Sunday, January 3, 2021

The Right Swipe


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…- excerpt from Goodreads.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai is about a woman who lost confidence in love but perhaps by fate it's standing in front of her again. Rhi has something hidden about her past and as the story progresses more of it is revealed. Samson caught in a swirl of misunderstanding tries to fix it and hopefully will have a second chance again with Rhi. Written in dual perspective, the author has made sure that both characters have their personalities portrayed, their side of the story shared and of course their growth as well. As much I've liked the chemistry they both have, the story wouldn't have worked without great support characters as well. Those characters bring out different sides of Rhi and Samson.

I loved reading about them individually especially when they are with friends and family. Their conversations certainly keeps my attention. Their interaction is somewhat amusing but not the most heart warming moments or anything exciting. Two very different people that compliments each other is often portrayed in relationships but the dynamics of these two weren't really the strong suite of the book. I have hope they have better explanation towards the pull they have for each other. Seems more like physical attraction more than a personality one.

The plot is quite straight forward and often predictable. It wasn't gripping at times and I could easily put it down and give my attention away occasionally. I guess sometimes when a plot is this way, it does allow us to read faster and fly through the pages only because you don't need to process much. I feel that this book is not really heavy on the romance but trying to highlight female power, injuries from American football as well as long term damages. Family background influences the development of their personalities.  The messages are quite clear and meaningful but the chemistry and romance seems lacking because their interactions were breezed through at times. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed as there wasn't much swoony moments, definitely one of the more bland romance books I've read.

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