A Stella Review: Twice Shy (New Milton #3) by Sally Malcolm

RATING 4 out of 5 stars

The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he’s doing great.

Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.

Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too unreliable to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.

Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.

As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events, and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Fall Festival they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.

Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past pain keep them apart forever?

I’m a sucker for these kind of stories so as soon as I read the blurb I wanted Twice Shy in my hands. Plus the author was a new to me so I was super curious.

Ollie is young, he forgot all about his life to take care of his two nephews when his sister died. He’s a strong and brave man, but most of all he’s capable of to raise the boys and he needs to show this especially to their grandparents. Still, there is something more he have to do and that’s the reason he decides to move to New Milton and start a new life. And then one day Ollie meets Joel. The older man still hasn’t overcome the end of his marriage, Joel too changed his life and now he’s a teacher. From a school event to another, these two men fall in love.

I had a soft spot for Ollie, I wanted to reassure him he was doing a good job with Luis and Rory, I wanted to force him to take a break and ask for help once in a while, I wanted to hug him so much. Thank god he finds on his path Joel, so gentle and caring with the children.

Twice Shy is a beautiful novel, I liked the writing style a lot, I found it very easy to read, with characters, not just the main ones, well done and a simple but interesting plot. Although I haven’t read the previous titles in the New Milton series, Twice Shy works perfectly as a standalone, I missed nothing. I feel so highly to recommend this new release.

The cover  is awesome, I love it



Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 381 pages

Published November 1st 2019


Edition Language English

Series New Milton #3

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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