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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

(Reluctant Royals #2.5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,052 ratings  ·  930 reviews
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, she's determined to rediscover her joy--so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart
Kindle Edition, 106 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Avon Impulse
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K.E. Hamilton You can read this on its own but you may need to read at least A Princess In Theory to understand where Likotsi is from and what her job is.
Gaele it's just a "while you were waiting' book - a novella filler installment to flush out one character but not long enough to create in paper format whil…moreit's just a "while you were waiting' book - a novella filler installment to flush out one character but not long enough to create in paper format while waiting for the next release. The next full length in this series is A Prince on Paper that is scheduled to release in April 2019

Oh -and according to the publisher site - this is releasing in paper on 19 February, 2019. (less)

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#1.) A Princess in Theory ★★★★
#2.) A Duke by Default ★★★★

“Out of all the train cars in all the world you had to walk into mine.”

Oh my word, this was glorious. Alyssa Cole just keeps proving, over and over, that she is the queen of romance, and that the Reluctant Royals series is such a bright shining light for the romance genre. And I truly and utterly fell completely in love with Likotsi and Fabiola, and this is one of my new favorite f/f stories ever written.

Likotsi is the persona
Elle (ellexamines)
“Took you long enough,” she said, finally.
Somewhere, the polite part of Likotsi’s mind chided her for blocking the flow of pedestrian traffic, but she didn’t start walking. She slowly adjusted the lapels of her coat and then the hem of each cuff. “Well. I’m certainly worth the wait.”

I really appreciated this short romance novella!! This follows two girls, Likotsi and Fabiola, as they spend a day in New York City catching up. Along the way, there will be misunderstandings, discussio
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
This was absolutely perfect and reminded me of just how much I love this series. I need to get caught up ASAP!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I 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:

one: you do not need to have read A Princess in Theory to understand this or understand the characters;
two: you might want to read A Princess in Theory first anyway, because after reading this you'll want
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SapphicAThon: Group book, WOC, cover love

Rep: Black sapphic main characters, f/f romance

I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is a sweet and cute second chance romance. It's connected to Alyssa Cole's A Princess in Theory but isn't necessary to read.

The story is told as a non-linear narrative. There's the present day after their short fling, and the past where the characters meet
3.5 stars

Likotsi and Fabiola's second chance romance was short and sweet and I enjoyed it lots! I listened to the audio (like all the other books in this series) and the narrator was fabulous as always. For some reason, I had trouble staying invested into the story but I think that's more my fault than the books... Either way, it was a great addition to this series!
✨    jay   ✨
SapphicAThon Round Two: challenge one (read the group book) ✅

This was sooo freakin cute (but also sexy!) I loved the characters a lot, both Fabiola and Likotsi were so well fleshed out even though this book is short which I loved. Even though it's not necessary, I do wish I had read the other books in this world first because I felt like I missed some things.

I found this very whirlwhind and 'love at first sight' though, which is not my personal favourite so I feel for that I didn't like it as m
mina reads™️
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was so well written, the angst and passion between the characters was very well done in this story. I think the author did a great job of showcasing chemistry and intimacy despite the brevity of their initial love affair. It was very sweet and honestly beautiful for me as a black bi woman to see two wonderful, strong black women fall in love. I wish it was longer, I truly don’t understand why the author couldn’t give this couple a full novel because there was so much emotion and c
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I always meant to try Alyssa Cole but never had - this came up in Edelweiss and I was happy to see two women on the cover. This is just a novella because they are side characters in the Reluctant Royals series. I think it's about time for non-straight characters to have their own series, and Alyssa Cole could be the author to do it! (But maybe not from a madeup African country, I'm just saying.)

It looks like this whole series would scratch the same itch as all the Netflix/Hallmark Christmas roya
This book was just as cute as the adorable cover! So far I've liked both novellas by Alyssa Cole better than any of her novels I've read. Tbh 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 t ...more
Sierra Elmore
this was GAY
Jude in the Stars
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Likotsi didn’t expect a fling to break her heart but a few nights with Fabiola were enough for her to be all in. Not Fabiola, though. A few months, chance brings them together again but for Likotsi, the fear of going through the same pain again is overwhelming.

After I read Alyssa Cole’s soon-to-be released How to Find a Princess, I went back in time (I wish I could do that for real, I need more time to read) and read her previous f/f romance, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy so I could get a better feel
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am utterly obsessed with this cover and cannot wait for this!!!
This was too freaking cute. I don't know why I've dragged my feet forever on Alyssa Cole, but this was a great one to start with, even if it came mid-series. A new f/f fave. ...more
Everyone told me I was gonna love this, and everyone was right
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this little novella less upon finishing it than I do now. It's been a month since I finished it; should have written a review at the time. Story of my life, print it on a t-shirt. But in fairness to me, I was a bit distracted that weekend from the annual wonderfest known as the Tucson Festival of Books, a beautiful celebration of literacy and imagination and yummy food that is always held on or near my birthday, so happy birthday to me. And Alyssa Cole was there that weekend! So I got to ...more
Brittany Lee
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs
Female/Female romance. This was sweet, had heat and lovely romantic tenderness.

I loved the storyline and the setup, but this felt a tad incomplete. Add on 200 more pages of details and plot development and it would be a 5 star read for me. I wanted more back story or character development for the first and secondary characters. The secondary characters felt thrown in just to have something to base the story around.

The cover is absolutely stunning. What a cute couple and the colors of their cloth
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
SDKDHDKDDJ they're so cute and now we finally know what happened!!! ...more
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Black lesbian mc, Black bi mc

cute but too much telling (and explaining) over showing for my taste
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

This was a really cute story that pulled at my heartstrings. I didn't want it to end and pouted when it was over. It was the perfect end to a long day :).

I wanted to hug the both of them for different reasons over the course of the story. My heart broke for Fab more than once too.

Will check out the others in the series someday soon hopefully *crosses fingers*
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a soft, cute, beautiful, slightly angsty second - chance romance. I want to cry.
Alice (Married To Books)
Listened to the audiobook via Scribd!

A dual POC F/F Romance in the heart of New York City? YES PLEASE! I was super delighted when the narrator for the audio, turned out to be the one who narrated A Princess In Theory (listening fans, stop by that audio ASAP) and so, my Sunday afternoon was spent listening to the novella. Do note that this is a companion novella to the main Reluctant Royals series. Personally, I would say that you can read this as a standalone. However, due to some past reference
Geri Reads
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book releases today!

ARC provided by Avon
Richelle Robinson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading “A Princess In Theory” I always wondered what happened with Likosti and her mystery date. So it’s pretty much safe to say how excited I was to read this book!

“Finding a sexual partner is easy,” Likotsi replied. “Finding someone that makes you need to know more about them is not.”

The story was told in past and present tense which I really enjoyed. It’s nice to have a backstory and be “there” when the couple fall for each other. I loved the banter and chemistry between Likosti and F
Charlie Marie
Sweet, delicious sapphic goodness! This novella was a total treat!

Starring my fav supporting character from the Reluctant Royals series, this love story is told in alternating perspectives of the two rad, WOC leads: Likotski, a dapper and ultra-competent advisor to a prince, and Fabiola, a stylish femme accountant and jewelry designer.

It also alternates between the past, when they met, had a whirlwind romance, and then parted ways, and the present, where they reconnect after a chance meeting on
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really cute f/f second chance romance! I really like Alyssa Cole's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes it's a bit insta-lovey but I liked the characters and liked their love story nonetheless. ...more
Georgia (thefictionfolio)
“Out of all the train cars in all the world you had to walk into mine.”

3.5 stars


This was so cute! (And so sexy!) I loved the characters and the romance and the split timelines. It's essentially insta-love but I also fell into insta-love with them so that didn't bother me at all. I know this is instalment 2.5 in the series, and I picked it up having never read any of the others, and with no intention to -- but! I enjoyed it so much I may just have to go back an
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any heroine who refers to herself as “Likotsi Adelele, mother of schedules and slayer of inefficiencies” wins my heart immediately. :) And this was such a delightful, fun romance novella! It's part of the Reluctant Royals series, but it stands alone perfectly - you could certainly read this story first.

Likotsi and Fabiola had three intense and amazing dates last year, both fell head-over-heels in love...and then Fabiola cut Likotsi off without a word. Now, eight months later, Fabiola has just o
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, but think I would have loved it even more if it were longer! I wanted to see more of them together
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
i adore this series so much
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Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bust ...more

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“Took you long enough,” she said, finally. Somewhere, the polite part of Likotsi’s mind chided her for blocking the flow of pedestrian traffic, but she didn’t start walking. She slowly adjusted the lapels of her coat and then the hem of each cuff. “Well. I’m certainly worth the wait.” 2 likes
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