The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)
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…

The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1) Details

TitleThe Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)
Author
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062878090
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Fiction

The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is going to be everything! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    I knew before I was even halfway into this book that it would be receiving five stars, and holy hell was I right. This book did not hold back any punches and it offered such a profound story about powerful women of color that also was so touching that I was weeping throughout the last 20% of this book. My list of things I enjoyed about this book is vast compared to a nonexistent section of things I didn't enjoy. I'll try and write a brief (read: long) list of things I adored about this book. The I knew before I was even halfway into this book that it would be receiving five stars, and holy hell was I right. This book did not hold back any punches and it offered such a profound story about powerful women of color that also was so touching that I was weeping throughout the last 20% of this book. My list of things I enjoyed about this book is vast compared to a nonexistent section of things I didn't enjoy. I'll try and write a brief (read: long) list of things I adored about this book. The representation. This book is primarily about people and women of color, so the main character is a dark-skinned black woman, her best friend and assistant is an Indian lesbian, her other best friend and roommate is a thai-american plus sized woman with agoraphobic anxiety (!!!!!! i need a book about her), the love interest is Samoan, the love interest's two best friends are black, one of whom is a stay-at-home father. That's not even mentioning other side characters. So yeah, this book rocked. The way women of color uplifted and supported each other in this book was also so touching and empowering. This book dealt with such a diverse and unique array of subplots and handled them all spectacularly. Even the trope of the love interest being a sports player had valuable discussion about mental health and retirement. This book also tackles women of color being in positions of power and how others perceive that, as well as the trust issues Rhiannon experiences. It's hard to get me to genuinely care about side characters, but even the side characters in this book had full character arcs and contributed meaningfully to the story in their own wholesome ways. I hope this book gets developed into a long, drawn-out spinoff series because I loved all the side characters. The romance in this..... OOF!!!!! And I'm talking both the angst, the pacing of it, the consent, the steamy scenes..... everything was spectacular. this is SOOO healthy but is never boring or robotic because of it. the characters are still sexy as hell and have genuine and cute and funny interactions alongside maintaining healthy boundaries and communication. LOVED rhi and samson together!The only complaint that I had during the first half of this book--that Rhiannon's bitter and rock hard side seemed a lot more developed than her soft side--definitely went away by the last half of the book. It was so touching to see women championing other women and to see Rhi's growth in learning to trust and speak out against injustice.This is NOT a book to miss and I cannot smash the preorder button on Amazon hard enough.
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  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    January 1, 1970
    First, my excitement for this story knows no bounds. Buuuut, kind of disappointed they went with drawing cover, I LOVED the Forbidden Hearts series live model cover photos; really some of the best covers I've ever seen.I see others really liking the fun vibe the cover does send out, so I'm going to go and stare at my Livvy and Nicholas cover to work through my feelings.Friends, what you thinking/feeling about this cover?
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsA great start to a new series!I thoroughly enjoyed the world and writing in this book. This was my first book by Alisha Rai but it will definitely not be my last. I love how this book tackled quite a few important topics like sexual harassment, consent, domestic verbal abuse and so much more. It also had a very diverse cast which I greatly appreciate. The romance was also very swoony. We have a soft hero with a hard heroine; he is patient and sweet and thoughtful and she is confident an 3.5 starsA great start to a new series!I thoroughly enjoyed the world and writing in this book. This was my first book by Alisha Rai but it will definitely not be my last. I love how this book tackled quite a few important topics like sexual harassment, consent, domestic verbal abuse and so much more. It also had a very diverse cast which I greatly appreciate. The romance was also very swoony. We have a soft hero with a hard heroine; he is patient and sweet and thoughtful and she is confident and sure of herself (except when it comes to her feelings of course). Both are perfect for each other though their love doesn't come easy. It was interesting to see the author turn the whole hard and soft thing on it's head and have the heroine be the alpha and him the beta. Well accept when it came to sex, because then things were on a more even playing field. If there's one thing I didn't like about the romance, it was that I didn't like how it felt that Samson had to pay for the drama and past mistakes of other men in Rhiannon's life. Which leads me to my next part:My biggest problem with this book, unfortunately was the heroine. She has trust issues a mile long, she's stubborn as hell and lets pride get the best of her in almost every capacity of her life. The one thing I really liked about her, even as I found myself becoming insanely irritated with her is that she is 100% herself, always.. I feel like the author wanted her to be this extreme sort of alpha-female who makes no apologies for who she is and while I understand what she was trying to do with this character(and one could argue that it's important to have female characters like her), it made it really hard for me to like her at times. She's bitter and hard basically the entire book and even by the end, she doesn't really go through much character growth. I'm not saying I wanted her to just be free of her trust issues and be a soft and sweet bunny rabbit, because that wouldn't have been realistic at all. But I was a bit disappointed with how little growth she really had overall. Which I guess makes sense when you take in the face that Rhiannon is unapologetically herself. Why would she see wrong in her actions when she thinks she can do no wrong, that she doesn't need anyone ever and if they want to go she could care less, etc etc?Despite my warring feelings about the heroine, I really did enjoy this book. I hope we can get a book for some of the secondary characters like Lakshmi and Katrina because they were awesome and so interesting. Pick this up if you are in the mood for swoony romance with a great cast of characters!Arc given in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC.While I have been rec'd Alisha Rai a handful of times, this is actually my first book of hers that I'm reading. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The cover suggests that it's a cute romcom style story but it's a lot more than that. There is diverse representation across the board with the MCs and supporting characters. Rhiannon is a strong and tough character who can hold her own in the boardroom as well as the bedroom. Samson is mo Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC.While I have been rec'd Alisha Rai a handful of times, this is actually my first book of hers that I'm reading. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The cover suggests that it's a cute romcom style story but it's a lot more than that. There is diverse representation across the board with the MCs and supporting characters. Rhiannon is a strong and tough character who can hold her own in the boardroom as well as the bedroom. Samson is more than just a big ex-football player. He has a big heart with a rough past. After these two hooked up and he 'ghosted' her, he returns a few months later and she's ready to close the door on him. Luckily for the reader, she gives him a second chance.I have to admit that it took me a little time to actually get into this story. The hook was taking a little long to get there but once it did, I was into the story. Not only is the banter between the two MCs well done, the characters have depth to them when they're on their own. You're rooting for them to be together as well as succeed in what they're trying to accomplish. The supporting characters bring more to the table and build the story up, making you want to read more about them as well. The story is also heavier at times, dealing with sexual harassment/abuse and CTE but I think both are handled very well. This is not your average superficial romcom (honestly, the cover is cute but I don't think it's the best choice for this story). It actually makes you think about the choices people make. It's a good, solid book from Alisha Rai.
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  • Saniya
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings: sexual harassment, cyber bullying and harassment, domestic verbal abuse,I’ll flesh the rest of this out soon enough but BIIIIIIITTTTTTCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    This book ended up being an enjoyable read but for most of the beginning and a little into the middle of the story, the story was slow and the romance was too hot and cold for me. I felt like the hero was paying for shit he had nothing to do with and I wasn't a fan of that. I did love that the hero was Samoan, just like me, so that was great so while I enjoyed the book overall, I didn't LOVE it the way that I hoped.3.5 out of 5
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    In a thoroughly contemporary take on 21st century dating, Alisha Rai takes on the lingo that have slowly but surely become entrenched in dating-speak— ghosting, hooking up, dick pics, one-night stands, casual relationships, swiping right—and waves a story around it, along with the cynicism, the bouncing around and the jadedness that come along with the reality of finding the ‘right’ match. From a hookup to a ghosting to a meeting as business rivals, Samson Lima and Rhiannon Hunter meet again whe In a thoroughly contemporary take on 21st century dating, Alisha Rai takes on the lingo that have slowly but surely become entrenched in dating-speak— ghosting, hooking up, dick pics, one-night stands, casual relationships, swiping right—and waves a story around it, along with the cynicism, the bouncing around and the jadedness that come along with the reality of finding the ‘right’ match. From a hookup to a ghosting to a meeting as business rivals, Samson Lima and Rhiannon Hunter meet again when the former has every intention of buying up a rival’s dating company…just as the latter is stepping into said company as a favour for his aunt. Rhiannon is a strutting, ball-busting shark through and through, a hard entrepreneur with a vendetta who’d made her way to the top and in some ways, a man-eater who takes no prisoners, more ironically so since she’s the founder of a wildly popular dating app for women. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and Rhiannon’s steam-out-the-ears, full-on thoughts showed it, as she rocked out with bluster and claws extended trying to show that Samson’s ghosting didn’t hurt when it did. Still, she came across as petulant, hell bent on being detached, unforgiving and unkind, sometimes emotionally juvenile in her inability to let things go—all of which so that she’ll never have to feel weak and vulnerable anymore. Understandable, though these were qualities that didn’t seem to be at all attractive or redeeming as the story wore on. Samson came through as the sweeter, yearning, milder one—it felt like he *had* to be one, given the kind of ‘heroine’ Rai had chosen to portray from the beginning—and I actually started and ended it all not just feeling sorry for him, but frustrated that he was constantly facing an uphill battle trying to convince her he was worth another shot while she simply stood there, twiddled her thumbs and punished him for his entire gender’s sins. The whole point is, I’m not so sure if I’m on the boat with this role reversal, especially if the point is yet again, to show in the written word how women can do things equal or better than men and have it shoved down my throat in the abrasive, disaffected, trust-no-one form of Rhiannon Hunter. I wish I could say that it was a story that grew on me but it didn’t exactly. Not quite. It got bogged down in the middle as Rhiannon and Samson circled around each other, skimming the surface but never quite going deeper as the Rhi’s trust issues kept flaring up while Samson tried to ease his way around it. Rinse and repeat. Yet objectively speaking, ‘The Right Swipe’ a brilliant take on the app dating scene vs. the traditional dating one and all the thorny issues that surround it. In fact, Rai tackles it quite smartly, with conversations that range from tart and witty to penetrating and questioning, to the interconnected themes of women in business, to the existing patriarchy, sexual harassment and simply, the lengths people go to to protect themselves. I do think many readers would like Rai’s feminist take on it—it does champion women doing whatever the hell they want when it comes to dating and sex after all—just as I know my disappointment with the book makes me the minority here.*ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy was a very angsty, heartfelt set of diverse romances that I really enjoyed and when this book was announced, there was no way I wouldn’t read it. And getting approved for this ARC made me all kind of giddy and I’m so happy that it was all I expected it to be and so much more.Rhiannon is an extremely whip smart, successful entrepreneur who comes across as abrasive and cynical but she has good reasons to be so. Being a black woman has never been easy for her, Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy was a very angsty, heartfelt set of diverse romances that I really enjoyed and when this book was announced, there was no way I wouldn’t read it. And getting approved for this ARC made me all kind of giddy and I’m so happy that it was all I expected it to be and so much more.Rhiannon is an extremely whip smart, successful entrepreneur who comes across as abrasive and cynical but she has good reasons to be so. Being a black woman has never been easy for her, right from being bullied in an elite private school because she was from a poor family to being in the highly misogynistic tech industry; so, she has learnt to be tough and never show emotion or vulnerability and that’s the way she can achieve success. Also having been in an emotionally abusive relationship before which adversely affected her professional life too, she has decided to not to ever hookup with anyone more than once and her immense trust issues prevent her from wanting to have any sort of relationship. Samson is a retired NFL linebacker and the current spokesperson for Rhi’s competitor dating website. He is a sweet, softhearted guy who doesn’t have much experience in dating, because he spent most of his past 5 years taking care of his uncle with Alzheimer’s and ALS. He is also still struggling to deal with the grief over his uncle’s death and also the loss of his parents years before; all this grief leaving him feeling lost and unsure of his future. I enjoyed the way their relationship developed. Once Rhi forgave Samson for ghosting her due to extenuating circumstances, it was evident that they had real chemistry and were quite comfortable being around each other. Obviously, Rhi’s trust issues and need to be in control ensure that she comes up with rules for their professional and personal interactions, but it was amazing to see Samson accept all of them as par for the course and not ask her for justification. Their relationship is mostly based on mutual respect and they really support each other in their decisions and career aspirations and it was truly wonderful to read. Rhi is actually slightly more judgmental and comes to instant conclusions without thinking through sometimes when she believes her trust has been broken, and that was my only point of contention with her. But it was also true to her character and it just took her a long time to open up and trust him and show her sensitive side. Samson is much more thoughtful and patient and willing to give her the time to work through her issues. There are also some excellent side characters here and I loved how each of them played important roles in the plot. Katrina is Rhi’s most vocal supporter who doesn’t hesitate to point out flaws in her reasoning and encourages her to be more open to relationships. Lakshmi is her awesome badass assistant and I think Rhi and her made for this amazing workplace duo who can do anything they set their mind to. Samson’s aunt Belle is an eccentric woman but strong in her own ways and I loved her dramatic gestures as well as her sound instincts and advice. It was also nice to see Gabe again. Alisha writes such smart and thoughtful romances, I’m in awe of her. This book is definitely less angsty than the Forbidden Hearts trilogy but it really suited my tastes. She completely subverts the concepts of an “alpha” male character or the “strong” female character, by giving us realistic reasons for the way they are who they are. We also get some very funny but interesting discussions on the traditional old fashioned dating websites vs the modern instant world of dating apps and hooking up, the ever changing lingo of the internet dating world and how these two ideas are not necessarily opposing. The author also gives a lot of depth to the story and characters - In case of Rhi, by showcasing the adverse effects of sexual harassment in the workplace and how employees get gaslighted by the powers that be when they dare to report and the importance of investigating such allegations seriously and believing the victims; In the case of Samson, we see his struggle to reconcile his love for football with the adverse longtime effects of concussions and CTE on players and their families and what he can do more to ensure that sufficient support is available and hopefully, ensure the safety of the players. All of these aspects make for a fun and sexy romance novel with a realistic portrayal of modern love and an important take on contemporary issues. To wrap it up, I’ll only say that if you love reading romances with smart characters, you should check this out. Obviously if you are an Alisha Rai fan, you can’t miss this book. It’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s engaging and it’s full of empowering characters. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one a lot. And I can’t wait to see who the next book will be about ... is it gonna be Katrina... I will definitely kill for the one about Lakshmi and Tina... !!!!
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  • Aarya Marsden
    January 1, 1970
    I am so happy. And very grateful to my friend Jenica for mailing me her copy after KissCon. ❤ I am so happy. And very grateful to my friend Jenica for mailing me her copy after KissCon. ❤️
  • c,
    January 1, 1970
    "Fine. I'll take over the world tomorrow." "Good." He yawned and hugged her tight. "I'll hold your purse." On my blog. Rep: black mc, Samoan mc, half Thai side character, lesbian Indian side character, side characters with anxietyCWs: sexual harrassmentGalley provided by publisherI hadn’t read any of Alisha Rai’s books before this one. I’ve had at least one on my to read list for a good while, but never got round to picking it up. But all that’s going to change now. Because The Right Swipe was "Fine. I'll take over the world tomorrow." "Good." He yawned and hugged her tight. "I'll hold your purse." On my blog. Rep: black mc, Samoan mc, half Thai side character, lesbian Indian side character, side characters with anxietyCWs: sexual harrassmentGalley provided by publisherI hadn’t read any of Alisha Rai’s books before this one. I’ve had at least one on my to read list for a good while, but never got round to picking it up. But all that’s going to change now. Because The Right Swipe was one hell of a good romance.The Right Swipe centres on Rhiannon, the CEO of her own dating app company Crush, who wants to buy a rival company out after the death of its CEO, and Samson, an ex-pro American football player and nephew of the rival company’s new CEO. Oh, and he and Rhiannon hooked up a few months earlier and then he ghosted her (for a completely understandable reason, sure, but Rhiannon doesn’t know that). And then they meet each other again at an event.What I loved most about the book was the characters. They’re all so easy to like and empathise with, if a little stubborn and frustrating at times. (But what’s a romance book without that kind of frustration.) And they were effortlessly diverse (this is the standard I’ll be holding other authors to now thank you). I’d have to say Samson was probably my favourite – it’s so refreshing to read a romance without the alpha male trope – but Rhiannon was definitely up there too (and Lakshmi! Can I get a book about her and Tina? Please?).There were a couple of things I liked less about this (not disliked though, just. Liked less). One: it’s a long book. You know how I feel about long contemporary romance books (it’s just me! No patience!). And I did get a tiny bit bored around halfway to 60% through. But then it picked up again so that wasn’t a big thing. So yeah. I (personally, as a personal thing) just found it a little long a book. Two: it’s not really a slowburning romance in the sense that there is absolutely nothing approaching sex until most of the way through the book. They start hooking up probably about a third of the way in. The slowburn was more about getting to trust each other. And Alisha Rai did it so well. But also part of me wished there was more build-up of the tension and that they didn’t actually hook up for ages.But, on the whole, it was a really great read. And has also given me the urge to bingeread some romances. My TBR says thanks.
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  • Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.Likes:- Samson! He was such a marshmallow and I want one of my own, thanks. I love how he's basically described as this big, protective giant. He's not the hippest, but that's okay. He makes up for it by saying the swooniest, sweetest things. I stan a dorky football player. I also really loved he came to accept his role as an activist. Whether he intended to become one or not, he is a role model for many of the young men who came after him in his career. - Rhiannon, a black MC, buildin 3.5 stars.Likes:- Samson! He was such a marshmallow and I want one of my own, thanks. I love how he's basically described as this big, protective giant. He's not the hippest, but that's okay. He makes up for it by saying the swooniest, sweetest things. I stan a dorky football player. I also really loved he came to accept his role as an activist. Whether he intended to become one or not, he is a role model for many of the young men who came after him in his career. - Rhiannon, a black MC, building her own tech empire by creating a feminist dating app. Rai acknowledges that this would be no easy task for any woman, but it would be especially hard for a woman of color. - Real talk about the issues surrounding #MeToo and harassment. In fact, consent is a big thing throughout the book and I love it. The characters are always checking before they kiss/touch/make a move on each other. - Mocks everything I hate about online dating. It's nice knowing I'm not alone in my despair. ONLINE DATES ARE THE WORST! I feel like I'm playing the Sims. - Mental health rep! including descriptions of practical tools to fight anxiety/panic attacks. She did this in the Forbidden Hearts series as well and I loved it there, too.- The discussion of CTE and the harm it brings to athletes. - Marketing talk! I work as a social media marketer so I'm here for shop talk.Dislikes:- Rhiannon's trust issues. I don't really like romances with trust issues, because they make for frustrating reading. Rhiannon blows up her relationship with Samson (or attempts to anyway) over a simple miscommunication that could have been prevented had she taken two minutes to listen to the man she claims to have feelings for. (view spoiler)[The miscommunication happens when Rhiannon thinks that Samson has betrayed her by revealing the harassment she received from an ex-boyfriend to his aunt, Belle (whose business she's attempting to buy). Honestly, tho, I feel like she should know better. She's written as this strong and knowledgeable feminist, but she never once considers that her ex harassed other people. When Belle reveals that's she's not going to sell the company to the ex because of his reputation as a predator, that should ring Rhiannon's alarm bells; she should realize that he's an even bigger jerk than she knew. It should not send her into a panic that Samson ran around telling all her business. (hide spoiler)] These same issues also play into why Rhiannon doesn't contact her own friends and family more. She doesn't give others much leeway to make mistakes and it comes off as really abrasive and harsh. I don't fully get her issue with her mother, but I wasn't a fan of how she was always pushing her away or refusing to call her (I especially didn't love how she let her assistant get away with dismissing her mother, either. Know your role, Lakshmi).
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    Meh.
  • Amélie Boucher
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Right Swipe is one of those romance stories that I just couldn't get enough of, and I want more that are similar to it! I think what makes this book really strong is its characters. Rhiannon is all about female empowerment as well as race & gender equality, and I absolutely loved it! She didn't back down in the face of adversity and was always ready for the new challenges that were thrown Actual rating: 3.5 starsARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Right Swipe is one of those romance stories that I just couldn't get enough of, and I want more that are similar to it! I think what makes this book really strong is its characters. Rhiannon is all about female empowerment as well as race & gender equality, and I absolutely loved it! She didn't back down in the face of adversity and was always ready for the new challenges that were thrown her way. Samson, on the other hand, was all about speaking up for the people who can't. I was afraid he would be the stereotype of the athlete/jock, but the book never went there. He was such a soft boy and I was 100% here for it. The book in itself used quite a few tropes that we often see in romance, but the characters never felt stereotyped. As for the romance itself... I was a bit disappointed. I really loved seeing Samson and Rhi's relationship evolve as they got to know each other better. They both went through a lot, but being with the other made them a better person. I love how consent was expressed and it was clear from the beginning where they were headed with this relationship. Samson respected Rhiannon's wishes and never tried to push her to change her mind about wanting something casual, even when he realized things were headed in a different way for him. However, I feel like, while there was undeniable chemistry between Rhi & Samson (which was clear from their banter), their relationship felt forced. Nothing happened organically and was always a plot device for something else. I wish the author hadn't tried so hard to make these characters a couple because I'm sure they would have gotten there eventually without having to force them into a casual relationship first. I also think the sex scenes were kind of dry? I don't know what it was about them, but I didn't enjoy the smut nearly as much as I thought I would. Once again, it might be because it felt forced.The plot in itself was a lot of fun though. The marketing strategy involved (which the book revolves around) makes no sense whatsoever -- take that from a comm major, but it was a lot of fun to read about. The book uses a lot of tropes and felt very obvious at times, but it's kind of expected of the genre. I have to admit, the ending kind of let me down. It was a nice ending, but after everything we had gone through in the last few chapters, it sort of fell flat. I was expecting a grand finale, and since I didn't get it, it left me wanting more. I wish we could get more romance stories like this one because The Right Swipe was great! It has everything modern stories should strive for.
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  • Jenica
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything. I’ll write a more thorough review later, but I love Rhi and Samson. Like, can someone conjure me up a Samson? Just saying.I basically stopped breathing when I pulled this out of my bag at KissCon and I still want to cry thinking about the fact that I've not only read this masterpiece, I also got it signed by Alisha Rai?! My life!!! Of course, I then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of her later, but we're going to pretend that DID NOT happen.  Anyway, this book is abou This was everything. I’ll write a more thorough review later, but I love Rhi and Samson. Like, can someone conjure me up a Samson? Just saying.I basically stopped breathing when I pulled this out of my bag at KissCon and I still want to cry thinking about the fact that I've not only read this masterpiece, I also got it signed by Alisha Rai?! My life!!! Of course, I then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of her later, but we're going to pretend that DID NOT happen.  Anyway, this book is about Rhiannon, or Rhi as she prefers, who winds up face to face with the guy who ghosted her after she agreed to a second date at a tech conference. Turns out, he's the new spokesperson for the business she wants to buy. !!!! They wind up in an interview together and Rhi makes some veiled comments about ghosting and Samson is like, "BUT WHAT IF THERE'S A REASON?" Rhi is extremely protective of herself and I loved seeing the way that she convinces herself to give Samson a chance to explain. She couldn't just listen, she had to have a business related reason. And she couldn't just call him, she had to track him down. She's a fascinating character and I really loved getting to know her. Samson is a soft hero and a little clueless when it comes to modern dating. I loved him so much. He's so patient and like, honestly, the best man. I just loved him. He messes up and owns up to it. And when it's not on him, he tries to figure out where Rhi is coming from. Everything about him is just great. Additionally, the secondary characters?!! Amazing. I cannot wait for the next books in the series (but if you're for some reason reading this, Alisha, I promise no pressure!!!). I will give a quick content warning for some #MeToo related things in the tech industry and if you would like more information, please just ask. Additionally, this book does deal a bit with grief.
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  • temi ★
    January 1, 1970
    interviewer: so why do you want to read this book?me: idk about y’all but 👀 that cover looking good aF 👏🏾💯
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
  • shre ♡
    January 1, 1970
    your girl got an ARC!!!! i hope i'm right in assuming this is a romance between POC....👀
  • Lady B
    January 1, 1970
    I won't lie: upon reading the synopsis and finding out this is a second chance-ish story with a guy that "ghosted" her I immediately became upset on the heroines behalf and questioned the book.... until my hypocrisy gave me a little tap on the shoulder and reminded me that *I* ghosted someone in highschool... and that if he hadn't later taken me back we wouldn't be married now! So let she who has not ghosted cast the first stone? LOL
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a diverse and fluffy romance, look no further.Rhiannon runs the fictional equivalent of Bumble, after leaving a toxic boyfriend and frat boy environment behind at the Tinder-equivalent where she worked before. She's massively successful, afraid of commitment, and always wants to be in control. I really liked Rhiannon, and I'm always down for romances where the women are hard-asses who fear commitment and the men are sweet cinnamon rolls, which is 100% the case here. I did t If you're looking for a diverse and fluffy romance, look no further.Rhiannon runs the fictional equivalent of Bumble, after leaving a toxic boyfriend and frat boy environment behind at the Tinder-equivalent where she worked before. She's massively successful, afraid of commitment, and always wants to be in control. I really liked Rhiannon, and I'm always down for romances where the women are hard-asses who fear commitment and the men are sweet cinnamon rolls, which is 100% the case here. I did think it was weird though that Rhiannon was this well-known celebrity (like CONSTANTLY getting recognized), because I could not tell you the name or face of the owners of any of the dating apps.The set up of the book is really fun. Rhiannon used her own app for a hookup and had an amazing night with Samson, who then ghosted her. When he turns out to be a former NFL star and star of a PR campaign for the match.com-equivalent that she wants to purchase, she's less than thrilled...until she realizes he maybe had a good reason for ghosting and might be able to get her in touch with the elusive owner of the company. It's cute, shippy territory.Samson's basically the sweetest fluffball ever. He is practically without flaw, actually, and he'll have everyone wanting this magical unicorn boyfriend who respects women and is always willing to admit if he's been in the wrong. He's Samoan FYI, and he's all about his family. I said he was without flaw, but he is working through some shit of his own, related to the brain damage football players end up with and how it's affected his family (his father and uncle were also stars). This would be a favorite if the romance had totally clicked for me. I really, really like Rhiannon and Samson, but I didn't get the flails about them, which I wish I had. That said, this is a fantastic romance with the most modern of sensibilities, and it tackles (see what I did there) real issues without losing the fluff.
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  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sad to say, I didn't love The Right Swipe. You can probably chalk it up to fact that I'm a big character reader and these characters underwhelmed me. The premise of The Right Swipe is great. Rhiannon, jilted at a second date, runs into the man that ghosted her when he becomes the spokesperson for her competitor. The competing company she wants to buy. Samson, when starting his new job, runs into the woman he's been trying to find for months - after life stopped him from showing up for a seco I'm sad to say, I didn't love The Right Swipe. You can probably chalk it up to fact that I'm a big character reader and these characters underwhelmed me. The premise of The Right Swipe is great. Rhiannon, jilted at a second date, runs into the man that ghosted her when he becomes the spokesperson for her competitor. The competing company she wants to buy. Samson, when starting his new job, runs into the woman he's been trying to find for months - after life stopped him from showing up for a second date he begged to get. It has the makings for some cute and awkward romance shenanigans. And it sort of did have some of that. Except it's just not as much fun when the characters aren't A+. Rhiannon was hard. In all honesty, I couldn't get past her bitch shell. Even if I understand the reasoning for her to have her armor, I didn't always love the way she treated everyone. It was too much for me to find her endearing, ever. Samson on the other hand, was sticky sweet and caring and humble. But absolutely nothing about him stood out as something special or that will stay with me for any length of time. Not engaging with the characters made this a long read for me.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    The Right Swipe is timely, modern, and takes surprising turns with a second chance romance. Indeed, second chances in myriad forms really make the backbone of this book. Fun concept and full of heart - add it to your summer reading list.
  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    I need to get my thoughts together. This book was wonderful!
  • constance
    January 1, 1970
    As a lover of romance, I'm almost ashamed to say that this was my first time reading Alisha Rai. I'd heard so many good things about her, and I wasn't disappointed. The Right Swipe has a very interesting premise and strong, likable characters. Samson is a former pro football player currently serving as the spokesman for an online matchmaking company. Rhiannon is the tough CEO of her own dating app, looking to buy another company to prove herself even more. The cover art makes the book seem like As a lover of romance, I'm almost ashamed to say that this was my first time reading Alisha Rai. I'd heard so many good things about her, and I wasn't disappointed. The Right Swipe has a very interesting premise and strong, likable characters. Samson is a former pro football player currently serving as the spokesman for an online matchmaking company. Rhiannon is the tough CEO of her own dating app, looking to buy another company to prove herself even more. The cover art makes the book seem like a light-hearted rom-com, but while it has some light moments and a good bit of humor, the Right Swipe hits some heavy topics like workplace sexual harassment and CTE in pro athletes, Both main characters have some serious issues from their past that they are working through but that still affect the way they handle their current relationships. I have to say that I love Samson. Like really love him, He came off as just a genuinely good guy,one who was always there to help and support those around him and actually cared about the happiness of others. I loved the chemistry between Samson and Rhiannon, and how devoted Samson was to her, even after such a short time. But at some points I found myself getting frustrated with Rhiannon's insistence on punishing Samson, and by default punishing herself, for other men's behaviors. I was really happy that they were able to work it out in the end and it wasn't in some crazy far-fetched way. Another thing I really liked about this book and a definite strong point in Rai's writing is her creation of interesting and endearing secondary characters. I know this book is the beginning of a series and I hoping to see some of those characters we met in the Right Swipe in future books. As always I gravitate to diverse and inclusive books and this one definitely fit the bill. Rai features characters of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and ages.She created a wonderful cast of characters and I look forward to reading more from her.
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  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    *Biiiiiig thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for this free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I’ve really been feeling romances lately, and this one did not disappoint! The story line was a little predictable, but still super cute. The ONLY reason I withheld the last star was because this was a little slow on the uptake...meaning it took a while to pull me in. Rhiannon is our MC and she’s the CEO & cofounder of Crush, an app that sounds very similar to Bumble with its woman- *Biiiiiig thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for this free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I’ve really been feeling romances lately, and this one did not disappoint! The story line was a little predictable, but still super cute. The ONLY reason I withheld the last star was because this was a little slow on the uptake...meaning it took a while to pull me in. Rhiannon is our MC and she’s the CEO & cofounder of Crush, an app that sounds very similar to Bumble with its woman-centered matching process. Her direct market competitors are Swype, a Tinder-like hookup app, and Matchmaker, the eHarmony type brand. She’s been through some rough times and feels that she has to be tough or else things will come crashing down. Queue Samson Lima, ex-NFL player, exceptionally patient man with a rather large chip on his broad Samoan shoulders. He believes in love, and he believes he could have it with Rihannon...but she’s not making it easy.The Right Swipe is a cute story about second chances, stepping out of your comfort zone, and opening your heart so that love can find its way in.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Coming off of Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, I was ready for some angsty, dating sexytimes in the new Modern Love series. However, Rai changed up the dynamics of this book, creating a second-chance, slow-burn romance between Rhiannon and Samson, two capable professionals approaching 40 (if you like competence pr0n, get yourselves this book). I was 100% here for the emotional work the couple does to overcome their own baggage, with excellent commentary on the effect of the #metoo movement and the Coming off of Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, I was ready for some angsty, dating sexytimes in the new Modern Love series. However, Rai changed up the dynamics of this book, creating a second-chance, slow-burn romance between Rhiannon and Samson, two capable professionals approaching 40 (if you like competence pr0n, get yourselves this book). I was 100% here for the emotional work the couple does to overcome their own baggage, with excellent commentary on the effect of the #metoo movement and the CTE controversy in professional sports.
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  • Kimberley C.
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one. The characters were all so well drawn out and the story was complex enough that it held my attention throughout. It was interesting to read about the world of app dating, and I love Rhi’s drive to conquer the world. 4.5 stars from me!
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  • Vanshika Prusty
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS SO FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
  • Aleya
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this through Edelweiss and I'm glad I decided to pick it up. It's not the conventional romance. It dives into tons of topics and issues: leadership, harassment, mental illnesses, and so much more. It was so well done. Definitely worth reading. It's empowering to read as a female. It also discusses issues women minorities have in the workplace, among other things. I want to read more by Rai.
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    Not feeling this right now so popping it on hold.
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