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Sweatpants Season

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  121 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
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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
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
Rosie J.
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
Lenika Winfield
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
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
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.
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"*
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Natasha Hooks
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!!
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
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.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Review to come.
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
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With my mouth watering at the title alone, I dove in to this book feverishly. Danielle didn't disappoint. Before I proceed with **SPOILERS** for those of you who haven't read this book just yet, I recommend having a beverage handy, your significant other, or a B.O.B of your choosing "handy". I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Danielle might I suggest a sequel titled Basketball Short Season. *WINK WINK*

Without further ado...

Have you ever seen a scrumptious snack wearing sweatpants? Have
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, kindle
God, I'm going to hate being the dissenting voice about Sweatpants Season, because most of my goodreads friends gave this four and five stars. I couldn't. The book was so good in the beginning, but the story started to feel repetitive after a while with Akila trying to talk herself out of being with Carlos. Carlos was also confusing to me. How can he condone the behaviors of his misogynist friends even though (view spoiler) ...more
Taryn Pierson
DNF because you cannot convince me that these two extremely woke characters can have that many conversations about sexism and objectification and toxic masculinity AND THEN have totally unprotected sex with each other. It does not compute. I cannot enjoy a contemporary romance if I'm stressing about STIs and unwanted pregnancy, y'all. Takes me right out of the story. In the immortal words of Dorothy Zbornak, "Condoms, Rose! Condoms, condoms, condoms!"

It's a shame, too, because until that point I
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I really enjoyed this book. The cover definitely grabbed my attention first, but it was the smart, timely storyline that made me enjoy this book so much. I admired Akila a lot. I appreciated that she had goals that she worked towards and was willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them. I also really loved her integrity. She knew what she wanted, and while she was willing to make room in her life for love, she wasn't willing to compromise her sense of right and wrong to be with Carlos. And Carl ...more
D. Hilary Higgs
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this story... The passion between Akila and Carlos was palpable. While I like that Akila was focused and principled I was ready to get violent with her for my boy Carlos!!! I was honestly torn by this story. It spoke to my real life sensibilities but my sense of romance was conflicted. That conflict was a testament to the great story that Danielle told. Flawed and layered characters that were relatable, plus grey sweatpants and hot sex!!! Awesome sauce 😍.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I really need to start reading the blurb properly. And take it seriously. Or maybe with a grain of salt.

I thought this was going to be about a smart, confident woman somehow falling in love by falling in lust but instead, I just got another blubbering mess that somehow could not properly focus on anything (almost) properly but her infatuation with good-looking Carlos. Usually, I just felt like shouting at her to get it together...

But yeah, this is a romantic (comedy, I guess) so expecting anythi
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grey sweatpants.

I loved this book and the message behind the title. It’s definitely not what you think but nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised. The author did a great job taking us through Akila & Los’ journey while honing in on a very important topic. Its something about those grey sweatpants
Tee the Reader
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Favorite Season

I started reading this author in January and I have to say I haven't been disappointed. This is another hit for Danielle. The back and forth between Akila and Carlos is amazing, wordplay is awesome! OMG and the sex scenes are some of the best I've ever read! Check it out Ms Allen is now one of my faves!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

This was my first time reading this author and I loved every minute of this book! Akila aka Kiki is a smart, driven, talented and beautiful woman who knows what she wants from life. Along the way she meets Carlos. They are both similar in that they are on a path and don’t want to do anything that will compromise that. Thy click instantly but then she finds out a podcast he is on has some misogynistic tones and she is all the way done. Of course that doesn’t mean they are done seeing ea
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Danielle Allen, you have a new fan in me. This book took me through a roller coaster of emotions from anger to YES GIRL YES to anger back to YES GIRL YES. The book takes on toxic masculinity full force while giving us a romance story at the same time. Long live sweatpants.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

My imagination went wow. Knowing Akira n Carlos shared the same space, it was electric. They were magnates attracted to each other, I loved reading about how they succumbed to love.
Ernyka Blanson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Good Read

This was my first by this author but I look forward to more ,I would love to hear what happens to that darn podcast and if City Boy changes his ways but most importantly what becomes of Akila and Carlos !! Great read I look forward to more.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was an excellent read!! I just love the chemistry between Carlos and Akila! The way you brought them together to the way you weave their stories together was fantastic! Readers will not be disappointed
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was very surprised how much I liked this book. I was not expecting it to be so awesome.
Queen Meega
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to fan myself at times

Sweatpants season by Danielle Allen was interesting and hot! Akila and Carlos are instantly attracted to each other, but they try not to act on it. I loved the tug of war between their minds and their hormones. And when they finally give in to their attraction - Oh boy! 🔥🔥🔥 sometimes the romance got lost in the musings Akila had about male toxicity -which came up more often than it should. Overall a great read.
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