Book Review: Not Looking for Love by Lena Bourne

nlfl***This is the first installment of a 5-part steamy New Adult romance, Not Looking For Love, serial. The FINAL episode is available now–> bit.ly/NLFLepisode5***

Sometimes, what you want is not really what you need.

Gail is only twenty-two years old and her mom is dying. Not just dying, she will be dead in a few days, if the doctors are to be trusted, and Gail is certain she herself won’t survive that. After a run in with Scott, the hot gardener from next door, Gail begins to see him as the perfect distraction from her unbearable life. It’s not love Gail wants. She just wants to feel good with someone who makes her forget, if only for a little while, and Scott fits that description perfectly.

Scott just got back into town and he’s still trying to get his life back together. He already has more problems and regrets than he can ever hope to live with, and the last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who is clearly a little unsettled, if not downright insane. But the fact that Gail is very attractive and keeps throwing herself at him makes it impossible to keep sending her away. Which he should, for Gail’s sake more than his own.

Warning: This book is intended for people 18 years and older, since it contains hot, explicit sex between consenting adults, and all the bad words associated with it.

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This book left me with a lot of questions – which it should as it’s episodic and delivered to the reader every few weeks in short, manageable bites.

Gail’s world is crumbling around her. Her mother has only days or weeks to live and is wasting away, unable to get out of bed. Gail’s emotional turmoil is very apparent and there were times when I really felt for her.

Scott seems sweet and caring, though at this stage I don’t really know what to make of him. Throughout the book it becomes apparent that he has secrets – what these are remains to be seen and I’m sure all will be revealed as the series progresses.

The author does a great job taking us on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as Gail struggles to deal with the imminent loss of her mother. The overall feeling throughout the book is dark and hopeless which, considering Gail’s circumstances, it should be. However, as much as I wanted to like Gail – I couldn’t. This is problematic, because as much as I sympathize with what she’s going through, the way she behaves toward Scott really irked me and I found myself really disliking her. She’s rude, out of line and her behavior crosses the border of over the top. Also, I feel that although emotion throughout is high, there were areas where this dipped. The romantic encounters, for example, could’ve had more tension in them. That being said, the chemistry between Scott and Gail, certainly at the start, hit the nail on the head and I feel the series could go on to become great, especially if Gail’s behavior toward Scott settles down.

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