The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente Book Summary
A sinfully sexy brother’s best friend romance from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!
When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card.
You'd be wrong.
At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job—my brother’s business partner and best friend.
Graham is charming, smart, and, I’m told, oh-so-skilled in the sack. As long as I keep my eyes on the prize, there’s no way this pluck-the-flower project could possibly complicate matters.
Work and pleasure. As the CEO of a fast-growing company, I've been enjoying both to the fullest. What do I do when the board throws me for an unexpected loop so I can keep my business in my hands? I enlist the help of my best friend's little sister since she holds a big stake in the company. But then I learn there's another big stake she wants.
The one between my legs.
I can do this. Seven nights to teach her everything I know in the bedroom. There's no way I'll fall for her, even though she’s earning top grades in every single sinfully sexy lesson. And turns out I’m learning something too. The trouble is I don’t have the answer key to what to do when I fall hard for her.
And that throws a whole new hitch in my plans.
The V Card (Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente) Book Reviews
Soaring ButterflyWhen you have reached 25 and your still a virgin, who better to help you with your "V Card" than your brother's best friend. CJ has always had a thing for Graham. Since the death of her brother, Graham has taken on the role as her protector, her "Big Brother." So when CJ asks Graham for help in being sexier, more desirable, and help her lose her virginity, he's taken back a bit. His inner struggle that he is betraying his best friend lingers in the back of his mind. But when a friend convinces him that its better that he is the one to be her teacher than some sleaze bag, he quickly changes his mind. It was only suppose to be 7 days of sex lessons. No emotions, no pulling of the heart strings, no attachments. But when the one person who knows you the best is the least one you expect to capture your heart and soul, what do you do? Neither CJ nor Graham saw it coming. Are they willing to put themselves out there and expose their feelings for one another? Can the friendship they have survive if they try for more? When I heard that Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente were writing a book together I knew I needed to get my hands on it. WOW, just seriously WOW! The V Card had me laughing, smiling, hot and bothered in a good way. It was sweet, sexy, full of humor, passionate and soulfully rich. Well done ladies, well done!.Score: 5/5
Pleasantly surprised 🤗I was skeptical about reading this when I read the blurb. But I’m glad I did. I loved CJ’s feisty innocence and Graham’s masculine sweetness. I loved how their story unfolded - hook, conflict, and resolution. Great job!!!.Score: 4/5
The V CardI loved this book. Yes, it’s been done before. Yes, the major characters are different, but same story line. The presentation was different and much more interesting. I highly recommend this book!.Score: 4/5
Awesome reviewVery good book to read. I finished the book in not even a day. Definitely a five star rating with no hesitation..Score: 5/5
Holy V!!!Loved this book! Sweet, sexy and lovable. Great writing, sexy characters and a HEA, what’s not to like? The forbidden Best friend’s little sister and big brother’s best friend story with a twist. Enjoy!!.Score: 4/5
Feel good romance!The V Card was a super cute and happy read. Its the kind of book that will put you in a good mood! CJ and Graham have history making their chemistry off the charts. I enjoyed that the story jumped right in and was fast paced. I liked the storyline and enjoyed seeing how they were each affected by the other. They're a really sexy and fun couple and they fit together quite effortlessly. A fun, feel, good romance!.Score: 4/5
RushedThe ending was abrupt and not satisfying. The book didn’t feel like a week of sensual, passionate, chemistry, and love. The climax and falling action was sudden and not complete..Score: 2/5
The V cardLove this author....a sexy romantic sensuous novel. I can’t wait to read more.Score: 5/5
Michellesbookstoread2It may sound like your typical best friends fall in Love kind of story but it’s sooo much more, if you love reading Lauren Blakely then don’t pass this one up! Set in New York, Graham, sexy, confident, CEO to a company called Adored that he build with his best friend Sean... Sean is the brother to CJ.... she’s beautiful, sweet, strong, successful and a virgin... CJ is turning 30 soon and is wanting to find someone to teach her the essence of subduction and to take her one last gift... graham is the perfect choice but for many reasons beyond his rumored history .. it could lead to a much deeper gift... but does he know how to love? #readitinoneday.Score: 5/5
Short and sweetYou could elaborate more on how each person feels during sex. Virgin sex was a good opportunity to use a lot more descriptive words. I’m glad you didn’t elaborate on their separation when she went home heartbroken, directly to the save which is more realistic. The story line was great..Score: 4/5
Resist, Resist, ResistThis is the first collaboration for these two authors, and the first collaboration period for Lauren Blakely. These two are gold together creating a story that is very sweet, very sexy and very funny. It’s rather a friends to lovers story but goes much deeper than that. Graham has been the self appointed protector for CJ since her brother Sean’s death. Sean plays a major role in this story both as Graham’s best friend and conscience when it comes to CJ. Can these two make it past their obstacles? You surely hope so because you love both these people. Enjoy!.Score: 5/5
Highly recommend The V Card.If you like friends to lovers romance this book is for you. This was a great read! The story line was fresh and sensitive. Had me laughing and feeling compassion for the characters. CJ and Graham are also strong business owners and I loved the support they had for each other there as well. Great and entertaining read..Score: 5/5
A wonderful romance of friends-to-loversI have never read anything from Lili Valente but Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite authors so I knew I just had to read this book. The V Card was the right amount of sweet and sexy. CJ and Graham’s journey from beginning to end was great. They were adorable together and their interactions were fantastic. Graham was perfect-he was caring, he was swoony, he was fun. He was what every woman wants. CJ was an awesome heroine. I loved seeing the change in her from this shy girl to a confident woman. I enjoyed reading about them and the progression of their relationship and seeing just how right they were. I couldn’t get enough of these two. The story flowed nicely and kept me engaged. Overall, The V Card was a lovely read filled with charm, steam, and fun. Lauren and Lili were great together at writing this story!.Score: 4/5
Yum!Fabulous, fun and hella sexy romantic comedy from two top of their game authors! Lauren and Lili are brilliant together!.Score: 5/5
Review: The V CardThe V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente is a standalone romance told in dual POV that will poke your feelings, have you laughing out loud and perhaps leave you blushing a little too. Graham and CJ are close friends. Graham is the best friend of CJ's older brother. When her brother passed away, their friendship with each other grew and solidified. When CJ has a proposal of the indecent kind for Graham both their worlds are getting turned on their axis. Well-written and well-paced, the characters are perfectly flawed when apart and wondrously whole when together. The story is well-balanced with minimal drama but just the right amount of angst. Love this duo writing team and their debut story together, which is good for me as I am a fan of both of them separately too! Enjoy!.Score: 5/5
Emotional roller coasterThe V Card by Lauren Blakely OMG!! I absolutely enjoyed reading this next book from Lauren Blakely. I ran through the full range of emotions as I navigated through the pages. Lauren has a unique writing style that provides just the right amount of detail in the description of the characters and their surroundings. We meet Graham Campbell hunk extraordinaire who has built his company from the ground up with his best friend Sean. He loves to be unattached and his favorite pastime is women. Although when we first meet him he is on a sex-batical because women cause him not to concentrate. Huh don’t figure a sexy man that loves women and doesn’t have the ability to be committed to anything except the company. Not a surprise here. Meet Caroline Jessica Murphy or CJ for short. She is a business owner and highly successful. She is 26 and is very inexperience in the men department. Sean was her brother and has known Graham since they were kids. He is always there for her when she needs him. The plan is to ask Graham to help her with a project, but she is afraid it could impact their friendship. What can possibly be the project, or better yet could it be bad enough to ruin a friendship? There are many parts in this books that had this reader laughing aloud with my husband thinking I’m totally crazy. To bad I can’t say that for all the sections because there were tears shed that caused my chest to hurt. As I continued to trudge through the chapters the need to smack both characters upside the head was strong but in the end, it came out just fine. If you are looking for an excellent read to run you through an emotional roller coaster and leaving you wishing, there was more then this is the book for you. As an avid Lauren Blakely reader this book is one of the best..Score: 5/5
Steamy, Dreamy, and Fun!The V Card made me laugh, cry, and fan myself! This book is scorching hot with a scorching hot lot of foreplay that will make you turning on the nearest fan to keep your panties from melting. Lauren and Lili are like a dynamic duo with their writing styles that have you turning the pages. They compliment each other so much that I hope they do this again. CJ is a woman who knows what she wants and the man she wants to give it to her. Graham is caught off guard by her request and then is shocked to find that CJ has a sensuality down to a science. She has no idea what a seductress she already is and Graham is holding on for dear life to keep from falling head over heels for the girl next door. She is his best friends little sister so she should be off limits and he struggles with whether or not his friend would have given his blessing if he was still alive. Sometimes those closest to the ones we have loved help us keep their memory alive. I really enjoyed this steamy read and after reading it I’m on to the Audiobook because I have to hear this one read Sebastian York!.Score: 5/5
Blazing!What an incredibly sweet, sexy, and tender story! I’m no virgin, but Graham can be my teacher anytime. I loved Graham so much! The chemistry between he and CJ was at inferno levels. I can honestly say that my husband is very glad I read this story because he reaped the benefits. Now I feel as if I need to finally try a whoopie pie. And maybe roller skating. No, just the whoopie pie. No broken limbs needed here. A copy of this book was received for an honest review..Score: 5/5
Fantastic!!The V Card was hot, funny, sexy, and emotional. I’m not ashamed to say that a few tears roll down my eyes near the end of this book. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite types of books to read. Graham is taking a break from women to focus on his business. He only has time for one woman and that’s his business partner and best friends sister CJ. Ever since CJ’s brother died, her and Graham were there for each other. Graham needs a favor from CJ to help save his company and she wants a personal favor of her own. Let’s just say, her proposal completely throws Graham for a loop. I loved every minute of this book and watching the relationship between them evolve into so much more..Score: 5/5
Read this... 5 phenomenal all in your feels starsThis book is awesome. I love both these authors and thought together... heck yeah! Storyline... CJ(h) is exceptionally close to bed older brother. His best friend is Graham. CJ has something she’d like to get rid of, her VCard. She enlists her Brothers best friend to help her with her ‘problem’. This story had it all. Lovable heroine, amazing and hot hero who is an actual good guy. Like great wish he was real guy!! (And I’m happily married to a great guy myself). This story has it all! Smoking hit scenes, sweethearts, die hard references. It is perfection. I wish I could groundhogs day it and read it again!.Score: 5/5
Heart-pounding!Lauren Blakely and Lily Valente are a fabulous writing team and I hope they collaborate a lot more in the future because this book was an absolute joy to read. Graham and CJ are friends that have become even closer in the last few years since the sudden death of his partner, Sean, who was CJ's brother. So when CJ finally acts on her attraction to Graham for the sole purpose of losing her virginity this storyline adds a heart-pounding punch of lust that totally blew my mind. The growing emotional connection between Graham and CJ leads to sinfully sexy encounters that are explicit but never crude or vulgar because that kind of book totally turns me off. This is a 5-star romantic comedy that was enticingly delightful in every single way and I guarantee you're going to love it. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my unsolicited and voluntary review are completely my own..Score: 5/5
Brought me to tears!I’m in love with the progression of these characters! Their love inspired me and warmed my heart to endless possibilities. Will definitely be rereading!.Score: 5/5
The V Card is the perfect mix of their rom/com laughs, blushing sexiness and loveable charactersOk, so seriously, what do you do when you hear two of your favorite authors are writing a book together. Together! You scream. You message them. You text your friends. I've been waiting for this for a long time. Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente are two of the most talented writers I've ever read. Add in what incredible women they are and it's a recipe for success. The V Card is the perfect mix of their rom/com laughs, blushing sexiness and loveable characters. It's a friends to lovers romance with a unique twist. CJ is almost twenty-six and she is in desperate need of losing her virginity and learn how to seduce a man. Her brother's best friend is the perfect candidate. She's comfortable with him, he's sexy, and he's a player. So, who better to teach her how to ways of seduction than the sexiest man in Manhattan. Graham is CEO of his own company and he needs help from CJ. When he approaches her he finds out that she wants something in return. Can he be CJ's sexspert? When their lessons are over can they remain friends? I loved this story. It's fun, sexy as sin, silly and full of heart. CJ and Graham learn things about themselves while learning what drives the other crazy. I loved watching their love story unfold, with is fun antics, witty banter and entertaining secondary characters. Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and laughed more. I sighed and swooned at the end! I can't wait to see what else Lauren and Lili will come up with! "I just want to be able to drive a man crazy. To please and satisfy him in every way." My d insists he and I could teach her how a real man treats a woman. But my d isn't the best barometer. D are notoriously untrustworthy. I really did pick the best teacher in the enter history of the world..Score: 5/5
Fun readWhat an idiot Graham is!!! But aren’t 99.99% of most men. I could tell from almost the first that CJ loved him (Graham). CJ just hadn’t used her full range of femininity to insure that Graham realized that he also loved CJ. Good fun read! Enjoyed the read..Score: 5/5
One week of pleasureWow what a great book. Love that these two authors got together to give us such pleasure. This book gives us Graham who owns a company that makes women’s lingerie. He and his best friend Sean built the successful business from scratch and now Sean has passed away and he’s trying to keep the business from being sold off to a chain. Along comes CJ who is Sean’s little sister. Graham has taken it upon himself to look after CJ since his sudden death so when she ask for a favor he decides to help her out. My what a favor. Can these two friends solve each other’s problem? I received a copy of the ARC to voluntarily read and give my opinion. I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. It was funny, smoldering hot, sensitive, a little sad at times, and absolutely just good. A page turner for sure. I highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did..Score: 5/5
Two Great Writers = A Great Book!.,Losing her V-Card to someone special was what CJ was hoping for. She needed a teacher and Graham was the man of her dreams since she was young and he was her brother’s best friend. But that was off limits for both. When she felt 25ys old was too old to still have her V-card she went to the very knowledgeable, legendary Graham for help with that. Graham was leery at first until he started to realize just how much CJ meant to him. He didn’t want just any one teaching her but him. It’s a sweet, sexy story of how the two if them work together to “loose the V-card”. It’s a great book co-authored by two great authors!.Score: 5/5
Finding Your ForeverThis is a funny, sweet, and sometimes a few tugs on the heart story of friends-to-lovers-to-forever kind of story. Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente team up for the first time to write a great rom-com story of pure entertainment. CJ is a smart, successful, intelligent, and strong woman in the 21st century. Except, there is one small problem that she is needing to get rid of. Her V-card!! So, she enlists the help of her deceased brother’s business partner, Graham Campbell. CJ totally blows Graham’s mind when she asks him to tutor her in how to seduce a man and lose that dreaded V-card. Graham needs CJ’s help in convincing his board of directors for the company that he and Sean (CJ’s brother) started, not to sell. CJ agrees to speak to the board in one week if Graham agrees to be her “teacher” for the next week. What these two long time friends come to realize is that they have been each other’s rock through some really tough times and some really great times. Through some miscommunications they both realize that they are in love and that that love is so worth fighting for!! A great weekend escape into a wonderful world of hot and steamy scenes between the sheets mixed in with some pretty funny moments between Graham and CJ. Of course this wouldn’t be a book from Lauren Blakely without an animal of some sort to cause a little havoc here and there. The cat(Stephen King) is funny but, very special to CJ and even to Graham..Score: 5/5
Perfect mix!It takes talent to write. It takes talent to write something funny, yet real and heartwarming. You get that in this story. I loved it!.Score: 5/5
Just lacked the chemistryI thought this story would be more. Brothers best friend is one of my favorite troupes to read but this one lacked. I didn't feel the chemistry other than a true friendship. This is one book that didn't need a HEA. My stomach didn't hurt when I hit the moment at the end where you think they are over. I was just ready for the book to be over :( I did love their friendship. I know this book is for others..Score: 3/5
The perfect seductionI know when I crack open a Lauren Blakely book I’m going to get toe curling sexiness, a Hero you just want to sink your teeth into and a sassy heroine who keeps the Hero on his toes. I e pact nothing less, and The V Card certainly delivers all that, and more. I love a good in depth story to go along with all the sexiness!! I e never read anything by Lili Valente so this was my first experience with her and let me just say, the writing is flawless. Perfect. If I hadn’t know this was written by Two authors going in, I would have said it was written by the same author. Blakely and Valente really hit it out of the park with this one. It’s sweet, funny and sexy! ****Maybe I’ve slipped into an alternate reality, like in Fight Club, only I’m now playing the part of a sex tutor after-hours. And the first rule of Sex Club? When the woman you’re supposed to look out for like a little sister propositions you, SAY NO. Right? Oh, what is Graham to do? You don’t think he would listen to that little ol conscious now do ya? Lol! Even though CJ was looked at like a little sister to him, when she presents him with the offer of taking that pesky little V card, he starts to see her in a brand new way! Especially when she’s wearing his lingerie. Dang, what I wouldn’t do to have a sexy as sin man like Graham who owns his own Lingerie company. Sexy panties all the time! ***I was expecting lesson one to be something tamer—a way to ease into this, like sinking into a pool of slightly too-hot water—but then there were panties. And panties mean business. Boy, Graham just jumps right in there with those lessons, huh? Well, he could definite be my ‘teacher’ any day! Must read the books to see what Graham’s next lessons are. Trust me, he does not disappoint!.Score: 5/5
OMG, yes!Another wonderful story that I couldn’t put down! I fell in love with CJ & Graham and couldn’t wait to see how they found their way into each other’s hearts. The seduction was, from the start, the careful choreography for a heart about to be captured. Loved their path to each other!.Score: 5/5
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The V CardLoved it..Score: 5/5
V to LAnother great read from LB and now co writer LV. Always love friends to lovers stories no matter how they get there..Score: 5/5
The V CardThe V Card by Lili Valente and Lauren Blakely This book was such a lovely friends to lovers romance! First we have CJ, a gorgeous, successful woman who, through circumstance, is still holding on to that dratted V card. And who better to help her punch that card but her sinfully sexy, trustworthy, knows exactly what he's doing, friend Graham? No one, that's who. So they approach this as a student-teacher masterclass in seduction and omg was it hot or what?! Spoiler: it was, indeed, hot af. I used the word lovely earlier and I think it can carry lukewarm connotations but in this instance, I mean it in the best way possible. This started as a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch your itch and I'll teach you all I know' situation but developed into something really sweet but sexy and dirty at the same time. I loved Graham's approach to helping CJ get rid of her V card. It was so insanely sexy and slow and torturous that a lesser woman (perhaps me) would have thrown herself at him from the word go. I loved the nod to his late best friend although that situation made my heart ache just a little. CJ herself was such a warm and wonderful character. She knew what she wanted and to get that, she needed the best which was Graham. I loved that once she got the nod, she was all-in. No fake shyness, no prissy missy. Perfect. I love both of these authors individual writing styles but I'm usually apprehensive about collaborations. I thought The V Card was written flawlessly and seamlessly. In short, it was a perfect friends to lovers RomCom from two crazy talented women and I'd love to see more from them! *arc received in exchange for honest review. **Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog..Score: 5/5
I never write reviewsI read. I read a book a day. I read a lot and I never, ever write reviews. I loved this. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love while laughing more. Thank you for this gift..Score: 5/5
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