Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sex, not Love by Vi Keeland





SEX, NOT LOVE
(A standalone novel)
Release date 1/15/2018
A Contemporary Romance Novel
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland


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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“You’re not going anywhere before you do two things.”
“Two things?”
“Leave your number and kiss me goodbye.”
“I…I…you haven’t brushed your teeth.”
Hunter chuckled. It felt like he could see through all of my bullshit. Reaching
over to the nightstand, he grabbed his phone and held it out to me before getting
up. “Toothpaste in the bathroom still?”
“The little one the hotel sets out.”
“I’ll brush. You type.”
While he was in the bathroom, I mulled over not typing anything into his phone.
There was no way I was keeping in touch with a man living three-thousand miles
away. A guy like him was the last thing I needed. But then I thought better of
just telling him I’d put my number in. He seemed to have figured me out pretty
quick. So instead, I typed my name and number, only I changed the last two
digits.

And it was a good thing I did, because when Hunter returned from his bathroom
trip, the first thing he did was check that I’d entered something. Luckily, he didn’t
attempt to call me. Satisfied, he tossed his phone on the bed and nodded.
“Thank you. Now kiss me.”
I could see he wasn’t going to let me leave without this. So, sacrificing to make my
plane, I pushed up on my toes and delivered a quick peck to his lips.
Mmm.... Nice and soft.
(And minty fresh.)
“Well…it was nice to meet you.” I turned to dart out the door, but Hunter grabbed
my wrist yet again.
“I said kiss me.”
“I did!”
“Kiss me the way you kissed me last night.”
Before I could even attempt to let that sink in, Hunter yanked me against him.
One of his large hands cupped the back of my neck, and he squeezed firmly to
direct my head where he wanted it. Then, his lips crashed down on mine.
The shock of feeling his mouth against mine quickly dissipated as he licked my
lips, encouraging me to open for him. His tongue dipped inside, and he groaned
as he tilted my head and deepened the kiss. The vibration of the sound traveled
between us and sent a hum through my body. Soft and gentle went out the
window after that. He grabbed a fistful of my ass, and I lifted my body up onto
his, wrapping my legs around his waist. As he backed us to the wall, a sense of
familiarity overcame me. I couldn’t remember the specifics of our previous kiss,
but I now knew deep inside what it had felt like.
My cell dropped from my hand so my fingers could tangle in his hair. Yanking on
the soft strands, I couldn’t get enough. A moan from deep inside my chest moved
through our connected mouths. Hunter pushed harder, his thick erection
pressing into the center of my open legs. He rocked as he kissed me, causing a
friction through two layers of clothing that was leading me to a place I didn’t
think it was possible to go fully dressed.

It felt like he wanted to swallow me whole, and in that moment, I would have let
him. My breasts were crushed to his chest, and a heartbeat raged out of
control—only I wasn’t sure if it was my own or his. Jesus, where does a man
learn to kiss like this?
I was breathless and stunned when our kiss broke. Hunter sucked on my bottom
lip, tugging it before releasing my mouth.
His voice was strained. “Change your flight. We’re not done here.”
I swallowed, trying to gain some composure. “I can’t.” My voice was barely a
whisper. It was all I could muster.
“Can’t or don’t want to?”




Y'all. I officially have a new book boyfriend. Hunter Delucia is MINE. I'm not sharing him, he's all mine. With every Vi Keeland release I have a new favorite book from her. She always finds a way to top her last release and Sex, not Love was no exception. I was hooked from the first page and was all consumed until I finished it. I devoured this book the same was Hunter devoured Natalia every time he looked at her. 

Sex, not Love is the story of Natalia and Hunter.  Natalia's best friend, Anna, is marrying Hunter's best friend, Derek. Natalia and Hunter's first meeting cracked me up. I knew instantly that I was going to fall in love with both of them. 

Nat has sworn off all relationships. She got burned really bad by her ex and refuses to make the same mistake twice. Nat sticks to boring men that she knows she'll never have feelings for. I really liked Nat. After everything she had been through, she persevered and has made the best of her life. Vi know's how to write a great female heroine. You can easily connect with them and feel every emotion they feel. There were times my heart hurt for Natalia, I felt her pain. I also swooned and laughed right along with her.  

Hunter Delucia is hands down my favorite male character that Vi Keeland has ever written. He's brass, sassy, sexy, and completely swoon worthy. I swooned HARD over him. Hunter doesn't do relationships either. He's had one serious girlfriend and none sense. He's more of a date around kind of guy. You could say he's kind of a man whore. Vi did a fantastic job of slowly revealing details about Hunter's life. Getting his back story really helped with understanding why he is the way he is. She flawlessly flashed back and forth from past to present allowing the book to flow seamlessly. 

Natalia and Hunter's relationship or lack there of is a slow burn. I loved that about it. There was no instant love here. The build up added great depth to their agreement, only sex no love. I really enjoyed the banter back and forth between the two of them. 

We can't forget about Izzy, she plays a large part in their story. That girl cracked me up and made me flash back to my own years in high school. I loved watching her grow throughout the story. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wanted to give it five stars but the one thing holding me back was I felt there was one element that wasn't fully resolved. It seemed that there was a lot of build up with Garrett and he was a huge part of why Nat is how she is. I just wished I could have gotten a little more about the conclusion of what happened other than just a few sentences. Don't let that detour you from reading this book. Sex, not Love is a great read, one you don't want to miss. 


There are certain things that I expect from a Vi Keeland book, the most important being a 5 star read.  I expect to fall in love with the characters, drama, emotions, angst, and a great story that hooks me in and makes we just want to keep reading.  All that and more I got from this book.

I immediately loved Nat.  She is spunky, fun, and full of life.  Things have not always gone the way that she intended, but she doesn't let that down.  She gets up, brushes off the BS and just keeps on going.  I mean when you are 28 and you have had a divorce from your husband who went to prison and you are raising your step-daughter who hates you, you have to see the positive in things. 

Now Hunter is another story.  When we first meet him he is an egotistical jerk who thinks he is gods gift to women.  He has had his fill of flings, but doesn't know what he is going to get himself into.  He has sworn off love due to a situation that happened when he was younger.  Of course we know how that is going to go for him.  

We also get to see a totally different side of Hunter.  The persistent one that is willing to take a job across the US to get to know Nat.  The one that strikes up a friendship with her mother and helps show her step-daughter that little bit of attention that she needs.  

What we don't expect is to fall in love with Hunter just as much as we do Nat and want them to fall down that yellow brick road to love.  Which you know is going to happen because there is only so many pages in the book you must end with a HEA.  



  
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.

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