My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 6th 2021
Publisher: G.P. Putnam Son’s
Can you find real love when you’ve always got your head in the clouds?
Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.
Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future.
Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.
Thank you Penguin Random House International for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I am in a puddle of goo. Twice Shy is TWICE better than You Deserve Each Other and I am beyond happy with this.
You heard that right. Sarah Hogle officially redeemed herself and it’s a good decision to give her book a second chance. All the tropes I like are present here –slowburn, enemies-to-lovers, crush-to-lovers, opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine and forced proximity– and I can’t help swooning over it.
The characters are lovable and I love their chemistry. It started when Maybell Parrish inherits her Great-Aunt’s manor and she meets her longtime landscaper, Wesley Koehler, who happens to be a co-inheritor too. These two have different personalities — Maybell is free-spirited, hopeless romantic and purely a sunshine heroine and Wesley is an introvert, grumpy, and timid. They have disagreements at first for a lot of things especially on plans to rebuild the property and Wesley isn’t used to have a company. Some people might think Maybell is immature but I love her for being so friendly and approachable. Wesley somewhat develop a fondness towards her.
At first, the writing is somewhat confusing because I am figuring out if the scene is real or Maybell’s daydreams. However, the pace starts to pick-up halfway and I FELT SO GIDDY. I WILL MARRY WESLEY KOEHLER IN A HEARTBEAT. He’s a shy guy but slowly breaks out of his shell and reality he’s a grumpy-cinnamon-roll. Such a sweetheart.
I love it.
I love it.
I love them.
I love this book so much.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR. PERIOD.