In Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole

Posted March 4, 2019 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa ColeOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #2.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: January 28, 2019
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eARC, 106 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
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While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I’m a big fan of Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. I mean, royals are my jam in general, but her voice is so fresh and her characters and their stories so addicting. I also love the diversity she brings to the table with her characters. I’ve not read many lesbian romance stories because they don’t seem to be all that common, but if you can point out more that are as good as Once Ghosted, Twice Shy I’m here for them.

I loved the setup for this book. I have a bit of a “thing” for stories where characters are basically “expiration dating”. Add to that the other half of this book, which is the second chance for Likotsi and Fab and I was all in. These ladies had amazing chemistry. I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded, too, where we flipped back and forth between present and past. When done well, as it was here, I love the format.

It was so easy to root for Likotsi and Fab — both in the present and the past. Their chemistry was strong, their connection very real and it all gave me swoony feels. That type of connection is rare and I so wanted them to figure out a way to work things out. I breezed through Once Ghosted, Twice Shy in a matter of a little over an hour. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It was the perfect novella with the perfect balance of swoons, sexy times and substance. Now I’m all the more excited to read the next full-length installment in the Reluctant Royals series.

Favorite Quotes:

“Um. Has this all been an elaborate plan to steal one of my organs? I should warn you that they’re currently being used and I won’t part with them lightly.”

“I’ve thought about you every day, but I didn’t realize how much I’d missed you until I saw you on the train and felt like I couldn’t breathe.”

“Finding a sexual partner is easy. Finding someone that makes you need to know more about them is not.”

“Who falls in love in, like, three days? Who gets so fucking caught up in someone they barely know?”

About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION is the winner of the American Library Association's RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She's contributed to publications including Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can often be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.

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