Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Sex, not Love by Vi Keeland

sexnotloveFrom #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…

5 stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

Well shits and tits, two Keeland books in a row in one month? I gotta say, I love Keeland. And now, I have We Shouldn’t on my kindle so it looks like a Keeland kind of month. She is definitely one of my top auto buy authors. She just has a fun writing style, one that I never tire of that is for sure. Though there are times when things are amiss with certain tropes, I never pass up a chance to see what else she can bring to the romance porn.

Sex, not Love had an interesting synopsis. Though I have seen the ‘Friends with Benefits’ trope plenty of times, I was beyond curious to see where this one would go. And this one was definitely interesting – both entertainingly delicious and just downright hilarious. I just enjoyed it, I cannot deny that I loved Hunter and Natalia.

Natalia was relatable. She had such a guarded, reserved type personality, mostly due to her current home life, she was responsible and allowed basically the weight of everyone on her shoulders. Aside from even that though, she was just a sweet, down to earth kind of character. Though at times her push and pull towards Hunter really became semi-annoying at times, I nonetheless really enjoyed her character. She kind of had this personality where she was dependable, sweet, kind and really never spoke ill of anyone, but this also hindered her in a lot of ways. Watching her to finally get her voice heard, and actually having some secondary characters in the mix to surprisingly stick up for her as well was delightful twist. Hunter was definitely one of the characters…

And speaking of Hunter, he was a smidge of an aggressive interesting, he just had this presence about him, took a bit to get use to the fact that he was really just trying to get in Natalia’s pants – at least at the start. But surprise surprise, he actually was a sweetheart, not only did he want a little rump in the sack, but he still connected with Natalia on a more romantic, swoon kind of way. But I cannot also deny that in some points, it took a while to actually like and understand Hunter’s character. The snippets we get of his point of view are only his past, nothing of the present until much later in the book. Which also, in my opinion, worth the wait, it built a certain edge of skeetch and wonder to Hunter’s character, figuring out his ticking was exciting and yet frustrating. 

Hunter and Natalia together too was just as entertaining as their lifestyles outside of the budding relationship. Hunter really tested the limits on Natalia which was beyond fun to read, at least to me. I loved their banter, the connection and their overall dynamic. It was a fun game of cat and mouse between them. 

There were also a couple of things too that I really enjoyed, aside from the obvious romance that was a twist of enjoyment for me! There is something, or rather someone involved in Nat’s life from her past which really takes a twist into how Hunter handles his affections towards Natalia. It was a sweet additive that really made Hunter’s personality not so…. jerkish.

Overall, I am a diehard fan. Yeah, I admit there a hundred times over. I love Vi Keeland’s writing style and even I can admit that there are some that are hit and misses for me, but Sex, not Love was definitely a hit for me. I loved everything about this book. It made me swoon, cry, laugh and above all, melt off my seat. I loved the romance between Hunter and Nat. I am really excited to always read more Keeland, so here’s hoping the next one is even more better than the last! 

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