You Had Me at Hola - Alexis Daria | Spoiler Free Book Review

I have been waiting for months for this book to be released! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and so many of my favourite authors had been raving about it and it got a lot of hype on bookstagram so I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. As a lover of rom-coms, I had high hopes! 


''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.''

My Review

If you loved Jane the Virgin, you are going to love this book! It took me a little while to get into it but I find that to be the case for me with a lot of books written in the third person as I usually read books written in the first person. This book had so much diverse representation in it and it made me so happy to read. I have highlighted a section on my Goodreads so you can see some of the representation included. There is also they/them rep as well as trans rep in the characters. 

Our main characters are in a new TV show and you get to see their chemistry off the screen as well as on-screen. There are a couple of chapters where you get glimpses of the TV show which I loved as it's like two books in one, if you read The Bromance Bookclub it's similar to that in that you get to read the book along with the guys. Speaking of the TV show, I loved how the team behind the show were getting consent from both Jasmine and Ashton for more intimate scenes. You get to meet Jasmine's big family and Ashton's small family in this had I really liked Jasmine's cousins! 

Ashton is a very closed off character and you get to see him start to open up to Jasmine as they grow closer and to the other cast on the show. He was closed off for a very good reason which you will know the basics of from the blurb. Jasmine is very quick to love and you can see how trusting she is of everyone. Let me just say, their romance was incredible, I didn't want the book to end. From about 45% into the book, you can really see how hard they are falling for each other and I was rooting for them! This book has some super steamy scenes which I am always a fan of in rom-coms! 

The conflict in romance can usually be predictable but I liked that in You Had Me at Hola it wasn't completely what I was expecting and Alexis makes us (the reader) work hard for that HEA. I gave this book five stars and Alexis replied to me on Twitter and said there will be another book in series following Michelle which I am SO excited for! This is one of the best books I have read this year so far.    

You can get the You Had Me at Hola ebook now and the paperback will be available next month. 



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