Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Review – Venus in Blue Jeans - Meg Benjamin

 

 

 

The Blurb

 

A guy. A girl. A Chihuahua. Two of them will find the love of their lives.

Konigsburg, Book 1

Coming off a broken engagement to a lying charmer, all bookstore owner Docia Kent wants is a fling, not a long-term romance. And for her fabulously wealthy and fabulously nosy parents to butt out of her life for a while. The Texas Hill Country town of Konigsburg looks like the perfect place to get both. Especially when she gets a look at long, tall country vet Cal Toleffson.

Cal has other plans for Docia. One glance at the six-foot version of Botticelli’s Venus, and he knows he’s looking at the woman of his dreams. Now if he can just fend off the eccentric characters of Konigsburg long enough to convince her romance isn’t such a bad idea.

One night of mind-blowing sex isn’t the only thing that leaves them both stunned. With Docia’s bookstore under attack, Konigsburg suddenly doesn’t seem so welcoming. Once again she finds her trust tested—and is left wondering if she was ever meant to have a happily ever, after all.

 

 

The Review

Characters

Cal Toleffson – The vet, who is also the newest member of the small town of Konigsburg. He brings so much more than his skill with animals to the town- the grapevine is all abuzz with who will be the lucky girl to get with him.

Docia Kent – Trying too hard or just hiding from herself, with Docia you never can tell – when she spots Cal however – that’s a decision that was definately not hard to make.

 

The Plot

After living in Konigsburg, Texas for two years, you would think the town would have embraced a newcomer by now, not so in Konigsburg – everything was politics and Docia Kent was most definitely not politically correct.

Literally hiding her bushel under a light due to a past break-up she gets on with her days as best as she can. When she spots not only the newest resident of Konigsburg but someone who makes her sit up and take notice, she treads a weary path as everything is not always as it seems in small town Konigsburg.

Vet Cal Toleffson knows exactly what he sees when he sets eyes on Docia – a goddess and he intends to get to know her better. Deciding that only one night is all they can give to each other, their plans becomes farcical when the entire town decides to give their opinion on any plans they have for romance.

However with all the comedy around town, there is also something dark slithering through and it seems to have earmarked Docia and all she loves dear. With the town not embracing her with open arms, can she rely on Cal or is he just bidding his time to disappoint her as well?

 

 

Cal found himself looking at the knot again, and then higher. Oh sweet Jesus! Perfect. Pecos cantaloupe size. He rubbed his hands against his thighs, trying to distract himself from the series of lust-crazed visions flooding his brain. Eyes. What color were her eyes? Hard to say in the dim light. He'd have to get closer. Yeah. Closer was definitely called for.

"What's up now?" Wonder peered beyond his shoulder. "Having revelations, are we?"

"You might say that." Cal tamped down the last of those glorious pictures his mind had conjured up. "Who is she?"

"Who?" Wonder leaned further forward, squinting toward the other end of the bar, then sat back and shook his head. "Oh, bad idea, Idaho. Definitely not a good woman to start your Konigsburg career with."

"Why not?"

"Out of your class, bucko, definitely out of your class." Wonder sipped his Spaten again. "Much too tough for a beginner."

"And again I ask, why? Who is she?" Cal refused to look back at the man trying to dampen his enthusiasm. Not when the other end of the bar had so much to see. "Docia Kent." Wonder nodded in Venus's direction. "Owner and sole proprietor of Kent's Hill Country Books."

"Stuck-up bitch," Terrell mumbled.

Cal contemplated "accidentally" upturning Biedermeier's barstool and dumping him beside the bar, but miscellaneous bits of Biedermeier would only further mess up Ingstrom's floor.

He frowned. "So why is she out of my class? How do you even know my class anyway, Wonder?"

Wonder hunched over the bar, staring into the mirror. "Docia Kent has lived in Konigsburg for two years now. Never dated a local, far as I know. And I know far, believe me. Many have tried. None have been chosen. She's definitely not interested in Konigsburg males. She's not what you'd call a local herself."

"And this is bad?" Cal shrugged. "I'm not a local either—not yet, anyway."

"There's some question about how much Ms. Kent wants to be a local, Idaho, given that she hasn't shown much interest in Konigsburg's finest to date." Wonder tipped up the last of his Spaten, raising an eyebrow at Cal.

Cal squinted back down the bar. "Always a first time."

"Indeed there is." Wonder nodded, rubbing his hands together gleefully. "Oh this is going to brighten up the summer no end. I'm opening the book on this one today. What do you say, Terrell? I'll give you five to one Ms. Kent won't give Idaho the time of day."

"Stuck-up bitch won't give nobody the time of day," Biedermeier mumbled.

Venus In Blue Jeans (Meg Benjamin)

To read the entire first chapter visitVenus in Blue Jeans

 

Surprise Element

There was a lot of little gems in this story. Not only was the setting a pleasure (small town settings does it for me), but the characters that goes with it made me sit up and had a laugh, more laughs and i fell in love – even with the weirdest of the bunch.

The fact that the mystery runs parallel to the romance between Cal and Docia was also another treat – and it really was a mystery – Ms. Benjamin has that little extra something with her tension filled scenes that you really won’t want to put this one down until you have reach the very end.

 

Predictability

With small town you never know what to expect. The fact that both Docia and Cal were not from Konigsburg, made all the difference to the story. Everything else going on was more or less par for the course and Ms. Benjamin run with it and i really like her take on what these people get up to in this small town.

 

 

Smut/Ick Factor

A fair amount of fun was to be had by all. These two made up for the time they were apart every chance they get. No shy wall flower was Docia and Cal was just waiting on someone like her – believe me they got it on as much as they could…

I feared for the sanity of this little town – the heat flowing off these two was just phenomenal.

 

Positive

A new to me author, Meg Benjamin has certainly made me sit up and take a second look with this wonderful read. Docia and Cal are really the life of the party and they make the most of the situation they are in and I had fun with them.

This book had a little of everything, the warring community, the dysfunctional family situation, the love interest – that was a laugh a minute. Then there is the psycho neighbour with the even more psychotic dog – as i said – a laugh a minute.

The town dynamics is so accurate of what small town living is like – you never know what the grapevine is up to at any hour of the day.

Ms. Benjamin does a brilliant job with the small details like descriptions of places and the situation at hand  and this made a whole lot of difference to the shape of this book.

A big hit in this book for me was how Ms. Benjamin highlighted all of Docia’s assets – she was a full figured goddess and she had everything in all the right places – Ms. Benjamin dressed her nicely, she gave her the allure to have men breaking out in sweat and she had that holier than thou air (when she wanted to) to annoy the hell out of family, friends and warring neighbours…

I can’t say enough about how funny the characters in this book were, there were not only ha ha giggles funny moment – but they were also so sarcastically rude – I cracked up with laughter.

The town and it’s personalities were very well developed, i knew where the town was coming from and i got to know the stories behind local feuds and other minor happening in the town.

There was a good pace to this book, and some characters were larger than life and although no one really scary, there was definately an eclectic bunch of people floating around  Konigsburg.

 

Negative

The one little niggle that stood out for me was the fact that that there was no chatter between Docia and Cal. With a relationship that is in the getting to know you stage, Docia and Cal spend more time getting their smut on or caught up in towns business than actually any quality time on them as a couple..

This,  i only picked up on at the end of the book – everything else was so nicely done,  I almost missed the fact that these two did not spend anytime talking to each other about themselves as a unit.

 

Covers

I did like this cover, I am not a big fan of cover with actual face view – as i like to form my own opinion of what the main protags are like, however this cover does a really good job of what i picture Docia to look like.

 

12 Speak To Me:

Lea on 13 May 2009 at 12:47 said...

Wonderful review EH!

I love "small town" romance stories, so this one will go on my list.

Sorry, I've been a little 'remiss' in visiting lately.

I hope next week things will return to normal - whatever that is! lol

Warm Regards
L

Barbara on 13 May 2009 at 13:25 said...

This book sounds cute, EH. Nice review.

Blodeuedd on 13 May 2009 at 14:39 said...

nice review :)

I am a face kind of gal, just wish we could see the guy too

Meg Benjamin on 13 May 2009 at 15:01 said...

Thanks for the lovely review! My sequel to Venus, Wedding Bell Blues, is due out in July from Samhain. Hope you like it!

TheChicGeek on 13 May 2009 at 19:30 said...

Great review, E.H. :)
I do love when the story takes place in a small town...something really neat about that. It sounds like a nice read.
Thanks!
Have a Happy Day!

Erotic Horizon on 13 May 2009 at 19:48 said...

Hi Lea..

This is really good, surprised me how much i enjoy this read..

We al lhave our busy time - i have been hitting and missing on the reviews recently - hopefully i am back on track..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 May 2009 at 19:48 said...

Thanks Barbara..

It was fun - i Liked it alot..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 May 2009 at 19:50 said...

Blodeuedd..

I don't want to see the face at all - the girl on this was really a close second to the description in the book..

Cal - leave him to my imagination - he was too hot..
E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 May 2009 at 19:51 said...

Meg..

Thanks for stopping by - I really like this book - i had loads of fun in Konigsburg..

I am very pleased you have shaken loose another brother to entertain us - I can't wait for July.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 May 2009 at 19:53 said...

Hi ChicGeek..

I Totally enjoyed this book... and i will admit, the small town did it for me..

E.H>

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) on 13 May 2009 at 23:40 said...

Hi EH!

I've had a sick internet connection lately....sorry I haven't been by too much....I know I've missed some great reviews.

This sounds sounds great, it will go on the TBR list! Sounds too cute!

Dottie :)

Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 05:15 said...

Hey Dottie..

I know the pain of a down connection, hope all goes well soon..

This will be a fun read for you.

E.H>