Another case of me falling for the cover before knowing anything about the book! I think I’m going through summer withdrawal because I keep reading books with the perfect summer covers. Winter can’t end soon enough.
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…
I don’t really know where to start with this book- there are a lot of things I enjoyed about it but nothing that I really loved.
For a romance book, I didn’t really feel anything between Rhi and Samson. Their connection was already established at the beginning of the book, however broken it appeared to be, and I didn’t feel much grow between them throughout the book. I didn’t dislike their pairing, I just didn’t feel it that much.
Despite the romance feeling dull, I really like how Rhi and Samson helped each other grow just by being there for each other. The other relationships in this book were pretty great, too. Lakshmi and Rhiannon had a great friendship and I would love to read a spinoff starring Lakshmi. Samson and Dean had another great friendship and I appreciate that the author spent so much time with it.
As for the plot…what plot? Nothing really happened throughout this book. Yes, the characters develop, time passes, and the characters have goals and conflicts, but I can’t tell you what the point of the book was. I still enjoyed the read but wish there had been more to a streamlined plot.
There are a lot of topics addressed in this book, from online dating to the NFL and head injuries to sexual harassment. There’s definitely a feminist approach to how online dating and harassment are tackled in the book and I was here for it! I really admired Rhi and her no bs attitude. Samson’s activism regarding the NFL and how they deal with concussions/head injuries was also very impressive. I knew about this issue going into this but really like the perspective and information given in this book. There are also many instances throughout the book where mental health is addressed. Two of the characters in particular have serious social anxiety and depression and suicidal ideation are mentioned as well. The author brought these up without pomp or circumstance and treated them in a very natural and positive way. None of these topics felt preachy or distracted from the rest of the book.
All things considered, this was a good book. While I don’t necessary love it as a romance book, I really liked Rhi and how the author approached some of the topics, and I really liked reading about modern dating with apps. With more plot and chemistry I think this could have been a great book.