You know what summer is full of? Ripe fruit ready for the picking. Like cherries that you just want to pop . . . into your mouth. Or just pop in general. I think we all know where I’m going with this ridiculous innuendo. Today I’m playing the role of Cherry Poppins as I share some of my favorite romances in which the fruit is picked. Or you know, people get down and dirty for the very first time.
Fact: we all start off as virgins. But at some point, we hand over the V-card. Hopefully to someone who deserves it. But let’s be real, that’s not always the case. And those first experiences aren’t always magical. Sometimes they suck.
Maybe that’s what makes the virgin trope in romance so alluring.
Who doesn’t want to hand over their V-card to a guy who looks like Adonis, has a man dangle the size of a baseball bat (no one really wants that, especially not a virgin, but no one wants a finger penis either) and can bring a woman to orgasm several times in a row, and provides oral without question or a shower beforehand?
That’s not to say every virgin in romance gets to have a super stellar mind blowing first time. But the lead up to that moment, the nostalgia the emotions that play out on the page and between the characters, and everything that goes along with handing over the V-Card makes it so much fun to read about.
I present to you my top 10 deflowering romances.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Okay. So we don’t actually get to experience the sexy times because they’re fade to black (I know it was YA, but man, I really wanted them to just get it on). Anyway, we can all imagine how insane it would be for a 107-year-old freaking virgin vampire to make love to (bone) the one woman he’d also love to suck dry. Conundrums abound. I mean he could literally crush her with one overly excited thrust. Talk about a high stakes loss of virginity.
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Billionaire with proclivities towards unconventional sex and a dark past meets a sweet and slightly awkward virgin. You know this one is going to be good. He’s going to teach her all the dirty, naughty things. He just has to get her to sign the contract first. No biggie. But before we get out the restraints and #spreaderbar we need to have some super romantic vanilla sex. Oh Christian, you’re so screwed, literally and figuratively, and all it took was one little vanilla-style deflowering.
Poughkeepsie Begins by Debra Anastasia
Who doesn’t love a post-prom deflowering? BUT what makes this particular virgin so unique is that the deflowerer didn’t go to prom with the defloweree. Why not, you ask? Because he was busy running his side business as a drug dealer. So he meets her in the parking lot afterwards. Intrigued? I hope so. This drug dealer happens to be a freaking wizard in bed. And no, they don’t do the deed in the parking lot. That’s all I’m giving you on this one.
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
This freaking book. OH MY GOD. Archer is all the things. ALL OF THEM. And he’s a virgin. A well endowed, reclusive, sweet as pie virgin who lost his ability to speak in an accident. And when he meets our heroine, Bree, who can communicate with him through sign language, the two form this beautiful relationship. Their connection is so magical, and it’s such a unique, beautifully written story. Also, the sexy times are hot as hell. Just GUH.
Wrong by Jana Aston
Imagine working in a coffee shop (the author of this book happens to be obsessed with Starbucks. I actually think she might live there). Now imagine a hot guy who comes in all the time that you’re majorly crushing on. Now imagine you go to the ON CAMPUS gyno to get birth control pills because you’re thinking of giving it up to some dude. And the gyno happens to be the coffee shop dude. Yeah. What could go WRONG? This book is hilarious, and hot, and hilarious. Read it.
Undeniable by Melanie Harlow
Okay. So this isn’t a straight up virgin romance, but I feel like it needs a mention because it’s funny, emotional, hot and there is a virginity taking scene in this book that makes me laugh and get all swoony and sweaty and stuff. Imagine the guy you grew up with, who was your childhood bestie, turns into a hot guy. Already this is a win. Now also imagine being in college and deciding you need to get rid of your V-Card. Like checking off items on a list. Today I need to iron my shirts, buy groceries and lose my virginity. Of course he’s the perfect, safe candidate to take it. How could there be consequences? Especially years later when they reconnect. Honestly, just read it, you won’t regret it.
The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen
There’s angst and then there’s ANGST. LJ does the latter. So imagine being a very sheltered 19-year-old girl from a very influential family and suddenly you find yourself betrothed. In the 21st century. Also, your dad is the kind of guy who thinks women should still be seen and not heard, and also thinks they should be uneducated. Yeah. Let’s all be angry for a moment.
But future hubs is all about you getting an education, and pissing your dad off. Also, he’s a huge dick. Like a super giant a-hole. But he’s hot. It’s one of those conundrums since there’s a lot of chemistry and also a lot of wanting to punch him in the junk. I’m not going to lie, this book is intense, the deflowering is . . . emotional for a lot of reasons. It’s also incredibly well written and an amazing story. No one writes jerk alpha heroes the way LJ does.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Okay. So this book. OMG. It’s so funny—I mean the heroine dresses up like a clown to make money. It’s her actual business. And the hero is . . . a screw up, but not really. Mostly he had some bad luck and now he’s wallowing. And they’ve known each other forever. AND it’s her brother’s best friend. And she’s a virgin. Tick ALL of my favorite trope boxes please. He’s also an athlete. Former baseball player, actually. With a HUGE bat. In his pants. The sex scenes in this book are scorching hot, do yourself a favor and read it. Alone.
Jock Rule by Sara Ney
I love, love, LOVE this adorable, hilarious college romance. Teddy, our heroine, has a pretty lackluster dating history and some seriously crappy friends. The kind who constantly bail on her, leaving her alone at frat parties while they find their next conquest and she ends up pouring beers for drunk frat boys. Enter Kip, the very wealthy, excessively beardy jock who thinks his lumberjack look is a turn off—clearly he missed the whole “bearded for her pleasure” memo. Kip offers to help Teddy in the dating (and crappy friends) department. As a friend. And well . . . once he finds out Teddy is a virgin that friendship takes a fabulous, steamy turn.
Lover Mine by JR Ward
I’m a HUGE paranormal romance fan. See Twilight for details. (see how I’m bringing this full circle). What we didn’t get in the YA version of vampire romance we sure as hell get in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Thank you JR Ward. THANK YOU. I love John Matthew. I love that he’s a virgin. I love that his heroine is super badass and F*CKS the living hell out of him. I mean, they’re vampires, they’ll be fine. If you haven’t read this series I can’t be friends with you. I don’t actually care if you like paranormal or not, it’s really a must.
And there you have it, my top 10 deflowering romances. Anyone want to put on some white lingerie and play pretend now?
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