Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Shake Things Up (Love at Lockdown #2) by Skye Kilaen
Published by Self Published on March 22, 2022
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Romance
Format: eBook (233 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon • IndieBound
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Three people, one road trip, and so many queer feelings. A polyamorous romance about changing your life.
Allie and Matt’s happy open relationship means they’re both free to find hookups. When Allie gets duped by a date, though, she’s found with someone else’s cheating boyfriend. Ugh!
Meeting Noelle by helping her leave the guy isn’t the night Allie expected, but after the women bond over drinks and a seriously dysfunctional tape gun, Allie’s hesitant to say goodbye. It’s weird; she doesn’t normally like-like people who aren’t Matt.
Matt’s questioning whether he’s entirely straight, and he hopes to find answers on his and Allie’s impending road trip. But he’s cool with bringing her new maybe-crush along, especially since he and Noelle keep finding things in common. And staring into each other's eyes.
Noelle lost her demanding job right before her boyfriend cheated, and she’s looking for the next one—preferably back home. Allie’s fumbling charm and Matt’s flirtatious humor, however, make her wonder if her life compass needs fixing.
Late-night talks on Texas highways, first kisses, and hotel confessions might change a lot... if there’s a next step for Noelle that isn’t leaving.
I absolutely love the set up of Shake Things Up! I can honestly say I have never read something like this before! Noelle is having the worst day. She’s just been laid off from her job, and when she gets back to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend, she finds him with another woman! But that woman, Allie, thought she had been talking to Noelle previously and that they were in an open relationship, so she turns on the cheating scum boyfriend as well! Now Allie is helping Noelle pack up her things and offers her a place to stay. Talk about drama!
While Shake Things Up has an amazing premise, it didn’t fully work for me. For one, the writing was kind of confusing. It’s in third-person and alternates between Noelle, Allie, and Matt (Allie’s partner), but Noelle and Allie sound exactly the same, so I’d have to reread some parts multiple times to figure out who was doing/saying what. Matt’s POV felt disconnected, and almost added as just a way to get in another plot point, which is him discovering his bisexuality. I liked Matt, but the romance is more between Noelle and Allie, so I didn’t find him necessary.
I did enjoy Shake Things Up. It’s nice to see more polyamorous relationships in Romance, and definitely lovely to see openly bisexual characters (and those just figuring it out). I just wish the story had been easier to follow and maybe faster paced, as it took forever for anything to happen.