Something’s Different by Quinn Ivins

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Author: Quinn Ivins

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An ice queen boss knows there’s something different about her assistant, but she can’t put her finger on it. A fun twin-switch lesbian office romance.

Unemployed academic Caitlyn Taylor comes home to family drama. Her carefree twin Chloe plans to ditch her job to visit a guy she met online. Caitlyn steps in to impersonate Chloe so she won’t get fired for skipping town. Unfortunately, this means answering phones for an icy, dismissive boss.

Busy college president Ruth Holloway never paid much attention to her mediocre assistant. Suddenly, “Chloe” demonstrates insight into faculty politics and a baffling talent for analytics. And since when has she been so attractive?

Caitlyn dreams of getting closer to her sister’s boss but how can she? Everything they’ve shared has been based on a lie.

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Publication Date

November 2022


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96,000 words




978-3-96324-739-2 (ebook), 978-3-96324-740-8 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

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8 reviews for Something’s Different by Quinn Ivins

  1. Ameliah Faith


    So Good

    I adored the heck out of this book! Caitlyn was stuck in an impossible situation then got herself into a bigger mess while trying her best to do what she could for a woman in trouble. Ruth was also in an impossible situation but was willing to learn to make things go better. The two of them had such chemistry… I loved watching their attraction grow while dreading the time when the lie would blow up in their faces. I wondered how it would be alright… Ms Ivins did a great job in getting me really invested in this couple. I REALLY loved how she touched on depression and anxiety, and especially the paragraph about the sexual side effects from being on antidepressants. Ive never seen that before and its so important for women to know this can happen! This is a book I can see myself reading again and because it was so good Im going to read another of Ms Ivins books very soon!

  2. Sagacious Sapphic


    Academia | Twin Swap | Boss-Employee | Slow Burn | Mental Illness Rep! | Ice Queen (light)

    This is a gentle romance. It’s the slow crafting of a solid foundation built on a single earth-shattering lie. It’s not fireworks and fucking. It’s vulnerability and healing. The MCs were delicate and tender with each other surrounding their struggles while they process, heal, and forgive to move forward. It felt like a warm hug.

    The juxtaposition of ridiculous twin swapping antics and the seriousness of academia is delightful. I loved being in on it and wondering who would work it out when. Both MCs have mental illnesses treated with medication. Seeing this front and center in a story without being the entire focus of it was new for me. Our MCs aren’t perfect. Their mistakes show us the scars they carry—some we probably carry too.

    Dr. Ruth Holloway is a failed academic turned Administrator. She spends her days focused on the numbers side of operating a university. This puts her at odds with many professors, as does her icy demeanor. Ruth is trying to keep her head down and drag the university toward improvement when her usually uninterested assistant suddenly has a lot to say about what she is and isn’t doing right. ‘Chloe’ supports and encourages her through some much needed professional growth. Ruth is shocked by the skills her assistant has and charmed by her obvious compassion. She never saw the truth coming.

    Dr. Caitlyn Taylor has failed to secure a professor position post-grad. Moving back in with her mom and sister after getting her Ph.D. is embarrassing. Plagued by self-doubt and anxiety, Caitlyn is easily persuaded by her twin sister Chloe and their mom to pretend to be Chloe at work for a week so the real Chloe can go visit her boyfriend. When it comes times to quit Caitlyn can’t let go. She finally feels like she’s making a difference and is contributing something meaningful. Besides, what would it hurt to stay a little longer and see some things through?

  3. Karen Reno-Cobb


    Quinn Ivins is three-for-three in five-star books! Something’s Different is a twin-switch story, and for the life of me I can’t remember reading another one like it. Twin sisters who couldn’t be more different form a plan for one sister to cover an admin job for the other sister for a week, and naturally that’s where the fun begins. Chloe, the fun one, is the admin for a college President, and just barely performs her duties, so when Caitlin, the smart one, steps in she recreates the entire role in less than a week and becomes indispensible to president Ruth, who just happens to be older and totally hot.

    I don’t want to spoil anything, but believe me when I say that this book is unputdownable. Quinn Ivins herself has a Ph.D. is something brainy like Statistics, which is why her books always feature brilliant, educated women. DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK.

  4. Karola


    ***free ARC
    This was really a fun read. Twins are known for their pranks, but when you‘re an adult, is it still funny? Caitlyn had to learn the hard way, stepping up for her sister who wants to visit her boyfriend. Planned for a few days but then turns into months. And Caitlyn is more than just a bored assistant, she‘s brilliant and shows that more and more with her boss. But lies won‘t last forever, so this whole scheme falls apart. Time will heal some wounds, so when Caitlyn meets her ex-boss again, she‘s trying again, this time with only the truth. A great book, with also a few interesting facts about medication and side effects.

  5. Betty Harmon


    Something’s Different by Quinn Ivins is definitely a fun read. It’s also one of those novels that will tug at your heartstrings in several different ways.

    This is an age-gap, ice-queen romance with an interesting trope; identical twins switching places in the story. This immediately caught my eye since I have two younger brothers who are identical twins, and folks often confused them when they were younger. I could tell them apart, but people who didn’t see them together every day often couldn’t. That’s how I know this idea is possible, and why this tale really caught my interest.

    Chloe Taylor convinces her twin Dr. Caitlyn Taylor to take her place at work for a week so Chloe can go visit her boyfriend in Colorado. Chloe works as an assistant to a college president, and switching places means they are both technically breaking the law. Not only could they be arrested, but the college could be in trouble as well. In spite of this, Caitlyn agrees to the switch for five days. When Chloe decides to stay with the boyfriend, things turn really complicated, especially since Caitlyn has become attracted to her sister’s boss, Dr. Ruth Holloway.

    Both Ruth and Caitlyn really spoke to my heart. They are likeable characters, even the ice queen Ruth, once you get to know her. The author made them human and relatable. The tale is enjoyable and fairly realistic. There are also enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the story and the romance between Ruth and Caitlyn interesting.

    I really enjoyed reading Something’s Different. It is an exceptional romance novel.
    I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  6. Henriette


    Something is different indeed in academia
    I really liked the idea of twins doing the dirty, i.e. changing their identities and one of them secretely taking over the job for her twin. Esp. when the airhead twin, bored assistant of a college president, is replaced by the overachiever twin who just failed academia. What had the makings of a romcom (and there were some hilarious moments) soon turns into more – thanks to the ever so crafty Quinn Ivins. And yes, my bar is set high for books by Ivins whose recent „Worthy of Love“ won a coveted Goldie Award. But I am digressing …
    Ivins gives us a full dose of Academia. And it is not all it is cracked about with overinflated egos, the ever present misogyny, hiding from reality behind rare books, pressure and its sideeffects and other loveliness encroaching on the story. And there are those pesky feelings which won‘t go away and burn ever so slowly. The first half is a very believable fake-work story, the second half about redemption. Because how can trust and love come out of a total fake relationship? Ivins does a credible job here to mend the relation between Caitlyn and Ruth and takes her time to let them be vulnerable again. The first half though won my heart.
    As always with Ivins the story is well-researched, well-written and I felt that the rant about the iniquities of academia was quite spirited (and mostly well-deserved).

    Thanks to Ylva for the ARC. The review is left voluntarily.

  7. Alicia Reviews


    Quinn Ivin

    Something Different

    Arc YLVA

    The plot of the book is very interesting and, I have to say, it intrigued me. The other thought that came to mind while reading this book was don’t judge a book by its cover. Basically, we should never judge a person until we really get the full understanding of who they are and why they do what they do or why they feel what they feel. Ruth, from the outside looking in, seems cold and uncaring, but in all actuality, she is the very opposite of that. This is something that Caitlyn  learns during the process of helping her sister keep her job.

    The author does a great job of keeping you interested in the story. It is more than just a book about people being on a college campus or working for university. It is so much deeper than that. Ruth really had a desire to see the students succeed and she had a desire to help them.

    Side note, Ruth paid attention to more than Caitlyn’s sister thought she did. She knew it kind of concealed that something was off the entire time.

    The relationship between Caitlyn and Ruth came easily. They were able to open up and share how they felt about a lot of things they struggled with in life that they didn’t feel safe to share with others. It was a vulnerability that they could explore together but they were afraid to show in their every everyday life.

    This was a complex storyline, but I have to say, I was intrigued from the very beginning. Even reading the blurb. The author did an amazing job navigating Caitlyn‘s feelings about how it hurt her to not be honest with Ruth throughout the story.

    I felt like Ruth helped Kaitlyn find a new path in her career. She helped her to see that there were lies. Even after you don’t go into the chosen profession you want, you can still find fulfillment even in a different opportunity that will  fill you in the same way.

    There was a connection that was tender between Ruth and Caitlyn. They were able to relate to each other on a deeper level due to their struggles with mental health and also their careers.

    I really enjoyed this story. It was interesting. The author gave light to an important topic that a lot of people struggle with and that is mental health. She gives you a deep dive into the struggles that each character had and how they were able to connect in the struggle.

    I would like to thank YLVA and the author for the arc 5 stars .

  8. Clara NL

    (verified owner):

    The pace was a bit slow for my taste in the first part of the book, but it think it come from the fact that American college system is foreign to me and academia politics didn’t really speak to me.
    But there was a lot of things i liked in this book : twin swap trope is like a dream come true for me, as Parents trap is one of my comfort movie. But don’t just expect a light fun read, because you will find real emotional depth: mental illness has a big place in the book. Both characters are vulnerable. It is well written it’s shows how it impact people who suffer from it, it felt real. The intimate moment is really unlike the streamy ones I usually read, it’s full of vulnerability, mutual respect and trust, and it may be one of the most intimate i have ever read. I really want to congratulate the writer for it.
    I was worried about an easy unrealistic ending when I read the blurb, but the writer manage to give a realistic and satisfying conclusion with unrushed redemption.
    I enjoyed this book.

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