TITLE: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: September 18, 2020 by Penguin Audio
Format: Audiobook (9 Hours, 5 mins)
Narrator: January LaVoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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.
This story featured Naya, a woman who was learning to trust herself and feel safe again after being in an abusive relationship. If you’ve ever had a friend or known someone who is shedding that past and rising like a Phoenix, then you will connect with this story.
The Hero was everything you would want in a man. Jake was patient, sexy, funny and consistent. He was a hard worker but he really listened to Naya and affirmed her. I was cheering, smiling and just feeling so hopeful as I read this one. Denise Williams, whom I’ve never read before, did a great job telling this story. I enjoyed this book so much. I definitely recommend this book to all contemporary romance readers who believe there is light at the end of the tunnel.