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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- 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?


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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- 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?

30 review for Never Mine: A Lesbian Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    On the bird feed I saw that some self published authors were getting some grief for self publishing. I don’t care how an authors get their work out there, but in my opinion self publishing is brave and if you make it look as good as Bryce Oakley does, why would you do it any other way? Having full creative control makes for great books by Oakley and I applaud her for doing it al herself. On to the book itself. My top tropes are friends to lovers and fauxmance, and Oakley gives us a marvellous com On the bird feed I saw that some self published authors were getting some grief for self publishing. I don’t care how an authors get their work out there, but in my opinion self publishing is brave and if you make it look as good as Bryce Oakley does, why would you do it any other way? Having full creative control makes for great books by Oakley and I applaud her for doing it al herself. On to the book itself. My top tropes are friends to lovers and fauxmance, and Oakley gives us a marvellous combination of the two. And it’s a sport romance to top the great combo of, ok it’s light on the actual sport, but it comes up a lot. Sage is a pro soccer player (please learn to call it football like the the rest of the world does), who is recovering from a big injury and feeling her age a bit. Her manager (annoying character) needs to kick her ass into gear and make the most of her final years as a player. Safe returns to Denver for her high school reunion. She hits on Willa, starstruck sweet Willa doesn’t even know what’s happening. Willa works as an event coordinator at the local zoo and she is just so sweet (so so sweet!) and maybe a bit of a doormat, which is is sort of aware of. Both women are in need for a date and stability, for different reasons. This is where the faucmance starts, with a contract and everything. Their connection was always there and they are so cute together. Sage makes Willa stand up for herself and Willa makes Sage think about what she is doing and what comes next. When the fauxmance contract runs out they don’t part but remain (professional) friends. Sage is pretty clear in what she wants but goes about it all wrong, and sweet Willa just doesn’t know how to get what she really wants. Their friendship is great, how they grow as individual characters, but also as a couple, even when they really aren’t a couple is very well done. The story has a nice flow and the characters, in true Oakley fashion, are very likeable. The book is written from alternating third person POV for both Willa and Sage and that is something I always like as well. If Oakley were to turn this in a series I would happily pick up a next instalment in this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    CLAR

    I was already grinning from ear to ear when I read the blurb for this book. The premise sounded fun. Did I think Sage's reasoning for needing a fake girlfriend could use more work? Sure. But I just went along with it. This turned out to be a fun, light read. The MCs were lovely, I just wanted more from the romance than I was given. Sage and Willa spent a great deal of time apart, and the days they spent physically together were shorter than I would've liked. This was extremely slow burn where they I was already grinning from ear to ear when I read the blurb for this book. The premise sounded fun. Did I think Sage's reasoning for needing a fake girlfriend could use more work? Sure. But I just went along with it. This turned out to be a fun, light read. The MCs were lovely, I just wanted more from the romance than I was given. Sage and Willa spent a great deal of time apart, and the days they spent physically together were shorter than I would've liked. This was extremely slow burn where they only accepted their feelings for each other so far down the book. But if I were to describe their relationship, I'd say they were well on their way to falling in love, I just needed a bit more convincing that they already were by the end of this story. I realized I had about the same thoughts regarding the ending of another one of Oakley's books: The Adventurers (my review here). Her writing remains pleasant. I just hope my take on her endings won't be a recurring observation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    XR

    I do love a great fauxmance, and this was a fun and lovely story to read. Sage's character arc was pretty cool to see, and sweet, sweet Willa... *sighs* If she were real, I'd be swooning over her and getting protective of her, much like Sage does. I loved this couple so much that if Oakley decides to write more to their story I'd pick it up immediately. I do love a great fauxmance, and this was a fun and lovely story to read. Sage's character arc was pretty cool to see, and sweet, sweet Willa... *sighs* If she were real, I'd be swooning over her and getting protective of her, much like Sage does. I loved this couple so much that if Oakley decides to write more to their story I'd pick it up immediately.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Cute! Fun, cute story. Fake relationship and sports, my two fav lesfic tropes! Bryce does so well with smart and funny banter, you really can’t go wrong with any of their novels!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    oh my god so fucking cute

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lesbian Romance Reader

    Bryce Oakley writes such feel good romances that always make me smile. Jae's SRC Return to hometown only one bed Bryce Oakley writes such feel good romances that always make me smile. Jae's SRC Return to hometown only one bed

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    yet another quick, easy, adorable, and cheesy read from Bryce Oakley!!!! we love it!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Bexley

    If you want fake relationships done right, leave it to Bryce Oakley. This book has heart and heat for days. I’m a Willa stan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Celenia S

    A professional Women’s Soccer Player close to the end of her career trying to recover from another injury and surgery. She has to recover and make the National Team again. She is hampered by her party girl ways, new girl every weekend. Sage is also struggling with the rehabilitation of her knee. Her manager tells her if she wants the endorsement deal of a lifetime and to make it back to the game she needs to cleanup her lifestyle and start working on her rehabilitation. She runs into the ultimat A professional Women’s Soccer Player close to the end of her career trying to recover from another injury and surgery. She has to recover and make the National Team again. She is hampered by her party girl ways, new girl every weekend. Sage is also struggling with the rehabilitation of her knee. Her manager tells her if she wants the endorsement deal of a lifetime and to make it back to the game she needs to cleanup her lifestyle and start working on her rehabilitation. She runs into the ultimate ‘Nice Girl’ at her high school reunion. Can they bring Sage’s reputation back by pretending to be girlfriends?

  10. 4 out of 5

    s.

    y’all this book was everything 😭😭 i loved this book so much. the plot, the characters, the romance, everything was just so good & i didn’t want it to end 😩😩 i may be a little bit too in love with willa and I’m 100% okay with that. a favorite for real for real 💖💖

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lee-Anne Coetzer

    Never Mine: A Lesbian Romance by Bryce Oakley Scoring Criteria - Chemistry (3.5) – Story (4) – Characters (4) – Entertainment (3.5) – Scenery (3). Steaminess level 2 Overall rating 3.6* Sage Carson is a soccer star with both World Cup and Olympic trophies to prove it. She has a messy personal life, after a recent injury she kind of spirals out of control with parties and girls – leaving a string of broken hearts behind and her PR frustrated and fed up with cleaning up her public messes. With a hu Never Mine: A Lesbian Romance by Bryce Oakley Scoring Criteria - Chemistry (3.5) – Story (4) – Characters (4) – Entertainment (3.5) – Scenery (3). Steaminess level 2 Overall rating 3.6* Sage Carson is a soccer star with both World Cup and Olympic trophies to prove it. She has a messy personal life, after a recent injury she kind of spirals out of control with parties and girls – leaving a string of broken hearts behind and her PR frustrated and fed up with cleaning up her public messes. With a huge endorsement deal offer, she gets a harsh reality check that she needs to clean up her act to get the deal. Willa Bellamy an event coordinator at the Denver Zoo. Always sweet and eager to help. She has a crisis on hand that she doesn’t know how to deal with. She has been invited to her ex-girlfriend's wedding but doesn’t have a date. Meeting at their high school reunion, Sage and Willa come to an agreement that will solve both problems. The solution being fake girlfriends - but what will happen when they realise their feelings for each other don’t feel fake. What a beautiful, charming, fun and hilarious story. Yes, I am biased, I LOVE BRYCE OAKLEY!!! And I love her characters. I so want to marry a soccer jock, bonus if she’s in the USA team. Please DM me if you are interested. Anyway, loved this book. I will read it again and again. Follow me on Instagram @les.bi.ann.read.it or www.lesbiann.co.za

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great chemistry and inspirational! Injured World Cup and Olympic soccer star Sage Carson meets up with sweet Willa Bellamy, an events coordinator for the Denver Zoo, at their fifteen high school reunion. Both seemingly out of their elements they ditch it to go out for pizza at the favorite high school joint and develop a mutually satisfying plan as fake girlfriends. Sage needs to be seen with Willa to help improve her messy rebellious persona while Willa needs a date to her ex's wedding and bache Great chemistry and inspirational! Injured World Cup and Olympic soccer star Sage Carson meets up with sweet Willa Bellamy, an events coordinator for the Denver Zoo, at their fifteen high school reunion. Both seemingly out of their elements they ditch it to go out for pizza at the favorite high school joint and develop a mutually satisfying plan as fake girlfriends. Sage needs to be seen with Willa to help improve her messy rebellious persona while Willa needs a date to her ex's wedding and bachelorette weekend. Not only was this story beautifully crafted with Bryce's wonderful dialogue, sense of humor and flirty interactions, but the development of the characters, including secondary, grew throughout the book. I loved the impact Willa had on Sage just by being her authentic self and I loved the belief Willa had in Sage to think beyond her career as a soccer star. They were good for each other, truly seeing each other's finest capabilities. I enjoyed the settings of the beach, soccer world and zoo, but it was their beautiful journey together that made this book so good. I highly recommend it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia L.

    The strength of women and their strength of character Willa and Sage began an unconventional relationship yet completed their journey in love. I loved the characters and plot of this book. I was inspired by Sage’s strength to defend Willa from the jabs of an aggressive friend, Ava. It was wonderful watching Ava grow even though she was a secondary character. That Sage remembered Rebecca’s plight and commit herself to a legacy of providing soccer camps for girls and trans players was incredible. The strength of women and their strength of character Willa and Sage began an unconventional relationship yet completed their journey in love. I loved the characters and plot of this book. I was inspired by Sage’s strength to defend Willa from the jabs of an aggressive friend, Ava. It was wonderful watching Ava grow even though she was a secondary character. That Sage remembered Rebecca’s plight and commit herself to a legacy of providing soccer camps for girls and trans players was incredible. A truly inspiring story. I heartily recommend this book and any others by this author. I love the way she writes and how she allows us to tag along with the journeys of her well developed characters and plot. I’m looking forward to more of her works. Thank you Peace

  14. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    Loved it Oakley does it again. I love reading her books and then I read them too fast. It’s awesome to see how Willa and Sage develop as characters and how they grow within the story. Both feel that the other person “can’t ever be mine”. I’m glad they figured out how to solve this dilemma.

  15. 5 out of 5

    M G

    Fauxmamce fun times Love a good fauxmance and this was great. The witty dialogue and corky characters created a swirl of fun. It’s lighthearted with the delicious slow burn laced underneath. Thought both characters balanced each other out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Very enjoyable story This is a very fun read. The characters are very likable and fun. Would love to see a book two with Sage and Willa. I recommend this book a very well written romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    What a great read. Bryce Oakley never lets me down. I just loved this sweet romance. Sage and Willa are such a great couple and helped each other grow as humans. Willa was that mix of sweet girl next store and smart, capable business woman that I crush on.I highly recommend this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura-Jane

    I really enjoyed this book by Bryce Oakley. The characters were interesting and grew believably over the course of the novel. The story moved well and the writing was excellent.

  19. 5 out of 5

    G. Ranea Hackworth

    Enjoyed very much Loved the story line a lot. The characters were like friends or people I knew. Looking forward to reading another book of yours.Thanks

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A fun and inspirational love story I love how this book is written. Internal dialogues with one’s self along with witty banters. A page turner, I didn’t want it to end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    bruna

    3,5 talvez eu realmente goste de fake dating

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Once again and book full of heart. I laughed a lot throughout the story I absolutely loved all the contract going back and forth between Sage and Willa. Still not long enough!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tes

    4.5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    As a big fan of women’s soccer, I was very excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! Loved the story and all the characters!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Silvia (roomforbooks)

    Rep: w|w, lesbian mc, queer mc, w|w side characters, m|m side characters This was very enjoyable if only a bit too white.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Rating: 3.75 stars Queers. Soccer. Giraffes. The two women had chemistry from the get go. I loved their playful, feisty banter. The POV alternated between the two main characters. Predictable ending, but still an entertaining read. Sensuality scale: 3.5 (there are sex scenes, but nothing too explicit)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Araoz

    I loved this book! I mean who doesn’t love this cover? It is magical. Also, who doesn’t love a fauxmance WITH A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER? I loved this story from the beginning and through every twist and turn. If you are considering reading this book, DO IT!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Guadalupe H

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sloane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

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