How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak

by Kristin Rockaway

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Overview

Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.
By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers--"Hatchlings"--who can't even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehavingdudes she's matched with on the ubiquitous dating app, Fluttr.
But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It's called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight.
Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez--the only non-douchey guy at Hatch--has no idea she's the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.

Kristin Rockawayis a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781525834257
Publisher: Graydon House Books
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 111,523
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.

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CHAPTER 1

Never trust anything you read on the internet.

It's sound advice. I'd read it somewhere, possibly on the internet, but I'd never really taken it seriously until the night Brandon, 26, from Brooklyn stood me up.

According to his bio, Brandon was a "thrill seeker who lived for the moment and loved with abandon," which should've been my first clue that he was full of shit.

As I sat alone at the bar, staring at the bottom of my empty cocktail glass, I cursed myself for agreeing to this date in the first place. Normally, I'd never waste a Friday night meeting some random guy I matched with on the internet. First dates were reserved for Tuesday or Wednesday nights only, when there was almost always nothing better going on. But when Brandon's beautiful bearded face slid across my screen asking me to join him for a drink at a bar in the Financial District, I thought there'd be no harm in making an exception to my rule.

That was a rookie mistake.

I tapped my phone and stared at the screen. It was 6:18. The last message I'd received from Brandon was at 4:37: meet u @ the barley house @ 6.

Maybe he was just running late. I messaged him back: Are we still on for tonight? then waited in vain for a response.

"Another vodka soda?" The bartender whisked my glass away and wiped down the lacquered wood countertop. I had a choice: I could escape now with my dignity and go find Whitney, who was likely tearing it up somewhere on the Lower East Side. Or I could give Brandon from Brooklyn the benefit of the doubt, and nurse another drink while I waited for him to arrive. I swiped through his profile photos and felt giddy at the sight of his pouty lips and deep-set eyes.

"Sure, I'll have another." Yeah, he was probably just running late. After all, this was New York. There were a million obstacles that could be preventing him from getting here on time: train malfunctions, traffic snarls, police investigations shutting down major thoroughfares. I needed to stop being so cynical.

Still, Whitney's words echoed in my head: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. So I fired up the Fluttr app and checked to see if there were any potential love interests in the immediate vicinity.

Fluttr was the dating app of choice these days. There wasn't anything particularly special about it — it worked just like every other dating app I'd ever used: post a couple of not-terrible photos. Enter your name, age, and location. Then swipe through a seemingly infinite pool of available men. A left swipe meant no, a right swipe meant yes, and if you swiped right on a guy who swiped right on you, you could message each other through the app. Simple, straightforward, and not at all original, but for some reason, it was hugely popular.

There were more people signed up for Fluttr than any other dating app in the city.

So far, I hadn't had much luck with it. Most of my matches led to disappointing first dates, endless go-nowhere in-app messaging, or the occasional unsolicited dick pic. But with so many guys to choose from, I was sure Mr. Right was only one swipe away.

"Here you go." The bartender set my drink down on a fresh cocktail napkin. The first sip made my head swim. Time to get to swiping.

Bachelor number one was shirtless. Swipe left.

Bachelor number two was slamming a beer bong. Swipe left.

Bachelor number three was sandwiched between two bikini-clad women. Swipe left.

Finally, hope appeared in the form of Joe, 25, from Murray Hill. Hazel eyes, thick black hair, and the perfect amount of five o'clock shadow. No booze or half-naked babes to be seen. And he was wearing a sweater. Swipe right.

Digital confetti rained down from the top of my screen. Fluttr proclaimed: It's a match!

"Melanie?"

Aha! My patience and faith were rewarded. I quickly switched off my phone and swiveled toward the sound of his voice. But the guy slipping onto the barstool beside me wasn't Brandon from Brooklyn. It was Alex Hernandez, the new guy at my office, and a fine specimen of manhood.

"Hi." The word tripped over my vocal chords. I was surprised he even remembered my name. A few weeks earlier, we'd received the briefest of introductions during his orientation tour of the building, but we hadn't spoken since.

He'd left a big impression, though. In an office full of bedraggled computer nerds, Alex's sense of style was an anomaly: hair perfectly mussed, jeans perfectly cuffed, button-down shirt perfectly fitted to his lean, solid torso. I'd wanted to see him again, but there was never a good excuse for me to swing by his cubicle, no good reason for us to strike up an idle chat. If I'd known he hung out at The Barley House, though, I probably would've started coming here sooner.

"Mind if I sit here?" he asked.

"Of course not."

He slung his laptop bag along the back of the barstool and slid into the seat. I fussed with my earring, struggling to act casual. It was difficult, given the fact that Alex Hernandez was mere inches away from me. He smelled like leather and cloves. I bet his skin was warm to the touch.

"How's the help desk been treating you?"

Alex was, of course, referring to my role at Hatch. If any employee had a problem with their personal computer — a broken mouse, an outdated version of Word, a virus they'd accidentally downloaded from an infected website — I was the gal to solve it.

"The usual," I said. "Fine. Busy. Nothing exciting."

"Cool. So, what are you doing here all alone?"

"I'm not alone." Of course, I was obviously alone, but I didn't want Alex thinking I was some loser who hung out in bars by myself on Friday nights. Then I remembered why I was really there: to meet a guy from Fluttr, who was most likely in the process of standing me up. "I'm meeting someone. Maybe."

"Maybe?"

Here was another rookie mistake: arranging an internet date within walking distance of my office building. I worked on Water Street, right at South Street Seaport, so most of my coworkers grabbed their happy hour drinks at bars along those cobblestone streets surrounding Pier 17. The Barley House was farther west, closer to the Stock Exchange, tucked away in a hidden corner of Maiden Lane, so I figured it was a safe zone. I thought I'd disappear into a sea of off-duty traders celebrating the end of their workweek. I didn't realize the place would be half-empty, or that my secret office crush would roll in and sit down next to me.

Rather than risk embarrassing myself with a truthful answer to Alex's question, I deflected. "Is this bar some hush-hush Hatch hangout I've never heard about?" "Nah, no one ever comes here except for me. I live down the block, I'm here all the time. And after the day I've had, I need a stiff drink." He flagged down the bartender and ordered a Maker's Mark on the rocks, then turned to me and asked, "Do you need another one?"

"No, thanks." This second vodka soda was already going straight to my head. I doubt I'd be able to finish it. "Why was your day so bad?"

He let out an exasperated groan. "A deployment went totally bonkers. I had to code a last-minute bug fix, but then that introduced another bug." The bartender delivered his whiskey and Alex paused to take an urgent gulp. "I finally got it all sorted out, but by then everyone was pissed."

"That sucks."

"No kidding." He ran a hand through his thick, dark curls. "And it didn't help that Greg dumped a giant cup of coffee all over his brand-new laptop."

"Yeah. That thing was toast."

The coffee incident had taken up most of my morning, actually. Greg had strolled into my cubicle, slack-jawed, holding his four-thousand-dollar laptop by the corner of its cracked screen. "Uh ... I spilled," he said, as if it wasn't obvious from the liquid oozing out from under the keys and dripping onto the carpet.

"What's up with the broken screen?" I asked, gently taking the computer from his hands and placing it on my desk.

"Uh ... I dropped it."

For a man who was supposed to be the brains behind a burgeoning business, Greg didn't seem particularly bright. Or motivated, for that matter.

"Give me a few hours," I'd said. "I can try to salvage the hard drive and set you up with a new machine."

"Uh-huh." He was already engrossed in his phone, scrolling through something that looked like a Reddit thread. "Just text me when it's done. I'll be ... out." And he tripped over my cubicle wall as he walked away.

The whole thing was laughable, honestly. That a man like Greg could secure hundreds of thousands of investor dollars without knowing much of anything or doing any work. But when I saw the anguish on Alex's face, I swallowed my snicker. Of course it wasn't funny to him.

See, even though Alex and I worked in the same office, we had wildly different jobs. I worked for Hatch, a start-up incubator that provided seed funding and temporary office space for app developers with big ideas, also known as Hatchlings. I supported the Hatchlings in their day-to-day activities, and as a full-time employee, I enjoyed a regular salary, two weeks of paid vacation, and a phenomenal dental plan.

Alex, on the other hand, was one of those app developers with the big ideas and Greg was his partner. They were a few weeks into their three-month incubation period, which meant they had only a short amount of time left to perfect their app. At the end of their stint, they'd show off their final project to big-time investors from venture capital firms all over the country. If their demo was a failure, that'd be the end of it. They'd be shooed out of Hatch and would have to start over somewhere else, doing something new. But I'd still be there, collecting my paycheck, replacing busted laptops for a whole new cohort of wannabe start-up founders.

"How are things going with your project?" I asked. "What's the name of your app again? Sorry, I should probably know this."

He waved away my apology. "There are like two dozen start-ups at Hatch right now. I don't blame you for not keeping track. We're Fizz."

"Fizz. And ... what does it do?"

"It's a ride-sharing app."

"That's cool." Even if not totally original.

"It's all right." He shrugged and took a long sip of bourbon. "To be honest, it's not going so well."

"Oh. I'm sorry."

"It's okay. Even if we fail, being at Hatch is still a foot in the door. A way to make contacts in the start-up community. I'm only twenty-six, there'll be plenty of other opportunities." He frowned slightly, like he was having a hard time convincing himself that failure was an option. "I mean, that's probably why you're working the help desk, right? As a stepping-stone."

"Right." Except not really. I was working at Hatch because they were the first company to offer me a job after graduation, and I didn't want to look a paycheck horse in the mouth. Not when I was drowning in student loans. Plus, rent in New York City wasn't exactly affordable. I wasn't worried about planning my career path; I was worried about how to pay my bills.

Of course, I'd started at Hatch four years ago. Now, I was the same age as Alex, in the same position as when I first left college, with no goals or dreams beyond my current dead-end job.

Sometimes I thought it'd be nice to be the person with the vision, as opposed to the person who fixed the broken laptops of the visionaries. But it's not like I had any brilliant ideas worth pursuing. So working the help desk was where I had to be.

"So," he said, "where's this someone you're maybe meeting?"

I glanced at my phone, tapping the screen as if I expected to see something there. "I'm not sure."

"Well, I'm glad I ran into you."

My mouth curled into an involuntary smile. "Really?"

"Yeah." He returned the grin. "You know, we only spoke that once and it was so quick. I kept meaning to stop by your desk and say hi, but I could never find a good excuse. Maybe we can grab lunch next week? If you're free."

"Of course." I had to fight to keep myself from squealing. Alex Hernandez was flirting with me. I mean, that's what was happening, right? After a vodka soda and a half, it was hard to tell. The booze might've been playing tricks on my ego. I could be blowing our banter out of proportion.

Still, he didn't break my gaze, even as he brought the bourbon to his lips and took a long, drawn-out drink. He swallowed, licked his lips. My eyes dropped to the movement of his tongue. He was flirting with me, no doubt about it.

Perhaps getting stood up was a blessing in disguise. In fact, I was glad Brandon from Brooklyn never showed his face. Because Alex was here, in the flesh. That was way better than a virtual Fluttr match.

Just as I started fantasizing about how the rest of our evening would unfold — a candlelit dinner, a romantic stroll by the waterfront, a sexually charged taxi ride back to his place — a nasal voice called his name from across the bar. Instantly, he straightened. I turned and spotted a leggy brunette stalking toward us. Or, rather, toward Alex.

"Hi!" She planted a kiss in the corner of his mouth, leaving behind a smear of berry lipstick.

"Hi." Alex looked sheepish. Of course he did. He was flirting with his coworker behind his girlfriend's back. Asshole.

He wiped the lipstick away with his fingertips. "Jenny, this is Melanie. We work together. Melanie, this is Jenny."

She smiled politely and shook my hand. "Hello."

"Hi."

Jenny slipped onto the stool on the other side of Alex, who was downing the rest of his Maker's Mark with closed eyes. She looked past him, at me, a polite yet cold smile on her berry-painted lips. This was probably my cue to leave.

I tapped my phone. It was 6:42. Safe to say Brandon from Brooklyn was officially a no-show. Asshole.

"Can I grab the check, please?" I waved my arm like a madwoman, trying to flag down the bartender, then texted Whitney: Where are you?

Meanwhile, Alex whispered something and Jenny giggled maniacally. The bartender delivered my bill and I slapped down my credit card, pretending not to overhear what was surely foreplay.

God, I was an idiot.

My phone lit up with Whitney's reply: Date's over already? Must've been bad. We're at Verlaine. Come!!!

I replied OMW and signed the bill. The feet of the barstool scraped against the slate floor as I slid off my seat. Alex turned his head at the sound. "Are you outta here?" he said, looking somewhat surprised.

"Yup." Unable to meet his eyes, I met Jenny's instead. "It was lovely to meet you, Jenny."

Her smile softened. "You, too."

I'd made it halfway to the door when Alex called out, "See you Monday, Melanie." Too mortified to form a proper response, I waved half-heartedly over my shoulder and fled the scene, all the while thinking, I am never using Fluttr again.

CHAPTER 2

I spotted them as soon as I walked through the front door of Verlaine. They were huddled together on one end of the large plush sectional that lined the back of the bar. Lia was talking, and from the wistful smile on her face, it was probably something to do with her new boyfriend, Jay. Dani sat on one side of her, leaning forward with her elbows on her thighs and listening intently. Whitney sat on the other side, her gaze wandering around the room in search of something more interesting. When she caught sight of me, she thrust her bangle-covered arm in the air.

"Mel!" Her voice rose above the chatter and music. Dani and Lia looked up and I weaved through the crowd toward them.

"Hey." I squeezed in next to Whit, accidentally bumping a guy sitting beside her. "Sorry," I said.

"No problem," he replied. From the glassy sheen to his eyes, he'd clearly taken full advantage of the happy hour specials. "You can bump me anytime, baby."

Gross.

I angled my body away from him and toward the girls. "What's going on?" "Lia was just telling us about her upcoming Mexican adventure," Dani said.

"Mexico? Wow."

"Cabo," Lia said. "Jay is taking me to this super exclusive resort right on the beach."

Of course he was. Jay was always showering her with thoughtful, expensive treats. Dinners at trendy restaurants. Orchestra seats at Broadway shows that had been sold out for months. Jewelry worth more than a semester of college tuition. A luxury vacation was the next logical step.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't the teensiest bit jealous. After spending years dating loser after loser, it was hard not to see the blissed-out look on Lia's face and think: Why not me? But her relationship gave me hope, too. A mere two and a half months ago, Lia right-swiped Jay on Fluttr. Now, they were bound for a Mexican beach. If it worked for her, it could work for me. Surely, there was at least one other decent man to be found on that app. Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to give up on it.

(Continues…)


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PlotTwistBookReviews 25 days ago
I highly recommend “How to Hack a Heartbreak” for anyone looking for a fun, easy read with lots of laughs, tons of girl power, and a helping of dating angst and missteps in the modern world. In the upsurge of tech-themed romances, “How to Hack a Heartbreak” by Kristin Rockaway is a standout. This book is a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced, engaging story of women’s empowerment in the male-dominated tech field (first) and finding love in the digital age (second). More, this story celebrates strong female friendships and the essential support they provide. Mel and her friends are absolutely amazing, and I could easily relate to all of them. I would love to see Mel’s friends each get a book of their own. Mel Strickland is my kind of protagonist. She’s funny, smart, independent, and tenacious as hell. We watch her go from taking loads of crap daily at work, and being frustrated by corporate’s non-harassment policy lip service, to finally taking a stand and doing something about it. This extends to Mel’s personal life as well when she takes a stand against badly behaving men in the world of online dating apps. I loved watching Mel come into her own kick-ass self in the male-dominated tech field, as well as trying to create a safe experience online for people to connect and find love. That said, Mel is also flawed, and she’s self-aware enough to know it. Her inner dialogue of self doubt and second-guessing is authentic, albeit sometimes frustrating. I appreciated how she recognized her mistakes and owned up to them- especially in her relationship with Alex. I liked Alex a lot, and felt for him when Mel was sabotaging their relationship. I would have liked to see him play an even bigger role in this story. Mel’s and Alex’s romance is more sweet and heartwarming than steamy and sexy, though satisfying nonetheless. ****Thank you to the author, Graydon House Books and NetGalley for this ARC which was received in exchange for my honest review****
xxjenadanxx 7 days ago
I really enjoyed the strong female relationships portrayed in this book, they were almost reminiscent of Sex and the City, but less catty and with more girl power. I also appreciated the realism of how terribly she was treated in her work place, as a woman in a traditionally male career. I think a lot of women are going to love this book because of how relatable it is. It is also just a super fun concept for an app, and actually not longer after finishing this book a friend of mine posted on FB the need for something similar! I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
taramichelle 8 days ago
How to Hack a Heartback was a mixed bag for me. I loved how Rockaway portrayed female friendships, the joys/hazards of living with a roommate, and how a company culture can turn toxic. There were some wonderful sections about promoting diversity and the value of teamwork. Plus the commentary on online dating was sometimes spot-on. However, this was a remarkably negative book. Melanie herself felt very realistic but didn't really work for me as a narrator. I found myself skimming towards the end because of how negative and judgmental she was. She also never really accepted responsibility for her actions or mistakes. Plus the ending felt really rushed and there wasn't really a foundation laid for some of the things that happened. I think many readers will enjoy How to Hack a Heartback! Unfortunately, this one wasn't quite for me, although I did like parts of it. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
FadedPages 11 days ago
3.5/5 stars *Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin and Graydon House for allowing me the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thought this was a sweet quick read, techy filled, modern day romance in the workplace tale! Synopsis After several horrible incidents with men in real life, Mel is officially over jerks. It's not enough that she has to deal with the frat boy programmer environment while working at a start-up company's help desk, but now she's seeing the worst that modern dating has to offer on the popular dating app Fluttr. In an act of frustration, she creates JerkAlert - a site that allows women to log and vent about their horrible experiences with men on Fluttr. The only real light in this dreary tunnel is her new office love interest Alex who appears to be genuinely a good guy and works in one of the start-ups at her job. When JerkAlert becomes an overnight hit and things start to fall apart in Mel's life, she starts to question what she's doing with her life and whether to tell the truth to Alex. World Building I really liked that this story was full of techy characters while being told in the modern workplace and dating environment. The workplace environment felt almost uncomfortably real which just goes to show you how realistic the author made it. There were definitely more serious tones in the beginning describing the work environment with customers that felt so real it gave me flashbacks of my own previous experience at a dead end job! Characters I liked Mel's character overall, but it was not easy. Her attitude was very much a product of her horrible work and dating environment. She had a tendency to be doubtful and negative especially when it came to people/friends around her that didn't deserve it. However, I believe she worked through most of it by the end of the book so it resolved itself and it showed a bit of character progression. The only main complaint I had were the unbelievable mistakes that an actual techy would never do. I understand a specific thing needed to be there for the sake of the plot, but I saw it coming a mile away (I might have yelled at the book while she was doing it honestly). I enjoyed reading about Alex's character. Mel's friends, Alex and the dating moments were honestly the best parts of the story and the only rays of sunshine in the book. Although, I didn't feel as connected to Alex as I should have been. The story did focus a bit much on Mel's work environment and other aspects of her life so there wasn't a lot of time to explore more depths of Alex's character. I feel like we only saw him working and never truly got to know him other than bits and pieces. The chemistry between Alex and Mel was sweet, light and truly missed when it wasn't on the page! I'd also say that romance scenes were sweet and non-steamy, but more in the tradition of fade to black rom-coms. Pacing & Points of View The overall pacing of this book was average and told entirely from Mel's point of view. I would've liked to see Alex's point of view, but since they worked at the same place, I could see how that might have been overkill. Overall Overall, I liked this story and how it ended for the characters. It was definitely a story that focused on Mel's life including self discovery and the light romance. I would definitely recommend this book for the overall modern workplace romance it is and if anyone is looking for a lighter romance
LaLaLoverofBooks 12 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a very modern story that is relevant and interesting. The story is about a girl (Melanie, “ Mel”) who is an excellent computer coder but is stuck in a position as a help desk technician. She’s also an avid online dater using the newest app Fluttr. As she tries to navigate her life and figure out what she wants to do next, she simultaneously creates her own website called JerkAlert and meets a guy named Alex who works at her the same company - sort of. The website goes viral and becomes a pretty big sensation overnight. And things with Alex heat up pretty quick – although it seems to be good to be true as Mel’s been burned before and so she treads cautiously and then all at once dives in and surfaces as a paranoid diva of a girlfriend – but she can’t help it, the information that her new website holds on Alex is fueling her paranoia. This book is fun and funny. The characters are relatable and real and you feel as if you know them. Mel has a great group of girlfriends who join her adventure and have a few of their own. Alex seems to be a dreamboat! Overall, the book makes fun of society as we know it with all the online dating, dreadful unsolicited pics that get sent, the hipster vibe, and the roller-coaster of the tech world where the newest app is only new for a short time. I highly recommend this lighthearted book if you’re looking for something modern, funny and sweet! #GreatSummerRead
Queenbethanny 13 days ago
What a GREAT book! The back cover blurb does not do it justice. Mel had be laughing with her, crying with her but most of all, inspired by her. #GETOFFTHEINTERNET - You will understand once you read the book.
simplyannehere 14 days ago
How to Hack a Heartbreak By Kristin Rockaway Truthfully my genre is Christian romance, but this book had a catchy title so I gave it a try. I think that it was an easy, enjoyable read. I didn't think the language and sex were necessary but it was easily read over. There was a feminism empowerment message throughout as the main character is driven to prove herself as a woman in the computer and coding world. It was not a bad book, just not for me. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I've shared here. For other reviews visit: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
Momma_Becky 14 days ago
I went into How to Hack a Heartbreak expecting a romantic comedy, or at the very least, something poking a bit of fun at online dating. I suppose in the latter, it does do that with its focus on nearly everything negative in dating apps. Fortunately, I couldn't say how accurate that focus is as I was married before those apps took dating by storm, but I can imagine that there is a fair bit of negative to poke fun at. Despite a couple of chuckle-worthy tidbits, this book clearly missed the mark for me. That could be because I prefer strong women, but I didn't care for Mel from the beginning, and she didn't do much to change that as the story progressed. That said, Mel wasn't the only part of this book that rubbed me the wrong way. Other than our weak leading lady, the characters lack enough development to really form much of an opinion of them. Her friends have some potential and do provide some comic relief, but they fit the cookie cutter group of friends that have been done and done again. We have the brain, the cynic, and the one in a committed relationship, and then there's the material girl roommate. While they do live up to those labels, I didn't know much more about them. As far as Mel's love interest, Alex, that's pretty much it. Alex is the love interest. He apologizes a lot, and he's the only nice guy at work. That's pretty much the whole of Alex. They obviously have sexual chemistry since they fall into bed a couple of times, but I didn't get a romantic vibe from either Mel or Alex. There is some telling the reader since they say they like each other and they do have a couple of meals together, but Mel is so paranoid over every action that her fears become the focus. Finally, there's Mel's job. Yes, I know that sexual harassment in the workplace happens. It happens much more often than it should, and it is a serious topic. However, I find it hard to believe that there is only one nice guy in a whole company of men. Granted, it's a small company, but really? Mel isn't just a victim at work, she's an enabler when she repeatedly takes it, and her attempts at vindication are weak and pitiful. I completely understand the need to keep a job when there are bills to pay, and Mel may very well have been the 'whipping boy' even twenty years ago, but this just goes way over the top. Finally, there's Mel's app, which may be amusing and in theory would be a good idea. What it turns into is just one more way to be negative online and one more thing for Mel to be paranoid about. I realize that my feelings about How to Hack a Heartbreak are in the minority, but it is what it is. For me, this was one eye-roll inducing story that took much too long to get through.
AFerri 25 days ago
This is a well written book that the younger crowd will love. It was an ok read, but I'm from a much older group and couldn't get into all the apps and stuff. It does have some funny parts in it. Even though it wasn't for me, I know the younger women will love it. Don't let my review stop you from giving this book a try. Thank you HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada) via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
teachlz 25 days ago
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "How to Hack a Heartbreak" by Kristin Rockaway. Graydon Books, July 30, 2019 Kristin Rockaway, Author of "Hot to Hack a Heartbreak" has written a different, witty, entertaining and intriguing novel. The Genres for this Novel are Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Fiction, and Romance. There is a touch of satire as well. The timeline for this story is in the present. The author describes the characters as complex, complicated, quirky, intelligent, dysfunctional, and flawed. Mel Strickland has been working at a computer startup company called "Hatch" basically helping to fix the computers for the last few years. Most of the workers are male, and there is a fraternity feel or brotherhood expression to this workplace. Most of the men are "hatching " up apps and ideas for programming. Mel, being one of the few women working there gets plenty of attitude from the men. What some of the men don't realize is that Mel is an intelligent woman and very capable in the workplace.  Mel is fortunate to have some really loyal girlfriends that give her emotional support. It seems Mel has had to resort to using "Fluttr" a dating app, where you swipe with your finger who you might be compatible with. She is at a bar waiting for her latest" Fluttr" date when she sees one of the male workers. The "Fluttr "date never shows. After being disgusted with dating apps, Mel uses her own coding skills to launch her own app "JerkAlert" for mostly women to vent and share their experiences. This becomes an overnight success and sets Mel off to an adventure she never expected. Mel is going to have to make some very important decisions and choices. I love the way the author discusses the importance of friendship, loyalty, love, and hope. I would recommend this entertaining novel.
Fictionalluv 26 days ago
How does an intelligent woman in the Tech industry keep the smarmy male co-workers at bay, all while navigating the online jungles looking for a perfect match? Mel fights data with data, of course! Swiping right and left has left her, down in the dumps- her egocentric male co-workers treat her like she's not worthy of the position she has- so she takes matters into her own hands, showing them all who's boss! Coding her way into a scandal, praise, guilt, and much more than she bargained for.. a meme of her trending will be the least of her issues! Love, laughter, crazy antics, and a slice of can you imagine(?!) run throughout the many layers of this sweet, sexy storyline! With characters I loved, some I thoroughly hated, and some that grew on me the farther along it went- an all-around fantastic read that I couldn't help but finish in one day! A first-time reader of Kirstin Rockway, will not be the last! I highly suggest checking this fun Rom-Com out for yourself! Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin-Graydon House Books for the Advanced Copy of this book
4GranJan 26 days ago
Millennials Might Enjoy This This book contains significant swearing and vulgar situations. This is not the kind of book that I enjoy. I struggled to read the first half and then gave up on it. I didn't find any humor in it. However, it was well written and many readers will enjoy it. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Kaceeey 26 days ago
Once again I find myself smiling wide through another fun rom-com! This genre is quickly becoming one of my favorites! They rarely disappoint, I’m always entertained, and they leave me feeling satiated at the end. What more could you ask from a book?! Like many of today’s women, Mel Strickland is fed up with the quagmire of online dating. Her dates are no shows...she is ghosted, or worse. She continually receives unsolicited pics of certain anatomical regions. Gee, thanks gentlemen – how romantic. Enough is enough. Time to develop her own online app to weed out those creeps that are not truly looking for love! She’s about to go head to head against the big boys at the start up company Hatch. A thoroughly adorable and heartwarming book about searching for love in a digital world. It reminds us that maybe love isn’t just a swipe away, but perhaps standing right in front of you. Or, maybe even in the next cubicle over. A story with some sage insight. Perhaps it’s time to open our eyes and reconnect with the world! We may be missing “the one” as our noses are face-down in our phones and our fingers are busy swiping left....or even right! Another endearing rom-com buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley Harlequin Graydon House and Kristin Rockaway for an ARC to read and review
tsmb02 26 days ago
Mel Strickland has a computer science degree but is stuck working at the help desk at Hatch, a start up company that helps young coding designers acquire funding to develop their computer project. Mel is smarter than most of the "Hatchlings" trying to code, but in a male dominated field, she finds she is getting no where. After a few horrible dates using the app Fluttr, Mel decides to develop her own app....JerkAlert....which will work with Fluttr to warn other females of any guys on Fluttr that turn out to be jerks. Overnight her app goes viral. Mel finally meets a decent guy, one of the Hatchlings, Alex Hernandez, and they are getting along great until she decides to look him up on JerkAlert. Let's just say that this is going to blow everything up in Mel's world. Just when she thinks life couldn't get any better, her entire world caves in. It will take a huge leap of faith for Mel to find her happy ending with Alex but it ends up being worth it in the end. I really enjoyed Mel. Being a computer programmer I could relate to a lot of what she went through. It was nice seeing a female portrayed as a smart programmer. I also really liked Alex. He was just a sweet, honest guy and he was perfect for Mel!
Avid_Reader_LB4 27 days ago
Melanie has a bone to pick and the skills to send her gripe viral! What a refreshingly original plot, an endearing heroine and a super story of women winning the fight against a male-dominated industry and men behaving badly on the app dating scene. Although I felt heroine Melanie's frustration and disgust at the tech broworld that could not accept her capability because of her gender, that connection with her is what made this a fantastic read! She's a great character, with some hang-ups about men like her father who let her down, but her foibles and insecurities made her so real and appealing. Rockaway's tale celebrates friendships as well as romance, though Melanie's road to romance is a rocky one. I never felt that the conclusion was a done deal; in fact, the author includes plenty of twists for both the love and work sides of the plot. It totally kept me glued to the story and I was sad to reach the last page! I read a complimentary advance copy of the book provided through NetGalley; this is my voluntary and honest review.
kandksmom5912 27 days ago
3.5/5 stars It was a fun rom-com story. It was the first book that I have read from this author. This story was not only about romantic relationships but dynamics of her female friendships. If you have ever dated using an app, then you will know where the characters are coming from. Would I read it again, probably not but I will check out more from the author.
Cat_Reader 28 days ago
In the predominantly male environment, a girl needs to discover her strength and fight for her potential. Melanie preferred the peace of mind of a well-paid job rather than taking a risk in the world of software creation, but in annoying herself with so many frustrated and uncompromising dates with ends in disaster for both her and her friends, she decided to create a way to warn other women about men. She suffers from both the guys at work and on dates that ends up having serious trust issues and when the cute Alex approaches her, she really doesn't know if she can trust him or not. I really liked the way the writer deals with the theme of sexism in the workplace especially in the subject area of the book. Computing. The resolution of the conflict point was also quite creative and exciting. I loved the cover and the choice of title.
Cat_Reader 28 days ago
In the predominantly male environment, a girl needs to discover her strength and fight for her potential. Melanie preferred the peace of mind of a well-paid job rather than taking a risk in the world of software creation, but in annoying herself with so many frustrated and uncompromising dates with ends in disaster for both her and her friends, she decided to create a way to warn other women about men. She suffers from both the guys at work and on dates that ends up having serious trust issues and when the cute Alex approaches her, she really doesn't know if she can trust him or not. I really liked the way the writer deals with the theme of sexism in the workplace especially in the subject area of the book. Computing. The resolution of the conflict point was also quite creative and exciting. I loved the cover and the choice of title.
Cat_Reader 28 days ago
In the predominantly male environment, a girl needs to discover her strength and fight for her potential. Melanie preferred the peace of mind of a well-paid job rather than taking a risk in the world of software creation, but in annoying herself with so many frustrated and uncompromising dates with ends in disaster for both her and her friends, she decided to create a way to warn other women about men. She suffers from both the guys at work and on dates that ends up having serious trust issues and when the cute Alex approaches her, she really doesn't know if she can trust him or not. I really liked the way the writer deals with the theme of sexism in the workplace especially in the subject area of the book. Computing. The resolution of the conflict point was also quite creative and exciting. I loved the cover and the choice of title.