Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book Shelf: The Virginity Mission by Cate Ellink

It’s lust at first sight when Mac sees Jason shirtless and sweating on the back of a truck. Jason is the army sergeant assigned to support the six‐week scientific expedition that Mac is participating in, and might just be the perfect candidate for another journey of discovery that Mac is desperate to undertake — sex.

Fraternisation between students and staff might be strictly prohibited, but everybody knows fruit always tastes better when it’s forbidden

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The Virginity Mission is a sleek and sexy debut by Cate Ellink, set in the Australian rainforest and featuring a sensual and easy romance in the middle of an adventure.

In all honesty it’s difficult to wrap my head around The Virginity Mission. It was exactly what I expected and at the same time it wasn’t. Featuring twenty-one year old Willow "Mac" MacIntosh, on her "mission" to lose her virginity while on a scientific expedition in north Queensland, The Virginity Mission details Mac’s relationship with solider Jason who accompanies Mac’s group during their escapades and who is the object of Mac’s desire.

I will admit I did enjoy this book. I’m a sucker for a tension filled romance which this certainly is. The Virginity Mission is quite quick, but centers pretty much only around Mac’s desire to lose her virginity and the start of her relationship with Jason. If you’re looking for a long drawn out romance with plenty of depth, then this probably isn’t the book for you but if you're looking for a sexy, physical story then this is definitely for you!

The Virginity Mission really just centers around Mac and her desire to connect with someone and sleep with them for the first time, but that’s not to say that there isn’t a connection between Mac and Jason because there is. Their relationship is sexy and thrilling, with an aspect of forbidden thrown in for good measure.

I quite liked Mac and I think Ellink wrote her fears and insecurities very realistically. It's no hard feat to imagine that someone experiencing a sexual relationship for the first time would act like Mac did. In fact, it was quite easy for me to put myself in Mac's shoes. Her self doubts and her second guessing herself really are quite normal and I liked that Ellink didn't write Mac as too self-assured and confidant. Rather she was a young woman discovering lust and desire for the first time.

Personally I liked Jason, even if I felt like there was so much more to him we could have learnt and I enjoyed seeing his and Mac's romance spice up. My biggest issue with this story, is that I really would have liked to explore the characters more and see a bit more depth to the story.

Still, encompassing romance, sex and adventure, The Virginity Mission is a fun, easy book to pass the day and will easily sweep you up into a passionate and exciting romance that is enjoyable to read. Worth a go! 

Source: Sent for review by Harlequin and Escape Publishing (Thank you Polina!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it:  Escape Publishing | Kobo |  Booktopia | Amazon
My Recommendation:  If you enjoy contemporary and NA then this is right up your alley!
Cover: I love this cover--very simple but oh, so sexy!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone, but I would be against reading more they this author in the future.

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