Mini Reviews: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Can’t Escape Love, & A Prince on Paper

Today I’ve got mini reviews on three Reluctant Royals stories from Alyssa Cole. Check out my thoughts below!


OnceGhosted,TwiceShyOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon Impulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 106 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

Yessss! Likotsi finally gets her love story!!! It was great seeing this hardworking royal assistant get time to herself to explore New York but fate has other plans when her ex Fabiola, beautiful jewelry maker and lively social guru, ends up on the same train. Likotsi is still torn up about how things ended but the two of them embark on a fun filled day. I loved the flashbacks interspersed through the present, showing the original relationship and how things played out. More thrilling though was their current dynamic and how they still work together. Honestly this was a wonderful F/F novella and I loved every minute of reading it.


Can'tEscapeLoveCan’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon Impulse on March 19, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 128 Format: eBook Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She’s finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?

Thank goodness for Reggie! She’s such an iconic wheelchair using nerd creating a whole internet empire while being super secure in both her body and mind. Gus, on the other hand, is super direct and acknowledges his difficulties recognizing emotion. He’s incredibly considerate though and knows what he wants. While a bit strange, I loved how these two met and what brought them back together. It was such an interesting dynamic with how they both needed each other but they didn’t realize how much until they met IRL. If I could give this more stars, I absolutely would!


APrinceonPaperA Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon on April 30, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

Nya and Johan’s story was so lovely in both the romance and character department. Both of them are dealing with the weight of their pasts; Johan afraid to fall in love for the threat of loss and Nya struggling to come to terms with her father’s abuse and her sheltered life. There’s such a soft, sweet build up between them and while there’s a fake engagement in play, Nya and Johan are definitely feeling a real connection. This one delved a little more into the politics side of royals and I absolutely adored Johan’s relationship with his sibling. Needless to say Alyssa Cole once again nailed it and I cannot get enough of this series!


Have you read any of the Reluctant Royals books?

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