Once Forbidden, Twice Shy by Carrie Aarons

Running from your problems only brings you hurtling face first into even worse baggage.


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After experiencing a brutal trauma in New York that I’d rather bury than address, escaping to a new job in London seems like the perfect solution. That was before I was introduced to my new boss, who is none other than my brother’s best friend. You know, the one I’ve been head-over-heels in love with forever.
Jack Merrick had been my crush since I knew what one was. For years we fought the feelings; I didn’t want to humiliate myself and his excuse was not betraying my brother or parents, who had accepted him as their own. Then, the night of my college graduation party, he undressed me in my childhood bedroom and confirmed that there was no one else on this earth for him but me.

When I woke the next morning he was gone, off to take a job as a coder halfway around the world. Four years and a mangled heart later, Jack is the last person I expect to see in London, and something close to fate is tricking me into thinking this is more than a coincidence. Our shared love of programming has always connected us, but now it’s the thing we’re weaponizing to get back at each other.

Until one night, when the emotional scars from my attack resurface and he’s the only one to witness a massive breakdown. He coaxes out my secrets and swears to love and protect me like he couldn’t before. But with everything stacked against us, I’m not sure we can ever have what we’ve always dreamed of.

Except just as we’re beginning to tackle those obstacles, I learn the truth of why he left all those years ago. And suddenly there may be no future for us at all.


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Once Forbidden, Twice Shy by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

By now you know I’m a sucker for a second chance at love. And this book had so much potential to be easy and 5* read. And it was up until the last part of the book when we reached drama and the “short ” break up.
That spoiled the fun I was having while reading. So, let’s break down;
Taylor is starting a new chapter of her life. She needs a change of scenery after going through a terrifying moment, and London seems like a great way to do that. She’s starting a new job and is excited about it. That is until her heartbreak on two legs shows up as her new boss.

Jack is shocked to see Taylor before him. He hasn’t stopped thinking about her since he left her 4 years ago. They both are trying really hard to avoid each other. But when tension breaks, they are finally able to move on from the heartache. And here’s where it gets tricky for me. The drama that unfolded in the last 15% of the books was too much for me. I didn’t expect the response after sharing her secret, especially from her family. They acted like he was to blame for what happened to her, and that didn’t sit well with me. But they did resolve their issues and got the HEA.

I’ll say it again: the story was a nice read but I’m a bit disappointed at how the final part of their relationship unfolded before my eyes so this one gets 3.75* from me.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of the OMGReads Blog***

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Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.

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