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Exposed (Vice, Virtue & Video #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  486 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
James Laird and Lola Caraway have been next door neighbors and best friends since elementary school. James was always the ultimate player, and after graduation moves to LA and finds his place as a rising star in the porn industry. Lola, three years younger, is a studious overachiever and on track for graduation and success in college. Lola knows about and accepts James and ...more
Published October 13th 2012 by Smashwords (first published 2012)
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It's just me Shelly B
"I've been her friend since I was nine and she was six, so I've watched her grow from a scrawny little girl into a full-fledged hottie......She's really special to me-pretty much the only girl in town I haven't slept with-and I don't want some asshole to break her heart."

Friends to Lovers.....James and Lola

Exposed is book 2 of 4 in this series and my my how James and Lola have grown up since the first book. The dialogue is still a little immature but even with that being said...I'm still really
Future Slayer Girl
So, I read this series when it was all shiny and new, self-published by the author. Then I heard she had sold the book to Omnific Publishing and I was even more excited because it mean more James and Lola. I also found out this book would close of the gap between books one and two.

*insert my eye twitch*

Now, I love James. I do. Honestly, I think he was just seriously emotionally stunted for 80% of the series and just always thought he would have Lola all safe and sound tucked up next to him and
Jan 20, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It seriously only took me a few minutes to fall in love with James. Now really, James is the ultimate book boyfriend, in that I mean a bit too good to be true! We are talkin’ 6’5 hot, sexy, porn star who is amazingly attentive, a fabulous cook and cares about nothing more than Lola’s happiness and dotes on her every move. Oh, and did I forget to mention INCREDIBLY WELL endowed?? I know, I told ya right, total fantasy!! Except, he is not Lola’s boyfriend, he is her best friend…..For now… more abo ...more
Jen ~ Schmexy Girl Book Blog
Wow! What a great surprise this was. Got it based on a friend's recommendation and was so happy I did. It was hot, angsty and just what I needed! Even though James drove me crazy at times and could be completely clueless, I really enjoyed this one. All his crazy experiences and his relationship with Lola were great! Can't wait to continue the series!
Feb 18, 2013 Laci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so in love with these characters and this story. So far this is must read for me. I have two books left from this author so saving full review, but I believe this will end up my favorites shelf. ;)
Feb 17, 2013 Laci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cute-high-sch
This series has grabbed me. Fantastic! Thanks Dr. Shelly..
The BookChick

Ok, I just finished Revealed and I'm still at a loss about how I exactly feel about it. The story was extremely complex and actually left me feeling emotionally barraged at the end.

Lola and James's story was sweet and sexy. I'd probably classify it as a new adult erotic romance. But not a traditional one. Lola and James have been best friends since they were younger. The story opens with Lola being on the brink of her high school gradation and James returns from California to his childhood home
Channelling Colee
In Vice, Virtue, & Video: Revealed the author, Bianca Giovanni, gives you a storyline with sweet and salty, raw and cherished, and filth and virginal. And I love it. The emotions in this story are so breathtaking.

James and Lola, have this wonderful relationship that stands against all odds. They are fated to be together, but I am not sure if this togetherness is about a loving relationship (dating, marriage and 2.5 kids, lol!?), or if it is a love and a mutual respect for one another.

It is
It's just me Shelly B
This is book 3 in James and Lola's on going's not a love affair YET and they are still growing up. Beginning to test that line between friendship and lovers.....oh la la.......I like that part....*winks* In this book the lovely Lola is in college and our fabulous bad boy James is in California doing his thing.....that's right....he's slinging it in the porn business.

This was a short story so I'm going to make this a short review. Basically this is what happens.......

Lola goes to Cal
James and Lola! These two have to the be the cutest people on the face of the planet (they exist out there somewhere or I'm just giving up). If you are just discovering this story I would recommend reading First Dance as it is a cute little story that starts before this one, and the one that got me hooked. Exposed and Diving In are rolled into this book (with more details). I still love all of them and will re-read them...however if anyone who has read Man of the Year already knows...the wait fo ...more
Finally............wait! What?!?! Nooooo!!! Okay if you have read the first two and have read this one then I think you will know what I am talking about. Something does happen between these two but not in the way I was hoping. Don't worry they are still best friends and on good terms but it is taking them forever to realize that they belong together. I am so in love with this couple I am going insane. I want them together but I don't want the series to end. Such a double edged sword.
I first read this series back in early 2012 when it was first released as small novellas but now it has been re-released with new scenes i had to read the newer version.I liked Lola's new scenes but (view spoiler)
Francine Petro
Feb 09, 2014 Francine Petro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was first told about the stories premise I just had to read best friend is a porn star?!? What an interesting dynamic, one that I have never read about. So, I was intrigued! Lola and James are best friends since childhood and their relationship is a sweet one. Such unconditional love for one another! They are There for each other during the good times and defend and protect when necessary. I love the easy relationship they have with one another, so effortless! "She's my little tre ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Hilldog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving the James and Lola journey!

I first began with the free book “First Dance” and thought okay, high school was a long time ago for me, but let see where it takes me. I always had best friends who were guys, so I related to that big time, and yes, there were times when that “best buddy” of mine looked dreamy, but I kept it moving….so to speak.

I then moved on to ‘Revealed’ and thought James’ new profession was perfect for him! Thank you Bianca Giovanni for giving us a valid reason for why yo
How could a not love an update of James and Lola’s story. They have been best friends since he moved next door to her when he was 9 and she was 6. They comfort each other when their respective fathers are being tools. He took it as his job to protect her from the evils on manly ways…Oh I forgot that he is the evil for most of the women in their town? They are each other’s everything. She helps him with homework, he makes sure she never gets a date. They talk about everything…including all of Jam ...more
Sonja Chilcote
Jan 20, 2014 Sonja Chilcote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 4.5. I enjoyed the story line and the authors writing, she keeps you interested from the beginning....James and Lola's relationship is honest and true. I love how they grew up together and are the best of friends, they have this really strong emotional connection that they are unsure of. You can tell they both are in love with each other but don't know how to act about it with out the chance of ruining their friendship. The only one thing (negative if that) I found myself doing was skimming th ...more
Future Slayer Girl
The third installment in the Vice and Virtue series sees Lola heading to California to visit our lovable Porn Star-- James. He is all a bit dense and clueless the more we get to know him but I see the appeal and very real love he has for Lola. This story kicks it up a notch and shows James giving Lola her first orgasm-- oh yes it's hot, romantic, sizzling-- and still we are left with these two just not getting it :-) it is great tension building and we are totally left swooning over these two ev ...more
Beth Hastings
Dec 01, 2012 Beth Hastings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all the other books in this series, I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend it. The books all go together and you should read them in order - totally worth it - 3 short stories and then a long one. All awesome. I love the characters, I loved the story, I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat - absolutely drawn into the stories and the characters. The romance is beautiful. I've read them all and can't wait to read them again!
Julie Friedland Linhart
I really really really loved this book. Oh my god I have a major James crush. Could he be any better of a friend to Lola and her to him. I loved their friendship and the back and forth between they could give each other shit, yet care for each other through their shit. Everyone needs an unconditional friend like that. Major James hangover....I think I love him lol
Mar 08, 2016 Rene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An amazing beginning to Lola and James' love story; I can't wait to see what happens with these two next!
More of James and Lola! This one got a bit steamier and definitely sucked me in! I can't wait to read the full length book next!
Dec 27, 2013 Holly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really hope it doesn't disappoint :)
Jan 16, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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****3.5 stars****

Review for books 1 and 2)
Holy hell, what a ride! I can honestly say this series is unlike anything I’ve read, and that comes with a lot of positives but also some negatives. Taking a sex-driven alpha porn star, giving him a huge soft side for his best friend, and then making their love story work is no easy task, and I have to give Bianca Giovanni props for what she’s done here.

The history that James and Lola shared was probably my favorite part of this story, because I loved t
lots of steamy stuff and dirty dialogues, a male character who is a porn star and a dangerous friendship that's about to turn sinfully hot.

First reviewed on Literaria

James is a nice guy. Yes, he's a porn star and is happy about it. However, he's good-natured and he's never mean with or about women. Everybody is aware of his magnet-like qualities that attract women by the thousands, but he always treats them with respect. He likes and appreciates them.

Veronica of V's Reads
This fast-paced tale isn't a love story. It's an "I-know-this-will-end-poorly-if-we-give-in" story.

20 y/o James "Langdon" Laird is a porn actor. He's beautiful, big, and buff, and thoroughly loves sex with women--many women. Any women. This began in junior high, and never stopped--even as a teen he happily served the cougar-wives who employed his dad's landscaping company. Why not, right? Everybody got a happy ending. In his movies the gals adore him for his attention and respect.

17 y/o Lola Car
Michelle Kannan
Jan 24, 2014 Michelle Kannan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This falls around a 3.5 for me.

Full review on

Let me start this review by saying this is a great book and an interesting story.

If I am being totally honest- as hard as I tried to not compare this to other books- I did find myself comparing it to two books by two of my favorite authors. One book focuses on the male porn star aspect and the second book focused on the friends become lovers aspect so it was hard not to compare them. It doesn't mean I didn't enj
All Romance
Jan 24, 2014 All Romance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This falls around a 3.5 for me.

Full review on

Let me start this review by saying this is a great book and an interesting story.

If I am being totally honest- as hard as I tried to not compare this to other books- I did find myself comparing it to two books by two of my favorite authors. One book focuses on the male porn star aspect and the second book focused on the friends become lovers aspect so it was hard not to compare them. It doesn't mean I didn't enj
Monica Cullip
Jun 03, 2014 Monica Cullip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Vice, Virtue & Video- Revealed
Bianca Giovanni
This story was gifted to me for an honest review by We Love Kink.
Lola was six and James was nine when they first met. They were best friends right from the start. Hanging out with mostly each other. She was his confidante and he looked out for her, steering all the boys away with the evil eye. Sure he became quite the gigalo in high school and slept with all the girls and even some of the women but Lola was the only one that he ever let into his h
Tina Harris
Apr 01, 2014 Tina Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

What an amazing story of best friends that grows into beautiful sexy young adults that must learn to fight the attraction for each other or lose the friendship they have built over the years.

Lola Caraway an A+ student who graduates high school, moving on to college where is able to meet new people and guys without her best friend running interference. She thinks she will enjoy meeting some new guys that aren’t afraid to look at her because of James and maybe find a boyfriend. She is a sex
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
3.75 Stars almost 4 I want more. I have an itch that needs scratching.

Just reading the title, I wasn't sure of what to expect. Well, holy hell, I didn't see it coming. Lola & James have been the best of friends since he moved next door to her. She was six and he was nine years old. They have never crossed that line of friendship.....ever. They just enjoy being around each other. Now, Lola is 18yo and getting ready for her last couple of weeks of high school. James is back home to vis
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Vice, Virtue & Video (6 books)
  • First Dance (Vice, Virtue & Video, #0.5)
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