Title: Twice Shy (New Milton #3)
Author: Sally Malcolm
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 1st 2019
Page Count: 381 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he’s doing great.
Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.
Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too unreliable to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.
Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.
As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events, and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Fall Festival they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.
Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past pain keep them apart forever
Sally Malcolm has been a pleasant surprise. I remember scrolling by Perfect Day on GoodReads and being curious about it but passed on it for about a year. Big mistake! This author manages to pack on the feels with her words. You can feel their vulnerability, and the UST is palpable between the two main characters.
Things I loved
•Joel, he’s at a point in his life, where he’s starting over. While there were moments where he was frustrating, I could understand where he was coming from.
•Ollie, he was my favorite character. His love, loyalty, and perseverance stole my heart. The way he took care of his little family, put them first- how could I not fall in love with his character?
Twice Shy is more than just a romance. It touches on mental health; it’s a story about acceptance, family, friendships, and love.
I highly recommend this book and series.