The Right Swipe

The Right Swipe

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...

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Title:The Right Swipe
Author:Alisha Rai
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The Right Swipe Reviews

  • Whitney Atkinson

    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.

  • Kate ☀️ Olson

    (free review copy) I had such high hopes for this one and they were MET 🙌🏼 Steamy and modern and including many relevant current topics, Rai pivoted from her latest series, Forbidden Hearts, and created a whole new fabulous world. I don't want to say too much because this is such an early review, but here are a few things to know:

    1) Tech + CTE in pro football

    2) STEAMY but not at all erotica

    3) so much diversity in characters

    4) consent, consent consent + #MeToo

    5) some long-time Rai fans have wonde

    (free review copy) I had such high hopes for this one and they were MET 🙌🏼 Steamy and modern and including many relevant current topics, Rai pivoted from her latest series, Forbidden Hearts, and created a whole new fabulous world. I don't want to say too much because this is such an early review, but here are a few things to know:

    1) Tech + CTE in pro football

    2) STEAMY but not at all erotica

    3) so much diversity in characters

    4) consent, consent consent + #MeToo

    5) some long-time Rai fans have wondered if the cutesy cover would be deceptive given how steamy her other books have been, but I can assure you that this cover is perfect for the book! A traditional mass market paperback cover with tons of skin would have been deceptive, though.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This isn't out until August so I kind of jumped the gun but I needed a quick romance read in my life! And a new series from Alisha Rai, no less. Like all Rai's works this has diverse characters that show how romance can deal with consent and trauma and still be steamy. It asks if there is space for a second chance in a swipe left culture, and also tackles #metoo plus CTE in professional football players. Very enjoyable!

    And for the fans, these are tangentially connected to the characters in the F

    This isn't out until August so I kind of jumped the gun but I needed a quick romance read in my life! And a new series from Alisha Rai, no less. Like all Rai's works this has diverse characters that show how romance can deal with consent and trauma and still be steamy. It asks if there is space for a second chance in a swipe left culture, and also tackles #metoo plus CTE in professional football players. Very enjoyable!

    And for the fans, these are tangentially connected to the characters in the Forbidden Hearts series.

  • Anna Banana

    A 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

    A 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

    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!

  • Kate

    Repeat after me: Alisha Rai writes excellent new-adult romance and deserves all the love and hype.

    I'm not kidding! This was a fabulous introduction to a new series and consider me officially hooked. Not only are we getting an ensemble of new, intriguing characters, there are also mentions of some old favourites from "Forbidden Hearts" series (heroine, Rhiannon, is sister to Gabe from "Hurts to Love You" and has ties to the

    Repeat after me: Alisha Rai writes excellent new-adult romance and deserves all the love and hype.

    I'm not kidding! This was a fabulous introduction to a new series and consider me officially hooked. Not only are we getting an ensemble of new, intriguing characters, there are also mentions of some old favourites from "Forbidden Hearts" series (heroine, Rhiannon, is sister to Gabe from "Hurts to Love You" and has ties to the Kanes).

    What I like most about Alisha Rai's writing is the way she develops her characters. Let me put it simply - they are just...real. They're not only tropes and a prescribed set of traits designed to make them sexy or likeable. They are living, breathing, suffering human beings. They have curves and wrinkles, they have fears and anxieties, they make mistakes. When I read about them, I don't feel like I'm reading about a carbon copy #4384092 of the same character. They are diverse and it's written seamlessly, not as if it's done to check off rep from the list and gain some diversity points.

    Rhiannon Hunter and Samson Lima are prime examples here. Rhiannon is an ambitious and layered female character, blunt but kind, with killer instincts in business but still fair and loyal. Samson is respectful and allowed to have emotions, which might sound obvious but unfortunately is still not a common thing in romance novels. He never assumes that anything will happen with him and Rhi, makes it crystal clear that it's Rhi who has a choice, who gets to decide IF, when and where.

    Let me tell you, there is nothing sexier to be honest.

    Because CONSENT IS SEXY AND THAT’S THE TEA. And the way Alisha Rai writes it is another thing I love about her books.

    Seriously, other authors, start making notes!

    The romance between Rhi and Sam is written well - I think their connection could be explored more, but looking at where they end up as a couple and that's it's not a case of instalove, I can be satisfied with what I got.

    Rai delves into Rhi and Sam not only as a couple but also as individuals. They both have their demons to face and while they do it with each other's support, they do the work themselves. The story also touches upon some very present-day issues: consent, sexism, emotionally abusive relationships, workplace harassment, anxiety. It's not done in depth but it's there and for me, that is actually enough here. I don't need this to be main focus in the romance book but the way this author weaves it into her stories adds to the realism of her books that I was talking about earlier. It makes it a story about real people with real-life problems.

    One scene in particular truly made an impression on me - Rhi having a panic attack and her friend, Katrina (who is also suffering from what I suspect is social anxiety), using a certain technique to help her calm down. I wish I could explain it better but it just touched me.

    What more can I say? If you love a good romance and well-written characters, choose one of Alisha's books! And you should definitely choose this one because it's her best one yet. I can't wait for more of this series!

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Well, that was pretty cute. Not

    as incredible as I hyped myself up to thinking it would be, but definitely worth picking up. Full review coming when I'm not feeling so lazy...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I've been dying to read this book based on that cover and the blurb, which sounded

    enticing, even to a contemporary romance-hater like me. However, though I really enjoyed some aspects of the book, other parts didn't quite work for me.

    I love how

    gives us diverse MCs and feminist, sex-positive main characters. That's really important to me, and

    totally delivered on that front. I liked the plot and the trajectory of the story, even if I had some issues with the personalit

    I've been dying to read this book based on that cover and the blurb, which sounded

    enticing, even to a contemporary romance-hater like me. However, though I really enjoyed some aspects of the book, other parts didn't quite work for me.

    I love how

    gives us diverse MCs and feminist, sex-positive main characters. That's really important to me, and

    totally delivered on that front. I liked the plot and the trajectory of the story, even if I had some issues with the personalities of the characters themselves.

    I found a bit hard to relate to Rhiannon, who was tough as nails and felt really closed off, even to me as a reader. She was a bit of an overreactor, and though I really grew to understand her more the more I knew of her backstory, I found her to be exceedingly abrasive at times. In contrast, I felt like Samson was forced to be this overly perfect, forgiving character. I found him to be

    perfect, without any flaws, and I didn't like that. I wanted some temper or some grit, and I felt like he had to be the way that he was to balance Rhiannon.

    I also think this book wasn't very... well,

    . I like my romance to give me that squishy feeling inside, and I certainly didn't feel that between the two MCs here.

    I did love the plot, which was interesting because the characters weren't my favorite, but I liked the spotlight on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and how the football community tried to cover it up for many years. It was really eye-opening for me, as just a very casual sports watcher, and I liked Samson's involvement and that storyline with him and his former teammates.

    I also enjoyed reading about the whole online dating scene and the ghosting and struggles of people wanting to hook up or find love in modern times. It was something I haven't really read about before in romance, and I liked it a lot.

    I don't know, parts of the story worked for me and other parts didn't, but I left the story feeling minorly underwhelmed, which, to be fair, is common for me in contemporary romance. Not a total win, but not a total loss either.

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  • Hollis

    I was only going to briefly touch on why this didn't work for me but then I blinked and I had a nice big rant, so. I'll save it for the blog.

    Review to come. And rating subject to change. But not in a good way.

    ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    In theory, the blurb for

    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 am

    In theory, the blurb for

    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 (

    ,

    ), 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.

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    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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