Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals, #2.5)
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 (Reluctant Royals, #2.5) Details

TitleOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals, #2.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 8th, 2019
PublisherAvon Impulse
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Novella, Lgbt, Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals, #2.5) Review

  • alexis
    January 1, 1970
    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy reminded me that, yes, the Reluctant Royals universe IS THAT GOOD.Original Review Post & Giveaway on Lacy LiteracyI could spend 17 books in this universe and want more. Alyssa Cole does an amazing job with contemporary world-building. Reluctant Royals feels distinctive enough from our own world to enchant, but not in a way that makes you want to pick apart the differences. I can't think of a contemporary series that feels as contemporary as when Likotsi tries to figur Once Ghosted, Twice Shy reminded me that, yes, the Reluctant Royals universe IS THAT GOOD.Original Review Post & Giveaway on Lacy LiteracyI could spend 17 books in this universe and want more. Alyssa Cole does an amazing job with contemporary world-building. Reluctant Royals feels distinctive enough from our own world to enchant, but not in a way that makes you want to pick apart the differences. I can't think of a contemporary series that feels as contemporary as when Likotsi tries to figure out which stranger on public transport is airdropping her photos. Moments like that are what the series is about. I adore it. In this, Alyssa Cole can do no wrong.The part of Once Ghosted, Twice Shy that was more of a mixed bag was the novella format itself. Alyssa Cole has no problem fleshing out Likotsi and Fabiola. They're strong individuals with unique traits (and tastes in fashion). I didn't feel rushed getting to know Fabiola, who is first introduced in this novella. You get introduced to her partially via her dating app profile which was an efficient and effective way of introducing key traits without being mechanical. I really liked that Fabiola was in the middle of wanting to refocus her career towards running a small, jewelry business (and can someone who runs a merch shop PLEASE make Fabiola-inspired jewelry). Her motivations and decisions made sense despite the fast time frame. I also loved getting into Likotsi's POV because I missed learning about Thesolo after reading A Duke by Default. Again, Cole's worldbuilding is perfect. Likotsi thinks and talks about her believe in the goddess Ingoka. It creeps up in smaller ways from saying "goddess" to outright tenets of her religion. For both Fabiola and Liktosi, their character is laid out in the smaller details from clothing choices to lists. Cole pays such great attention to detail and it shows in all the aspects of the story.What was a struggle for me was the shortness of it all. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy has alternating chapters: one from before Likotsi and Fabiola break up and one after. All the issues that caused Likotsi and Fabiola were addressed, I just wished they were more drawn out. I was enjoying their voices too much to want to be in their heads for small timeframe. Plus, the alternating timelines made me feel like I was jumping from past to present faster than I would've liked to keep in the mood.  Because I love Alyssa Cole's full length novels in the series, I know what she can do when given more time to work out the story and I wanted that same execution from Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. Nevertheless, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is a solid novella addition to the Reluctant Royals series and the perfect way to tide yourself over to the release of A Prince on Paper in April.❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈ 
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    BLACK SAPPHICS ARE ON AN AVON COVER!!! ONE IS VISIBLY MASC!!!! 2019 IS ALREADY BLESSING US!!!
  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!!!!!!!!!! I RECEIVED AN ARC!!!! There’s something in the water in 2019!!!!! I think I’m gonna pass out I’M SO EXCITED!!! 😍🥰😍
  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    After reading “A Princess In Theory” I always wondered what happened with Likosti and her mystery date. So it’s pretty much safe to say how excited I was to read this book! “Finding a sexual partner is easy,” Likotsi replied. “Finding someone that makes you need to know more about them is not.”The story was told in past and present tense which I really enjoyed. It’s nice to have a backstory and be “there” when the couple fall for each other. I loved the banter and chemistry between Likosti and F After reading “A Princess In Theory” I always wondered what happened with Likosti and her mystery date. So it’s pretty much safe to say how excited I was to read this book! “Finding a sexual partner is easy,” Likotsi replied. “Finding someone that makes you need to know more about them is not.”The story was told in past and present tense which I really enjoyed. It’s nice to have a backstory and be “there” when the couple fall for each other. I loved the banter and chemistry between Likosti and Fabiola. They come from different worlds but they make it work.With novellas it’s usually hard for me to feel a connection but Cole did an excellent job and I feel the attraction. I haven’t read that many f/f novels before and this wasn’t bad at all. I think I will start to branch out more in this area. I loved the fact that the novella didn’t have over the top drama and when everything unfolded it pertained to certain issues going on in the world right now. I’m usually not a fan of novellas but this was a well written one that I was so sad to see end. I hope we see more of Likosti and Fabiola in “A Prince On Paper” and I can’t wait to catch up with the other characters as well!!Shelly's Book Corner received a review copy from Edelweiss and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.
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  • Taryn (Taryn and Her Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I am utterly obsessed with this cover and cannot wait for this!!!
  • Geri Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book releases today! ARC provided by Avon
  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Alyssa Cole has been nailing it with this series. All of the books have been charming beyond words and this sweet little novella was no different. It's a second chance romance that made my heart soar! I already knew and adored Likotsi from the first book, but I grew to love her even more here. I don't quite know how Ms. Cole did it, but she managed to create fully fleshed-out characters in this short novella. That's a sign of an excellent author. Likotsi was a smart, confident and beautiful woma Alyssa Cole has been nailing it with this series. All of the books have been charming beyond words and this sweet little novella was no different. It's a second chance romance that made my heart soar! I already knew and adored Likotsi from the first book, but I grew to love her even more here. I don't quite know how Ms. Cole did it, but she managed to create fully fleshed-out characters in this short novella. That's a sign of an excellent author. Likotsi was a smart, confident and beautiful woman who also had a fair share of vulnerabilities. Fabiola was more of a free-spirit, but she too was bold and beautiful. These two meet on a dating app and click it right off, but Fabiola ends up breaking the relationship because of some personal matters. Likotsi is devastated, but she decides to move on, until she happens upon Fabiola a few months later. The two reconnect and attempt to repair the relationship to move forward. Their relationship was sweet and heartwarming, and oh my gosh, so precious! I loved how despite this being just a short novella, I was still hit with all the feels when it came to these two. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy really was a wholesome story. I could have read an entire novel and more about these two and not have been bored! If you're a fan of Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals, this treat of a story should definitely be on your TBRs and if you haven't started this series, then what are you waiting for?
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  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Back in NYC for a well-deserved break from her demanding job managing the affairs of the Prince of Thesolo, Likotsi is also hoping to finally forget the woman she met the last time she was in NYC a year ago.A stalled subway train and a chance check-in to a dating app puts Likotsi right back where she left off, scared to death the woman she fell in love with a year ago, the woman who was just supposed to be a fling, is going to hurt her again.Ignoring her head but listening to her heart, Likotsi Back in NYC for a well-deserved break from her demanding job managing the affairs of the Prince of Thesolo, Likotsi is also hoping to finally forget the woman she met the last time she was in NYC a year ago.A stalled subway train and a chance check-in to a dating app puts Likotsi right back where she left off, scared to death the woman she fell in love with a year ago, the woman who was just supposed to be a fling, is going to hurt her again.Ignoring her head but listening to her heart, Likotsi agrees to a cup of tea with Fabiola, the pin-up pretty accountant who swiped right one year ago. As tea turns into checking off all of the items on Likotsi's NYC list, Fabiola is hoping she'll be able to persuade the diligent Likotsi to delete the last item - forgetting Fabiola forever.Super sweet, Cole knows how to perfectly craft a novella that captures the spirit, heart, and joy of both characters who each receive ample page time. I also enjoyed the Then/Now time changes, as it led to an extremely poignant HEA. Just the right amount of heat and so much heart. Must read for 2019!Thank you to Avon for the advanced reading copy!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Any heroine who refers to herself as “Likotsi Adelele, mother of schedules and slayer of inefficiencies” wins my heart immediately. :) And this was such a delightful, fun romance novella! It's part of the Reluctant Royals series, but it stands alone perfectly - you could certainly read this story first. Likotsi and Fabiola had three intense and amazing dates last year, both fell head-over-heels in love...and then Fabiola cut Likotsi off without a word. Now, eight months later, Fabiola has just o Any heroine who refers to herself as “Likotsi Adelele, mother of schedules and slayer of inefficiencies” wins my heart immediately. :) And this was such a delightful, fun romance novella! It's part of the Reluctant Royals series, but it stands alone perfectly - you could certainly read this story first. Likotsi and Fabiola had three intense and amazing dates last year, both fell head-over-heels in love...and then Fabiola cut Likotsi off without a word. Now, eight months later, Fabiola has just one day to persuade Likotsi to give her another chance, and she leads her around New York City in a quirky, fabulous tour that's so much vicarious fun to read about, even as difficult truths finally come out between them. The banter between the two women is fantastic, their chemistry is intense, and there's real heart beneath all the sparkling fun.And now I want to re-read the first two Reluctant Royals books, A Princess in Theory and A Duke By Default!
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll always prefer a full length novel to a novella, but that’s just because I want MORE! I loved the relationship between these two women and it was written in a way conducive to the brief format, but I still would love a full length story of their romance and the events while they were apart. Can’t wait for the series to continue!
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    SDKDHDKDDJ they're so cute and now we finally know what happened!!!
  • Xan West
    January 1, 1970
    Content Warnings (view spoiler)[ Secondary character imprisoned in immigration detention and separated from her child. Sex on the page. (hide spoiler)]I will do a full review soon. For now: This was wonderful. Exactly what I needed on a hard day. Definitely a comfort read I will return to repeatedly. And one of my most favorite f/f romances.
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  • MCMXCII
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT: Yup I pre-ordered it! _____________________________My fucking heart! I need to read this series ASAP so I can be prepared for this! I need more BLACK sapphic relationships in my reading life!
  • charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    "Well, you're the woman I've fallen a little bit in love with," Likotsi said, easily. "I think you can do anything." Also published on my blog. Galley provided by publisherRep: black lesbian mc, black bi mcYou know how sometimes you've been waiting so long for a highly anticipated book and then it turns out to be just as good as you were expecting and everything is kind of perfect? Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is an example of one of those. (Not that I ever expected Alyssa Cole to let me down, bu "Well, you're the woman I've fallen a little bit in love with," Likotsi said, easily. "I think you can do anything." Also published on my blog. Galley provided by publisherRep: black lesbian mc, black bi mcYou know how sometimes you've been waiting so long for a highly anticipated book and then it turns out to be just as good as you were expecting and everything is kind of perfect? Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is an example of one of those. (Not that I ever expected Alyssa Cole to let me down, but it's still kinda perfect.)This novella takes us back, sort of, to New York City and where Likotsi got her heart broken way back in book 1. The POVs switch between Likotsi's in the present, and Fabiola's from 7 months (and four days) previously. In Likotsi's chapters, she's seeing Fabiola for the first time since then, after seven months of radio silence for a reason she doesn't know (but wants to find out). Meanwhile, in Fabiola's POV, we get their initial meeting and falling in love. I loved that about this book. It lets us see both the pain of the second meeting (and subsequent second chance at romance), as well as what happened for everything to go wrong. And also gives us a chance to sympathise with both characters.One of my favourite things about Alyssa Cole's writing is her ability to develop characters and mess with your feelings about them. I started off not really liking Fabiola because all I knew about her and her motivations came from Likotsi's POV. Despite that, by the end I found myself loving her just as much as I loved Likotsi. And all this happens in only about 100 pages.Which brings me to another of my favourite things about Alyssa Cole's writing: she can do believably in as few pages as this what she can also do in 300 pages of a full-length novel. She did this in That Could be Enough and she does it again here. Sometimes, novellas can feel rushed in that aspect, but not this one. It was well-developed and slowburning, and I loved it.I think, though, in the end, that what this novella really does is cement Alyssa Cole as an author I'll automatically read any book of ever.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This sweet and sexy butch-femme romance novella was the perfect snack to tide me over while I wait for the novels Alyssa Cole has coming out later this year. And omg, that cover! 😍 I'm never totally satisfied with romance novellas, because they move so fast and it always feel like something is getting left out, but for this length of story, this was fantastic! *Used for 2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt "A book told from multiple character POVs ."
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  • Elley Murray
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsThis has such an interesting set up! It's told in the third person limited POV and alternates between following Likotsi in chapters that take place in the present (Winter) and then Fab in chapters that are a sort of flashback to when they met (The Previous Spring). Normally I'm not a fan of a dual timeline/storyline, but as this is a novella the timeframe for the Winter chapters is only a day or so and The Previous Spring is not so very much longer before they're parted, the way Rating: 4.5 starsThis has such an interesting set up! It's told in the third person limited POV and alternates between following Likotsi in chapters that take place in the present (Winter) and then Fab in chapters that are a sort of flashback to when they met (The Previous Spring). Normally I'm not a fan of a dual timeline/storyline, but as this is a novella the timeframe for the Winter chapters is only a day or so and The Previous Spring is not so very much longer before they're parted, the way Likotsi and Fab's story unfolds is really sweet, surprising, and poignant. Alyssa Cole makes it work! I really loved Likotsi's sharp taskmaster meets fashion-plate self in A Prince in Theory, and it was great to see her get her own story. And then there's Fab, with her pin-up girl style, big dreams, and a bit of a broken heart. Her change in circumstances between her Previous Spring self and her Winter self is rather jarring, and I really felt for her. I didn't really like her much at first, but as the story unfolds my heart really went out to her and I just wanted to push the two of them together and go "Aww, well go on then, kiss and make up!" Their chemistry together in the Previous Spring chapters is adorable and sexy, and then the way they are together in Winter caused my physical pain. For fictional characters that only exist on paper, and not even in a full book! In a novella! That, my friends, is good writing. This is a novella that takes place in the middle of the Reluctant Royals series and is book 2.5, and it can be read as a stand alone... I think. The Previous Spring chapters take place concurrently with the events in book 1 in the series, A Prince in Theory, and I'd gotten a pretty definite picture of Likotsi in my head reading that book, so I can't give a completely unbiased opinion on whether a reader who hasn't read A Prince in Theory can come into this book without reading any others in the series and read it purely as a standalone, but I'm thinking that yes, you could, without missing too much. That being said, the other books in the series are also really great and definitely worth a read. This book also includes a sneak peak at the first chapter of the next book in the series, A Prince on Paper, and OH MY GOSH, can it please be April so I can read this book?! This whole series is fire.Like this review?Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter*A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
    January 1, 1970
    I think Likotsi is a strong character, and even as a secondary character she stole my attention so I was really excited to read her story. Unfortunately for me I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought.I personally don't like flashbacks. I have problems reading books with flashbacks and in cases like this one where the flashbacks are an important part of the plot, it's difficult for me to enjoy the book. The novella switched between past and present and I couldn't stop thinking, is this really rele I think Likotsi is a strong character, and even as a secondary character she stole my attention so I was really excited to read her story. Unfortunately for me I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought.I personally don't like flashbacks. I have problems reading books with flashbacks and in cases like this one where the flashbacks are an important part of the plot, it's difficult for me to enjoy the book. The novella switched between past and present and I couldn't stop thinking, is this really relevant? could we go to the present where this two talk about their feelings and fix their problems?. The flashbacks were moments like the first date BUT for me the past is in the past, I already know that their relationship didn't work in the past and I would like to see WHY their relationship WOULD work in the present.They had a lot of chemistry as a couple and they were cute together, even if it was kind of insta love at first, but I couldn't get pass the writing style.But that's just me, if you don't mind flashbacks you'll enjoy this one.📚📚📚📚I RECEIVED AN ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    As amazing as expected! I loved Likotsi in A Princess in Theory so I was thrilled she was getting her very own HEA. Likotsi is as dapper as ever and I loved Fabiola. The two make such a great pair! After Fabiola ends their date a day early due to reasons Likotsi doesn't know they're both feeling all the feels about each other for months! I loved seeing Likotsi vulnerability. Alyssa did a great job exploring that. And these two meeting up again was so sweet, even though there's tension there beca As amazing as expected! I loved Likotsi in A Princess in Theory so I was thrilled she was getting her very own HEA. Likotsi is as dapper as ever and I loved Fabiola. The two make such a great pair! After Fabiola ends their date a day early due to reasons Likotsi doesn't know they're both feeling all the feels about each other for months! I loved seeing Likotsi vulnerability. Alyssa did a great job exploring that. And these two meeting up again was so sweet, even though there's tension there because of how it all ended, and well because Likotsi juuuust decided to try to get over Fabiola and bam! here she comes right back into her life. I loved all the places they went together in that day they were reunited. So intruiging! Also side note, Likotsi passed Fab's chicken feet test and since i love eating chicken feet too lol i liked Likotsi even more for that. This was a sweet novella and hope we get to see more of Fab and Likotsi in A Prince on Paper
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  • Katherine Locke
    January 1, 1970
    How is Alyssa Cole so fucking good at this and so consistent? Everything she writes is gold.
  • Myth
    January 1, 1970
    Was it all a tad convenient? Yeah. Was everything resembled pretty easily? Definitely.Did I enjoy the hell out of it? You bet your ass.
  • Amanda Mae
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much. This was a great little interlude!
  • Helen Kord
    January 1, 1970
    Ah this was incredible!! Full review to come closer to publishing date, but this is definitely one of my favourite f/f romances ever. Sweet, raw, touching, with Likotsi being an absolute butch dreamboat making me swoon and Fab a relatable sweetheart. So, SO good
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Seven months ago in the spring, Likotsi met Fab and her world was turned upside down. A chance ‘swipe right’ on a dating app when she had been ordered to take a day off by her boss the Prince, she’d chanced a note to Fabilola, and the two found instant chemistry, a connection and for Likotsi, love was in the air. Sure with her job, that she didn’t yet dare to speak on, things would be difficult, and long distance isn’t a great option, but she found Fab intriguing and beautiful and, most surprisi Seven months ago in the spring, Likotsi met Fab and her world was turned upside down. A chance ‘swipe right’ on a dating app when she had been ordered to take a day off by her boss the Prince, she’d chanced a note to Fabilola, and the two found instant chemistry, a connection and for Likotsi, love was in the air. Sure with her job, that she didn’t yet dare to speak on, things would be difficult, and long distance isn’t a great option, but she found Fab intriguing and beautiful and, most surprisingly, wanted to know more about her. But, with all the plans made for her return to her work and her skill with managing and organizing every detail, she wants to manage the budding relationship, even as she fears that her imminent departure could make things more difficult. But, she never expected the “I can’t do this” message on the night of the gala, or the silence since. For seven months she’s wondered why, thinking all she wants is an answer to that question, the answer that will let her move the past to the past, and start anew. Now she’s on vacation in New York, with a plan to ‘reframe’ memories in all the places she and Fab visited, a list of ‘things to do’ in her pocket, and a determination to use her new shoes to mark a new path. But a train halted on the bridge stalling her forward progress, and a photo and video sent to her phone bring Fabiola to stand right in front of her – a new version, but still her girl. Angry but unable to express any of the ‘cutting’ lines she had spent the past 7 months reciting to herself, she only wants to know why, in the hopes it will bring her closure. Enchanted by the exuberance, yet still desperate for her answers, the two spend a day together, her following Fab through a series of places unknown to tourists: a museum in a freight elevator, a meditation studio, a carousel comprised of gloriously colored sea creatures…. It takes hours for Fab to explain why she stopped all contact, even though it’s clear that nothing has been the same for her either in the past months. The connection is still there, they’ve only got to take that one step toward trusting in one another, and everything else: distance, choices, history, can fall to the background. Intriguing and engaging for the view of Likotsi - the one person who seemed to manage and ‘rein in’ and often difficult to manage Prince, with her own insecurities and how she handles a situation where she, of all people, has ignored her own ‘what should be done’ advice to get to an answer. She’s always been a standout character, and her rather formal demeanor could lead readers to think she’s always a bit removed and remote, proper to the nth degree, but there’s a heart deserving of and desiring love and happiness, and perhaps only those closest to her ever see that side. A wonderful teaser while we wait for the next in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.**EDIT 01/10/19**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...I wasn't originally review this because it was a novella, but it was so well written it felt like a full length story. A story I didn't know I needed until I started reading it. Such a nice back story that I hope to see revisited in the next installment of the series. First off, I LOVED the characters. Likotsi was so SMOOTH y'all! lol She was trying to act like she had no game, but with her dressing Review to come.**EDIT 01/10/19**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...I wasn't originally review this because it was a novella, but it was so well written it felt like a full length story. A story I didn't know I needed until I started reading it. Such a nice back story that I hope to see revisited in the next installment of the series. First off, I LOVED the characters. Likotsi was so SMOOTH y'all! lol She was trying to act like she had no game, but with her dressing skills and the way she was talking to Fab in the flashbacks, I was wondering how Fab was able to ever say no to her. As for Fab, I also liked her. She was goal oriented all on her own and she was so strong. For so many reasons. The two of them together is a definite power couple. As for the plot, I liked that it went back and forth from the past and present. It was interesting to see the differences in how they interacted then vs right now. Even after all they had both gone through, their relationship was so easy. It continued right where it left off. It was such a sweet thing to witness. As for the romance, I liked the slow burn. Cole spent most of the novella just giving us their background story with little to no kissing. Which makes the part at the end where they were together so much more special. This novella definitely helped ease the pain for the next book! The next one is where we meet is Nya and Johan and let me just tell you, I am READY for the drama that's about to bring.
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  • Monica (Tomes Project)
    January 1, 1970
    If you like romance books and you're not reading Alyssa Cole, you've got to. The Reluctant Royals series is the only romance series I've found that works for me in its entirety. These books are part of a modern romance series, and Alyssa Cole really does make you feel like it's modern. For this story, in particular, it made my heart soar that we were dealing with two black women falling in love with each other, and while they had circumstances that were keeping them apart, none of those circumst If you like romance books and you're not reading Alyssa Cole, you've got to. The Reluctant Royals series is the only romance series I've found that works for me in its entirety. These books are part of a modern romance series, and Alyssa Cole really does make you feel like it's modern. For this story, in particular, it made my heart soar that we were dealing with two black women falling in love with each other, and while they had circumstances that were keeping them apart, none of those circumstances had to do with the fact that they were women falling in love. That was just a fact of the story. I was living. Thank you, Alyssa Cole, you can have my soul now. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy follows Fabiola and Likotsi, who we met in the first book as the Prince's assistant, as they meet for the first time during the timeframe of A Princess in Theory and as they meet again in the current time (about seven months later) after their short relationship abruptly ended. And even though it's a short novella, Cole really is able to flesh out these characters. Likotsi, who we already knew, gains a new depth to her character, but I'm especially impressed with Fab, who we only see for these 100-odd pages, but who we end up knowing just as well as her counterpart. These characters are very different, and opposites in many ways, but those differences help to build their relationship with each other rather than causing a breaking point.I could complain that it's a bit short and that I wanted more (it is & I did), but it's a novella so that's kind of to be expected. Anyway, I'm dying and this is great. Please read this series.
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  • Sharonda Isadora
    January 1, 1970
    Now, if you read my review of A Princess In Theory, then you know I said I wanted a book about Lakotsi. She was such an integral part of Thesabo's story, we NEEDED her story...or at least I did, lols. Oh, this story was so cute! and relevant. Both Lakotsi and Fabiola were such re-latable characters. From their initial awkwardness of running into each other on that train to finally realizing that maybe a second chance at love is something worth grabbing onto...even after hurt feelings. Ms. Cole d Now, if you read my review of A Princess In Theory, then you know I said I wanted a book about Lakotsi. She was such an integral part of Thesabo's story, we NEEDED her story...or at least I did, lols. Oh, this story was so cute! and relevant. Both Lakotsi and Fabiola were such re-latable characters. From their initial awkwardness of running into each other on that train to finally realizing that maybe a second chance at love is something worth grabbing onto...even after hurt feelings. Ms. Cole does an excellent job of relaying both characters apprehensions and desires. I was totally in love with both Lakotsi and Fabiola by the end of Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. This is a great addition to the series and so far....my favorite <3. You can catch my full review via our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMNuD...
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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    January 1, 1970
    Likotsi gets her second chance at the love she left behind (from book one). We get to see another side of Likotsi. She still polished, sophisticated, dedicated, but this time around she gets a second chance. She finally learns why things happened the way they did when she was in New York last. We get to see the woman that dimmed the light that had Likotsi shined brightly before she left New York. The meeting of Fab at the beginning was different and interesting. I found depth to the levels she s Likotsi gets her second chance at the love she left behind (from book one). We get to see another side of Likotsi. She still polished, sophisticated, dedicated, but this time around she gets a second chance. She finally learns why things happened the way they did when she was in New York last. We get to see the woman that dimmed the light that had Likotsi shined brightly before she left New York. The meeting of Fab at the beginning was different and interesting. I found depth to the levels she showed and the way she was revealed to the reader. I found this to be a wonderful addition to the entire series. It help to fill in a few blanks and maybe gave a few hints of more to come. I'm excited to get to the next book of this series. I found the included first chapter to be very alluring. I want to see the next adventure of the circle of friends and family.
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  • Rhode
    January 1, 1970
    Happy sigh. Most of the novella takes place over one day in Manhattan as the two heroines eat dim sum, walk, explore new places including an awesome tiny museum, and walk some more. Which is absolutely my dream date. It was a pleasure dating vicariously through these two. I also loved how each one framed metaphors through her own personality. An ill fitting suit, a spider’s web, and more. This thoughtful writing brought the characters alive for me.Bravo.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I liked how this one started out and then how the story was laid out. The surprising meeting was a great way to introduce these two women to us, along with the wanderings around a great way to see how both have regrets about the past. I really liked that by the end of the work they both told what they were hiding and how by the end of the book they figured out ways to make things work for them.
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  • Miss
    January 1, 1970
    the best thing about this book is the cover. and i don't mean that in an insult way, i mean the cover is just that good. look at them! that's likotsi and fabiola right there!!anyways, thought cole did a great job selling them as a couple in the limited space and i kinda want a short story about fabiola's aunt lise 3.5 stars
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