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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: A Reluctant Royals Novella | Alyssa Cole
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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, shes determined to rediscover her joyso 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.
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rachelsbrittain
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Loved this novella about Likotsi and Fabiola. The alternating POVs switching between the present after Fabiola "ghosted" her (kinda) and the past when they first met during Thabiso's first stay in New York were a great way to tell the story. Definitely a fun aside in the series!

HOTPock3tt I loved this one too! ♥️ 1w
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shanaqui
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This was cute when it relaxed and stopped trying to use at least two adjectives for every sentence. It probably doesn't help my understanding of the story that I haven't read the main books of the series.

One very explicit sex scene (near the end, in a hotel room), which is skippable.

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shanaqui

Man, this isn't starting out well for me -- this sort of writing just feels clunky: “It deserved better than to be the receptacle of memories that impeded her forward motion like a badly tailored suit that was too tight at the knees and elbows.“

Here's hoping it eases up!

(Also, the title seems... wrong? Fabiola didn't ghost Likotsi, she broke up with her. Firmly and clearly.)

Clare-Dragonfly The title bugged me, too! But it‘s such a great title 😂 4w
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CoffeeK8
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#7days7books #7days7covers #covercrush 7 days of books whose covers you love 😍. Thanks for the tag @MrsMalaprop I‘m tagging you @ScientistSam if you‘re interested in playing.

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xicanti
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Friends, this was exactly what I needed. Alyssa Cole delivers a fun, flirty read with more serious undertones from the mystery of why Fab ghosted Likotsi all those months ago. The dual timelines amp up the tension and drive home the chemistry between the two women, to the extent that Cole accomplishes the (near) impossible: she made me believe in the instalove.

Yeah. That happened.

Definitely recommended to f/f romance seekers.

NeamhainHughes I am on the hunt for this book! Can‘t wait to read it. 7mo
xicanti @NeamhainHughes I hope you can get your hands on it soon. It‘s SO good. 7mo
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xicanti
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Late night supper, featuring book and enchilada casserole thing. Normally I put this chicken/rice/cream cheese mixture in a pepper, but it works almost as well in a soup bowl.

Also pictured: CLUTTER from this never-ending painting project. I‘m frustrated.

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xicanti
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Break time with furikake and f/f romance. I‘ve still gotta shop for fixtures, see what touch-ups are necessary once everything‘s dry, and move stuff back into my room, but at least I‘m done with the actual painting part of the day.

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xicanti
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1. ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY by Alyssa Cole, THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert, and the Queers Destroy Horror! issue of NIGHTMARE, with THE LOVE SONG OF SAWYER BELL by Avon Gale waiting in the wings.

2. COVER UP by L.A. Witt.

3. My weekend‘s mostly gonna be a mad dash to finish this painting project, but shopping for new shelves and suchlike will be fun if I can find enough time for it. Ditto mainlining queer books.

#weekendreads

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Purplerosiepage
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like this as much as I wanted to.

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ReadingRambo
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This second chance romance features the following: dates with good food, tours of NYC, and women in impeccably tailored suits. 5 stars!

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Michollio
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Mehso-so

I like the endings in this series, but I'm not really connecting with the characters. I think I'm going to go ahead and stop here instead of reading the last one.

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Julsmarshall
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Loved this! Great fun, sweet story, really adds to the series. #romantsy

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book was just as cute as the adorable cover! But I'm bummed her stories about queer and disabled characters only get novellas and the straight abled characters get the novels? Anyway, I really liked this story, which is told half in flashbacks of when the women first met and Fab ghosted Likotsi and when they meet again months later. If you're waiting for the sex scene, you just might have to wait until the end... Also I want to marry Likotsi.

TieDyeDude Have you read anything else by her? 9mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @TieDyeDude Yep, I've read the first two novels and the other novella in the Reluctant Royals series and also An Extraordinary Union. 9mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is just so fuckin cute I can't handle it. Also I love the cover so much! #QueerBooks #Romantsy #Romance #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BlackBooks #BisexualBooks

Liatrek Loved this one so much❤️ 9mo
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TsundokuAleax
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This was a fun quick read that helped fill in some of what happened in A Princess in Theory. It was great to get the two time frames of the romance filled in. It is done in such a way that you don't really find out what exactly happened the first time till near the end. Also happy that this was my first f/f romance. #romantsy

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sophierayton
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This was the first book I heard about from this author and was intrigued so wanted to read the series in order. This book is a novella, so naturally it is short and there's not as much to hold on to as the first two, but it's still fun, sweet and hot. This is the first lesbian romance I've read and I thought it was done well.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Such a cute, fun queer romance! 😍 I loved Fab and Likotsi and will definitely be looking for more books by Alyssa Cole. I wasn‘t 100% satisfied that all the threads were wrapped up, but I was still happy with the ending.

Sorry about the picture. Ian stole my phone while I was writing the review 😂

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Squee, Fab is bi! 😍

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I have a few other library books awaiting my attention, but I couldn‘t resist starting this one, which I picked up from the new books display today. So far, it‘s making me wonder why I took so long to read Alyssa Cole!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I love this cover it is so adorable. Apparently the two women are a couple in real life! 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian That‘s awesome! It is SUCH a great cover and now I like it even more. 🥰 10mo
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BlameJennyJane
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I loved the characters in this! And I‘m a sucker for a cute cover... especially when it seems so fitting, as this one does for Fab and Likotski. ❤️❤️❤️

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BlameJennyJane
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I cannot remember the last time this house was so quiet. The hubs is at work, son is at school, #catsoflitsy are sleeping... and no damn TV on! I‘ve been working long days, weekends too, and was about to lose my sh*t if I didn‘t have some time to regenerate and breathe. Best Monday ever.

Bklover Good for you! Enjoy your quiet and solitude!👍 11mo
BlameJennyJane @Bklover thank you!! 😊 11mo
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Tera0707
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Glad I was finally able to read Likotsi and Fab‘s story. I wish there was more to it. But this novella will just have to do. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tera0707
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Reading this novella because I love the Reluctant Royals series. It‘s a nice in-betweener/palate-cleanser before I go back to the other series I‘m reading.

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emtobiasz
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Downloaded this #audiobook from #Libby last week when i needed something to listen to. I‘ve never listened to a romance novel on audio before and thought a novella would be a good one to try first. It‘s a quick listen (3.5 hours) and I‘m really enjoying it so far! #romantsy #lgbtqia

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writerlibrarian
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The novella seems longer and more than a « normal » novella. The story is told and shown in a day with flashbacks. It is very well constructed and keeps the reader engaged. The love story is not rushed and is believable. It‘s a lovely postcard of New York roads less traveled. Both Fab and Likotsi are vibrant, alive and in touch with there heart. Good read. #romantsy #lgbt

MrBook Great review! 11mo
WhatWouldJaneDo I'm going to have to read this one, I finished the first book in the series recently and I loved Likotsi! I wanted more of her the whole time. 11mo
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writerlibrarian
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Finishing the novella tonight. No hockey, but the best homemade chicken soup ever. Best things on this winter February day.

https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/the-best-chicken-soup-recipe/

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writerlibrarian
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Penguin's in Florida. Almost done with the novella. Very good novella.
#readingandwatchinghockey

⭐️ also playing tonight.

writerlibrarian 🐧 are already behind by one. 11mo
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writerlibrarian
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Dilemma. Finish in one go the novella , it's really good I don't want it to end or stretch it out. Decisions. Decisions.
Leafs hockey tonight. Today was a way better day. 🙂
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Leafs are trailing the Sens 2-1. With the 2nd period almost done 🍁 are ahead by one 3-2. 4-3 in the 3rd. Sens tie. 4-4. 🍁 win 5-4 (edited) 11mo
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writerlibrarian
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Today was a not a good day. But back is better and 🐧 are playing tonight. Hoping to finish the novella.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 🐧 are behind 2-0 12mo
CarolynM Pity the a Penguins couldn't cheer you up with this game. 😒 Home tomorrow is better😘 12mo
writerlibrarian @CarolynM thank you. It was a better day. 🙂 11mo
CarolynM 👍 11mo
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writerlibrarian
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Will try to get ahead the novella. It's raining and it will be sleet tomorrow. 🍁 at home fighting the lame 🦆
#readingandwatchinghockey
Oh and Freddie is in the net tonight.

writerlibrarian 🍁 are wearing away sweaters. Which is confusing somehow fir me. JT 🚨 and it's 1-0 🍁. TO finally 🚨 on PP. After 2, it's 3-0. Willy gets 2 points in reply to the 🦆 🚨 . 5-1 🍁. 6-1 less than 5m to go. (edited) 12mo
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writerlibrarian
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Saturday night is hockey night. Reading and hockey. Two of my favourite things. Add my two favourite teams playing each other on hockey night in Canada. Well.... 😄😄
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Sidney from Tanger draw first blood. 1-0 🐧 Teddy!!!! 2-0 🐧. 34 scores on a strange shot. 2-1 and 🍁 go on PP. 🍁 tie on D 🚨. 🍁 pull ahead 3-2 (edited) 12mo
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writerlibrarian
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Made an amazing chicken 🥣, ginger, garlic, turmeric, pearl couscous. It's easy, smells and tastes amazing. Especially on a cold, snowy Saturday. Along with a 💕 theme 📚. Heaven.

Recipe https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/the-best-chicken-soup-recipe/

Liatrek Loved this book! 12mo
writerlibrarian @Liatrek i've enjoyed the books in this series so far. Looking forward to Likosti's story 12mo
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writerlibrarian
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Cold Friday hockey night. 🐧 vs Senator without 71. 🍁 in Detroit. The m/m romance was okay. Review to follow soon. New book, new nails (Valentine theme).
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 🐧 open the score with Teddy's first NHL goal. 87 to 59 and...🚨Rusty makes it 3-0. Rusty adds one after the Sens got one. 4-1. With 7 m to Sens 🚨 on PP 4-2. 🐧 's D was caught and now it's 4-3. 59 goes 6 hole with an 🍎 from 87. 5-3 🐧 with less than 3m. Pens win. (edited) 12mo
GlassAsDiamonds I love these hockey posts!!! 😊😊😊♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊 12mo
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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I‘m pretty happy with this kick off to the new year. LOTS of great reads this month! But the one that I loved the most was Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. Who knew a novella would win my heart? I have a love/hate relationship with novellas and short stories, they‘re either rushed or absolutely perfect. This one is a new favorite! Great pacing, nuanced story arc, interesting MCs, excellently executed flash backs, balanced tension, HEA, beautiful prose.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job!! 📚💕 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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Book 2 done! This was adorable. I love this series! Though it kind of works as a standalone, I recommend with starting with “A Princess in Theory”. #weneeddiversebooks #24in48 #24b4monday
@24in48 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Awesome time! Keep it up 💪 12mo
Andrew65 Great time. 👍😊 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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#weneeddiversebooks These two are on my docket for this weekend or at least this week as part of #24in48
I adore Alyssa Cole, both her contemporary and period romances. @24in48

Liatrek Yes! Alyssa Cole is amazing😊 and I loved this novella❤️ 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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Next up for the two readathons! #24in48 #24B4Monday

heikemarie Soooo good! Getting into the next one after the current read! 12mo
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bibliocurl
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Book #2 for @24in48 . Hope everyone is enjoying some always- needed reading time! 📖 #24in48

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ness
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Black wlw for the win! I loved getting the skinny on Litkotsi‘s romance (she‘s the Prince Thabiso‘s assistant in A Princess in Theory). This would easily be five stars if not for the ableist words. Still, I highly recommend it, and I can‘t wait for Reggie‘s novella next month!

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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I can‘t express how much I loved this story. It was sad and sweet with just enough tension. And the epilogue made me cry a little, in a really good way. Kotsi is sexy as hell, I want to *be* Fab, and the city was a charming character in itself. This novella might be my favorite Alyssa Cole book. (I have to finish reading all her stuff first, just to be sure, lol!)
#ReadingWomenChallenge @thereadingwomen #9 #ANovella

andreadmw I need to read her! So many books so little time 😭❤️ 📚 12mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @andreadmw I know! Mt.TBR is ever growing! #BookNerdProblems 12mo
andreadmw Always! 12mo
Nessavamusic On my tbr! 12mo
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Verity
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Read this at the weekend and really enjoyed it. Loved the characters and really enjoyed finding out what was behind their actions. Can‘t wait for the next full novel in the series now.

WanderingBookaneer Stacked! 12mo
Verity @WanderingBookaneer if you‘ve read a princess in theory, you‘ll love getting the low down on what Likotsi was up to while that was going on. If you haven‘t and you fancy a bit of F/f second chance romance it‘ll work for you too! 12mo
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CoffeeK8
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Lovely #romantsy novella, I stayed up much too late finishing it last night 💕💕💕

LauraBeth I have the first book in this series sitting here waiting to be opened! 12mo
samnreader Glad you loved it! 12mo
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CoffeeK8
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Starting this one now, I‘m excited to see Likotsi again in her own story!

sebrittainclark I loved it (and the preview of the next book at the end)! 12mo
CoffeeK8 @sebrittain i didn‘t realize there was a preview... yay! 12mo
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llwheeler
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I cannot resist this cover!

But I haven't read the other Reluctant Royals books yet. Anyone know if I need to read them first? Or is order not too important for this one?

bunny I don't think it's necessary to read the other Reluctant Royal books. (Although you should in the future, because they're wonderful!) Other characters make cameos, but the books are all standalones. Hope you enjoy! 12mo
llwheeler @bunny Awesome, thanks! They're definitely on my list to get to eventually! 12mo
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HOTPock3tt
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~Reluctant Royals!!!!~ ♥️🎉 Yes!! I really enjoyed this Novella. The entire series is mostly character driven and doesn‘t have a lot of steamy scenes, but it has a “modern fairy tale” vibe that is just irresistible. This one gives a bit of backstory on Likotsi‘s time in New York, and introduces one of my fave new characters Fabiola. It was sweet, romantic and you really get drawn into the characters‘ world. Can‘t wait for more in this series!! 🤗

HOTPock3tt Thanks so much @Liatrek for letting me know this was out and where to find it!!! ♥️It was so much fun! 12mo
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Liatrek
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Absolutely loved it and so excited to see Regina will get her novella😍😍😍

HOTPock3tt Omg I didn‘t even know!!! 😵I ADORE this series!! ♥️ where can we read the novella?? @Liatrek 12mo
Liatrek @HOTPock3tt I got this on my nook for 1.99 and it‘s also on Amazon. 12mo
HOTPock3tt OMG thank you soo much!!!! ♥️🎉📚I just got mine from amazon!!! You are awesome 🤗 @Liatrek 12mo
Liatrek @HOTPock3tt welcome! I hope you like it 🤞🏾 12mo
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suzisteffen
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Whoops, I read it anyway! I‘d say the sex is written in a rather mediocre way, but the romance is sweet and so is New York - and the realities of why Fab ghosted Kotsi are 🔥. BUT. This needs to be a novel, not a novella. F/F romance deserves the same treatment as M/F. Can‘t say if that was the publisher or the author. Still love the series but hmmm.

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suzisteffen
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I finally started this last night and ahhhhh I have too much work to do today to read more and ahhhhhh! Love Alyssa Cole‘s work. 🏳️‍🌈🥰😘❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️‍🌈

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SarahSaysRead
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Everything Alyssa Cole writes is gold, but especially her Reluctant Royals series. I'm so happy Likotsi got her own little love story. 👑💖👠

#romance #contemporaryromance #royals #lgbtq+

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Liatrek
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Dusted off my nook to read this one😊 loving it so far❤️

DivineDiana Love your gloves! ❤️ 12mo
Liatrek @DivineDiana Thank you! One of my fav Christmas gifts! 12mo
tracey38 Yes, I love the gloves, too! 12mo
readordierachel Those are fabulous! 12mo
suzisteffen Oh yessss I need to get started on this novella! 12mo
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