Review: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

Posted January 24, 2018 by Mallory in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  Sex, Not Love by Vi KeelandSex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
Published by C. Scott Publishing Corp. on January 15th 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Format: E-Book
Source: Personal Copy
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four-half-stars

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…

Also by this author: Mister Moneybags

She does it again!  Vi Keeland has created another sweet, sexy, and altogether unexpected romance in her latest novel Sex, Not Love.  Once again I laughed, I cried and swooned aplenty over Keeland’s latest read focusing on Nat, a New York behavioral therapist, and Hunter, her architect “friend” from California.  

Have some chilled wine at the ready because the first three chapters of this book were HOT! Natalia Rossi is recently divorced and looking for a one-night-stand at her best friend’s wedding, where sparks fly between her and groomsman Hunter Delucia.   Have a thing for a guy who knows we what he wants? That’s Hunter – and he pursued Nat wholeheartedly with nothing held back.  Their story slowly unfolded over the course of a year. The two first meet at the wedding where Nat gives him a fake phone number, and they eventually reconnect when Hunter accepts a temporary job assignment in New York.

what i loved…

One aspect I always appreciate in Vi Keeland’s books is the somewhat unusual plot twists.  There were some unconventional characters – like Nat’s ex-husband and his daughter – that provided plenty of opportunities for interesting story complications.  The book avoided simple and conventional tropes, with a plot twist near the end that had me alternating between happy tears and frustration.  Be warned that there are some serious topics in Sex, Not Love, and while the characters were utterly charming, be aware that this isn’t quite the romantic comedy that you may be looking for.

All of the characters were extremely well done, but Hunter was by far my favorite.  He’s overly confident and self assured, with a huge ego.  And don’t think less of me for it – but he absolutely charmed the pants off me.  Maybe it was because his friends vouched for him, or that he was constantly there offering Nat much needed emotional support, but I just couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

Hunter starts out as a glorified frat boy. However, we learn much more about him as the story builds through a series of flashbacks about his college days.  Hunter’s arrogant, but humble as all ge-up. He’s obnoxiously perverted yet charming at the same time.  Basically, the man was a walking enigma and was borderline inappropriate on the regular.

the only drawback…

The only aspect I was only “eh” on was Hunter’s flashbacks.  I wasn’t quite sure where these were going until near the end of the book.  I understand they built to the book’s grand finale, but I’m still scratching my head as to if they were actually necessary.  There was a TON going on with the plot and the flashbacks occasionally made the storyline feel a little crowded.  

four-half-stars

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