Review: Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

Posted June 5, 2024 by Jen in Contemporary Romance, Rating B, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Book cover of Not in Love by Ali HazelwoodNot in Love
Author:
Ali Hazelwood
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: B+

What I’m Talking About:

Not in Love was not an easy read for me. In fact, I had to put the book down for three weeks before I could start again. The book shares the story of Rue and Eli, two damaged souls who find happiness and love against the odds. What made it difficult for me is that Eli and his company are trying to take over the company Rue works for, one that is owned by her close friend and mentor, Florence. Right from the start, there are clear indicators that the group, especially Eli and Hark, has a personal issue with Florence, and they are working to get back at her for something. Eli keeps this from Rue, yet he pursues her with determination. I don’t like stories where one MC is actively working to bring down the other MC. So I pressed pause.

But I did start again because I adore Hazelwood’s characters and writing; she has yet to disappoint. Coming back to the book, I realized that I’d already read the worst of it, and that Rue goes into her chaotic affair with Eli knowing he’s actively trying to take over Florence’s company. She may not know why, but she’s aware it’s happening. It’s not a story of one character holding a secret over the other that will ruin everything. It’s a story about a woman who believes she’s incapable of loving someone and isn’t lovable herself. It’s a story about a man who doesn’t think he can be happy or love another in the way they deserve to be loved.

The pair have powerful chemistry. Yes, they have amazing sexual chemistry, but it’s way more. They click. Each makes the other think and feel things they haven’t before. The more time they spend together, the more they learn one another – not just about one another but how the other thinks, what they feel and what makes them feel good. They cannot stay away because their connection is so powerful and all-consuming. And I love when they stop pretending each hookup is the last one, because deep down, they know it’s something spectacular and worth defying the situation for.

Eli is kind and generous and loves Rue because of her quirks. He wants what is best for her, even if he ends up heartbroken. He’s patient, knowing Rue needs time and can’t always express her feelings. And he’s there for her when things fall apart. Seeing Rue accept his help and work out how to love Eli back is so rewarding.

In the end, I am so thankful I didn’t give up on Not in Love. It’s a delightful romance that warmed my heart. Eli and Rue are perfect for one another and I’m so happy I finished their story.

My Rating: B+
Jen

About the Book:

A forbidden, secret affair proves that all’s fair in love and science.

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 through – and he’s a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he can’t 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 business – one that plays for keeps.

Release Date: June 11, 2024
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
Standalone
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Format(s):
 paperback (400 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)

Other Stories from this Author:
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (Standalone)
Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood (The STEMinist #1) – Audiobook Review
Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood (The STEMinist #2) – Audiobook Review
Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood (The STEMinist #3) – Audiobook Review
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (Standalone)
Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood (Standalone)