The Right Swipe

The Right Swipe

by Alisha Rai


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The Right Swipe is everything you want in a Summer read: fun, clever, and so, so sexy.” — Popsugar

Alisha Rai returns with a sizzling new novel, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules: 

- Nude pics are by invitation only 

- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice 

- Protect your heart 

Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears. 

Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062878090
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 42,733
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances and her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit  

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The Right Swipe: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Complex characters given time to grow and work through issues on the page. Angst level reasonable for situation. Nice exploration of a #metoo story, as well as dangers of football. Great to see people of color in romance, which author does well.
gaele 3 months ago
Rhiannon is the CEO and founder (with her silent partner Katrina) in Crush, a dating app that allows the user to take control of the interactions: the type, the duration and even the contacts. Brilliant, jaded and with enough trust issues to fill the LA Coliseum, she’s determined to make her company the top in the industry, even if she does occasionally use the database to scratch her own itches. After a disastrous start in the industry with her boss and former boyfriend who used her determination and refusal to lose against her, she’s worked hard in business to not only create a modern and ‘forward thinking’ app, but to have a company committed to excellence, be it in their workplace environment to her own personal bravado. She has, however, decided that she wants to acquire the ‘godmother’ of the internet dating sites, Matchmaker, one that is more geared to ‘long term’ relationships with goals of marriage and family. While her app isn’t a guarantee of this, they do have options and a success rate that means she knows that there’s both a need and a niche for her particular app. Samson Lima is a retired pro football player who dealt with CTE in both his father and uncle, in fact his uncle has just passed – after years of Samson being his caretaker and devoted nephew. Samson’s uncle and father both were pros ‘back in the day’, with multiple concussions and the resulting issues that came after retirement. And, while Samson’s parents were ‘introduced’ via Matchmaker, and his uncle was the long-term partner of one of the founders of Matchmaker, Samson himself has never been in a long-term relationship, nor has he wanted one. But he can’t get the memory of the one night he spent with the gorgeous woman he met by swiping right on the Crush app. These two are not only adorable and more than a bit burdened by their own issues, but are perfectly suited for one another. Rhi is headstrong, prone to impulsive responses, and wholly unwilling to ask for help or to appear weak. Samson is loyal, sweet, protective and utterly ignorant to the internet, slang or the changes in dating since he actually did several years back. With some subtle manipulations, a ton of revelations and plenty of people cheering them both on in ways subtle and not, the story unfolds to mix heat and heart with a dash of family and understanding to bring us this. Additionally Rai has both mixed her cast of characters with a diverse and multi-hued paintbrush: there isn’t a big deal made of anyone’s race or appearance, their experiences, lives, appearances and friendships feel natural and real – very much like the real world, with additions of contemporary issues that encompass CTE and the fights of former players for rights and support from the NFL to workplace harassment from subtle put-downs to racial slurs, violence and blackmailing. There are few things NOT to like about this book – primarily Rhi’s old boss / boyfriend Peter is tops on that list, but the charm, sweetness and pure rightness of Sam and Rhi is not tobe denied. A favorite read for sure, and one that bodes well for the next book in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Rhiannon is the CEO and founder (with her silent partner Katrina) in Crush, a dating app that allows the user to take control of the interactions: the type, the duration and eve
Chari Kauffman 8 days ago
I was given a free copy of this book by #Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Competing dating services all vie for a chance to merge with the oldest dating service on the market. Rhiannon thinks she has a good shot at completing the business deal merging her company with the other, but she gets a surprise when she sees a guy who ghosted her is the spokesman for the competitor. Can Rhi get over her anger to complete the deal? And is that the only deal she'll complete? Fun read.
book_junkee 3 months ago
I had been hearing about this book for a while and I was excited to finally get to it. I really liked Rhiannon and Samson. She’s quite guarded and he’s all marshmallow and I really enjoyed seeing them interact. This was a great cast of characters and I’m hoping hoping hoping we get a story about Rhiannon’s assistant because she’s fabulous. Plot wise, there were several more threads than I was expecting. It did take a while for everything to get out into the open and while it never was boring, there were parts that lagged. My main complaint is that I wanted more of them together. I get the reasoning why, but I’m greedy. Overall, it was a mostly cute story with characters who were so easy to root for and a commentary on workplace harassment that felt like I could have seen it in the news. I’ll definitely be reading the next story. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous 3 months ago
Rhiannon Hunter developed a dating app called Crush after she was forced to leave her old employer Swype. Now her app is one of the most successful on the market and she wants to cement her position by buying a more traditional online dating business called Matchmaker. Unfortunately the owner is being elusive so Rhi gate-crashes a tech conference party just to meet her rival, instead she comes face-to-face with the new spokesperson of Matchmaker who just happens to be the super-hot guy that she hooked up with one night several months ago, who made plans for a repeat performance and then ghosted her. Even more galling, on her app he had indicated that he was only interested in a hook-up whereas he is now claiming to be looking to settle down. Samson Lima, former NFL linebacker, has agreed to assist his quasi-aunt Annabelle by being the spokesperson for Matchmaker, after all its what brought his parents together. The marketing campaign is that Samson will date a series of girls on camera and hopefully find true love. When he sees the gorgeous woman he hooked up with across the room he can't wait to catch up with her again. Samson's first date is an unmitigated disaster, he says the wrong things and ends up throwing a glass of red wine over his date's white dress. But he has a cunning plan, why not link up with Rhi and get her to give him dating tips, on camera, a kind of old meets new marketing strategy between Crush and Matchmaker. It's a great idea and really popular but Samson is falling for Rhi in a big way. Loved this book: loved Samson who was kind and funny and considerate; loved Rhi who was driven and brilliant and vulnerable; loved the cast of memorable friends and family. A new author for me but one I will look out for.
savannahsbooklist 3 months ago
Rhiannon (Rhi) Hunter is a tech industry mogul. She's independent, strong-willed, and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. She created a dating app that's doing very well and she has her sights set even higher -- on buying one of her competitors that's experienced a corporate shake up. She puts an immense amount of pressure on herself to be the best and do the best. She's in control of her emotions and doesn't put herself out there for fear of getting hurt. On the outside she looks like she's doing very well, but in my opinion, it's tough to be Rhi on the inside. When she reconnects with a former hookup, Samson Lima, Rhi is forced to deal with the negative feelings she harbors toward him. He's working for her competitor (the same one she's hoping to buy) so it's in her best interest both personally and professionally to make amends and learn how to work together. Things get complicated as Rhi and Samson realize they still have feelings for each other. Samson is ready to go all in for a relationship but Rhi has serious reservations and past traumas she needs to deal with first. I applaud The Right Swipe for addressing important issues like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries), the #MeToo movement, and being a female entrepreneur. The diversity in this book is amazing! The main character, Rhiannon is a black woman. One of her best friends is a plus sized Thai American woman who suffers from agoraphobia. Her other best friend (who's also her assistant) is an Indian lesbian. Samson and his family are Samoan. His two best friends are black and one of them is a stay-at-home dad. Awesome mix of characters, right? I really enjoyed the way the women empower each other in this book. I would love to see that spirit permeate our society and hopefully reading about it more and more will help bring it into existence. |Thank you @avonbooks for the eARC #partner|
eclecticbookwrm 3 months ago
Ahhh this is my first dive into an Alisha Rai book and holy wow did I LOVE it. The Right Swipe tells the story of Rhiannon, who might be the top executive of online dating but she is a cynic when it comes to her own relationships. She hasn't tried dating since she was ghosted after a hook up a few months earlier. She is at a work conference when she sees her one-night stand on stage and learns that she wasn't the only one hiding part of her identity -- Samson is also involved in online dating with her company's rival. I adored this book -- getting under Rhia's tough exterior to find out who she really is, Lakshmi and her best friend, her family. I adored Samson easily and loved their chemistry. This book is a great balance of sexy romance while still being feminist and affirming AF. Highly recommend it.
AdventuresAndEspresso 3 months ago
This was such a good romance! And this is coming from someone who is extremely picky about her romance books. Every character was unique and what an incredibly diverse cast of characters there was. I loved every part of this book. I highly recommend!!
FCA 3 months ago
3 stars: I'm an Alisha Rai superfan, so it's hard for me to say that I didn't love this. I didn't hate it either, but a lot of didn't work for me. What I loved: sex-positive, feminist main characters. I've read a lot of books about modern dating lately, and I liked how Rai presented a world in which dating apps were for everyone. In a lot of books the main characters are using the apps to find "the one," which is great, but women/people are often just looking for hookups, and Rai depicted that well. I also liked the CTE/sports aspect of the plot; it once again shows how much thought Rai puts into her characters and her books. So many sports romance have football player main characters, but without discussing the realities of that lifestyle. I also appreciated the lack of judgement in Rai's writing. What I didn't love: the characters all fell flat to me. Or perhaps they were TOO much. Samson was too nice, too understanding, too perfect. And Rhiannon was too much his opposite. Once the story progressed, I understood Rhiannon a little more, but I still felt like they were foils for each other. Rhiannon was slightly more interesting than Samson and that's because she had some flaws. But even the side characters were too much of one things--too eccentric, too stylistic, too whatever. They felt more like ideas of people than actual people. I also didn't love the romance--it never made me feel anything. I love romance books because they get my heart and my head involved, and while I think Rai did a great job of making me think about certain issues, I never felt like I connected to anything. I didn't laugh, I didn't swoon, and I didn't feel all that sad for anyone either. Unlike in Rai's other books, I never got the sense of friendship & family & humanity.. I never forgot I was reading a book. All in all, I finished this book pretty underwhelmed. If this is your first Rai, and you felt similarly, I highly recommend trying out another one of her books! PS: If you've enjoyed the steaminess of her other books, the heat level in this drops significantly but not to zero. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.**
booklover_lexi 3 months ago
Rhiannon Hunter broke off from her old Dating App company to start her own, changing the ever growing technological world of dating. Rhi only Swipes Right for Occasional hook ups and that's it. She controls her dating life with a few key rules: Nudes are only okay if asked for, If someone stands you up there are no second chances, and protect your heart (never sleep with the same man twice). But her latest match, Samson, an ex-football player, ghosted her and now has suddenly reappeared. They both can't stop thinking about that magical night. Samson happens to be in business with a rival, and proposes a project together that will be good for both companies. It's one thing to keep it professional in the street, only physical in the sheets, but what about when the heart gets involved? The Right Swipe is a modern twist on dating in the 21st century. I was pleasantly surprised with this book! Alisha Rai did an amazing job creating strong characters who I connected and sympathized with. Don't let this book fool you, it touches on some more serious topics as well. I loved Rhi and I was rooting for her the whole time to open her heart up! I love "Temporary Relationship" themes in Romance novels. I also love a good strong female lead!
Tink4evr 3 months ago
Rhiannon and Samson are two damaged people. Their story is one borne in the age of technology and fast responses. The story brings up issues that are common in our current society and deals with them in a positive and uplifting manner. The two characters along with their friends are using their struggles to make the world a better place. You will enjoy the stories strong bonds of friendship and families. There are some steamy and fun scenes that will fulfill your fantasies. A great story with lots of heart.
kozbisa 3 months ago
Rhiannon had shared one hot and sexy night with a hookup she had arranged via her own dating app. Though it went against her self-imposed rules, she accepted a second "date" with this mystery man, JUST to have him ghost her. Fast forward several months, and what to her wondrous eyes should appear, but said mystery man, who happened to be an ex NFL star and working for the company she hoped to acquire. Rhiannon's straight forward plan just got complicated. This book had so much "yes". First and foremost, I absolutely loved Rhiannon and Samson. They were perfection together. Yes, there were many bumps in the road on their way to the HEA, and yes, things went hot and cold quite a few times, but this was an important part of both their healing processes. Rhi came off as hard and closed off, and she was, but with good reason. A former lover more or less tried to destroy her, both personally and professionally. She was forced to rebuild her life and her career after the breakup, and I could not fault her with having some trust issues. She did what she had to do to protect herself, but she didn't just wallow in the pain. She used it to drive her to do more for herself and for other women. Her revenge was to become a success, which she did. She also challenged the idea of being a victim and found her voice in the process. It was rather wonderful watching her come to terms with her past, and seeing her slowly form more open relationships with those around her. Samson sort of owned me. He was such a sweet and wonderful teddy bear of a guy. I was rooting for him from the very beginning. I really wanted Rhi to stop and listen to his explanation about that night. I wanted her to give him a chance, because I believed there was something between them. Like Rhi, Samson had a lot of hurt to unpack. The ending of his career, the death of his uncle and father -- all of these things had taken a toll on Samson. I loved the support he received from his former teammates, and really liked the direction Rai sent him in. The focus on CTE was unexpected, but I thought Rai incorporated it quite well. She did a nice job showing how the condition not only affected those suffering from it, but how it affected their loved ones. I probably shed the most tears over the parts associated with this plot, than any other. Then there was the romance. At first, it was mostly attraction, hot sex, and great banter, but it evolved into so much more. Together they learned to be themselves, to enjoy life, and trust again. This book had so much more than romance going for it too. It was about being a successful woman of color, and the obstacles and barriers that exist, as well as being an example to a younger generation, and speaking up for what's right. This was my first Alisha Rai book, and I was NOT disappointed. I will eagerly await the next Modern Love book.
DoveArt 3 months ago
This book had many things going for it: a solid premise, good writing, original story, relevance to modern issues, diverse characters. I appreciated all these things, but I didn't feel a deep connection to the characters or the story at any point in the book. I think my biggest stumbling point was that I didn't like Rhi very much. I understood why she would feel cautious and weary, but this seemed to lead to a righteousness about being unfair to Samson that didn't sit well with me. Then there was Samson. He was perfect. Too perfect. He was so careful, he seemed to be following a script on how a guy must react and behave, He was so understanding of Rhi's issues that he didn't seem to have any deep feelings of his own. Yes, you're a good guy, and yes, you're allowed to protest when you are treated unjustly. All this translated into a lukewarm chemistry that made me feel neutral about the characters as a couple and at a solid three for the book itself. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.