Title: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist
Series: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist #1
Author: Kay Marie
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!
Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.
Confession #2: I’m kind of in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.
Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.
And trust me, this is only the beginning.
I love the cover of this one and was hoping it would be along the lines of The Virgin Romance Novelist which is so ridiculously funny I still snort whenever I think about it. Alas it was not meant to be, I think The Virgin Romance Novelist has ruined me for all books like this LOL. I feel as if I have to apologise to Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist because I entered the story with a preconceived idea of how I wanted it to be and was disappointed when it didn’t fit into the little box I had put it in.
That isn’t to say the story itself isn’t without merit. On one hand it may not contain the same level of life observation and twisted humour as The Virgin Romance Novelist BUT the main character, Skylar (Skye), is delightful socially inept and a book-worm to boot (always a good thing). Stuck with a case of unrequited love for her best friends brother, Oliver (Ollie) adds to the character dynamics within the plot. Skye is adorably clueless as to other people’s feelings for her, she constantly over-thinks things and gets stuck in her own head. Something I can completely relate to. The chapter heading each start with a small confession which feels like a direct address to the reader providing a deeper level of connection with both the story and the characters.
The plot concentrates on the relationship between Skye and Ollie; mixing in a lifetime of memories they share along with subtle references to an incident 4 years previous that wiped away all the happy times between them. The reader is left to jump to their own conclusions regarding the incident that altered their friendship for a large part of the story.
The pacing has a lovely, steady flow to it and the narrative has an ease that draws the reader in. Kay Marie cleverly weaves the jungle that is the dating world for a 20+ professional. I feel there is little hope for a 40+ singleton then 😉 I enjoyed the way in which the story played out BUT having been under the impression the story was a stand-alone, the cliffhanger at the end left me a little disheartened.