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How to Fail at Flirting

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  24,977 ratings  ·  3,229 reviews
One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university's chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list.
Paperback, 343 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Berkley
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Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well written, with characters that were easy to care for, and an exceptional number of dad jokes; How to Fail at Flirting is yet another lovely book I’ve come across on my recent romance kick.

Starting with the relationship at the forefront of the novel: Naya and Jake’s compatibility was apparent from their first meeting, and I only rooted for them more as time passed. Not to mention, the amount of communication and support between them was a breath of fresh air (yes, the bar is THAT low after so
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! I was hoping to read a feel-good romance but I have to admit the last third of the book was full of high tension, angst with action packed thriller vibes: I already ate my fake nails I provided to use during my tense readings and I jumped up and down, screaming ; “atta girl!”, cursing for the bad guy of the book, breathing heavily, drinking my whole glass with one gulp, getting more tipsy and agitated! Well, thankfully conclusion was relieving!

I think I truly enjoyed this book: Firstly I lo
chan ☆
Dec 09, 2021 rated it liked it
my feelings were really complicated until the 90% mark and now i’m firmly in the camp of reaaaaally not for me. there’s definitely important messages here, it’s certainly not a bad book.

just personal preference but i don’t like on page abuse, especially in romance. the abuse is from an ex and it is stated in the description that this will be a theme. i thought i could get through it but the tone was so overwhelming. which is a shame because the romance was so charming but the looming threat of t
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me count the ways I loved this book.
So swoon worthy and steamy and gah I need this book to be out now so you all can read it!
Call me crazy, but when I read a romance I'm reading it for romance.

I'm not looking for in-depth character explorations, or background family and friendship dynamics, or stellar themes, or even fantastic writing. Although those things are a real treat and it's a nice pleasant surprise for all of us when they arrive.

And separately, I am not looking for Clichéd Tragic Backstories, or People Being Mean To Each Other, or Very Upsetting Content. And I do not want them and if they are there I will be
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
This book was a little slow to start for me, but WOW did I enjoy the payoff! I struggled with this one in the beginning because I felt like the characters had SO MUCH chemistry, but the first few sexy scenes between them felt really forced and awkward to me. However as the story went on and we got to learn more about Naya's past abusive relationship and see the way that Jake responded to her needs, I ended up really enjoying this one and I cannot wait to read more from Denise Williams in the fut ...more
4.5 Stars

TW for abusive relationship

This book was so good! From the start I loved how awkward and honest Naya and Jake were with each other. They just had genuine fun together and their initial meeting was so cute. Then, things became a bit forbidden and I loved the strain it put on their relationship. I will say, the ending became a lot more serious and emotional as Naya had to confront her abuser. Naya was such a relatable and strong character and I really loved her! I can't wait to read more
Now that was exactly what the doctor ordered! A true rom com that left my heart aflutter.

Naya (like a Papaya) swore off men three years ago after an abusive relationship that nearly cost her well...everything.

While out for an evening with her two best friends, they compose a little list for Naya. In particular, things she can to do to help her climb out of her dating rut. All in, Naya takes this list to the next level and conquers the entire list...and then some!

All it takes is a second look f
A very steamy, and fun rom-com, which also tackles serious issues, including gaslighting and assault

Dr Naya Turner's friends want her to get back out, and live her life again, after she has been recovering from a previous relationship, which was abusive. When they make her a fun list of things to tick off, Naya meets Jake at a bar, and they hit it off. Will Jake help her tick off the items on her list, or will her past come back to haunt her?

I am going to preface this review, with a warning that
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Boy oh Boy! Talk about Risque!

I’ve always considered myself “a details girl” but after reading “How to Fail at Flirting” I have decided that there are certain details that are better left to the imagination!

If you’re the type of person who likes to read super sexy, hot, fiery romance novels, this book might be just what you’re looking for.

If however, you’re like me and you prefer women’s fiction where the romance ‘fades to black’ - you m
K.J. Charles
Sep 09, 2022 added it
Shelves: m-f, american
The blurb, title and cover present this as a frothy romcom, The romance part is unquestionably delightful with a thoroughly charming hero, heroine finding her confidence, sweet relationship with jokes and consideration. It's well written and zizzy and I was enjoying it immensely. But there is also a huge plotline about her abusive ex which involves sexual assault, revenge porn, verbal and mental abuse, and physical violence, and he is an on-page active and increasing threat. It's ver ...more
Dec 17, 2020 marked it as willsacrifice-maryams-soul-for-this  ·  review of another edition

I am this penguin 😤

And I feel attacked after reading the title of this book!!
I have my OWN guide for How to fail at flirting !!
I am a PRO at bad flirting!!
And this book basically summed it up lmao

Don't do this creepy thing girls!!

This meme "speaks" to my soul😂🥺🥺
That's why I am gonna stay single forever xD
BUT I need to read this book asap!!!!!
Something tells me that it is gonna be hella relatable !! #singlepeopleunite #single4ever #awesomelife #st
I can see myself rereading this book and falling in love with it even more.

This is somewhat of a painful story to read. It’s not as light as the cover or title might make it out to be.

Our heroine is very much suffering from the after effects of an abusive and narcissistic relationship. It came across too well in the writing. You know that it is written well when it makes you uncomfortable and your insides flinch.
Not that anything explicit is described at first, but you can sense this through
You know the song My Junk ? I don't know why, but this book immediately reminded me of it. Except, love the song, hated the book. I always feel a little guilty for hating #ownvoices books, but this was bad with a capital B. Maybe this is just me, but I felt like Jake(?) was somewhat of a white saviour. It's very likely that this is a case of me, not you (you being the book).

I generally feel like the quality of chick lit has gone way, way down of late. I think the last good chick lit I read wa
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is the perfect mix of rom com and serious issues.

Naya and Jake’s relationship starts as a cute romance, but serious issues are presented in How to Fail at Flirting. Naya’s last boyfriend was abusive. The abuse effects Naya’s ability to become close to Jake. Will Naya’s past break up her and Jake?

The characters in How to Fail at Flirting are great. Naya is such a fun character to read about. The story is told from her perspective. The reader gets to see
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
*Warning. I giffed the hell outta this review.

My perverted self is going to admit something. I overlooked this book until someone was talking about how smutty is was. That jumped up and called my name!

I'm blaming the no shame part of my make-up.

It has a plot though! Naya is a professor of somekinda teaching thing. I'm gonna admit that some parts of the book bored me and that was one.
I was like a kid eating cheetos people! I wanted what I wanted.

Where was I? Oh yeah..her friends decide s
3.5 stars

This was a fantastic debut novel. There was a lot to love about this one. Though it started out a little slow for me, and there were some issues I had with parts in the middle, overall I liked it a lot and would definitely read more from this author. Her writing was wonderful and I thought she handled some of the difficult topics in this story well. If you’re looking for a story that is fresh, flirty, and fun but also delves into more serious topics, give this one a go.

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Berit Talks Books
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
sweet and steamy. Humorous and cathartic. Authentic and raw. Denise Williams hit me right in the feels and the funnybone with this evocative story. Naya is a survivor of an emotionally abusive relationship learning to flirt and trust again. Armed with a list full of things to do to reclaim herself Naya meats Jake at a local bar. she flirts, she lets him buy her a drink, she gets kissed and she’s determined to have a one night fling. However, the fates seem to have other plans for Naya and Jake. ...more
Samantha Young
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Fail at Flirting delivers on every level. It’s funny, sexy, heartwarming and emotional. With its engaging, loveable characters, fresh plot, and compelling narrative, I did not want to put it down! It’s in my top reads of the year for sure!
Jess Owens
Aug 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing

CW: Domestic violence— mentions of and on page

This started a bit slow for me but wow I loved the relationship and how it grew between Naya and Jake. It felt so real. Their conversations 😭 and their big argument had me so nervous even tho I knew there would be an HEA. Also I envision Lee Pace as Jake 😏
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved How to Fail at Flirting! After a terrible relationship, Naya (like papaya) Turner has buried herself in work, avoiding dating and frequent social interactions. There are rumors of forthcoming cuts for her department at the university where she teaches. She agrees to her friends’ suggestion to enjoy a night out on the town as a distraction from work.

While out, Naya meets Jake, a handsome stranger in town for a wedding. He buys her a drink and they hit it off. Naya has successfully complet
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
My romantic life summed up in a book title challenge:

Irena BookDustMagic
Dec 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This was very serious, like, way too serious and home hitting for my taste in romances.
But it is a good book!
Review to come.

Our reading club 1st pick for December.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I can't believe I haven't read this sooner! This was a fantastic debut – I loved the writing, and both the characters and story were solid. This is very much NOT a rom-com though, as it deals with heavy subjects like abuse, domestic violence, gaslighting, and assault.

Naya has been recovering from her previous relationship and wants to move forward in her life. She makes a list of things to do in order to reclaim herself and while at a bar, she meets Jake. He happens to see her list and offers to
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

After being in a rut for a long time, Naya’s friends convince her to have a night out and get her out of her routine. While at a bar, Naya meets Jake and the two of them have chemistry right away. What was supposed to be a one night stand might actually be something else, but both Naya and Jake have issues from their past preventing them from moving forward.

Wow I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. Honestly, it was a delight to read. Sometimes romances lately are too corny or to
Wendy Darling
May 02, 2021 marked it as sampled
Shelves: underwhelmed
Well...the title is kinda true? It winked at me, I took its hand, but the chemistry just wasn’t there.
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

So I just finished THE book . 5 stars, definitely recommend! One good thing in 2020! Finally!
Yes, THE book, because unbeknownst to the author this feel good romance felt like it was written just for me!

Let me share with you all the reasons "How To Fail At Flirting" should be on y'all TBR lists.
☑ Nerdy hero and and even nerdier heroine
☑ One night stand turns into something more
☑ "To Do Lists" addiction (Naya is a closet BUJO addict!)
☑ Steamy and playful love scenes
☑ Long distance relations
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Denise Williams
SERIES: Standalone
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse
RATING: 4 Stars


HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING wasn't the fluffy read I expected. There are some serious themes that warrant a trigger warning like domestic violence and and emotional abuse. I didn't see that in the book's blurb so here's a heads up for those who need them.

I loved
Brittni Kristine
Big ew on this one. It was skating by at 3 stars until the ending, where our hero did not even sort of come through for our heroine when she was clearly being demeaned and eventually assaulted by her abusive ex. Maybe it’s for someone but it’s not for me.
Well, this is another case of the cute cover and synopsis not showing exactly what this book is about. Be warned: it is not just the sweet rom-com it appears to be

I really liked Naya and Jake. They’re both good people with trust issues and the insta-love happens. I liked the support Naya had in between BFF Felicia and Jake with Tyson and Eric. There are a good amount of characters here, but this is definitely a story of Naya, her growth, and how Jake fits in it.

Plot wise, it was mostly good. Th
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