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Can't Escape Love

(Reluctant Royals #2.6)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  326 reviews
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. Th ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have literally never disliked anything by Alyssa Cole and this continues the trend. The representation her is amazing. Black woman, Vietnamese-American man, both neurodiverse and she in a wheelchair. Alyssa does a fabulous job of challenging stereotypes against disabled and neurodiverse people, all while creating this incredible, sexy, amazing love story. I don't know how she does it but I hope she never stops.
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

She's a nerd. With glasses. In a wheelchair. He is an escape room creator, among other things, including having a live stream where she was his only follower. Who are they? Regina Hobbs and Gustave Nguyen. They met online years ago, and will soon meet in person.

Reggie is a successful businesswoman and she runs Girls with Glasses. Currently she is over-stressed and is coping with insomnia. Reggie has been attending Gus's live streams and realizes that only his voice can relax
✩ Ashley ✩
3.5 Stars

Audiobook Performance: ★★★★


Can this cover get any better?!?!
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Read as an e-book on Scribd!

Alyssa Cole has done it once again. A beautifully written romance with disability representation and neurodiverse characters. It was a fun, quick read following main character Reggie, who is in a wheelchair but is a motivated woman who runs a website for geeky women called Girls With Glasses. She used to interact online with a guy called Gus, who now designs escape rooms. A chance encounter via emails brings the two of them together, in nerdiness and harmony. At the t
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

This was...nice. I guess that's the overall feeling I have after finishing the book.

I really liked Reggie and Gus together...but I didn't feel any passion between them. I didn't get that spark and sizzle.

Their banter and awkward flirting was adorable, and the slow burn was just the right pace. I like how they both respected each other's interests and understood what it's like to geek out over things. There's something special about bonding with someone about your nerdiness. I absol
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I stress bought this one after a bad night, not looking at where it was in the series (my bad) and wasn't till I started reading it that I saw it was 3.5 in the series... whoopsie.

By then I was already a nice portion through so I just reading, my stubbornness to leave it unfinished to blame.

The good:
Reggie and Gus were interesting people and they had good chemistry.

Their passions for Anime/Geek culture and puzzles respectively, had me smiling.

The banter was super cute.


It felt a lit
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Another excellent entry in this series, this time focusing on Regina, the twin sister to the protagonist of the second novel with a story told during the events of that novel. (We get the other side of the devastating phone call between Portia and Regina at an important part of this story).

Regina is a dynamo of social media nerdery whose barely slowed down by a brain injury that has her mostly wheelchair-bound. But a side effect of that brain injury is problems with sleeping, but that's ok becau
Before Reading
Hi. I'm a nerd with glasses who uses a wheelchair. Reggie is basically me, but with a successful career. *Heart eyes*


After Reading
It's so tempting to rate this 4 stars on principle alone, because THE REPRESENTATION OF MARGINALIZED GROUPS IN FICTION MATTERS!!! I loved that Reggie owned her disability. I loved that Cole showed readers a successful disabled woman, particularly because she wasn't rendered as inspiration porn, merely a smart, hard-working pers
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars**

I didn’t know for sure until I read this novella, but this was the story I needed in 2019. CAN’T ESCAPE LOVE is novella gold and as soon as I got to “the end” I wanted to start it all over again so I could relive the warm fuzzies. I think we all know Alyssa Cole is a little bit magic by this point, but to combine so many relevant and thought-provoking themes/topics into one easy to read, yet romantic novella? I bow down to the queen.

The story (which can totally standalone) is about
Halfway through reading this novella, I had to take a break to email one of my closest friends and shout that she HAS to get this novella and read it because SHE WOULD LOVE IT (even though she's not a frequent romance-reader), and basically, that's what I want to tell ALL of my wonderful geek-girl friends. This story is for us! Read it! YOU WILL LOVE IT.

Reggie is not only a proud geek-girl whose love for various f/sf shows, books and animes has made her life a thousand times better; she's also
My 4th Alyssa Cole book and by far my favourite. I guess I really appreciate geeks in love?? I'm bummed this was only a novella because I wanted more about Reggie and Gus! I loved how unabashedly nerdy they were. She runs a website for nerds who are POC, women, disabled, or otherwise excluded from mainstream nerd culture. He has a puzzle livestream and designs escape rooms. Also thought the representation of disability (physical and mental) was great.
Elley Murray
I. Love. This. Book.

Seriously, every book in this series is somehow better than the last, and my prediction was that this one would make my brain explode with awesomeness, and it basically did.

I have to start by just bowing down before Alyssa Cole at the amazing rep in this book. I stan a book about with a leading lady who is black and disabled, a leading man who is Vietnamese-American, and both are neurodivergent.

Reggie describes herself as a pineapple, and she's had to be - she's a woman op
Kate ☀️ Olson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHHH! That was amazing and I’m so mad because I want MORE REGGIE AND GUS. They’d better get a full-length book of their own sometime in this series! Novellas are fab but I was NOT ready to leave this couple.
Maria Rose
I’ve been enjoying Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals contemporary romance series, with A Princess in Theory well deserving of its spot on my top ten of 2018 list. After reading book two, A Duke by Default, I was definitely curious about Portia’s sister Reggie, and Ms. Cole has fulfilled my wish of writing a story for her with this delightful geek-culture filled novella, Can’t Escape Love.

Regina Hobbs can’t sleep. With all the work going into her website and social media empire, Girls With Glasses,
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Hello! I have died from the adorbs and I'm writing this review from the other side. It's no secret that I love the Reluctant Royals series to pieces, so much so, that I'm actually willing to read novellas from her. Can't Escape Love is one of the best novellas I have ever read. It was fun, sweet, and cheered me up from start to finish. If you've read this series then you already know the heroine, Reggie. I loved getting to know Reggie. I already knew she was going to be an awesome heroine, but s
Alyssa Cole has once again produced a unicorn: a satisfying novella. Not that I wouldn't have been happy with a full length book about these characters. Multicultural romance with a disabled heroine, girl geeks, and escape rooms! This series just kept getting better and better. I hope that Ms. Cole goes on to write many more contemporaries.
⚔ Silvia ⚓
All Alyssa Cole's books I'd read so far have been solid 4 stars but I 100% can't give this less than a full 5 stars ok
Richelle Robinson
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to see that we would be getting about Reggie. For those that don’t know, Reggie is Portia’s twin sister and you can read about Portia in A Duke by Default. I liked the fact that even though they are twins, they are so different. Reggie is a full time blogger, content creator and geek. I loved how she’s into comics, certain fandom's and attends comic conventions. I myself do a lot of these things so it was very refreshing to say the least.

Gus is a cutie who is socially awkwa
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Regina Hobbs has a bit of dilemma. She hates asking people for help, but her insomnia has become an issue as the demands of her popular website consume her time and energy. What worked in the past was being lulled to sleep by her internet friend's voice while watching him solve puzzles on his streaming channel. But, her favorite voice is now mysteriously missing from the internet.

Taking a chance and reaching out leads to discovering the man behind the voice is living in her NYC neighborhood. Gus
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
3.5 stars!

I liked Can’t Escape Love a whole lot! This is my first Alyssa Cole book and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

This novella is a romance story between Reggie and Gus, who used to know each other online but they lost contact until Reggie found him again, because she needed his voice to lull her to sleep. It’s an intriguing premise, in my opinion.
Both Reggie and Gus are skilled professionals, Reggie owns business, Gus is an architect who wants to move to escape-the-room quest because he’s pa
Helen Kord
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, m-f
I had to think long and hard about how I felt about this book, but realized I cannot in good conscience give it a better rating, and it breaks my heart, beacause I loved the characters and the writing, as is usual with Alyssa Cole's books.

I loved the characters. I've wanted to know more about Reggie ever since she showed up and Gus was just wonderful. Their chemistry was sweet and charged and made me giggle through the whole story. Their dynamics was just the best! Two people who think the other
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin, kindle
Reggie is the twin sister to Portia, who we meet in Book 2 "A Duke by Design". I was eager to learn more about Reggie, an African-American woman, who uses wheelchair and has a profitable blog about popular nerd culture. Gus is a mildly autistic Vietnamese-American man who loves puzzles and is trying to have a career designing escape rooms. I love the whole concept of this book.

Both Reggie and Gus have hangups about relationships because of previous bad experiences and their own insecurities abou
Laura (bbliophile)
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart while reading this: 💜💖💚💕💛💖💛❤💚♥💕💖💛❤♥💜💜💕❤💛💕💛💛💜💜💛💖💚💗💚💗💜💖💜❤💜♥💚💙💖💛💜💜♥ ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
I am not a huge novella reader, but Alyssa Cole has crafted a cast filled with such wonderful and interesting characters, that I found myself squealing with joy at the announcement of Reggie's book.

I wanted to know more about Reggie, because she was Portia's twin sister and the creator of Girls with Glasses. She was fiercely independent, a go-getter, empowered, and a fantastically fabulous geek girl. I not only wanted her to get her HEA, I wanted to be her friend.

And Gus, dear sweet Gus. I was s
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
So cute -- the plot here falls down a bit towards the end, but I loved the characters so much that I didn't mind. Very enjoyable little novella
mina reads™️
3.5 stars

I really wish this was a full length novel there’s so many amazing elements here and I adored Reggie. I really like Gus and their relationship and the discussion of fandom and nerd spaces and inclusivity. I loved reading about two neurodiverse poc in a romance novel. I loved seeing a disabled black woman be written as strong, self sufficient and she doesn’t need saving or fixing. There was so much here to enjoy but it was so surface level, the development coming at breakneck pace and it
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Another great book in Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. Great characters, lovely story arc, and just made me happy!
This book could've been a little longer (mostly because I needed more nerdy, fandom-related banter), but I'll take what I can get. This series just hits the sweet spot every time.
4.5 Stars

Link to Twitter Live-Tweeting (spoilers only for Chapter 1 and premise):

This novella pressed my happy buttons on so many levels. At one point, my roommate asked me if I was all right because I had emitted a half-sigh-half-shriek of a "Good Book Noise." And I highlighted so many memorable lines that it was difficult to go through them afterwards and pick which ones to include in the review.

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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 he

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Reluctant Royals (3 books)
  • A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
  • A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2)
  • A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)
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