Published by Small Publisher
Released on December 9, 2019
It’s been a while since I have read an Ann Mayburn book. I don’t know why, but when I saw this book, I knew I had to get back to reading her books. This is a great addition to the Club Wicked series with a few moments that will have tears running down your face!
Club Wicked is a series I have read a book or two in and somehow never really read it all. This is the last book in this series, but she will be writing off-shoot series at different Club Wicked locations. You don’t need to have read the series to understand the story. There are some other side characters, but you are introduced to them as if you never met them. Good for me since I know I read a few, but can’t remember them that well.
The story starts with Sunny as a 19 year old college student trying to survive her mother’s addiction. See Sunny was a surprise baby to high school sweethearts. Her life was wonderful up until her father passed away when she was 15. Her mother sunk into depression, hurt her back and became addicted to the pain killers. Battling her mother over money, addiction, and having her mother be jailed, Sunny decides she can’t keep bailing out her mother, but feels the guilt any child would have making that decision. She turns to a support system and is paired with a mystery person who totally undertstands what she is going through.
Hawk is Sunny’s confidant, but being a hot movie star makes it a little harder to mentor someone until they get to know the true you. His life hasn’t always been easy nor did he always take the right path. With a sister who is addicted and munching off their mom, Hawk has had just as hard of a time as Sunny and only wants to help. Retired mostly from acting, this seems to be his next big plan. Sunny is young, seven years his junior along with making her mark on the world.
They hit it off as friends right away, but both are harboring deeper feelings for each other. Hawk makes his intentions known, but he also makes it known he will wait for her to finish her degree. Sunny also has feelings and is also determined not to live off of Hawk and the things he can buy her. Getting her degree is her biggest goal and she works hard to get there. Hawk helps her find a job at Club Wicked a few nights a week to pay for her college, in a way introducing her to his world.
Hawk is a service Dom, meaning he gives subs what they need without the sexual or relationship side of it all. Like a sub having broken up with their Dom needs a flogging, Hawk is your guy. He has the compassion and need to dominate, but doesn’t want the superficial side of that relationship. He’s looking for the one to fulfill him and that’s Sunny. But as Sunny works more and more, symptoms of something deeper start to show up.
I loved this story! Friends to lovers, oh, she holds out on the lovers part. With an addicted prostitute mother, she wants to wait till she is married, hence the virgin part of the title. It is a deep story of how addiction can affect the family, of friendship being a deeper bond before love can grow, or the fact that sometimes we need to enjoy life because it is so short.
The one thing that got me…I really have no clue what Hawk does in his semi-retirement nor did I know what degree Sunny was going for that caused her to work her self to the end. I know Hawk is rich, but it is never really flaunted or thrown in our faces. But it makes you wonder what he did all day. Or what Sunny was planning to do all day once she was done with school.
Once I got past that, it was just a joy to read of two people who loved so deeply that it almost hurt read. I wanted to cry at times. Just sit and sob as if this was my family. I also wanted to be a mouse in Club Wicked watching all these fun scenes.
This was one story that will have me going back to read the rest of the series. Ann Mayburn’s writing is engaging while not being over the top in areas that matter. Vague in some ways, I think I would have wanted just a little more about the people, and less about the bad apples in the family. The story covers several years, secondary characters that came from past storys and Club Wicked which seems to have satellite sites. Still I didn’t find myself lost or distracted from the central story. A love story that beat the odds.
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