I was really excited going into this read of “Never Be the Same” by MA Binfield and I was not disappointed. A lesbian celebrity romance? Count me in!
I’m always excited to see representation of LGBTQIA+ characters in romance and I think the author did a great job of creating complex and complete characters without making it just about being a lesbian or gay – it was about the full human experience – flawed, uncertain, and sometimes insecure. But also filled with friends, family, healing, laughter and happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of stories but I did really enjoy the storyline and the varied characters that Binfield created and that kept me invested and hooked.
Our main heroines, Olivia and Casey, come from very different walks of life but are both recovering from betrayal and hurt from previous relationships. Trust does not come easy and though I understood that, I would still get a little miffed at the assumptions and lack of communication between the two of them. They came together with lots of baggage and had a lot to work through – within themselves and together – and I often found myself growling “Would you just say what you mean!? All this turmoil could be avoided and we could get to kissing!!!” Clearly, I was invested!
Olivia comes from the glitz and glam of stardom, the feature character of a hit TV show. We find, though, that all the extra hubbub that comes with fame is really taking its toll on her. She loves the acting but not all the extra crazy that comes along with it.
Casey returns home to London to help her mom out and takes a job driving Olivia and the rest of the cast around for two weeks. Casey uses the job to avoid reliving the heartache and drama that made her escape London for the US just a year or so before. But what she finds is Olivia, a stunningly gorgeous actress who does not fit the stereotypical mold of a spoiled diva.
Over the next two weeks, the initial spark of attraction develops further and though they both know they’re leaving, will be separated, they cannot deny the feelings they have for each other. Two weeks is an incredibly short amount of time (uhaul joke anyone?!) but also, given their level of attraction and spark, I understood that for this to have a chance, it needed to move fast. I bought it.
I will say that sometimes the story dragged a little… the pace could have been a little faster or the story a wee bit shorter. However, I still really enjoyed this book. I loved the backdrop of London, I enjoyed the secondary characters and I was happy to see how Olivia and Casey eventually found their way.
I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!