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The Right Swipe

(Modern Love #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

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
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Avon
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Whitney Atkinson
I knew before I was even halfway into this book that it would be receiving five stars, and holy hell was I right. This book did not hold back any punches and it offered such a profound story about powerful women of color that also was so touching that I was weeping throughout the last 20% of this book.

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.

Nov 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-releases
First, my excitement for this story knows no bounds.
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?
Kate ☀️ Olson
(free review copy) I had such high hopes for this one and they were MET 🙌🏼 Steamy and modern and including many relevant current topics, Rai pivoted from her latest series, Forbidden Hearts, and created a whole new fabulous world. I don't want to say too much because this is such an early review, but here are a few things to know:

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
I was only going to briefly touch on why this didn't work for me but then I blinked and I had a nice big rant, so. I'll save it for the blog.

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. **
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Well, that was pretty cute. Not quite as incredible as I hyped myself up to thinking it would be, but definitely worth picking up. Full review coming when I'm not feeling so lazy...
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
In theory, the blurb for The Right Swipe was a treasure of romance book.
It had all the things I’m usually craving in my romance:
-Online dating
-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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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
Anna Banana
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC.
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
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: sexual harassment, cyber bullying and harassment, domestic verbal abuse,

I’ll flesh the rest of this out soon enough but BIIIIIIITTTTTTCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHH
This book ended up being an enjoyable read but for most of the beginning and a little into the middle of the story, the story was slow and the romance was too hot and cold for me. I felt like the hero was paying for shit he had nothing to do with and I wasn't a fan of that. I did love that the hero was Samoan, just like me, so that was great so while I enjoyed the book overall, I didn't LOVE it the way that I hoped.

3.5 out of 5
Bonnie Wells
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Alisha Rai certainly knows how to write a romance with just the right amount of substance and steam! Our heroine, Rhiannon, was strong willed, independent and unapologetic about who she was (maybe to a fault) but it was nice to see a woman portrayed in such a manner. Our hero, Samson, was kind, considerate and thoughtful. Rai included extremely important topics from brain injury in professional NFL players to #MeToo in the workplace and did so with dignity and did not cheapen these important iss ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I liked a lot of things and didn't like some others. Full review shortly!
Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy was a very angsty, heartfelt set of diverse romances that I really enjoyed and when this book was announced, there was no way I wouldn’t read it. And getting approved for this ARC made me all kind of giddy and I’m so happy that it was all I expected it to be and so much 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,
In a thoroughly contemporary take on 21st century dating, Alisha Rai takes on the lingo that have slowly but surely become entrenched in dating-speak— ghosting, hooking up, dick pics, one-night stands, casual relationships, swiping right—and waves a story around it, along with the cynicism, the bouncing around and the jadedness that come along with the reality of finding the ‘right’ match.

From a hookup to a ghosting to a meeting as business rivals, Samson Lima and Rhiannon Hunter meet again whe
Aarya Marsden
I am so happy. And very grateful to my friend Jenica for mailing me her copy after KissCon. ❤ ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this is probs more of a 3.5 from me? idk it's hard to decide

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
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
My first book by this author, and if this is anything to go by, certainly not my last!

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
☽ TheBibliotheque
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-arc
With all the sadness in my heart, I am giving my first Alisha Rai book 3 stars.

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
"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
3.5 stars.


- 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
Alisha Rai is an author whose been on my radar for a while, I always hear so much hype for her Forbidden Hearts series, so when I saw this one up on Edelweiss I thought I might aswell request it and I am so glad I did!

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
Amélie Boucher
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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
shre ♡
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
your girl got an ARC!!!!

i hope i'm right in assuming this is a romance between POC....👀
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it

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
Vanshika Prusty
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Right Swipe is one of my favourite books by Alisha Rai, and, honestly, one of my favourite books of all time.

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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this really hard to rate because as you can all tell by my clever name, I'm just here for the romance...and I don't really think that this is a true romance, which I'll explain why later in the review.

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
This was everything. I’ll write a more thorough review later, but I love Rhi and Samson. Like, can someone conjure me up a Samson? Just saying.

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
temi ★
Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
interviewer: so why do you want to read this book?

me: idk about y’all but 👀 that cover looking good aF 👏🏾💯
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