Review: The Virgin: Revenge by J. Dallas



Rating: 3/5 Stars

The blurb:

I was seventeen when I met Drake Gallagher. Seventeen, naive, foolish…and in love. Or so I thought. That summer, and the months that followed, set the course of my life.

Ten years later, I’m still struggling to put the pieces of me back to together.

It’s time to stop struggling. It’s time to take control…and maybe, it’s time for a little revenge.

He doesn’t have time for naive little virgins?

Well, I’m not naive anymore.


Shannon is a mid-twenties urban professional out for revenge on an older man who broke her heart back in her teenage years. She seeks him out and lands a job as his administrative assistant, thinking he doesn’t remember her and she will have plenty of time to plot and execute her revenge.

Drake is the “Boy Genius” of the family business. For his age, he has a surprising list of accomplishments in the business world and is a hard-hitting executive. Lots of money, lots of power.

It doesn’t take long for Shannon to notice that Drake is looking at her a little longer than necessary, or finding excuses to spend more time with her. The problem is, Shannon is finding that she, too, is just as guilty.

I’m not sure if this is one of those books that is meant to start with a excerpt from the ending (because it seemed odd to me that it just jumped right into the story, and I felt a little lost) or if it’s a glitch in the eARC I received via NetGalley. Regardless, I’m not a fan of books (or movies for that matter) that begin with the ending. Obviously the important part of the story, is the story itself; how they got to the ending. But for me, the ending is important too, and if I already know how it ends, I have a hard time getting through the story. Clear as mud? Okay, moving on.

I enjoyed the general plot of this book, including the minor cliffhanger at the end. What I didn’t like was that the characters didn’t have much depth. I didn’t feel a connection to either one, and therefore didn’t have much of a vested interest in the outcome. Usually with New Adult, there is so much drama between two characters that I feel a strong connection to, as well as intense chemistry between the protagonists. I didn’t get that here. I felt that we spent too much time inside Shannon’s head in the present, and not enough time learning how and why she got so messed up about Drake. Maybe I will see more of what usually draws me in with book two. I’m hopefully that since I have a little bit of background on Shannon and Drake, I’ll feel the pull and be more interested in the second installment.


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