Review: Sex Says by Max Monroe

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Blurb

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Max Monroe comes a new standalone romantic comedy.
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.
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Review

Lola Sexton says she loathes Reed Luca.

She also says that his merry-go-round of crazy is not a place she wants to be.

She explains as well that her dating and relationship column is meant to spice up her readers’ lives, seeing it as a “sexed up, adult game” for all single women and men.

Reed Luca is obsessed with human behavior, and because his perspective is quite different than most, he uses his gift of telling lies and inciting reactions in order to test people’s will and their innate reactions to specific situations.

Reed freely expresses his opinions, regardless of who he offends, but when a certain San Francisco Times columnist calls him out for his judgmental view of her latest article, they find themselves going head-to-head with one another, which keeps them both on their toes and makes them take an honest look at what they believe about life and love.

Soon enough, Sex Says and Reed This find themselves on opposite ends when it comes to their written perspectives, but in real life, they actually enjoying hanging out together and freely talking about what they think and how they feel. And slowly, Lola goes from loathing Reed to wanting him around her at all times, finally realizing that their opposite attributes complement one another more than they would have ever thought possible.

But before Lola and Reed can have their happily ever after as defined by their eccentric and quirky ways, the idea of expectations and non-conventionalism need to be discussed, and because of how Reed has chosen to live his life up until this point, he’s the one who needs to take a look at what he truly believes in and what he’s willing to lose by being stuck in his ways out of comfort and/or fear.    

It’s always exciting when authors introduce readers to a new series with different characters, story lines, and ideas. Max Monroe’s Billionaire Bad Boys series was hilarious and sexy, and they continue to integrate those aspects of their storytelling in Sex Says while adding a set of characters with unique personalities and crazy antics that differ quite a bit from their previous heroes and heroines.

Lola and Reed are definitely one of a kind characters who use their intelligence, quirkiness and natural confidence to run each other and those around them through their paces, never knowing what to expect or what to believe as their inquisitive minds and existential views offer a variety of perspectives on life’s daily lessons.

I really enjoyed Sex Says; it’s unique, entertaining, as well as thought provoking. Both Lola and Reed are comfortable in their own skin and while others may view them as abnormal and/or weird, I see them as two people who embrace their beliefs and look to shake up the normalcy of life in life changing ways.

At first, readers may think that there’s no way that Lola and Reed can build a strong relationship when they’re so different from each other. But that’s why they work…that’s why they add so much to one another’s life because they’re not afraid to live…to make mistakes…to not know everything and learn as they go and the biggest lessons they learn are about themselves and the value and meaning of having someone to lean on and to learn from and it’s clear throughout the entire story that both Lola and Reed have much to learn as long as they’re willing to do the work and change their ways when it’s clear it’s not conducive to making things work between them.

Lola and Reed’s story is quirky, sexy, and humorous, and it has a great cast of secondary characters who shed light on them in ways that no one else can. What I would have liked a bit more of, though, was perspective into why Reed is the way he is, believing what he does and acting the way that he does when it comes to jobs and expectations, but not having that insight didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book; it’s just something that interested me to know more of because the way he lives is quite different from most people.

Max Monroe continues to write intriguing story lines with unpredictable and unique characters, and I can’t wait to see what they bring readers next.

4 Poison Apples

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