For months, Almonzo Spenser has been tormented by the
presence of his sister-in-law, Tabitha. He craves her every
second, and it’s driving him mad. Tabitha wants him, too.
This doesn’t stop her from resisting him, even though she’s
destined to become his forever. What secret is she hiding?
Darian Sabbat, vampire mob kingpin, despises the Spenser
clan and will do everything to gain dominion over them. He
is ruthless, cold, and murders his own kind. Darian wants
Tabitha, and plans to further his ambitions by using her any
way he can. What role will Darian play when the truth is
I really wanted to like this series. It’s got loads of good
ideas and potential. Writing is like music. It should have
a cadence, rhythm and flow, and poetic symmetry. Most
important, it should make sense! That’s where the narrative
style fails in Winning Virgin Love. I was too
busy struggling to decipher the context. In all fairness to
the author, I’ve included samples from the novel.
“His eyes penetrated her in a way his manhood potentially
never would and she liked the way he looked at her.”
Sadly, this sentence is an example of why it was so painful
to read both books. Other times, the dialogue was
incoherent and difficult to follow. “And no man, or
vampire, will live if he ever tastes what I alone can sip.”
The phrasing weakens Almonzo’s threat and it makes him sound
ridiculous. The descriptions aren’t much better either.
“The man retained the right for stark confidence and he
defined sexy to the extreme.” This is supposed to offer a
picture of Darian’s vibe, but you have to force feed your
imagination to grasp it. As for Tabitha’s character
development, she’s a lot like her sister Natasha from
Winning Virgin Blood.
There was little to no harmony in the novel’s structure and
synchronization, which made it hard to keep up with the plot
and characters. Potential, creativity, and a few twists
couldn’t overcome bad word choices, unclear phrasing, and
melodramatic dialogue. By the time I got to the end, I
felt like I’d translated secret code. Maybe deficient
editing is to blame, who knows? All I can relate are my
observations by providing examples of why I couldn’t
appreciate this book, no matter how much I wanted to.
There’s obviously a following for this series because the
third book, Winning Virgin Lust is available.