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Review ❤️ Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

January 10, 2019

once ghosted twice shy alyssa cole

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.

Release Date: Jan 8, 2019
Series: Reluctant Royals
Book: Novella
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Impulse
Price: $1.99


Sweet and endearing.

When the first reluctant royals book, Princess in Theory, came out last year, the hero’s right hand woman, Likotsi immediately became a fan favorite. I know she was a favorite of mine. I wanted to read her story, since for one she wasn’t straight and two, readers knew an ill-fated relationship occurred in the background of Naledi and Thabiso reaching their HEA.

Desperately, I wanted to see the queer girl find love, too. And I wanted to vet this woman who would bring Likotsi an HEA myself. Because Likotsi is special. Super special. She’s the organizer to royals and a superb dresser. Plus, I love her tenacity, spunk, and ability to take no crap. Only the best for our Likotsi.

The best arrived in Fabiola. Oh, she’s insightful, fun, explosive, and the one designed to lighten Likotsi up. Too bad she ended things a year ago.

In the novella, Cole gives us the year prior mixed with the now. Normally I don’t enjoy time jump stories, but in thus instance it worked. We get to see the meeting, the splitting, and the reconnection between Likotsi and Fab. I really enjoyed getting the full story of what happened in the background of the first book, and the now, it rounded things out. There are so many things I enjoyed about this story. The setting and getting to see New York City in a different perspective. How Cole weaves in current day events and concerns into the conflict. The sweet and sensual love scenes. Plus, getting to see another side to Likotsi that wasn’t visible before… her vulnerable side.

My only regret is that story is too short. I wanted more, and I felt like my connection to Fabiola was extremely limited since she wasn’t present in previous books. I’m the pair will show up in the remaining books if the series.

Overall, if you’re looking for something fresh, relatable, and with a touch of royal fairytale, this is worth every cent. It will put a smile on your face. For readers who’ve never read F/F romance, I can promise you this is a great book to stick your toes in the pond. For readers who enjoy, Sarah Morgan.

~ Landra

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