You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
RITA ® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.
Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers.
After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.
Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy.
After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had.
Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars.
With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.
I admit that I don’t read a lot of adult romance, but I just had to pick this one up at Target the week it came out. I’m really glad I did.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. Romance and sex? Yes. But I got a lot more. It’s pretty impossible not to fall in love with Jasmine. I really adored Ashton even though he made me crazy at times. I kind of related to both of them though. Jasmine was beautiful and successful, but she really just wanted to be loved. She trusted too quickly and was hurt a lot. Ashton kept his private life a secret. He was afraid to get close to anyone and was in his head too much. Their chemistry was great though and I loved the slow lead up to them being together. There were some hot and steamy sex scenes, but it was less than I expected. I really have no clue with romance.
The diversity in the book was great and I loved the chapters with scenes from the show. The families really made the story perfect. I loved the Spanish throughout the book and the talk of traditions. Really, this was just a fun book to read and I’ll definitely add more adult romance to my TBR soon.
I gave this book 4 stars.
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