Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole comes to the blog with a novella installment in the Reluctant Royals series, as we check in with Likotsi as she vacations in New York.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

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.


Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole

Title: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals
Also in this series: A Princess in Theory, , Can't Escape Love, A Prince on Paper
Genre: Contemporary LBGTQ Romance, Female / Female, Interracial, Novella
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062931865
Published on: 8 January, 2019
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 128
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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.


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