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…
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‘Hunter’s sex, not love. As long as you go in with that frame of mind, I bet he blows your mind.’
And, man oh man how he blows Nat Rossi’s mind AND body AND soul! But what he also unknowingly blows apart is Nat’s heart because when it comes to sex and love, it’s impossible for a girl like Nat to not fall for a guy like Hunter – one who, on the surface, is a persistent flirt…an intelligent wiseass – but he’s also a man who is beautiful, inside and out, which is why the NOT LOVE part is so difficult for Nat to maintain…and I can’t say that I blame her in the least.
For much of Hunter and Nat’s story, they dance around each other, creating quite the ‘will they or won’t they’ conundrum; every time Hunter reenters Nat’s life, he’s slowly wearing her down, making her resistance futile and their intimate time together inevitable.
But despite Hunter and Nat’s insane chemistry and how much they desire each other on a carnal level, there are variables at play that make anything more between them but hot sex impossible, and it’s those obstacles that drive up the angst factor in their story and the main reason I read this book in one setting; I NEEDED to put all of the puzzle pieces of Hunter’s backstory together because, like Nat acknowledged, it’s clear pretty early on that Hunter feels more than just lust for her but holds himself back from making any commitment or giving Nat any expectations other than what she can expect from a sexual relationship with him.
And boy does Vi Keeland make readers and Nat wait for those answers, but once they’re revealed, the picture clears and the only thing left to figure out is if there’s any hope for Hunter and Nat’s ‘sex, not love’ relationship to turn into something more…something that they both seem to want.
I really enjoyed Hunter and Nat’s story; Hunter is a fantastic hero – one with many layers that are developed as the book continues. There are specific reasons he chooses to live his life the way he does and the way Keeland explores those ideas helps readers to understand his side of things, even if we do still want to shake him.
I loved Nat; she’s a woman who has been through so much but who relentlessly works to make her life better and to protect her ex’s teenager daughter at all costs. Nat’s fears of getting her heart broken again and her leeriness of men make perfect sense due to the men in her life who let her down time and time again. She doesn’t want to fall for Hunter but there’s no stopping it once she gets to know the man behind the perverted comments and unwavering confidence.
Sex, Not Love is another great text from the creative mind of Vi Keeland, and I can’t wait to meet her next couple!
4.5 Poison Apples
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
Other books from Vi Keeland
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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You
Made for You