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

42128976While 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.

Review:

Man, Cole’s contemporaries are not quite my thing. This novella should have been everything I love, but it wasn’t.

The good:

  • Yeaaa f/f romance in what, to this point, has been a heterosexual romance series!
  • If you’re into second chance romance, this is that.
  • There’s a great look at immigration policy that I was not expecting.
  • The characterization is good, and everyone’s reasons make sense.

The not-so-good:

  • I came in nearly blind, having DNFed Princess in Theory early on. As a result Likotsi’s almost mechanical way of thinking was a shock, and it took a while to understand and get into her character. Just as I managed to do that the book was over. :/
  • The story bounces between two timelines, and while that isn’t a bad thing I kept thinking, “No, go back!” each time it did.

Overall it was more lackluster than I was hoping. I’m going to give Cole one more chance with Prince on Paper because I’m intrigued by the hero’s story, but if that doesn’t go well I may have to stick to her historicals.

4 thoughts on “Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (Reluctant Royals, #2.5)

  1. I found this one entertaining as an audiobook, purely as cute queer fluff, which is what it’s supposed to be 😉 But I agree that it was a bit choppy and short, and a little lackluster. Overall though it’s not a huge time investment and it’s a cute story! I haven’t read anything else by Cole and don’t really plan to but this was fun. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. I’m glad you liked the audio book, and there’s nothing wrong with fluff, hehe. If you do go back to Cole you may want to try her historicals because they are so different in tone from the contemporary and have spies! Action! Adventure! And interracial relationships during the Civil War! 😉

Comments are closed.