Not Since You by Fiona Riley

Now that’s how you write second chance romance… pure perfection!

What was the book about?
Lexi loves her life cruising around the world. She is a bartender/ VIP liaison on a large cruise ship. Life is good, and she’s exactly where she thinks she should be. That is until Charlotte sails (see what I did there 😉) back into her life and Lexi’s broken heart from more than a decade ago starts to ache again. 

Charlotte has cancelled her wedding to her cheating fiancé but like hell is she missing out on the honeymoon of a lifetime. But the last thing she expects is that her VIP liaison on the cruise ship is the woman who was the love of her life. With Lexi now in front of her, all she wants is a way to fix the biggest mistake of her life. But can Lexi ever forgive her? 

Featured Tropes
Second Chance, Holiday romance, Soulmates, First Love, Oh the Sex!

Book Strengths
I can’t even tell you how unbelievably excited I was about receiving this book. I love Fiona Riley’s books, and in fact, she’s up there with my favourite authors, so it’s been a long year waiting (not patiently) for this book. And boy was it worth the wait!

This book is exceptional lesbian fiction, and the characters (especially Charlotte) were swoon-worthy… honestly, I think I hugged my kindle at one point. 

When it comes to the storyline, I can’t imagine a more perfect second chance romance. The storyline moved along beautifully, and I couldn’t believe by the time I was at the epilogue how much time hadn’t passed. I was so captivated by the story. I think I got lost in there for the duration. 

Charlotte was definitely my favourite character but only by a small amount because Lexi is fantastic too. Charlotte was just so honest and upfront about her feelings for Lexi right from the get-go. She’s probably the character I’ve been waiting forever to read, wears her heart on her sleeve and no drama/angst. In fact, Lexi didn’t even bring much angst to the romance, and it just made it so much more enjoyable. 

Character Chemistry
Hot damn!!! This is to date the sexiest book Fiona Riley has ever written and let me tell you, she has written some of the sexiest lesbian fiction scenes to date. The chemistry between Lexi and Charlotte was almost combustible, and at times I thought the sheets would light on fire. But it wasn’t just about the sex (ok it was mostly about the hot sex), but they also had an intense intimacy that I wasn’t expecting. There were little moments, smiles, waves where it seemed like the room disappeared, and it was only them. But be aware don’t read the sex scenes in a public place… #scorching

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Wrap up
Well, how can Fiona Riley top that? I have confidence she will, but I’ll need a week off to recover next time! 

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