This is a previously published edition of ASIN BOAAVKUU You can find all editions of this work hereHere s the thing about keeping secrets After learning Jessica s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fianc bolted out of her life as if he was on fire She finds solace in her career no distractions or romantic entanglements there But the universe has its own agenda Three thousand miles away from home and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Jessica meets Silicon Valley rising star James Callahan and her world is instantly turned upside down Things go further awry when she encounters a ghost from the past That one night of reckless abandon is back to haunt her and the control she fought so hard to regain is now in the hands of another Plagued by betrayal and guilt over his dad s untimely death, James left Cambridge in search of a new beginning With laser focus, he built a cutting edge technology company now on the brink of financial success Romance is the last thing on his mind until he meets Jessica Fate brought them together, awakening their dormant emotions But Jessica s scandalous secret consumes her and threatens the very happiness she feared she d never find with another man Can James handle the truth about her past Or did she pick the wrong guy yet again


10 thoughts on “Unlikely Venture (Venture, #1)

  1. Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁ Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁ says:

    4 Delicious Stars I m glad I got to read this story Everything flowed so well, and the characters were so easy to like.Jessica isn t a damsel in distress She s hurt because her fiance left when they found out she had MS, but she doesn t let it get in the way of her career She s hesitant to start any relationship because of her unknown future She wonders if someone will be able to handle her physical struggles But everything changes when she meets James.When fate keeps getting Jessi 4 Delicious Stars I m glad I got to read this story Everything flowed so well, and the characters were so easy to like.Jessica isn t a damsel in distress She s hurt because her fiance left when they found out she had MS, but she doesn t let it get in the way of her career She s hesitant to start any relationship because of her unknown future She wonders if someone will be able to handle her physical struggles But everything changes when she meets James.When fate keeps getting Jessica and James to bump into each other, both of them take a chance I love James He s not one of those dominating possessive males He s sweet and kind but still tough and edgy The dates he takes Jessica on are unique and touching.He has such a good heart When Jessica told him about her ex fiance leaving her because of MS, he thought that guy was an idiot for letting Jessica go They have some struggles here and there I usually hate stories where there s issues due to withholding information but I was able to get a grip on this I look forward to readingfrom Kristen Luciani


  2. Heidi McEvoy Heidi McEvoy says:

    Jessica is the ultimate girly girl When told she has MS her world starts to crumble Only she is one tuff chick She doesn t let anything stand in her way even the ass fianc that dumps her after she was diagnosed So, she focuses on her career After a one night stand she goes away on a business trip and meets hotty James and then runs into the one night stand who doesn t forget her Now all Jessica has to do is figure out if she wants to go down that path again and risk her heart with someone Jessica is the ultimate girly girl When told she has MS her world starts to crumble Only she is one tuff chick She doesn t let anything stand in her way even the ass fianc that dumps her after she was diagnosed So, she focuses on her career After a one night stand she goes away on a business trip and meets hotty James and then runs into the one night stand who doesn t forget her Now all Jessica has to do is figure out if she wants to go down that path again and risk her heart with someone that might leave her again Will she tell them about her illness This is a great book With just the right amount of hot loven


  3. Vera Vera says:

    Awesome book This book tells the story of Jessica.Jessica is a young woman that is dumped by her fianc after she finds out she has Multiple Sclerosis After that, she decides to focus on her job However, a few chance encounters with James makes her give love a chance again.She also has to deal with Paul, a former one night stand that keeps popping when she least expects, the fact that Paul is going to invest in James s company, and the fact she s hiding her disease from James.What will happen Awesome book This book tells the story of Jessica.Jessica is a young woman that is dumped by her fianc after she finds out she has Multiple Sclerosis After that, she decides to focus on her job However, a few chance encounters with James makes her give love a chance again.She also has to deal with Paul, a former one night stand that keeps popping when she least expects, the fact that Paul is going to invest in James s company, and the fact she s hiding her disease from James.What will happen when James finds that Jessica is sick And that the man that is going to invest in his company has a past with Jessica and also wants her Loved this book It is a very sweet and funny story, but also with very sexy scenes.We follow Jessica trying to move on with her life, especially her love life, while she has to deal with the effects of MS and navigates the venture capital industry.Jessica has a strong personality and is very feisty She doesn t trust men easily after what happened with her ex fianc and is afraid to give her relationship with James a shot.James is a very smart and sweet guy Like Jessica, he was also burned in the past by his ex girlfriend, but once he meets Jessica, he decides that he wants to try to have a relationship with her.Paul has a very strong personality and likes to have power over people He is very arrogant He also was betrayed in the past and everything he does now is to get revenge He doesn t react very well when he finds that Jessica and James are together.Loved Lisa and Chris They re great best friends This is an awesome book with a great story and characters Loved that we have three POV s Jessica, James and Paul.This is the first book written by Kristen Luciani and it is a great debut It is very well written and you will be cheering for Jessica and James


  4. Amazeballs Book Addicts Amazeballs Book Addicts says:

    First let me start off by saying kudos to Ms Luciani for writing about someone with Multiple Sclerosis so perfectly I have never read a book where one of the main characters has it and coming from someone that does have MS, I can honestly say that you wrote the character s fears and all the other feelings that come along with it absolutely brilliantly So, Jessica has just been diagnosed and had her whole life turned upside down and decides to focus on just work with no romantic entanglements First let me start off by saying kudos to Ms Luciani for writing about someone with Multiple Sclerosis so perfectly I have never read a book where one of the main characters has it and coming from someone that does have MS, I can honestly say that you wrote the character s fears and all the other feelings that come along with it absolutely brilliantly So, Jessica has just been diagnosed and had her whole life turned upside down and decides to focus on just work with no romantic entanglements for fear that he won t be able to accept her with her disease Then as fate would have it, Jessica runs into James a few times and sparks fly immediately I am seriously in love with James He is the ideal man for any woman I think Every single thing he does and how he goes about his relationship with Jessica is nothing short of awesome Jessica has some challenges as any person does, but especially someone with MS I love that Jessica is written to be an extremely strong woman with a life changing disease but doesn t let that stop her from getting what she wants Mad skills Ms Luciani Absolutely brilliant I recommend this book to everyone This one is fantastic A very easy rating of 5 AMAZEBALLS stars for me A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review Review by Tabitha


  5. Ryan Ringbloom Ryan Ringbloom says:

    Unlikely Venture is an emotion filled, romantic read with lots of sizzle and steam in all the right places.Jessica s struggles are major, yet never bring her down She stays strong throughout the story and I just a loved that James is sexy, kind, wonderfulbut there are some bumps Aren t there always This is well written book containing waythan romance Fashion, family, business, travelit s all there I think readers will dive into this read and fall in love.I m excited for the nex Unlikely Venture is an emotion filled, romantic read with lots of sizzle and steam in all the right places.Jessica s struggles are major, yet never bring her down She stays strong throughout the story and I just a loved that James is sexy, kind, wonderfulbut there are some bumps Aren t there always This is well written book containing waythan romance Fashion, family, business, travelit s all there I think readers will dive into this read and fall in love.I m excited for the next in the series


  6. Christina Christina says:

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review This is one of those books when I can t really pinpoint a rating I didn t love some things about it, but I loved many things about it I ve never read anything by Luciani before, so I went into it with curious eyes I really liked the premise And for the most part, Luciani delivered When I finished the book, I didn t feel like something was missing I didn t feel like the book didn t give me feels I think I just felt good It was This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review This is one of those books when I can t really pinpoint a rating I didn t love some things about it, but I loved many things about it I ve never read anything by Luciani before, so I went into it with curious eyes I really liked the premise And for the most part, Luciani delivered When I finished the book, I didn t feel like something was missing I didn t feel like the book didn t give me feels I think I just felt good It was a good read, for the most part.The main character, Jessica, was definitely a likable character But her flaws got the better of her too many times throughout the book, for my taste When I was reading the synopsis of the book, I was hoping for a little something different from her character Especially considering the world that she worked in On the other side, though, I really did appreciate Luciani s efforts in portraying Jessica s vulnerability with her disease, with her personal life, and with working in a male dominated industry If I m to judge on the balancing of those things throughout this book, I d say Luciani did wonderfully.The male lead, James, was an interesting individual He has his own side story that was interesting enough for the story, but because this was about Jessica and not really James, I didn t feel his character was fleshed out enough There were times throughout the book where I didn t buy what he was giving me I think, to be honest, most of my gripes about this book come from him Jessica s character was presented so well with slight annoyances and I think James fell a bit short for me I didn t really enjoy his character that much until midway through the book.Being a character driven story, I feel that all of the characters, especially the leads, need to be top notch and I wasn t really thrilled with any of the other characters The purpose of each of the characters is very apparent, but the execution left a little to be desired ESPECIALLY when it came to one of the secondary antagonists , I think his name was Paul I got whiplash with him one too many times And his level of immaturity was atrocious, especially given his status I was not happy with his character at all BUT with that being said, this book has a lot of fun and emotional moments There s a scene with Jessica and a flight attendant that left me a bit teary eyed and THAT was the moment when Jessica s character went from I like her to I m rooting for her I just really felt for her in that moment and I don t think Luciani could have done any better with that scene It was so good.There weren t too many slow parts to this book I didn t enjoy the POV switches too much, I felt like it all should have been told from Jessica s POV We got a bit of James POV, but because this was Jessica s story, I don t think that was necessary James story wasn t fleshed out enough for me, in order for him to be worth his own POV chapters.I guess what I m trying to say it I want a book, novella, short story on James Overall, I would recommend this book The reader, in my opinion, will get the greatest fulfillment from Jessica s character development I know I did


  7. Anna Anna says:

    Jessica has plunged herself into her career after being left by her fianc following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis She isn t sure what her future will look like or how much longer she will be able to physically handle her fast paced career so she is determined to do the most she can now She is scared to get involved with anyone since she is afraid that they will leave her like her fianc did when they find out she has some serious health problems ahead of her James is running a successful Jessica has plunged herself into her career after being left by her fianc following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis She isn t sure what her future will look like or how much longer she will be able to physically handle her fast paced career so she is determined to do the most she can now She is scared to get involved with anyone since she is afraid that they will leave her like her fianc did when they find out she has some serious health problems ahead of her James is running a successful gaming company and meets Jessica when they run into one another on the street He has had a rough time of his own over the past year, and has also dived into his work They are very attracted to one another, but Jessica is afraid that if she tells him the truth about herself, he will leave her too Throughout this book I felt like I was being told what the story was rather than experiencing the story Jessica is a likable character who is easy to root for, but I never really felt that I got to know her It is obvious that she is driven and is determined to be successful in her job even as she navigates through her health crisis James is a very likable character too, although I would have liked to see him developedas well The dialogue between the characters was pretty choppy at times, and through a lot of the story I really only knew about the connection between Jessica and James because they kept stating it out loud I never really felt their connection or understood how they had gotten to a point so quickly where they cared so much for one another Sometimes the insta love thing can work for me if I really feel that intense connection between the characters, but with this book I only knew about it because I was told it was there I was confused about one of the characters in the book who was pretty much a straight up villain I couldn t comprehend why any of the characters in the book would feel the need to maintain a friendship with this person since she was nothing but overtly mean throughout There was some drama from the business aspect of the book, and it was interesting to see how peoples companies were intersecting I did like the way the author brought attention to Multiple Sclerosis It was interesting to see how Jessica had to deal with the physical challenges, and fear that comes along with a diagnosis that will change your life 2.5 stars overall An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review


  8. Red Cheeks Reads Red Cheeks Reads says:

    Unlikely Venture was an amazing and very informative book The author really delves into the characters and makes you feel their emotions and afflictions.After learning Jessica s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fianc bolted out of her life as if he was on fire She finds solace in her career no distractions or romantic entanglements there The heroine Jessica deals with the effects of her disease and it is almost as if you can feel the symptoms she is experiencing As someone who did Unlikely Venture was an amazing and very informative book The author really delves into the characters and makes you feel their emotions and afflictions.After learning Jessica s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fianc bolted out of her life as if he was on fire She finds solace in her career no distractions or romantic entanglements there The heroine Jessica deals with the effects of her disease and it is almost as if you can feel the symptoms she is experiencing As someone who did not know much about MS I now feel as if I have a better understanding of what someone deals with having this disease But the book doesn t solely focus on her disease, it only shows how it has effected her life and the choices she makes with regard to her love life until she decides to throw caution to the wind and take a chance on love.Three thousand miles away from home and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Jessica meets Silicon Valley rising star James Callahan and her world is instantly turned upside down Things go further awry when she encounters a ghost from the past That one night of reckless abandon is back to haunt her and the control she fought so hard to regain is now in the hands of another.James Callahan turns Jessica s life upside down in good and difficult ways Jessica has to battle her past and learn to accept the love she doesn t feel deserving of Will they make the happily ever after This book is ideal for anyone looking for a heartwarming love story and knowing the author is donating proceeds to MS research is a great thing too I give this book 4 smooches Can t wait for a re read Misty


  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and being dumped by her fianc , Jessica throws herself into a new work venture and is determined to not let her diagnosis stop her from getting ahead in her job Whilst on a business trip she literally runs into James, who co owns a new technology start up Their first meeting doesn t go that well, with Jessica angry at herself for being so clumsy and taking it out on James Fortunately, their paths cross again and they don t let the chance slip away After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and being dumped by her fianc , Jessica throws herself into a new work venture and is determined to not let her diagnosis stop her from getting ahead in her job Whilst on a business trip she literally runs into James, who co owns a new technology start up Their first meeting doesn t go that well, with Jessica angry at herself for being so clumsy and taking it out on James Fortunately, their paths cross again and they don t let the chance slip away again The problem is that there are secrets abound both on a personal and a professional level that are a serious threat to their fledgling relationship James is the type of guy that every woman wants compassionate, caring, romantic, successful and hot Jessica is completely driven and wants to live her life as fully as she can but trusting James is a big step for her after her fianc broke her heart once she told him about her diagnosis Unfortunately, Jessica has a secret about a one night stand and with a former college friend not exactly on her side then the secret is bound to out This is a fun and quirky read but with a serious undertone at times Both Jessica and James face many challenges in developing a relationship with each other but they just go to show that the work is worth it in the end


  10. DawnMarie Carpintero DawnMarie Carpintero says:

    5 StarsI was given this book for my honest reviewTrials and Tribulations we have all had to conquer them at some point in our lives As humans we cannot see into our foreseeable future but we hope that the path that we choose is the right one Within our midst of our path we have all come to those proverbial bumps in the road but what we do with them is our way of conquering them As relationships begin to form we hope to know that the hardships within the stars become a revelation within It is 5 StarsI was given this book for my honest reviewTrials and Tribulations we have all had to conquer them at some point in our lives As humans we cannot see into our foreseeable future but we hope that the path that we choose is the right one Within our midst of our path we have all come to those proverbial bumps in the road but what we do with them is our way of conquering them As relationships begin to form we hope to know that the hardships within the stars become a revelation within It is within ourselves as humans to either conqueror them or allow them to trip us up.Jessica and James s journey is one of many revelations Not to mention some volcanic eruptions in the midst Some major insights to a whole new world that many only hear about but too experience it within this amazing read will have you wanting to know so muchThe feelings alone will have you in awe.To the author You have captivated me by far in this read You have taken my world to a whole new level of understanding You have shown within your pages the struggles that one feels but at the same time shown true depth With Jessica you showed courage, fear and true of heart With James you showed forgiveness, love and wanting But with both of them you have shown hot hot sex, and just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it might not be a duck Happy Reading