Sunday, November 24, 2019

ARC Review : Twice Shy (New Milton #3) by Sally Malcolm

Blurb :

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.

Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too unreliable to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.

Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.

As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events, and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Fall Festival they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.

Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past pain keep them apart forever?

Christelle's rating:

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 if he’s wary of asking or getting some help, he can’t ignore the hand and encouragements of Joel, a reserved teacher, reserved because, if not only, commitment-phobic.

This story hit a lot of my buttons : a character who is just so caring and understanding but still determined and sexy – yes, you can easily guess : I adored Ollie -, a strong sense of family, a lot of sexy times, a great chemistry that helped Joel get his head out of his A** (he needed to put some sense into his brain...No one should have been allowed to mess with Ollie, LOL).

I enjoyed so much this charming romance. Right from the start, I went with the flow with these touching characters (MCs and side-characters, even the exhausting Moms from PTA) and this melting romance.

Such a sweet read for me, full of nice feels, well written !!


ARC of “Twice Shy” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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