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-blowi
ng 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…
Sex, Not Love is a book that reminds us to live life to the fullest, to take a chance even if it means making yourself vulnerable, to not dwell on the possible bad but to focus on the good and to love with no regrets. Seems like this one gets deep doesn’t it, well in a way it does but as always Ms. Keeland is able to balance the message she wants her readers to learn perfectly with moments of angst, humor, and sexiness.
Hunter and Nat from the start you can almost physically feel the sexual tension flowing out of your kindle. They are opposites but at the same time similar in so many ways. Both are sarcastic, smart asses and strong willed, but there is so much more to both as well. The way that Hunter doesn’t give up chasing Nat down made me wish it was me he was chasing but then again I sure wouldn’t have ran away I would be running towards his sexiness.
Nat has serious trust issues, and rightfully so after what she has gone through as well as the added responsibility of raising her stepdaughter who is anything but pleasant at times. It was almost inevitable that she wouldn’t be able to hold Hunter at arm’s length and I am glad that even when he screws up that when she finds out the whole story that she proves she is strong enough to be by his side even if he is trying to protect her. I will admit it did take me a bit to warm up to Nat but once I did I really loved her.
Hunter has experienced loss, his older brother passed away when Hunter was a teenager and the reason why on top of a case of love that just can’t happen (when you read the book you will understand) is unfortunately the catalyst that makes Hunter not want a relationship with anyone. No feelings. Just sex and that worked fine until Nat. I loved Hunter throughout the book, my heart book ached and raced for him. I don’t know if I would have done it differently if I was in his position.
Sex, Not Love really is everything I described above and so much more. I love the way that Ms. Keeland is able to hook you into her books and make you feel like you are a part of the story as well. Sex, Not Love is a must read and needs to be at the top of your TBR lists!