• Never Mine

  • A Lesbian Romance
  • By: Bryce Oakley
  • Narrated by: AJ Ferraro
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if their fake relationship wasn’t ever just pretend? 

Sage Carson has a messy reputation. Sure, she’s a soccer star with World Cup trophies and Olympic medals, but she’s almost as well known for her rebellious behavior off the pitch. She’s left enough gorgeous women with broken hearts in her dust to fill a roster. That was, until she got injured. Now, her frustratingly slow recovery means she’d better secure this new squeaky-clean endorsement deal in order to get back on top. 

Sweet, sunshiny Willa Bellamy has a crisis on her hands. She’s used to it - as an events coordinator for the Denver Zoo, it’s her job to handle crises. But when she receives an invite to her ex’s wedding, she’s not so sure it’ll be as easy to handle as an escaped emu during a Girl Scout sleepover. Even worse, when the bachelorette party invite mentions that couples are welcome, she realizes she’s the sole single person invited. 

Fifteen years ago, Willa and Sage roamed the same halls of Edgelake High School. When their paths cross again, they decide to team up to solve both their problems - a stable, albeit fake, relationship to snag the endorsement deal and a hot soccer star to make the couples getaway sting a little less.... But when the lines between real and fake start to blur, will they be able to keep the growing heat between them just a game, or will they start playing to win?

Narrated by AJ Ferraro

©2021 Bryce Oakley (P)2021 Bryce Oakley
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Fantastic!

This was a super cute sapphic fauxmance. Sage is a famous soccer player who reconnects with girl next door type Willa at their 15 year high school reunion. Sage is in desperate need of an image makeover and Willa is in need of a date to her ex-girlfriend’s bachelorette party so they decide on a mutually beneficially arrangement where they pretend to be dating.
Bryce Oakley is great at writing witty banter and I always find myself smiling a lot when I read her work.
I’m personally shying away from angsty books right now. I’ll say this was maybe the lower end of mid-angst but it wasn’t too bad for me thanks to the author’s talent for injecting fun in her writing. I’d definitely recommend this one to anyone.

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Sweet Love Story

Ms. Oakley has a knack for creating likeable, believable characters, and story arcs most of us would likely relate to. I throughly enjoyed this book. Narration by A.J. Ferarro was excelent, as well.

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Lots of PC

Great story about how opposites attract. However, the author intertwines alot of the current PC culture and women's. Ferraro stands out as usual.

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Funny and Tender

It took me a few chapters to get invested in this cute and heart warming story. In the beginning I was not favoring the narrator but as the story continued I think she did an excellent job.

This was a nice change with a theme without giant trauma just 2 great individuals becoming one. Both MC s demonstrated quick wit and intelligence with a bit of generosity for society thrown in. Loved the story listened in one sitting.

I’m sure I will revisit for the warm feeling this story gave me.

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A lot can happen on the way to finding your heart.

A wonderful story about a fake romance for two women who went to high school together. Will a was the nice girl who brilliantly cared for everyone bit herself. Sage was the star Soccer player whose injury and attitude threatened to sideline her.
They both needed a "favor" to get through some tough moments.
Neither expected the fake relationship would give them the strength to be authenticly themselves. I loved the banter they had and the awkward way their relationship grew. Finding friends in the most unlikely places when they least expected it.
An inspiration of true human. living, doing what you enjoy and giving back with passion. A great love story to listen too, thanks to AJ Ferraro and the brilliant Bryce Oakley.

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Very good book!

I would love to have a sequel to this story. Both Willa and Sage were adorable, funny, and characters full of chemistry. Well done!

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Amazing

I loved this book! It’s very cute. I would highly recommend this book to everyone

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Believable story and interesting characters.

Can’t say enough great things about the storyline and characters. All was enjoyable and believable. This narrator is the most fascinating and makes it all real for my imagination.

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Pretend Romance... Fauxmance?

I can't remember if this is the first "fake girlfriend" type book I've read but when looking it up and accidentally reading another review for it (I usually try not to do that) - I saw it categorized as something I'd never heard of before: "sapphic fauxmance." Sapphic refers to the lesbian relationship. And fauxmance -- faux romance, okay that makes sense. So, it's just something I'd never heard of before and I wanted to call it out. The review that mentioned it is by Melissa on Audible, so a shout out to her for calling that to my attention.

Now, onto the actual book review. Never Mine was one of those books that had me smiling throughout. I love a good sports romance, even when only one of the characters is sporty. It's made even better by the introduction of Willa, who is basically the least sporty person. She's into organizing the sugar packets at dinner and making sure she has a backup to her backup. Sage, the sporty one, basically has a team of people who help her get from event to event and day-to-day.

It starts as a contracted quid pro quo arrangement. Sage needs to start looking like she's settling down and Willa wants to not be the seventh wheel to her friends. It's a contracted match made in heaven. Of course, feelings start to get involved and so do the feeling of not being good enough (on both sides). I found Never Mine to be so insanely heartwarming and real that it just kept making me smile again and again.

The way that it keeps getting close then veering off and getting close again - I thought would drive me nuts, but it ended up just making me want them to get together more and more. Now, I won't ruin the ending (even if I gave it away it's WAY cuter than you're expecting) but I was very pleased with how the entire book turned out. The character growth of both Sage and Willa made me extremely happy. Sage's "coming into her own skin outside of soccer" and Willa's "realizing she's worth more than she's giving herself credit for" are both realistic and honest. I love that Oakley was able to weave these very honest feelings of self-doubt into Sage and Willa. It just makes the story feel that much more real.

Overall, Never Mine was a blast and exactly what I needed this week. It was cute, funny, charming, and so much more. The "fake romance" or fauxmance was perfect, an easy 5 out of 5 from me.

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  • 02-21-22

Disappointing

This is quite a sweet story but given the author chose to base it around the the life of a pro soccer player I thought Bryce Oakley would do a better job with her research. The biggest inaccuracy is that come back from an acl is very much slower and more difficult than she portrayed. On top of that, there are so many obvious errors about the behaviour a pro soccer player aiming to regain her form, club first pick and a spot on USWNT would adopt that the story became ridiculous. The research to write a believable story is not difficult to find and, as a soccer fan, it really annoyed me that Bryce Oakley was so lazy and did not take the trouble.

Also the narrator, AJ Ferraro, who did a good job differentiating the various characters, gave Sage a really weird sounding voice which was quite off-putting.