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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. Y 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.


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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. Y 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.

30 review for Twice Shy

  1. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    good LORD this was sweet i really was unsure going into this book how i would feel. didn't absolutely love this author's debut but there is something that is so enchanting about her writing style. it manages to make you laugh out loud, swoon, and tingle in the nethers. this book did all of that and provided us with more interaction between hero/heroine than it's predecessor. i was a little worried until the 40% mark that i would have the same complaints that i had with You Deserve Each Other: not good LORD this was sweet i really was unsure going into this book how i would feel. didn't absolutely love this author's debut but there is something that is so enchanting about her writing style. it manages to make you laugh out loud, swoon, and tingle in the nethers. this book did all of that and provided us with more interaction between hero/heroine than it's predecessor. i was a little worried until the 40% mark that i would have the same complaints that i had with You Deserve Each Other: not enough interactions between the couple and also an obvious lack of hero POV. some romances can get away with one POV but like 90% of the time i want to know what the dude thinks of the heroine. this book managed to convince me of the suitably of this couple without that second POV and we really got to see the core of the hero pretty quickly. he was fucking PRECIOUS. like the gooiest cinnamon roll. and the reveal that happens at the 40% mark is literally the beginning of an avalanche of cute. i'm like 2 for 2 on amazing heroes named Wes at the moment. anyway. pick this up when it comes out in April, you will not regret it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    emma

    Attention to the following things: - raindrops on roses - whiskers on kittens - bright copper kettles - warm woolen mittens - etc. You are officially ON NOTICE. Because you can no longer qualify as a few of ANYONE'S favorite things when Sarah Hogle is writing romance novels. I almost never love anything. The idea of wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings can hardly bring even the ghost of a smile to my evil face. My average rating on this godforsaken website has been under three stars for more Attention to the following things: - raindrops on roses - whiskers on kittens - bright copper kettles - warm woolen mittens - etc. You are officially ON NOTICE. Because you can no longer qualify as a few of ANYONE'S favorite things when Sarah Hogle is writing romance novels. I almost never love anything. The idea of wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings can hardly bring even the ghost of a smile to my evil face. My average rating on this godforsaken website has been under three stars for more than three years. I eat pain for breakfast. And those are just three examples. But one thing I did love is Sarah Hogle's debut, You Deserve Each Other. In fact, I loved it so much that I read it like a million times (okay, four, but honestly that's almost as shocking) and felt Emotion and Pangs To The Heart and Butterflies and otherwise feelings that tend to be the stuff of my nightmares every time. And since lightning doesn't strike twice (lightning in this case being me acting like a normal person), I assumed this would be a three and a half star read, tops. Because I do not deserve happiness and have presumably been cursed by some sort of witch or creature with haunting capabilities or mean anthropomorphic pond dweller to ensure it. But this... This might even be better than You Deserve Each Other. This might be the best romance novel I have ever read. These characters are so - ugh - PERFECT for each other. (They deserve each other, if you will.) They are full and real and hard to like but more so EXTREMELY LIKABLE. The conversations are cute and the internal monologues are cute and the setting is so cute and everything is just about so cute you might throw up and die. But like, in a good way. I'm not a squealer or a blusher or even much of a smiler, but there were multiple scenes in this book that made me see the appeal of all three. I tend to like a little hatefulness in my romance novels. A little darkness. A little b*tchiness. That's why You Deserve Each Other, a book with several top reviews that are like "why are this people so mean," worked for me SO well. And this is a VERY sweet book. Almost too much so, for me. I like a daydreamer or a sweetiepie as much as the next person, but as it turns out I draw the line at elaborate romance-novel-within-a-romance-novel AUs. But not quite draw the line. Because this is still 5 stars. I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. I think I need to reread this. Bottom line: Cure for cynicism discovered by Sarah Hogle! Yours for the low low price of like...under $20, or something. I don't know. It's worth it. ------------------ pre-review a few things: 1) while reading this, i pressed my hand to my heart on multiple occasions, like an affronted victorian woman 2) i feel like my emotions and brain and soul just went through a blender, which it turns out is a good feeling 3) i might cry???? 4) i think this is the best romance i've ever read. review to come / 5 STARS!!!!!!! ------------------ tbr review I AM HOLDING MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR IN MY HANDS.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    Could just about handle how cute this book was. I was hugely anticipating this book since I adored You Deserve Each Other so much (I marked this book as ‘currently reading’ even though it wasn’t out yet), and whilst I prefer the first book, I had such a great time with Wesley and Maybell. I feel like whenever I do decide to reread this book again, I’m going to love it even more. The writing was so playful, so enjoyable to read. Both these characters were ridiculously relatable: Wesley with his g Could just about handle how cute this book was. I was hugely anticipating this book since I adored You Deserve Each Other so much (I marked this book as ‘currently reading’ even though it wasn’t out yet), and whilst I prefer the first book, I had such a great time with Wesley and Maybell. I feel like whenever I do decide to reread this book again, I’m going to love it even more. The writing was so playful, so enjoyable to read. Both these characters were ridiculously relatable: Wesley with his grumpiness, social anxiety and his reluctance to people-ing and Maybell being in a constant dream coma. Her head was always high in the clouds. Plus she’s an INFP. This woman is my soulmate. Everything about this story worked. I had no idea what to expect going in but was happy with the journey it took me on. I wanted more as I always do when I’m reluctant to let a story go. The second novel by Sarah Hogle was a winner for sure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    well, this story is so sweet that my doctor just diagnosed me with diabetes. but its a burden i am willing to bear because the sugary goodness of this book is too lovely to pass up on. and i think what i love even more than the sweet nature of the story is the fact that so many readers will feel seen through wes’ character. he is just… ugh. i dont even know how i can describe how much i love wesley and what his character represents. i got so attached to him and adored how good maybell is to and well, this story is so sweet that my doctor just diagnosed me with diabetes. but its a burden i am willing to bear because the sugary goodness of this book is too lovely to pass up on. and i think what i love even more than the sweet nature of the story is the fact that so many readers will feel seen through wes’ character. he is just… ugh. i dont even know how i can describe how much i love wesley and what his character represents. i got so attached to him and adored how good maybell is to and for him. i loved SHs first book, but this sophomore novel is honestly even better. she has officially instated herself as an ‘auto buy’ author for me. such a big thanks to penguin/putnam for send me an ARC! ↠ 4.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Adorable and wholesome 😭💖 4.5 stars __ I need this like I need air. • Release Date: 6 April 2021 • Find Me: Ko-Fi • Blog • Tiktok • Instagram • Twitter Adorable and wholesome 😭💖 4.5 stars __ I need this like I need air. • Release Date: 6 April 2021 • Find Me: Ko-Fi • Blog • Tiktok • Instagram • Twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG ANOTHER BOOK FROM THE MASTER OF ROMANCE SARAH HOGLE why must we wait until 2021 | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG ANOTHER BOOK FROM THE MASTER OF ROMANCE SARAH HOGLE why must we wait until 2021 | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    I read this book in one sitting, after making the mistake of starting it at around 10pm at night. Needless to say, I got very little sleep. I paid minimal attention at my work meetings, I was so tired. And I regret nothing! The moment I saw that this book was written by Sarah Hogle, I knew I had to read it. She wrote one of my favorite romances, You Deserve Each Other, as her debut novel so I had pretty high expectations for this one. And let me tell you, while I didn't hold the same weight in my I read this book in one sitting, after making the mistake of starting it at around 10pm at night. Needless to say, I got very little sleep. I paid minimal attention at my work meetings, I was so tired. And I regret nothing! The moment I saw that this book was written by Sarah Hogle, I knew I had to read it. She wrote one of my favorite romances, You Deserve Each Other, as her debut novel so I had pretty high expectations for this one. And let me tell you, while I didn't hold the same weight in my heart as her first book, I was definitely not disappointed. This story follows Maybell, a sweet, compliant, and unassertive woman who just inherited her great aunt's massive estate. Unfortunately, she is made coinheritor with Wesley, her great aunt's caretaker, and estate groundskeeper. Even more unfortunate for her, Wesley is a quiet, grumpy man who barely speaks and avoids contact at all costs. And, as the way romance novels work, these two must overcome their individual shyness and learn to fall in love with both each other and themselves. And I loved every second of it. Let me just tell you, Wesley was my absolute favorite. This man just needs a hug. Or maybe not. He'd probably have a full-on panic attack if someone other than Maybell gets within two feet of him. Still, he was so shy and nervous all the time that I couldn't help but feel bad for him. Despite his shyness, once he started getting more comfortable he was so incredibly kind and charming. Maybell was equally kind and charming. I loved her coffee shop AU. I loved how kind-hearted she was, even if it got her in trouble. She is a character that deserved better than what life had given her in the past. I wanted to give her a hug too. She was genuine and sympathetic and so full of optimism. All she wanted was to be loved and cared for. Maybell was truly the perfect match for someone like Wesley. I find that I quite like the way Sarah Hogle writes relationships. There is always some sort of misunderstanding or unnecessary amount of drama in these types of novels that ends putting a strain on the relationship. Thankfully, Sarah doesn't do that to us. Every obstacle is faced with calm understanding from both characters. Everything that might have been dragged out by most other novels for the sake of tension, was resolved quickly by talking and being there for each other. Both characters were kind and mature and understanding. That being said, if you're a fan of the drama and tension that contemporary romance novels offer, this might not be for you. If you like slow-burn romance with two sweet and loveable main characters, I highly recommend it Now to what I didn't fully love. There wasn't anything I didn't like, per se. It's that I wanted more. While both characters were wonderful, they didn't have the spark Naomi and Nicholas had in her first novel. Then again, Maybell and Wesley are nothing like Naomi and Nicholas, so, I suppose that can't be helped. Still, I greatly enjoyed this novel. It was worth the lack of sleep. If you liked You Deserve Each Other, then you'll be sure to like this one as well. **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* “You ever think you were single for no reason and then you meet someone and realize you’ve been waiting for them without knowing it?” That is exactly how I feel about this book. I didn’t realise I needed it until I read it and now I’m losing my mind because it was amazing. Twice shy is a fluffy, sweet romance novel by Sarah Hogle. Maybelle Parish had always been a free spirit and because life had taken many turns in the wrong direction, she enjoys being whisked aw *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* “You ever think you were single for no reason and then you meet someone and realize you’ve been waiting for them without knowing it?” That is exactly how I feel about this book. I didn’t realise I needed it until I read it and now I’m losing my mind because it was amazing. Twice shy is a fluffy, sweet romance novel by Sarah Hogle. Maybelle Parish had always been a free spirit and because life had taken many turns in the wrong direction, she enjoys being whisked away into her own daydreams, where she can control what happens and who she is. When Maybelle is suddenly contacted and told that her great-aunt Violet has passed and has left her home for Maybelle, she decides to use the opportunity as a fresh start and get her life back on track. Except, when she arrives at the house, nothing is as she had expected. The house itself is breaking and falling apart and Maybelle soon learns that she was not the only one to inherit the home. Wesley Koehler -the grouchy groundskeeper- had also inherited the home and he has very different plans for the future of the house they both have to share. After days of arguing, they come to an understanding and find a way to share the house and use it fairly. Maybelle’s only goal was to get a part of the house but as she learns more about Wesley and his soft exterior, she finds herself giving away a part of her heart too. I loved this book so much and it’s definitely the best romance novel I have ever read. It had every single thing I wanted and looked for in a fluffy, romance. There was some humour but there were also some serious and sad scenes. There was tension and angst and chemistry and I loved the banter between the characters. The mental health representation was so, so well done and I loved the way the author showed all parts of it, and didn’t hide or sugar coat it. I think I’m going to be rereading this every year because it was just so fun and good. The writing was very fun and I loved how sweet and humorous it was. Sarah Hogle did a wonderful job of writing a quirky and fun character, without making her annoying or frustrating. The writing sucked me in and made me laugh and almost cry multiple times throughout the book. The book was the perfect length for a romance novel and I really enjoyed the little moments where Maybelle would daydream because it was a really creative way to develop her character and make the writing more interesting. I definitely look forward to reading the author's other book because the writing just left me feeling really happy and satisfied. The plot was amazing and very original. There were so many unexpected twists but it also had all the fun moments that I wanted in a fluffy rom-com. I loved how well the anxiety representation was done and how realistic it was. The pacing was really good and the humour and banter between the characters kept me engaged the entire time. I really loved the ending of the book and how it WAS NOT a misunderstanding between the two characters but an actual, reasonable conflict because it made it more interesting and fun. The characters were so, so good, I really could not get enough of them. Maybelle was fun and quirky but not to the point where she was annoying or trying too hard, she was generally a little chaotic and I absolutely loved her free spirit and open mind. Though this was a short book, we got so much character development throughout the whole book and it was really interesting to see how much Maybelle changed from the beginning of the book to the end. Because of the way her character was fully explored, I was able to connect and relate to her very well and it made for a more enjoyable read. I laughed multiple times during the book because of her and her interactions with Wesley. Speaking of which, I also adored Wesley because of his character and his flaws and struggles. He was a really dynamic character and the way I was able to witness his growth throughout the book made me like him and also appreciate and admire him. Sarah Hogle did a great job of showing his struggles with anxiety and panic attacks and I like that it wasn’t ignored or put to the side for the romance, but actually explored and explained and it got quite emotional near the end, which made me love it even more. The relationship between the two characters was so well developed and it was the sweetest relationship I have read about in a while. There was tension and chemistry and no toxicity, which made for the perfect read. I loved the humorous banter and the back and forth between the characters and the slowburn was perfect. Overall, I really loved this book. It had the perfect playful and fluffy writing, an original and realistic plot, amazing characters with a wonderful dynamic and lots of slowburn-tension. All these things combined to make the perfect romcom and I really look forward to rereading this in the future. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helped!! Socials: Blog | Pinterest

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 3 stars Reading Sarah Hogle's debut novel You Deserve Each Other last year was such a pleasant surprise and it made me push all of Sarah Hogle's upcoming releases in my auto-read list. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this, it kind of fell flat. 🤷🏽‍♀️ ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ PLOT ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ Maybell doesn't like her work, she doesn't like her coworkers and is pretty much unhappy with her life. That's why she daydreams a lot about her own 'Maybell Coffee Shop AU' that includes some h – 3 stars Reading Sarah Hogle's debut novel You Deserve Each Other last year was such a pleasant surprise and it made me push all of Sarah Hogle's upcoming releases in my auto-read list. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this, it kind of fell flat. 🤷🏽‍♀️ ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ PLOT ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ Maybell doesn't like her work, she doesn't like her coworkers and is pretty much unhappy with her life. That's why she daydreams a lot about her own 'Maybell Coffee Shop AU' that includes some hot guy named Jack instead of facing reality. Until one day, when she gets the message that her great-aunt Violet has died and left Maybell her estate. Maybell takes that opportunity to pack her bag and starts a new life. When she arrives at the estate, she finds out that she is not the sole inheritor of the house. Instead she has to share everything with Wesley, the groundkeeper who cared for Violet the last few years. Wesley is grumpy and quiet and they don't agree on anything when it comes to what to do with the estate, but renovating the house together brings them closer and closer together. tropes: forced proximity, sunshine-grumpy, soft cinnamon roll Hero, slow-burn ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ MAYBEEL PARRISH (h) ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ My biggest issue with this book is with Maybell. I couldn't relate to Maybell at all. She's getting pushed around a lot and doesn't do anything about it. Her coworker Gemma treated her awfully and went behind her back to do some very shitty things, just because some guy Gemma had a crush on flirted with Maybell and asked for her number and what does Maybell do? N-o-t-h-i-n-g. She just let it slide and doesn't talk about it. Sweet heroines are not my favorites admittedly, but I do like them if they have some backbone, which I couldn't find with Maybell's doormat-y behavior. What's the point of having a huge heart, if you just let everyone trample on it as they like. Secondly, Maybell's daydreaming activities were a bit too much for me. That's something that should have been relatable on paper since the coffee shop AU she creates in her mind is her safe place from everything around her, the same way we read books to immerse ourself into different worlds and characters. But Maybell did it constantly and her descriptions of those fantasy scenes were so vivid that the lines between her fantasy and her reality were all blurring together, which made it difficult for me to keep up. A couple of times I had to go back and re-read certain scenes to be sure that what was happening was happening for real and not one of Maybell's fantasies, which wasn't great for the reading flow to be honest. Anyone thought the way the book ended was really weird or was it just me? I read that last scene a couple of times and I'm still confused... was that another of Maybell fantasies?? It must be right? Somehow it was fitting to start the book with Maybell daydreaming and to end it with her daydreaming, but for me it was mostly confusing. I'm getting a headache thinking about all of it. 🙃 ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ WESLEY KOEHLER (H) ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ Wesley carried the whole book on his back. If it wasn't for Wesley, I'd probably given Twice Shy a lower rating. "I'm not that strong at all," he replies modestly, head duckling, "but for you, I can be strong enough." Wesley is such a quiet soft marshmallow and I wanted to give him a hug all the time (even tho he would run away from me if I get too close bc of his social anxiety). Wesley can deal with plants and animal better than he could with people. Just the thought of having to interact with people in close space is giving this guy a heart attack, but for Maybell he is trying his best. He is so precious and MUST BE PROTECTED!! I adore heroes that subtly show how much they care by their actions. Wesley's tactic at the beginning was to avoid Maybell as much as possible, making her feel like he doesn't like her, but with each new reveal it made me fall in love wit him more and more, he can be such an overbearer dad sometimes with how he keeps feeding Maybell, forcing her to drink water to stay hydrated, give her a jacket when she's cold + how insecure and shy he is about himself. I feel like hating on Wesley is like hating on baby kittens... not acceptable. ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ THE ROMANCE ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ The first time Maybell describes Wes eyes and I was like ??? His eyes have no equal, truly. They're like stones in a riverbed. They're bornze coins. They're the leather journal of a sad, sensitive empath who writes poetry about lost lovers. What??? That's oddly specific. 👀 Wesley and Maybell were soooo awkward and shy together. Both of them are like 30 yrs old acting like teens having their first crush. It was adorable, because Maybell is the first woman Wesley can freely talk to. With his anxiety he has a hard time connecting and trusting people and Maybell gave him the freedom to be himself. In turn Wes gave her a place where she belonged and loved. The one thing she always longed for all her life. All the scenes between Wesley and Maybell from the 40% mark are cuuute and swoony. Sarah Hogle didn't hold back with the sweetness overload with this one. "I think you are beautiful, too, Maybell. I think that you walked into my life and absolutely ruined it with how beautiful you are. I haven't gotten a single decent night's rest since we met." ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ FAV SCENES ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ 💛 Maybell and Wesley going on treasure hunt and sleeping in one tent together. 💛 When Maybell is working on the mural in the ballroom and Wesley keeps bringing her paint and switching out the paint brushes. 💛 Wesley taking Maybell on a date where he actually build her the Maybell Coffee Shop she always imagined in her fantasies. 😭 ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ CONCLUSION ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ Twice Shy is a very sweet slow-burn rom-com. For all the people who didn't like Sarah's debut novel You Deserve Each Other, because of how petty the MCs behaved in that book, I think, Twice Shy is a much better fit since the characters are completely different.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    I'm literally waiting for this book as I'm waiting every morning to drink my coffee - with hope and excitement I'm literally waiting for this book as I'm waiting every morning to drink my coffee - with hope and excitement

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    5 stars When I heard Sarah Hogle had a new book releasing, I jumped for joy. I was obsessed with her debut novel and I couldn't wait to read more from her. When I first started reading the book seemed a little...well, for lack of a better word, odd to me. Then I remembered that the start of 'You Deserve Each Other' wasn't my favorite, but that book became everything. This was somewhat of the same. The first half was a little slow and even strange at times, but that second half... it was perfe 5 stars When I heard Sarah Hogle had a new book releasing, I jumped for joy. I was obsessed with her debut novel and I couldn't wait to read more from her. When I first started reading the book seemed a little...well, for lack of a better word, odd to me. Then I remembered that the start of 'You Deserve Each Other' wasn't my favorite, but that book became everything. This was somewhat of the same. The first half was a little slow and even strange at times, but that second half... it was perfection. Mabell Parish lives in her mind a lot of the time- it's better than the outside world. When she inherits her Great-Aunt's estate, she has big plans for it. That is, until she finds out she has a co-inheritor. Her Aunt Violet's groundskeeper, Wesley. Wesley and Maybell couldn't have different ideas for the estate, and it causes some tension at first. Up until about the 40% mark, I wasn't sure about this couple or how things would work out, but then- things change. Wesley seems a bit of a grouch, or maybe he's just shy, but when he starts to show his true colors, he has such a beautiful soul. Then there is Maybell. Sometimes I have trouble relating to characters like Maybell because I'm more of the practical type and less of a dreamer, but for some reason, I felt really connected to her. And Wesley... he was the most incredible hero. I could not have loved these two more. Together they were magic. This entire book felt magical to me in the best way. If you love a good slow burn romance, quirky heroines, precious cinnamon roll heroes, and swoony romance, Twice Shy is the book for you. Sarah Hogle is quickly becoming a favorite of mine with two 5 star favorites! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I feel like I’ve finally found home.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♡tanaz♡

    5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ❝ I think you are beautiful, too, Maybell. I think that you walked into my life and absolutely ruined it with how beautiful you are. I haven’t gotten a single decent night’s rest since we met.❞ i don't think i have ever highlighted a book as much as this one. this book is sweeter than the biscoff donut from krispy kreme (trust me i know I've had about a million) and i am not mad about it!!! i liked You Deserve Each Other, but this book was just on another level. ✨plot✨ maybell parrish 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ❝ I think you are beautiful, too, Maybell. I think that you walked into my life and absolutely ruined it with how beautiful you are. I haven’t gotten a single decent night’s rest since we met.❞ i don't think i have ever highlighted a book as much as this one. this book is sweeter than the biscoff donut from krispy kreme (trust me i know I've had about a million) and i am not mad about it!!! i liked You Deserve Each Other, but this book was just on another level. ✨plot✨ maybell parrish is so unhappy with her life she resorts to fantasing about her au coffee shop, her dreams cutting off just before the swoon-worthy kiss from her dream man "jack". with a shitty manager and a fake ass friend in gemma (a girl that catfished her to stop her from getting with a guy that gemma fancied, using pictures of real life wesley to create the persona jack), her life changes when she inherits her great-aunt violet's house. upon arrival turns out she isn't the only one, as the main groundskeeper and caretaker of her great aunt, wesley is also the co-owner. with a treasure hunt, forced proximity, a sunshine heroine, and a grumpy, socially awkward hero this book put me under a spell i didn't wanna leave. ✨miss maybell parrish✨ this girl is THEE moment. she's everything. ❝ I didn’t pack enough water, so to ration it out Wesley offers to split a canteen. Every time it’s my turn to take a swig, I get the world’s most pathetic thrill out of knowing our mouths have both touched the same spot.❞ not me laughing at maybell, when i've done the same thing💀 i loved how unapologetically genuine she is. maybelle knows her flaws but she never lets it get to her. yes she might not have stood up for herself at work, but the way she found her courage and confronted gemma's nasty ass at the end was simply *chefs kiss*. the way she brought wesley out of his shell by never shying away and giving up? the way she understood his boundaries and respected them? the way she opened to him FIRST because she knew he was anxious in making the first move? this woman is a queen your honor. but....did her inner monologues get too long at times? yes. did she fantasize about her coffee shop too much? also yes. but that's what we all do, i can't go to bed without thinking up different scenarios every night. idc how cheesy this book was it was something i needed. I loved their progression from how they were at first: “He’s been avoiding me all week. Any time I walk into a room, he finds a reason to leave that room. When I try to make chitchat, I get crickets. He stiffens with his fork halfway to his mouth. “Digging up what?” I ignore him. A taste of your own medicine is healthy, now and then.” To this: “This surly giant buttoned up in ten thousand buttons, who likes plants more than people, is going to paint his house pink because a woman he’s only known for a month mistakenly thought Falling Stars was supposed to be that color” And then this... my heart expanded so hard I’m pretty sure I ruptured an artery or whatever😭 “I’m not that strong at all,” he replies modestly, head ducking, “but for you, I can be strong enough.” ✨wesley zaddy koehler✨ this man loves animals so much he wants to build a whole ass sanctuary how can you not fall in love with him??? i loved wesley, never have i read about a male mc that's so pure both physically and in their heart. romcoms and a lot of new adult books are known for having the typical manwhore hero and virgin heroine, but i loved the twist of maybell having been burned by multiple men before, whereas wesley is a virgin who wants to meet the one, even though he suffers from social anxiety. the way he felt about maybell from day one can be seen, he gave up his one bedroom to sleep in a tiny ass loft FOR HER (even tho that man knows he's claustrophobic). he did little things around the house to make her work easier, painted a goddamn mural for her, stuck a star he made for her short ass on top of the tree and not to mention the way he recreated maybells au coffee shop as their first date... that man owns my SOUL!!! i might have also casted wesley in my head as chris hemsworth because LOOK AT THAT MAN the ending made me want to throw myself off a cliff because a guy WILL NEVER fight through their biggest fear/social anxiety to get on a damn plane to be with the girl of his dreams (aka me) and that just isn't sitting well with me. ❝ You are the bravest person I know, Wesley,” I tell him solemnly. “This is what you and I do. We take turns being brave.” The glint in his eyes dulls somewhat. “I can say no to a lot of things, but not to special experiences with you. I’ve decided that’s the line I’m drawing for myself.❞ loved this from start to finish. i just want more. i need an epilogue where maybells hotel flourishes and she starts her 387422901th project idea, wesley with his beautiful cows and them having like 10 kids maybe. but i just wanna say this is my fav moment in the entire book because a) cute af, b) they made a pun and c) how fricking cute are they??? ❝ They didn’t have this many stars in Pigeon Forge.” “Restricted viewing up there,” he agrees. I think Wesley’s prejudiced against large towns. “This is the HBO of skies.” At once, we both say, “Starz,” and laugh at our corny joke.❞

  13. 4 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Actual rating: 4,5 stars Twice Shy stands out with it's appealing cover and promising premise, but what made me want to read it as soon as possible were all the glowing reviews it received since it was published. I am so glad that I gave this book a chance, because it is, in my humble opinion, one of the best romances published this year, and it is also very fun. Plus, it has great anxiety representation. Going into Twice Shy my stakes were high, and still I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed spendi Actual rating: 4,5 stars Twice Shy stands out with it's appealing cover and promising premise, but what made me want to read it as soon as possible were all the glowing reviews it received since it was published. I am so glad that I gave this book a chance, because it is, in my humble opinion, one of the best romances published this year, and it is also very fun. Plus, it has great anxiety representation. Going into Twice Shy my stakes were high, and still I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed spending my time with the characters. It was so easy for me to connect with them. With Maybell as I am also, just like her, daydreaming a lot and often lose myself in my imaginary world, and with Wesley who talked about his anxiety stopping him so often in his life, which was so familiar to me. The writing style was great. So enjoyable, with good sense of humour and easy to fly through. The novel is written in first person, following Maybell's POV. I haven't read Hogle's debut You Deserve Each Other, because the premise didn't something I would enjoy, but now I think I will give it a chance anyway. I am also looking forward to see what else Hogle delivers in the future. My favourite part, except the characters, were the atmosphere of the old house that was captured so well, and I enjoyed reading all about bringing it back to life, but also the slow paced love development was just perfect. I feel like I can't recommend this book enough!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mika Auguste

    4.5 this was the CUTEST book i’ve ever read. i was really scared going into it because of how much i loved you deserve each other, but sarah hogle proved that she is DEFINITELY a new favorite romance author of mine. i also related to main character so much??? not only is she a vivid day dreamer and constantly in her own little world like yours truly, but we even basically had the same myers briggs personality type, (i’m an enfp and she’s an infp) so i felt EXTRA connected to her as a whole. this 4.5 this was the CUTEST book i’ve ever read. i was really scared going into it because of how much i loved you deserve each other, but sarah hogle proved that she is DEFINITELY a new favorite romance author of mine. i also related to main character so much??? not only is she a vivid day dreamer and constantly in her own little world like yours truly, but we even basically had the same myers briggs personality type, (i’m an enfp and she’s an infp) so i felt EXTRA connected to her as a whole. this book was just everything i needed to fully pull me in, so if you’re looking for for some fluffy, swoon worthy, butterfly giving romance...i would highly recommend picking this one up

  15. 5 out of 5

    menna

    If i had to use one word to describe this book, it would be Soft™. It’ll leave you all warm inside, giving you the exact equivalent feeling of being wrapped in a soft blanket!! it's just so wholesome, sweet and gives you all the nice, wonderful feels!!! Every line is just pure magic that made my heart ache, I was 3 seconds away from combusting. I was thinking about when I could reread this again from the moment I started because of the way it made me feel!! And honestly this feeling got bigger and If i had to use one word to describe this book, it would be Soft™. It’ll leave you all warm inside, giving you the exact equivalent feeling of being wrapped in a soft blanket!! it's just so wholesome, sweet and gives you all the nice, wonderful feels!!! Every line is just pure magic that made my heart ache, I was 3 seconds away from combusting. I was thinking about when I could reread this again from the moment I started because of the way it made me feel!! And honestly this feeling got bigger and bigger the more I got into the book. It feels like this book was written just for me. i tried to spend my time with the book and not read it in one sitting because i couldn’t bear the thought of it ending and with it, this feeling of being seen. At this point I'm just wondering if Sarah Hogle spent some time rummaging around my thoughts and feelings, came up with this book and said ahaa yesss this is just perfect for her. My heart obsessed with every line, every scene and just fell so deeply in love with both characters. it’s so full of love for them, it jumped out of my chest and threw itself in their hands. The social anxiety rep was so good!! it felt so nice seeing myself in a character where he's not viewed as an inconvenience to other people because of his anxiety!! i found some of his coping mechanisms very relatable and loved how a lot of them were normalized and not seen as annoying or weird!! (view spoiler)[like how he sometimes prefers texting or writing notes over talking in person (hide spoiler)] . All their scenes are god tier from the very start!! There’s grumpy-but-secretly-a-softie/sunshine and fun banter and it was everything i could ever want!! The last few chapters were spent with tears in my eyes and I couldn't make them stop because of how beautiful the scenes were and how every word just lodged itself in my heart!!I can’t wait for people to read this and fall in love with it like i did!! TW: anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for approving me for the arc

  16. 5 out of 5

    shre ♡

    "you ever think you were single for no reason and then you meet someone and realize you've been waiting for them without knowing it?” well....no....not yet, but this book sure makes me hope that's in store for me. maybell and wesley truly owned my heart and soul. i love how shy, awkward, realistic, and perfectly imperfect they were. we need more of that in romance novels cause god knows it's not always the flawless glossy faultless experience it's written out to be. also this is a unicorn among "you ever think you were single for no reason and then you meet someone and realize you've been waiting for them without knowing it?” well....no....not yet, but this book sure makes me hope that's in store for me. maybell and wesley truly owned my heart and soul. i love how shy, awkward, realistic, and perfectly imperfect they were. we need more of that in romance novels cause god knows it's not always the flawless glossy faultless experience it's written out to be. also this is a unicorn amongst books because [italian fingers] C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N folks. ------------------------------------------------ book: grump/sunshine me: mf, i’m IN! if this is even 50% as good as ‘you deserve each other’ we will ALL be eating good.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chaity

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! This is my book.Sarah wrote this book for me. Ask her. Twice Shy is the most unproblematic -by my standrand- romance novel I have read this year.After The Hating Game and Get a Life, Chloe Brown, this is probably my third favourite book from this genre. Now that's saying a lot because I remember recommending those two books to even friend's cat once -in response she meowed and proceed to ignore me (cats do that). This is the perfect book to read in April- I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! This is my book.Sarah wrote this book for me. Ask her. Twice Shy is the most unproblematic -by my standrand- romance novel I have read this year.After The Hating Game and Get a Life, Chloe Brown, this is probably my third favourite book from this genre. Now that's saying a lot because I remember recommending those two books to even friend's cat once -in response she meowed and proceed to ignore me (cats do that). This is the perfect book to read in April-May, In my opinon. I can see it not working for all my friends but it did work out just great for me. This is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of this author's first novel You Deserve Each Other . (Although I liked it after re-reading a few parts at the beginning of this year and I plan on re-reading all of it in future.) So it was pretty much a nice little surprise for me to love the second book by her. I loved every bit of this book. The characters are my new favourite people. The romance blew me away. It does have flaws and Maybell could seem unlikable for her daydreaming and almost pathetic crush to many people but It did not bother me much. Also, I'm basically a human being with half of Wesley's character traits and Maybells's height combined and a heart filled with love for them. You know, what happens - how our girl meets boy. Let me talk about the characters here. “When I’m around people I don’t know, I rarely smile,” Wesley confesses at length. “When you smile, people look at you more. I prefer to blend in. For nobody to notice me.” Why u cracking all the grumphy codes? Wesley Wesley is me. I'm wesley. We are soulmates. Don't eye him. Sarah did her homework well for this character , it was accurate. I know people with social anxiety and although I'm not an anxiety survivor I related with him to many levels- as an introvert in general. I think reserved, shy, introverted and people with anxiety can see him mirroring themselves. You see he was a very reserved person and then he got really playful around Maybell which it relatable as hell. Also smiling only around people you like? Yes that's me (my current pfp was clicked on a rare occasion ). Also his eye lighting up when Mybell talked about something he was interested in highly reminds me of a certain mbti type. I'm guessing he is an INTJ. And of course, the sacrifices he made melt my heart. I don’t like loaded silences. When someone is quiet I tend to assume they’re thinking unpleasant things about me, so I have to stem that flow by distracting them with conversation. There is a thing called processing thoughts and thinking about the potential damages words can do,Maybell Maybell Such a fun character! I only related to her with her height- life for short people is a constant struggle, not that tall people nicknaming us would ever know. I'm totally stealing her “life is short, like me” motto-thing. She's one of those characters who knew themselves very well and recognized their weaknesses, was clueless at times, and pursued their dreams at the end of the day. She is not a quirky character .Not entirely a sunshine to the our grinch. I'm grateful for that. Nothing worse that a character finding joy in everything and cracking jokes all the time- no offense,I love those characters as well . But I did like her sense of humor. Also it must be really cool to build a hotel after quitting your job. It was fun reading this book in her POV's. I loved her. Say that you are loved.” “You love me.” LOVE AKA ADORABLENESS : I was heard whispering 'JUST KISS ALREADY!' and 'OMG THEY KISSED' while reading this book (Ships were made to be sailed. Can't help). Everything they did make me happy. The first time they touched?I melted. The camping? The car scene? Drawing a mural together? The ending? The feeding donuts thing? The (almost)saving from (almost) getting eaten by a bear thing? Perfection. Of course,I felt super single but it was worth it. This book in my most humble opinion has the best proposal in the history of romance novels. *standard raising* This book is unproblematic in a way the there was not extra possessiveness. No love triangle. No complications. Just two people finally being themselves. To talk about other things, Violet-Victor? Loved them. I liked the story but the set up however was a blur to me, to be honest. My imagination could not hold the beauty of it. But hey wasn't the little reveal in acknowledgment part the sweetest thing? Overall thoughts : A new favourite. A very good read. Five stars. When will I get to read a book like this again? Sweetest thing I have read this year. Recommended. Softly 5 shy and beautiful stars ------ This is my book. Review to come ( I can't wait to scream.) ------ IT'S HERE! I'M ALREADY READING THREE BOOKS. WELP! ------ Make my year April better,please. Thank you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    Help, I cannot get over how intensely sweet this was, I might never recover. Despite having a difficult life, Maybell remains helplessly optimistic. In her head, she is always living a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance. She is going through another particularly bleak day when she learns that her great aunt Violet passed away and left her a massive real state. However, the house and grounds come with some strings attached. First and foremost, she is to share everything with the surly groundskeeper We Help, I cannot get over how intensely sweet this was, I might never recover. Despite having a difficult life, Maybell remains helplessly optimistic. In her head, she is always living a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance. She is going through another particularly bleak day when she learns that her great aunt Violet passed away and left her a massive real state. However, the house and grounds come with some strings attached. First and foremost, she is to share everything with the surly groundskeeper Wesley. Violet also left a list of posthumous wishes she wants Maybell to fulfill - or be haunted for over 1000 years, of course. All that Wesley ever wanted was to avoid people and transform the grounds he inherited into an animal sanctuary. But, soon he learns that having his life disrupted by the sunny-side Maybell might not be a bad thing at all. If you want to constantly sigh and acquire tooth decay from an overdose of sweetness this is the book for you. More reviews in the Blog Bookstagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    4.5/5 Oh, how to review this book? Twice Shy is one of my favorite books this year and has cemented Sarah Hogle as an auto-read romance author. When it comes to romance novels, my favorite books are either the angstiest most painful reads or the softest books. Twice Shy falls under the latter group. It's wholesome and pure and gave me all the feels! You all know how much I dig the sunshine-meets-grump pairing and Sarah blessed us with one of the best imaginations of this trope. We have Maybell Par 4.5/5 Oh, how to review this book? Twice Shy is one of my favorite books this year and has cemented Sarah Hogle as an auto-read romance author. When it comes to romance novels, my favorite books are either the angstiest most painful reads or the softest books. Twice Shy falls under the latter group. It's wholesome and pure and gave me all the feels! You all know how much I dig the sunshine-meets-grump pairing and Sarah blessed us with one of the best imaginations of this trope. We have Maybell Parish, a daydreaming and romantic young woman, and Wesley Koehler, the solitary and grouchy groundskeeper. The two are brought into each others' worlds when they co-inherit a charming old house belonging to Maybell's late great aunt. The two have very different ideas about what to do with the house and the accompanying land. Maybell wants to turn it into an inn of sorts while Wesley wants to turn it into an animal sanctuary. Naturally, the two wind up clashing. I really loved how much care Sarah Hogle seems to have put into these characters. While "sunshine" and "grumpy" definitely described the two characters, their characterizations went a lot deeper than that. Yes, Maybell is this optimistic and joyful person who exudes brightness everywhere she went, but deep down, lives a lonely woman who seems to prefer her daydreams to reality. She has this cute coffee shop alternate universe that she constantly daydreams about. Wesley, while 100% a grump, had his own reasons for being so quiet and intense. I loved loved loved how the author delved into his almost-debilitating social anxiety. I think sometimes the grumpy character trope can be hard to nail because the character can easily veer into asshole territory, but Wesley is far from an asshole. He's actually quite soft and shy and just didn't fully know how to communicate as a result of his social anxiety. Wesley is also a virgin for those of you who love your virgin heroes in romance books. Both Maybell and Wesley have to work on their mental health throughout Twice Shy, and their journey is handled thoughtfully. The romance is incredibly soft, full of heart, and will likely have readers swooning and sighing. Gosh, I can't believe how lovely Maybell and Wesley were together. They are forced into proximity when Maybell's great aunt leaves the house to both of them. Though they don't start off on the right foot, you see a relationship blossoming between the two as they come to an understanding. What I loved about their romance was the smaller, tender moments peppered throughout the book that seem like little things but are actually heartachingly romantic. My favorite scene involves Maybell and Wesley painting a mural and communicating through it and ugh, my chest! There's also a camping scene that needs to go into my romantic scenes hall of fame. The third act conflict (if you can call it that) is done so well - it's low angst and is solved by mature communication. Truly, everything about this book pleased me. I also really loved the role that the late great-aunt Violet played in Twice Shy. Her wishlist for Maybell and Wesley serves to bring the two together. I felt like she is as much of an important character as Maybell and Wesley are. I loved learning about her personality, her past, and her own love story with Victor. I wouldn't mind reading a short story or novella about those two. Twice Shy is going into my re-read pile and I will be singing its praises for the rest of my life. I think if you're a romance reader, you are likely going to adore this warm and romantic story. I'm ready for Sarah's next book. CWs: social anxiety, panic attacks, death of a relative, catfishing storyline Relationship disclosure: Sarah Hogle & I are mutuals on social media.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin-Putnam, and Sarah Hogle for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.6!** Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket...never let it fade away... 🎵 Maybell has always been a bit of a dreamer. Okay, she's a HUGE dreamer, who passes the days at her job at a resort in the scenic Smoky Mountains pretending she is actually the Event Coordinator her name badge states, rather than the overworked and underpaid housekeeper she actually is. And what takes her fur **Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin-Putnam, and Sarah Hogle for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.6!** Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket...never let it fade away... 🎵 Maybell has always been a bit of a dreamer. Okay, she's a HUGE dreamer, who passes the days at her job at a resort in the scenic Smoky Mountains pretending she is actually the Event Coordinator her name badge states, rather than the overworked and underpaid housekeeper she actually is. And what takes her further out of this grim reality? A marvelous AU coffeeshop, complete with gorgeous Jack who finds endless ways to sweep Maybell off her feet. Jack isn't entirely fictional, but Maybell's version of him is: 'friend' Gemma pulled the ultimate Catfish move to keep Maybell away from another potential suitor. and eventually revealed herself as the 'perfect' boyfriend from Tinder that didn't actually exist. When Maybell finds out that her great-aunt Violet has passed away and her gorgeous estate is set to pass to Maybell, she arrives to find yet another surprise. "Jack." In the flesh. Of course, his name isn't Jack at all, but Wesley and he is great-aunt Violet's groundskeeper. And to make things even more interesting...HE is getting half of the estate. Wesley's gruff and abrupt demeanor is immediately off-putting to Maybell, and her dreams of turning the grounds into a huge hotel contrast sharply with Wesley's vision of an animal sanctuary and the two have little in common other than snipes. Once they begin a treasure hunt left behind by Aunt Violet, however, the tables quickly turn...can these two learn to reconcile their dreams and find a way to co-exist? And why exactly is Maybell no longer thinking about her perfect Jack? After a slam-dunk of a first novel from Hogle, my expectations were sky high with this book and I'm happy to say it delivers! Twice Shy and You Deserve Each Other are VASTLY different books, however. Whereas Hogle's first book is full of snark, witticisms, but is also heartbreaking, this one moves on a different plane entirely. It is dreamy, sugary, and full of what-ifs. Maybell and Wesley are both fabulous characters, and Hogle manages to work in some true-to-life struggles with mental health into the narrative without it feeling sad or slow. While this book progresses on a more linear track than her first and could be seen as more predictable, it is such a fantastic ball of fun, I absolutely loved every moment. The vision of the Falling Stars Hotel reminded me of the enchanting Dragon Fly Inn from the similarly named Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls, and it goes without saying I am now dying to visit! From the delicious pastries to the gentle and cozy atmosphere, I can see why Maybell spends so much time in her alternate universe: I'd be PERFECTLY content living there! While I didn't get the emotional power-punch found in You Deserve Each Other from this book, Twice Shy is everything it claims and purports to be, and Hogle's humor sparkles throughout this sweet, slow-burn romance. I definitely consider Sarah Hogle a must-read author when it comes to the modern rom-com and I'm already ready for her next book (and a return trip to the stunning and scenic Smokies!) 4 ⭐

  21. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    Few things are as satisfying as the moment the title of the story or the cover plays out on page of the book you are reading. In this case, it was the cover more than the title and.. looking at it now with context? My heart. Which is basically an apt description for this whole read. My. Heart. TWICE SHY is pure sweetness, pure wonder and whimsy, and slow-melting gooey delight. I think he's under a curse -- if he laughs, he'll die. This is a sensible explanation to me. It isn't that I'm not a joy t Few things are as satisfying as the moment the title of the story or the cover plays out on page of the book you are reading. In this case, it was the cover more than the title and.. looking at it now with context? My heart. Which is basically an apt description for this whole read. My. Heart. TWICE SHY is pure sweetness, pure wonder and whimsy, and slow-melting gooey delight. I think he's under a curse -- if he laughs, he'll die. This is a sensible explanation to me. It isn't that I'm not a joy to be around, it's that he'll literally die. There's a gentle edge of melancholy to the story because what brings these characters together is the passing of someone they had both loved and both felt possessive of in different ways. Together they have to come together to decide what is to be done with the inheritance they've been left, in the form of property now resembling something of a ruin (with extra fun inside!), and naturally there is friction not only in personality but also intent. And yes, incase you weren't aware, this is a grumpy/sunshine pairing but the layers as to the why of their assigned archetype is just something else. "I get it. You're Mr. Reality Man and you have no tolerance for good vibes or whimsy, but you know, dude, you're really starting to bum me out." "Mr. Reality Man? WHat kind of superhero lottery did I lose?" I flew through this book, unable to put it down, but while I found YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER to be more compelling -- because of the sharp biting contention, and how far that couple had strayed, making their journey more of.. well, a journey, back to each other -- instead I found this one to be less of a hold-on-for-dear-life ride over the waterfalls and instead just let myself be leisurely caried along down the river. It is a less intense read but while the ups and downs were gentler it was still very moving. The last 30% in particular was the definition of lovely. And I think, as I also said with about her debut, this is a good I'm going to love even more on a reread when I'm able to eagle eye so many little things I might not have picked up on without the benefit of hindsight. At what point did my happy place stop being a dream and start being the person in front of me? With two books under her belt, Hogle is offering something for all readers but also satisfying those who love romance no matter the specific tropes (or who love all tropes; and there's a great homage to them all snuck into the narrative, too!). I cannot wait to see where she'll go for her next release. If she wasn't an auto-read after her debut, she sure is now. If you haven't yet read this author, I highly recommend you do so. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss+ and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  22. 5 out of 5

    vee

    (( 3 )) ”I’m not that strong at all,” he replies modestly, head ducking, “but for you, I can be strong enough.” So. I’m sad. and disappointed. Unpopular opinion alert 🙈 First off, I found the back & forth between reality and Maybell’s daydreaming to be a lil hard to follow. She and I are the exact opposite, maybe that’s why I just couldn’t connect with her, therefore reading her POV was not easy. I didn’t care that much bout the plot which was ; house renovation 🏠 & treasure hunting 🗝 One thing I d (( 3 )) ”I’m not that strong at all,” he replies modestly, head ducking, “but for you, I can be strong enough.” So. I’m sad. and disappointed. Unpopular opinion alert 🙈 First off, I found the back & forth between reality and Maybell’s daydreaming to be a lil hard to follow. She and I are the exact opposite, maybe that’s why I just couldn’t connect with her, therefore reading her POV was not easy. I didn’t care that much bout the plot which was ; house renovation 🏠 & treasure hunting 🗝 One thing I did liked was Wesley, he was a pretty sweet shy cinnamon roll. I was ‘aw’ing when that revelation scene where Maybell finds out that Wesley was giving up his room in the cabin for her happened. That scene was real cute. Objectively this was cute & funny (tbh I didn’t think so but there were a lot of supposedly funny scenes I guess, maybe I was just too numb to feel anything? I mean, It happens🤷‍♀️) I can totally see why a lot of people love this. But this just wasn’t for me. (though I’m confused as to why bcs I really loved Naomi & Nicholas) In short, I started this with much eagerness & enthusiasm, seeing as how her first book was one of my fav from 2020. I was so excited I emptied my schedule for the whole evening to finish this. And at first even with the slow beginning, I was still patient, cuz from my experience with YDEA, it took halfway through the book for me to start getting into it, so I’m guessing it would be like that too with this one. But then even after I hit the 50% mark, reluctant skimming still happened. I was kinda—(god forbid)—bored ☹️ This book ain’t bad at all, I sure do recommend it to anyone who likes romcom, quirky characters, forced proximity, grumpy/sunshine (though imo only a lil bit of it), and shy cinnamon roll virgin H But I was just not as invested as I was with You Deserve Each Other with this. me not you thing (and maybe romances that takes place in house renovation / something alike really isn’t for me.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    tiffany

    this was DELIGHTFUL <3 -------------- my expectation for this book is SKYROCKETING (is that even a word), but base on my friends' reviews, it seem like this one doesn't disappoint !! this was DELIGHTFUL <3 -------------- my expectation for this book is SKYROCKETING (is that even a word), but base on my friends' reviews, it seem like this one doesn't disappoint !!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    Can I say that the expectations are HUGE???????? I'm not kidding. Especially not after last year's You Deserve Each Other, I need to see what the author comes up with next. I finally got my copy. It's time to start this puppy.... I'm impressed that the author managed to pull off a completely different kind of romance with TWICE SHY. I can only imagine how hard it must be to write a sophomore novel after a debut novel like YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER. Which had such an interesting, unique and extreme tak Can I say that the expectations are HUGE???????? I'm not kidding. Especially not after last year's You Deserve Each Other, I need to see what the author comes up with next. I finally got my copy. It's time to start this puppy.... I'm impressed that the author managed to pull off a completely different kind of romance with TWICE SHY. I can only imagine how hard it must be to write a sophomore novel after a debut novel like YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER. Which had such an interesting, unique and extreme take on the enemies to lovers trope. Instead this time the author wrote a very playful romance, with a slow burn love story that was touching and sweet. Full review to come...

  25. 5 out of 5

    farwa⋆

    -4 stars i kid you not. This book gave me diabetes for sure. How dare it to be tHIS cute and wholesome??? Like i can't count the amount of times i've held my hand to my chest just to make sure my heart wouldn't come out of my chest. It was kind of exactly what i needed at the moment-sweet and fluffy. Also, i can't appreciate enough the fact that Maybell and Wesley had sUCH a good emotional connection with eachother urghh!!! Hot take: I need Wesley in my life. period. ok bye, i can sleep peacefully n -4 stars i kid you not. This book gave me diabetes for sure. How dare it to be tHIS cute and wholesome??? Like i can't count the amount of times i've held my hand to my chest just to make sure my heart wouldn't come out of my chest. It was kind of exactly what i needed at the moment-sweet and fluffy. Also, i can't appreciate enough the fact that Maybell and Wesley had sUCH a good emotional connection with eachother urghh!!! Hot take: I need Wesley in my life. period. ok bye, i can sleep peacefully now. waIT, full review to come!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blackjack

    “Snip, and away it flies. Goodbye, heart.” Aww, Sarah Hogle!! How did she manage to write such a warm, tender, and big-hearted book? As with You Deserve Each Other, Hogle writes lovely, unique stories with unconventional romances at the center that are filled with delicate moments two people are fortunate to share, require much contemplation in the moment, and almost-certain revisiting. And as with her first book, I finished it and immediately want to reread. Right from the start, Twice Shy trans “Snip, and away it flies. Goodbye, heart.” Aww, Sarah Hogle!! How did she manage to write such a warm, tender, and big-hearted book? As with You Deserve Each Other, Hogle writes lovely, unique stories with unconventional romances at the center that are filled with delicate moments two people are fortunate to share, require much contemplation in the moment, and almost-certain revisiting. And as with her first book, I finished it and immediately want to reread. Right from the start, Twice Shy transports readers to an eccentric, slightly off-kilter place in the mountains of Tennessee where the quaintly-named Maybell is an employee of sorts at an odd mountain resort – is she an event coordinator there, or a housekeeper, or both? I read her as Cinderella. Overlooked and often mistreated by those in charge, and an object of envy by the owner’s vengeful daughter, Maybell experiences enough humiliation in the first chapter to set us up for a tragic novel. To be sure, strains of melancholy run through the entire book, but the novel also feels fairy tale-like, especially when a modern-day fairy godmother suddenly whisks her away to another mountain resort - Falling Stars - that Maybell has suddenly inherited. A fresh start, filled with possibilities, shifts the story rapidly. Falling Stars is isolated and deserted, and it’s also the beloved childhood retreat Maybell adored when she was able to spend summers there with her recently deceased great Aunt Violet. The home and its surrounding grounds are not without obstacles, however. All of Maybell’s premature hopes and dreams hit a resounding thud when Wesley appears as the sudden co-inheritor. The absurdly beautiful groundskeeper is already known to Maybell thanks to an Internet prank that led her to crush on his photo and fake dating profile. Of course, we know Wesley is going to become Maybell’s true love. The getting there though is pure magic. Twice Shy has an unconventional start to its romance. Wesley is obviously displeased at having to share anything with Maybell. We also realize very quickly that they have competing visions of what the place should become. How their visions eventually intertwine to create something bigger and more beautiful than they could have imagined is also part of the joy of reading this book. We might initially think that Wesley’s vegetarian, conservationist, animal loving, introvert’s paradise can’t possibly merge with Maybell’s extroverted B & B vacation destination for artists, treasure hunters, and paranormal investigators, but we would be wrong. And the reason why is what leads me to what I think is one of the primary themes of this story: seeing a person, being seen by someone, noticing a person behind facades, and valuing someone for the potential impact they can have on their environment when they are seen is at the heart of this sweetest of romances. If the world outside of Falling Stars is hard-bitten, cutthroat, and selfish, the home Maybell and Wesley build together is one that centers their values of seeing the worth in a person. The book is swooningly romantic many times over to show us how Maybell and Wesley come to see and to value each other for who they are. I love too that art and creativity are a reprieve for both characters from the lack of value they feel in their lives. Both Maybell and Wesley have struggled in their own ways with feelings of inadequacy and self-worth, and their struggles at times manifest in harmful ways for them. However, there is a strong argument throughout the book that creativity is self-care as much as it is a rejection of self-centered people and a culture that promotes them. Maybell bakes and creates fantastical alternative worlds where she is happy and loved, while Wesley creates humane, self-sustaining ecological landscapes and sketches beautiful artwork for his eyes only. My favorite scenes in the book involve the two learning to communicate with each other by accepting one of Aunt Violet’s deathbed wishes to have Maybell paint a mural in the ballroom. What starts as a Maybell’s amateur attempts to paint a tranquil scene becomes as wonderful and fantastical as their growing love for each other. Hovering over this entire story is great Aunt Violet and her great love affair with her beloved husband, which is an important prototype for the love Maybell and Wesley discover in each other. There’s no doubt in my mind that by the end of the story Maybell and Wesley will bring great happiness to each other’s lives. The early internalized worlds that sustained both of them for so long transform into a more inclusive way of existing. Hogle is an author whose worldview I appreciate the more I read her. I look forward to everything this talented author writes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Liese

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to Putnam and Sarah Hogle for the advance review copy. All opinions are my own! Every page was pure magic. Sarah Hogle once again wove an original story that drew me in and didn't let me go until "THE END". As with You Deserve Each Other, Sarah's voice leaps off the page and her storytelling hits the ground running, hooking you right way. Her writing is so deliciously sharp, voicey, and inventive, and her characters are a joy to read. Her obvious talent aside, it’s the incredible tendern Thank you to Putnam and Sarah Hogle for the advance review copy. All opinions are my own! Every page was pure magic. Sarah Hogle once again wove an original story that drew me in and didn't let me go until "THE END". As with You Deserve Each Other, Sarah's voice leaps off the page and her storytelling hits the ground running, hooking you right way. Her writing is so deliciously sharp, voicey, and inventive, and her characters are a joy to read. Her obvious talent aside, it’s the incredible tenderness infused in TWICE SHY that has absolutely stolen my heart.    Maybell and Wesley are your classic sunshine and grump, thrown together by unusual circumstances (*angels sing* we have forced proximity, folks!!) and while Maybell and Wesley’s journey could not be more different from Nicholas and Noami’s in her debut, Sarah’s pitch-perfect humor, her nuanced portrayals of human vulnerability, and her deft work of unfurling layers of characterization are brilliant as ever. Maybell and Wesley haven't had the easiest time of finding their place in the wider world, but Sarah's gift—both to her characters and to her readers—is the world she makes possible: a world that Maybell and Wesley discover as they discover each other, through imagination, vulnerability, and ultimately, trust. CW: acute social anxiety, mentions of parental abandonment and neglect.

  28. 5 out of 5

    martina

    Book: Twice Shy Rating: 2 stars Favorite Quote: “I think you are beautiful, too, Maybell. I think that you walked into my life and absolutely ruined it with how beautiful you are. I haven’t gotten a single decent night’s rest since we met.” Summary Maybell Parish does not have a lot going for her right now. She is currently in a job she hates. She is living with her roommate and her boyfriend. She has an annoying co-worker, who is a horrible friend. So, when she finds out that her Great Aunt, Viole Book: Twice Shy Rating: 2 stars Favorite Quote: “I think you are beautiful, too, Maybell. I think that you walked into my life and absolutely ruined it with how beautiful you are. I haven’t gotten a single decent night’s rest since we met.” Summary Maybell Parish does not have a lot going for her right now. She is currently in a job she hates. She is living with her roommate and her boyfriend. She has an annoying co-worker, who is a horrible friend. So, when she finds out that her Great Aunt, Violet, has passed away and has left her, a manor. Maybell does not think twice about deciding to leave her old life behind. This all seems to be going well until she sees the manor from her childhood, that used to be absolutely gorgeous, but now it is in the need of some serious repairs. To add on, she finds out that her Aunt left the Manor to someone else as well. 50 percent of the estate is also owned to Wesley Koehler. So, now the two of them have to find a way to work together on fixing the house, but with their contrast in personalities – Wesley, brooding and grumpy, and Maybell, more energetic and happy – Maybell has no idea how that will work. Review I need to stop reading rom-coms. I mean at least, I think this was a rom-com but I did not find anything funny in this book. Since last year, I remember how much I never liked rom-com books until I read You Deserve Each Other. I absolutely loved that book, and I was dying of laughter reading it. I hoped I would get the same feelings from this, but I was definitely disappointed. ↳Plot. First off, this book was slow. I don’t mean the romance part was slow, I mean the whole entire book was slow. I got so bored over the monologues. I even got bored over the dialogues, especially the ones with the main characters, it was just dull to me. I skimmed a lot of sections while reading this. Additionally, Maybell daydreams a lot in this book, and sometimes it was hard to separate her daydream from the reality. I literally had to reread the pages a couple times to understand what was going on. And I felt there was so much on Violet’s life, I personally just did not care for it. In all, I did not like the flow of the book. ↳Characters. I feel indifferent to both characters. At first, I kind of liked Maybell, I found her a bit amusing during the first couple chapters, but soon enough I just couldn't care less about her. There is nothing that she did that especially bothered me, I just did not find her interesting. Wesley was not any better. I liked how the book tackled social anxiety, and I could really relate to Wesley’s story. I also liked how sweet he was. And I can’t deny he had some swoon worthy quotes in this book but in all I did not like him that much either. I feel like, again, there was not something specific that bothered me, I just did not care. ↳Romance. Romance? Was there any? Lol, that might be a bit harsh. But I just did not feel the connection between Maybell and Wesley at all. Like I previously mentioned, there were some nice quotes, but I did not care if they got together at all. And to be honest, it felt kind of insta-lovey (I mean it was more slow burn but once they get together it felt insta-lovey, if that makes sense) and the romance, overall, was cliche. Though the hero (view spoiler)[is a virgin (hide spoiler)] if that interests anyone. In all, I did not really enjoy this. Was it horrible? No, but it still was not something I would have liked to read. After loving, You Deserve Each Other so much, I was expecting more from this. So, yeah, maybe I should just stop reading rom-coms lol.

  29. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    my tears can't stop falling sarah hogle really wrote an amazing sophomore novel!!!! you all know you deserve each other is my favorite novel out there and twice shy isn't far behind... oh my god. i don't want to give anything away because you all the deserve the full experience but damn this book just hits different - social anxiety rep - shy giant hero who loves plants and is a vegetarian and just I want to hug him 24/7 - a lonely heroine who has never had someone in her life care for her or liste my tears can't stop falling sarah hogle really wrote an amazing sophomore novel!!!! you all know you deserve each other is my favorite novel out there and twice shy isn't far behind... oh my god. i don't want to give anything away because you all the deserve the full experience but damn this book just hits different - social anxiety rep - shy giant hero who loves plants and is a vegetarian and just I want to hug him 24/7 - a lonely heroine who has never had someone in her life care for her or listen to her and then she receives a manor in the woods and that practically changes her life completely - there is banter and grumpy/sunshine excellence and sarah hogle doesn't disappoint i hope you all read this and love it as much as I did! so happy that I got a arc from the publisher, thank you so much you don't even know how much this made my day! all opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars! I just want to start by saying this book is one of the most bizarre concepts for a romance I’ve ever read, but it works! I loved Sarah Hogle’s debut novel You Deserve Each Other, and if that hadn’t been my favorite book of 2020 I think I might have dnf’d Twice Shy out of sheer shock at the premise. It’s odd. But I’m telling you all of this in case you pick up this book and think about quitting, please don’t! It’s totally worth reading on. Twice Shy is about Maybell Parish, a lonely, non 4 stars! I just want to start by saying this book is one of the most bizarre concepts for a romance I’ve ever read, but it works! I loved Sarah Hogle’s debut novel You Deserve Each Other, and if that hadn’t been my favorite book of 2020 I think I might have dnf’d Twice Shy out of sheer shock at the premise. It’s odd. But I’m telling you all of this in case you pick up this book and think about quitting, please don’t! It’s totally worth reading on. Twice Shy is about Maybell Parish, a lonely, non-confrontational young woman without reliable family or friends in a job where she isn’t respected. When her great-aunt Violet passes away, Maybell inherits Violet’s mansion and sees a fresh start away from her current reality. But there’s a catch, Maybell has inherited the property along with the groundskeeper, who doesn’t particularly like Maybell. The two have to work together to restore this old property, and slowly they start to break down each other’s walls. This was a really sweet and cute romance novel. Normally those kinds of books aren’t for me, but in this book it really worked. It has the grump hero and sunshine heroine trope that I know a lot of you will love. This book also explored what it is like for someone with severe anxiety in a way that I felt was very understanding and empathetic and that hopefully a lot of people will be able to relate to. Sarah Hogle was the author that broke me out of my reading funk during a global pandemic and for that I will read her books forever. And this sophomore novel by her did not disappoint. I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next from her!

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