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From USA Today Bestselling Author, Tiffany King.

Twenty-two-year-old historical romance writer Nicole Blake, or N.S. Blake to her readers, hasn't taken an official poll, mind you, but she is convinced she may be the only romance author on the planet who is still a card-carrying member of the virgin club.Not that she hasn't tried to end her membership. Life just keeps finding pesky ways to interfere. With no prospects on the horizon, Nicole begins to feel like the closest she will ever get to experiencing a man is within her own stories.

Opportunity presents itself in the form of hot-as-sin-on-a-lollipop-stick bartender/premed student Alec Petropoulos, who agrees to be the cover model for her upcoming book. Sparks fly instantly between them, and Nicole begins to entertain the possibility that she's finally found the right guy to hand over her tattered V-card. Alec has all the makings for a perfect one-night-stand candidate except, much to Nicole's surprise, he seems to be the only man in existence not interested in bagging a virgin.

Stuck between a rock and a stubborn male, what's a virgin to do? Seduce him, of course. How hard could it be? If it works for the characters in her stories, why wouldn't it work for her? After all, what happens under the cover…stays under the cover.

306 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 25, 2014

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Tiffany King

30 books1,814 followers
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

You can connect with Tiffany on her webpage at authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com
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Profile Image for Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic.
1,091 reviews138 followers
July 24, 2015

This book was clearly not for me. The cover was the first thing that caught my attention and the other thing that drew me in was... it was free. :)

It was rather boring and I'm not sure why I finished it. The only thing I can think of was that my OCD kicked in and I couldn't not finish it. I did notice that there's a second book in this series, but I think I'll pass on it. Just wasn't my cuppa.
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599 reviews2,881 followers
August 25, 2014
In the latest from Tiffany King, we see a sexier side to her writing as we experience a story of a bright, quirky, yet insecure writer fall for the good-lookin’, ab-toting gorgeous cover model. This story is a coming together of two people living two very different kinds of lives, finding each other under unlikely circumstances.

Nicole spent her days and nights pounding the keyboard of her computer, putting stories to paper in hopes of continuing to live her dream. She was best known as NS Blake and her latest novel was about to be released into the world. When her best friend and assistant extraordinaire, Olivia, invites her to check out the cover photography shoot, she never expected to come across the most beautiful man she’d ever seen (with equally as beautiful abs, it should be noted). Her first impression with cover model Alec doesn’t represent her finest moments and she is as mortified as she is intrigued by him.

When she seems Alec on another night and decides to muster the confidence to take him home, a night full of excitement and possibility goes horribly sour and the last thing she wants to do is see him again. But with a book coming out soon, Nicole finds herself on tour with Alec, where she struggles to hate him despite her best efforts.

We get to know Alec a little better as we see at first a friendship take flight, and slowly, see both of them fall for each other. The story is full of moments that are funny and sexy and completely familiar for someone immersed in the book world. We also see some things happen that bring Alec and Nicole closer together.

You can always expect well written, well developed stories from Tiffany King and with this latest, you certainly get that. I would’ve liked to have felt a closer connection to Alec, and thus between the two of them, better understanding what it was about each other that made them fall. Alec made a lot of mistakes with his relationship with Nicole, and even though he tried to explain where he was coming from, it was difficult to get past those things to really fall in love with him as a character.

Nonetheless, the story was fun to read, especially for those who live in the book community. If you’re looking to escape into a book and indulge in an angsty, sexy read, this is a great choice to pick up.
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Author 39 books1,340 followers
August 18, 2014
Okay, okay. Normally, I don't read New Adult. Hell, I didn't even like myself in my early 20's, why would I want to read about someone else's mistakes?

HOWEVER, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Loved it hard. Probably because Nicole reminded me so much of myself at that age. Although, I'd been married for 3 years by the time I was 22. (Yeah, I know. I started way young.) I liked that Nicole was a real person. She was flawed and insecure but still pretty damn grown up for a woman in college. She might be naive but she wasn't immature.

I also have to say that I adored Olivia. I loved her inappropriate comments and her attitude. I must say she vaguely reminded me of someone (ahem, a mutual friend that Tiffany and I share) and I have it on good authority that Olivia will be getting her own book. I. CANNOT. WAIT.

Alec seems like a genuinely good guy. I like that he's made mistakes and owns up to them. However, this did not stop me from wanting to smack the ever-loving shit out of him for how he behaved in the last 25-30% of the book. Until the end of course. I do believe my exact words were, "That fucking Y chromosome. I think their second X got broken." This idea applied to most men I know, even my hubby, whom I cherish and often brag about because he's pretty well-behaved. That doesn't mean he can't be an insensitive dumdum on a regular basis. He just makes up for it in other ways.

Back to the book! The writing was extremely well done and I laughed several times at Tiffany King's description of writers. "A writer's curiosity rivaled that of a cat." Absolutely true. Even if NA isn't usually your 'thing', I think you would enjoy this book. I know I did!

P.S. Tiffany, need me to read the next book? I'll even read it unedited and in installments. In other words, GIMME!
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2,756 reviews312 followers
July 21, 2015
I am really getting into these books where the literary world that we know and love is at the forefront of the plot. I have often wondered what happens behind the scenes and I am loving getting this insight. I always wondered whether any of these authors fall for their cover models but throw in a 22 year old virgin author and you know that the fun factor is going to be huge! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and despite a reading schedule I have dived into book 2...oops! (full review to come)
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885 reviews383 followers
November 28, 2014

Best Tiffany King book ever!  Add to that the New Adult genre and I was so sold.

Gorgeous blue eyed Alec is the cover model for Nicole's new book.  She really should have changed her clothes before she went to the shoot on the beach.  Fresh from her writing cave, she was one hot mess.  Her awkward state and his sexy good looks had her fumbling right into the waves.  Guess that wet t-shirts is gonna show him she not wearing a bra.  Could her day get worse?  Oh, it could.

A blind date and some tongue action when she only meant to catch his scent has her fleeing to the restroom with her BFF.

Packed with humor and sexy times, this one had me laughing and then swooning.  And awkward?  So much awkward! It was just totally fun to read.

I adore Alec.  He has a secret that definitely defines him.  Sleeping with a virgin is not on his to-do list.  And he has a good reason.  But that doesn't mean they can't work together.  He wants to try for friends.  Yeah, right.  With the smokin' hot chemistry between them...friends are so not happening.  But they do try.

Did I tell you I adore Alec?  I so do.  He's kind, protective, and genuine.  Mistakes from his past have raised him into a man - a man I really love.  Oh, and did I mention his skills? The boy has skills.  Besides being able to raise one of those crazy vertical banners that authors take to signings, he can find every excuse to touch a girl.  And don't get me started on how he takes care of his girls needs.  Can you say magical...you get the idea.

Loved Nicole too.  Living her dream job as a writer is everything she wants except she'd really like some of those yummy orgasms her characters are always getting.  And that pesky V-card needs to go.  I really admired her for how she managed to hold herself together after the deed didn't happen.  Facing Alec at book signings was beyond awkward and she deserved combat pay.  But I loved her for how strong she was.

Between Nicole's best friend (who so deserves her own book) and her brothers, I was loving the secondary characters.  They all felt so real.  The dynamics were there and I cared about them. 

Now the story was classic Tiffany King.  Her stories don't follow a predictable pattern.  She always has such real themes that the story just endears itself to the reader.  All of that is present in this one.

I read this in a day.  How could I not?  I just didn't want to put it down.  Well, I did put it down to make teaser graphics for it.  When I'm reading and a quote jumps off the page at me, I usually create a graphic to go with it.  This one kept stopping me for that but then I was right back to reading. 

Just so good.  Make sure you grab this and put it on your next to read list.

Profile Image for Amber.
622 reviews48 followers
August 27, 2014
I'd give this one 3 1/2 solid stars. This one was a harder one for me to rate. On one hand I liked the story, but when I compare it to Tiffany Kings YA books, especially 'Wishing For Someday Soon' which is one of my favorites, this one just falls short.

One thing I normally love about her characters is the way she writes her boys. But in this one the main character, Alec, does something SO incredibly horrible in the first few chapters it made me lose all respect for him (even though the scene in her apartment with his cat was pretty hilarious..I was kind of cheering him on, actually). After that scene I really didn't want to see Alec AT ALL, EVER AGAIN. And then the way Nicole's supposed 'best friend' keeps throwing her into situations with him kind of made me hate her too. She was supposed to be this girl's BEST FRIEND, and I'm sorry, but when a guy treats you the way he did, you just don't do that. Sorry. Nuh uh. And not only does she do it once, but SEVERAL times throughout the book. I was just not okay with it.

I did appreciate the fact that Nicole held on to the grudge against Alec for at least a little while, but she did cave pretty easily to her desire for him because he was just that good looking. I mean, he was okay. He talked to her a little bit, he was nice, he supported her after something bad happened, but he never really got through to me as this amazing person. So then later when he pulls another hugely douchetastic move yet AGAIN (and I knew this was coming btw) I was kind of just done with him.

Then what happens in the end and the way he wins her back was pretty weak to me as well. I just didn't see the grand gesture. I needed more And I was also pretty disappointed in Nicole for how quickly she decided everything was okay and he was given ANOTHER chance. From my point of view, her forgiveness stemmed more from the fact that he was so amazingly good looking, than from any real gesture he put forth. The connection between both of them was just kind of missing for me. I saw them more as in lust than in love. I have a harder time connecting to stories when that is the case.

I also feel the need to comment on the book's cover. For all the talk in the novel about how much emphasis was put on Nicole's book cover shoots, I would have expected more from this one. Not just a shirtless guy. It's okay, I guess this is supposed to be Alec's abs that were talked about so much in the novel? But I kind of wished it would have been like the mock up they talked about for the novel Nicole was writing. Not a huge thing, but still...

So while for the most part I did find the story entertaining and I did like it, it didn't go much further than that for me. When you don't really love or have a lot of respect for the main characters it makes it harder to fall into a story. While I did like the sneak peak into the world of being an author (all the signings and events were fun to read about) that was where my love stayed. The story was just kind of down the middle. I liked it, I didn't love it.
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378 reviews12 followers
August 25, 2014
I absolutely adore this book.

Nicole makes me look normal and that's hard to do :p

I laughed.
"My legs had as much substance as cooked spaghetti. If he wouldn't have been holding me up, I would have fallen at his feet in a puddle."

I cried.

"The emotion I was feeling for him were as foreign to me as the Creole dishes we had eaten for lunch. Not to mention, it was too soon. I could be setting myself up for the biggest disappointment of my life."

I got pissed off.
"I felt like I'd somehow lost a part of myself tonight. For the first time in my life, I realized that I'd been pretty much kept in a bubble of safety."

Trust me when I say, this is by far Tiffany King's best book. Nicole is, well, she's an every day sorta gal. She's klutzy, she trips over her own words, she's relatable. I think that's what I love best about her. Alec is...well, Alec is...frustrating....yet....swoony...yet....just meet Alec.

I love seeing this almost naughty side of Tiffany King. I can almost see her sitting at her desk, writing this, and squirming. Just one of those books that makes you smile and feel good.
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840 reviews155 followers
October 20, 2014
It's no secret Tiffany is one of my favorite authors. So why in the world I waited as long as I did to read this... I don't even know! This book really sets itself apart from most other romances, because of how much I could relate to it! Well, not the finding an incredibly hot model part. Our main character is an indie author! As a blogger, I've worked very closely with several indie authors and had the immense privilege of hanging out with several of them this past summer at a conference!

I really loved getting into Nicole's mind and seeing her writing habits, as well as how she deals with promoting her novels and everything that goes into it. Nicole herself is a hot mess though. She's a bit shy and awkward, but there's just something really endearing about her! There were so many scenes in this book I couldn't help but laugh at the poor woman! The icing on top of the cake? She's a romance author who writes incredibly sexy scenes... and still has her v-card! The right opportunity just hasn't presented itself to Nicole.... until she meets her oh-so-sexy male model, Alec. Even after acting like a total nutcase in front of him, he doesn't seem too put off by her. In fact, the two really hit it off after an evening out with their friends. They have instant chemistry with one another and it's seriously hawt.... until Nicole mentions that she's still a virgin.


Alec isn't a bad guy. Sure, he's good looking, but he's also working as a bartender by night and a pre-med student by day. He's flirty, fun, and polite- what's NOT to like? Well Alec Petropoulos, you really pissed me off with the way you handled the big V news. It was completely out of character for him to act that douchey, so it really took a while for him to win me back over. Poor Nicole. I wanted to jump into the book and give her a big hug. She was humiliated for one, and two- no one likes to feel rejected.

Unfortunately, it's not that easy for Nicole to say c'est la vie and move on with her life. Her best friend and cover designer, Olivia, also helps Nicole with some of her publicity. Having to attend a few book signings and conferences, Olivia points out that the hot thing right now is to have the male model accompany her to help promo her book. Uh.... AWKWARD.

Alec and Nicole make it work, however, and decide to try their hand at friendship. Too bad the two of them having steaming hot chemistry together! That chemistry is bubbling beneath the surface ready to explode! We do find out why Alec is against taking Nicole's v-card and while I can't begrudge him his reason, he probably could have handled his reaction a lot better than he did. Still. He's a guy and guys sometimes have NO tact.

Nicole can't deny that having Alex with her is doing wonders for her upcoming book sales. The more time they spend with each other, the more Nicole is determined to get him to crack. And crack he does....

I really enjoyed this novel by Tiffany, even though I did find Alec to have a bit duality to his character. There were a few of his actions that I didn't particularly like, especially after he acted in a completely opposite manner prior to them. Aside from those inconsistencies, King has created a really fun romance that I had a blast reading. Any time I can strongly relate to a book and its characters makes it that much more worthwhile for me!
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2,115 reviews54 followers
August 24, 2016

No tenia ni idea de la existencia de The Write Stuff hasta hace unas semanas, sorprendentemente no fue la portada lo que me llamo la atencion sino la autora, conoci a Tiffany King hace unos meses al leer No Attachments, un libro que ame desde la primera frase hasta la ultima, asi que decidi darle una oportunidad.
Es un libro sencillo, ameno y muy refrescante, especialmente despues de leer tantos libros llenos de drama y pasados oscuros.
Nicole es una protagonista tan parecida a nosotras que es imposible no amarla y sentirte identificada con ella, me encanto su caracter y me rei muchisimo con las cosas que le ocurrian y lo patosa que era.
Quizas el problema fue que tenia muchisimas expectativas al empezar a leer y por eso ahora estoy un poco decepcionada porque el libro no fue todo lo maravilloso que esperaba de el, senti como si la autora podia haber explotado mucho mas la trama y al no hacerlo la historia quedara un poco " floja ".
Otro de los fallos que note fue que Tiffany King no nos deja conocer a Alec, el protagonista masculino, en todo el libro no llegamos a conocerlo. Y el final me parecio demasiado rapido y apresurado.

3 Estrellas!!
Profile Image for Pamela Carrion.
421 reviews50 followers
August 29, 2014
Refreshing! A palate cleanse for your literately tongue. Tiffany has created a witty yet romantic story that will keep you laughing while you swoon. Nicole and Alec are adorable and even though their not so adorable meet and greet would leave any woman cringing, you can’t help but fall for both of them.

“I seriously needed to get a grip. I was acting like some sixteen year old virgin from Dorkville.”

With the right mix of well everything, Tiffany King has another winner! This book will pull you out of a book slump or help your cure a book hanger over. Tiffany has a way drawing you in and allowing you a laugh every now and then.

“Do you want me to hold her arms while you pound on her?” Jennifer whispered in my ear. “We can turn this dance into our own version of Fight Club.”

This is a quick read that will leave a lasting impression. Be sure to one click this one and fall in love with Nicole and Alec. Tiffany too!
Profile Image for Tangerine.
642 reviews1 follower
November 27, 2014

3 ★s

This was just okay for me. It started off really good, I instantly liked the heroine. I liked all of the characters. There were some funny moments but it quickly got boring. Nothing really happens in the book and the heroine's thoughts were long winded. I found myself skimming, looking for just the convos.

Overall, it was alright. It was free so I won't complain too much. It's rare that I get a free book and actually like any of it. It gave me something to read while I was looking for something that I really wanted to read..
Profile Image for Laura.
528 reviews10 followers
September 5, 2014
3.5 stars
This book was not as good as I thought it would be. I got my hopes up too high and was let down. I'm not saying it was bad, it just left me a little disappointed. It was funny and fun and I wanted angsty and sexy. It also bugs me when the guys a total buttwipe and the chick still can't keep her panties dry. So anyways, proceed with caution. :)
Profile Image for Melissa Brown.
Author 26 books1,040 followers
August 15, 2014
"Smart, snarky, sexy and fun. I couldn't get enough of this heartfelt contemporary romance. I laughed, I cried, and I loved it to pieces!!!!
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207 reviews3 followers
April 28, 2018
Okay, okay.
It seems that I'm the only one who didn't like that much this book.
These are my reasons...

First of all, I HATE when the heroine's so weak! I hate it!
Alec would say "go there" and there she'd go, he'd say "come here" and then she'd come. Why did the author make her this way? Why?!


Second: Alec was an asshole. Fine, I'm exaggerating, but still. I actually dislike him from the first moment. There are some assholes in other books, and yet they make you fall in love with them, somehow. But with Alec... ugh, no.

Third: Her best friend? The girl who supposed to support her, who supposed to be with her no matter what, and just... be her freaking best friend?!
It seemed that Olivia hated her. Never liked her.


Four:... Okay, there's no four. But, I kinda expected more.

It was fun, yeah. I'll give you that.
But... no, I got this bittersweet taste in my mouth.
I feel like I didn't say all I have to say.
Profile Image for Mary.
Author 70 books208 followers
August 25, 2014
For many years now I have had a serious Author Crush on Tiffany King (It's okay she knows)

When I read the blurb, I wanted to read this RIGHT THEN! I love the whole concept of the story. I mean, come on you have a virgin and a hot guy, what could go wrong?

Then I stopped .... a virgin? .... a hot guy? .... hasn't this been done a million times? I became worried that maybe this was going to be too 'cookie-cutter'.

When I started reading I knew from 2% into the book this was going to be like nothing else! I WAS RIGHT!

Nicole has probably become one of my favorite characters that Tiffany has written. She has flaws and I love that. I also love that she's real and I can relate with her. I can remember feeling some of the same things that she did at that age. I loved that!!

Then there's Alec. Yep, my new book boyfriend! (Are you shocked by that?) Oh, how I drooled on my kindle for this guy, and then other times he sort-of mad me a little mad. But, hey, he's a guy (fictional or not they get under your skin every once and a while)

I laughed a lot in this book. I did yell a few times. BUT, I LOVED IT ALL!!
Profile Image for Marcia.
148 reviews
September 12, 2014
ARC in exchange for a honest review...

Tiffany is one of the first author's books I fell in love with because of how fun and sweet her stories are. I have lost count of how many of her Amazing books I have read and will continue to read as long as she keeps writing.

We have Nicole who is quirky, awkward, and can be quite clumsy with an awesome sense of humor. She writes novels filled with romance, steam, and schmexy times but sadly she is lacking all these things in her own real life until she meets her book cover model Alec. Alec has melt your panties good looks who can make any woman blush with just wink and wanting to tear their clothes off. He oozes sex appeal and even makes me drool ;) These two have "off the charts chemistry" but they also butt heads a bit at first. Both have a rough go in the beginning but all is not lost. This book had me giggling, smiling, swooning, and wanting to slap someone silly. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a Cute & Fun read.
Profile Image for Carole.
824 reviews
December 5, 2014
From all of the high reviews, I know I am in the minority. I wonder
if I read the same book.

I found her writing very tedious and instead of moving the story along it just made me feel disconnected with the characters and plot.

Overall the story just seemed to be so immature.

The main sticking points I had with the story were the continuous
use of derogatory names by Nicole and Olivia.
Why the need to call each other slut bags, and whores ?
I don't know of anyone who consistently calls their BFF those names
all the time.

The was another case of Guy doesn't want to get involved with a virgin
because of a so called bad experience, yet they do the exact opposite.

Regardless of what others think about this book, I am not going to waste my time continuing this series.
There are so many other authors out there to be read.
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Author 10 books55 followers
September 8, 2014
I just adored this love story. It was cute, funny, and steamy. There were definitely some serious notes I didn't see coming at all, but best of all was the completely awkwardly adorable heroine that I totally related to. (I especially love the ode to Potter with a cat named Severus...Hehe)
Profile Image for Gabby.
439 reviews
December 31, 2014
Not what I expected due the cover (never judge a book by its cover).

I totally could rely on the FMC's clumsiness. I even imagine myself during certain situations! lol!!!

Really, really funny, easy, breezy, entertaining reading!
Profile Image for Elizabeth.
135 reviews263 followers
December 22, 2016
The writing and plot were just flawless!

This is a book that will tear at your heart strings. Its filled with love, passion, and angst.

I absolutely loved it from cover to cover!

5 Amazing Stars
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Author 4 books356 followers
August 18, 2014
This book made laugh riotously, squirm ridiculously, and swoon like an eighteenth century maiden with a case of the vapors. Bravo, Tiffany King! (full review to come)
Profile Image for Livia.
963 reviews41 followers
March 5, 2018
According to Amazon, I originally one-clicked this novel on November 27, 2014. That was so long ago, wow! Finally last weekend, I was in the mood for a novel with a virgin romance author trope and dove in.

I really liked the cover and how it tied in well to the story. I also loved all the what it’s like to be an indie writer details. Nicole Blake (or N.S. Blake to her readers) was living her dream as a young professional independent historical romance author while still in college pursuing a formal degree. She was one of the lucky ones and could let her degree be a fall back if she needed to give teaching a try someday. Her relationship with her bestie Olivia was odd language-wise but based on love and a professional partnership that was lucrative for them both.

Olivia, who did double duty as her book cover designer/photographer, interrupted Nicole one day while she was on a writing roll and begged her to come down to the latest photoshoot without delay. Why the urgency though? I missed why really. I questioned it in the moment and probably should have reread to make sure I understood it. But I was too lazy to do so and what came out of that was Nicole being introduced to medical school student Alec Petropoulos.

Now Nicole had a sinfully sexy male candidate for help eliminating her pesky V-card. Only Alec put the brakes on her plan (for his own very valid reasons) once she admitted her virgin status. He suggested they be friends only. Understandably her ego got bruised badly, but I could see the wisdom in them getting to know each other a bit before heating things up again. The drama and humor as they worked together doing book signing events was entertaining although not quite what I had in mind when I picked this story for my Sunday reading pleasure.

My favorite quote that summed their journey up well:
‘We had everything a good romance story needed – a rocky beginning, a slow build to a budding relationship several hurdles to overcome, and finally, a happily ever after’ ~Nicole

Next up in this series:
Yes, there is a sequel entitled Writing a Wrong (Write Stuff, #2). However, I don’t feel a sense of urgency to read it yet since I don’t already own it. This is why I normally wait to collect an entire series before diving in so I don’t have to think guiltily about whether or not I should read a book from my collection or buy this new book.

But also, I feel that this first novel really can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel for now. I will probably read the sequel someday when I’m in the mood to see how Nicole and Alec navigated their new life together as a permanent couple and also for an update on Olivia. I’m hoping Olivia gave Taylor, whom she dumped when things were getting serious on his part, another chance to prove to her he is the One.
Profile Image for Never Stop Reading or Dreaming.
863 reviews31 followers
February 2, 2018
No! Absolutely not!

Okay I loved the premise of this book and thought it would be a favorite of mine. I was so wrong. The first five chapters the author tries so hard to be funny it's painful to read. However after that the book got really good and I thought it had redeemed itself. Then... spoiler... at 70% it comes out he has a kid! A freaking kid from a one night stand that turned crazy! AT 70% of the book. Are you freaking kidding me? I can look past the trying to be funny but when you throw a curve ball like that into the mix and then give that zero time to stew because you're already at 70%, makes for a bad book in my opinion.
Profile Image for Alicia Huxtable.
1,667 reviews56 followers
September 9, 2020

Let's just say, I consider this a perfect romance story. It's not love at first sight, no fights, kind of romance, this is real. And I thoroughly enjoyed it
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470 reviews46 followers
September 12, 2014
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I was ready to pre-order this book on the simple fact that it was by Tiffany King alone. But once I started reading the blurb I got through the the first line only, Nicole is not only a historical romance author but she also happens to be a virgin? Sold. Nope, I don't need to read any further because this book was just screaming fun and sexy read. And Tiffany King delivers those things and more. No joke, I inhaled this one. Once I cracked it open there was no chance of stopping to breathe much less eat, sleep or any of those other things a functioning human does. One hour turned into two which turned into four which turned into me finishing the book with a happy little sigh and a huge grin.

It was all fun and games until my next book, when I would write her in as a character and kill her off by dropping a meteor on her head.

I love main characters like Nicole Blake. She's a bit awkward and a bit of an introvert at times. Though I feel like the best thing about Nicole is she is absolutely hilarious. She was very real and in a lot of ways I could see bits of myself at that age in her. She's a very relatable character. It was a lot of fun to watch her start to break out of her shell and put herself out there more. Be bold instead of hiding in her apartment behind her keyboard.

I'm sure an outsider listening to one of our conversations would seriously question our friendship. Words like whore and slutbag were regular terms of endearment for us.

Nicole's best friend Olivia was just as fun as she was. I loved the friendship these two had. The way they interact with each other is just so me. I would totally be friends with either of them in real life. Olivia is also quite the meddler though which is always fun to read. I would crack up whenever she'd instigate a situation and then just never quite look Nicole in the eye out of guilt or trying to pretend she had no idea what was going on around her.

I would have been lying if I said having Alec playing the role of knight in shining armor was unpleasant in the slightest.

Alec Petropoulos. That guy. When I wasn't wanting to do things to him that I should never, ever mention in public, I wanted to smack the crap out of him. I think I even had a status update on Goodreads that just said "Ass :(" Alec isn't perfect. He makes mistakes and I wanted to stay mad at him. I really tried. Once he would explain the reasoning behind the choices he's made I'd get it though. I still wanted to smack him and tell him that he was being an idiot and should have taken chances anyway, just because something turned out bad once doesn't mean it will again. Frustrating, yes, but I still love the guy.

It was time to put Operation Seduction into play.

Oh. My. Word. Tiffany King can write the hell out of a steamy scene. The chemistry between Nicole and Alec is explosive. I've read books before where the virgin main character decides it's time to get rid of her V-card and quite frankly it's all just been a big trashy mess. This one is sweet and quirky and hilarious and very sexy. Instant favorite and I feel like everyone would enjoy this. People who are afraid of NA or haven't read any good NA in the past? This is the book for you!

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December 19, 2014
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This story went from good to not so good actually.

When I started reading it, I was really into the story. No not just because of the six-pack on the cover (though I have to admit, it might have caught my eyes for a minute there), but because the plot seemed quite even though a little predictable. I really liked Nicole's character and voice (I really liked her self-deprecating, sarcastic comments), the writing style, the pace of the story, everything. I was really enjoying myself and looking forward to Alec and Nicole gradually falling for each other. And I got all of that until I reached the 60% mark of the book.

"My virgin status would be gone in a few minutes. I could see the light at the end of the ecstasy-filled tunnel."

Before that, I didn't have anything to say against the story. I laughed a lot at Nicole's little quips about herself and I liked that she was so sure and happy about what she was doing.

"What was it about a woman's nipples that made them want to stand at attention at the worst possible moment?"

But then, I don't know why, but I started losing interest in the story, I wasn't as involved with it as I had been before, and I started seriously rolling my eyes at what happened in the book.

I couldn't connect with Nicole and Alec anymore and couldn't bring myself to believe in her and Alex's story either. It's hard to explain and I don't want to give spoilers about the story either, but I felt like what the characters felt and did wasn't really coming from the characters but it was there because it was the right time in the story for them to feel or act that way. And well, like Nicole says in the book...

"It was almost too perfect. How could one guy be freaking drop-dead gorgeous, easy to talk to and a damn magician in bed? And he liked to read. It was like he was created from my own perfect male bucket list."

Plus, I started getting bored with the story after the first real sex scene, which was too vanilla and...soft for my taste, and to be completely honest, way to perfect for it to be believable. This was my reaction to their first time:

"What just happened seems a little unrealistic even for me. I would have understood if it had been good. But that she rocked his world and had hers rocked too the very first time is a little far fetched I think"...

That's pretty much when I started reading only the dialogues. And we all know that's never a good sign.

I'm actually a little sad that I didn't like this book as much toward the end because it really started out well. The whole first part of the book made me laugh and smile and I really liked the tension between Nicole and Alec. So I'm a little disappointed that things didn't stay that way throughout the story.
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August 29, 2014
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Oh. My. Goodness. If you’re looking for a sexy read full of laughs, then look no further that Tiffany King’s The Write Stuff. This amazing story pulled me in from the get go, and I loved how much I was able to connect with both the characters and the story itself, seeing the ins and outs of self-publishing as N.S. Blake begins to make a name for herself with her intoxicating stories. If you’ve never been to a mass signing or weekend book conference before, then you’re really missing out, and you’ll see just how much when you read Kings novel. I had to laugh out loud at all the antics of the ladies, ogling the male models, lining up for pictures and signatures and insisting that the models take off their shirts for photos–an aspect that has indeed become a “thing” at book conferences and signings. And King captures the chaos and awesomeness that it is as she writes from personal experience from the many signings and conferences she’s attended (and I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve attended two with her, as well!). Everything about the writer/reader world that King incorporates in her novel is 100% true, and having experienced much of it at conferences I’ve attended, I was just tickled pink with how much I could truly visualize as I read. King certainly has a way with words, and I adored her insights into the bookish world, a world we don’t hear much about inside books, which makes it all the more awesome.

And Alec? Mmmmmmmmm. He is definitely hotness on a stick, and I loved how honest and forthright he was. He’s a man who knows what he wants, and he has some shocking but valid reasons for denying N.S. Blake, reasons that made me respect him on a whole nother level as the novel unfolded. Of course, there is definitely a lot of friction between N.S. Blake and Alec, and I loved how their friendship bloomed. Their relationship is extremely realistic, and I enjoyed their antics as the plot thickened.

One of the aspects that I really adore about this novel is that it’s completely unique. While the “virgin trying to de-virginalize herself” seems to be a plot that I’m noticing more often lately, King doesn’t follow the same patter as others, and her novel really stands apart. From the intricacies of the bookish world to the chemistry and maturity of the main characters, King takes readers on a realistic journey of love and heartache, and it’s so very amazing. This is a must read!
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January 9, 2015
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How do I start this? Wow. Totally blew me away. I can't believe this. This book is totally awesome. I deeply felt every word that is written in this book. And it's like peering into the world of writers. Wow. It's like Nicole is my friend, and I'm Olivia, doing all the wonderful stuff to help my friend. Really. It's totally bizarre that I found myself reading it non stop. And when I finally do, there's like three chapters left before I finish it. Wow. Wow. I am totally speechless.

The Write Stuff is about Nicole Blake or N. S. Blake to her readers, a twenty-two year old girl who is a historical romance writer, still in college, and is still carrying the v-card. Her best friend, Olivia, helps her with all the stuff, from her book covers, blog tours, checking her emails and stuff like that. One morning, Nicole meets Olivia at the set of her new book cover photoshoot where she met her new model, Alec Petropoulos, a hot bartender/model/premed student. Sparks fly between the two and Nicole new in that moment that Alec is the perfect guy to lose her virginity with since he has all the things that shouts he's the perfect one-night-stand candidate. Little to her knowledge, he never bangs a girl who is still a virgin. And what was she supposed to do about that? Seduce him. In every way possible.

I totally suck at writing this. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It's not all too heavy to read. It's very light to and will surely make you laugh. I did. I read non stop the veary next day when Tiffany sent me her book. Well, I did stop though, like three chapters before the book ended. I think I said that part already. I need sleep that time! Can you blame me? Good gods! The revelations just killed me.

I have one question for you though, Tiff. Have you woven your and your hubby's love story here, in this very book? LOL. Sorry. I just really need to ask that question since you know why, uhm, the last chapter? And don't give me that "what happens under the cover, stays under the cover" statement. I need to know!
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