The Right Swipe
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls ...more
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My list of things I enjoyed about this book is vast compared to a nonexistent section of things I didn't enjoy. I'll try and write a brief (read: long) list of things I adored about this book.
Buuuut, kind of disappointed they went with drawing cover, I LOVED the Forbidden Hearts series live model cover photos; really some of the best covers I've ever seen.
I see others really liking the fun vibe the cover does send out, so I'm going to go and stare at my Livvy and Nicholas cover to work through my feelings.
Friends, what you thinking/feeling about this cover?
1) Tech + CTE in pro football
2) STEAMY but not at all erotica
3) so much diversity in characters
4) consent, consent consent + #MeToo
5) some long-time Rai fans have wonde ...more
Review to come. And rating subject to change. But not in a good way.
** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
It had all the things I’m usually craving in my romance:
-One night stand
-Enemies to lovers
-Texting / emailing
Furthermore it’s delivered by an author I’ve had such a pleasure discovering through her previous series.
This book should have been a winner. Except it wasn’t. AT. ALL.
I was craving human emotions, angst, and all I got was a thesaurus for online dating terms.
I felt nothing for the characters.
Ok let me am ...more
Repeat after me: Alisha Rai writes excellent new-adult romance and deserves all the love and hype.
I'm not kidding! This was a fabulous introduction to a new series and consider me officially hooked. Not only are we getting an ensemble of new, intriguing characters, there are also mentions of some old favourites from "Forbidden Hearts" series (heroine, Rhiannon, is sister to Gabe from "Hurts to Love You" and has ties to the ...more
A great start to a new series!
I thoroughly enjoyed the world and writing in this book. This was my first book by Alisha Rai but it will definitely not be my last. I love how this book tackled quite a few important topics like sexual harassment, consent, domestic verbal abuse and so much more. It also had a very diverse cast which I greatly appreciate.
The romance was also very swoony. We have a soft hero with a hard heroine; he is patient and sweet and thoughtful and she is confident an ...more
While I have been rec'd Alisha Rai a handful of times, this is actually my first book of hers that I'm reading. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The cover suggests that it's a cute romcom style story but it's a lot more than that. There is diverse representation across the board with the MCs and supporting characters. Rhiannon is a strong and tough character who can hold her own in the boardroom as well as the bedroom. Samson is mo ...more
3.5 out of 5
Oooh boy was this fun, empowering, and STEAMY. I loved the way this book took on dating in the modern age. The representation was IMPECCABLE! Nearly every character was a POC. It was also feminist af and the main protagonist is such a strong, badass woman. I loved that she was so confident, yet we also got to see her insecurities. The love interest is one of my favorite things where he's a big dude, ex-football player, but the BIGGEST softie. He's pretty much straight up Jason Momoa and I w ...more
Rhiannon is an extremely whip smart, successful entrepreneur who comes across as abrasive and cynical but she has good reasons to be so. Being a black woman has never been easy for her, ...more
From a hookup to a ghosting to a meeting as business rivals, Samson Lima and Rhiannon Hunter meet again whe ...more
This was such a fun read! I'm slowly introducing myself to the world of adult romance, and this was a perfect step in the right direction. I actually really enjoyed the storyline and the characters were well developed with personalities, flaws, and none of them fell flat for me (woohoo!)
It had some excellent ~steamy~ scenes, made me cry (i was not expecting this at all helloo????) and made me lol. If you're a fan of contemporar ...more
First of, a word of warning: the cover is extremely misleading and doesn't really fit if you ask me. To me, the cover suggests a light chick-lit beach read, and not the emotionally charged romance novel that it is. I was really stunned (in a good way!) when I reached the first sex scene, which is much more steamy than I suspected judging by the cover. Also, both characters are in their thirties, and that cover ...more
Don't get me wrong, The Right Swipe is not a bad book. I loved Rai's writing and the diversity of the characters was absolutely fabulous. Another big strength of the book was the topic: modern dating, matches and swiping apps. All together with a second chance romance, a female lead that oozes strength and empowerment, and a male lead that has the biggest softest heart; you would think that The Right Swipe was meant t ...more
"Fine. I'll take over the world tomorrow." "Good." He yawned and hugged her tight. "I'll hold your purse."
On my blog.
Rep: black mc, Samoan mc, half Thai side character, lesbian Indian side character, side characters with anxiety
CWs: sexual harrassment
Galley provided by publisher
I hadn’t read any of Alisha Rai’s books before this one. I’ve had at least one on my to read list for a good while, but never got round to picking it up. But all that’s going to change now. Because The Right Swipe was ...more
- Samson! He was such a marshmallow and I want one of my own, thanks. I love how he's basically described as this big, protective giant. He's not the hippest, but that's okay. He makes up for it by saying the swooniest, sweetest things. I stan a dorky football player. I also really loved he came to accept his role as an activist. Whether he intended to become one or not, he is a role model for many of the young men who came after him in his career.
- Rhiannon, a black MC, buildin ...more
First things first, I loved these characters! Rai has done such a great job in not only showing what a wonderful couple these two make but also fully exploring them both as individual characters. Rhiannon is an ambitious female working in a male world. She is blunt and upon first i ...more
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The Right Swipe is one of those romance stories that I just couldn't get enough of, and I want more that are similar to it!
I think what makes this book really strong is its characters. Rhiannon is all about female empowerment as well as race & gender equality, and I absolutely loved it! She didn't back down in the face of adversity and was always ready for the new challenges that were thrown ...more
My enjoyment (and ratings) of contemporary romance falls under a different model than my treatment of other books. A good romance boils down to a varying mix of decent writing without hackneyed phrases and clumsy descriptions, characters I like, and a compelling plot that hits the right trope notes without seeming tired.
Rai hits the decent writing notes, though I enjoy the humor and flow of other recent authors a bit more (see Beth O'Leary / Lucy Parker), and she absolutely NAILS good plot ...more
I really enjoyed The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai. Like, looking back at my reading experience overall, I was thoroughly entertained. The Right Swipe was funny, witty, sarcastic, sweet, cute and explored important topics including disabilities as a result of injuries from professional sports, sexism and workplace harassment. I would go as far to say that it should be required reading in ...more
So, I'm going to start off by saying that this is, as always with Alisha Rai's books, just lovely writing. I enjoyed reading it because I like her character work and I like how she portrays people in the world. Once I realized it was going to be a romance-lite novel, I kept reading because ...more
I basically stopped breathing when I pulled this out of my bag at KissCon and I still want to cry thinking about the fact that I've not only read this masterpiece, I also got it signed by Alisha Rai?! My life!!! Of course, I then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of her later, but we're going to pretend that DID NOT happen.
Anyway, this book is abou ...more