Book Review: Vi Keeland – “Sex, not Love”

9. September 2020
Book Review "Sex, not love" by Vi Keeland

I bought this book about two years ago and since then it has been lying quietly on my TBR. Since I decided to finally take my TBR down a bit, it was finally time for “Sex, not Love”. And what can I say? It was worth it! Although Vi Keeland is one of my favorite authors, I have absolutely no idea why I did not read this book sooner. Before I start with my short book review, here is the blurb (Link to the book on Goodreads):

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…

Well, this story was definitely a 5 star read for me. It is a standalone (and quite sexy, I might add) contemporary romance novel, that doesn’t disappoint. Hunter and Valentina have such a great chemistry from the beginning. I had so much fun reading their story, but the author is definitely taking her time before things get really exciting. It almost feels like a slowburner (not the Mariana Zapata kind of slowburn, but not to bad either).

Although the title suggests otherwise, this book runs pretty deep and covers some heavy and heartbreaking moments in the past of both of our protagonists. But anyway, you can assume that there is another sweet HEA in sight which makes this book a really entertaining read that I can highly recommend to you.

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