THE RIGHT SWIPE is the first in a new contemporary romance
Love, by Alisha Rai. I adored this book! I love
Rai's writing style. She does angst really well, and I am a
total sucker for an angsty book. Despite all the emotional
hurts of our hero and heroine, the book is still sprightly
and often laugh-out-loud funny, providing a great balance
between all the feels and some robust fun. I follow Rai on
social media, so I've heard about some of the times she's
been ghosted in her dating life, and it is diverting for me
to speculate how much of the little details of her dating
mishaps might have made it into the book.
Rhiannon is the CEO of a dating app company called Crush.
She's been burned by her prior boss at her previous dating
site job, and her mantra is: The best revenge is success.
Now Rhiannon is gunning to buy out another competitor,
Matchmaker. It turns out, though, that the new face of
Matchmaker, and the nephew of the owner, is the man who
ghosted her five years ago after an unbelievable night in
the sheets. Rhiannon is prickly and guarded–very much
the product of her many previous traumatic experiences. She
totally resonated with me, and I love her to death. It's so
awesome to watch her let Samson into her life and her heart.
Samson is a retired football player who definitely has his
own issues in spades. He's the softer character in relation
to Rhiannon, but he's closed up his heart in his own way,
too. Watching this pair of hedgehogs approach each other and
slowly unroll to become vulnerable gives me all the feels.
Rai lives in New York City, and her book represents a good
slice of American population. Representation is a fantastic
thing, y'all. Our heroine Rhiannon is black. Rhiannon's best
friend and roommate is Thai-American and agoraphobic. Her
amazingly competent assistant (who I
This is a rom-com, and it\'s very successful at both the
laughs and the romantic love. But it's so much more. There's
great inclusion of topics like consent, sexual harassment,
domestic abuse, and psychiatric issues. I adore how
supportive the characters are of one another. I admire the
great insights that friends and family provide to each
other, that feel like they are hard won from therapy work
and from personal insight. And the pop culture references,
you guys. They made me roar with laughter.
THE RIGHT SWIPE is a funny and charming romance. This book
is also empowering to both male and female, and
psyche-positive. Two massive thumbs up to Alisha Rai for her
deft writing and her romantic heart. THE RIGHT SWIPE is a
book I'm going to read over and over again.
Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new
Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators
find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the
digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her
careerâ€”and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app
creator controls her love life with a few key rules:
- Nude pics are by invitation only
- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
- Protect your heart
Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her
newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The
sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night...
Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her,
until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still
beautifulâ€”and in league with a business rival. He says he
won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A
temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of
hearts? Surely thatâ€™s too high a riskâ€¦