Title: The Right Swipe
Author: Alisha Rai
Publication: August 6th 2019
Synopsis: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 bedroom.
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—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… and disappears.
Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—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 that’s too high a risk…
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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for a honest review.
Okay, this one is a big toughie to explain myself and my poor rating for this book that seems to hit it out of the park for a lot of people. First of all, I have decided that technology romance books are NOT for me because it’s just not my type of story. There’s something about reading about websites, apps, blogs, etc. that make me want to rip my eyes out?! It could be just because I read to escape from technology not to jump into another thing about it. Okay, second of all, I just don’t like reading books about dating apps. Why?
I don’t think the idea is cute.
I’m tired of dating apps myself.
I’m a cynic and I don’t believe in them.
So in conclusion, the resentment I feel towards the book is really or could be said that it’s just me. It’s really me and not the book and that’s why I couldn’t get into the story.
HOWEVER, I must say, I really did try to read this one because I wanted to be fair to the story. After trying my best, I decided also that I can’t mesh well with characters like Rhiannon because she’s too stubborn and her character seemed to be created to just punch me in the face with feminism. Let me explain myself, yes, I know Rhi has major trust issues after her psychopath ex-boyfriend nearly ruined her life and career and that’s why she has her guards up all the damn time but woman. WOMAN! It’s 80% in and you’re stilling building higher and higher walls and that moment, I knew character development by Alisha Rai would be a struggle to get.
I am also a fan of feminism but I’m not a fan of a female character always having to prove to everyone she’s strong and independent and essentially remind and tell everyone she is one because really? Nobody asked or valued you any differently. You can show your strong and fierce without having to announce or prove to someone with every action you do. I just can’t stand characters created in this way just to buy into the market of readers who drink up this IN YO FACE attitude.
Okay, this review is RAMBLING but I also thought of the idea of Rhi actually being this feminist and stubborn because of the damage her ex has caused her so now she has to overcompensate to get back to her normal state of mind.
To that I say…
Regardless, I didn’t find the relationship between the two characters new or exciting or anything that made my heart flutter. The book did not make me want to read more because of all the problems I stated above and it made me roll my eyes + become more frustrated than ever before.
Don’t attack me because you’ll love this more than me and take my review with a grain of salt BUT if you feel like you’ll get annoyed like me…hard pass it.