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Unlikely Venture (Venture, #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  107 reviews
This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B00OAAVKUU. You can find all editions of this work here

Here's the thing about keeping secrets...

After learning Jessica's been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fiancé bolted out of her life as if he was on fire. She finds solace in her career--no distractions or romantic entanglements there!

But the universe has its ow
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 7th 2014 (first published October 1st 2014)
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, romance, arc
**** 4 Delicious Stars ****

I'm glad I got to read this story. Everything flowed so well, and the characters were so easy to like.


Jessica isn't a damsel in distress. She's hurt because her fiance left when they found out she had MS, but she doesn't let it get in the way of her career. She's hesitant to start any relationship because of her unknown future. She wonders if someone will be able to handle her physical struggles. But everything changes when she meets James.

When fate keeps getting Jessi
Heidi McEvoy
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jessica is the ultimate girly girl! When told she has MS her world starts to crumble. Only she is one tuff chick! She doesn't let anything stand in her way even the ass fiancé that dumps her after she was diagnosed. So, she focuses on her career. After a one night stand she goes away on a business trip and meets hotty James and then runs into the one night stand who doesn't forget her. Now all Jessica has to do is figure out if she wants to go down that path again and risk her heart with someone ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!

This book tells the story of Jessica.
Jessica is a young woman that is dumped by her fiancé after she finds out she has Multiple Sclerosis. After that, she decides to focus on her job. However, a few chance encounters with James makes her give love a chance again.
She also has to deal with Paul, a former one-night stand that keeps popping when she least expects, the fact that Paul is going to invest in James's company, and the fact she's hiding her disease from James.
What will happen
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First let me start off by saying kudos to Ms. Luciani for writing about someone with Multiple Sclerosis so perfectly! I have never read a book where one of the main characters has it and coming from someone that does have MS, I can honestly say that you wrote the character's fears and all the other feelings that come along with it absolutely brilliantly. So, Jessica has just been diagnosed and had her whole life turned upside down and decides to focus on just work with no romantic entanglements ...more
Ryan Ringbloom
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors
Unlikely Venture is an emotion filled, romantic read with lots of sizzle and steam in all the right places.

Jessica's struggles are major, yet never bring her down. She stays strong throughout the story and I just a loved that!! James is sexy, kind, wonderful...but there are some bumps. Aren't there always?

This is well written book containing way more than romance. Fashion, family, business,'s all there. I think readers will dive into this read and fall in love.

I'm excited for the nex
Christina Marie
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review**

This is one of those books when I can't really pinpoint a rating. I didn't love some things about it, but I loved many things about it. I've never read anything by Luciani before, so I went into it with curious eyes. I really liked the premise. And for the most part, Luciani delivered. When I finished the book, I didn't feel like something was missing. I didn't feel like the book didn't give me feels. I think I just felt good. It was
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Jessica has plunged herself into her career after being left by her fiancé following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. She isn't sure what her future will look like or how much longer she will be able to physically handle her fast-paced career so she is determined to do the most she can now. She is scared to get involved with anyone since she is afraid that they will leave her like her fiancé did when they find out she has some serious health problems ahead of her. James is running a successful ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unlikely Venture was an amazing and very informative book! The author really delves into the characters and makes you feel their emotions and afflictions.

After learning Jessica’s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fiancé bolted out of her life as if he was on fire. She finds solace in her career–no distractions or romantic entanglements there!

The heroine Jessica deals with the effects of her disease and it is almost as if you can feel the symptoms she is experiencing. As someone who did
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and being dumped by her fiancé, Jessica throws herself into a new work venture and is determined to not let her diagnosis stop her from getting ahead in her job. Whilst on a business trip she literally runs into James, who co-owns a new technology start up. Their first meeting doesn't go that well, with Jessica angry at herself for being so clumsy and taking it out on James. Fortunately, their paths cross again and they don't let the chance slip away ...more
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

I was given this book for my honest review

Trials and Tribulations we have all had to conquer them at some point in our lives. As humans we cannot see into our foreseeable future but we hope that the path that we choose is the right one. Within our midst of our path we have all come to those proverbial bumps in the road but what we do with them is our way of conquering them. As relationships begin to form we hope to know that the hardships within the stars become a revelation within. It is
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was gifted this book for an honest review. This is the story of Jessica who just learned she was diagnosed with Mulitple Sclerosis. Thought the man she called a fiance would leave her as fast as he could. I truly loved this book that even though she has MS that doesnt' stop her from getting what she wants. I truly loved James their chemistry made for sme hot steamy encounters between them. You get twist and turns through out this book till the end.I truly loved this book by new Author Kristen ...more
Shealy James
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: since-sept-2014
Unlikely Venture has everything I love about romance. Jessica is the perfect protagonist with the right amount of flaw paired with even more fight. She is fun and sassy in her killer high heels, a girl after my own heart. MS isn't stopping this chick from going after what she wants. The question isn't really what she wants though. It's who she wants.

Jessica has the horrible luck of having two hot men after her. I felt so sorry for her. Yeah right! I was torn between Paul and James until they sho
Maria Lazarou
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
♦♦♦♦ I received an arc in exchange for an honest review ♦♦♦♦

A book that is a romantic read, with hot, steamy sizzles in all the right places.

I like the fact that real life issues are dealt with here.

A well written read, with characters that you could easily relate to.
After reading this you wouldn't believe that this is a new author.

A recommended read

Mia Rivers
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can I get a James with a side order of starburst jelly bean to go please???? Lol.

Wonderful story about a strong minded woman that doesn't allow anything to stop her from reaching her goals. Jessica, although dealing with all the side effects of Multiple Sclerosis, is determined to land the position she wants. During the course of a business trip, she has an encounter with a man, that slowly gives her hope for a future she had given up on, thanks to her ex-fiance, who walked out on her because of
Veronica LaRoche
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Jessica's fiancée leaves her after she is diagnosed with MS she is devastated and she won't let another guy in and throws herself into her work. When running late she bumps into a guy and their first interaction isn't great. But they keep on seeing each other and maybe it's a sign they should see each other but Jessica lives in NY and just travels to Cali. for work. James has felt guilty for not being there when his dad passed and has focused on his work and doesn't want to meet anyone but ...more
FMR Book Grind
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Heidi

Jessica is the ultimate girly girl! When told she has MS her world starts to crumble. Only she is one tuff chick! She doesn't let anything stand in her way even the ass fiancé that dumps her after she was diagnosed. So, she focuses on her career. After a one night stand she goes away on a business trip and meets hotty James and then runs into the one night stand who doesn't forget her. Now all Jessica has to do is figure out if she wants to go down that path again and risk her he
Danny Jeffery
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall this was an ok read for me.
I really liked the plotline; it felt original and there was scope for a real angst filled and emotional read. I also liked the characters. They were likeable and each had endearing qualities. However, everything just lacked that spark to shift the story from ok to really good. For me, I would have liked it if the story had moved along a little quicker and I felt as though the backstabbing element could have been expanded on. The story ended on a real high and
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how this book was written. The characters were mature and realistic. It's the closest I've ever read to that concept. Jessica and James have some obstacles but both are willing to try fro something more. Jessica is motivated by her medical condition and James by his dad's death. They are well matched and the development they see throughout the story was done well. I really enjoyed the story and Ms. Luciani's writing style. Looking forward to more. ...more
Louise Rogers-Thomas
Unlikely Venture is really good read full of romance, James & Jessica are great characters but I just didn't connect with them. But don't let that put you off, that's on me not the author. It's a nice romantic read with a bit of drama. Kristen writing is really good and she tells a great story with the steamy bits in all the right places. ...more
Krista Claudine Baetiong
An unlikely year-end read for me, when I thought I'd pick a historical tome to cap my 2016 reading journey. I didn't really want to delve into another romance story with its usual (and predictable) happily-ever-after ending, but the female character suffering from multiple sclerosis piqued my interest. ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I met the lovely Kristen Luciani at a home jewelry show. I was so impressed with her and her lovely family. I raced home and looked her up on Facebook and also read over the descriptions of her books. I became Facebook friends with her and joined her group "The Stiletto Click - All Things Kristen Luciani." Everyone in the group was very nice and so welcoming. I quickly learned that "wondering" through her group were characters from her books. I was so intrigued. I was gifted a copy of her 1st bo ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
MS And Still Living Life

Jess and James run into each other three times before they perceive it as possibly fate and begin to get to know each other. Jessica has just been diagnosed with MS and was afraid to share this with her employer and with James for fear of losing everything she had worked for and thought James would leave her as the man who she was to marry left her because she had MS. Does love conquer all? You have to read this to find out. It was a good quick read.
Melissa Ann
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Kristen's writing and this book was a great climax! I loved everything to how they met, their first date and all their friends! This story was hot and had a great story! This book touches on MS and we sit with Jessica through her doctor appointments and hold her hand while she goes through this! James is a great guy and I determined and I am very happy with the outcome! ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first chapter

After that I learned far too much about business meetings.
The nickname situation confused me; who's Jay? Li? Oh, we know the doctors first name? It just sprouted up out of nowhere.
The date was cute.
I felt nothing for any of the characters. they were all very petty and child-like.
The overall tone was all very blah.
Beth Jones
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read, I liked the characters and the story line. Jessica is a very strong woman and the way she handles her diagnoses was very realistic. I loved that James was strong enough to stand beside her with what will happen in the future with her health. No cliffhanger.
Andrea Simon
I couldnt connect with the main characters and Jessica's best friend is kind of a terrible friend for forcing her to hang out with a woman who tried to steal her fiance on multiple occasions and then tried talking her into hooking up with a man who made her feel uncomfortable. ...more
Diane Yoz
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked it! James and Jessica have great chemistry and I love the way fate kept pushing them together. Lots of drama in the workplace, with friends, with past relationships, and even with family.
Sexy and suspenseful!
Christine Hayes
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
was good
Lisa Taylor
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline & characters
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica is such a strong lady and James so hot and lovely. Some interesting twists throughout the story. Thoroughly recommend.
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Kristen Luciani is a USA Today bestselling romance author, momtrepreneur, and a beauty product junkie with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncoveri

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