BOOK REVIEW ⎜The Right Swipe


Am I going to get heat for feeling this book may be a tad too feminist? Don’t @ me.
(Or rather the feminist revendications arc was detrimental to the romance, which is regrettable when advertising a book as romance.)

Book Infos

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…

Author : Alisha Rai
Title : The Right Swipe
Series : Modern Love #1

Number of pages : 394
Publisher : Avon
Release Date :  August 6th, 2019
Genre : Contemporary Romance

My Review

In theory, the blurb for The Right Swipe was a treasure of romance book.
It had all the things I’m usually craving in my romance:
-Online dating
-One night stand
-Enemies to lovers
-Texting / emailing

Furthermore it’s delivered by an author I’ve had such a pleasure discovering through her previous series.
This book should have been a winner. Except it wasn’t. AT. ALL.

I was craving human emotions, angst, and all I got was a thesaurus for online dating terms.
I felt nothing for the characters.
Ok let me amend that, I felt nothing for the characters as a couple but oh man did I feel for Rhiannon Hunter.
I hated her guts. Pure and simple I just couldn’t stand her.
Am I going to get heat for feeling this book may be a tad too feminist? Don’t @ me.
(Or rather the feminist revendications arc was detrimental to the romance, which is regrettable when advertising a book as romance.)
It’s just how I felt. Or rather it’s how Rhiannon Hunter made me feel.
I love a strong heroine, I’m all for empowered women in romance novels but if it becomes detrimental to qualities I find essential characters in romance have, then I guess I’d rather have a doormat heroine growing empowered and showing some kindness and emotions and I don’t know… personality?

I couldn’t tell for the life of me why Samson, the hero, would decide to pursue this determined cyborg—I mean Rhiannon.
Watching him go after her was like watching a dog trying to catch the attention of a negligent owner.
Samson was so damn sweet.

To say the author has been torough in her depiction of modern dating is putting it lightly.
I felt bored and irritated with a theme I actually enjoy.
If the goal of this —feminist manifesto—romance was to acknowledge how women can do as much and better than men professionally, then congratulations, this reader got the message loud and clear.
Too bad it’s all I could retain from The Right Swipe.

I truly enjoyed the author’s books in the past (Hate to Want You, Wrong to Need You Forbidden Hearts series), it could be just a “me” issue, I strongly encourage you to read other reviews or follow your guts about this book, you could end up loving it.

Author Bio & Links

Alisha Rai writes award-winning emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on a range of topics covering romance and media.

She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also been featured on the IndieNext and LibraryReads lists, and been named Best Books of the Year by NPR, New York Public Library, Vulture, Reader’s Digest, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus, Bustle, “O”, the Oprah Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling and tweeting.

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