You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Monday, August 10, 2020


by Alexis Daria
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 4th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

You Had Me At Hola has one of the most striking romance covers I've ever laid eyes on. It's stunning unique, and also romantic. I don't normally enjoy reading books about celebrities, but I had to make an exception for You Had Me At Hola. How could I resist not picking it up?

Jasmine Rodrigez has just landed a lucrative lead role on a Latinx show on a popular streaming service. This is a big move for her career and has the potential to take it further. To top it off, she has been paired with a famous telenovela star, which is bound to take the show to the next level with the audience. Jasmine was a character I quickly grew fond of. I never tire of reading about heroines who are passionate and ambitious and Jasmine's love for her craft was a striking part of You Had Me At Hola. Her love for her family also shone through this book. I always enjoy the depictions of different families in books to be fascinating and I pretty much loved each and everyone in Jasmine's family.

Jasmine's co-star, Ashton, was also a character I grew to enjoy, but I'll admit that it took me a while to warm up to the man. To protect his son from the limelight, he has cultivated this hard shell around him and valued his privacy more than anything. As a result, he didn't let people get close to him. It was hard at times to figure out what Ashton was thinking or feeling. I felt like because of his private nature, I never got the full picture of he was. Like with Jasmine, he too shared strong bonds with his family. He wanted to make their lives better and that was admirable, in my eyes. You could tell just how much he loved his son and how much he wished he could be closer to him.

The romance in You Had Me At Hola was a sweet one. Jasmine and Ashton don't get off on the right foot since he spills coffee all over her white clothes at the first meeting, but as they get deeper into their respective roles, they are forced to become close to each other. They shared good chemistry and I enjoyed watching them easily fall into a relationship. I'll say, it was somehow tainted by Ashton keeping secrets from Jasmine but I also understood where he was coming from. One of the parts I really enjoyed about this book was getting to see scenes of the show as well. In a sense, we got two romances in a single book. Jasmine's character, Carmen, gets a second chance romance with her ex-husband, Ashton's character, when she takes him up as a client. You guys know what a sucker I am for this trope. Honestly, at times, I seemed to be more invested in this romance than the main romance.

I have no doubt that You Had Me At Hola is a romance book that will bring many readers nothing but joy. If you like telenovelas and romance novels, you'll enjoy the combination of it here.

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