Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Posted April 6, 2021 by Lorna in Reviews / 8 Comments


Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
Twice Shy

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released on April 6, 2021
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A woman that has lost everything(of a lot of pretty much nothing)and a man that has never had much to lose find each other. Simplistic I know, but I would categorize this as enemies to lovers so the premise isn’t overly simple. Different as night and day, the two end up being exactly what each other needs making for a delightful read.


Maybell works as an event coordinator for a lodge waterpark in the Smokey Mountains but is still treated as the former maid she had always been for a decade. Promoted in name only, she yearns for something else. Anything else. When she learns that her beloved great aunt has died and she has inherited a huge house on acres and acres of land, she walks out of work and immediately goes to the land. There she finds the house she loved as a child is now a wreck and the interior is even worse due to her aunt’s hording in her later years. She also finds Wesley, the groundskeeper whom her aunt has given an equal share of the inheritance. Neither were told of this beforehand and the news is scary to Maybell and has equally upset Wesley. There’s no money to speak of, but the two have big plans of what to do with the house. Two very different dreams with nary a compromise to be had. The question here was, will they learn to work together and agree on what to do? Or better still, will Wesley even talk to her at all?

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these two main characters. Maybell finally has the chance to fulfill a dream and make something of herself. She also gets lost in a rich fantasy world in her mind whenever something bothers her. Wesley has a problem with major social anxiety. Instead of dealing with Maybell, he seeks to be rid of her and tries to ignore her. Of course Maybell is having none of that and pretty much drives him crazy talking to him constantly as they start clearing out the house. The thing is that Wesley is the most handsome man she has ever seen in her life. She is smitten, but realizes that Wesley wants nothing to do with her. However, having said that, you start to realize that her aunt left the house to both of them for a bigger reason-matchmaking?-at least I thought so.

Set in Tennessee and Loch Ness, Scotland, this book was kept interesting with long treasure hunts left behind by her aunt and uncle, arguments about what to do with the house and finally the slow burn romance. There’s a few other characters but not many. One, a woman she worked with at the lodge, I would consider the villain of the book and that’s a whole other story. I have a feeling that Wesley is going to end up being on a lot of book boyfriend lists. He is just the best when he is able to be himself. His extreme social anxiety was heartbreaking at times though.

So yes, this was a delightful read and I do recommend it to adult romance readers. My thanks to Net Galley for the copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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sherry fundin
14 days ago

cute cover and wonderful review. thanks for sharing
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9 days ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Thank you! It was a cute read too.

Sophia Rose
13 days ago

I had to laugh about her thinking he was so attractive and talking his ear off when he was freaking out about having to interact. Sounds pretty intriguing, Lorna!

9 days ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Well there’s more to her crush on him than what I told. Let’s just say his face isn’t unfamiliar to her!

13 days ago

I enjoyed this book. I was quite fond of the list her aunt left for them to complete. So fun.

9 days ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Yes, it was a fun list. Glad you enjoyed it too!

Carole Rae
9 days ago

Social anxiety succckkks

6 days ago

The review makes me want to read it, it looks like a sweet book and that cover is lovely 🙂 Beautiful covers are a great hook for readers :/