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I stared at the overly large bags that lay by the front entrance with what must have been the world’s largest what the fuck look on my face. “I’m done, Paxton.” After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss.  Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconvention I stared at the overly large bags that lay by the front entrance with what must have been the world’s largest what the fuck look on my face. “I’m done, Paxton.” After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss.  Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconventional of ways. Thousands of miles separated them, yet he’d never felt closer to anyone.  Finding out that happiness and love was attainable again was one thing.  But having Alissa - that was something else all together! When the two finally meet in person, sparks fly. Their chemistry is beyond explosive, and emotions reach a boiling point.  Their brief love affair ignited the fuse, but Paxton is shocked when his young son fans their fire. His sweet four-year-old boy immediately falls for the loving, meek, demurred woman in Alissa, and she starts to change both their lives. Then, she becomes their salvation - in ways no one could see coming.


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I stared at the overly large bags that lay by the front entrance with what must have been the world’s largest what the fuck look on my face. “I’m done, Paxton.” After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss.  Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconvention I stared at the overly large bags that lay by the front entrance with what must have been the world’s largest what the fuck look on my face. “I’m done, Paxton.” After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss.  Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconventional of ways. Thousands of miles separated them, yet he’d never felt closer to anyone.  Finding out that happiness and love was attainable again was one thing.  But having Alissa - that was something else all together! When the two finally meet in person, sparks fly. Their chemistry is beyond explosive, and emotions reach a boiling point.  Their brief love affair ignited the fuse, but Paxton is shocked when his young son fans their fire. His sweet four-year-old boy immediately falls for the loving, meek, demurred woman in Alissa, and she starts to change both their lives. Then, she becomes their salvation - in ways no one could see coming.

30 review for Once Written, Twice Shy

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♡Tonya♡

    ☆☆☆☆3.5 stars☆☆☆☆ First and foremost, I want to mention the fantastic cover. It's what initially got my attention drawn to this book. There is clearly power in a good cover picture. I initially started by reading the sample of this book and almost didn't buy it. I was afraid that he was going to pine for his ex wife, even though she was a cheating skank. He wasn't surprised when she told him to leave because deep down, he knew their relationship was at a dead end. He decided to return to what he ☆☆☆☆3.5 stars☆☆☆☆ First and foremost, I want to mention the fantastic cover. It's what initially got my attention drawn to this book. There is clearly power in a good cover picture. I initially started by reading the sample of this book and almost didn't buy it. I was afraid that he was going to pine for his ex wife, even though she was a cheating skank. He wasn't surprised when she told him to leave because deep down, he knew their relationship was at a dead end. He decided to return to what he loved, writing, and in doing so met Alissa. She brought so much into his life that he didn't even know he had been missing. Through all of the trials they faced, he realized that he had only been going through the motions with his ex and what he felt for Alissa was in fact true love. I though Pax was great. He was hot, sexy, caring and a great dad. He didn't give me that alpha feel that you get in some books but I adored him just the same. Alissa was confident, loving and so giving with Paxton and his son Jasper. She fell in love with them both and proved many times over that she was committed to them. I found myself rereading parts because I'd the flow is the book. It would go from one scene to another and at times was a challenge to follow. -no cheating -no ow/om- although Paxton was still legally married initially, their marriage had been long over. The ex wouldn't sign the papers. -no pushing away -a couple separations due to the fact they lived in different states -no epilogue which was a total bummer. This story definitely warranted an epilogue.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonel

    Holy hot tamales! What a trip! I love how this novel is written in the male POV. It adds a definite twist to the story. At the same time, there is such a brilliant flow, and the story is so well put together that you can’t help but relate to the characters. Decevito is a very visually descriptive writer who draws you in to each and every aspect of the story with minimal effort on the reader’s part. Her story is explicit and vividly visual without ever becoming crass. She walks a fine line with th Holy hot tamales! What a trip! I love how this novel is written in the male POV. It adds a definite twist to the story. At the same time, there is such a brilliant flow, and the story is so well put together that you can’t help but relate to the characters. Decevito is a very visually descriptive writer who draws you in to each and every aspect of the story with minimal effort on the reader’s part. Her story is explicit and vividly visual without ever becoming crass. She walks a fine line with this one and creates something that is brilliant. The main characters in this story are amazingly developed. You get to know them intimately as they get to know each other. It’s quite interesting to see how they see each other and how they see themselves together. The supporting cast fits quite well in the story, and you get to know them in that capacity. I would have appreciated a bit more development as to who they were. It would have given the story’s interconnectedness a bit more of a kick in the right direction. Overall, this is a very intimate story that draws you in and won’t let you go. Your emotions get completely wrapped up in the storyline, with some hot and bothered moments to break up the sadness. It’s a brilliant trip for anyone who wants something a little out of the norm. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author/publisher/blog tour company in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    5 #thatblushofyours stars More and more lately, I’m enjoying the voice of a male protagonist. Its not entirely unique for stories in the romance/chick lit genre, but the voices are fresh and really paint entirely new picture of love from the male POV. In Once Written, Twice Shy, Carey Decevito has brilliantly pulled off the male POV and part of this can be attributed to clever and witty dialogue that is Paxton's voice. Carey gives us the story of a young, almost divorced Paxton Lowell. The story 5 #thatblushofyours stars More and more lately, I’m enjoying the voice of a male protagonist. Its not entirely unique for stories in the romance/chick lit genre, but the voices are fresh and really paint entirely new picture of love from the male POV. In Once Written, Twice Shy, Carey Decevito has brilliantly pulled off the male POV and part of this can be attributed to clever and witty dialogue that is Paxton's voice. Carey gives us the story of a young, almost divorced Paxton Lowell. The story begins with Paxton and his wife Julie making the split, with Julie walking away towards a new life with the man she was having an affair with. Paxton delves straight into recovery mode and finds that one of his coping mechanism is writing. Through this “hobby”, he makes the virtual connection with Alissa, a shy young woman who is also an amateur writer.They spend months developing a friendship when they decide to meet face to face. Paxton’s connection with Alissa is serendipitous and when they do meet, the chemistry can be felt through the pages. She just feels right to him, and for him. As the story progresses, this feeling is substantiated, which is always a relief. Carey’s writing style, the story line, the characters, the dialogue, and the drama are all well thought out. From the start, we root for Paxton to find happiness in the dissolution of his marriage. It feels that Julie was never right for him. Oh, you won’t like her much either, but the story doesn't allow us to dwell in the past, and every story needs a bad guy (or girl). Julie will frustrate you in her sheer audacity. But our boy Paxton see’s hope, and deals with her justly. The story line takes some turns that are heartbreaking, but the “ love story angst” is well contained. Paxton remains altruistic through the darkest of his times. We don’t spend a ton of time in his head with over analysis of Alissa’s importance in his life and her reaction to the strife Paxton faces. I may be making an assumption, but I wonder if it is due to the male POV narrative? From the moment that he and Julie separate, we are set on a forward path and the story is told in a time linear fashion. Paxton doesn’t spend a lot of time reflecting on his ex-wife, sure there are comparisons, but only thoughts that solidify and reiterate the place that Alissa has in his life. One of the key characters in the story is Jasper, Pax and Julie’s 3 year old son. Paxton is a great father and quickly recognizes that his very own connection with Alissa is mirrored in Jaspers immediate friendship with Alissa. The impact Alissa will have on his family is certain to reiterate the good fortune of their meeting. As for the steam factor, well I blushed just as Alissa often did. These scenes are very well written, not too over the top, and sexy as all get out. As with any new couple, there is LOTS of sex, and lots of sex in different places ( the kitchen, the shower, the lake,etc) but again, these scenes are really well done. Once Written, Twice Shy is a quick and easy read and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh take on romance. If you're feeling down, this will surely pep you up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brie Jo

    I was kinda amped for this book when I saw it in my RSS feed. Life after divorce, a single father POV, and possible baby mama/ ex wife drama? Oh Hellz yeah this is my kinda book! Since I'm the impatient and impulsive type I went ahead and bought it without reading any reviews. Paxton is a great father, also honorable. I really liked him. Alissa is sweet. You know that one person you meet that you can't help but become instant BFF's. The drama yep, loved it! Now here is where the 3 stars come in. I was kinda amped for this book when I saw it in my RSS feed. Life after divorce, a single father POV, and possible baby mama/ ex wife drama? Oh Hellz yeah this is my kinda book! Since I'm the impatient and impulsive type I went ahead and bought it without reading any reviews. Paxton is a great father, also honorable. I really liked him. Alissa is sweet. You know that one person you meet that you can't help but become instant BFF's. The drama yep, loved it! Now here is where the 3 stars come in. The story flew by. I'm a quick reader, not by choice but I have always flew through a book without missing a word even as a kid. So there are moments when I reading and the next thing I know we skipped hours. At first I swore it was me. I'm like damn, I'm getting old if I'm missing whole paragraphs. I reread the page purposely at turtle speed and noticed that there is a serious jump in flow. They are having breakfast then literally in the next paragraph they are ATVing. That may not bother some ppl but it bugged the hell out of me. For a full novel to read as a novella is annoying. As if she was trying to squeeze in events, dates, and what not. I'm a huge erotica fan but it didn't feel right in this book. The sex scenes were hot! A bit long since the rest of the book had trouble with time. I would have preferred the focus more on them as a couple not how hot they had the sheets. So take that how you want to. Did I enjoy the book? ...Yes Would I read it again? ... Nope Would I recommend? ... Sure but with a warning label

  6. 5 out of 5

    ~Nichole~ Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

    Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages 4.5 Sweet Sizzling Stars 5/5 Sizzling Hearts for Heat!! I was totally blown away by this book from the start. First of all male POV which isn't all that common. I loved being inside Pax's head. He was the most sincere and genuine character. I loved how he just pulled himself up and didn't let his ex's betrayal turn him off from finding love again. Alyssa seemed like someone who just really wanted a family and to belong Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages 4.5 Sweet Sizzling Stars 5/5 Sizzling Hearts for Heat!! I was totally blown away by this book from the start. First of all male POV which isn't all that common. I loved being inside Pax's head. He was the most sincere and genuine character. I loved how he just pulled himself up and didn't let his ex's betrayal turn him off from finding love again. Alyssa seemed like someone who just really wanted a family and to belong. These two just clicked in so many way. I did not expect this book to go from sweet to sizzling hot in 0 to 60 seconds either. Let's just say Pax showed Alyssa how much he wanted her anytime he felt like it. Alyssa brought was finally able to live out the scenes she normally only wrote about. So many place and so many ways for this sexy couple have some sexy times. My heart just broke through all that little Jasper's trials and struggles. I loved how Pax balanced his love for his child without having to push away Alyssa. He let her in and she found the family she always wanted and needed and Pax and Jasper found their broken home was put back together. One thought came to mind when I peered over Jasper’s head and found Alissa smiling back at me—this was home.  Home wasn’t about where I was; home was about who I was with. I can't wait to read the next book and I knew before even looking it up that it would be Jake's book. If you are in the mood for one sexy sweet hero and an heartfelt but hot read..then this one is for you! Thank you Carey for letting me review this awesome story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Demelza Carlton

    Like a chocolate mud cake with whipped cream. A light, sweet romance…heavy on sex and story. I rarely read erotic romance, but this one came so highly recommended by so many people I felt I had to read it. The romantic element to the story was light and sweet – like whipped cream on a chocolate mud cake. Both Paxton and Alissa are easy to relate to and very much like real people – Decevito has presented them well. The erotic element was like that thick, soapy-tasting frosting you get on wedding c Like a chocolate mud cake with whipped cream. A light, sweet romance…heavy on sex and story. I rarely read erotic romance, but this one came so highly recommended by so many people I felt I had to read it. The romantic element to the story was light and sweet – like whipped cream on a chocolate mud cake. Both Paxton and Alissa are easy to relate to and very much like real people – Decevito has presented them well. The erotic element was like that thick, soapy-tasting frosting you get on wedding cakes. Just like a wedding cake, there was a bit much frosting for me. I suspect Alissa faked some of her orgasms to keep Paxton happy – entirely plausible within the story, as it's told completely from his perspective. She'd make Anastasia Steele jealous, she enjoys herself so much in the erotic scenes. Maybe Paxton's simply a better lover than Christian Grey. Unlike most erotic romance I've read, this book has a clear plot. Take away the erotic scenes and this is definitely a drama, but one of the chocolate mud cake variety. It's heavy but it's good. I won't elaborate as I'd be writing spoilers if I mentioned some of the darker plot elements. I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars, simply because I started skimming through the sex scenes, but I've rounded that up to five as I don't have the half-star option.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angellina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book had the sexual tension and chemistry but the plot was eh. The book was fairly well written but didn’t blow me away. The male perspective was something that I don’t often read much of but I found that it was hence a welcome change. I wish everyone you meet within two weeks would risk their lives for my child bc that’s plausible. Alissa Hidgins seems almost too good to be true, she’s so nice and perfect for the main character. Overall, it was a fair read and I did enjoy the male perspect This book had the sexual tension and chemistry but the plot was eh. The book was fairly well written but didn’t blow me away. The male perspective was something that I don’t often read much of but I found that it was hence a welcome change. I wish everyone you meet within two weeks would risk their lives for my child bc that’s plausible. Alissa Hidgins seems almost too good to be true, she’s so nice and perfect for the main character. Overall, it was a fair read and I did enjoy the male perspective and the well-written chemistry.

  9. 4 out of 5

    L.A. Miller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was probably the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed because I have so many mixed feelings about it. Unlike other who rate a book based on grammatical errors I base mine on content. To warrant a five or four star the writer must capture me from the start and hold my interest throughout the book. The characters must be well developed and the storyline believable. While I did enjoy the book I found it was not only easy to put down but I wo I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was probably the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed because I have so many mixed feelings about it. Unlike other who rate a book based on grammatical errors I base mine on content. To warrant a five or four star the writer must capture me from the start and hold my interest throughout the book. The characters must be well developed and the storyline believable. While I did enjoy the book I found it was not only easy to put down but I would not return to it for a day or two. The story is told completely from the males POV and while it has been done before I felt there was something missing this time. The story starts with the end of Paxton’s marriage then it jumps a year into the future. Paxton is separated from his wife, she is playing house with her lover and they share joint custody of their four year old son. His wife refuses to sign the divorce papers and Paxton has allowed her to keep his life in limbo. Over the course of the year he has carried on a relationship online with Alisa. It started as one writer complimenting another, blossomed into friendship and when she finally flies out to see him for the first time the relationship jumps right into sex. So here are the downfalls. While the sex scenes were well written I felt the author depended too much on them to carry the reader through. She could have used less sex and developed the relationship between Alisa and Paxton. I felt cheated out of the beginning of the relationship. It was as if there was no base to start from and I never really felt the connection with the love story. The other issue I have is the ex-wife. She has repeatedly refused to sign his divorce papers. She was unfaithful in the marriage and leaves Paxton for her lover. She moves in, has her life but refused to let Paxton go. She is the type of woman who clings to what she believes is hers even when she doesn’t want it anymore. That became evident when she first meets Alisa at Paxton’s home and when he is forced to take her to court to get the divorce final. A woman like that doesn’t do 180 degree turn around like she did in the book. First she encourages Paxton to send for Alisa when their son becomes ill. She turns on the woman when she tries to save her son’s life and then asks her to plan her wedding. In the real world this doesn’t happen. Overall while I liked the story I think the writer missed the mark which is why I only gave the story three stars. I wish she would have spent more time developing Paxton’s relationship with Alisa so that I felt connected to their romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Julie, & Paxton Lowell (writer, Pax), had a son Jasper (4), they were getting a divorce. Julie was moving in with Todd whom she had been having an affair with for quite some time. Paxton found a writer/editor job in Jacksonville, NC, & he was going to show Alissa Hidgins (Allie) his manuscript. They had been conversing back/forth; email, cell, Skype, etc. for quite some time. Alissa came to his place. Things got real hot & he had to tell her he was still married & Julie had not signed the divorc Julie, & Paxton Lowell (writer, Pax), had a son Jasper (4), they were getting a divorce. Julie was moving in with Todd whom she had been having an affair with for quite some time. Paxton found a writer/editor job in Jacksonville, NC, & he was going to show Alissa Hidgins (Allie) his manuscript. They had been conversing back/forth; email, cell, Skype, etc. for quite some time. Alissa came to his place. Things got real hot & he had to tell her he was still married & Julie had not signed the divorce papers & she liked to use Jasper for a bargaining chip. Didn’t really matter they had sex anyway. Julie & Jasper show up unexpected. Julie is P/G. Alissa was in the kitchen as Jasper walked in to get him a juice. He stayed the night. The 2 girls got into a serious confrontation at Julies house when they took Jasper back. Jasper is diagnosed with Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) & must go through chemotherapy. He caught pneumonia, got over that but needed a bone marrow transplant(?). Things take a quick turn, Paxton finds a note on the kitchen table from Alissa. How will this typical going through a divorce fiasco turn out? Will Paxton ever get his manuscript printed? Who is the mysterious bone marrow donor? What will happen with Jasper? Brought back memories of my 1/only divorce. Ian Hunter song (Once Written, Twice Shy) I like that. Bottom of pg. 106 was very emotional for me. Amazing well written book. Great story line, it all flowed from start/finish, easy to read/follow, a few grammar errors, no out of story line sequence. Unique characters, romance, hot sensual sex, & ups/downs in life. What a great movie this would make. This is very easy for me to rate it 5 stars. Thank you for the free book Tony Parsons MSW

  11. 4 out of 5

    T.M. Payne

    Book: Once Written, Twice Shy (The Broken Men Chronicles #1) Author: Carey Decevito Publication Date: 11/10/2015 Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts My Rating: 4 Stars REVIEW *May contain spoilers * New to me author In this story we have a family who is now broken. Mommy Dearest (Julie)as I will call her decides to sit daddy Pax' things at the front door as a not so subtle hint to get out. Pax has gotten to know a woman on an internet-writing site and they have talked for almost a year now. The Book: Once Written, Twice Shy (The Broken Men Chronicles #1) Author: Carey Decevito Publication Date: 11/10/2015 Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts My Rating: 4 Stars REVIEW *May contain spoilers * New to me author In this story we have a family who is now broken. Mommy Dearest (Julie)as I will call her decides to sit daddy Pax' things at the front door as a not so subtle hint to get out. Pax has gotten to know a woman on an internet-writing site and they have talked for almost a year now. The time comes when they finally meet face to face. Allie is so much more then he ever dreamed of even his son Jasper loves her. Many things transpire in this story. Pax has to fight for his freedom, He has to learn to deal with a tragedy, He has already learned to love again thanks to Allie. But is that what he needs? Can his life finally be happy? This was a wonderful and at times heartbreaking story. It is well written my only complaint is there were many missing words, and grammar issues. But It really doesn't take from the story. I was gifted a copy of this book for my honest review. Carey Decevito

  12. 5 out of 5

    wonderfullyweird88

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Actual Rating 2.5 stars Paxton is recovering after his wife left him from another man. Joining an amateur writing site, he connects with Alissa, a fellow writer who lives miles away. When they finally meet, sparks fly. Unfortunately, Paxton’s ex is not willing to let go and will use their son to get what she wants. This is told from the male pov, which is unusual, and I enjoyed it. The sex scenes I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Actual Rating 2.5 stars Paxton is recovering after his wife left him from another man. Joining an amateur writing site, he connects with Alissa, a fellow writer who lives miles away. When they finally meet, sparks fly. Unfortunately, Paxton’s ex is not willing to let go and will use their son to get what she wants. This is told from the male pov, which is unusual, and I enjoyed it. The sex scenes were steamy and hot. Those are the good points. Overall, I didn’t really enjoy this book. I didn’t connect with the characters; the story is disjointed without a flow to it. I would have preferred to have seen the initial interactions between Paxton and Alissa. While the sex scenes are well written the entire relationship is just alluded to. The reader does not get to see why these two fell for each other.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    While the story was good and probably could've been great, there was too much sex in every situation... It ruined the emotional side for me big time. While the story was good and probably could've been great, there was too much sex in every situation... It ruined the emotional side for me big time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss. Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconventional of ways. Thousands of miles separated them, yet he’d never felt closer to anyone. Finding out that happiness and love was attainable again was one thing. But having Alissa - that was something else all together! When the two finally meet in person, sparks fly. Their chemistry is beyon After his bitter marriage ends, Paxton seeks respite from his loss. Rediscovering his writing, he never expected to create a piece worthy of reading, nor for two unsuspecting paths to cross in the most unconventional of ways. Thousands of miles separated them, yet he’d never felt closer to anyone. Finding out that happiness and love was attainable again was one thing. But having Alissa - that was something else all together! When the two finally meet in person, sparks fly. Their chemistry is beyond explosive, and emotions reach a boiling point. Their brief love affair ignited the fuse, but Paxton is shocked when his young son fans their fire. His sweet four-year-old boy immediately falls for the loving, meek, demurred woman in Alissa, and she starts to change both their lives. Then, she becomes their salvation - in ways no one could see coming. This was amazing! I love Paxton and Alissa's story line. Alissa seems like the girl next door, but she's obviously so much more. She's so caring and giving. The sweet sweet child, is a wonderful addition. I loved the ups and downs of this story. It was definitely a page turner/not going to put down book!! I love how the lives of both Paxton and his ex-wife are interweaved with both "steps". Makes for an original story-line!! Carey Decevito was a new author to me, and definitely one I'll seek to look for now!! I received this book in digital format for free in return for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Paxton comes home to see his wife's bags are packed. She is leaving him to move in with her boyfriend. He tried to make his marriage work but she couldn't be bothered. They also have a young son named Jasper who will be involved in this. He starts writing again and meets a woman on a site where he published his work. They corresponded with each other and struck up a friendship for a year before they met face to face. Alissa comes to visit and they have explosive chemistry. However, Paxton's ex J Paxton comes home to see his wife's bags are packed. She is leaving him to move in with her boyfriend. He tried to make his marriage work but she couldn't be bothered. They also have a young son named Jasper who will be involved in this. He starts writing again and meets a woman on a site where he published his work. They corresponded with each other and struck up a friendship for a year before they met face to face. Alissa comes to visit and they have explosive chemistry. However, Paxton's ex Julie doesn't want Paxton but doesn't want anyone else to have him either so she won't let him see his son if Alissa is in the picture. Julie is a real piece of work, I wanted to slap her! However, Alissa knows just how to handle her. A huge traumatic event happens in the family and everyone needs to put aside their differences and come together. Of course, Julie can't do that but we just ignore her. I laughed, I cried, and I stayed up until 6 am reading this story. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. There were a lot of sex scenes, which I don't mind at all but be warned. Paxton needed the connection to Alissa so it was than just sex. I loved this book and now I really want to continue with this series!!! The blurb said Alissa was meek and demure but I honestly never saw that from her either. This book is worth the read, it's very heartfelt and full of different emotions.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather 123

    DNF The book opens with Paxton's wife walking out of him and declaring that she's moving in with the guy she's been seeing that Paxton knew nothing about. It then moves to a time later when Paxton is moving on and meets a woman he's been chatting online with. My issue with the book is right here. There's no background of the communication over emails, private messages, texts and skype calls that apparently occurred between the two. I felt no connection between the characters, no real bond that wou DNF The book opens with Paxton's wife walking out of him and declaring that she's moving in with the guy she's been seeing that Paxton knew nothing about. It then moves to a time later when Paxton is moving on and meets a woman he's been chatting online with. My issue with the book is right here. There's no background of the communication over emails, private messages, texts and skype calls that apparently occurred between the two. I felt no connection between the characters, no real bond that would have her jumping on a plane and flying across the country to meet him. I skimmed through the book, it seems entirely based on their relationship without any drama or anything to keep the reader interested. I was about 10% of the way through the book when I decided to skim the rest in hopes that it became more interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    I enjoyed this book. The story was emotional rollercoaster of sadness, hate, and love. I liked the main characters and could tell how much they cared for one another, I was cheering for their happiness through the book. I thought this book was a bit different in that it wasn't a misunderstanding or perceived wrong keeping the characters apart, they just lived too far apart. I laughed and cried while reading this, I'd suggest having tissue handy. I received a copy of this book from the author, my I enjoyed this book. The story was emotional rollercoaster of sadness, hate, and love. I liked the main characters and could tell how much they cared for one another, I was cheering for their happiness through the book. I thought this book was a bit different in that it wasn't a misunderstanding or perceived wrong keeping the characters apart, they just lived too far apart. I laughed and cried while reading this, I'd suggest having tissue handy. I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mona williams

    this book could have had a little less sex and more about there relationship and his son. it was a great book. its about a man who was cheated on by his wife. he starts writing . he finds a woman who might just help mend his heart. there is also problems that come up in this book! thanks for giving me a chance to read this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Once Written, Twice Shy is a sweet, sexy story. Alissa and Paxton meet online on a forum for amateur authors. They come to depend upon each other and develop real feelings. When they finally meet in person, the flame sparks and it's instant chemistry between the two. But, Pax is still fighting his ex for a divorce (she doesn't want to sign the papers even though she's openly living with the man she cheated on Pax with) and Alissa doesn't live anywhere near Pax. So can the two make a real relatio Once Written, Twice Shy is a sweet, sexy story. Alissa and Paxton meet online on a forum for amateur authors. They come to depend upon each other and develop real feelings. When they finally meet in person, the flame sparks and it's instant chemistry between the two. But, Pax is still fighting his ex for a divorce (she doesn't want to sign the papers even though she's openly living with the man she cheated on Pax with) and Alissa doesn't live anywhere near Pax. So can the two make a real relationship work with these obstacles? I liked Once Written. Alissa and Pax make a hot, sweet couple and I like that there's never any doubt about their feelings for each other. Even better is the huge sacrifice that Alissa makes for Pax's son, Jasper. It just reinforces what a great character she is. I like how she instantly fits into Pax and Jasper's lives and makes them better. And I like how sweet Pax is. He's not the alpha type so prevalent in romance lately, but he is sweet and an amazing father. Be forewarned, there is A LOT of sex in Once Written. The amount actually surprised me. It didn't detract from the real relationship that developed, but it was a bit much. Still, because Alissa and Pax are such a great couple and this story is so well rounded and so sweet, I can't really let the fact that there's a bit too much sex take away anything from my rating. 4 stars is perfect for this sweet, sexy romance. I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    This was a wonderful story, beautifully written. This starts as a captivating romance, a terrific story about Paxton and Alissa meeting and falling in love quite seamlessly. But the real story is more about making it work afterwards, dealing with the complications of fitting into each other's lives. They've got the long-distance hurdle, the jealous ex, the impressionable young child, and the emotional risks involved with starting over. All of these issues are brilliantly handled, with plenty of s This was a wonderful story, beautifully written. This starts as a captivating romance, a terrific story about Paxton and Alissa meeting and falling in love quite seamlessly. But the real story is more about making it work afterwards, dealing with the complications of fitting into each other's lives. They've got the long-distance hurdle, the jealous ex, the impressionable young child, and the emotional risks involved with starting over. All of these issues are brilliantly handled, with plenty of steam in the love story and even more respect and compassion for the other issues. How these two work everything out makes for an enchanting romantic journey, and I couldn't love this book more. The characters are so real, so honestly portrayed, you feel like you've known them for years. Alissa is a wonderful heroine, full of love and a huge heart. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    D

    Enjoyed the premise of the book. Would have like to see a stronger chemistry between the characters because they were likeable. There were times I felt the sex scenes were thrown in and the story could have had more development to warrant those scenes. The story was likeable but could have been more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I absolutely loved the story of Paxton and Allie. This was truly a touching and moving story. It was filled with love, heartbreak, joy....constantly pulling at the readers heartstrings.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Paxton comes home to see his wife packing her bags and leaving him for another man. After dealing with the divorce he meets Alissa online in a forum for writers. They begin to develop feelings and decide to meet. A sexy, sweet romance with a second chance at love. A great read, will be checking out the other books in the series. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    He thought he had everything until his life slowly fell apart. In a way to heal, he began writing and found something he needed. The support that he was missing and opening up his world. A second chance at love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lianne James

    I received a ARC in exchange for a review. What drew me to this book admittedly was the hunky cover model. How it’s contents blew me away. Jasper just steals the show, such a sweet child who endures so much for someone so young. I liked that this was in Rex’s perspective. Alyssa well aint she an angel.

  26. 5 out of 5

    poppy

    This was a really good sweet romance and I enjoyed it. This was a wonderful read that had me hooked right from the start and while it was a really sweet romance it was a hot read too. With characters you cannot help but like and root for this is a super start to the series and I would recommend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Once written twice shy is the story of a father who is trying to get his life together. His life fell apart when his marriage fell apart and now his joy is his son. When a story he has written catches the attention of another writer a friendship blooms. Alissa hasn't had great experiences with men. Paxton is different and when they meet they are explosive. But when life throws some curveball these two will he put to the test and have to make some hard decisions. It was good a little bit dragged Once written twice shy is the story of a father who is trying to get his life together. His life fell apart when his marriage fell apart and now his joy is his son. When a story he has written catches the attention of another writer a friendship blooms. Alissa hasn't had great experiences with men. Paxton is different and when they meet they are explosive. But when life throws some curveball these two will he put to the test and have to make some hard decisions. It was good a little bit dragged on in parts but good. The story kept interesting with Jasper and I will get some friends to read it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Once Written, Twice Shy by Carey Decevito is the first book in the Broken Men Chronicles. I really liked this book. Very unusual that I get to read a book from a man’s point of view. I liked that. I also liked that he was not overly macho or alpha he is an average kind of soul. Paxton has a failed marriage almost behind him. He also has a son he loves. He was chatting online with a woman from his writers’ group. They connect on many levels. So, they meet in person. I liked he is sweet, kind, and Once Written, Twice Shy by Carey Decevito is the first book in the Broken Men Chronicles. I really liked this book. Very unusual that I get to read a book from a man’s point of view. I liked that. I also liked that he was not overly macho or alpha he is an average kind of soul. Paxton has a failed marriage almost behind him. He also has a son he loves. He was chatting online with a woman from his writers’ group. They connect on many levels. So, they meet in person. I liked he is sweet, kind, and has depth. Alissa is confident, loving, very giving person. She is just what Paxton needs and his son. She has a ton of love to give them both. This is a fast-quick read. I found no real conflicts in here, and I just liked the pureness of this one. Great read when you want to fall in love and read a book from the male point of view which you do not see too often. Five Shooting Stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A well written story with believable, well formed characters. The story was pretty predicable but still very enjoyable. Its a light read which is perfect for a holiday or just an afternoon sitting in the sunshine. I read it in one afternoon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I don't normally read romance, that's my daughter's genre. But after reading the blurb for this book, I took the chance that it would be a good one. It was. It was sweet, it was sexy and above all, believable. Great book! I don't normally read romance, that's my daughter's genre. But after reading the blurb for this book, I took the chance that it would be a good one. It was. It was sweet, it was sexy and above all, believable. Great book!

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