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Sweatpants Season

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  177 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
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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
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.
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
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
Rosie J.
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
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
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
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.
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"*
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.
Xan West
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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!
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.
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Review to come.


Does a good job of showing some of the many issues with the incel pack and those complicit with their toxicity.

Would have been great to have a description of the protagonist beyond the constant repetition of “tightly coiled hair”. She’s Black, right? Can we say that? Everyone else is described...well more than Akila is. Also, I wanted some wins for Carlos, too.

Additionally, why is there no condom usage?
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Jan 14, 2019 marked it as dnf
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the social justice message that was the focus of this book. The characters were great and good chenistry. Akila was a strong, independent woman of color-- I wish more of her type of character were written about. Carlos was sexy, intelligent and a man. Not a guy, a man who respects women and wants them as equals doesn't fear that.
While I really liked the theme or the social support for women and not objectifying us and to show our worth and our value, I did feel that the message was almos
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I made it 20% before giving this one up. As it opened I laughed at the podcast and the women's chat after, even agreed with what they were saying. But Akila ground me down with her judgmental ways. It felt like everything was her way or the high way. There were times I agreed with her, like when her and Jennifer were potential partners, Akila was right in finding someone better. But after a while I couldn't keep reading, things bothered me. This one just wasn't for me.
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
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