with a
really good upheaval for Orlando and the consequences of his
actions place him at the mercy of the vampire Elders. The
idea of how the vampires choose their mates is intriguing
and the Spenser family history is fascinating. Orlando’s
quest is an effective plot motivator. There was so much
potential, and room to flesh out the characters. This story
had all the hallmarks of transition and personal growth for
Orlando and Natasha. It does happen but again, it’s not
smooth and there are too many holes and gaps to make it all
work. Finally, there’s a nice build up for the next
installment featuring Almonzo, Orlando’s brother.
After underlying the pros and cons of Winning Virgin
Blood, I feel it’s only fair that I read Winning
Virgin Love, Book 2. The next round may produce a KO,
and because this author put her heart into her work, I feel
like giving it another go.