~Book Review~ “Giving It Up” by Holly Dodd


I loved Holly Dodd’s Giving It Up.  What could have been a super cliché book about a college student looking to lose her virginity ended up being a great story of both love and personal growth.

Jo is about to graduate from college without having what she feels is a quintessential college experience . . . sex.  It doesn’t help that the guy she has been crushing on for over a year refuses to date because he knows she is a virgin.  In order to take care of her “problem,” Jo turns to her only guy friend Kevin, who just happens to be a drop dead gorgeous bad boy who enjoys nothing better than a one night stand.

Kevin, however, seems to want more than a one night stand from Jo. He has been burned in the past, closing off his heart, however, Jo seems to have found her way through the walls he has put in place to protect himself.

Can Jo get past her crush for a different guy once she starts spending time with Kevin?  Can Kevin move away from the heartache in his past to give a real relationship with Jo a chance?  While there is definitely some scorching hot sex in this book, there is so much more.  Both Jo and Kevin take journeys of person growth discovering who they are and what they really want from a relationship and from life.  This book is well written, has great banter between characters and is truly a fun romance to sink your teeth into.  I enjoyed Giving It Up so much that I signed up for the author’s newsletter so that I could get the extended epilogue to see where this couple goes in the future.

This was a great start to the Brewhouse series and I can’t wait for book two.

5 stars.


About the Book:

Amazon Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRTCW0D

Jolene “Jo” Miller has been panting over her crush for years. He’s everything she wants: a gentle giant with kick-ass ambition and a rock-hard body that she’s dying to ride. The problem is, she’s stuck in his friend zone due to one embarrassing reason – she’s untouched.

Jo’s crush has no interest in popping her cherry. She’ll need to take some drastic measures to get her crush’s attention, and Jo has the perfect candidate to punch her v-card.

Kevin Harris is an unapologetic manwh*re. With his panty-melting smile and chiseled body, he has his choice of tits and ass. His motto: hit ’em hard and leave them aching for more. Relationships aren’t his thing, and they never crossed his mind until he met Jo. She’s everything Kevin doesn’t know he wants. She makes him tingle, and not just below the belt. But Jo’s not into it, she’s the only girl who doesn’t want to ride the Harris express. They’re just friends until Jo asks him to help her with some sexual education.

One kiss, one taste, he’s hooked. Now Kevin has to convince Jo that he’s the perfect man for her. He craves being a permanent fixture not only in her bed, but in her life. Will she give him the chance?

Warning: This sexy romance novel contains a fed-up virgin who thinks she knows what she wants, and a dominant alpha male guiding her down a kinky path.

This is a standalone story set in an interconnecting series with a HEA and NO cheating.


About the Author:

Holly Dodd is an award-winning author. Her novel Covet won the 2016 RWA Beacon award for Romantic Suspense. A member of the Romance Writers of America, her stories are often spicy, with everything salacious right on the page. Ranging from the contemporary anti-hero, to paranormal and futuristic, she loves an Alpha Hero in any setting and a woman destined to keep him on his toes.

Calling Pennsylvania home, she loves autumn, the beach, and beautiful weather. When she’s not writing, reading, or baking, she’s wrangling her three psychotic felines, and wondering where her muse will take her to next.

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