Date of publication: April 30th, 2019
Can this skeptical player let down his guard long enough to let love into his life, or is this forbidden romance a train wreck in the making?
Ryan James doesn’t believe in love.
It’s a truth he learned early in life. A truth he carried with him into adulthood. He broke his golden rule one time, but Myndi trampled all over his heart, cementing his belief that love is a lie and not worth the effort.
Now he’s returned to his cynical views and promiscuous lifestyle, racking up more notches on his bedpost than he can count.
Until Summer Petersen comes crashing into his world, threatening to knock down his walls with her tempting body and sunny, sweet personality.
Summer is determined to lose her V-card before she starts freshman year of college, and the hot, older guy with the cute dimples, dazzling smile, and rippling biceps is just the man for the job. Ryan doesn’t take much persuading, and he rocks her world, giving her a night to remember.
When they walk away, there’s an unspoken agreement it was a one-time thing. Ryan doesn’t do feelings, and Summer doesn’t want to be tied down at eighteen.
But when she moves into her brother Austin’s apartment, she’s shocked to discover her new roomie is the guy who recently popped her cherry.
Ryan can’t believe he slept with Austin’s baby sister, and if he finds out, he’ll literally kill him. Keeping their hook up a secret is nonnegotiable. Keeping his thoughts, and his hands, off Summer, less so. Because the longer he’s around her, the more he finds himself catching feelings for the gorgeous brunette.
Summer doesn’t want to care for her older brother’s best friend, but Ryan makes her feel things she’s never felt before, and she’s slowly falling under his spell.
Embarking on an illicit affair behind Austin’s back has train wreck written all over it, but provided they keep their feelings in check, they can end this before he ever finds out.
It’s not like either of them is in love.
When I read the blurb for No Feelings Involved, my first reaction to it was “This is going to be a drama fest.” With an eighteen-year-old female main character and a twenty-something male main character, I figured that it would be arguing, sex, more arguing and more sex. Then I started reading the book, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When I first started reading No Feelings Involved, I did think that the plot was going to focus more on sex than on an actual storyline. The beginning didn’t help what I thought either. Summer ison a quest for someone to pop her cherry only reinforced those thoughts. But, as the book went on, the focus was less on the sex and more on Summer and Ryan’s relationship. I couldn’t get enough of it.
There weren’t any dropped/missing storylines. All the storylines were wrapped up by the end of the book— even the ones I weren’t expecting to be wrapped up. There was also zero lag in the book.
There weren’t any major plot twists in No Feelings Involved. There were a couple of minor ones that happened at the end of the book (involving Ryan and Myndi). I should consider those major.It explained why Ryan acted the way he acted with Summer after what happened.
I liked Summer, but she made me wince a couple of times at the beginning of the book. I thought that she was a little too honest with her parents and brothers. Other than that, she was fine. I did like that she was mature for her age. I don’t think I could have handled it if she had been one of those clingy main characters.
I did think that Ryan was a creeper at the beginning of the book. I mean, he knew Summer was young and still went from it. But, the more I got into the book, the more I liked him. He had been hurt so bad by Myndi. It wasn’t until the party that I even began to understand how badly he was hurt. But, it wasn’t until the end of the book, that I realized what she did and how it affected him.
There were a few characters that I didn’t like. Myndi, for what she did to Ryan and then letting people think what they did. I was so angry at her that I wanted her to be real so that I could smack her. Jordan was on my list because of how he acted. I did have a clue with him, though. Hannah because of how she acted after she found out about Jordan. Some friend she was. Pfft!! Charlie and Austin because, well, they were idiots. I understand being protective but man, but they were over the top.
No Feelings Involved was a fantastic fit in the romance genre. There was no Instalove, thank god for that. Summer and Ryan started as InstaLust. That leads to feelings. Ryan’s speech towards the end of the book had me in tears.
Ryan and Summer’s sex scenes were amazing. The sexual attraction and chemistry that those two had were off the wall. The first sex scene was awkward for me because of why Summer wanted to have sex. The author did redeem herself, though, with the other sex scenes. They were insanely hot. I had to fan myself a few times while reading.
The end of No Feelings Involved was excellent. I liked that the author had a few epilogues. I shed happy tears during the last one.
I have No Feelings Involved an Adult rating. There was explicit sex. There was language. There was violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread No Feelings Involved. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**