Review: You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Featured photo by Jon Tyson | Retrieved from Unsplash

WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!

This book was gifted to me by one of my Bookstagram friends as a congratulations for being offered a job! I received it during Hispanic Heritage Month, so naturally You Had Me At Hola PLUS A Lot Like Adios (both by Alexis Daria) went to the top of my TBR during the month!

The Synopsis:

“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.”

Read This If You Love…

  • Latinx characters
  • Soap opera vibes
  • Steamy sex scenes

Ashton couldn’t take his eyes off her. She shone like the brightest star in the sky, commanding the heart and imagination. Everything else paled in comparison to her radiance.

My Review

I enjoyed this soap opera style, bilingual romance… however, I personally believe that it was very bland and sort of unoriginal. It’s a typical “girl goes through nasty breakup, says she’s going to focus on herself, and then fails” combined with “boy has mysterious secret that he is hiding from his romantic interest” combined with a slight enemies to lovers trope. 

Maybe not exactly enemie to lovers, but definitely not friends to lovers!

Does Jasmine find out Ashton’s secret? What do you think?

I felt that the story dragged on in some parts and I could skip a few pages to learn that I really did not miss out on much of the storyline.

Still, I give it three out of five paws because I liked the romance that grew between Jasmine and Ashton, the parts about the importance of consent in sexual situations, and the Latinx representation in this book!

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