Virgin Under Ground by Kate Richards


Virgin Under Ground by Kate Richards
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Doctorate in hand, Jane Ann Summers is ready to return to the South Seas paradise of her youth, when the director of the institute—her mother—drops a bomb. She cannot return until she experiences more of life…a social life.

Determined to waste no time, Jane searches for a shortcut and discovers the 1Night Stand dating service. A single night with geologist Dr. Lukas Gerard, and she can go home and get on with her fascinating study of world weather trends. The only question is whether to have sex with him…after all, it would be her first, and maybe only, time.

Lukas’s own field of study has shown him some alarming trends. He believes a killer earthquake may rattle the western half of the United States in the near future. In preparation, he converts an abandoned gold mine to a secret bunker, loaded with supplies and all the comforts of home. Only thing he needs now is company in his hideaway. Unsure how to find the right companion, he turns to 1Night Stand, but neither he nor Jane are prepared for the sudden impact of one of Madame Eve’s connections.

One night teaches them there is more to life than science…for both of them.

Two people, more alike than they can possibly know, are put together by the wisdom of Madame Eve. The resulting evening is full of surprises!

Jane Ann Summers has just completed her dissertation and wants nothing more than to return home to her native Marshall Islands to begin her long-awaited research. A bookworm who’s devoted little time or energy into any sort of socializing, her life has been dedicated to one goal. When her mother throws her a curve by forcing her to get out and – to her chagrin, go on a date – she decides to get it over with and contacts Madame Eve. After her 1Night Stand, Jane plans to head home.

Lukas Gerard has a secret-a big secret. In addition to teaching geology, he’s also busy preparing his shelter, president of the Nevada Area Preppers, and owns half of a high-tech company dedicated to preparing for disaster. What he’s missing, however, is companionship. He requested a very specific date from Madame Eve over a year ago, and now she’s finally come through.

I’ll preface my remarks by admitting I’ve not only never read a prepper story before, I had never heard the term. This being my first exposure, the author did a very good job of helping me understand the character of Lukas and his obsessive planning. The description of his bunker was very vivid, and although he could have easily fallen into the paranoid category, he was a very likable guy.

That said, the prepper angle wasn’t my favorite, and it seemed to take away from the romantic side of this 1Night Stand. It was necessary to show the attraction and connection between the two characters, and I enjoyed the love story very much. Jane’s inexperience didn’t seem to play into the story too much, but it was endearing to see how patient and understanding Lukas was with her.

I was a bit confused by the end, and I won’t go into specifics since it would include spoilers, but I had some unanswered questions when I was finished. I wasn’t exactly sure what happened, but I can perhaps chalk that up to not being familiar with the prepper angle.

That aside, I did like this book about two people who seemed picture perfect for each other. When you get down to it, it’s a love story, and I enjoyed Ms. Richards’s version of happily ever after. If you like stories about preppers, this one would be a good one to try.


  1. Kate Richards says:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my story. 🙂

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