14💛: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

by Sarra Manning


“That was the worst thing about having a relationship with someone, even a pretend relationship. You opened up, let someone in, and when it was over, they had all the ammunition they needed to completely destroy you.”

This pancake relationship. I ship it. She’s a bookish nerd and he’s known to be a ‘manwhore’. Neve and Max. There’s no common ground between them. She’s waiting for her ‘prince charming’ to come back and constantly dreams about their future. But after being slammed by her sister for having no experience when it comes to relationships, she takes up Max’s offer to have what they called as a pancake relationship. It’s test run for the ‘real thing’ she’ll have with ‘prince charming’ later on. Or is it?

So I’m back and doing this book recommendation again. This is a continuation of my disclosure of the books that could be found in my shelf. 😂

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛

For: 18+ (Mature)

This series in five random words…

💛 Pancakes

💛 Exercise

💛 Treats

💛 Dog

💛 Letters

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 Heroine is amazing. Neve is easy to relate with. She actually reminds me of someone. And all her struggles while losing weight and how she sees herself, it’s real. I think that what makes the story enjoyable. She could be frustrating at times, but you would understand where she was coming from. It’s like that. She’s the truth that you sometimes wish doesn’t exist. Her character growth in this book is worth the applause.

💛 It’s another love story that’s not supposed to happen, but then it did. They’re not supposed to work, but they did. It’s funny like that.

💛 Sarra Manning’s a great author. I’m always on the lookout for her other books.

What I love about this book…

💛 Neve and her weight struggle. Because the author nailed it so well. Here’s to you, extra pounds! 👊

💛 The dynamics of Neve and Max’s relationship. They called it as pancake relationship. One to prepare Neve for the ‘real one’ when her prince charming comes back. But then, things don’t go as planned most of the time. Max also has a reason why he entered this pretend relationship, but let’s not spoil the story. I’ve always wondered what’s his motive is about. But don’t worry, the ending will reveal it.

💛 I was off with Max’s character at first. This manwhore persona. He’s not exactly my type. But I warmed up to him as the story goes on. A person is a person, and he could be more.

💛 The side characters. It’s the perfect blend.

💛 Max’s dog. I don’t know why, but I adore him. Especially the part when Neve took care of him while he’s away.

Favorite quotes from the book…

“What you look like is just one part of who you are – but it’s not all you are.”

“I guess they’re called moments because they don’t last very long.”

“The thing about love was that it caught you unawares, turned up in the most unexpected places, even when you weren’t looking for it.”

“I suppose the things that you always take for granted, that you don’t even notice, are what you miss the most.”

Book Description:

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?

(from: goodreads)


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