I absolutely LOVED this book 🥰 How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams is an incredibly well written and powerful story that brings so much more to the table than your typical romance story/rom-com. Full of amazing characters and broaching heavy topics such as domestic violence, harassment and racism, this book will draw you in from the very beginning and will be difficult to put down.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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.
Going into this book, I wasn’t expecting it to be as intense as it was. That being said, Denise Williams does an incredible job at handling the heavy topics portrayed in this book and balancing them with moments of encouragement, support, steam, passion and healing. Everything about this story was realistic and nothing felt fluffy or “too good to be true.”
The characters in this story were complex, real, raw and hard not to fall in love with. I adored Naya and found her incredibly relatable on a personal level. She was the perfect female protagonist and I admire her strength, growth, and vulnerability. Jake is absolutely wonderful and I loved his goofy dad jokes, his pure love and adoration for Naya, their amazing chemistry and hilariously witty banter. Felicia and Aaron are amazing friends to Naya, whose fierce love and unwavering loyalty to her were undeniable. Aspects of Davis’s character were triggering to me on a personal level, and I found great admiration and strength in Naya’s ability to stand up to him and having the courage to break free of living in fear of him.
How to Fail at Flirting is such an important story and is one of my favorite books of 2020. It was exactly what I needed at this time and I definitely look forward to reading more books by this author. How to Fail at Flirting releases on December 1st and I highly recommend adding it to your TBR list 💛 Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley for gifting me this incredible eARC in exchange for my honest review.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is best paired with Neapolitan Complex by RAR Brewing. This deliciously smooth milkshake IPA has flavors of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla 🍻