Title: How to Fail at Flirting
Author: Denise Williams
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.
When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.
Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.
Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.Review:
This book was an absolute delight and it made my heart so happy and melty! It hit all the right notes and was at once light, funny, sexy, and swoony. While it is your classic rom com, it also deals with heavier themes including emotional and physical abuse. This book follows Naya and Jake, who have both been healing from previous relationships and they have an instant chemistry. I love the ‘bucket list’ trope in romances and this book instantly made me think back to Get a Life, Chloe Brown in terms of both how hilarious it was and how it could crank the heat up real quick. I also enjoyed how this book was a total power ballad for racism and misogyny. You’ll probably enjoy this book if you love things like:
-bucket list/meet cute/off limits/long distance romances
-PUNS GALORE (this made my nerdy soul feel so full!)
-cinnamon roll heroes who aren’t afraid to show their flaws
-sexy times…lots and lots of sexy times
-tons of terrible jokes and endless flirting
TW: emotional and physical abuse.