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How to Fail at Flirting

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  14,141 ratings  ·  2,064 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
um, firstly, shoutout to this book for breaking my weird DNF streak!!!!! i guess i'm just gonna have to only read books of the romantic variety for the rest of my days....tbh not even upset about that, especially if they all continue to be BANGERS like this one

ok, now i'll be ~professional~

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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Susanne  Strong
Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

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
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
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
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
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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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!
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
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:

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
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
Ⓐ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
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.

How To Fail at Flirting was a well written debut novel. Fresh, sexy and romantic.

Although I did have to overlook some of the more cheesy moments.

The beginning of the book was pure romance, sexy, sizzling even, and sweet. Naya and Jake had an instant connection, but not too outlandish that it was unbelievable. Their one-on-one time was romantic, and Jake pulled out all the stops when it came to Naya. It was really sweet and Jake was adorable. They were perfect together. And both
h o l l i s
This isn't remotely the laugh out loud and have good times romcom I wanted, and felt I needed. There are heavy topics within (seek out trigger warnings if you need them) and some not only uncomfortable flashback/memory scenes, but also stuff on page I did not expect. I think the discussion of partner violence is very important and what Naya, our main character, had experienced and was still processing is not often talked about. I think it was also important to see that there isn't "one type" of ...more
An unexpected enjoyment. I knew that the contents of this book would be dark, but I wasn't expecting to be so invested in the romance. CW: abuse (verbal and physical), strong sexual content, gaslighting, revenge porn

How to Fail at Flirting initially comes across as this cute rom com between two characters who start a casual relationship based on what was supposed to be a one night stand. This novel is so much more. My inital nervousness came from knowing that this book would highlight the abusiv
Bree Hill
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: woc-romance, romance
In How To Fail At Flirting, Denise Williams balances fun romantic comedy with the heaviness of the aftermath of real life tough issues. **Trigger Warner for abuse**
I really appreciated two things from this story; first and foremost: the feeling of not being enough in the eyes of those who look like you. Naya, the heroine grew up biracial and experienced what it's like to be one of the family members who doesn't speak Spanish while not being black enough in the eyes of her black family members. I
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an advance copy of this book. It's wonderful! I loved the relationship between the main characters, it was both funny and steamy, and the plot moves along so well, I didn't want to put it down! ...more
Salem Genseke
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say... wow!

This book had me blushing, snickering, & even sniffling from heartbreak (depending on the chapter) but ultimately How to Fail at Flirting left me satisfied!

Theresa Alan
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a well-done contemporary romance.

Naya is still reeling from an abusive relationship, but at least her career seems to be going well. She’s a professor who teaches future teachers how to educate students in math, and she’s getting close to tenure when the rumors start that some departments may be cut—including hers.

When her close friends encourage her to get out there and take some risks—get drunk, have a one-night stand, that sort of thing, Naya surprises herself by doing some of the th
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.
nick (the infinite limits of love)

With its promise of sexy lists, How to Fail At Flirting was one of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I went in expecting a fun, steamy, and somewhat fluffy story, but came out with a poignant book that deftly explores the challenges of academia and the aftermath of abuse in relationships.

How to Fail at Flirting opened up with Dr. Naya Turner at a roadblock in both her love life and her career. Her department at the university where she worked was on the verge of being potentially
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