Release Date: Aug 6, 2019
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Hello to the Alpha Female!
That’s what Alisha Rai’s newest book brought me, a woman with a bigger set of brass balls than I have and I really enjoyed it.
Rhiannon Hunter is a character readers of Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series will be familiar with. If you haven’t read any of her books, no worries, this story is very separate from the previous series and stands alone.
Rhi’s tale toward an HEA is filled with plenty of conflict, corporate intrigue, fantastic clothing, nerdy pop culture references, a sexy ex-football playing hero, an eccentric business owner, inclusion, and a wonderful example of a man not trying to explain his way out of a million things, including not knowing what Netflix and Chill means.
Cue the hero entry, Sampson Lima. Son of football royalty, loyal family member, nephew to a multi-millionaire, and did I mention he’s guilty of ghosting *gasp*. If you don’t know what the term means, because let’s face it until this book I didn’t really know what it meant, then pick up this story now. You’ll thank me for introducing you to a world of millennial lingo that will put you in a better position to talk with the younger crowd. Or, at least understand what they are saying.
Back to the story, heroine and hero happen to work for competing dating mobile app services. Think Match.com, only with different names. Rhi owns Crush, a trendier more swipe right or left type app. Sampson’s aunt owns Matchmaker, the classic personality based app. As hero and heroine team up for their own reasons, both find themselves in a second chance scenario to rekindle a connection they experienced prior to the book’s start.
Dear Sampson has made mistakes and he wants a shot at redeeming himself; anything for another chance with Rhiannon. Rhi is damaged goods. Internally she’s all sorts of messed up due to bad relationships and being taken advantage of. The amount of patience, the approach, and the way Sampson acts is worthy of all the gold in the world. Yep, I would probably give my heart to Sampson Lima. He’s the type of hero an alpha like me can only dream about.
The pair has to overcome their own internal battles along with slaying a few sexist dragons to reach the HEA. That journey was a joy to read and I found myself staying up far too late for just one more chapter. My only hiccup is that the black moment came on with a rush to jump to a conclusion by the heroine. I didn’t like this, I understand the motivation and the driving force behind it, but still think it’s out of character for Rhiannon.
A little trifle of an issue, otherwise this book is fabulous with plenty of nerdy references and scorching heat that made my heart happy. Plus, a female heroine who isn’t afraid to be her own woman and to show the world how she’ll conquer it without compromising who she is or what she wants. Overall, this is the book I didn’t know I wanted this year.