Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Nova wasn’t my lover, as much as I wanted her to be, but she was my partner – my best friend. My other half. She created this all-consuming tidal wave of this feeling – all the feelings – inside me, and I couldn’t put a name to it, but I knew it made me happier than I had ever been before.”
Complicated. In a word, this is the essence of Fiona Cole’s newest story, Blame It on The Tequila. Even more than the first book of her series of standalones, Blame It on the Champagne, BIOTT puts you, the reader, through its paces. Fiona Cole did not hold back on this story, and it makes for a story that arouses you from the beginning to its end. Why? Oh…let me count the ways.
- I should begin by focusing on the romance between Nova and Parker, but I can’t because my favorite part of this series has been the friendship between Rae, Nova, and Vera. Everyone needs the stabilizing friendship of a Vera, and the crazy making protective actions of a Rae. As Nova negotiates her interactions with Parker, the foundation of her friendship with Rae and Vera catalyzes the intensity of her relationship with Parker.
- Parker and Nova are so complex in their composition but so simple in their adoration for each other. Cole threw so much at this book: a forbidden attraction, a traumatic experience, a tour with some bawdy musician friends, the angst of a second chance romance and imposing fake girlfriend, and Cole’s quintessential steam. In the midst of these qualities, Parker and Nova’s chemistry and relationship blossoms. Honestly, it takes most of the pages of BIOTT, but it’s so fulfilling by the end of the book that you hate to say goodbye to them.
- Nova’s characterization is definitely more interesting than Parker’s. While Cole wrote both perspectives, Nova’s journey is more compelling and complicated that Parker’s characterization acts as a bit of a salve to Nova’s emotional quest. I probably shouldn’t mention this here, but I don’t think it’s spoilery. Parker’s interest in Nova is constant. It means that you can rest in his feelings for her as Nova processes her own, and to ameliorate the angst of her journey, I needed that constant.
- In true Fiona Cole form, this book is a steam-fest. There is one scene, in particular, that is so titillating that you’ll smile at Fiona Cole’s signature. I love that $ensuality is a cornerstone of her romances. And she does this tastefully while getting dirty.
As second chance, rockstar romances go, Fiona Cole’s Blame It on the Tequila is a good one. It really is a wild roller-coaster ride of romance, one that will steal your breath as Parker and Nova find their happily-ever-after. Just be forewarned: Fiona Cole takes much of the space of her story to reconcile these two. But be patient because, in the end, you’ll be satiated by the gravity of their love.
In love and romance,