Reviews | The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai & The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Happy Monday, book friends. Can you believe it’s already August? Our library Summer Reading Program is finally winding down to a close (a little earlier this year) and I feel like I can relax a bit until September comes around. Although I’ve finished school, mentally I’m still on the same schedule, so September feels like the beginning of a new year to me.

I recently finished two really great romance novels with you and I’m excited to share them with you!

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
*I received a digital ARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book features Rhiannon Hunter, a black female creator of a dating app, who has a very cynical view on romance (with good reason) and Samson Lima, a former NFL Samoan athlete with a heart of gold. As fate would have it, these two have hooked up not too long ago and had an amazing connection. But anything they had fell to pieces when Samson accidentally ghosted Rhiannon. And when these two find themselves having to work together later on, Rhi is determined to not let Samson back into her heart.

I mean this book already deserves all the stars for the cover alone. I love both the bright colors and the colorful people! As a lover of contemporary romances, I was eager to jump into a book which featured not just one, but two brown characters.

I tend to get pretty frustrated with stubborn female characters. I find their lack of willingness to be moved by someone as wonderful and endearing as Samson to be irritating and sometimes heartless. But alas, Rhiannon is a proud and hard-headed character worthy of both my respect and sympathy. Rhi has valid reasons for hardening her heart–reasons that will resonate with not only others who have similar experiences, but all women. Her general distrust when it comes to showing any sign of vulnerability, especially to someone whom she has real feelings for, is extremely human and something I understand on a very personal level.

Samson is a truly lovable male protagonist whose consideration and care for Rhi were not so unrealistic that he seemed too perfect. I really loved Rhi’s affinity for his “largeness” and being wrapped up in his arms–just so adorable!

At the heart of this story is an important message regarding feminism and believing women who come forward about difficult experiences.


*Content/trigger warnings: mentions of sexual harassment/assault

44019067. sy475 The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
*I received a digital ARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Baseball player Gavin Scott’s marriage begins to crumble when he discovers that his artistic wife Thea has been faking orgasms for almost as long as they’ve been together. Determined to keep their marriage alive, he joins a special book club with his friends who read romance novels for advice on love.

Isn’t the cover for this book amazing too? The detail is impeccable. The word “bromance” is in a clearly baseball-inspired font…Gavin is carrying a bouquet of daisies because he remembers that his wife was wearing a daisy the day he first saw her…the book in his back pocket is the actual book he turns to for notes on how to fix his marriage…I’m just so impressed!

I have not laughed this hard reading a contemporary romance in a long time. This book was such a delight with a full cast of likable and reasonable characters.

While I’m all for female empowerment, there’s often a polarizing empathy towards the female partner (heteronormative, I know) and blaming everything on the man. Men can be really stupid and Gavin is no exception. But I love that this story not only makes the man really work for a second chance, but also highlights his wife’s transformation as a result.

The male dialogue is hilarious. From discussions about the morality of the Little Mermaid to some Russian dude with digestive problems…I literally could not handle any of it! I believe they’re all baseball players too so yeah…I wouldn’t mind if all of them had their own installments (except maybe the Russian).

Gavin has a stutter and I love that it stays consistent throughout both because it becomes normalized and is also really adorable. Thea defending his speech impediment and loving it because it’s a part of him is extremely endearing.

The excerpts of a regency romance throughout were fun and I wouldn’t have minded more! They definitely enticed me to consider trying some historical romances which I don’t generally gravitate toward.

The ending was just fine though maybe a tiny bit rushed—I think a part of that relates to the brief timeframe that Gavin has to convince Thea to stay married to him. I would have liked to read more about Thea’s artwork and pursuing art school, but hopefully we will hear more in later installments.

An absolute riot and one of my top reads for 2019!


Have any of you read these or have either of them on your TBRs? I 10/10 would recommend both!

love, jasmine

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*2019 Reading Challenge Update: 104/175

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