Title: The Virgin Romance Novelist
Author: Meghan Quinn
Acquired: Review (NetGalley)
Genre: Adult – Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot-Lanta Publishing
Release date: 2nd April 2015
Rosie Bloom is a budding romance novelist. The only problem is that she can’t get past writing a sex scene because she has no experience in that department whatsoever. Once she admits her shortcomings to her roommates, they’re on board to help her sort out her life and finally have some experience in the bedroom.
Now, I had heard a couple of people say something good about this book on Twitter so when I saw it on NetGalley I had to request it. I started reading this quite late on Saturday evening, promising my husband I wouldn’t stay up to finish it but I broke that promise.
Rosie Bloom is 23, works for a crazy cat publication, lives with her two best friends and is a virgin. Unlike her best friends, Rosie seems to have very little luck. They have fantastic jobs and even better love lives. She doesn’t mind her bad job though because she really wants to be a romance writer and sees it as her way out. However, as a virgin Rosie struggles to write sex scenes because she has no idea what she’s talking about. She knows she’s got to do something or the book will never get finished!
I loved Rosie from the very beginning. She’s attempting to write a romance novel using phrases such as ‘heaving bosom’ and has characters called Fabio and Mayberry. It sounded like the most clichéd romance novel ever written. Her narrative is wonderful as she admits she doesn’t know what she’s talking about and asks herself would people really refer to things like that. The poor girl was extremely sheltered and didn’t know anything at all when it came to sex and anything to do with it.
In steps her best friends Delaney and Henry who she has known and loved for years. Although shocked to hear Rosie is still a virgin, they’re there to help her out and to give her advice on all things sexual. Delaney is there for her in the ‘lady-scaping’ department while Henry is there for all other kinds of advice and life lessons. Rosie’s friends are there for her the whole time and I loved that. It makes a change to read a book about friends who would do absolutely anything (and I really do mean anything) for one another no matter what. Anyway, Rosie sets out to get herself some experience and from there the laughs really start.
Rosie is put into some pretty awkward and horrifying situations while on her quest and honestly, if you cringe easily then this book may not be for you. My face literally hurt from laughing while going on Rosie’s journey with her because it was so funny but so tragic at the same time. What I loved the most about this was the fact that the situations were real. Well, kind of anyway. While Rosie’s experiences were blown a bit out of proportion at times, it was so good to see that it wasn’t a case of ”perfect’ sex first time like we get in a lot of novels.
The Virgin Romance Novelist is gross-out funny but it’s also pretty sweet and romantic at the same time. Rosie is a bit in love with love and I wanted something more for her than just casual sex. Not only does this book have a hilarious plot that is extremely well paced but it has a whole host of characters to fall in love with, especially Rosie.
I read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. It’s easiest the funniest book I have ever read and I’m already dying to read it again.
Title: The Virgin Romance Novelist