Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Karma Points is cursed. Cursed with a stupid name and the inability to lose her virginity. She's on a mission to lose her virginity before she turns twenty if it's the last thing she does.
One night, her good friend Eva brings her to an underground club where Karma meets a tattooed bouncer. He’s far from the clean-cut type she normally falls for, which makes her think this finally might be the night she crosses the threshold of womanhood.
Excited, she goes home with the bouncer named Jax and as always, her dreams crash down once again. Jax cannot believe she is willing to give away her virginity to a stranger she met at a club. As the only son with five sisters and a widowed mom, he can't morally go through with it, even though he's never been more tempted in his life.
Unwilling to let her walk away he strikes a deal. Karma has to spend three weeks dating him and then decide if she wants to have sex or walk away.
Truth be told, in romances, I’m not normally a fan of virgins, especially once you reach a certain age. Now there are exceptions to this rule of course, like if the character has super strong religious beliefs or circumstances make it understandable, but in general I have a hard to time believe in characters that had completely normally high school/college years and still come out the other side with their virginity in tact. That being said, it totally didn’t bother me in this book. I think part of the reason why it read as authentic is because Karma has some serious self-esteem issues and she had on numerous occasions tried to lose her V-card, but life kind of always got in the way and said, not today Karma, thanks for trying.
So Karma is the daughter of a vapid model and a gay, plastic surgeon father. On the plus side her dad is truly a great dad. Downside, her mother is putting her down whenever she decides to show up and has given Karma such a complex that she really doesn’t see herself as anything special. Plus her mother named her Karma Points… talk about giving your kid a horrible name to grow up with. Fed up with being a virgin, she tries to have a one-night stand with Jax, who it turns out is a really good guy and agrees to help her out but only if they spend three weeks together first.
Jax is really good for Karma, he pulls her out of her shell, makes her try things she would have never tried before (giving blood, skydiving, bungee jumping, etc) and even better than that, he’s tells her every chance he gets how beautiful she is and how much he likes her. At first she doesn’t believe him at all, but he does such a good job at proving to her that he’s being honest that it really makes Karma reevaluate her life and how she thinks of herself.
While this book is definitely a romance, which some great chemistry in it by the way, it’s really at its heart a coming of age story for Karma. She evolves so much throughout the book, and Jax is really just a catalyst for that change, he shows her the way, but she is the one who learns to stand on her own two feet.
Overall, I really liked the book, it was very enjoyable, the pacing was good, and it ended up being a really quick read for me. There were several moments where I laughed out loud, some moments where I felt so bad for Karma and the things she had to go through, and in general I just found myself rooting for all the characters. If you like new adult books this book is one you should check out.