The Right Swipe is the first in Alisha Rai’s new Modern Love series. Rich with diverse characters, swoon-worthy romance, and a badass main character, this is a must-read for romance fans.
Note: this review was originally posted August 20, 2019 on curlybookowl.com.
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…
In the mood for a fun, sexy, contemporary rom-com? Read this book. In the mood for amazing representation and diversity? Read this book. In the mood for some real-as-hell conversations about being a WOC in the workplace? Read this book.
Rhiannon Hunter is the no-holds-barred CEO of Crush, a dating app she created after being harassed out of her former company by its CEO/her ex-boyfriend. She lives her life by the motto: success is the best revenge.
Samson, the first Samoan love interest I’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering, is the sweet and patient former NFL linebacker who is the new face of the rival dating company. I could go on about how special he was because I definitely fell in love, but I’ve seen a lot of reviews that focus on Samson and write-off Rhiannon as being prickly.
Look, I get it, she’s quick to jump to the worst conclusion and has a very strict fool-me-once policy. But this is her means of survival. Rhiannon knows full well that weakness is not a privilege afforded to women in the workplace, much less women of color.
“When you’re a minority, in any industry, you feel so visible, and like the only way to get ahead is to be tougher than everyone else. You don’t cry. You don’t show weakness. You can’t be a victim.”
I adored this book. It had everything I never knew I needed in a contemporary romance. Also, fellow legal folks will get a kick out of Rai’s perfect use of the eggshell plaintiff rule. And honestly, she provides a better explanation of it than my bar prep books did.