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Twice Shy

(New Milton #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he's doing great.

Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.

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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 310 pages
Published November 1st 2019
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Another charming story from Sally Malcolm set in and around the quaint sea side town of New Milton.

Can be a stand alone but fans of this series are sure to enjoy this instalment.

Joel Is living quite a lonely life when Ollie rocks into his world and turns it upside down.The title Twice Shy totally applies to him.Still recovering from his failed marriage four years ago and the fact that's he's not out in town he's extremely reluctant to have any kind of relationship.But Ollie slowly starts to bre
☆ Todd
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it

This story was "fine", but didn't work as well as the previous books in the series, so I liked both Joel and Ollie, but it wasn't an everlasting, true love for the ages for me.

I think my main issue was that strong, confident, successful, and independent investment banker Joel had a completely debilitating breakdown when his marriage ended, and even 4 whole years later, he was still an emotional shipwreck just waiting to happen.

That never fully rang true to me, feeling more exaggerated than what
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

I'm so SOOOOOOO happy I found this series; it's like slipping into my coziest slippers and jim jams then having a cup of hot chocolate with Malcolm providing the perfect book to round out the picture of bliss. I just know it's going to be enjoyable. I thank everyone on Goodreads who pushed Perfect Day, Love Around the Corner and Between the Lines through my feed, enticing me because the quaint little town of New Milton has rapidly become a favorite place to visit.

I've come to count on Malcol
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq, to-read-again
*4,5 stars*

I loved it.
To me, this is romance at its best, ticking a good few of my ‘happy boxes’:

.) two highly sympathetic and interesting MCs
.) a good amount of pining
.) a teeny bit of angst
.) some deeper complex issues addressed
.) a plot that’s (maybe not brand-new but) extremely well done

I loved both, Joel and Ollie.

He’s one of those gentle, kind guys. What he’s craving more than anything is a family. Someone to look after and to help out.
But Joel also has got serious commitment issue
Book 3 in the New Milton series, it can be read as a standalone. I can attest to that because I haven’t read the previous stories, but I may have to remedy that when in the mood for a good romance leaving me with a warm smile on my face. Because this one did that for me.

Ollie is a young, nice and very likable man who, upon the death of his sister, got to raise his 2 nephews. Not an easy task, but I could feel the deep familial love he has that makes him do his best and put on a brave face. Even
h o l l i s
As per usual with Malcolm's writing, I wept my way through this story. Unlike the last read, however, both these characters felt solid, the connection very well laid, and as a result everything just.. worked. Oh, it wasn't sunshine and roses, that's for sure, there was a lot of emotional struggle, grief, and more, and while I never love a blow-up or break-up over miscommunication, unlike with book two, this one made sense to me. Plus, it was less an issue of not understanding and more.. well, yo ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

When I reviewed Perfect Day, the first in Sally Malcolm’s series of m/m contemporary romances set in the fictional Long Island resort of New Milton, I called it “the sort of book you finish with a heartfelt sigh of satisfaction and a dreamy smile”.  Something about the author’s writing just clicks with me; her protagonists and secondary characters are always three-dimensional and attractively flawed, the dialogue flows naturally and he
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
4.5 stars from me. Another lovely Sally Malcolm read...much better for me than Between the Lines, as in that one I couldn't warm to Luca at all. In this instalment of the New Milton series, I liked both MC's especially Ollie, and of course add kids in to the mix, and I'm pretty much a puddle of goo. 💜💚🧡💛💙

This was such a sweet story, with quite a few tears I admit. Of course Joel acted like a muppet at times, but who could blame him when his ex wife had really done a number on his confidence and
Sam (AMNReader)
A pretty under-the-hood look at parenting and working a romance into that, which to be honest kind of reminded me of The First Time at Firelight Falls in the structure, and in a sense had me wanting to reread that and recall how Gabe gifted Annalise with words...

So anyway, it was good. Really, I enjoyed this book, but I continued to draw these direct comparisons. I loved Ollie, and I liked the dynamic overall here but I'm not sure I ever "got" Joel other than caretaking and insecurities related

3.5 stars

In this one the MCs are Ollie, a 24 year old who has taken up the responsibility of his two nephews after his sister's and brother in laws death, and Joel, a teacher and former banker who settled in to New Milton shortly after divorce.
The two meet at the PTA and have a spark but both come with some heavy luggage. Ollie has the kids and Joel has an emotional blockage. Is their connection enough to want to sort through it together or are they better off alone?
Overall another solid ins
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 51%.
I got really bored. :/ In this series I loved the Christmas novella the most.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
the cover of this book was my first warning.

when i first saw it i was disappointed it wasn't as nice as the other new milton books and that disappointment continued throughout the book.

let's start with what i liked:
- found family
one of my favourite tropes
- setting
love the small beach town vibes
- cute kids
you can tell malcolm knows kids with how accurately they're depicted
- happy ending
who doesn't love a hea?

okay.. now what i didn't like:
- too much going on
ollie is a young single dad of two strug
Jules Lovestoread
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
First - eleventy million stars and all the hearty eyes for this unbelievably perfect cover. <333 Gah. So perfect.
I enjoyed this story so much. Ollie is an absolute love who deserves the entire world. I also liked Joel a ton, but I also wanted to kick him in the shins for a while. LOL
Overall a super cute read. Full review coming to www.thenovelapproachreviews !

Joyfully Jay
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I love, love, love single dad stories. They push all my buttons, so I jumped at the chance to read Twice Shy. I’m happy to say the book met my expectations, and it even surpassed them. Ollie and Joel were amazing on their own, but when they were together? It’s like a fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Ollie’s utter devotion to Rory and Luis was amazing. He sacrificed a lot to make sure they had everything they needed…especially love. These sacrifices, along
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have loved every book I've read from this author so far and this one was no exception. I wanted everything good for Ollie, Joel and the kids. While it is true Joel took a long time to get his confidence/trust back, I believed in him and his struggles and Ollie seemed like a perfect match for him--while he was only 24 he was very responsible and I could see him as a very committed and strong partner for Joel who definately needs that kind of emotional security. The kids were adorable and while ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was just the sweet and uncomplicated read I was looking for, and that I’ve come to expect from this author’s books. It’s fluffy in all the best ways.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woooo. This book is so damn good but it will leave you emotionally …..wrecked. It will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. This is a story on how shitty sometimes life can be. And it takes one step, one day at a time to keep going and try to get it right. And most often we get it wrong. Whether because of bad pasts, bad exes or who knows what. Fears and doubts. It all adds up and we often flounder a bit before we get it right. But the point of this story too, is that you have to keep ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't usually jump into a series near the end? the middle? but...

This one caught my attention and it seemed like it would stand on it's own, so I decided to give it a go.

"Twice Shy" is the third book in 'new-to-me' author, Sally Malcolm's "New Milton' series, it's about Ollie a young twenty-something who finds himself the sole guardian of two young children following the death of his sister and her husband and a protracted legal battle with their grandparents (the husband's parents). Ollie
Jenny Wood
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I’m comin into this one late, but I saw single dad, so of course I jumped at it! I haven’t read the other two in the series first. I should probably do that, but only because I wanna see how the others got together, it didn’t take me away from the story at all.

In this one, we have Ollie, who fought hard for custody of his niece and nephew after the death of his sister and brother-in-law. Fighting his conservative brother-in-laws parents was hard, but he’s determined to prove to everyone tha
I enjoyed this one. Not as much as the first two books in the series. I'm a sucker for single parent stories though and I thought the author did a good job with that aspect. I loved Ollie and the side characters and the overall plot. My only niggle wasn't I didn't really understand why Joel was such a fragile flower. i'm sure that's more me being a jerk than a flaw of the author's. I never completely warmed up to him. I thought the connection between Ollie and Luca from book two was an interesti ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog, purchased
Boy do I love this series.

Who can resist a young, single dad? I can't and Twice Shy has a wonderful single dad by the name of Oliver Snow. While Twice Shy is the third book in the New Milton series it can be read as a standalone. Characters from the previous books in the series do appear but not in such a way that you will feel lost if you haven't read them. They are also great stories, though, and I highly recommend them.

Oliver is in his early 20's when he takes custody of his sister's two youn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbtq
I absolutely ADORE Sally Malcolm's New Milton series, and this latest addition was no exception. It has all her trademark wit and warmth, and (like all the other books in the series) just made me happy. Ok, except for the last quarter, which had me crying in public because so many feels!!!!
It was a joy to spend time with Ollie, who sacrificed everything to raise his dead sister's sons all by himself, and Joel, who has spent the last years after his wife dumped him for coming out as bi to her alo
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series and was so excited for a new installment. Here we get Joel, a sixth grade teacher at Milton Elementary, who has gone through a nasty divorce after nine years of marriage with a cheating wife. He was devastated and although it’s been four years he has vowed to never put himself in that situation again. So when he meets Ollie – younger than Joel, adoptive father to his dead sister’s children, who is struggling to hold everything together on his own, he figures regardless of attr ...more
2★'s = it was ok.

I’m two for two with this series. Two of the books have really worked for me and two of them, well, they have just been ok.

This book had two major things that worked against it the entire read for me that just never improved and well, I just really ended up not enjoying myself with the story and struggling with the writing.

I would have to do a re-read of the other books to see if this was a thing in them as well, but since I didn’t mention it in my reviews I am guessing if it wa
A poignant and heartwarming story, this latest installment to Malcolm’s “New Milton” captivated and entertained me all at the same time from start to finish. From Joel and Ollie with their slow-burn complicated romance to ooh so cute and adorable Ollie’s nephews Rory and Luis, they had me aww-ing, chuckling, sniffling, in-stitches and all the emotions in between!

Told alternately from Joel and Ollie’s voice, the narrative unfolded from the moment they first met to the civil camaraderie that built
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Ruthie Taylor
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series, but I have to admit my first. I will be going back and reading how the other two pairings unfolded as we do get to see the men and the fact that they are together, without any details which might spoil the earlier books - so win win!

Ollie Snow moves to the area with his two nephews in order to find them more family, now that both their parents are dead. He is incredibly selfless, an
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-romance
Adorable romance between two lovely characters. Ollie is desperately trying to hold it together as the sudden single parent of his two nephews after his sister’s death. Joel is struggling to build a quiet new life after his old one and previous marriage imploded. The two characters get to know each other over a year of PTA events, long lingering looks, and a very wet car wash.

I found the struggles of both main characters to ring true and provided emotional challenges they both needed to deal wi
D.J. Jamison
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet, emotional story

I really enjoyed this heartfelt story about the struggles of a single parent, the longing for true family, and the families that we create in life. Ollie is charming and genuine; Joel is wounded and fearful, yet so sweet and supportive at the same time. The story was emotional, moving me to tears as these two men found their way.
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Sally Malcolm was bitten by the m/m romance bug in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. It’s fair to say she’s obsessed with the genre. She has four contemporary m/m romances out, set in the fictional Long Island seaside town of New Milton.

She's also the author of eight Stargate novels and novellas, including the hit "Apocalypse" trilogy. She has penned four Stargate audio dramas for Big Finish Production

Other books in the series

New Milton (3 books)
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