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Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

Romance

Not in Love

by Ali Hazelwood

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Quick take

A forbidden romance between rival food scientists takes center stage in Ali Hazelwood’s latest hot and steamy dish.

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    Multiple viewpoints

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    Forbidden love

  • Illustrated icon, Enemies_to_Love

    Enemies to Lovers

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    Extra Spicy

Synopsis

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.

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Not in Love

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SIMPLE ENOUGH

RUE

Ladies, this is a genuine, nonrhetorical question: How do the two of you survive in the real world?”

I stared at Nyota’s contemptuous expression, reflecting on the unique brand of humiliation that came with having one’s best friend’s little sister (who’d been repeatedly rebuffed when attempting to enter the backyard tree house; who’d publicly feasted on a booger at Christmas 2009; who’d been caught ­French-kissing a clementine in the linen closet a few short months later) question one’s ability to carry out a productive existence.

Then again, back in the day, Tisha and I had been three whole years older than her, and we’d harbored a clearly misplaced superiority complex. We knew better now that little Nyota was ­twenty-four, a law school prodigy, and a newly minted bankruptcy lawyer whose billable hours were worth more than my tragically high car insurance premium. To add insult to injury, I followed her on Instagram, which was how I knew she could­ bench-press more than her weight, looked incredible in a monokini, and regularly baked onion rosemary focaccia from scratch.

In a powerful flex whose brilliance kept me awake at night, Nyota had never followed me back.

“You know us,” I said, choosing honesty over pride. Tisha and I were holed up inside my closet-​­sized office at Kline, FaceTiming someone who’d probably never even saved our phone numbers. Dignity was the least of our worries. “We are barely hanging on.”

“Can you just answer the question?” Tisha bristled. As humbling as this was for me, it had to be much worse for her. Nyota was her sister, after all.

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Why I love it

Let me level with you. When I first read The Love Hypothesis, it was a reading experience unlike any I’d had before. Something about Ali Hazelwood’s writing has the power to turn me into a giddy, giggling fool—in public, no less. So, when I tell you that Not In Love is Ali Hazelwood at her most Ali Hazelwood, know that it’s worth any and all embarrassing looks your animated reading might elicit.

We enter the world of our biotech engineer heroine, Rue, when the food science start-up she works for is being eyed for purchase by a large financial company. The sale is a threat to the career Rue has worked all her life. But Eli, the man behind it all, will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Rue and Eli are clear antagonists, but soon discover they are helpless to ignore the overwhelming attraction they harbor for each other. Despite their warring career ambitions, the two dive head-first into a risky, but purely physical, affair. It’s a tale of forbidden romance, obsession, and the highest of stakes.

Not In Love is a story you’ll be as addicted to as Rue and Eli are each other. Full of sizzling chemistry and sweet vulnerability, this book has it all. It would be a mistake to miss out on all the steamy entertainment.

Other books by Ali Hazelwood

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Yours Truly
One-Star Romance
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Happily Never After
The Paradise Problem
The Love of My Afterlife
Not in Love
The Rom-Commers
Butcher & Blackbird
The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love
Ready or Not
Just for the Summer
How to End a Love Story
The Second Chance Year
A Winter in New York
This Spells Love
The Gentleman’s Gambit
Red, White & Royal Blue
You, Again
Love, Theoretically
People We Meet on Vacation
Hello Stranger
Stars in Your Eyes
Part of Your World
Love & Other Disasters
Georgie, All Along
It Ends with Us
The Heart Principle
The True Love Experiment
A Rogue of One's Own
The Holiday Swap
The Bodyguard
The Love Hypothesis
One Last Stop
The Bride Test
Love on the Brain
Head Over Heels
The Reunion
This Time Next Year
The Kiss Quotient
One Day in December
Things You Save in a Fire
Lunar Love
Bringing Down the Duke
Ana María and the Fox
Beach Read
Before I Let Go
The Boyfriend Project
How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days
The Heiress Gets a Duke
The Rewind
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Yours Truly
One-Star Romance
Leather & Lark
Happily Never After
The Paradise Problem
The Love of My Afterlife
Not in Love
The Rom-Commers
Butcher & Blackbird
The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love
Ready or Not
Just for the Summer
How to End a Love Story
The Second Chance Year
A Winter in New York
This Spells Love
The Gentleman’s Gambit
Red, White & Royal Blue
You, Again
Love, Theoretically
People We Meet on Vacation
Hello Stranger
Stars in Your Eyes
Part of Your World
Love & Other Disasters
Georgie, All Along
It Ends with Us
The Heart Principle
The True Love Experiment
A Rogue of One's Own
The Holiday Swap
The Bodyguard
The Love Hypothesis
One Last Stop
The Bride Test
Love on the Brain
Head Over Heels
The Reunion
This Time Next Year
The Kiss Quotient
One Day in December
Things You Save in a Fire
Lunar Love
Bringing Down the Duke
Ana María and the Fox
Beach Read
Before I Let Go
The Boyfriend Project
How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days
The Heiress Gets a Duke
The Rewind
In a Holidaze
The Kiss Curse
Kiss Her Once for Me