Welcome to the Have Book Will Read stop on the tour for Three Daves by Nicki Elson, hosted by AToMR.
I have a review and giveaway for you, so read on!
AUTHOR: Nicki Elson
AGEGROUP/GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 16th February 2010 by Omnific Publishing
REVIEWED BY: Joanne
SOURCE: Review copy from the author for blog tour
Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it… and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order…
This is the story of Jen and her journey through college. It was set in the 80’s, however I didn’t necessarily feel nostalgic for the 80’s whilst reading this. There is the odd mention of songs/bands from that era but that’s about it.
I also have to admit that I very nearly put the book down when I first started it as it does mention Bible stories and Psalms. I tended to skim over that part and also the Psalms at the end of every chapter.
When we first meet Jen it’s 1986 and she is a sophomore at Central Illinois University. She feels as though she’s the last American virgin – she’s certainly the last one in her group of friends. Although she wants to save herself for someone she can see herself spending the rest of her life with, she also doesn’t want to disappoint her future husband with her inexperience. She hatches a plan to have a series of ‘sex lessons’ with someone she isn’t in a relationship with, so that there is no chance of having her heart broken.
I thought it was quite funny how she went about this plan – I won’t spoil it for you, but I could picture the guy’s reaction to her proposition. He is offered ‘no strings’ sex on a plate. He must have thought it was Christmas!
Throughout her college years she has 3 relationships, all with guys called Dave coincidentally – hence the title. There’s David, who is a close friend she’s known since her freshman year, Dave, who seems like the hottie rebel of the campus, and finally there’s Big D – the guy who she feels could be ‘The One’.
The relationship with David is the one that is focused on more during the book, as they start out as friends. When we first meet David, he is nursing a broken heart after breaking up with his high school sweetheart, and Jen is the good friend who lends her shoulder. He is always there, looking out for her like a big brother, and I hoped that their relationship would go further. He is there throughout her relationships with both Dave and Big D, much to the annoyance of his new girlfriend, but I always got the impression that there was more below the surface, for both of them, although Jen seemed reluctant to admit any feelings for David.
The book is told in third person and follows Jen’s journey throughout college, dipping in and out at different points of time. It feels as though we are just getting glimpses of her life, and so I didn’t really feel that involved in the story. It was a quick read for me, and I was happy with how it ended.
Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and short stories “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire).
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