Twice Shy (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Twice Shy (from Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection)
Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Romance Writers of America, Inc.
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chances
Page Count: 31
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Do you believe in second chances?

Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today’s hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

With characters who find love through tough situations, in elegant 1800s ballrooms, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

Twice Shy is a short story about the road not taken. Seventeen years ago, Jerome (“Jug”) and Wendell Stuart Farley (“Wince” to his friends) were high school best friends. After totaling a stolen car in the rain, they end up in the emergency room where they share a single drunken kiss. From that point their paths diverge until they meet again outside the school they once attended, which their children now attend, and find that whatever they started all those years ago, it was worth waiting for.

I liked this short story and the new beginning for these two men. However, at only 30 pages, I wanted to learn a bit more about their past (marriages, relationships, work) rather than the rather cryptic “clues” left here and there. Because I didn’t get a sense of who these men are, it was difficult to sense their connection and their chemistry. 3.5 stars.

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Galley copy of Twice Shy from Second Changes: A Romance Writers of America Collection provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


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