If you haven’t noticed by how many arc review posts I have done in the past couple of months, I have clearly been requesting too many books on Netgalley 😛
Today’s review is for How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams!
One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.
When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.
Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.
Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
If I am being honest with ya’ll, I finished this book a few days ago and I am still not sure I will be able to write down in words my love for this book.
I have always been a sucker for a cute rom com, so when I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, I thought to myself this looks like it could be exactly what I am looking for. It turned out to be so much more than just a quick and fun love story. It was a story that made me laugh, scream, cry and a myriad of other emotions.
Naya is a strong female lead that I fell in love with instantly. She has been through a lot and you can feel all her doubt and emotions through the pages as she rebuilds her life and career after an abusive relationship. She was a remarkably relatable character and someone I can’t wait to revisit during a re-read of this beautiful book.
While I enjoy a cute Hallmark movie-esque read, that is not generally how real life works. So I commend any author that can write a romance novel and dares to tackle important issues. This book addresses issues such as race, gender equality, and abusive relationships. It reminds us that these things are in the forefront of our society and should not be shield away from.
I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone looking for a cute, quick romance, with a touch of real life added in.
This book is on sale Tuesday, December 1st. You will not want to miss it!
Title: How to Fail at Flirting
Author: Denise Williams
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
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