Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Designated Twin by Drew Taylor: Book Review

 **ARC received for consideration. All opinions are my own.

The Designated Twin Book Cover


The Book


He was supposed to want my sister...

Lorelei

Every day looks the same for me: wake up, go to work, and bring work home. Organized schedules are life-giving, and Donwell Family Law is my soulmate. But when my well-intentioned twin ships me off on a date with the prince of Korsa in her stead, my perfectly functioning life is derailed. Especially when he begins to show up in my safe places.

To make matters worse, when I’m with him, I feel… something. He encourages the real me instead of the masked fa├žade of my twin.

I’ve never dated before because most men don’t understand me, but Finley is somehow able to read me the way I read philosophy books: easy and quick.

And when he learns of my mental disabilities, he doesn’t shame me.

He… says he loves me?

Finley

After my brother drops news that alters my life course, I suddenly find myself in need of a wife. More than that, she must be a woman capable of queenship since I am now set to become the next king of Korsa in less than a year’s time. My old college friend believes she has the right woman for me, so I vow to give this woman a chance and pray she will be the one for me so that I can marry for love instead of necessity.

But when I learn I’ve been dating the wrong twin, I can’t bring myself to regret it. Lorelei is everything I need in a wife and queen—intelligent, brave, kind, and humble.

The problem?

She doesn’t see her worth through my eyes, so I must now convince her that she is capable of change and worthy of love.

The Designated Twin is a clean and closed door neurodivergent twin swap with a royal flare full of faith, sizzle, and laughter.


The Author


Drew loves to write clean stories that leave you swooning and yearning for more. She believes romance isn't just about the physical, but about connections, friendships, and commitment. She is here to tell you that Christian romance can be hilarious, witty, and swoon-worthy. 

Drew is from south Mississippi, where her heart lies, but now resides in Alaska where she teaches English. When not teaching or writing, she enjoys reading, Bookstagram,  baking Christmas goodies (even in the middle of June), researching random history facts, and spending time with her family and friends and doggos. 

Book Review

The Designated Twin is the third book in the Designated series. While there is some character crossover between the books, I think this could be enjoyed just fine as a standalone as well. 

This was such a sweet read. First of all, I love a good twin swap, so that idea drew me into the story right away. When Lucy is supposed to go on a date with Finley, Prince of Korsa but ends up with a black eye, she decides to send her twin Lorelei is her place instead. Despite her best efforts to pretend to be Lucy, her true personality shines through... and Finley falls for the real Lorelei, hard and fast! This could definitely be a tricky storyline to pull off, but I thought the author handled it very well. These characters were all so well written and had such depth to them that you could not help but be drawn into their love story--- and it was certainly a super sweet love story.

I love seeing neurodivergent reps in fiction and think that is so important, but I can be a little picky when we specifically talk autism, because I've seen it done badly too many times (whether that be in inaccurate portrayals or being used for sympathy) ... this was thankfully NOT one of those times. Right from the start, I appreciated that the author reminded readers that it is a spectrum and that Lorelei's experiences as an autistic woman are simply that--- hers. While her experience was accurate to what SOME might experience, she was not to represent ALL autistic people. I appreciated that her struggles with sensory overload and such were not glossed over--- but neither were her strengths overlooked. 

I also loved the faith aspects in this story. Both characters are Christian, and I loved seeing that played out in their lives. They aren't perfect and they have their struggles, making it feel very realistic in a way that I appreciated. 


You can purchase your copy here: https://amzn.to/45AMIjR

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