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Not Since You

Narrated by: Keira Grace
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Charlotte Southwick always has a plan. Boarding her honeymoon cruise alone and decidedly unmarried wasn’t her intention. Neither was running into her high school love on board. Lexi looks so confident, and so hot, and so irresistible.... How could she have let this woman get away?

Lexi Bronson hasn’t had a permanent address in almost a decade and couldn’t be happier. Life is good bartending for a luxury cruise line - open seas, warm beaches, beautiful women, and no unnecessary anchors - until the woman who broke her heart shows up on her ship, and all those dreams of forever come rushing back.

When passion flares, will the storm that rages shipwreck them both?

©2019 Fiona Riley (P)2019 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Good Story, Average performance, Below-par prose

The good:

* Very little unnecessary angst
* Fun main characters
* Good sex scenes that actually include the characters, not just generic movements and pleasure

The bad:

* Cliché phrases
* Completely unnecessarily detailed movements that is really hard to follow
* Spoonfeeding of the reader with lots of showing THEN telling

I understand these last two seem contradictory, but that's the problem. The author tells us what we don't need to know, and so it's hard to retain what we do need to know to enjoy the story.

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  • 'Nathan
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-05-19

Wonderful, genuine, and feel-good all around

Fiona Riley knocks another one out of the park, and I was there for every sun-soaked moment (which was amusing as I've been listening to this while walking the dog through the snow).

The blurb does a more-than-decent job at explaining the set-up, but what I truly loved about this book was there was nothing in the way of "if they just talked to each other." They did. Almost immediately, in fact, and when they found their spark was by no means gone, they faced it like adults. Adults in a position where they're not technically allowed to do anything about it (staff aren't allowed to fraternize with guests) and where their lives are only going to intersect for the duration of a cruise and vacation. That created the core of the 'will-they-or-won't-they?' and it was completely believable and more than enough for them to have to fight to be together. I love when the plot is more "us against the problem" rather than people butting heads.

Also, as I always know to expect (and love!) from a Fiona Riley book, Lexi's friend group was this brilliant mix of wonderful, supportive people with fully fleshed out characters of their own, offering advice, help, brutal truth moments, and there was a cute little side-plot of two of her gay friends both working up the nerve to ask each other out, and asking Lexi for advice on it, and I am there for LGBT+ stories with LGBT+ friend groups living their own lives alongside the main plot.

There were so many deep-dive character touches in this one, from Lexi's tattoos and cloud-talking to Charlotte's slow realizations about how she was living her life thanks to a cruise-ship friendship and stepping outside her usual routine.

I adored this. (It almost made me reconsider my "being on a cruise ship sounds like introvert hell," opinion too, which is amazing.)

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possibly my favorite book of this entire genre

Not just my favorite Fiona Riley book, but this could easily be the best book I've read in the entire lesbian romance genre. It's cute, romantic, sexy, funny, heartwarming, sad, angsty. Just brilliant.