Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
by 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.
Since I stopped being such a snob and started reading Romance last year, I’ve been craving more and more books from the genre and I’ve been enjoying them so much!
I’ve been seeing great things about Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series for a while – I tend to prefer Historical Romance or Romantasy than Contemporary Romance, but her books look so fun and it’s so refreshing to see people of colour on her covers – and as soon as I saw Once Ghosted, Twice Shy I knew I had to read this series, because f/f romance is my jam. I just happened to check out the reviews and learned that it wasn’t vital to read the other books in the series before reading this one, so I happily dove straight in and I ended up loving this novella.
It’s winter when Likotsi runs into Fabiola, the woman who broke her heart the previous spring, and when they both just happen to have the first day off work in a long time, Fabiola seizes the opportunity to explain herself and get Likotsi to give her a second chance.
Alyssa Cole’s writing is so easy to read and, unlike some Romance out there, it never felt cheesy; Likotsi and Fabiola’s chemistry leaps off the page, and while I’m not usually a fan of ‘we met and fell in love in the space of a few days’ I believed it here. There are times in life when you meet people you just happen to click with, and that’s exactly what happened with these two before Fabiola’s personal life took a turn for the worse and she was forced to put an end to their relationship before it could really begin.
There’s very little I can say about this novella without giving too much away, but it definitely has me keen to read more of Alyssa Cole’s work this year and it was so satisfying to see a story like this featuring a romance between two women of colour at its centre. I’ll definitely be checking out Cole’s Reluctant Royals novels this year, and I’d love to see more of Likotsi and Fabiola in future!