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Basketball has always been his one love, until now . . . Zeke Armstrong never imagined he’d be back in Vermont, but here he is, living in Colebury and trying to rehab an injury that could mean an early retirement from pro basketball. Running into his former classmate, Mallory Barrett, shouldn’t be a distraction. It shouldn’t mean anything, so why is he accidentally on p Basketball has always been his one love, until now . . . Zeke Armstrong never imagined he’d be back in Vermont, but here he is, living in Colebury and trying to rehab an injury that could mean an early retirement from pro basketball. Running into his former classmate, Mallory Barrett, shouldn’t be a distraction. It shouldn’t mean anything, so why is he accidentally on purpose showing up at the coffee shop where the beautiful writer spends her time? Mallory Barrett has met a guy. Well, she hasn’t met him yet, except for on the dating app she almost refused to download. “Coby” sparks her interest and gets her jokes--and gives the romance-novel heroes she loves so much a full-court run for their money. When their first date doesn’t work out, she decides to give him another shot . . . just as a man she despises reenters her life. While her interest in the mystery man on the app grows, she clashes constantly with Zeke in real life. She can’t forgive him for humiliating her in high school, yet she can’t deny she’s drawn to him now. She’s somehow gone from confirmed bachelorette to the tie-breaker between two men. Meanwhile Zeke has a secret--one that will cost him the game if Mallory finds out . . .


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Basketball has always been his one love, until now . . . Zeke Armstrong never imagined he’d be back in Vermont, but here he is, living in Colebury and trying to rehab an injury that could mean an early retirement from pro basketball. Running into his former classmate, Mallory Barrett, shouldn’t be a distraction. It shouldn’t mean anything, so why is he accidentally on p Basketball has always been his one love, until now . . . Zeke Armstrong never imagined he’d be back in Vermont, but here he is, living in Colebury and trying to rehab an injury that could mean an early retirement from pro basketball. Running into his former classmate, Mallory Barrett, shouldn’t be a distraction. It shouldn’t mean anything, so why is he accidentally on purpose showing up at the coffee shop where the beautiful writer spends her time? Mallory Barrett has met a guy. Well, she hasn’t met him yet, except for on the dating app she almost refused to download. “Coby” sparks her interest and gets her jokes--and gives the romance-novel heroes she loves so much a full-court run for their money. When their first date doesn’t work out, she decides to give him another shot . . . just as a man she despises reenters her life. While her interest in the mystery man on the app grows, she clashes constantly with Zeke in real life. She can’t forgive him for humiliating her in high school, yet she can’t deny she’s drawn to him now. She’s somehow gone from confirmed bachelorette to the tie-breaker between two men. Meanwhile Zeke has a secret--one that will cost him the game if Mallory finds out . . .

30 review for Doubletalk

  1. 5 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Mallory is an author suffering with a writer block, Zeke is a basketball player back in Vermont for physical therapy. They knew each other since they were kids but they don't speak to each other since they had a fall out years before. After a cold encounter at the Busy Bean they can't stop to think of each other. Could they put their past at rest and be civil? Or their friendship is irretrievably lost? I enjoyed this story but I felt it a bit dragged out. Mallory is too stubborn at times and she Mallory is an author suffering with a writer block, Zeke is a basketball player back in Vermont for physical therapy. They knew each other since they were kids but they don't speak to each other since they had a fall out years before. After a cold encounter at the Busy Bean they can't stop to think of each other. Could they put their past at rest and be civil? Or their friendship is irretrievably lost? I enjoyed this story but I felt it a bit dragged out. Mallory is too stubborn at times and she got on my nerves but I can understand how she is still hurt and she hasn't moved on from het past. I loved Zeke, he is intent on gaining Mallory's trust and friendship back and he is not scared to beg her for forgiveness. I was glad to see them to grow chapter after chapter because when they are together they are so cute and sweet you can't stop rooting for their happiness. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    hmmmmmmmm This is probably all a me thing but I just … the thing is, I’m not a fan of overly dramatic books and by dramatic, I mean OTT eyerolling twitchy drama. This story carried a whole bunch of that and I just … can’t. However, that’s a total judgement call so you might not be like me. If I’m being honest, this had the potential to be a great read for me. I love friends to more and second chance romances like nobody’s business. The childhood friend trope is one of my favorites because hmmmmmmmm This is probably all a me thing but I just … the thing is, I’m not a fan of overly dramatic books and by dramatic, I mean OTT eyerolling twitchy drama. This story carried a whole bunch of that and I just … can’t. However, that’s a total judgement call so you might not be like me. If I’m being honest, this had the potential to be a great read for me. I love friends to more and second chance romances like nobody’s business. The childhood friend trope is one of my favorites because it comes with an inherent base of knowledge by the leads of each other that allows the growth of the romance to be swoony and full of heart. I just don’t understand or maybe don’t get the reveal conflict the author added and honestly, these guys are mid to high 20s in age buuuuuuuuut not really. Imma stop now because I sincerely think this is a me thing and my own preferences but what are you gonna … I’m a blogger and these are my thoughts. Do with them what you will.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Mallory + Zeke They were best friends as kids, but now she hates him. She's hated him for 15 years now. But now he's back in town and he's kinda still interested in being her friend - or more. And with his secret dating app alter ego, she's all interested - but she doesn't know it's him. ═════════════════ Well ... I didn't finish this. I wanted to ...because I didn't hate hate it. I don't know what it was. I just couldn't keep on reading. The writing, the people, the silly dating app trope, the c Mallory + Zeke They were best friends as kids, but now she hates him. She's hated him for 15 years now. But now he's back in town and he's kinda still interested in being her friend - or more. And with his secret dating app alter ego, she's all interested - but she doesn't know it's him. ═════════════════ Well ... I didn't finish this. I wanted to ...because I didn't hate hate it. I don't know what it was. I just couldn't keep on reading. The writing, the people, the silly dating app trope, the constant teaching us about authors and basketball, their ages! They're 28 - not 19 like I first thought and like they behave! I just couldn't go on. But then I had a bit of free time between books and I thought - okay - let's try this one more time. I hate not finishing books. And I still didn't love it. I really liked Zeke, but he was basically the only good part of the book. I just couldn't handle the ridiculous dating app 'secret' trope that will lead to a ridiculous fight and break up! And their ages and all the other people in there - family, friends - people from the author's other books - I don't care for that at all. I finished it but I fast-forwarded a lot. It wasn't our day book - you were not bad, it was probably just my mood. Sorry. DOUBLETALK was a cute kinda second-chance author + baller love story. 💜 💜

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Coming Clean Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This series has been an enjoyable experience for me. The concept of having books revolve around a specific location and characters has always been my jam. With Doubletalk, the Busy Bean is the hub and where our main couple meets up again after years. Zeke Armstrong and Mallory Barrett have past history and it is not a good one. Zeke was buddies with Mallory's past boyfriend and he was a total jerk to her. He caused Mallory to have a pain 3.5 Coming Clean Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This series has been an enjoyable experience for me. The concept of having books revolve around a specific location and characters has always been my jam. With Doubletalk, the Busy Bean is the hub and where our main couple meets up again after years. Zeke Armstrong and Mallory Barrett have past history and it is not a good one. Zeke was buddies with Mallory's past boyfriend and he was a total jerk to her. He caused Mallory to have a painful memory she refuses to let go of and she still holds a grudge again the ex and Zeke. Zeke is back in their hometown due to a sports injury. He has been playing professionally for years and needs to recoup so he is staying with his cousin and seeing his old friend, Mallory's ex. It is when both of these fellas are in the Busy Bean, Mallory's writing hangout, they collide. Zeke, always liking Mallory but never acting on it due to his friend being her ex, reaches out to say hello. Mallory wants NOTHING to do with either of the men and lets them know it. Zeke is a little frustrated because he really would like to be her friend, or maybe even more. While these actions happen, there is something else in the mix. Both Mallory and Zeke are on a dating website with profiles using different names...why, maybe for protection...Either way, they both end up having this website attraction for all the right reasons; they chat, they have fun talking to each other, and finally, Zeke takes the plunge and wants to meet. You guessed it...Mallory is sitting right where Zeke is supposed to meet his terrific, chatty, smart internet connection. Now this book was solid, had lots to offer, and worked within the Busy Bean environment. My only issue is when we have this type of thing hanging in the balance. It has recently become a troupe in many books due to all the types of things happening in Real Life. I get it and it can be a strong way to work a plot. This story works within this troupe and in the process, both main characters work on the past hurt feelings and come through the other end. Sweetheart (Busy Bean #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Cowboy (Busy Bean #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Cakewalk (Busy Bean #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Friendzoned (Busy Bean #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Studfinder (Busy Bean #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Doubletalk (Busy Bean #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Sidetracked (Busy Bean #7) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Fireproof (Busy Bean #8) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Footnote (Busy Bean #9) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Afterglow (Busy Bean #10) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading~~~~~~ April 29, 2021 Since When Is Vermont The Place... The Place Where Romance Is Hot And Heavy... Could It Be A Romance Writer... A Past Classmate... And The Busy Bean Causing All This Heat... Mallory Barrett, Romance Author... Loves Working On Her Writing At The Busy Bean... She Also Sometimes, Ok Always... Uses That Dating App To Chat... With A Guy Who May Be The One... Zeke Armstrong Is Mallory's Past Classmate... He Is Here In Vermont Getting Therapy Due... To His Basketball Career Threatening Injury... Seeing Zeke Does Not Thrill Her... They Had Bad Blood In High School... And Mallory Doesn't Want To Let It Go... But...Busy Bean Is Working Its Magic... Because As Hot And Swoony... Mallory's App Man Is... Zeke Keeps Making Mallory... Second Guess Her Feelings... It Is Going To Be A Problem... Because How Is She Going... To Deal With All This Romantic... Doubletalk (Busy Bean #6)-September 13, 2021 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    I am SUPER bummed to say this book was a case of ~it's not you, it's me~. You see, when I went to request the final books in both the Busy Bean and the Speakeasy series, I became so nostalgic thinking about how we were finally coming to a close in The World of True North, that I requested ALL of the final books without reading their summaries. Honestly, most of the time that has worked out in my favor because then you go into them not knowing what to expect and every little thing is a wonderful I am SUPER bummed to say this book was a case of ~it's not you, it's me~. You see, when I went to request the final books in both the Busy Bean and the Speakeasy series, I became so nostalgic thinking about how we were finally coming to a close in The World of True North, that I requested ALL of the final books without reading their summaries. Honestly, most of the time that has worked out in my favor because then you go into them not knowing what to expect and every little thing is a wonderful surprise. This one though had be wishing I would have checked first. The trope in this book that I personally am not a fan of is where the two find each other on a dating app with fake names and click instantly. One of them finds out who the other person is in real life but keeps that secret until it's too late and the whole thing momentarily blows up in their faces. I did like that this one had an added layer of complexity due to the fact that Mallory and Zeke had actually known each other since they were little kids but had a falling out in high school and haven't talked since then. Mallory is one to not forgive easily so it made things even more hard when she DOES finally forgive Zeke only to eventually find out that he had been keeping this secret. It was actually a little funny because in my last review for Safeguard I talked about how I can't handle that kind of drama anymore and then I started this and went, oops. lol IT'S FINE Mallory and Zeke did have good chemistry, I enjoyed their characters as a whole, and I liked the writing so I'm sure most other people who read this will love! Huge thanks to Heart Eyes Press for allowing me to read an eARC of this book exchange for my honest opinion!♥ For more of my reviews, please visit:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annia Lennox (DaydreamingThroughBooks)

    Friends-to-enemies kind of-to lovers. There’s predictable moments, but I really enjoyed this. I read it in one day and easily got sucked in. Rory and Zeke were childhood friends, but they had a falling out in middle school. Rory still lives in Vermont. Zeke is a professional basketball player. He returns to Vermont to rehab some injuries. They run into each other and slowly reconnect. Zeke definitely wants a relationship or at least friendship, but Rory is still angry from the earlier stuff. Rory Friends-to-enemies kind of-to lovers. There’s predictable moments, but I really enjoyed this. I read it in one day and easily got sucked in. Rory and Zeke were childhood friends, but they had a falling out in middle school. Rory still lives in Vermont. Zeke is a professional basketball player. He returns to Vermont to rehab some injuries. They run into each other and slowly reconnect. Zeke definitely wants a relationship or at least friendship, but Rory is still angry from the earlier stuff. Rory will probably bother some readers. She’s a harsher personality and she’s a big grudge holder. I didn’t mind, but I’ve been known to hold a grudge so I get it. She’s also fairly self-aware about that. She does grow and learn, too. Zeke was a very nice guy and he tried to make up for mistakes he made as a kid. I would’ve liked him to be a bit more developed. We got little glimpses of his familial relationships, but that was really it. My biggest issue was around the “big secret”. I knew from the beginning what the big conflict would be. I hate the not talking to each other thing. It wasn’t the knowing it part that bothered me but what the actual conflict was. There were some small pacing or plotting things that felt off. Or sometimes I thought there was a continuity error. Maybe it was me. It didn’t impact my enjoyment too much anyways. Ms. Mitchell, please tell me Stacey will get her HEA. I’ll definitely look into more books by Mitchell when I have space in my TBR. Her style was easy to read and connect with.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Ex-childhood friends run into each other again in a chance of fate, but Zeke takes things one step further with an online profile... Fall in love with Zeke and Mallory as they sort out past and future feelings. Teralyn Mitchell scored yet again with this amazing story! Follow along as Mallory sorts out her feelings from the past as she uncovers secrets that she was never meant to learn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Doubletalk is a sassy story with a sweetness of heart that packs an irresistible punch. My first Teralyn Mitchell story and I think I'm in love. Mallory and Zeke are a work in progress that refuses to be put on hold. Mitchell creates it personalities that leap off the page and into your heart. Doubletalk is a sassy story with a sweetness of heart that packs an irresistible punch. My first Teralyn Mitchell story and I think I'm in love. Mallory and Zeke are a work in progress that refuses to be put on hold. Mitchell creates it personalities that leap off the page and into your heart.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Although hero and heroine were supposed to be around 30, their emotional maturity was somewhere around high school age. The drama and games became tedious - not my cup of tea. Read about half and then skimmed to end to read highlights and conclusions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Fosca Stahl

    Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean Series, set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. It is a standalone, so it can definitely be read by itself. I liked Doubletalk. It’s a childhood friends to enemies to lovers story with a hint of You’ve got Mail secret identity dating app in the mix. I liked Mallory and Zeke. Mallory is a young author struggling with writer’s block. She’s determined to write a story that’s been resisting her for years and hanging out at the Busy Bean while she’s at i Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean Series, set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. It is a standalone, so it can definitely be read by itself. I liked Doubletalk. It’s a childhood friends to enemies to lovers story with a hint of You’ve got Mail secret identity dating app in the mix. I liked Mallory and Zeke. Mallory is a young author struggling with writer’s block. She’s determined to write a story that’s been resisting her for years and hanging out at the Busy Bean while she’s at it. It’s there where she runs into Zeke for the first time in years. He’s a professional basketball player trying to recover from two almost career ending injuries in Vermont. They used to be best friends as kids, but their friendship ended abruptly when they were thirteen years old, and Mallory never forgave him. Now Zeke is determined to repair their friendship and even get her to date him, but Mallory isn’t willing to risk it. At the same time, they’re both using a dating app (and using aliases) and happen to connect. So while they’re communicating virtually, they’re not getting along in person. I liked the writing and the progression of Mallory and Zeke’s relationship, their banter and Mallory’s best friend’s shenanigans. It’s easy to read and it flows. I’m not a fan of Zeke’s duplicity with the app, but it wasn’t that big deal in the end. I liked the fact that both of them learned from their mistakes, and were able to grow as people.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Stafford

    This is book 6 in the Busy Bean, World of Ture North. Mallory and Zeke are completely new characters so you can for sure read this as a standalone. This was my first read by Teralyn Mitchell and while I definitely think her writing has promise, I thought this story was too long for the storyline and too heavy on the past hurt and anger for me to really love it. When I first started reading I thought I was really going to enjoy this book. I loved Mallory's attitude and I adored her friendship wit This is book 6 in the Busy Bean, World of Ture North. Mallory and Zeke are completely new characters so you can for sure read this as a standalone. This was my first read by Teralyn Mitchell and while I definitely think her writing has promise, I thought this story was too long for the storyline and too heavy on the past hurt and anger for me to really love it. When I first started reading I thought I was really going to enjoy this book. I loved Mallory's attitude and I adored her friendship with Stacy. I loved that she is a romance author and that she just likes her quite life in Vermont. She doesn't need to be flashy to be cool. I always love the Busy Bean atmosphere and the crew there and that was a given plus going in. I also really really loved Zeke. I thought he was a caring and talented man who had a lot of heart. He is a Pro Basketball player and he is recovering from an injury and trying to get his career on track. I liked learning some basketball lingo and was glad it wasn't overloaded with sports talk because I don't usually enjoy the sports romance trope. I thought the prospect of Mallory and Zeke meeting unknowingly on the dating app was cute and I enjoyed the build of their relationship. They had some really sweet dates that brought that good feeling that romances always do. I thought Zeke did some very sweet things for Mallory and I really want to give the guy an award for patience because he road the stubborn and thick headed train Mallory was conducting until he made his way back into her heart. I thought the ending was solid and definitely enjoyed them as a couple. They had great chemistry and in the bedroom they lit up the pages. Now those are all my likes and I wish those were enough for me to say YES to this story. Sadly they were not. I had a ton of issues with the "big secret" as to why Mallory hates Zeke and won't gave him the time of day. In my eyes it was a weak issue for all the build up. She can hold a grudge like it's nobody's business and I was so frustrated with her attitude that I was actually routing for Zeke to take a step back and let her stew until she got with the program. I understand her hate for Daniel, her other childhood friend and high school ex, he was definitely a boy in a mans body and a bully. I understand Mallory was hurt and embarrassed and even bullied for an extended period of time by Daniel in high school, but I thought she just truly needed to let it go and show these guys that she is an adult and has moved on and made something of herself. Instead, all she did was convince me that she hadn't really grown up. And it wasn't just Zeke and Daniel she had issues with, she even went extended periods of time not speaking to family because of the "hurt" they caused her. And I do not feel at all that Zeke should be punished for the fact that he slightly let Mallory down by not being as good a friend to her when they were CHILDREN! Everyone makes mistakes and at almost 30 years old you should be able to separate the past and present. I felt like most of this story was drawn out because of this grudge Mallory held and it just left a bitter taste in my mouth. It took away from the romance and the good feelings I mentioned before. I loved Stacy and was really routing for her happy ending and was pretty bummed by the events that took place regarding her. Why start something and make her happy and then not see it through? Maybe she'll get her own book to make up for it! I was really on the border with this story and my rating. Honestly, for me this is a 3.5 but I did not enjoy it enough to rate a 4 and I feel bad about that. I liked a lot about this book but disliked more. And I base my ratings on weather or not I would read the book again I can't say that I would. But I think the writing was good and I would definitely read more of Teralyn!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Back into the Busy Bean series for the final stretch of books. Doubletalk follows Zeke and Mallory and boy was this story something. First off, right from the beginning you knew it would only be a matter of time until something blew up between them to threaten their relationship. It was just a matter of when and how. So Zeke and Mallory's story is along the lines of the one that got away and second chances. They grew up together and were best friends. But with the highs and lows that is high sch Back into the Busy Bean series for the final stretch of books. Doubletalk follows Zeke and Mallory and boy was this story something. First off, right from the beginning you knew it would only be a matter of time until something blew up between them to threaten their relationship. It was just a matter of when and how. So Zeke and Mallory's story is along the lines of the one that got away and second chances. They grew up together and were best friends. But with the highs and lows that is high school, they friendship ceased due to a lot of hurt and let downs. They went on different paths but never forgot the other. So when Zeke returns to Vermont, he is both wary and happy to see Mallory again. He knows he messed up and all those feelings he had for her come rushing back. But will she give him the time of day? Mallory wasn't a fan of high school and follows the stubborn rule of never letting someone hurt her again. She knows how to hold a grudge. And with the horrible incident in high school, how can anyone blame her? But Zeke comes back into her life and despite the fact that she gives him the cold shoulder whenever he is around, he is slowly breaking her defenses. Now, the complicated part. Both Zeke and Mallory sign up for a dating app and don't use their real names before either realize the other is in town. Fate brings them together and they just click over this online messages. Perhaps something can happen between "Coby" and "Tasha". They agree to meet and when Zeke passes the Busy Bean and realizes Mallory is Tasha, he bolts. He knows if he goes in there, she won't give him the time of day. He wants to win her heart as Zeke. And as they get close to one another again. they both still reach out through the app when Mallory needs to talk and let her guard down and when Zeke is desperate for Mallory to let him in. So now you can see why the story has you on the edge of your seat as you wait for everything to blow up. However! That didn't mean the story wasn't good. It was good! Mallory has no filter and speaks her mind. Her friendship with her best friend, Stacey is hilarious. And you can't help but love Zeke and root for him to win Mallory back. These were great and interesting characters and the plot kept twisting and turning, taking you in unexpected directions. A great addition to this series! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I am loving this whole True North World thing. Sarina Bowen is an absolute genius who creates amazing stories, and this has just added to her awesomeness. So, I have been avidly scouring all of these sign ups reading the blurbs and reading the books as soon as I get my grabby hands on them. And this one had me super excited. It is by a new to me, author; and its main character is a professional basketball player. It was right up my alley. And then I started reading it and I just never clicked wit I am loving this whole True North World thing. Sarina Bowen is an absolute genius who creates amazing stories, and this has just added to her awesomeness. So, I have been avidly scouring all of these sign ups reading the blurbs and reading the books as soon as I get my grabby hands on them. And this one had me super excited. It is by a new to me, author; and its main character is a professional basketball player. It was right up my alley. And then I started reading it and I just never clicked with it. I couldn’t get into the story, and I didn’t connect with either character. In fact both characters annoyed me more than I liked them, but most of the time I was just apathetic towards them. Now this is possibly a me issue and other people will love the book and the characters, and I probably just didn’t connect because I struggled to read the book. And for me sometimes that’s just something that happens and has nothing to do with the book I’m reading. For me my first issue was Mallory. She is 28 years old and I just felt like she was holding onto juvenile grudges and was always playing the victim. And while I got why she wasn’t prepared to forgive Zeke for the actions he had made while they were children, she just kept on about how everyone had let her down and she had trust issues. But it felt like everything was catastrophised and she was the innocent princess sitting in her tower being spat on. Zeke went all out to win over Mallory and gain her forgiveness and I liked that he was so invested in their relationship. But his words didn’t back up his actions. And his claims of her being the one that got away and having her tattooed on various parts of his body didn't mesh with the fact he hadn’t seen her in ten years and then he bumped into her by chance. After they had been estranged for 5 years before their physical separation. Then we had a secondary relationship going on off to the side that didn’t really feel like it added much to the story. The sex scenes were hot and the writing was easy to read. It just wasn’t the book for me at the moment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    **3.5 Stars** Doubletalk is book six in the Busy Bean series but can be read as a complete standalone. Mallory is a writer, but struggling with a little writer's block at the moment. She has joined a new dating app but isn't really looking to meet anyone until one guy actually seems to find her corny pick up lines funny and they hit it off. Zeke is a professional basketball player but is back in Vermont after an injury while he tries to work on getting stronger so he can return to the pros. While **3.5 Stars** Doubletalk is book six in the Busy Bean series but can be read as a complete standalone. Mallory is a writer, but struggling with a little writer's block at the moment. She has joined a new dating app but isn't really looking to meet anyone until one guy actually seems to find her corny pick up lines funny and they hit it off. Zeke is a professional basketball player but is back in Vermont after an injury while he tries to work on getting stronger so he can return to the pros. While there, he runs into his childhood friend who he always had a thing for. Too bad things ended pretty badly with them and they haven't talked in a really long time. This is a tough review for me to write if I am being honest. This was my first book by this author so I didn't really know what to expect but I always like trying out new authors, especially in this series. I really liked Zeke, especially from the beginning. It was clear how much he liked Mallory and how much he wanted her in his life, and because she didn't want to give him the time of day, I can see why he chose to go the route he did, but it was definitely questionable. I liked Mallory and her friendship with Stacey...they were hilarious together; one of my favorite things about the book. I felt like she expected too much at times of people in not allowing others to make any mistakes or offer second chances. I think if she could have been a little more mature and at least be open to communicate with Zeke a little more in the beginning, a lot of drama could have been avoided. I am generally not one for games or drama, so that part of the book didn't appeal to me, but I did like Mallory and Zeke together once they worked things out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    3.5 stars! We’re once again back in the World of True North and at the Busy Bean cafe! Zeke Armstrong and Mallory Barrett have a history and it’s not a good one! In the past, Zeke was friends with Mallory’s ex boyfriend and was a huge jerk to her and caused a painful memory that Mallory struggles to let go of. They actually used to be best friends when they were kids until this happened! Mallory is a writer and is currently struggling with writers blog. She joined a dating app but isn’t really loo 3.5 stars! We’re once again back in the World of True North and at the Busy Bean cafe! Zeke Armstrong and Mallory Barrett have a history and it’s not a good one! In the past, Zeke was friends with Mallory’s ex boyfriend and was a huge jerk to her and caused a painful memory that Mallory struggles to let go of. They actually used to be best friends when they were kids until this happened! Mallory is a writer and is currently struggling with writers blog. She joined a dating app but isn’t really looking hard to. Meet anyone until one guy on the app seems to find her corny pick up lines funny, and they hit it off and keep talking. Zeke is a professional basketball player who moved away from Vermont but is now back because of an injury and to work on getting stronger so he can get back to playing the sport he loves. While being back he runs into his childhood friend, Mallory who still holds a grudge about something that happened when they were teenagers. I could really tell how much Zeke liked Mallory and how much he wanted to make amends and get back in her life, however she wouldn’t give him the time of day. While Zeke is trying to get back into Mallory’s life, they are both on the dating website and have profiles using fake names. They both end up having an attraction towards each other on the website and continue to talk. Zeke is the one who initially wants to meet up. This is where things blow up and the drama ensues! I didn’t love this book. I felt like the characters weren’t acting their age was were still acting like teenagers. I just didn’t feel this book as much as I was hoping. *ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vera Blaz

    Mallory and Zeke were best friends from the moment they met as toddlers. Everything changed in middle school when Zeke chose his teammates over his best friend, which led to much animosity on Mallory’s part. Fifteen years later, she’s settled in Colebury as a romance writer with her best friend Stacey. Running into Zeke was the last thing Mallory ever wanted or expected. Zeke found this to be an opportunity to right the wrongs he’s done to Rory. But Rory is good at holding grudges. She’s connect Mallory and Zeke were best friends from the moment they met as toddlers. Everything changed in middle school when Zeke chose his teammates over his best friend, which led to much animosity on Mallory’s part. Fifteen years later, she’s settled in Colebury as a romance writer with her best friend Stacey. Running into Zeke was the last thing Mallory ever wanted or expected. Zeke found this to be an opportunity to right the wrongs he’s done to Rory. But Rory is good at holding grudges. She’s connected with someone on a dating app and feels she could give him a shot. Little does she know that the person she’s been chatting with is someone she knows very well. It’s Zeke. When he discovers who she is, he ghosts her. Not because he doesn’t like her, but because he knows her grudges run long and he hasn’t had the opportunity to show him a different side. I liked Zeke’s character much more than I did Rory’s. She was a little too over the top for me with her grudges and stubbornness. It gave Rory an air of being on the younger side. While the whole alter ego aspect put a different perspective into the story and let Rory and Zeke be themselves, I already knew their break up would result from the Zeke’s deception. Since it is a romance, the HEA was inevitable. I received an advance copy of this book at my request and voluntarily left this review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (jpbooklife)

    This was a very sweet and a funny second chance romance. It had a bit of sports, a snarky heroine and a little hidden identity. Zeke is an injured basketball player who moves back home for his rehabilitation. Rory is a self published author who is struggling with writers block. They ended their friendship years ago but with a little help from a dating app they start to connect. Zeke and Rory are a great couple. And I really did enjoy their story very much. But the MVP couple of this book is Rory This was a very sweet and a funny second chance romance. It had a bit of sports, a snarky heroine and a little hidden identity. Zeke is an injured basketball player who moves back home for his rehabilitation. Rory is a self published author who is struggling with writers block. They ended their friendship years ago but with a little help from a dating app they start to connect. Zeke and Rory are a great couple. And I really did enjoy their story very much. But the MVP couple of this book is Rory and her best friend Stacey. These two were amazing. They had me laughing, they pulled at heartstrings. They never sugar coated. They were exactly what friends should be to each other. They supported one another but never hesitated to give each other a large shove in the right direction. I really hope Stacey gets her own book. My only issue with the book is that it was all a little too predictable. I knew exactly where it was going to go. But even with that I still liked it. This is a fun addition to the busy bean series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate H

    I love the World of True North that Sarina Bowen has created so I was beyond thrilled to find out that other authors would be writing books set in this world. I have never read anything by Teralyn Mitchell before and I am sad to say I am not sure I will after this because I did not really enjoy this book. The Busy Bean series has been a fun addition to the Truth North world and I am sure this book was just a miss for me and that the series as a whole is still excellent. Zeke and Mallory were fine I love the World of True North that Sarina Bowen has created so I was beyond thrilled to find out that other authors would be writing books set in this world. I have never read anything by Teralyn Mitchell before and I am sad to say I am not sure I will after this because I did not really enjoy this book. The Busy Bean series has been a fun addition to the Truth North world and I am sure this book was just a miss for me and that the series as a whole is still excellent. Zeke and Mallory were fine but the story just didn't work for me. I do not enjoy dating app storylines or games being played and this had a bit too much of both plus a pace I just could not get into. I am very excited to read more books that take place in the World of True North as I know there will be several by a variety of authors coming out in the Busy Bean series as well as other other spinoff series. This is a relatable place with characters you truly care for and want to see a happy outcome given to

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    3.5 stars Doubletalk is Teralyn Mitchell's contribution to the Busy Bean series. Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone. Zeke is an NBA player who's back in Vermont while healing from an injury. His future is up in the air as he doesn't know if he can make it back into the game. While home he gets to see his former best friend, Mallory, for the first time in years. There's plenty of emotion between them, as things got between them and they carry pain and hurt. Both characters are 3.5 stars Doubletalk is Teralyn Mitchell's contribution to the Busy Bean series. Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone. Zeke is an NBA player who's back in Vermont while healing from an injury. His future is up in the air as he doesn't know if he can make it back into the game. While home he gets to see his former best friend, Mallory, for the first time in years. There's plenty of emotion between them, as things got between them and they carry pain and hurt. Both characters are at a roadblock with their careers. As Zeke struggles with his injury, Mallory's struggling with her writer's block. This is a story with a lot of explanations and forgiveness. I enjoyed the characters and their journey, but I struggled to always stay connected to them. It's a story with an online dating app and a long carried secret that looms overheard for way too long. The storyline is promising, but I just don't love the way it is all executed. Doubletalk is a nice addition to this small town world. But this Teralyn Mitchell book isn't my favorite in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Note: An ARC was provided by Heart Eyes Press. Teralyn Mitchell is a new-to-me author and her contribution to Sarina Bowen's World of True North book universe was my first read from her. Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean series, and it's a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story featuring Zeke Armstrong, a professional basketball player suffering a potential career-ending injury, and Mallory Barrett, an author experiencing writer's block. I wanted to like this, but it was a case of the spi Note: An ARC was provided by Heart Eyes Press. Teralyn Mitchell is a new-to-me author and her contribution to Sarina Bowen's World of True North book universe was my first read from her. Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean series, and it's a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story featuring Zeke Armstrong, a professional basketball player suffering a potential career-ending injury, and Mallory Barrett, an author experiencing writer's block. I wanted to like this, but it was a case of the spirit was willing, but everything else was weak. I simply did not like Zeke. I tried to feel some sort of connection with the guy, but he simply wasn't doing it for me. Unfortunately, Mallory didn't fare much better, which in turn, made it difficult for me to fully become invested in the main characters and their story. I hate that I didn't, at the very least, fall in like with this book, so it kills me that I can only give it 2.5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Doubletalk by Teralyn Mitchell is a new release in the Busy Bean/True North series. In it we meet Mallory and Zeke, a pair of former childhood best friends who haven’t spoken in years. Mallory hates Zeke for not standing up for her and their friendship while she was mistreated in High School. She has allowed past events to form how she views all of her current relationships. Zeke has always had feelings for Mallory and know’s he was immature and foolish in the past. After seeing her again and re Doubletalk by Teralyn Mitchell is a new release in the Busy Bean/True North series. In it we meet Mallory and Zeke, a pair of former childhood best friends who haven’t spoken in years. Mallory hates Zeke for not standing up for her and their friendship while she was mistreated in High School. She has allowed past events to form how she views all of her current relationships. Zeke has always had feelings for Mallory and know’s he was immature and foolish in the past. After seeing her again and realizing that his feelings for her are still there, he begins a complex path to earning back her love and more importantly her trust. Throw in the fact that Zeke is a pro-basketball player who is trying to be picked up by an NBA team in the coming season and Doubletalk is a emotional journey a couple takes to find their way back to each other.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)

    Zeke and Mallory were friends through childhood until high school drama tears them apart. They go off in different directions – he becomes a basketball star, she is a struggling writer that is currently in a slump. When she joins a dating app, she ends up making a connection. Zeke is back in town after a basketball injury and is home to rehab. He and Mallory continue to clash, and she’s doing everything she can to avoid him. She’s still bitter about high school, and he’s trying to break down her Zeke and Mallory were friends through childhood until high school drama tears them apart. They go off in different directions – he becomes a basketball star, she is a struggling writer that is currently in a slump. When she joins a dating app, she ends up making a connection. Zeke is back in town after a basketball injury and is home to rehab. He and Mallory continue to clash, and she’s doing everything she can to avoid him. She’s still bitter about high school, and he’s trying to break down her walls. Zeke has also joined the dating app, and when he finds that he’s ready to really connect and meet in IRL, Zeke arrives at the Busy Bean, he realizes that his “connection” is Mallory! This was a fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story and the banter between them was fantastic. I really love the Busy Bean world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars I wanted to get my hands on every single Busy Bean book that I could-I just love this world so much. I had high hopes for this book, and while it wasn't exactly what I expected, I still enjoyed it overall. This was my first book from Teralyn Mitchell but I will try her again! Doubletalk is the story of Zeke and Mallory. These two had an awkward reintroduction to me, I actually cringed but I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I liked getting to know these characters but I have to admit 3.5 stars I wanted to get my hands on every single Busy Bean book that I could-I just love this world so much. I had high hopes for this book, and while it wasn't exactly what I expected, I still enjoyed it overall. This was my first book from Teralyn Mitchell but I will try her again! Doubletalk is the story of Zeke and Mallory. These two had an awkward reintroduction to me, I actually cringed but I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I liked getting to know these characters but I have to admit that Mallory was a bit too stubborn in spots for me. But I did believe in how these two reconnected-once they did. The pacing didn't exactly work for me here. But I did enjoy the setting and most of the characters. Overall I did enjoy the book and look forward to trying more from this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Zeke is a professional basketball player who finds himself back in Vermont to spend some time with friends and family as he tries to heal from a serious injury. While at the Busy Bean he reunites with his childhood friend Mallory however he quickly realizes that she hasn’t forgiven him for the mistakes he made in the past. Mallory is trying to pursue a writing career, but she is finding it more difficult than she imagined. The last thing she needs is for Zeke, the man who used to be her best frie Zeke is a professional basketball player who finds himself back in Vermont to spend some time with friends and family as he tries to heal from a serious injury. While at the Busy Bean he reunites with his childhood friend Mallory however he quickly realizes that she hasn’t forgiven him for the mistakes he made in the past. Mallory is trying to pursue a writing career, but she is finding it more difficult than she imagined. The last thing she needs is for Zeke, the man who used to be her best friend and is now her nemesis, to come crashing back into her life. The more time they spend together the more conflicted her feelings are for him and that was before his secret turned everything upside down. Misunderstandings and mistakes certainly make for some difficult times as Zeke and Mallory find their way back to each other.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marni Ortiz

    Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean series by Teralyn Mitchell . Mallory is a writer struggling with writers block and Zeke is a basketball player . They were best friends as kids until something happened to separate them . Now 15 years later he’s back in town , and Mallory still has a lot of hate and resentment towards him . I love enemies to lovers , best friends to lovers and second chance romance. This is the perfect Blend of all of the above .this is my first book by Teralyn , and Doubletalk is the sixth book in the Busy Bean series by Teralyn Mitchell . Mallory is a writer struggling with writers block and Zeke is a basketball player . They were best friends as kids until something happened to separate them . Now 15 years later he’s back in town , and Mallory still has a lot of hate and resentment towards him . I love enemies to lovers , best friends to lovers and second chance romance. This is the perfect Blend of all of the above .this is my first book by Teralyn , and I adored Avery minute of it . The chemistry, the steam , the emotion , all kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book . I cannot recommend this book highly enough ❤️

  26. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    This is a stand alone in the World of True North, Busy Bean series and a second chance romance. I couldn't get into the pace of this book and even though the characters were sweet there was just something missing. It's my first book by this author and I probably won't read another one of her books. This is set in the Busy Bean cafe and you will spend time with a few of the characters you expect to find at this coffee shop and it was lovely to connect again with them. ARC provided for an honest rev This is a stand alone in the World of True North, Busy Bean series and a second chance romance. I couldn't get into the pace of this book and even though the characters were sweet there was just something missing. It's my first book by this author and I probably won't read another one of her books. This is set in the Busy Bean cafe and you will spend time with a few of the characters you expect to find at this coffee shop and it was lovely to connect again with them. ARC provided for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marika

    Zeke and Mallory have history, that's for sure! Now, years later, a chance encounter put them back into each other orbit..and Zeke can't seem to let Mallory be.. There are a few things I didn’t like..manly, Zeke's behaviour as a young man..totally lame..sorry not sorry..his choice in best friend..even worse.. and I have to say Mallory at times needed a reality check or two.. I really loved Mallory's bestie and I enjoyed their relationship. The story isn't unpleasant at all but I could have done wit Zeke and Mallory have history, that's for sure! Now, years later, a chance encounter put them back into each other orbit..and Zeke can't seem to let Mallory be.. There are a few things I didn’t like..manly, Zeke's behaviour as a young man..totally lame..sorry not sorry..his choice in best friend..even worse.. and I have to say Mallory at times needed a reality check or two.. I really loved Mallory's bestie and I enjoyed their relationship. The story isn't unpleasant at all but I could have done with a lot less drama, especially since some things didn't even get resolved.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    They have been friends since they were kids but had a falling out years ago. Now they both find themselves back home in Vermont. Zeke is rehabbing a basketball injury and Mallory is a writer suffering from writers block. Friends/enemies to lovers is a genre that is not my favorite but I enjoy from time to time of it is written well. This story was good and I can’t wait to read more from Teralyn Mitchell.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Best friends Zeke and Mallory were childhood best friends who had a falling out. When Zeke comes back to town he sees her and realises that he still loves her. Mallory was extremely upset by their falling out and I don't blame her. It takes a lot for them to actually come together but they're so clearly meant for each other. This is a fascinating story that celebrates young love and life long friendships. Best friends Zeke and Mallory were childhood best friends who had a falling out. When Zeke comes back to town he sees her and realises that he still loves her. Mallory was extremely upset by their falling out and I don't blame her. It takes a lot for them to actually come together but they're so clearly meant for each other. This is a fascinating story that celebrates young love and life long friendships.

  30. 5 out of 5

    •Cici• Theory of A Dreamer Book Blog♥

    Having first heard about Ms.Mitchell’s work this year I’ve been looking forward to picking up her books! When I found out about this one I knew i wanted to read it first! I enjoyed this story! Zeke and Mallory’s journey pulled me in quickly! I really liked how these were brought back into each other’s lives and the chemistry between them. I wasn’t sure how things would go between them and i enjoyed the fact that got me into their story even more. With Doubletalk, Ms.Mitchell has created such a goo Having first heard about Ms.Mitchell’s work this year I’ve been looking forward to picking up her books! When I found out about this one I knew i wanted to read it first! I enjoyed this story! Zeke and Mallory’s journey pulled me in quickly! I really liked how these were brought back into each other’s lives and the chemistry between them. I wasn’t sure how things would go between them and i enjoyed the fact that got me into their story even more. With Doubletalk, Ms.Mitchell has created such a good read that’ll have you feeling so many things! I am looking forward to reading more of her books! *I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book from Heart Eyes Press / the author*

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