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review 2020-01-14 18:26
The Right Swipe
The Right Swipe - Alisha Rai

Honestly this is more of a 3.5 star read than a 4 star, but I rounded up. I enjoyed this book, but thought the heroine at times was such a pill it was hard to root for her. I get why she was the way she was, but after a while I wanted to say, quit being an asshole. And the hero was just all instant forgiveness and perfection. I think the end was a little too pat for my tastes too.

"The Right Swipe" follows Rhiannon Hunter who has set up her own dating app. She wants to buy a matchmaking company that she thinks she can take up to the next level. When she shows up for a presentation that they are doing, she is shocked to see her one night stand who ghosted her (yeah will get into that below) there as the new face of the company, Samson Lima.


So here is the thing. Rhiannon uses her own app to do hook-ups (which....girl why?) and when she meets up with Samson they don't know each other's real names. They have a hot night and he promises to see her again soon. Even though her own profile is like, only for a night. What I don't get or understand is based on Rhiannon's past, why in the world would she jeopardize her company if something like that got out? At one point she mentions she had contingencies if others found out. Second, she is fine with one night stands, so her getting angry she got ghosted was weird and never made sense to me. 


I liked Samson's character and finding out he used to play in the NFL and why he left was great. I think his story-line didn't mesh well with Rhiannon's when all was said and done.


The plot of Rhiannon and Samson going out on dates to boost both their companies sounded interesting, but the execution fell flat. The love scenes were great, but I was honestly missing a lot development wise.

The writing was good in parts, and other parts seemed a bit too dogged down in things that didn't flow together naturally. The "Metoo" movement has been popping up in contemporary romance books lately. I think that's great, but some writers do more with that then what I think was here. I don't know, something just fell off as I was reading. 

The ending was okay, I just got tired of Rhiannon being wrong on things and Samson going to forgiveness mode. 

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text 2019-09-11 00:10
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The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) - Alisha Rai

I'm so excited that this is my returning to reading and reviewing after a month off book :)


The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai purchase link (Aug 6)


Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken w/ Strawberry Salsa recipe link


I used 2 jalapeños and the strawberry really holds/pulls in the jalapeño, ended up making this very spicy. Overall, light and nice summer meal that was easy to make.


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review 2019-08-28 14:41
The Right Swipe
The Right Swipe - Alisha Rai

Modern Love, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I adore this author

The Characters:

Rhiannon Hunter:
Samson Lima:
Lucksmi, Tina, Rhi’s mom

The Story:

The writing in this book was delightful. The characters where fresh, diverse and aware. I enjoyed Rhi and Samson’s connection. Their time together is flirty and fun and full of possibilities. I hope we get to see more of Luckshmi and Tina in the future. This story flowed well and I was very much caught up in it. I was shocked 400 pages could move along so quickly.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


4 Stars

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review 2019-08-06 03:55
Hitchcock-style caper has an emotional core and moves at a break-neck speed; pick up this high-stakes YA thriller from Derek Milman for an exciting summer read
Swipe Right For Murder - Derek Milman



This is the sophomore novel from the immensely talented and wildly unique Derek Milman, who previously gave us the quirky and brilliant YA novel, ‘Scream All Night.’

Milman steps it up a notch in this one, bringing readers something close to the anxiety-fueled capers of Hitchcock, but with an emotionally-fueled story  at its core, something he seriously does best.


‘Swipe Right’ is a high-stakes genre-bending murder mystery, with classic elements like a case of mistaken identity, running from the good guys (the FBI) and being targeted by the bad guys (a crazy, murderous cult). There are dead bodies, accusations of cyber-terrorism, and it all starts with a deadly DirtyPaws hookup in a hotel room.

What makes this incredibly fresh and compelling for readers of YA, is the fantastically honest character portrayal of a young gay man, the main character Aidan Jamison. He is flawed, and arrogant, funny, charming, and he is struggling with his independence from his family, while receiving warnings from friends who seriously are worried about his recklessness. Amid all the action, and dark comedy that’s packed into this book (one of my favorite things about Derek’s writing), Aidan is forced to face his disturbing past and relationships.


‘Swipe Right’ moves at a break-neck speed as Aidan races to solve the crime that he’s implicated in, without getting killed or arrested, and finds out a lot about himself while he’s ‘on the lam.’ His character arc is natural and necessary and kept you rooting for him. Derek just knows how to write compelling, flawed characters and knows how to really get you to feel.


It’s exciting, funny, relatable, and it’s hard not to get wrapped up in Aidan’s story of emotional highs and lows as well as Milman’s writing really quickly. I swooped in quickly on Derek’s first book and became a fast fan of his, and now I’m already wondering what he will be doing next. This must be your summer thriller read for 2019!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/39678946-swipe-right-for-murder
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review 2019-08-05 14:48
Review: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
The Right Swipe - Alisha Rai

Reviewed for Wit and Sin


The Right Swipe is a fantastically fun, sexy, uplifting story of finding love in the modern age. Alisha Rai knocks it out of the park with her first Modern Love book, balancing flirty fantasy with deeply emotional, very real world issues.

Rhi is my favorite kind of heroine. She’s intelligent, strong, successful in her career, and has a huge heart. She’s worked hard to make her dating app one of the most successful in the country and to make her company the best and most diverse. This is no easy feat for a black woman in a white male-dominated field. Rhi’s had to work ten times harder than her rivals and I was cheering for her professional success. I loved Crush – heck, I want to work there. I was also rooting for Rhi to find love with Samson. But she has been badly burned personally and professionally by someone she trusted and because of this she has built walls to protect herself. It’s not easy for Samson to get her to give him a second chance after he ghosted her (for reasons which make sense) but Samson is pretty impossible to resist. The former linebacker is a total swoon-worthy sweetheart. Kind, sexy, handsome, and not always smooth – how could I not be charmed? He’s a good man to the core, one willing to walk away from a stellar career in defense of a friend, a man who drops everything to care for a loved one…he’s the picture perfect example of a hero without being cardboard perfect. Samson and Rhi have fantastic chemistry. They made me smile, sigh, and cheer for them every step of the way. Though they plan on keeping things strictly physical, it’s clear to all that they’re a perfect match in bed and out. And as a side note, if anyone thinks explicit consent can’t be sexy, they absolutely need to read this book.

The Right Swipe dazzles with the chemistry between its leads and a diverse, wonderfully endearing supporting cast, all of whom I would love to read about more. But this bright and charming tale also features very real issues. Rhi faces both overt and subtle sexism and racism in the workplace. She has also been traumatized by a predator in more ways than one and this book addresses sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. Samson’s storyline shines a light on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in the NFL in a very heartbreaking way. Ms. Rai treats these subjects with the honesty and respect they deserve, weaving them into the story in an organic way and adding depth to the story and its characters.

The Right Swipe is a modern romance in every sense of the word. I absolutely adored the characters, banter, romance, the gentle good humor, and the edge of realism woven into the fantasy. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next Modern Love book!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2019/08/review-right-swipe-by-alisha-rai.html
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