A Prickly Heroine Meets A Patient Teddy Bear Hero: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

THE RIGHT SWIPE

by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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Alisha Rai's The Forbidden Hearts series is one of my all-time favorite series. It's the perfect blend of angsty, sexy, and touching romance. I was excited to read The Right Swipe and I will say that I went in expecting something similar in tone to The Forbidden Hearts books as it's a spin-off. However, the cover should have clued me in. That's not to say I didn't enjoy The Right Swipe. I did. A lot. But I feel like I should warn fans of Rai not to expect anything close to The Forbidden Hearts series.

I will come out right away and say it: The Right Swipe has a romantic thread and a HEA, but the romance was not at the forefront. This is a book that tackles a lot of social issues and has lots of commentary, so if that's not your jam, you might not like this book as much as I did. I enjoyed it because I'm not opposed to the idea and I love when a book forces me to think. The lead heroine, Rhiannon, is a ruthless business-savvy young woman who was not afraid to go after what she wanted. Her current goal: a rival dating app that she wants to merge with her own company. I've read several reviews from readers that seemed to dislike Rhiannon and her tough exterior. I understand where they were coming from, but I had no such trouble with this heroine. She was certainly tough as balls and very much closed off emotionally, for reasons that, for me, were understandable. I enjoyed her drive and ambition and found myself easily rooting for her success. She faced a lot of obstacles in her career thanks to gross men because she was a woman and a woman of color at that. Her handling of everything that came her way was so inspiring. You just want to cheer for her wholeheartedly! We see a lot of emotional growth from Rhiannon throughout The Right Swipe and her working through her issues on her own was very satisfying for this reader.

Samson was a character that I was ready to be mad at because after he and Rhiannon shared a passionate night after meeting through a dating-app, he ghosted her. We find out soon enough that Samson had a legitimate reason for his actions, so I was very quick to get over my annoyance towards him. He was such a sweetheart of a hero. I loved him so so much. He was this big rugged football player, but was one gentle bear on the inside. He was patient, loving, and respectful of everyone around him, especially Rhiannon. With how much he had gone through including a career-ending injury and his father and uncle's deaths, he had so much sunshine and positivity to him. He obviously had a lot to work through too and as with Rhiannon's arc, it was very rewarding to watch him process everything on his path to his HEA. I found it very insightful that Alisha Rai highlighted the impact of CTE on players and the people around them. It was food for thought and I liked that it got me researching more on the condition. With all that the book tackled and Rhi's hesitancy towards love, the romance did take a backseat here. The scenes that Rhiannon and Samson did share were very emotionally fulfilling and full of chemistry. I enjoyed watching Samson shower her with love and all sorts of yummy food. He was very thoughtful! Fair warning though that it did take some time for Rhiannon's shell to crack and to let him in.

All in all, The Right Swipe was very captivating. It may not have been the usual steamy romance-driven book I've come to expect from Alisha Rai, but it was incredible in its own way. I didn't get a chance to speak about the secondary characters in this book, but let me just wrap up this review by saying just how much I am looking forward to the next two books. They are going to be great!

Have you read any latest romance novels that tackle more than just the romance?
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