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Review: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

So if you finished The Bride Test and thought, well now what do I do with my time? Pick up The Right Swipe. It has diversity, depth, amazing characters, and swoony romance.


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…


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

If you’re looking for a book with chemistry, characters that tackle sexism, athletes who take a stand, characters that have depth and are also diverse, then you have to read The Right Swipe. I adored the character’s struggles – an independent and savvy tech business woman meets former athlete who is trying to help his aunt out. It’s a recipe for chemistry and Rai will leave your heart warm and you gasping!

So I’m sure you can imagine that Rhi would be my type of protagonist, and OF COURSE! Not only does The Right Swipe tackle issues of sexism in the tech world, but it takes a close look at how women succeed within it. The behaviors, mindsets, and risks they have to take to get to the top, to survive in this business that is still very much sexist. Rhi is independent, driven, and passionate.

Whereas Samson is loyal, trusting, and passionate about his family. There’s more than meets the eye with both of these enigmatic characters. And when they collide, sparks ensue. Can the women who has had to fiercely guard her heart work through her trust issues? Can Samson trust the chemistry between them throughout all their challenges?

The Right Swipe has just the right amount of chemistry. Both Samson and Rhi grow throughout the book, both learning how to open up their heart and accept the potential of something more. There’s all sorts of nuance involved, whether it be the tech industry or the sports industry. And The Right Swipe demands to be read. They have intriguing back stories on their own, which I won’t spoil for you, and when they come together, it’s steamy and sweet to witness. I’m not going to lie, there were some moments that even made me tear up (especially with Rhi’s family!).

Find The Right Swipe on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


What is your favorite diverse romance book?

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