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Unlikely Venture (Venture #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
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 own agenda.

Three thousand miles away from home and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Jessica meets S
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 7th 2014 (first published October 1st 2014)
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Lillian ᴥ Cloud 9 Books
Aug 23, 2015 Lillian ᴥ Cloud 9 Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, arc, romance
**** 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 Heidi McEvoy 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 Vera 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 Amazeballs Book Addicts 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 Ryan Ringbloom 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
**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 Anna 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 Red Cheeks Reads 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 Lisa 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 DawnMarie Carpintero 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 Tina 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 Shealy James 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--Obsessed by Books Blog
♦♦♦♦ 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 Mia Rivers 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 Veronica LaRoche 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 FMR Book Grind 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 Danny Jeffery 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
Veronica Sutton
Mar 02, 2016 Veronica Sutton rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

The story will keep your interest. The main character, Jessica is a business woman newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her fiancé walked away after the MS diagnosis. Jessica meets James and they are attracted to one another. The story moves forward with their romance. What I missed was an emotional impact.

I like to feel the pain, the heartache, happiness, angst and other emotions as the characters are experiencing them. I haven't figured out how the writers frame their words and
Krista Baetiong Tungol
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.
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.
Jan 17, 2016 K3 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Melissa Ann
Jun 18, 2017 Melissa Ann 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!
Beth Jones
Feb 19, 2017 Beth Jones 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.
Mar 04, 2017 Rita 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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This marks the first and last book that I've read by Kristen Luciani. Just saying that makes me feel like a big jerk. Authors work so very hard on their book(s) and here I am, ripping it apart. Reviewing books is an awesome little hobby to have ... at least until you get your hands on a book that you just don't mesh with. Well, I guess I better stop stalling and get on with this.

From the very beginning of Unlikely Venture, I had a super hard time c
Pauletta Baker
Apr 10, 2016 Pauletta Baker rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Kristen Luciani. She writes using point of view dialogue, which I love. There are a few grammatical errors inside but not enough to distract from the story. There are a lot of lessons inside that I believe every reader can relate to, at least, I did. The storyline is solid and the stories held my attention. I say stories because there are a lot of characters learning and changing as the story progresses. I believe this is a wonderful start for the author.

Jessica, as you
Morgan Terry
Feb 19, 2016 Morgan Terry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kristen-luciani
It was a very happy accident that I stumbled across Kristen Luciani recently. I was unfamiliar with her work, but I can now say that without a doubt, I will be a fan for life! I was thoroughly impressed with not only the writing, but the characters, the story line and the very real life battle the female protagonist fights just makes a wonderful book really come to life! Unlikely Venture tells the story of a woman fighting to live a normal life, a man struggling to find a fresh start, and a past ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Cally rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be given this great read in return for my honest opinion.

First of all I have to say I absolutely love this authors style of work I can't believe she is new to the writing world. Her characters in this book were believable and kept you interested so you wouldn't want to pthe book down.

We meet Jessica who has recently been diagnosed with the news that she has got multiple sclerosis and upon hearing this het fiancé bolts out the door quicker than Usain Bolt...

But Jessica is a
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
This story does not read like one from a new author. The plot is interesting, the flow is smooth, and the writing is great, with characters that seem real and relatable.

Jessica is living with MS. Her world crumbled when she found out, yet I thought she was extremely strong, as she didn’t let that bring her down and she continued to live her life as best she could, throwing herself into her work instead of moping around. Because of the heartache she encountered when she found out about her condit
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
"There are always bumps in the road. How you both deal with those bumps becomes the most important thing."

Jessica is struggling to adjust after receiving a diagnosis that alters everything. Having to adjust to her new future and the fallout from the results she is determined to achieve everything she has her heart set on professionally as she is still too raw to cope with anymore emotional risks. Pursuing her career she gives it her all to win a promotion and succeed but the road travelled isn't
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Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur, beauty product junkie, and romance author 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 uncovering her true passion. No ...more
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