Talking Books | You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Friday, July 31, 2020

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To Be Published: August 4, 2020
Series: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: BN | Amazon | Publisher
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This truly was an easy story to enjoy. The characters, the settings and the dive into Latinx communities and culture was wonderful.

Both Jasmine Lin and Ashton Suarez have something to protect when they both decide to take on the new project, Carmen in Charge; a new American Telenovela show. For Jasmine, it's her reputation and for Ashton, it's his son.

After a messy break-up, Jasmine needs to make her career first choice. After working in Spanish speaking Telenovelas for years, Ashton needs or more, he wants to break out into American media. Can they make it happen? Well, you'll have to read the book to see.....

BUT, I will tell you what I liked so much about You Had Me At Hola
  • I liked the smooth transitions between our actual romance story and the show that Jasmine and Ashton were working on. Alexis Daria did a fantastic job of keeping the flow between our actual characters and the characters they played on their show.
  • The interactions between Jasmine and Ashton were easy and I liked the banter between them. On and off set. Outside some major lack of communication which I attributed to both their own respective issues, they got along well as co-characters and their romance wasn’t all stress filled and combative. The author made them both very easy to like.
  • I loved, loved the interactions of both Jasmine and Ashton with their families. I love to see when Black and POC authors write about families. It's so familiar and it feels good to see more stories include family dynamics that make you want to pull up a chair and enjoy whatever they're eating...or drinking.
At the end of it all, You Had Me At Hola is a great read. The author tackles some serious issues that plague Latinx communities but it didn’t override our romance. The romance is slightly angst-y but still fun and with the addition of our characters working on a TV show, the drama was a needed necessity. 

I say add this book to your TBR list with a quickness, by the time you're will like me, have a big ol goofy smile on your face. Definitely one of my favorite reads for 2020.

*Thank you so much to the publisher/author for the opportunity to read/review. 

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