A girls’ night out during New York Fashion Week takes an unexpected turn when a dashing gentleman enters the scene.
Every girl dreams of being in fashion, and Virginia George is no different. As the twenty-six-year-old professional works her way up through the ranks of the industry to become a fashion writer, she realizes there’s a lot more to this world than just beautiful clothes. When she’s not writing about glossy designer names, she is the voice behind the provocative sex blog, Sex with Cocktails, under the alias V.
During a chic Fashion Week party, she meets the dapper Jonathan Carter, the owner of a well-known menswear store and a fashion celebrity. Then, just when she thinks life can’t throw anything else her way, an interesting job opportunity comes up as a full-time staff writer at the prestigious Haute magazine.
As Virginia sees the possibility for a promising career in fashion, she also begins to consider the probability of interesting developments for her and the dashing Mr. Carter.
It’s Fashion Week and so Virginia has a full-on schedule full of runway shows, presentations and more media events than she could believe possible. After a year of being chaste, Virginia decides – with some strong insistence from her friends – to finally get out there in the world of men, dating and sex once more. Can this frisky fashion writer find herself again?
Like other “Confessions” style stories, this is told in the first person, written almost as if Virginia is cosied up next to you on the couch, glass of bubbly in one hand as she talks and shares her thoughts, feelings and secrets with you. I found this to be a lovely style to read, first-person narration doesn’t bother me, but I can easily understand how as a story-telling method can grate after a while. I found myself really wondering what some of the other characters were thinking and feeling. How they might be reacting to various things that happened to and around Virginia.
I also felt – especially at the start of the story – Virginia was telling me a lot of stuff as a reader, as opposed to having the author show me through actions, discussions and other methods. In places it really felt to me like a massive info-dump. Normally this really annoys me and drags me out of the story. I found here though that to a point I could accept it – having Virginia “talk” to me as the reader in the first person meant I found I had a bit of patience for the info-dumping. I could well believe this might annoy some other readers though.
I really enjoyed Virginia’s friends. I found them to be strong characters, full of life and vibrant. I also really enjoyed Jonathan Carter, the handsome stranger to whom Virginia found herself pulled to. Virginia and Jonathan played a very interesting game of cat and mouse between them. I found the pace a little off-beat – it was far too slow to my mind for a modern erotic romance, but was clearly a steamy, sensual and interesting dance that played out between them. Readers looking for a quick, physical romance might find themselves disappointed.
Despite being frustrated, I could genuinely appreciate the slower burn the author worked between Virginia and Jonathan. They verbally parried and the chemistry between them really sizzled. There were a number of steamy kisses and oodles of chemistry. Oddly though, for an erotic romance, there wasn’t a single sex scene in the whole book, and when I’d finished this lack of erotic intimacy really surprised me. There was plenty of sexy talk, plenty of chemistry and kisses and angling toward the bedroom, but no actual culmination. Again, for an erotic romance this might frustrate some readers who find it all tease and no follow through. I loved the chemistry between Virginia and Jonathan. I enjoyed their interactions and sparring and am hoping there might be a sequel in the works continuing their romance and relationship.
I found this to be a different and interesting story. There are plenty of deep, complex and vibrant characters and enough alcohol and parties to satisfy any fashionista. A good story with sizzle and romance. Readers who enjoy the “confessions” style of stories – or who like Sex And The City will probably find this a good book to pick up.