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Sweatpants Season

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  263 reviews
He has a big…smile.
It was the first thing I noticed that day until he stood. His grey sweatpants hung off his hips and I didn’t want to look. I really didn’t.
I’m a feminist.
I don’t believe in objectifying men. I don’t catcall men. I don’t ogle the bodies of men. I don’t view men as objects of my affection rather than complex people with feelings, wants, and needs of the
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published July 31st 2018 (first published July 26th 2018)
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Rebekah Weatherspoon
Okay this book was not what I expected at all in the best possible way. I was hoping for a smutty ride.
Got a feminist love letter to women who are sick of men’s shit. And some good smut. Can't wait to check out her other books.
Richelle Robinson
Akila knows she shouldn’t be attracted to Carlos but she can’t help it. Carlos is associated with a group of guys that she’s against. This is where things got tricky and interesting. I could see both sides of the each character but I was on Akila’s side more. In addition to enemies to lovers this was also a slow burn romance. I love how Akila didn’t waiver in her beliefs once sex was added to the mix. Akila stood her ground and I loved her passion. Carlos became the man I knew he could and made ...more
Joy Novel Thoughts
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I took a chance on new to me author, Danielle Allen and it paid off in a BIG way! I fell in love with Akila and Carlos! These two are magic and passion and fueled by intellectual and physical lust.

It's kind of ironic that the cover of Sweatpants Season is what drew me, because the story overall is about objectification, and I was definitely objectifying this cover model. I mean, goodness gracious that is sexy! Sweatpants Season is a slow burning romance, their simmering attraction had me dying
Lauren Reads Romance
3.5 stars

It’s almost that time of the year, so I thought it would be on theme to read Sweatpants Season in preparation. 🩳🤪🩳

I’m not an expert on gray sweatpants and dick prints—I wouldn’t mind learning more on the *ahem* subject, to be honest—but I suppose they are the equivalent of female nipples hinting through a thin bra and top, or butt-lifting-enhancing TikTok leggings?

“You seduced me on Friday. You were in the lobby waiting for me wearing those sweatpants. You know damn well what you wer
Naima Simone
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Danielle Allen. We’re reading it in a FB book club, and I’m just mad it took me this long to find her and her books. Sweatpants Season was wonderful! I felt like I would fit right in with Akila and her crew and hang because they were such cool and hilarious women. Akila was strong, intelligent, determined, driven and took no ish off anyone. From the beginning, Carlos was this force that bowled her over with his intensity, vitality, strength and passion. But while the tw ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Lovers
The hero isn't fully described in totality but there are titillating breadcrumbs sprinkled throughout their initial introduction. The description of the hero and heroine involves everything accept their skin tone. So, for me -- an incomplete picture is painted of the couple. The heroine (like her) and the hero (loved him) are both smart, funny and sexy.

There was a moment with the heroine and her renowned art teacher that went nowhere, and it felt like something when I read it. I would have like
Darlene I read WAY to many books
1.5 ⭐

I totally just bought this book for the cover.. yes i am a cover whore lol guys with grey sweats lordsssss and absss double lordss!!!!

Now i pushed on and on but FKKKKINGG LORDDD Aklia was so annoying and judgmental..i stop at 63%... i wanted to smack her upside the head.. plus her giggling like a 5 year old alot but she just gave me whiplash..i couldn't handle it anymore... i just couldnt... as for Carlos...he was just okay yeah he belonged to a podcast or raido show that was crappy.. but h
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Don't judge a book by it's title

I got the message. I dug the message. However, the hours it took to get through and to this message was torture. I wanted to quit reading so many times, but I like this author so I stayed with it. I shouldn't have.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! This book showed so much with women go through on a daily and it goes unnoticed, I’m happy this author showed that objectifying women is not cool and she flipped the script in a tasteful matter. Akila gave me superwoman vibes. She was this strong, confident, outspoken beauty who made sure she got her point across whether you liked it or not and I truly appreciated her character! Carlos and Akila intelligence together were unstoppable and it automatically drew them toge ...more
J. Greene
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Omg. Y’all. Y’ALL. This book was the bomb. It was not what I was expecting. It was everything all at once.

Okay, deep breaths, Jazmen. Deep breaths.

First of all, Danielle, come through with this romantic intense drama!

Akila is me, except she’s gotten what she’s looking for. As an aspiring writer with dreams of writing any and everywhere—I related to Akila on a deep level. It almost brought a tear to my eye when she accomplished her goals. It’s deeper than a reader reading a book, at least in that
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came across Sweatpants Season by Danielle Allen and let’s just say the cover more than captured my attention. I know y’all looked too, lol. I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit skeptical about the story based on the cover ( I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover), but I read a few goodreads reviews and decided to give it a try. I’m so happy that I did!

Freelance journalist, Akila Bishara, is a smart, goal oriented career woman with her eye on her dream job. In order to bring her website
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stayed up late reading it. I just wanted them to be happy. Didn’t get happy couple time like I would have liked. Really good though.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mostly, I'm pretty good at judging a book by its cover, but this one was totally unexpected. I was thinking this would be more e-rom, but no, it's a smart contemporary romance with a feminist message and a condemnation of toxic masculinity and complicity with it. Also, hot. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Holy sexiness! Danielle Allen has been my latest romance author-discoveries this year. Her books click with me and provide me with just the kind of entertainment of books. Sweatpants Season was no different. I love how Danielle Allen writes protagonists that I end up easily caring about. Akila was an intelligent and career-driven freelance journalist who had accomplished some amazing goals. I loved how she stood for what she believed in and didn't have any trouble speaking her mind. Carlos was j
Apr 07, 2021 marked it as dnf
dnf @20%
Just a personal preference.
it wasn't bad, it just wasn't my cuppa...
it's a new adult, enemies to lovers romance, and as Rebekah Weatherspoon's apt description of this book says, it is "a feminist love letter to women who are sick of men’s shit"
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 10%
If I could give a book a negative score, I would...
I couldn't make it through any more of this horrible "book". The feminism in this book was so overpowering that it actually made me root against the heroine. She was so full of herself and thought she was the epitome of feminism. BUT she kept contradicting herself and was rude and judgmental of just about any man she met. The first interaction she had in her class with another female painted that girl as the most vapid, brainless bimbo in
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
What an interesting read! The cover pulls you in right? It’s also making a statement. This book had its steamy parts but I also love how it highlighted how women are objectified and and then called a B because they don’t want attention from someone. Women have every right to dress up go out and have a good time without feeling like they owe any man speaking to them anything . Akila meets Los short for Carlos at a photography class they are both taking and they hit it off. This changes when she f ...more
Annette Williams
DNF 12%

I really wanted to like Sweatpants Season but, it was so boring. I tried to make it to at least chapter six but, I couldn't even get past chapter two. This book just didn’t capture my attention which, is surprising because I'm a huge fan of Danielle Allen. This was the first book by her that I didn’t like. It was way too vanilla and, when I say vanilla, I mean white. This book read like it was written by a white author. The blackness was severely lacking. I find it hard to get into a book
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know when Danielle Allen started writing this story, but it reminded me of audio of a famous morning show host that was recently released. Whether the similarities are a coincidence or not, this story is so relevant especially in this #MeToo era. Danielle even dedicates the book to Tarana Burke. I really wish every man could read chapter 19 for that phone call scene alone. Romance with a message. Loved it!

*waits not so patiently for "cuffing season"*
Jordan Simmons
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok

Akila was soooooooooo annoying. She was such a hypocrite and extremely judgmental. She was constantly mad because others were being judge mental and stereotyping, yet she was doing the same thing at every turn. The whole first half was her saying, Your friends said it, so you must think just like them.

I do think she initially had reason to pause when she found out he was one of the Lost Boys, because they were misogynistic a.holes and “birds of a feather,” but that doesn’t discredit
*My Little Book Nook*
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweatpants Season by Danielle Allen is now tied with Work For It for my top 2020 read so far.

First, I’ve decided that Danielle does two things exceptionally well: she knows how to write a seriously sexy and layered story, and she knows how to write admirable and inspiring female characters. This book is a perfect example of those talents.

The title and cover of Sweatpants Season prepares you for a sexy story, but damn did Danielle pack a much more powerful punch. Is it sexy? Hell yeah. Sexy AF.
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
throughout the book, i was infuriated at the men in the podcast. akila is a strong, independent and smart woman. during her photography class, she had a magical encounter with carlos. never had she felt this way with a man. not only is he charming and handsome, carlos could communicate with akila on an intellectual level. the both of them had multiple conversations about his association with the podcast. this book delved into the topics of men objectifying women and misogyny. some of the scenes ...more
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I was expecting mostly a high heat light romp, but this had a lot more complexity and se
Lauren Luman
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Let me start this review by saying this was my first book to read by this author, and I was so glad I took a chance!

First, this book had some great aspects. The characters and storyline were very relatable and down to earth. I also adored the supporting cast. Akila's inner circle is just as fierce as she is. But Carlos, let me just say he's probably everything I would look for in a man. He supports Akila and lets her be her own woman while ensuring she understands he will protect her t
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
I completely understood where Akila was coming from and why she couldn't be with Carlos, but I was glad when she stopped fighting it. He was EVERYTHING and then some! ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book kind of has The Hating Game vibes, but this one specifically tackles toxic masculinity and I'm here for that. Also, it is sexier, which doesn't hurt. ...more
DNF! Akila annoyed the shit out of me. Moving on.
Tasha Talks Books Blog
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book

This book was good and had my interest from the beginning. Awesome turn of events and the characters had me addicted to the book. Carlos! Yum!!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic contemporary romance with a serious message about the dangerous consequences of women being objectified by men. A really relevant topic in today’s society. I loved this.
I've been waiting for this book for awhile and I was NOT disappointed. Let me start off by saying I know I wasn't the only one attracted to this because of the cover lol. Going into this I wasn't expecting the feels I would get from this read. I don't think I've ever rooted for a couple like I did Akila and Carlos. The chemistry between the two was off the charts. Akila was a strong woman who EVERYTHING and more! When I say everything I mean, she was a strong heroine who was 100% true to herself ...more
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