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by Sarah Manning
Released: 3 February 2011
Published by Corgi
“What do you get when you put one insecure formerly fat girl and a charming playboy with an adorable dog together? Hilarity, a few bad decisions and a bit of heartbreak” ~ Under the Covers
Neve Slater has been preparing for the day William will return from LA for three years. In that three years Neve has lost half her body weight and toned up, although she is still no where near her coveted size 10. But, the one thing that Neve still needs to gain if she is going to seduce William with her new trimmer body is some experience, something that she is sadly lacking. Max is the perfect person to experiment with, sexy, charismatic, but ultimately shallow man slut he may be, but she only needs him for a few months before William comes back from L.A., after all, it’s not like she will fall in love with him…right?
What do you get when you put one insecure formerly fat girl and a charming playboy with an adorable dog together? Hilarity, a few bad decisions and a bit of heartbreak, all of which came together and created You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, which was a very entertaining and enjoyable read.
This book can cross the line a little bit from contemporary romance to chick lit, but only barely as although it was more about Neve developing and changing, it was mostly focused on her love life. But Neve’s development was part of what I loved about this book, she wasn’t perfect and she made some questionable decisions, but that only made me like her more, even when I wanted to shake her. I loved watching Neve develop from insecure, slightly shallow and very lonely to someone with more confidence in herself and in what she wants.
In this book Neve almost had two relationships, one with the untouchable and perfect William and then with Max, the supposedly shallow but sexy ‘pretend’ boyfriend. The relationship with William is mostly just Neve’s cerebral daydreams about what she thinks she wants and what she hopes will happen when Williams gets back from L.A., where as Max is the complete opposite, they have nothing in common but their mutual attraction and are definitely more physical. I am pretty sure you can guess what happens in this book from the blurb just like I did, but that doesn’t make the journey any less interesting and enjoyable to read.
I really liked this book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was funny, romantic and insightful, I will definitely be reading more Sarah Manning in the future.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?