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Can't Escape Love
Can't Escape Love: A Reluctant Royals Novella | Alyssa Cole
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Alyssa Cole delivers another fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She's finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted. Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance animeexcept he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?
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xicanti
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X-MEN REFERENCES!!!!

(I personally think of Sunspot whenever Magnum P.I. comes up. Like, when they did the reboot I was all, “But how does Sunspot feel about this????”)

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Comet2
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It‘s Friday night and Ruby has her nose in a good book...

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xicanti
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I‘m right on the edge of a pain day, so I popped out to the library first thing in case I‘m unable to go later. Got Alyssa Cole‘s second Reluctant Royals novella, some new X-Men, a volume of poetry off the New Releases display, and a whole bunch of PRINCESS JELLYFISH so I can reread the series and finally see how it ends.

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Gosh, I love this novella! Alyssa Cole does great contemporary disability rep. (She even got a straw ban dig in, which is 🔪👌 considering how many ableds don‘t know how ableist it is.) Highly recommend for so many reasons: disabled Black wheelchair user heroine! Autistic Asian hero! Snark! Escape rooms! Nerdery!

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TsundokuAleax
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I am here for these beautiful nerds finding and falling for each other. Guys is just adorable and so sweet. He is hyper aware of himself and others but I love how he manages the world. Reggie has worked hard to build up her business and does not let anyone use her disability against her. To have Gus be so accepting of her and do the same for him was beautiful to watch. I want more of this in my romace! #romantsy

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sophierayton
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Fun, short, inclusive romance. Not the best story, but a nice 'meanwhile' to book 2 - A Duke by default. I don't know why it is classed as 3.5 - it should be 2.5 and 2.5 should be 1.5, but I don't make the rules.
I'm looking forward to the other inclusive novels this author might write - she's nicely set up for a gender-queer romance and I hope she explores other topics like illness or obesity too.

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Julsmarshall
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Loved reading about Reggie! Gave an interesting glimpse into Portia‘s backstory as well. Really enjoying this series!

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Julsmarshall
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Stressful week? Romance novellas are the answer! #currentread #romantsy

writerlibrarian It's an adorable, yet grown up romance with wonderful geek stuff. 7mo
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Michollio
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I mostly enjoyed it. I had some trouble connecting to the characters. Reggie was WAY prickly. Gus didn't seem to be connected to reasoning at all -- he just did things because it felt like the thing to do. Plus, a love interest named Gus was a little weird. Cute, but definitely not my favorite of this series.

#Pop19: "Love" in the title

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silentrequiem
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The two novellas in Cole's Reluctant Royals series star Thabiso's assistant (Once Ghosted, Twice Shy) and Portia's sister (Can't Escape Love). I loved Reggie's story and was meh on Likotsi's. The timeline jumping in Once Ghosted felt jarring and I never felt like I got to know the characters. #romantsy
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silentrequiem Reggie and Gus were amazing and I love them. My love for their story may be largely because it was so overwhelmingly nerdy and geeky and the plot centers around them geeking over an anime to build an escape room. Also some great discussion on ableism!

These characters really deserved full-length novels. I think I would have liked Once Ghosted better if the story had been given more time to develop.
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writerlibrarian
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Short and sweet. This is a smart, fun, short yet emotional window into a side character, Regina aka Reggie, Portia's nerdy, smart, geeky, internet entrepreneure, twin.
Cole's in less then 200 pages makes the two characters solid, with multiples layers with a touch of anime fairy tale.
#booked2019 #spring #socialmediafocus

Cinfhen Not sure why but I missed a bunch of posts!!! Well done on #booked2019 6mo
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writerlibrarian
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Game 5. ⭐️ win and they are off to the Conference final. Seguin, Benn and Radulov have to keep on with the magic.
The novella is good. This Alyssa Cole's universe is very nice to come back to.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian All tied at one with Seguin 🚨Bishop got hurt and the Blues 🚨 twice on him. 4-1 Blues (edited) 7mo
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Beachesnbooks
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Right now I‘m 1/4 to 1/2 way through these 4 books. Weekend goal: finish at least 2 of them!

LiteraryinLititz You can do it! 7mo
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Nessavamusic
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Tagged book also helped me complete another square for #bookishbingo. Our male hero of this book is on the autism spectrum (not a spoiler) for autistic protagonist square. Bookish.com

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Nessavamusic
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I have enjoyed this whole series. I loved this novella about the sister of the main character in one of the other books. This was adorable and nerdy and completely my catnip. This does work as a standalone, but I recommend starting with “A Princess in Theory”. This also is my #socialmediafocus book for #Booked2019Spring #Booked2019

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Nessavamusic
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Home sick with Strep (I am a teacher, hazard of the job), between naps enjoying puppy cuddles and some #romantsy books. #dogsoflitsy

gradcat Ugh! Strep! I‘m so sorry for you...feel better soon! 🤒🚫 8mo
LiteraryinLititz Feel better soon!! 8mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 8mo
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I had pre-ordered both of these and got around to them recently. After reading them, enjoyed them both. Cole might be my favorite contemporary romance author these days. Part of me wishes these were full length novels, but they were satisfying as novellas.

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SarahSaysRead
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Short and sweet, with wonderful nerd / POC / disability rep.

#representationmatters #romance #romancelandia #HEA #PuzzleBae

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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My 4th Alyssa Cole book and my favourite. I guess I really appreciate geeks in love?? I'm bummed this was only a novella because I wanted more about Reggie and Gus! I loved how unabashedly nerdy they were. She runs a website for nerds who are POC, women, disabled, or otherwise excluded from mainstream nerd culture. He has a puzzle livestream and designs escape rooms. Also thought the representation of disability (physical and mental) was great.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Friends, this #romance book is so cute! I love how unabashedly nerdy both the characters are. She runs a website for nerds who are POC, women, disabled, or otherwise excluded from mainstream nerd culture. He has a puzzle solving livestream and designs escape rooms. I wish it was a full novel instead of only a novella! #Romantsy

suzisteffen I‘d go for a full novel as well! Mooorrreeee! 8mo
llwheeler I love this cover! 8mo
sebrittainclark Same, I'd love a full novel for Reggie. 8mo
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I liked this novella better than the first. I wish this was an actual full-length novel because I would love to read more of their story. This series is so good! I recommend it!

VanChocStrawberry I love Alyssa Cole! Have you read the sci-fi ish series she wrote? 8mo
Tera0707 @VanChocStrawberry I haven‘t. I‘m not a big sci-fi reader, but because I love her writing, I‘m willing to give them a shot ☺️ 8mo
VanChocStrawberry It‘s more like a post-apocalyptic story, I guess. Either way, it‘s right up my alley and was one of my first romance reading experiences. I loved the series. 8mo
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Tera0707
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Current situation. I have so many things I should be doing around the house, but I don‘t plan on moving until I finish this novella. And Dutch is napping. So yeah, I‘m stuck here 😏

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CoffeeK8
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14 books total this month, a little slower than usual since I started Grad School
11 books by women
4 audiobooks
2 library
#bestofmarch #march2019stats

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 8mo
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khooliha
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I put the other things I was reading aside and it was worth it.

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sebrittainclark
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4/5

Alyssa Cole has become my favorite romance writer. All her books are so wonderful. We finally get to meet Reggie's mystery man from A Duke By Default, as well as understand more about Reggie. It was short, sweet, and I can't wait for A Prince on Paper to come out in just a few weeks.

CoffeeK8 I loved this book so much! I am dying to read the next one! 9mo
Liatrek She is one of my favorites ❤️ I love Reggie and this book. Just wish it was longer. 8mo
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Liatrek
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I‘m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the entire time reading this way to short story for Reggie. I wish she had got her own book because the material and chemistry is 100% there for her and Gus❤️ And I loved all the nerdy references 😊

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Thanks for the reminder, @Liatrek ! Wasn‘t a huge fan of the first novella, but I‘m certainly a fan of the characters and the author, so let‘s doooo this. #romance #straightpeople #novella

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I‘m with you Reggie! I‘m a huge sucker for a great voice ❤️

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ness
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So excited for Alyssa Cole‘s new novella, which features a wheelchair user heroine!!!!!

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Liatrek
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On to the next! Omg this cover is so swoon worthy 😍

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s a great cover 9mo
HOTPock3tt Ohh I gotta get this one too!! 👍♥️ 9mo
suzisteffen Ohhhh is it here???!!! 9mo
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Liatrek @suzisteffen Yes! It came out yesterday 😊 9mo
suzisteffen @Liatrek tipped off by you, I read it last night! Thank you! 9mo
Liatrek @suzisteffen Did you like it? I really enjoyed it 😊 9mo
suzisteffen @Liatrek gotta love nerd culture! 9mo
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CoffeeK8
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This was a lovely #romantsy novella! I can‘t wait for the next book in this series, I just love AlyssaCole!

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There hasn't been a single entry in Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals series that I haven't loved, and this novella is no exception. Cole has this way of writing with authenticity that seems effortless, but there's no mistaking how much care she puts into her work.

This novella ties into the series in ways that will make more sense to someone who has read the books (particularly A Duke By Default), so I'd encourage new readers to start there first.

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CoffeeK8
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Oh boy! I love when your preorders show up in your kindle! #romantsy

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balletbookworm
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A very cute “meanwhile” romance for Reggie that takes place during the denouement of A Duke by Default. We get to see the story from Reggie‘s side, which is important given the history we‘ve had from Portia. Definitely an important romance story to tell, about a nerdy WOC who uses a wheelchair (which is depicted on the cover!) and a Vietnamese neurodiverse man; it‘s lovely and sweet but DAMN I wish it was a full-length novel instead of a novella.

balletbookworm The short length really causes Instalust here (along with a bit of overload on the nerd cred information). 9mo
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Liatrek
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Omg I love this cover😍 I can‘t wait to read Regina story.

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Liatrek

Omg!!! There is no cover yet but I‘m so happy Regina will get her own novella too!!!! I loved the geeky twin sister and can‘t wait for this to be released in March ❤️

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