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Can't Escape Love

(Reluctant Royals #2.6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,904 ratings  ·  657 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
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Published March 19th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Probably my favorite of the series so far. This was SO CUTE.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Since I met Reggie in earlier books in this series, I've been dying for her story. I'm glad I finally made time to read this novella.

Reggie is a twin. She's the smart twin, the successful twin, the twin with direction. Reggie also suffers from insomnia and the only cure is this particular guys voice. Gus is a super smart guy who is great at puzzles. He used to have a channel that Reggie listened to but now it's no more. She needs his voice. After they talk some, he realizes he needs her
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.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august-2020
This one was soooooo good. I didn't read all the other books yet but I'm going back now and reading them!
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
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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
Trina (Between Chapters)
My favorite of this series! I loved the geekdom and the whole set up between these characters (internet crush). Gus is such a considerate love interest! I wish this had been a full length novel. <3 <3 ...more
I've had fairly middling to low ratings for this series upto this point but this novella? Was so sweet, so swoony, so lovely, so adorable. More of this in book three, I hope!

3.75 stars
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 pe
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
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, novella
I didn't want this novella to end, Reggie and Gus are the cutest couple!!!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, r2019, stars-4-0
Another great romance from Alyssa Cole, following Regina this time, Portia’s twin. It might actually be my favourite of the series, and that’s considering this is a novella!

Why? Not only do we have a diverse cast, featuring a black woman and a Vietnamese-American man, but both are neurodiverse too. Then there is the geek side, which let’s face it, I love. Regina is a driven business woman/social media guru with her site GirlsWithGlasses (her use of ‘Lunettes’ had me smile so much - yep, I wear g
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

Cute. While it feels a bit rushed, I enjoyed this adorable story. The two had enough chemistry for a full novel.

C'est la vie.
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
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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Charlie Marie
This is my favorite Alyssa Cole yet!!! Such joyful sweet nerdy love! It was so much fun seeing two MCs who are deeply passionate about a particular thing (fandom & puzzles) and getting to watch them share their nerdery in the cutest of ways!

Also, really thoughtful, lovely representation of identities which are chronically underrepresented in the genre!

I only wish this were a novel instead of a novella, because I could have spent SO much more time with these sweethearts!

Rep: MCs are a Black wom
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
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
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
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.
Laura (bbliophile)
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart while reading this: 💜💖💚💕💛💖💛❤️💚♥️💕💖💛❤️♥️💜💜💕❤️💛💕💛💛💜💜💛💖💚💗💚💗💜💖💜❤️💜♥️💚💙💖💛💜💜♥️
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
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,
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
mindful.librarian ☀️
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.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Very enjoyable moments with MCs who are both uber nerds who connect on the internet. There's a trend of MCs lately who are faced with physical or mental differences. Currently, I'm listening to The Kiss Quotient which features a MC with Asperger.

Regina/Reggie has physical challenges that have weakened her body so that she has to utilize a wheelchair. Gustave/Gus has autism, although the author does not elaborate on this. Both characters are very likable. The story line is Ner
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Reggie and Gus were adorably awkward, sensitive, and really unique characters! I really enjoyed all the nerdiness- anime, comics, and puzzles-such a fun switch of interests! I also loved how their working interests eventually morphed into a sexy and romantically sweet relationship. Overall, I loved the story and wished it was a little bit longer! And Aly, thank you for the book!
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