Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sex, Not Love ~ 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…

"Life wasn't about the news - it was about the first person you wanted to tell that news to."

Hunter Delucia....Yummy! I absolutely loved Hunter. He's a sexy, smart architect with a dirty mouth. Total swoon. He is sex. While I may not have agreed with his original proposal, I did respect his honesty. But, since he was thinking of and chasing after Natalia for almost a year, I think he knew there was more there. Unfortunately, Hunter couldn't get past his baggage. 

I adored Natalia too. Especially after I read about her history and all that she had been through. A lesser woman would have left certain things behind, but she stayed and made a difference. Her backstory also helped be understand why she was so skeptical of men and dating. I mean, she had an itch that needed to be scratched, but the men, but commitment wasn't on her list.

These two sizzle and burn up the pages. Super hot and a bit emotional. There were some hard decisions to make and at times I wanted to slap Hunter for his. Those choices made my heart ache and I felt for all that were being effected by them. 

I really enjoyed this book, but I was bummed I didn't get more towards the end. I felt that there was a lot of back history (which is needed to see why the characters are the way they are), but not enough for me at the end. I wanted more. There was an abruptness to it that I wished would have been drawn out a bit more. I mean, who would not want more Hunter and Natalia?! 

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