Thank you to Putnam for providing a gifted copy of Twice Shy!
You Deserve Each Other was one of my favorite reads of last year – so when I found out Sarah Hogle had a new rom-com coming out, Twice Shy, I basically began counting down the days until its release. The anticipation paid off – Twice Shy was even better than You Deserve Each Other – and was one of my favorite reads of this year so far.
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.
Wesley was one of my favorite male main characters ever – he was the perfect balance of grumpy and a total teddy bear. In the beginning – he was prickly and standoffish but he quickly dissolved into a total cinnamon roll sweetheart who needs to be protected at all costs. Maybell on the other hand was an upbeat, ball of sunshine kind of person who was afraid of conflict and definitely leaned into her maladaptive daydreaming (relatable).
Maybell and Wesley complimented each other incredibly well – even through their slow burn build up phase (with forced proximity!!!), they had excellent chemistry. They were super sweet together – like so sweet you might just get a cavity reading this book. Not only was their dynamic adorable, it also was based on communication and emotional openness. I particularly loved how Maybell supported Wesley when he opened up to her about his social anxiety.
Forced proximity, a ball of sunshine and a grump, and some really great emotional moments, Twice Shy really has it all. I can’t get over how well Maybell and Wesley went together – they’re definitely one of my new favorite rom-com couples. Twice Shy has cemented Sarah Hogle as one of my autobuy authors – I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next. 5/5