Review: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Rai succeeds in delivering yet another tight, lovely romance in The Right Swipe. Which is great news because we love Alisha Rai and we want all the books from her!

If you don’t know me well, then know this one thing: I adore Alisha Rai. She writes such gorgeous families and friends and lovers. She manages to hook me on drama so delicious that I wish someone would try their luck in my life just so I can live out my Dramatic™ fantasies.

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…(Goodreads)Goodreads

I received an eARC of The Right Swipe in exchange for an honest review.

Rhiannon Hunter is originally found in the Forbidden Hearts series and if you’ve read it, you’re probably already a hundred percent in love with her. You’re curious as to Who Could Possible Ghost Her? Well, you might be indignant and think, “He must be a Loser!” but then you’ll meet Samson Lima and think to yourself, “I’m an absolute fool!”

Just me?

Oh, probably.

Rhi is one of my favorite characters because she’s everything I want to be in the future. She’s successful, knows her stuff, and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. She also can’t remember to call her mom, lives with her best friend (goals!) and wants to dominate the world. She’s VALID.

Rhi’s book kicks off when she’s at an event for a rival dating website which she plans on buying. But what happens is that at the event, a former-footballer is announcing his campaign to go on dates with matches from the website. Of course, the former-footballer is the same guy she had a one night stand with. Of course, he’s the loser who ghosted her. Of course, he’s the hero who’ll have you going Awwwwwwwww.

Samson Lima is big, sensitive, and a darling. He’s got a soft heart for his aunt (late uncle’s girlfriend) and he agrees to do the campaign. Except he’s so terrible at dating. He’s got no idea what’s he’s doing. But he knew what he was doing with Rhi all those months ago. On a night that never quite left his mind despite the grief that he went through shortly after.

There is a good explanation as to why Samson ghosted Rhi but he’s still apologetic and because Rhi is a savvy businesswoman, she takes the opportunity to coach him on how to date.

This is the perfect opportunity for them to get close and what follows is a series of dates where Samson displays the gentleness that had me sobbing into my pillows, and Rhi’s defenses and rule of never giving people who ghost you another chance is challenged.

Of course, drama happens and that only makes it more delicious. The whole book is great. Take it from me. It was refreshing and so modern. I enjoyed the reliance on technology.

What I also appreciated is the look into manipulation using technology and how it is prevalent in our societies at this age. It especially impressed me how Rai portrayed trauma in Rhi’s character without making the readers voyeurs to her pain. In a way, Rai respected Rhi’s privacy more than Rhi’s ex had. It impressed me as well how Rhi’s strength belied very real concerns of needing to prove herself. She’s strong but she’s also soft and I think it’s the way Samson lets her be her soft and hard selves is what made me adore their chemistry together.

Even Samson is given his own arc of growing and becoming brave enough to seek justice against a system that not only hurt his uncle but his father too.

This book is modern, it deals with very current issues both concerning dating and football legacies, and delivers a passionate and extremely easy-to-love romance. I delighted in Samson and Rhi’s opposites-attract relationship. They made me smile and laugh and wish I could give them a hug.

I highly recommend this book. You can pick up a copy on Indiebound, Amazon, The Ripped Bodice or Book Depository through LFAI’s affiliate links.


Title: The Right Swipe

Author: Alisha Rai

Series: Modern Love, 1

Publisher: Avon

Length: 400 Pages

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Black heroine, Samoan hero.

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