Series: Rancho Del Cielo
Author: Dee Tenorio
If you can’t beat ’em…seduce ’em
Amanda Jackman’s love life is the stuff dreams are made of…which is fitting, because it’s all in her head. Thanks to six oversized, overbearing brothers who treat her like the family jewel, she’s lived in a padded little box.
Determined to get a life before she needs a padded little cell, she sets out to throw off the yoke and live on her own terms. Except she seriously underestimates the lengths to which her brothers will go to keep her safe and sound.
Cole Engstrom’s life might just be at an end. Cornered by all six of the massive Jackmans—men he normally considers his friends—he learns he’s their choice to marry their sister…or else. Make that first choice, but not the last.
Rather than watch Amanda’s brothers club their way through potential mates, Cole figures it’s best to just play along for a while and buy her some time to find a man of her own. It’s a good plan. Until Amanda figures it out—and decides he’s the one to relieve her of her “sheltered little virgin” status. One seduction at a time…
If you have never read a Dee Tenorio book I highly recommend that you correct this immediately. Her books are fun, quirky and full of great characters. This one is no exception. From the moment I read the excerpt of this book I knew I was going to love it, and I did. There is just something about Amanda and Cole that make you love them.
One of the romance tropes that I love is that of friends to lovers. Especially when said friends have each been secretly in love with the other one. When Havoc (love that name) and his brothers pin Cole down and tell him they want him to marry their sister Amanda (who he has been having sexual fantasies about for years) he doesn’t know what to say. Havlocke being Havlocke (I can’t wait for his story which is next) takes no for an answer.
What happens next is something that neither one of them ever thought would happen.
This is one of those books that once you start you can not put down because you have to see what crazy thing is going to happen next, whether it is Cole helping Amanda gain the confidence to decide her own future, Amanda doing everything she can thing of to get Cole to want her, and Havlocke sticking his nose into their relationship, oh yeah and Cole realizing that he can and does deserve a family.
There is also a great secondary cast, Amanda’s best friend Susie (who is also her boss, and loves to mess with Havlocke), as well as the people around town who help Cole help Amanda, and Amanda help herself.
The Virgin’s Revenge is quite simply one of the funnest, quirkiest, sexy books I’ve read. Perfect for laying at the beach or poolside. It has everything I look for in a contemporary romance. I highly recommend getting this book.