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Not in Love af Ali Hazelwood
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Not in Love (udgave 2024)

af Ali Hazelwood (Forfatter)

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Fiction. Romance. HTML:An Indie Next and a Hall of Fame LibraryReads Pick!
A forbidden, secret affair proves that alls fair in love and sciencefrom New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood.

Rue Siebert might not have it all, but she has enough: a few friends she can always count on, the financial stability she yearned for as a kid, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, one of the most promising start-ups in the field of food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-fought. Until a hostile takeover and its offensively attractive front man threatens to bring it all crumbling down.
Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, period. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal throughand hes a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he cant stop thinking about. The woman who's off-limits to him.
Torn between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution out the lab and the boardroom windows. Their affair is secret, no-strings-attached, and has a built-in deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is risky businessone that plays for keeps.
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Medlem:CatNook
Titel:Not in Love
Forfattere:Ali Hazelwood (Forfatter)
Info:Berkley (2024), 394 pages
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Ali tells us before the book starts that this book is different from her other books. I've read so many romance novels in my life with sex scenes that I decided to listen for the romance and the story. I would have stopped listening, but I was doing chores outside and needed something easy to listen to and didn't want to start something new when I couldn't really concentrate.

This story revolves around Rue and Eli. There's very little plot; in fact, I would put this novel in the erotica genre because it's mostly sex or talking about sex. You get Rue's POV and then Eli's POV. They both use an app where you can hook up for sex. Rue doesn't see people more than once. Fate intervenes because the night they are supposed to hook up, Rue's brother shows up. He isn't a nice guy, so Eli makes sure that Rue gets home safely, ruining their sex night. Come to find out, he is part of an investment group that is buying the company Rue works for. Rue, a scientist, wants to create a way to make food last longer because of her own hungry childhood. She hates that an investment group is trying to buy the company from one of her best friends. She absolutely cannot be with Eli. She feels that Eli's company has no morals and just gobbles up companies without care.

Fate wants them together. They discover that they are thrown together all the time. They run in the same circles, knowing some of the same people and have similar histories. Weird that they haven't met before. Like Eli says, they were bound to meet at some point; there's no way they were ever to be a one night only. Their "thing" involves telling each other something bad about themselves. It's their truths that they don't share with other people; it connects them. Then, they have sex. She has rules that he abides by, but she discovers that only Eli can show her that she just hasn't been with the right man.

Eventually, their professional and sex lives will have to intersect, as Rue breaks her rule of "no repeats" and learns that she likes being with Eli. You can easily guess what the ending will be concerning the companies without exercising any brain cells. Essentially, the plot could have been told in less than 75 pages and there's no romance. I honestly don't care if sex is described in a book, but this book was almost exclusively sex scenes. Eli and Rue like sex talk and creativity. I rolled my eyes a lot and just couldn't care about either character. I didn't think they had a lot of chemistry. It was dirty talk and sex. Yawn. Eye roll. With neither romance or plot, this novel should be passed over--unless you like the erotica genre. Then, go for it! ( )
  acargile | Jul 17, 2024 |
Terrible. The only reason I finished the book was because of the Once Upon a Book Club contest, I need to read a book with a character in STEM and this qualified. But I disliked the main characters and just way too many sex scenes. I didn't think there was a build up and I could've really cared less what happened between these two. I would've DNF'd this if it wasn't for the contest thing. Luckily, it was audiobook, so I just sped it up. And low and behold, everything worked out and these two people ended up in a relationship. They could've fallen off a bridge for all I cared. Very disappointing! ( )
  Mav-n-Libby | Jul 2, 2024 |
I kinda sorta loved this. I am not sure what happened in Ali's life in the past year, but whatever it was it led her to deliver a much more grown-up book than she has ever delivered. Here we have characters who are broken for real reasons, who are likely neurodivergent, who come from a host of different backgrounds, who kick ass at work, ache, laugh, care for their friends, have great mildly kinky sex, and who deal with it when things don't go their way rather than digging in their heels and resenting when things are not fair.

Rue and Eli are complicated, smart, fundamentally decent, and very sexy. I would love some more backstory on assorted friends and on Eli's sister (who better be at the center of the next book along with Hart -- I love an age-gap romance looped with a brother's best friend situation!) I had started to worry Hazelwood was going to keep giving us the same premise, a premise that she writes well, but was getting a little played out. To my surprise and delight she mixed it up. A 4.5 that I liked so much I decided to forgive the awkward legal language (in part because at least the understanding of shop rights, a fairly esoteric patent ownership rule that was at the heart of this story, was largely correct.) I am also forgiving that the lawyer/friend has the same name as a well-known legal tech product and the fact that one character has an ex named "Hart" and a husband named "Sol." I hate cute and deplore puns so that is a lot to forgive. That is how you know I was a fan. ( )
  Narshkite | Jun 27, 2024 |
Rue meets Eli through an app for casual hookups. Imagine her surprise when she sees him at work the next day, as part of the financial team that's trying to take over the biotech company she works for. They're on opposite sides, but the attraction between them is primal and powerful. Is hooking up with the enemy a betrayal of her boss and friend? Is she going to do it anyway? (Yes.)

This is the first of Hazelwood's Women in STEM romances that has just not worked for me. She's upped the level of spice, and maybe it's just more than I want in a romance, but it felt like it was at the expense of plot and character development. I wanted to get to what was going on with the biotech company and who was hiding what, not yet another sex scene in Eli's office. I wanted to know more about Rue's brother, but he just seemed to be a prop so Eli could rescue Rue, not once, but three times. I was a little bit bored and irritated, and perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for a spicy romance, but I may not jump so quickly at Hazelwood's future books, since I found this one so lackluster. ( )
1 stem foggidawn | Jun 26, 2024 |
Not in Love

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’ve liked the author’s previous works.

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: CC Public Library
Dates Read: 6/11/24 - 6/14/24
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Narrator(s):

The Characters:

Rue Siebert:
Eli Killgore:
Eli’s friends, Rue’s BFF

The Story:
I’m not gonna lie, I struggled with the beginning of this. I’m not sure why I usually instantly fall in love with Ms. Hazelwood’s books. Things did pick up for me when I realized I was a) listening at a speed that was too slow and 2) steamy things started happening. By about a third of the way into the story I was properly hooked and never saw the end coming. I’m glad all worked out for Rue and Eli. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Jun 24, 2024 |
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Fiction. Romance. HTML:An Indie Next and a Hall of Fame LibraryReads Pick!
A forbidden, secret affair proves that alls fair in love and sciencefrom New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood.

Rue Siebert might not have it all, but she has enough: a few friends she can always count on, the financial stability she yearned for as a kid, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, one of the most promising start-ups in the field of food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-fought. Until a hostile takeover and its offensively attractive front man threatens to bring it all crumbling down.
Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, period. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal throughand hes a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he cant stop thinking about. The woman who's off-limits to him.
Torn between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution out the lab and the boardroom windows. Their affair is secret, no-strings-attached, and has a built-in deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is risky businessone that plays for keeps.

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