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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Alyssa Cole 28 April 2020

2019 romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series. Likotse, assistant to Prince Thabiso, met someone amazing while she was briefly in New York last year - but then Fabiola cut things off without explanation, and Likotse's been trying to forget her ever since. Now, by chance, they meet again…

It's pleasant and sweet and all, but it feels just a bit too forced. Yeah, something came up in Fabiola's life such that she had to change all her plans and dump all the fun stuff… but the way she's then so casual at the second meeting doesn't quite hold together with the personality that we learn about. It doesn't help that it's one of those plots that could have been resolved with a quick conversation either at the time it happened or now, but Fabiola won't do it.

But on the other hand I like the people. And I like the fact that having someone who's lived in the country for twenty years picked up by Immigration, locked up without trial and threatened with deportation is represented as simply a thing that happens now, not the result of something exceptional like a Bad Nasty Bureaucrat or some other procedural villain.

Not great, but better than A Duke By Default.

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