Thoughts While Reading: Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

May 25, 2019, 7:35 pm

Okay so Can’t Escape Love is the third book that I’ve read from Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. We won’t get into why I am reading this series book out of orders, but I still have book two and the newest release to read.

According to my Kindle, I am currently 57% of the way and being that I’ve reached the halfway point, I wanted to do a check in and share what I think so far of the book and then share final thoughts once I’ve finished.

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I want to be best friends with Reggie, our heroine in this book. Reggie just screams black girl magic to me. She is comfortable in her own skin. She rocks beautiful curls. She is a blogger, running a website. She is a complete nerd, and I just love her. Reggie has worked her butt off with her blog and has been recently been suffering from insomnia. The only thing that used to help is watching this guy Gus’s live streams of him doing puzzles and hearing his voice.

Reggie hits him up basically like, “I’ll pay you to record yourself talking so I can get some sleep.” Gus learns that Reggie is very knowledgeable about this tv show that he has to speak about, write about so he’s like “you watch the show with me, help me become knowledgeable of it and I’ll record myself for free.” (not in those words, but basically–you help me, I’ll help you kind of deal) This leads these two to actually spending time together.

First and foremost my favorite thing about this story is the representation. I love how much I feel like I see myself in Reggie. She wears these big rimmed glasses like me and every time they are described, knowing she’s also a woman of color and a blogger.. I just can’t help but feel like hey hey the heroine could be me! Reggie also lives in a wheel chair and refuses to let her disability define her. It is interesting to see her interaction with Gus as he enters the picture. He is this total good guy, smooth, but you can tell Reggie is used to people wanting to fix her, so she has her guard up a bit, insists on doing everything herself..which is completely understandable.

Reading the clues, I think Gus may be on the autism spectrum. He is written so flawlessly and it isn’t made to be this big deal, it’s just part of who he is. I don’t know how Alyssa Cole did it, but it feels so natural. What I like about Gus is how obvious it is that he’s absolutely crazy about Reggie and his game is so strong, so smooth..

“Is there a reason you chose the chocolate tart first? she asked. His gaze darted down to her mouth and then back up. “You know the answer to that.

She shivered at the twin caresses of his vote in her ears and his breath across her mouth. “Tell me.”

I wanted to see how it tasted on your lips.” His voice had gone deeper again, to that level that made her whole body sound like a sound receptor vibrating from his eery word. 

“Then what are you waiting for?”

So far this book feels like a five star read for me. I’ll check back once I’ve finished it.

May 25, 2019, 10:00 pm

I finished! I ended up rating Can’t Escape Love 5 out of 5 stars over on Goodreads.  This book is less than a 3 hour listen to via audiobook, less than 200 pages and yet Alyssa Cole creates these emotions between Reggie and Gus, brings the tension, brings the family tension between Reggie and her family..all of these different layers to the story but ties it up in the end, enough that left me satisfied.

My heart went out to Gus there for a while. He really began to second guess himself. He began running through interactions with Reggie, which put him in his feelings..thinking she didn’t feel the same way he did.

“He’d told her that he’d give her whatever she needed. She’d never asked for him.”

I liked seeing the evolution of Reggie though. She is this strong, fierce woman of color who has always believed she didn’t need anyone.

“I’ll take care of you. Those were the exact last words Reggie had thought she’d every want to hear from someone she was dating, but coming from Gus, it wrapped her in warmth instead of pricking her anger.”

I loved seeing her stay true to herself, but allow Gus to Love her and for her to become open to loving him.

I definitely recommend this Reggie and Gus’s romance if you’re looking for a fun, quick read. I honestly would’ve loved another 100 or so pages. This is part of a series but I wasn’t totally lost having not read book 2 yet, so I think this could for sure be read as a standalone.

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