Title: The Dom vs The Virgin
Author: Alice Ward
Genre: Erotica Fiction/Romance
Review: The opening to The Dom vs The Virgin was stunningly sad, we meet Emery whose best friend Ryan was killed in a shooting at a gay club and is returning home for the memorial service. Emery had pretended to be Ryan’s girlfriend for years to protect him from their bigoted community including his own mother. When she returns she is faced with ridicule and humiliation and I felt extremely sorry for her as her mother died before she was born, her best friend is dead and her dad literally wallows in his own filth so she is all alone. We also meet Rhett who is a professional baseball player and is being signed up for a programmed called ‘The Biggest Catch’ which is similar to the ‘Bachelor’. Rhett isn’t pleased with the idea but goes through with it as a favor to a friend.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel we see Emery gets an offer to work on ‘The Biggest Catch’ which she hastily agrees to not only because she needs the money but also because she OCD issues clash with her father’s hording and with recently losing Ryan she can’t cope and needs to get away. We also see that Rhett has darker sexual tastes than the average man as he is a dominant but rather than satisfying his cravings he heads to his country estate in order to begin filming for ‘The Biggest Catch’ when he unceremoniously runs into Emery and the chase is on.
As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel we see the aftermath of Rhett and Emery’s first meeting which was hilarious and we can practically feel the chemistry between them from the second they meet. As filming begins one of the contestants suddenly quits and Rhett wants to put Emery in her place as he hasn’t stopped thinking about her from the moment they met in the gym of his home. I loved Nana as a character as she provides some excellent comic relief. As the team prepares to film the first elimination scene Rhett has been told to drop Emery but he has other ideas that involve Emery.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel we see the other girls throwing themselves at Rhett but he turns them all away because they aren’t Emery. When he does approach her again he tells her what he wants but she can’t give it to him right now but she can give him an alternative. Rhett still doesn’t understand at this point that Emery is still a virgin, nobody does but I have a feeling he is going to find out very soon but tentatively they begin their sexual conquest of one another.
As we cross into the second half of the novel we see the girls take on their first challenge which is to win Rhett’s heart through his stomach which Emery isn’t pleased about but endures anyway. We also see the girls get their claws out especially when Charlie begins talking about sleeping with Rhett on the first night although we, the readers, and Emery know this is false information. During the challenge Emery uses all the knowledge Ryan had taught her to create an amazing plate of food although she does win she feels proud of herself despite the upcoming elimination.
As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel we see Rhett confess his past to Emery and is stunned when she completely accepts him and even offers him her virginity. I loved watching this relationship develop in this unique environment of the reality TV show. I have to admit I was so happy when Charlie got booted off the show because she was a horrible person and did everything she could to upset and antagonize Emery.
As we cross into the final section of the novel we see the sexual tension between Rhett and Emery explode in a violent climax (pun intended!) But we also see the complications of their situation, as Emery still has to share him with the other girls until filming ends while she doesn’t like this she understand that their situation demands it. As the number of girls lessens we see Emery’s anxiety heighten as she ponders whether Rhett will choose her in the end or whether she will just be another conquest for the billionaire. After more challenges and more eliminations only Amy and Emery are left in the competition and Rhett feels tore because he likes Emery but he sympathizes with Amy’s situation and really wants to help her too. The final pages of this novel were heart-breaking and beautiful all at once but everything does work out in the end but there are some last minute surprises thrown in for good measure.
Overall, I loved The Dom vs The Virgin, initially I had expected the book to have a heavier BDSM theme but was pleasantly surprised with what I actually got. I loved all the characters with the exception of one or two because they had horrid personalities but these characters were written this way deliberately. I also loved the plot and it was an emotional rollercoaster with some amazing sub-plot and character backgrounds. I highly recommend this novel to all even those who don’t read erotic fiction because there isn’t anything too sexual under the final part of the novel.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by Hidden Gem Books
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