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  • ★★★★-4

Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (Spoiler-Free)

'If I see a red balloon in this house, Wesley Koehler, you're going to be in big trouble. I hate clowns.'

'Balloon?' I hear a loud noise that is inarguably the pop of a balloon. 'Never seen a balloon in my life.'

This book had a lot of the charm as the author's first, and I absolutely LOVED the first half of the novel, and the humor throughout. This wasn't quite as great for me as You Deserve Each Other though, and I think that's because once the couple got together it got a little too lovey-dovey sweet for me. It felt like there was just a permanent supply of cotton candy in my mouth and I was desperately trying to produce enough saliva to combat it. I just wanted to get that sickly sweet saccharine taste out. Not that I don't like sugar, I just don't like THAT MUCH at once.

With that being said though, I loved the beginning of this book and I loved the ending. I really enjoy that Hogle's books are only from the perspective of the heroine because it really feels like we are on their personal journey as well as their romantic one.

Another part of this book that I really loved was the anxiety representation from our hero, Wesley. At first he seems very standoffish, but he grows to open up his shell, and the way Maybell accepts him for his fears and "issues" is very endearing.

While this book wasn't my new favorite, it still had the humor and charm that I loved so much in You Deserve Each Other. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for Sarah Hogle's next books!!

book two- twice shy


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