Published by Berkley
Published: December 1, 2020
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One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.
When her flailing department lands on the university's chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.
Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.
Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she's finally living again.
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Literally about a week before the world changed and we all started living in this weird, surreal reality I heard about a book, How to Fail at Flirting. I read the description and added it to my TBR. It sounds like the kind of romance book that was 100% me. Well I am happy to report that it completely blew away my expectations. It was just magical and perfect and one of my favorite reads of 2020.
How to Fail at Flirting is about Naya Turner. Naya is in a rut. She has been living her life by a checklist and it has gotten her no where fast in her personal life. Sure she loves her job and has worked hard to get where she is, but there is more to life. When she finds out the job she loves is in possible jeopardy her friends convince her to work on a different check list, one that will get her out of her romantic rut and leads her right into the arms of Jake, the unexpected stranger she meets at a bar. Soon Naya is not only fighting for her job but for a connection she didn’t expect. Unfortunately they are tied into each other which is a complication Naya and Jake never saw coming.
There is so much I loved about How to Fail at Flirting. First and foremost, Naya and Jake were the perfect match. They had the best banter and their chemistry was off the charts. They were also there for each other. Where they perfect people? Not even close. They both have their flaws and walls up and secrets, but they are also there for each other when they need to be. They open up when they are ready and don’t push one another. I also really liked how Naya’s relationship with her ex was handled. It wasn’t a good one. It wasn’t healthy and could be a trigger warning for some, but the end result felt truthful and honest. All of that together is what made this book a special read .
Seriously, I love reading a debut from an author. I love reading their first published words and getting to go on a journey they have worked extremely hard for. I love getting to know their characters and their writing style and how they use both to tell a story. But all of that is only part of the reason I fell in love with How to Fail at Flirting. In the end I fell in love with the vibe and the whole package and I think you will too. Definitely not fail at reading this one.