Friday, August 9, 2013

THE VIRGINITY MISSION by Cate Ellink - Review

The Virginity Mission
By: Cate Ellink
Source: Netgalley

An erotic new adult romance about old insecurities, new beginnings, and the things you can get up to in a tent…

It’s lust at first sight when Mac sees Jason shirtless and sweating on the back of a truck. Jason is the army sergeant assigned to support the six week scientific expedition that Mac is participating in, and might just be the perfect candidate for another journey of discovery that Mac is desperate to undertake — sex.

Fraternisation between students and staff might be strictly prohibited, but everybody knows fruit always tastes better when it’s forbidden.

Sometimes the quest to lose your virginity can be more difficult than hiking to the highest peak in the Rainforest, at least it is for Mac. This was a great short story and while it’s about Mac wanting to lose that pesky virginity, there is so much more to it!

I love the way Jason helps Mac learn so much about herself. It’s more of a story of self-discovery than anything else. While she thinks losing her virginity will be the biggest accomplishment of this adventure she’s undertaken, she slowly learns that sometimes, the journey is more important.

There is a great message about how one’s environment can shape their personality without even realizing it. Jason is more than just a fling. He pushes Mac to push herself. To be daring and discover who she is and what she wants. The trip is a complete eye opener for her, and while Jason plays a huge role in her transformation, even she doesn’t see how much of herself she’s found until she returns home.

The Virginity Mission, while short and enticing, will challenge readers to question themselves. To take a serious look at their personality and actions and say, why am I the way I am? The Virginity Mission is a little Australian gem of a story that will captivate your heart and challenge your spirit to test the confines of your own experiences. 

Photo from Escapte Publishing
Cate Ellink became intrigued by the erotic when her grandfather used to pass books to her father saying, “Don’t let the girls read page X.” Although her mother and sisters never bothered to chase those pages, Cate always did. Invariably, her imagination was better than what she read. While pursuing a career in science, Cate amused herself by writing about ordinary events and giving them an erotic twist. It’s taken more than a few years to bravely expose her mind to the public. While the events in her stories may have occurred, it’s highly likely that her imagination is far more exciting than the reality. Cate lives near the beach in NSW with her long-suffering husband. This is Cate’s first novella. She has two short stories published.

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