General Fiction > Chick-Lit > Contemporary
Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.
So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.
What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?
Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?
…I think Sarra Manning and I are going to be good friends. *beams happily*
Oh, I read romance, sure. But not this thick. And definitely not this author. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me has been sitting on my shelf for two years now, and I want to smack myself senseless on why I bother just now to pick it up. It was highly entertaining! Yeah, Neve‘s obsession on her weight was annoying, but it was irrelevant to me. What I love the most is how Manning portrayed Max. Absolutely delicious, that one was. 😀
End of Chapter Two. I was already swooning with delight. Man, does Manning really writes like this? It was addicting. But then, Max flopped the swoon. How? He doesn’t know Neve’s name. To think that he was all sweet and mesmerizing to Neve. Ha! Now that was fun. Absolutely hilarious. 🙂
I love Celia, Neve’s sister. She’s very supportive and very attached to Neve. I liked that there wasn’t any sibling rivalry between them, considering Neve has weight problems, and Celia has no issues with her body (or beauty) at all.
The verbal sparring between Neve and Max were amusing and most times, hot. You know? There’s something about two intelligent people who cannot see how right they are for each other, because they are two busy thinking on the reasons on why they should not be together. That’s Neve and Max. I should be irritated with that, but surprisingly, I was not. It even added to the swoon factor! Ah, must be the love bug this February, hitting my inner romantic. 🙂
It would not do you any good if you cross out this book just because of it’s too ‘chick-lit’ cover. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is endearing, charming, and fetching read. It was not perfect by my ‘contemporary’ standard, but the ‘lovey-dovey’ feel it gave last Valentines? So worth it!
#10 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sarra Manning
Paperback, 555 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Corgi Books