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You Had Me at Hola

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  15,945 ratings  ·  3,250 reviews
RITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. 

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she retu
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Avon
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Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Things I liked: the all Latinx cast and crew, the emphasis for representation in Hollywood, and the progressive way that they handled the production of the show with an intimacy coordinator and talks of consent. The coordinator’s role was interesting to learn about and I would have liked more spotlight on the crew members since it seemed like a great production. This book focuses primarily (or only) on the two actors though, and I was disappointed to find a severe lack of chemistry between the t ...more
Aug 04, 2020 added it
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
More addictive than if it was a real Netflix show!
I'm not usually a fan of books about famous people, but this was an exception as we focus on the main characters actually doing their jobs rather than just being ~famous~. I loved that both characters were unabashedly ambitious and took their work seriously. Though the show they were filming was pretty cheesy and definitely cliche at times, I could forgive that due to the wonderful be
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
4.5 stars. This was an absolute DELIGHT. Jasmine and Ashton had SO. MUCH. chemistry and this book ended up being WAY steamier than I expected it to be (in the best way!!!). My only real complaint about this one is that the scenes that we got of the actual show were a bit cheesy, but the rest of the book was a 10/10 in my book and I am SO GLAD that I finally read something by Alexis Daria. I am 100% going to be working my way through her extensive backlist after how much I enjoyed this. So good!! ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the glamorous world of telenovelas! As a great fan of adapted telenovelas “Jane the Virgin”, “Ugly Betty”, I was so excited to get my hands on this book.

Two rising stars of LatinX community are excited to work on brand new show: Carmen in Charge. It will help both of them for polishing their careers and finding better places for them in the movie industry.

We’re introduced: hot blooded, fiery, genuine, entertaining, straightforward, friendly, social Jasmine: who recently moved to NY
“Vulnerability is exhausting.”

I think I should start watching Jane the Virgin again.

This was so damn entertaining and as lovable as that glorious cover.

All I can think now that I’ve read this is that I want to read more books that explore Latinx stories, especially within the romance genre. It was rich in culture, boisterous, loud. I mean, you’ve seen that cover.

I adored the scenes we got when they were filming the episodes and how that almost reflected the characters. Not directly, but t
This was a cute read, but it was a pretty average romance for me. I love stories that follow actors behind the scenes and I love the fact that they are working on a telenovela. It reminded me a lot of Jane the Virgin because of that and that made me happy. The audiobook was fun to listen to. The ending felt like it started to drag on quite a bit for me though and the male lead started to drive me a little nuts 😅

But other than that I enjoyed this one!
Have you ever read a book that you know you didn't give a fair shot, because you were in a bad enough mood that you could have read the greatest story ever told and still not liked it, but also simultaneously known that even if you had read that book when life itself was nothing but sunshine and rainbows and every day was a new delight you still wouldn't have liked it?

Does that make sense at all? Because that's this book, for me.

When I read this, I had just spilled a glass of water on my laptop,
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
You Had Me at Hola was such a treat to read and was the perfect story to break me out of this reading funk that I’ve been since the beginning of 2020.

What makes a truly great romance are strong character dynamics and palpable chemistry between the two love interests. Ashton is an adorably awkward character who tries his hardest not to let Jasmine past the walls erected around his heart, and then we have Jasmine, eager to ignore the press shadowing her every move after a bad breakup and to make i
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah I adored this book so much. It was my first time reading about telnova's and I am addicted. This was steamy, fun and so romantic. I need all alexis daria's book asap! OBSESSED! ...more
2.5 stars. I don't know if my expectations for this one were just too high, but a lot of things about this book just didn't work for me.

The first thing I struggled with was the writing. The writing felt very clunky to me and I feel like the author spent a lot of time telling us things instead of showing, which really took me out of the story. Some of the dialogue was clunky and unnatural, too, and I really couldn't get connected with either of the characters. Then, the storyline would switch be
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Steamier than I expected it to be!

I really enjoyed this book and read it within 24 hours, I loved it that much. This book has the story within a story trope, which I really love. I loved the characters, particularly Jasmine, I felt I could relate to her and how she was actively trying to achieve her goals. Ashton, the main male character, was also very developed for me, as he had so many layers and walls around him and it made him seem very real. The romance between the two was also great and I
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

If you’re a fan of the show Jane the Virgin, you’re gonna want to try You Had Me at Hola! There’s Latinx rep, telenovelas, actor main characters, and a ton of on- and off-screen steam. It was my first book from Alexis Daria and I really liked her writing. I loved the telenovela aspect and that we actually get to read the script (which is a dramatic second chance romance I was super into) and see how the actor characters play it out. While I did have my issues with parts of the book, I s
Read it. Don't listen to it.


I thought the actual story was cute. There were problems with it but nothing when compared with the terrible reading of this book.
And the weird thing is that the narrator has a beautiful voice. When she spoke for the characters each voice was distinct and lovely. Literally everything you could hope for in a voice actor!


When she would read the regular narration parts of the story. And then she suddenly turned into William Shatner!


There were odd pauses in the
Steamy. Sassy. Sweet. Alexis Daria this was SO fun! Sizzling chemistry. Spicy banter. Quick... where is the fire extinguisher because this book is on FIRE! Cheesy, I know, but so is some of the fun Telenovela dialogue in this book... So I couldn’t help myself. Jasmine and Ashton meat on the set of a Telenovela being produced by the hottest newest streaming company. Jasmine is excited for this new role, but she is still dealing with the aftermath of her recent very public break up. Ashton is hopi ...more
Lily Herman
Ummm, sound the alarm, because I'm issuing a CUTE ASS ROMANCE ALERT.

Alexis Daria brought it with You Had Me at Hola. She gave us diversity with intention, she gave us sex-positive romance scenes, and she gave characters who had real heart. Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy and events were a little much toward the end, but it all tracks with the fact that the whole story is based around a telenovela. In fact, it'd be weirder if Daria didn't turn the drama up to an 11.

And on a scale of one

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Love, love, love. You Had Me at Hola is phenomenal, romantic, and sexy as hell. Easily a candidate for one of my favorite reads of 2020 so far.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an hon
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this in LESS THAN A DAY. I'm baaaaaack. You Had Me at Hola is one book you definitely have to pick up. It's the book of the year! Alexis Daria writes a magnificent romance that intesifies slowly with moments, communication and emotional support.

This title took my attention and heart quickly. Introducing Jasmine Lin Rodriguez, soap opera darling, who just got dumped publicly via a magazine. She's everywhere, her face on every single cover, but not in a good way. Her rockstar boyfriend
Cam (justabookeater)
I have to start this review with me screaming about how good it feels to read a romance about people who look, sound, and are like me. Nothing beats that feeling and, unfortunately, it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should.

This book reads like a labor of love. There is so much detail put into the setting and the characters and it's done so lovingly at times that it may seem a bit corny. Thing is, that's just how Boricua love is. It's loud, it's boisterous and it's warm to its core.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I sometimes struggle with contemporary M/F romance, but I was excited to finally dig into an Alexis Daria book. I mean, a Latinx romance with a telenovela feel? I had to try it. However, though the book was a good read overall, I had mixed emotions about the story and it took me *forever* to finish.

I enjoyed the plot of the story, even if it felt a bit slow with some pacing issues. I was genuinely interested in each of the MCs and their own journeys through their careers. I liked that they had w
Phuong ✯
DNF @ 5%

I couldn't get into the writing style and yes, I'm saying that with my whole chest having read only 5% of this book. But when you know, you know..

But I heard this book has a diverse cast of characters and portrays the latino culture pretty accurately. So if you're interested in that, you should give it a go. also the cover is prettyyy ✨
If you love soap operas you’ll have a blast with this book.

The author incorporates scenes from the telenovela (a second chance love story) which really showcases the vibe of a telenovela show – which I loved . Also it was like two romances in one.

There was steam, and lots of attraction and chemistry between the couple. BUT the beginning between them was bit awkward and slow. The love story between Jasmine and Ashton wasn’t sure what it wanted to be and that prevented me from really enjoying it.
Larry H
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
You Had Me at Hola is a fun, steamy, and sweet rom-com taking place on the set of a television show.

Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is a popular soap opera actress whose last relationship provided tremendous tabloid fodder. She’s about to star in a bilingual rom-com series, and she wants the public to pay attention to her performance, not her love life.

She and her cousins have put together a “Leading Lady Plan” for her to live by, which includes knowing she doesn’t need a man to make her happy and vow
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it

Three stars. The worst of all the ratings to write reviews for, am I right?

I should say that I enjoyed the hell out of this story right up until the very end, when the male lead's behavior absolutely ruined it for me. This is a contemporary romance, so obviously the big "blowup" happens, and I just could not get over the way he gaslighted the female lead.

Oddly enough, this is the same thing that dropped my rating for the other book I've read from this author, Take the Lead.

That said, there are
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I was approved for You Had Me At Hola because let me just say I LOVED this one. I went into this novel with no expectations, just that the title was cute and the cover was beautiful. Jasmine was such a great character. Very strong but also allowed herself to be vulnerable and genuine. She exudes girl power and I loved it. Ashton - I went back and forth with him. He was a little too dramatic but that's okay, I ended up liking him a lot. I also enjoyed their awkwardness that began thei ...more
K.J. Charles
Sweet and hot. A low-conflict romance with a very modern feel and a Latinx cast, about soap stars starting an on-set relationship, hampered by her low self-esteem and tabloid overexposure, and his anxiety about obsessive fans that's led into withdrawal and overprotectiveness. Extremely likeable cast and low-stress plot, super readable, really well written, *and* well edited too, which makes a refreshing change these days. ...more
This really did not work for me. I have given it 2 stars based on the rep and book cover alone but I'm leaning more towards 1 star.

I really struggled through the first half. The writing was choppy and disjointed and the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward. I felt completely detached from the story and characters and just didn't really care about them. I didn't find their romance believable nor their chemistry, they went from barely interacting in the first half of the book to having sex every da
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Fans of Jane the Virgin will not want to miss You Had Me at Hola. You Had Me at Hola is an entertaining rom com.

Jasmine and Ashton are stars in a new telenovela. Both are using this show as hopefully a stepping stone for their careers. Jasmine's last breakup is all over social media and the news. Ashton was killed off of his last show and doens't want to do any more telenovelas. They play on screen love interests but how will that work if they develop feelings for each other?

Jasmine and Ashton m
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I...finished this one a hot second ago and forgot to update, but what I doo remember is that even though I had issues with some parts, namely the end conflict, I enjoyed it overall! Not my favorite romance ever but a fun time nonetheless!
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I started this at the beginning of November and thought it was dragging. Turns out I was just feeling slumpy. I finished the last two hundred pages in one sitting at the end of the month. I'm going to save a rating for when I reread it, because I feel like my mini slump affected my view of the book. I did really like it though! ...more
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Alexis Daria writes stories about successful Latinx characters and their (occasionally messy) familias. Her debut Take the Lead won the 2018 RITA® Award for “Best First Book” and her latest release, You Had Me at Hola, is a national bestseller, Target Diverse Book Club Pick, and New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick. Alexis is a lifelong New Yorker who loves Broadway musicals and pizza.

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