September 23, 2022 | Posted in:Release Day Blitz, Review

Once Forbidden, Twice Shy by Carrie Aarons is live!

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

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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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Once Forbidden, Twice Shy is Carrie Aarons’s newest standalone. I love, love, love Carrie’s books since each one is so unique. This book is a mix of best friend’s sister, second chance, and off-limits romance.
Taylor needed to get out of New York so she applied for a coding job across the pond. She was so ready for a fresh start in London. It was exactly what she needed at this point in her life. She was excited and nervous for her first day of work. Then, she saw him. A man she has loved for most of her life. A man who four years ago had finally made her fantasies a reality. A man who was gone come morning and hasn’t heard from since. A man who is now her new boss…
Jack was in shock when he walked into work on his first day and saw Taylor there. And she didn’t looking happy to see him and he knew exactly why and one hundred percent takes responsibility for it. He was an ass back then. Now that she is here, he is not going to just let her go. He knows it’s going to be an uphill battle, one he shouldn’t even fight since she is his best friend’s sister and I am now her boss.
I can’t really get more into the story but I will say that it’s a fun, emotional, and sexy story. Taylor is a badass. Jack is a protective sweetheart that has work to do. I felt their intense connection from the beginning to the very end. If I wasn’t out camping, I would have read it in one sitting. I can’t wait to see what Carrie has for us next!
This is the boy who had been my childhood crush, my teenage dream, and my adult fantasy. One that had actually come true, until he shattered me into a million pieces.
So many moments over our lifetime that have been solely ours, that made us … us. And none of them amounted to anything, yet they amounted to everything.
“I’m not rushing this time, cookie.” It’s a promise, a threat, and a reminder to myself.

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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