Sex, Not Love
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From #1 New York Times Bestseller Vi Keeland, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Love. This. Book.
Love. This. Book.
I feel like a broken record in my Vi reviews so I'm gonna keep it short (because, really, I can't elaborate on how spectacular this book is), but every single book of hers is pure gold. The story is enthralling, the characters are smart and realistic, the chemistry and sexual tension are off the charts, and I'm always dying to read her next book.
This one had a couple of interesting elements in the form of a step-daughter and a mysterious event from the past, but I felt they added so much to the story. I just loved every word.
If you like contemporary romances, or if you've never read one, or if you're looking for a new author to try, THIS is your book.
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Hunter is one fine specimen!
The heart knows what the heart desires. No amount of fake numbers and miles between two souls will deter love from embedding in one’s heart. In Vi Keeland’s newest standalone, I couldn’t get enough of Sex, Not Love. We are blessed with this #1 NY Times bestseller author’s talented words and a story that will have you escaping reality for hours.
At a glance across the aisle at their friends wedding, an intense attraction pulls Natalia Rossi and Hunter Deluca together. Nat can spot a cocky, arrogant man and Hunter is a prime example of a sexy bad boy, but weddings are for hooking up and moving on, no strings… right?
“A guy like him was the last thing I needed.”
Hunter however, seemingly wants more and after countless times at playing hardball, he's in town for work and has her back against the door. He’s only asking for Sex, Not Love; what’s the harm?
Hunter is one fine specimen! He was insanely hot and the way he pursued her was very attractive and possessive in a way. But when he opened his mouth to spout sinful words to Nat, I think the pages steamed and fanning myself wasn’t enough.
“Okay… and we’d spend time together outside of the bedroom, too?”
“Of course. I’ll always make sure you eat before I eat you.”
Vi Keeland’s writing is flawless, providing a beautiful story laid out before you and two characters who are so right for each other, becoming more than just friends, makes this a great weekend read. She always keeps me coming back for more. I can’t wait to see what is next from Vi.
Loved this Book…Sexy, Sweet and Sassy!
I was reading another book that really wasn’t great when “Sex Not Love” downloaded. I have over 25 other unread books out of 1800 on my iPad, but this was really caught my eye. I started it just to see if I’d like it and four hours later, I am writing this review. Thankfully I have off today for the MLK holiday or I might have had to call in sick because I couldn't stop reading it!
I read at least four books a week so when I leave a five-star review, it is only because I feel it is truly deserving and hits all the marks. “Sex Not Love” is funny, sexy, heartfelt, original, and focused on family, loyalty, and friendships. In order for me to give a five star review, I really need to admire the hero and heroine and Hunter and Natalie did not disappoint. I really liked that they weren’t in their young 20s and that he wasn’t a “billionaire.” So many books today have the male lead a billionaire which is highly unlikely in real life. I prefer the hero to be successful, smart, handsome, caring, educated and a gentleman, and Hunter delivers on all accounts. Plus he is smoking hot, has a great sense of humor, and never gives up fighting for the woman he loves. It may have taken him along time to admit his feelings, but they were evident throughout the book and it was so worth it in the end.
Both Hunter and Natalie have been through a lot of heartache and stress, and I really admire Natalie for being so forthcoming with him right from the beginning. I like that she too is smart, educated, sassy, and protective of her heart. I love how she was strong after her marriage ended, how she cares for her step-daughter, Izzy, and how their relationship evolved, and her relationship with her Italian mom and sisters. I also liked how Hunter and Natalie had the same set of friends, and how they valued those relationships and were there for each other.
Hunter’s backstory, told through chapters from the past, makes you feel all of his pain and understand why he is afraid of commitment. While many romance books today have a broken hero, his story really hit home and as a reader, you routed for him all of the way. I also loved how caring and considerate he was to Izzy and Natalie’s mom…..cracked me up that he started talking to Natalie’s mom when she gave him a wrong phone number. Another thing I liked about the book was how you got to know both characters through their professional life, she was a therapist and he was a successful architectural engineer.
As a reader, you have many questions as you progress through a book, and all of mine were answered. Nothing is more frustrating when you read a book and it ends and you want to know more! I would love to have an extended epilogue of this book and see where they are a few years from now after Izzy graduates from college and Hunter and Natalie hopefully are parents of a toddler or two (hint, hint)!
I have read and enjoyed other books that I enjoyed by Vi Keeland such as Boss Man, Beautiful Mistake, but “Sex Not Love” was my favorite. Great read. Absolutely recommend.