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Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

42128976I know nothing about the trilogy of which Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is a spin-off, I read this novella just because it was a second-chance romance about two black women falling in love – and then falling in love again – in New York, and that premise was enough for me. And now I can say two things:

  1. you do not need to have read A Princess in Theory to understand this or understand the characters;
  2. you might want to read A Princess in Theory first anyway, because after reading this you’ll want to read it for sure, Alyssa Cole’s writing is amazing, and you might as well read things in order!

I loved this book more than I expected to, and with that premise, I had high expectations. The main reason it surprised me? The writing. All the descriptions – the sounds, the food, the clothes – were so vivid that I could picture everything effortlessly. It’s a contemporary romance that is actually atmospheric, and I can’t believe how rare that is. One of my main problems with American contemporaries is the way they never describe the setting, because they assume that you – the reader, who is of course American, because it’s not like books written in the US are read (and translated!) worldwide, no – already know how it looks like. And I don’t! I love when books don’t assume I do.

I also loved the romance, of course. Fabiola and Likotsi had chemistry (these two!! I can’t. They were adorable), the conflict was believable, the pacing was slow but not so slow that it became a problem for me (and this is why I prefer romance novellas to novels).
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is also a story that talks about some heavy themes – like deportation – without losing the lightheartedness that is typical of the romance genre, and it has, of course, a happy ending.

If you’ve ever wanted to read a story about a Haitian-American bisexual woman who dreams of making and selling jewelry falling in love with an African woman (from the fictional country of Thesolo) who is the assistant of a prince… here it is. It was everything I didn’t know I wanted.

My rating: ★★★★¾

5 thoughts on “Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

  1. I’m reading A Due by Default right now and I’m only like 60 pages in, but I’m really enjoying to so far. So I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much! I definitley want to check out more of Alyssa Cole’s books. Probably this one before A Princess in Theory, cause I love second-chance romance and I don’t think I’ve read an f/f one yet!

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    1. It’s the only second chance f/f romance I can think of right now, too. And I’m glad to hear A Duke by Default is good so far! I love Alyssa Cole’s writing but novel-length m/f romance is very much out of my comfort zone (…which could be material for the next Out of My Comfort Zone post!)


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