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Book Review: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

Publication Date: December 1st 2020


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. Read More.


My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I usually have a process when it comes to buying books. First they sit on my Goodreads shelf for a while, then I add them to my Wishlist and then maybe, just maybe I’ll add them to my cart and actually buy them. But sometimes I go completely off script and buy a book just because and that’s what happened here. After seeing How to Fail at Flirting a few times in various videos and blogs and being mildly interested I took it as a sign from the universe when the e-book was on sale and picked it up and started reading more or less straight away and I’m really glad I did!

How to Fail at Flirting follows Naya, a professor, who has a list of things she needs to do in order to get a life outside of work. On that list is “flirting and getting a guy to buy me a drink at a bar” which she manages to tick off pretty quickly when she strikes up a conversation with Jake. What’s meant to be a one night thing turns into much more.

The romance in this was the sweetest thing. I loved how any conflict was easily resolved with a conversation and didn’t drag on for extended periods of time. I also loved how dorky both Naya and Jake were with each other. The puns and the running jokes never failed to make me smile.

While this book is so sweet it could give you a cavity, it does also focus on more serious topics such as domestic abuse. Naya was in a past abusive relationship and even all these years later that is still effecting her, especially when her ex starts showing up in her life at work again. I thought this topic was handled really well, but please be aware of this before picking it up.

Overall I don’t really know where I lie with my rating but rounding it up to a four feels right, simply based off how much fun this book was and how much it made me smile. If you’re looking for something cute I recommend this. Also if you’ve recently read Get a Lie, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and are still wanting more I also recommend this because while I don’t think they should be compared, they’re both they’re own thing, I do see similarities and think you way enjoy this too!

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