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Venus in Blue Jeans (Konigsburg #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  629 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Coming off a broken engagement to a lying charmer, all bookstore owner Docia Kent wants is a fling, not a long-term romance. And for her fabulously wealthy and fabulously nosy parents to butt out of her life for a while. The Texas Hill Country town of Konigsburg looks like the perfect place to get both. Especially when she gets a look at long, tall country vet Cal Toleffso ...more
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Published January 27th 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Jennie Smith
Jun 14, 2010 Jennie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes we need a break from the reading that we are doing and Meg Benjamin’s series has done just that for me! Venus is very well written, has a great plot (with mystery, drama, and hunky goodness) and kept me coming back for more. When I read my romance novels I find (sometimes) that I have to try to get over little things in order to really enjoy it (minor mistakes in plot, too much detail about the things we don’t really care about, etc.). That is not the case with this novel.

Docia and Ca
2.5* There was nothing glaringly bad about this book, just nothing especially thrilling about it, either. The writing was decent, but a little too bland. Overall, the story idea should have worked better, but something about the writing ended up utilitarian instead of moving. Since I'm not a writer, I really can't put my finger on what didn't work. So 2,5*. It was okay and I finished it, but nothing special.

Aug 07, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Another freebie through Amazon that I liked. I feel like I'm on a roll. As the new vet in town, Cal has all the single ladies panting after him but he only has eyes for Docia, the aloof owner of a local bookstore. For her part, she's trying to fit into the small town of Konisburg and not make waves, which is backfiring on her big time when she unwittingly makes enemies with the town busybody. Hot sex, a snarling cat, a pathetic chihuahua and good food make this is a damn fun read.
Erotic Horizon

Cal Toleffson – The vet, who is also the newest member of the small town of Konigsburg. He brings so much more than his skill with animals to the town- the grapevine is all abuzz with who will be the lucky girl to get with him.

Docia Kent – Trying too hard or just hiding from herself, with Docia you never can tell – when she spots Cal however – that’s a decision that was definately not hard to make.

The Plot

After living in Konigsburg, Texas for two years, you would think the town would h
Jan 21, 2010 Ridley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always surprised for some reason when ebooks are as good as any traditionally published book I've read. This is certainly one of those.

I loved Cal, the vegetarian veterinarian in Texas, and Docia the trust fund baby who just wants to make it on her own. Their courtship is sweetly awkward at the start before steaming up and boiling over into full-on love and passion. The suspense was drawn out well, with bits and pieces dropped throughout the novel, and the culprit a bit of a surpise.

Manda Collins
Mar 24, 2010 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Crusie, Erin McCarthy
Shelves: contemporary
A fun, sexy contemporary romance in the tradition of Jennifer Crusie. A tall, good-looking, good guy hero and a tall, good-looking, bookish heroine match wits against one another and some serious baddies lurking beneath the placid surface of small-town Konigsburg, Texas. I normally don't turn to Samhain for straight-up contemporary romance, but I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of the books in this fun series.
Tara Cadenelli
Jul 21, 2009 Tara Cadenelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-erotica
extremely enjoyable read. great cast of characters, sweet romance, interesting plot. just re-read in anticipation of the sequel. love a good series!
Heather in FL
This was unexpected, though I'm not sure why. I think I thought it would be smuttier, but it's fine that it wasn't. That's not to say there was no sex, but a lot of it was fade-to-black. And again, it's fine. It left room for lots of story. I've read a few stories recently where the female MC was tall, which worked out really well for the slightly taller male MC. I often read stories where the girl is the 5'3" little pixie, and those stories are fine as well, but it's kinda nice to read about ta ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Janga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dialogue so real and funny you'll wish you had overheard it at a local bar; Texas-size H/H in Docia Kent and Cal Toleffson(although he's a transplant from the Midwest), who have jobs they love that don't involve spies, corporations, or law enforcement; a suspense plot that gives a new wag to an old dog without detracting one iota from the romance; sexy love scenes that are hot and tender and sometimes even humorous; and a small town filled with individuals, some of them flawed and foolish--these ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebook, c, w-az
1.8 stars.

The story was forgettable. I couldn't remember what happened in the story between the sessions I sat down to read.

The writing got on my nerves. At times it was extremely disjointed. Unrelated sentences kept popping up at random. The plot was anything but concise. There were a lot of subplots that were shortchanged so much I wondered why they were there at all.

There was no chemistry between the leads and they hardly spent any time together. I had a hard time believing in their HEA in su
Aug 05, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This was a cute fun read, my first by the author. Her style reminds me of a cross between Jennifer Crusie and Kristen Higgins: light and witty with a happy ending and a few pets thrown in. ;-)

Overall I'd give this a 3.75 star rating. I liked it but didn't go out of my way to continue reading. I probably would read more by her.
Jun 17, 2010 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a HOT book and it was exactly the type of book I needed for my vacation. This was recommended to me by a fellow reader who heard my plea to get away from overbearing alpha type males. Nothing a hot, sweet, vet can't cure I assure you!

The writing itself is probably not worth 4*s but my enjoyment of the book was, I'll look for more of this author's books in the future.
Shannon C.
I had never heard of this author but picked up the ebook free on promotion from Amazon. It was an entertaining, sometimes humorous contemporary romance, which reminded me a little in style to Jennifer Crusie's books. The story is set in a small town, and Benjamin does a good job giving that quaint, small town vibe. The characters were appealing and kept me turning the pages. Good beach read.
Aug 06, 2010 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book free on my Kindle and wasn't sure what it would be like. The description sounded really cute and to be honest I thought there would be alot more steamy scenes just from the cover. I have to say I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. I will for sure read the next three in the series.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
This was an OK book by an author with medium writing skills who writes lukewarm love scenes. I liked the hero, we were given a lot of his inner dialogues. The rest pretty much was boring.

If it had not been a freebie from, I would have been spared the lost time. Next time I'll actually look at some reviews before taking a freebie.

You really do get what you pay for.
Dec 09, 2010 willaful rated it liked it
Recommended to willaful by: Sherri
Fun, breezy contemporary romance, with some suspense/adventure elemtents. (More than I really thought necessary.) I liked the huge hero and Amazonian heroine.
Konigsburg, Texas may be a tourist's nirvana, but the residents have to live there year round and they take their town pretty seriously. New business owners like Dorcia Kent are given the hairy eyeball for a while until they prove themselves, even if they have lived in town for two years. If meddling Margret Hastings has her way, in fact, Docia would be run out on a rail with her hair on fire. Meanwhile, tall and good looking veterinarians like Cal Toleffson who've only been in town for a couple ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I'd heard excellent things about this series and I actually bought this book a while ago. With the St. Patrick's Day sales, I picked up the next 4 books in the series too so I thought I'd better read the first one. Docia Kent is a nearly 6 foot tall, curvy and beautiful woman who runs a bookstore in Konigsburg Texas. She is fairly new to the small town and hasn't been well accepted by the locals, in large part due to the efforts of mean spirited (and one dimensional) Margaret Hastings. Cal Tolef ...more
Christina T
This was freebie on kindle and not a horrible one but frankly am a little stunned by all the 5 star ratings that it got on It was an OK book but I found it lacking...something. I have been struggling to figure it out for a couple days now and am still not sure. There was some romance, a bit of a mystery, a uppity town witch with a B, a veterinarian and some smallish town charm but I think that other than the uppity witch none of the factors had any oomph to them. Even the sex scenes ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The first of six romances set in the fictitious Texas hill country town of Konigsburg, "Venus in Blue Jeans" had been recommended to me for several years by a friend who knows the author because I live in the town that is the model for Konigsburg. Although it was formulaic and predictable, as trade romances are, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it! In fact I couldn't put it down, and not because of the sex scenes. Admittedly, they were intriguing at first, but as I read the subsequent ...more
Elyse Snow
Oct 28, 2012 Elyse Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great opening to this lovely series about the Texas Hill Country. You don't need to be familiar with the Hill Country and its quirks to enjoy this book or the series, but you'll probably want to go there and see it if it real. It is, folks. Benjamin captures the quirks of a Hill Country town, a tourist town, and the romance between a transplanted Norwegian vet (who looks like a handsome, grizzly Viking) and a statuesque Texan beauty with the world's meanest cat. Benjamin really enjoys ...more
You can't tell a book by its cover, and in this case the cover resembles nothing in the story. This book was better than I expected, turning out to be a rather sweet, light romance with, sadly, some gratuitous porn thrown in, which was not needed to carry the story, detracting much and added nothing. It was a fast, entertaining read in which the good guys were surprisingly appealing, the bad guys were also well-drawn, even the minor characters (including the four-footed ones) were given distinct ...more
Elaine Dowling
A true Texas romance. The hero and heroine are taller than everyone else and better endowed. The villains are pathetic, bungling and slightly goofy. The plot (what there is of it) is far fetched, withstands ZERO factual scrutiny and is completely irrelevant to the rest of the book. Plot details do, however, manage to mention both Sam Houston and the Alamo. Oh, and ultimately, it is all really about the food.

Steamy, nice prose, reads well, fairy tale level romance, not a bad way to waste an even
Christy Jones
Jan 04, 2012 Christy Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I have found my new favorite author! I loved this book! The author spent a lot of time developing, not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters. This story is about Cal and Docia falling in love in a small town, with a nasty neighbor, wonderful friends, a lot of family, a chihuahua named Senior Pepe, a crooked antique book dealer and lots of steamy sex. What more could a girl ask for?
Liz B
Sep 25, 2010 Liz B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
I loved the characters and setting, but the romance was BORING. That makes it very hard to decide whether or not to read (buy) more books in the series.

Here's the thing: I don't read romance in order to read about realistic, mostly healthy relationships between generally well-adjusted people. Because that, while nice and what we should all strive and hope for for ourselves and our loved ones, is NOT INTERESTING.
I can't put my finger on why, but this felt unpolished to me. Almost like something written for fun, and then never revised. The story's all right, though the villains are over-the-top. Also had a problem with "we had lots of sex" == "we're in love!"; the hero and heroine didn't have a lot in common and didn't spend much time talking, so it felt like they wanted to marry each other simply to have socially-acceptable sex.

I liked the dog, though.
Mar 05, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of Venus in Blue Jeans and loved it. The story is fun, romantic and sexy with a bit of a mystery and action. It's set in the small town of Konigsburg, Texas, with it's eclectic and quirky citizens. Cal is the new vet in town and once he sets eyes on Docia, the owner of the bookstore in town, he's smitten. It's a fun read with characters that made me smile. I'm looking forward to reading the other stories.
I really enjoyed this one. There was nothing too earth shattering about the plot. It was relatively predictable, but in a comforting way that made for easy, escapist summer reading fun. The steamy bits were steamy yet pretty tasteful. Though there were points between the romantic parts where I was wondering if the male lead was 14 rather than 30 something.

I'll definitely keep this series on my to-read list - a rarity for me with freebies.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
I have never seen a small town like this. Usually, they are written as sweet, accepting, nosy, but well meaning. This town has its good characters, but most of those are transplants from other places, as well. For some reason, this put me off just a little bit.

Other than that, loved it. Loved the central characters, story line, plot twists, everything. Can't wait for the next one.
Cheap and Lazy
Sweet romance with believable conflicts and some hot love. The heroine is likable and easy enough to relate to; the hero big and tasty in all the right ways. Secondary characters range from villainous to lovable, all are well- (but not over-) drawn and add to the story. The plots was well-paced and interesting. Overall, an entertaining read. The rest of the series promises to be just as fun.
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Meg Benjamin is the author of the Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing and the Medium Trilogy for Berkley InterMix. Her third Konigsburg book, Be My Baby, won a 2011 EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance. Book #4, Long Time Gone, received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Indie Press Romance. Book #5, Brand New Me, won a Holt Medallion and was a Long and Short Reviews Best Book. Meg ...more
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