ARC Review: Twice Shy



SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: Lesbian MC, multiple queer side characters

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Contemporary Romance



TWICE SHY is a contemporary lesbian romance featuring two divorcees in their late-forties/early-fifties stumbling into a brand-new relationship.

It was nice to see some of the concerns that older people have coming through and seeing how it impacted their lives and their developing relationship. For example, worries over the reactions of Amanda’s adult kids (both from Amanda and Quinn), the relationship that forms with an ex over the decades rather than simply years, and having the characters be firmly entrenched in their respective careers instead of starting out. It all made an interesting change from the usual twenty/thirty-something romances I’ve read before.

It was actually the baker aspect that drew me in though, and TWICE SHY doesn’t disappoint on that front, even if the story is more focused on the shop itself rather than the baked goods. Just look at those cupcakes on the cover! The scenes where Quinn popped into ‘Bake My Day’ to pick up snacks and see Amanda had me desperate for a run to Millie’s Cookies.

I liked the way TWICE SHY handled the slightly more serious aspects of the story too, namely Quinn’s decision not to have children herself and Mel’s domineering attitude towards getting back with Amanda. It gave the book a little more bite than you might otherwise find in a meet-cute romance. I also liked that there were plenty of queer side characters in the protagonists lives, and that both characters were both already out. Their queerness itself isn’t a cause of angst.

TWICE SHY is a sweet romance with just enough angst to prevent it getting too cutsie. There’s a wide cast of likeable and well-rounded characters, and a fair bit of drama without becoming too intense.

I had no idea until finishing the book that TWICE SHY features cameos from the author’s other books, so this can definitely be read as either a standalone or a part of a series.

Sometimes, you get a second chance at love. Sometimes, you hook up with your ex and remember why you broke up in the first place.

Amanda Russo knows better than to give her failed marriage another try, but the brief fling reminds her there’s more to life than work and parenting. When the architect she hires to remodel her bakery turns out to be as charming as she is talented, Amanda finds herself ready to take a chance on new love. The only problem? Her ex-wife didn’t get the memo.

For Quinn Sullivan, the sting of divorce is still fresh. Getting set up by pretty much everyone she knows hasn’t inspired her to give love another shot. Meeting Amanda does. Sure, they’re working together, but that’s not a deal breaker. Amanda’s ex might be another story.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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