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

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Don't you just love it when a book lives up to your expectations? THIS WAS SO GOOOOOOOD. If you're looking for a sexy and smart romance with a strong ass female lead, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. I loved it SO MUCH.

  • 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.

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Sometimes, ratings and reviews are hard, and this is one of those times, because this is probably one of the most “meh” 4-star reviews I’ve ever given a book. I can’t find any good reason to lower it to 3 stars because it objectively has so much good stuff going for it, but when I think back on it — having finished reading it several weeks ago now — it feels like the sort of book I’ll forget about pretty quickly.

    Rhiannon’s a likeable heroine an

    Sometimes, ratings and reviews are hard, and this is one of those times, because this is probably one of the most “meh” 4-star reviews I’ve ever given a book. I can’t find any good reason to lower it to 3 stars because it objectively has so much good stuff going for it, but when I think back on it — having finished reading it several weeks ago now — it feels like the sort of book I’ll forget about pretty quickly.

    Rhiannon’s a likeable heroine and Samson’s enjoyable enough as a hero (if a bit bland). There’s a lot of conversation around some really necessary and tough topics, like the treatment of pro athletes regarding sports-related injuries, and the way assault/abuse survivors are often cornered into keeping quiet about their abusers, especially when the abusive person is someone in a position of power.

    All of that said… I don’t know, something about it just never fully “clicked” for me, but I’m leaving this at 4 stars because it does have a lot going for it. I really loved the diverse range of characters (Rhiannon is black, Samson is Samoan, Rhiannon’s bestie/housemate/business partner is Thai-American and fat, her assistant is Indian and queer… everyone important in this book offers some sort of valuable and beautifully done rep), and because it’s the sort of book that I will happily recommend to others even if it wasn’t the perfect read for me.

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    2.5 stars

    This is a tricky one for me to review! I was so excited to read it, that I requested an ARC (and got my first ever one from Edelwiess!). The cover was so pretty, and the synopsis sounded so much fun! But I don't think the book really delivered what the synopsis said it would?

    I loved the diversity in this book! Rhi

    2.5 stars

    This is a tricky one for me to review! I was so excited to read it, that I requested an ARC (and got my first ever one from Edelwiess!). The cover was so pretty, and the synopsis sounded so much fun! But I don't think the book really delivered what the synopsis said it would?

    I loved the diversity in this book! Rhiannon, the narrator was a black woman, and the love interest, Samson was Samoan. There is also a very diverse supporting cast of characters! I especially loved Rhiannon's assistant, Lakshmi, and hope she will get her own book.

    I liked that Rhiannon had a strong personality. A lot of people didn't like that about her, but I thought she was intelligent, successful and independent. I hate doormat types in my books, so this was encouraging to see. Rhiannon could come across as quite abrasive though, but that is further explained later in the book. I did find her quite hard to relate to though.

    I liked the commentary on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and head injuries to athletes, and how it was being covered up at the expense of the athlete's health, that was interesting. I also liked that the book addressed abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace, and online blackmailing. I liked learning about the online dating world, as this dinosaur never got to experience that, although many of my friends did.

    However..I did not feel the chemistry between the two main characters! The book was not very romantic to be honest, and I felt that the actual romance was more of a subplot than the main plot, which was Rhiannon's business Crush, and her desire to purchase another online dating app, Matchmaker. I didn't get butterflies in my stomach! My heart didn't race or squeeze!

    As I said earlier, I didn't really connect with Rhiannon, despite admiring her work ethic. I also felt she judged Samson really harshly, letting her past and one man in particular jade her whole life, and experience with men. I also didn't really like Samson?! He was perfect...like too perfect? That must sound ridiculous, but I think that characters need flaws, and he was just so bland and apologetic. I just didn't really know why he was chasing after Rhiannon I guess. He was just a bit meh!

    Then there was the pacing. The start was so slow and uninteresting to me, and then it got a bit bogged down in the middle. I just felt like I was being told so many things, instead of shown. It got to a point when I would read a chapter, then put the book down and do other stuff. I was purposely finding distractions, which unfortunately shows that I wasn't fully engaged in the book. The pace did pick up a bit at the end.

    All in all, I feel a little bit underwhelmed by this so called romance. It definitely isn't about two rival app creators finding themselves at odds in the boardroom, like suggested ☹️ Although I appreciated the commentary on online dating (ghosting, dick pics), I like my romance books to have the romance as the star of the show, and sadly that just wasn't the case. It wasn't badly written, but just wasn't for me.

  • 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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  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

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    I will always credit an author for creating a uni

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    I will always credit an author for creating a unit comprising of diverse and unique characters. This book focused on people of color as well as different sexualities and ethnicities. However, my first problem arose when I couldn't relate to our main character, Rhiannon Hunter.

    Firstly, do not get me wrong. I, like many others that read contemporary romance, absolutely loathe a main character (especially a female) that is a human rendition of a welcome mat. I love my gals powerful and confident! Yet, I found Rhiannon to be at the extreme side of this and her hard-headed and callous attitude towards quite a lot of things to be off-putting. I was hoping we would see her character traits develop through the novel, but she remained intensely indignant and cold throughout. Additionally, her character arc leaves so much room for the audience to want to understand more of why she is so hard, but I felt like everything could have just been

    . On the other hand, I also found the love interest - Samson - to be bland and underwhelming for the most part. Their story (although slightly cliche) had such a great premise, and I enjoyed seeing the plot unfold (rather than being told what was happening).

    During my initial read of this book, I was really excited and I enjoyed meeting all our characters and understanding their backstory. During this time, I thought things would pick up and the chemistry between Samson and Rhi would spark. Sadly, I didn't experience the usual flutters and satisfaction that I adore when reading an exhilarating romance novel.

    I actually reached out to the author to understand a quote in this book that I was unsure of and her reply lead me to a bunch of articles on feminist theory that had me digging deeper. It started becoming apparent that I was more interested in that then the story between Samson and Rhi. In truth, there were just too many things that I didn't connect with in this book.

    Even though this wasn't right for me, I can say that I could definitely feel the passion Alisha Rai has on certain topics and it showcases with a high degree of sophistication. I only wish I related to the characters or the storyline more.

    The true intent and message of this book warrants five stars in itself but I was told I would be getting a swoon-worthy romantic comedy and while TRW is not without merit, I felt like it was lacking quite a bit in that department. It has a plot filled with relevant topics that debate the misogynistic and unequal demographics of the tertiary workforce as well as women empowering other women that isn't often found in contemporary romance. For that, it's a triumph.

  • Ⓐ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?

  • Melanie

    This is the August pick for the

    ! 🐉☕

    August 19th: Chapters 1 -5

    August 20th: Chapters 6 – 10

    August 21st: Chapters 11 – 15

    August 22nd: Chapters 16 – 20

    August 23rd: Chapters 21 -25

    August 24th: Chapters 26 – 30

    Sexual harassment, cyber bullying and harassment, domestic verbal abuse

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  • megs_bookrack

    Will my library audiobook hold on this book come through in time to participate in the

    readalong in August??

    It's a gamble but I'm rolling the dice!!!!

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