Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

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by Mia Asher
     
 

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Love is selfish...

My name is Blaire.
I'm the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.

I'm the gold digger.
The bitch.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.

I hate myself too...

Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?

Overview

Love is selfish...

My name is Blaire.
I'm the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.

I'm the gold digger.
The bitch.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.

I hate myself too...

Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940150191174
Publisher:
Mia Asher
Publication date:
12/01/2014
Series:
Virtue , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
13,102
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

My name is Mia Asher.
I'm a writer, a hopeless romantic, a wanderer, a dreamer, a cynic, and a believer. And, oh yes�I might be a bit crazy - but who isn't?

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Easy Virtue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
You win Ms. Asher. As intriguing as Easy Virtue is, at 85% I had pretty much decided that I wouldn’t be reading book two. Not because it’s not a good book – it is. Not because the book is badly written – it’s not and I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. Not because the story didn’t hold my interest – I was glued to my Kindle from the first page and devoured the book in four hours. The reason I wasn’t going to continue the series is because in my line of work past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior and based on Blaire’s behavior I could only see her continuing to choose money over the chance of love and I just didn’t want to read that story. It is not because I’m judging Blaire’s character and find it lacking. On the contrary, she’s up front and honest about what she’s doing and I don’t fault her for that; too many people play games in life and her honesty is refreshing. But when Ms. Asher gives us the single chapter written from Lawrence’s point of view, I knew I would be back for book two because I have to know who SHE is. And any lingering doubt about continuing the series was obliterated when Ronan was thrust back into Blaire’s life after she so precisely excised him from it. I now have hope that there may be a chance for Blaire to find love – whether she wants it or not. WHO she may find love with remains to be seen – Ronan, Lawrence, or some yet unmet man. Regardless, I now have hope for love for Blaire, Lawrence’s secret that I must uncover, and add to that some incredibly erotic sex scenes … there is no doubt that I will be back for book two. Well played Ms. Asher, well played. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Lisa-Lou 9 months ago
Easy Virtue by Mia Asher is the first book in her two-part series Virtue. I wasn't sure what to expect going in but was encouraged from the reviews of others and the buzz about the upcoming release of the next book, Sweetest Venom, so I grabbed a copy and dove in. Blaire's life was rough in a way that was purely emotional neglect first by her self-absorbed parents and then by her own making. It made for an emotional read without setting any situation as dark and twisty. The only thing dark and twisty was Blaire's opinion on what she deserved. She thinks she is doing well, handling things, living life like she determined she would those few years ago when she left home and moved to New York, but when she meets Ronan, things start to change within her. Add Lawrence into the mix and it gets messy, fast. I am NOT a fan of love triangles AT ALL. But this book wasn't that. It has all the elements of one, without actually becoming one, at least in the ways I don't like. This book was extremely emotive, a definite page-turner. I blew through both this and Sweetest Venom in a day or so. It does have a cliffhanger ending, but good news, book two is out already at the time of this review. I was quite blown away by this story and loved how I was never quite sure what was going to happen next.
Anonymous 10 months ago
At the start, and throughout the story, I kept hoping for the power of love to be stronger than the almighty dollar...and small glimpses and thoughts of the characters kept me reading. The Janeite in me will now be waiting for book 2, in that hopeful quest for a HEA.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved it. Can't wait for book 2.
Miria1 More than 1 year ago
HOLY FRIGGIN MOLY....where do I start with this brilliant, amazing book written by the talented and creative Mia Asher....(just love her to pieces by the way!!!) This book was a highly anticipated read for me because after reading her first book Arsen I was hooked into Mia's wonderful world of story telling and I knew I needed more and more from her. Well let me tell you this story did not disappoint in fact it kept you intrigued and wanting more from page 1....I honestly could not put this book down (only because real life got in the way...that was the only reason!!!).  This story is about Blaire...a complicated girl who had a difficult and unloved childhood from both her parents and her classmates. It was pegged as an "ugly duckling" until she got older and was determined not to be bullied by anyone ever again and thus chose to use her good looks and amazing body to live a lavish life through her "gold digging" ways with any rich man that came along, that is until Ronan. OMG Ronan ....he was a man who she wasn't use to but was starting to fall for his charming, family oriented, caring, considerate, fun loving ways and dare I say starting to fall in love with him until yup another rich man comes along by the name of Lawrence who once again she couldn't resist. Blaire felt she wasn't worthy of Ronan and felt she should do what she does best ....just continue to use rich men for money and sex to support her glamorous lifestyle. But can she really be happy this way with Lawrence knowing that Ronan does indeed love her....well this is what we all can't wait to find out. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for book 2 which I know is going to be equally amazing!!! This story is definitely a must read and definitely a 5 star read....actually many more stars if that were possible. It was a story filled with so many emotions....happiness, sadness, love, hate,fear, excitement, passion and it unfolded into an AMAZING story that was brilliantly written by Mia. I love her writing style....it is so creative, so flawless, so full of excitement, anguish and she writes sex scenes like WOW!!! She is gifted in a sense that she writes her characters as they are real people that you can relate to and feel for. You feel everything that they are going through and that is from an amazing writer like Mia. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone and highly, highly recommend checking out Mia's other brilliant works and to definitely keep an eye on her because she is just simply BRILLIANT. Thanks again Mia for making me fall in love with you and your BEAUTIFUL stories once again.!!!! <3 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book. The characters, the story line and the plethora of emotions it made me feel were all fan-freakin-tastic. Blaire is a girl thats an ugly duckling that grows into an extremely beautiful woman. She was raised with no love or effection and the only attention she did get was from her classmates and it was all negative. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother was an unfeeling heartless woman who only thought of herself and what man she could find next to seduce out of all his money. Needless to say Blaire turns into a stone cold heartless woman who lives for herself and uses her body to get what she wants. Ronan is a gorgeous, kind, caring, loving,sexy hunk of a man who starts to crack her heart but he's poor so she shuts herself down and hurts him before he can hurt her. Then she meets Lawrence who seems to have it all gorgeous, smart, kind, sexy, who doesn't want a commitment, only wants her body and has a load of money. Everything Blaire makes herself believe she wants. But I think she actually starts to have feeling for him too. At times I cried so hard my heart ached for Blaire. At times she had me smiling at her sexual innuendoes. I have to admit she even turned me on alittle. Lol. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I can't wait for the sequel to find out what happens. Yes it's a huge cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nancybm62 More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, good read, good characters, Blair, Ronan and Lawrence. The story/plot makes you crave for more. Unfortunately....Cliffhanger... LOVETOREAD
Myrtlebean More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to receive an ARC of Easy Virtue in exchange for an honest review. And honestly? I freaking loved it! Mia Asher surely does not suffer from the Sophomore Slump Syndrome. After reading Arsen and being taken on such an emotional, heart wrenching journey, I was hoping that Easy Virtue had the same effect. Even though the books are very different from each other, the thing that remains the same is Mia's ability to make me FEEL for the characters. And feel I did. I got into Blaire's head and now she won't leave mine. She may be utterly shameless and unapologetic but there's definitely more to her than a pretty face, a sexy body and seemingly tough façade. Thank you Mia for another fantastic book!!!
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JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
EV had me yelling OMG from the very first chapter right up until the book's final line. Blaire grew up with parents that left her with emotional scars. She makes a promise that she'll never let herself get close enough to anybody to let them hurt her. As she gets older she realizes that can be an asset in getting what she wants from the men she gets involved with. But can one man change that?! Blaire is such a different character that I'm used to reading. I love that she has no qualms about who she is or how she lives her life. It was actually quite refreshing. I usually like knowing going in if the book is part of a series. I don't know how I missed all the talk about that but now I'm really looking forward to book 2. I can't wait to see where it's going to take Blaire & .... - Life is a show where my soul is naked, but I'm covered in lies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy, great, read you don't want to put down ..
dbeeDB More than 1 year ago
Exceptional!  Perfectly written.  
gaby011421 More than 1 year ago
Mia, you have left me hungry for more. Again! You scared me (for life!) with Arsen and then you go and write EV! My heart can't take it anymore! I never liked love triangle because, let face it, they can be annoying. But with Mia's books their is just something about her writing makes me fall in love with with both men. Like, how could you not fall in love with this: "Do you ever not say the right things?" "I don't know." He looks at me, his gaze penetrating and full of something I understand but don't want to acknowledge. "Maybe it's because you make me feel all the right things, Blaire." **Cue the swooning!!!** Or how could you not be dripping wet after this: Running a hand through my hair, I watch as Lawrence closes the space between us in two strides. He learns down and cups my face in his hands.  his touch is sure and commanding, and I love it. "I'm done talking, Blaire. Get on your knees." **OMG!!!!!!!!!!** She brings out so many emotions out of me that I'm just a withering mess at the end and yet I would not change it for the world. Mia Asher you wreck me. I thought I know what I was in for when beginning Easy Virtue, but the truth is one can never be prepared enough when starting a Mia Asher book. Right away this book captured my attention with merely the first sentence. Blaire White was never loving by her parents as a child and for that it caused her pain. That pain later turned into bitterness. Her need to feel loved turned her into the person we meet. Blaire still sees herself as a cubby little girl who used to get bullied. She does not believe in love. She uses her beauty to her full advantage by seducing rich men into providing for her in-exchange for sex. She uses her sex appeal to feed all her insecurities. Throughout all of this we meet these amazing men. On the one hand you have a guys named Ronan who is charming, sexy, and all the things Blaire should stay away from because he make her want thing she never knew she wanted. And on the other hand you have Lawrence. Rich, hot, and understand that it's just sex. Mia Asher, you my friend have done it again. I will literally read anything you give me. You write so beautifully and I can;t wait for book 2!
csingh More than 1 year ago
I really don't know how to rate this book.  I really enjoyed reading it, but maybe if I explain what it is that has me so confused on how many stars I want to give this book, it might help.  It's my first book written by Mia Asher.  I know you're thinking,  "How is it she hasn't read Arsen yet?" but I have to be in the right mood to read a book that's going to emotionally devastate me. Easy Virtue didn't leave me devastated, but I was hurting for Blaire, Lawrence, and everyone else who got caught up in their arrangement.   The story itself was really dramatic and I wasn't sure what direction it was going to go in.  I did know I couldn't put it down and even neglected work to keep reading.  I know I didn't like Blaire because of what she did, but I understood it and even respected her for being honest about it.  I mean I liked her but I didn't, I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.  The same goes for Lawrence.  I still don't know a lot about him, but I have a feeling he's going to have some secrets that will leave everyone reeling. I was hoping Blaire would find she deserved the happiness she was having, but it turns out her inner demons were too strong and I was left torn between the two men who wanted to be in Blaire's life.   The story does end on a sort of cliffhanger.  I wasn't hurt, shocked, or ticked off by it.  I really can't wait for the next book to find out what Blaire does when her world suddenly gets smaller.  She was already conflicted in this book, so I can only imagine the angst and drama that will unfold in the sequel.  I may not like all the characters all the time, let alone agree with their actions, but there's no way I'm going to miss out on what happens next.  It appears I'm a drama junkie who loves to be entertained, so I can only hope it's here sooner than later. 
Flirty_Reader More than 1 year ago
Hoooooleeee Cow! This was a good book. The complicated character development kept me on my toes, the plot was spicy and fresh, Blaire was a lead protag you wanted to love and hate, and the men, Ronan and Lawrence, were really perfectly fitted to be the counterbalance to Blaire. Ronan, the male lead with strong convictions that was a fighter, and Lawrence, the well-scripted antagonist that threw a screwdriver into the spokes of Blaire's wheels. I must commend Asher for her writing style and storytelling: Both were superb. If you want an intriguing romance that forces you down the rabbit hole with the lead character, this book will carry you all the way.  So let's talk the story. Blaire is an opportunist. A gold-digger. A woman with a past filled with very poor self-esteem who quickly finds out from a young age that her body is her best asset. She really knows no other way to survive but to live off what her body can give her. She's lost a lot of sense of reality and it in turn has hardened her to what could truly make her happy. Love, relationships, trust...all of it is not in her lexicon. Never has been. She's rough but beautiful. And really, she's a very sad person even if she can't admit it. Temptation is very strong for her. She's tempted and she tempts. Men are her weakness and men with money are her livelihood. This is the essence of a true gold-digger. Her world is, of course, thrown when she meets Ronan. A man who doesn't have much but is happy to make her happy. He loves her unconditionally. He knows what he is getting into but he's confident he can show her what true loves means. The only problem is that Blaire can't see it or better yet, can't admit she wants it.  Enter Lawrence. He's what I viewed as the serpent in the garden. For a large part, he's not the focus in book one. He's the tempter of Blaire and the perfect antagonist. He's everything she's wants. The ultimate man she can set herself up with for a lifetime if she plays the part right. He's not looking for love, he's looking for a kept woman he can use. Lawrence is richer than God and knows it, uses it. He knows the score with Blaire and uses it against her, knowing she would never deny him. It costs her the happiness she found with Ronan. But the twist at the end of the book.... WOW. I want to say I saw it coming. Well, I think I did. I had a feeling, but it still made me clutch my pearls when I read it. Asher created what I love in a book: the want. I want so much more and I can't wait to read the next installment. It's pretty much killing me at this moment. There is so much good about this book that I can't even go on with telling you how much you need to read it. So I'll just say: GO READ IT! 
ValleyoftheBookDoll More than 1 year ago
Blaire White has never been loved. Not from a boyfriend, nor a friend, not a mother or father. No one. Instead, she’s been surrounded by hate and bitterness. All she wanted was to be cherished by her parents or at least acknowledged. She was noticed at school, but for the wrong reasons. Her fellow classmates bullied her incessantly for being overweight and awkward. Blaire grew up feeling neglected by everyone and insignificant to the world.  Blaire eventually grows into her looks and loses the extra weight. She transforms herself into a vixen and gathers the strength to control situations. She decides to take the bull by its horns and ride it till it can no longer stand.  Hunt. Seduce. Screw. Cash in. Blaire targets men she knows can afford her. She sucks them dry as well as their bank accounts. She gives the arm candy and sex, and in return, she gets luxuries and most importantly, love. Not true, meaningful love, but a kind of love that suffices.  Ronan, who on the Blaire scale is average, walks into her life and relentlessly continues to appear. He’s what she truly needs. The kind of man that any woman would love to have. He’s good for her. But he’s entirely different from her usual type. He’s a polar opposite of what she thinks she needs. The broken woman she is, Blaire can’t seem to let her walls down completely for him. She knows she wants him—needs him—but she just can’t let herself give in to such a man that she doesn’t feel she deserves. Lawrence on the other hand is the perfect example of Blaire’s dream man. The Blaire with the hard, shell surrounding her wants this filthy rich, businessman, sexpot. She craves him and what he can give her. Being with a man like him is her safety net, where it’s routine and familiar.  Two men on opposite sides of the spectrum, but both hold the capability of rocking her world. I had this internal discussion with myself as I began to read on whether I liked the character or was disgusted by her. I probably should’ve be repulsed by the way Blaire lives her life and her lack of morals, yet I found myself sympathizing with her instead. I understood the path that led her to make such unethical and degrading choices. I quickly became intrigued by her lifestyle and future. I can’t recall any book I’ve come across in the past that managed to include so many genres and emotions, and still create a flawless storyline. Its dark intro sparked my curiosity for this young girl. A girl that seemed so lost and unloved, but had such strength buried deep within. As the story progressed, the eroticism seemed to take on a life of it’s own and transition within the story effortlessly. Despite certain situations, I never questioned the validity of the sexual acts. The scenes never seemed tacky or out of place in the least. They all made sense in connection to the characters and their emotions at that very moment. I devoured this book in one single day. There wasn’t a thing in this entire book that I disliked. Though the limits are pushed, it is a book that can be related to by many women. The need for acceptance and respect is something every female can attest to whether they realize it or not. This book relays one type of story, but it revolves around topics we can all associate with.  I’m ashamed to say I still have not read Arsen, Mia Asher’s debut novel. It’s been sitting on my Kindle, begging to be read, but I just have not found the time. If I had known Asher was such a powerful storyteller, I would have put off a few sleepless nights and skipped some of my classes in order to get transported into her stories. I mean…wow…just, wow! Easy Virtue continues on in a second book and I’m anxious to see where the author takes the story next.
TheReadingWoman More than 1 year ago
I wish there were more stars! From start to finish I loved this book and cannot wait for the follow up! Mia Asher has easily become one of my favorite authors! Her ability to breathe life into her characters is moving!  Ughhhh  I am seriously in love with this book... I don't want to even go into detail of it as I want who ever else reads it to be just as enthralled as I was... Literally I am almost speechless! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book- Blaire the gold digger who doesn't think she has a heart may just have the biggest one of all. Ronan wants to love and protect her and Lawrence wants to own her, but I think he wants something else too....... Awesome read can't wait for the next part. Bev N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know a book is good when you want to grab a character by the throat and yell at her that she's making the wrong choice! This was an awesome story, and that ending!! I cannot wait for the next book!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
4.5 Smoking hawt stars  Favorite Quotes: “He was like the long lost City of Atlantis for girls like me.” “When our eyes meet, I feel incapacitated of all sense and movement.  The sight of him takes my breath away.  This man gives the term ‘lust at first sight’ a whole new meaning.” “Being with him is simple.  It’s magic.  He’s summertime and his kisses warm sunlight.  He makes me think of popsicles and laughter.  He makes me feel free.” “Is there such a thing as a pulsating kiss?  A kiss that breathes life into you, a kiss you feel from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, a kiss that awakens your senses and makes them sing?  Because this feels like it.” My Review: I love steamy stories – no secret there.  This book goes beyond steam and is nuclear reactor, plutonium depleting hot.  I felt the need to maintain the constant use of my ceiling fan to avert my own combustion, and I will undoubtedly have an extra load of laundry to wash this week as well.  Ms. Asher’s writing is compelling, insightful, intense, beautifully descriptive, and painfully perceptive.  Her story is sensual and emotive, and bounced me from heartache and ennui, on to witty and smirking humor, back and forth into panting arousal, and then landed me at panic when I realized it was going to end in a nasty cliffhanger.  Damn, I despises those, which is why it was not a full on 5 star rating.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved that the women in this story is flawed but knows who she is and doesn't apologize. What I wish though is that I didn't have to wait for who knows how long to get the rest of Blaire, Ronan and Lawrence's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mia Asher's writing is captivating. She pulls you in and has you devouring her words. This book is HAWT! East Virtue is raw, gritty and angsty. Mia has a way of making her characters so real and honest. I want to give this book one hundred stars!!!!!