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One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.
When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.
Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.
Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.
Title: How to Fail at Flirting
Author: Denise Williams
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I really enjoyed this book. I’m not quite sure why I requested it because I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice, but I’m glad I did. It was a great rom-com for someone who enjoys rom-coms.
I liked that this book wasn’t just a straight-forward love story. The author touched on topics such as abusive relationships, bigotry, racial ignorance, and women in the workforce. Although these weren’t main topics, they were discussed from time to time.
The love story was the main topic in the book. We get to know Naya throughout the book as she explores a new relationship with a handsome stranger, Jake, and struggles to overcome a past abusive relationship. Naya was an interesting character because we are told how shy and sweet she is at the beginning of the book, but we really get to know her as an empowered woman with Jake. I love that we get to see different facets of her personality and her overall change towards the end of the book.
As for Jake…I would read this book a hundred times over just for him. I was so skeptical at the beginning because I was like ‘Oh. They met at a bar. Typical.’ But I really loved getting proved wrong when it came to him. Jake is a wonderful dreamboat that we all need in our lives. He just always responded to things in the best possible way…Don’t mind me. I’m just swooning over here.
A fair warning though. This book contains a lot of sex with most scenes being fairly descriptive. It was a little much for my taste. I could have done without most of it and wished there could have been more storyline rather than just sex, but it is what it is.
Overall, I enjoyed the humor, insightful topics, and Jake. Sigh Jake…I recommend this book for those looking for a nice rom-com to curl up with to escape the winter cold.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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