I was just telling Court that this review is surprisingly hard to write and I'm not sure why but rather than have an existential crisis about it and blather on, I'm just going to tell you what I'm thinking.
I enjoyed Virtuous for it's escapist qualities; I'll never be a movie star's love interest but it doesn't mean I don't want to escape into that world every once in a while and this novel absolutely offers exactly that. I enjoyed the whirlwind romance (seriously, like it was a week) where there was a constant thrum of will they or won't they? Will they take a chance on each other? Will they share their secrets? Will they make it? As the answers to some of those questions are revealed, it was fun to be a fly on the wall to their internal turmoil and their absolute adoration of each other. It was fun to go on their first adventure to LA and get a behind the scenes view of Flynn's Hollywood life (his family seems amazing!). It was a pleasant surprise (because honestly many of these types of novels have unnecessary drama) that the 'to be continued' ending wasn't due to something that they did to each other--I seriously kept waiting for some horrible ex or a lie or something to rear its ugly head and create trouble and was happy and relieved when that wasn't what we ended on.
A few things didn't always work for me--both Natalie and Flynn tended to fixate on certain things and I kinda wanted them to move on already! and while I think I understand the need for the repetition of their thoughts, I was over it by the end. There were a few lines that seemed a little over the top and their instant connection was very...instant. That being said, I really found those things very minimally problematic because once I knew what I was reading I knew that all reality was going to get thrown out the window and I allowed myself to enjoy it for what it was. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed the escape into Natalie and Flynn's world so much that as soon as I can, I plan on grabbing the rest of these novels!
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After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world.
He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher…
Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her?