Can’t Escape Love
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals, book 3.5
Publisher: Avon Impulse (March 19, 2019)
eBook, 128 pages
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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?
|Rating: 5 stars|
I. Love. This. Book.
Seriously, every book in this series is somehow better than the last, and my prediction was that this one would make my brain explode with awesomeness, and it basically did.
I have to start by just bowing down before Alyssa Cole at the amazing rep in this book. I stan a book about with a leading lady who is black and disabled, a leading man who is Vietnamese-American, and both are neurodivergent.
Reggie describes herself as a pineapple, and she’s had to be – she’s a woman operating in a male-dominated space that has some of the nastiest, neck-beardiest gatekeepers on the World Wide Web, and as a disabled black woman she’s got seem keen insight into intersectionality and strives to make that space she’s carved out at her website, GirlsWithGlasses.com, as safe and awesome a space as possible.
I love that both Reggie and Gus are so quirky, and they fit together like – well, like two pieces of a puzzle. 🙂 Gus is so sweet, and I really love how direct he is. His honesty and directness reminded me a lot of Stella from Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient (but a lot more in touch with social norms!)
This is book 3.5 in the Reluctant Royals series, but timeline-wise it runs in tandem with book 2, A Duke by Default, and there are spoilers for A Duke by Default in this book. It can still be read as a stand alone if you haven’t read any of the rest of the series (including A Duke by Default), and has no spoilers for the rest of the series.