Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review - Can't Escape Love

Title:   Can't Escape Love
Author:  Alyssa Cole
Series:  Reluctant Royals #3.5
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Avon Impulse
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  128
Date of Publication:  March 19, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

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 anime…except 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?


She's a nerd. With glasses. In a wheelchair. He is an escape room creator, among other things, including having a live stream where she was his only follower. Who are they? Regina Hobbs and Gustave Nguyen. They met online years ago, and will soon meet in person.

Reggie is a successful businesswoman and she runs Girls with Glasses. Currently she is over-stressed and is coping with insomnia. Reggie has been attending Gus's live streams and realizes that only his voice can relax her enough into sleep.

Gus has a challenge. His job in creating an escape room is supposed to center around a romance anime. The fact that Reggie is an anime expert is valuable to him. When she makes an unusual request, he realizes they can make a very nice trade and this just might allow him to be successful in his endeavor.

What a cute little story. Can't Escape Love is a great addition to the Reluctant Royals series. We even see snippets of Reggie's conversations with her twin Portia, from Book 2 in the series, A Duke by Default. This is a sweet story that includes the fun of game play and puzzles and a sizzling romance. Delightfully, as the cover shows, it is another interracial romance. Although it could do well as a standalone, why not gobble up the entire series?

Many thanks to Avon Impulse and Edelweiss for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review for A Princess in Theory,

Review for A Duke by Default,


Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.

She is represnted by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

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