ARC Review: Sex Says by Max Monroe

Release Date: February 21, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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Lola
My name is Lola Sexton, and I’m a sex addict.
Okay…that’s a lie.
Truth is, I’m a serial dater turned dating and relationship columnist for The San Francisco Times. My readers call me Sex. Sex Says.
I love my job.
I love my life.
And I hate Reed Luca.
**

Reed

My name is Reed Luca, and I’m a liar.
Ironically, that’s the truth.
I’m 31, and my occupation is…well, complicated.
My favorite kind of woman comes in all shapes and sizes, but always has a big brain.
I’ve never hated anything.
Lola Sexton hates me.
Luckily, it’s a thin line between love and hate, and with my help, pretty Lola will only be able to straddle that line for so long.

There’s something about Max Monroe’s stories that excites me. That drumbeat of energy that oozes from the characters to the readers is always something to look forward to. Sex Says and its characters were no different and damn did I love their brand of crazy. Lola Sexton is a writer for the San Francisco Times, she has a massive following of readers even since she began Sex Says – a sex, dating and relationships column. Until one bullshit-er in the name of Reed Luca made a youtube video that went viral, basically opposing her every opinion. Lola’s only goal is to call him out, little did she know that that one meeting will eventually slap her with a rude awakening. Enemies to lovers? No way, highway – Sex Says.

Lola Sexton is a unicorn, eccentric. I adored her for being so comfortable in her own skin as well as simple. Reed Luca craves and toys with human reactions, an enigma, can be overly analytic and likes living by his own rules. He has this sexy vibe that’s panty melting. Though they can be at the opposite ends of the earth sometimes, I have found that they have startling similarities. They’re both magnetic with go with the flow vigor that definitely made this story more entertaining.

Max Monroe has once again made me laugh out loud with this new sexy romantic stand alone! From the crazy banters and antics of the major characters to their sitcom like moments with the secondary characters.  Aside from the unending comedy, Sex Says was cleverly written and was an engaging read. I had plenty of takeaways from this book as well. Lessons such as not letting social expectations direct your life. Create your own rulebooks and ultimately just be you.  Love need not be conventional and you should from time to time let go of your guidelines and let love lead your heart! I loved how MM creatively enveloped these subjects into the love story and even added sprints of peculiarities that made Sex Says a fun escape from reality.

Now why not 5 stars? Somewhere along the way, I got so busy decoding the personalities of the major characters. I got lost in putting the pieces of the puzzles together. Are they a perfect pair? Do they fit? Is Reed a really good catch and match for Lola? Their overlapping strong personalities and their yoyo and yolo attitude kind of became overwhelming that I felt the romance and the chemistry didn’t translate to me as a reader in a way that’s blinding and electric. Maybe tone down the characterization a little for a more well-blended chemistry to highlight the romance and the swoon?

All in all, Sex Says had a unique flair and veers away from the usual enemies to lovers romance novels. It will lightly shake your perceptions about life, love, and relationships! Max Monroe definitely delivered fresh characters and a story line that’s one for the books. Fun, sexy and hard to put down.

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