Book Review-Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Book Review-Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Book Review-Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa ColeOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Published by Avon on January 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Karen Chilton
Length: 3 Hours and 20 Mins
Pages: 106
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

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.

Once Ghosted Twice Shy is the first novella in the Reluctant Royals series. And its also a F/F romance and this is my FIRST F/F romance and I was pretty anxious but I have no idea why because this book was fantastic, and even though the novella was written so wonderfully, I do wish it had been a full length novel just to get a bit more depth to their relationship. But Alyssa Cole did a fantastic job with this book here and I adored every minute of this book here. I grabbed this book when I saw the Audiobook was available on my library’s digital system and first off I was SHOCKED to see this title because they don’t have that much in diversity and I live in a very conservative state but I was so happy about this that I listened to it immediately and this was such a fun diversion.

In Once Ghosted Twice Shy, our delightful romance begins with a train ride, where Likotsi is on vacation, when her boss (the Prince—hero in book one) fully supportive of her taking a rest she definitely needs. But Likotsi is shocked when she sees a woman she has never gotten over, a woman that hurt her and broke her heart but one whom she has never forgotten…Fabiola. Fabiola and Likotsi met on a vacation took when her boss was courting his lady. They met from a swiping dating app, and when they both swiped right for each other, they met up for a drink and what was first a casual hookup turned into something deeper very quickly. But Fabiola, had a family incident that took all of her attention and she had to break things off with Likotsi. But now that they have met up again, Fabiola will need to convince Likotsi to take a second chance on them and their love that has never faltered despite the past hurts….

This was truly a beautifully woven romance and I was hooked immediately into their story. One of the best novella’s I have ever read, there was such charm and sweet tenderness to their relationship that I immediately gravitated towards. This book was full of depth which really shocked me at the emotional intimacy that we see develop in this story here. You don’t always see that in a novella, there isn’t many smexy times, which I was glad for because there were some unresolved issues that these two needed to work out including complete and open honesty with each other. I really loved how different Likotsi and Fabi are in their own personalities but when they are together its like they are in harmony. They really balance each other out and I was so thrilled to see Likotsi find her HEA, because she deserved it.

This story is written with the current timeline and with flashbacks every other chapter and I don’t always like flashbacks, but this was so well done and I was hooked into their relationship. This is my first F/F romance and boy this one was so so good. I loved the little intricate details we see in their relationship and I need more  F/F lovin’ in my life.

Overall I found Once Ghosted Twice Shy to be a engaging, humor filled romance that speaks to the heart and is a story to stay with you for a very long while. I highly recommend this story to anyone that loves a well written second chance romance!! BRILLIANTLY DONE!!


About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with her real-life romance hero.