Review: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

trs.jpgThe Right Swipe

Author: Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love, book 1
Publisher: Avon (August 6, 2019)
Paperback, 387 pages
Romance, contemporary romance
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Summary
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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Rating: 3 stars

Review
I had a really hard time getting through this book, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s partially because I was reading three books in tandem that all had these super smart, savvy, highly powered women, and all of them are so walled off, distant, and cold. I’m kind of over this entire image of successful, highly intelligent women as being walled off emotionally. You can be super smart and successful AND warm, open, vulnerable, cuddly… I also tend to go more from rom-coms for my contemporaries, and while the illustrated cover says “rom-com” to me – and while there are some sort of rom-com-ish moments – this is just … not a rom-com. If you like your contemporary romances a little more on the serious side, and frankly leaning a little more to the “Women’s Lic” or whatever we’re calling this contemporary lit genre now as opposed to genre romance you’ll love this book. I feel like maybe The Right Swipe is trying to appeal to a larger audience than the die-hard romance base, which is great, so DEFINITELY read this if you’re more into contemporary fiction/”chick lit” and interested in branching out into romance.

TL;DR for that whole chunk of text: I’m tired of chick lit masquerading as romance.

The Right Swipe deals with some very serious issues in a really deft and well-maneuvered way – CTE, emotional abuse, intersectionality, anxiety and mental health, dating and technology and how the world is changing… It’s all handled so skillfully in a way that really makes you get inside the characters’ heads and hearts. This story is really about Rhiannon’s transformation and growth through her experiences throughout the book.

I honestly kept reading this book for Samson, who is the biggest cinnamon roll and I want to hug him and love him and prooooobably lick his abs. His relationship with his “aunt” is just so cute, and I love how patient he is. *dreamy sigh* Also, I’d love to read more about Annabelle and her story, because she was by far my favorite character in this book.

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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