You Had Me at Hola: A Novel

You Had Me at Hola: A Novel

by Alexis Daria

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National Bestseller

"I could not get enough of Jasmine and Ashton! I adored Jasmine—her ambition, her confidence, her attacks of self-doubt, and especially her hilarious, snarky, and loving cousins. She and Ashton have such a steamy, swoony, love story that I didn't want the book to end!"—Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author

RITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. 

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. 

Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Olivia Waite

The buildup here is exquisite. Jasmine and Ashton slowly grow closer until the reader is aching for them to just go for it already…A solid 7.5 on the angst scale, and an absolutely pitch-perfect summer escape.

Publishers Weekly

06/15/2020

Daria (Dance All Night) delivers a sexy showbiz love affair in this steamy rom-com. Soap opera actor Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has just won the title role in a hotly anticipated telenovela when she’s dumped by her rock star boyfriend and her life is splashed across the tabloids. To get her life back on track in time for the first day of shooting, Jasmine and her cousins—aka the Primas of Power—devise the Leading Lady Plan, a list of dos and don’ts including “leading ladies only end up on magazine covers with good reason” and “leading ladies don’t need a man to be happy.” But Jasmine’s plan to stay single is upended when her TV love interest is recast with enigmatic heartthrob Ashton Suarez. Jasmine and Ashton’s chemistry is explosive both on- and off-camera, but the quirky choice to also include segments from the perspectives of Jasmine and Ashton’s on-screen alter egos is a puzzling one. Still, Daria breathes effortless life into a cast of messy, loving, talented, and downright hilarious characters readers will adore. A sense of Latinx culture and pride exudes from every page, elevating an already entertaining story. Romance fans won’t want to miss this. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (July)

NPR.org

“Hola is a triumph of Latinx joy and feminist agency. It thoughtfully explores gender roles and diversity in entertainment and the greater Latinx community, and challenges the Hollywood status quo.

Mia Sosa

Clever, heartfelt, and five fire-emojis sexy, You Had Me at Hola is a must-read! Daria excels at the craft of writing larger-than-life characters with believable fears and relatable desires; the result is a captivating romance that readers won’t soon forget.” 

Washington Post

I was completely smitten with Daria’s “Primas of Power…You Had Me at Hola reject[s] the idea that women can only exist as each other’s competition, and propose that, on the contrary, a happy ending is always sweeter if you have your friends to celebrate with; that’s the kind of feminism I want in all my romance.

Entertainment Weekly

There’s a defiant joy in these pages: a proud proclamation of not only finding, but celebrating your voice and honoring the rare spaces that welcome that. You Had Me at Hola is just such a space – a vibrant, bold jolt of romantic electricity.

New York Times Book Review

"The buildup here is exquisite. Jasmine and Ashton slowly grow closer until the reader is aching for them to just go for it already. A solid 7.5 on the angst scale, and an absolutely pitch-perfect summer escape."

Angelina M. Lopez

"A perfect escapist read about real-world falling in love.”  

Adriana Herrera

Alexis writes our people like I’ve always wanted to see them in romance. You Had Me at Hola is full of joyful, swoony moments that will have you rooting for Jasmine and Ashton’s HEA.

CNN.com

"This is a perfect end-of-summer love story."

Tracey Livesay

Laugh out loud funny and heart-meltingly genuine, You Had Me at Hola delivers a couple you can’t help but root for and a happily ever after to believe in.” 

Natalia Sylvester

"I couldn't help but fall in love with this book." 

Chanel Cleeton

"You Had Me at Hola is a multi-layered sexy, poignant, and fun story set against the glamorous and dramatic world of telenovelas. Filled with lovable characters, relatable family dynamics and the nuances of identity, Alexis Daria’s novel is full of heart. Romance readers will fall head over heels!"

The Hollywood Reporter

Between exploring classic rom-com tropes and themes on representation in the Latinx community, Daria's book makes for that perfect summer romance.

Nina Moreno

"A sharp, sexy delight, You Had Me at Hola gives the telenovela premise–– and Latinx leads––all the nuance and heart they deserve."

Priscilla Oliveras

"From the beginning to "El Fin", Daria’s Hola pulls readers into a vibrant world where our beloved Latinx culture thrives and charming, charismatic characters woo you…once again she’s penned a show-stopper novel that leaves you breathless and craving more.” 

Valerie Tejeda

A funny, swoony page-turner topped with all the drama of a telenovela. Rom-com at its finest!

Booklist

"RITA Award-winning Daria has created extremely smart and appealing characters, and the scenes of their shooting the show are delicious fun. Fans of Susan Elizabeth Philips will enjoy the humor and chemistry Daria whips up."

E! Online

"Jasmine and Ashton are sure to be your favorite new literary couple, thanks to their sizzling chemistry and will-they-or-won't-they tension in this swoonworthy rom-com we're totally expecting Netflix to bring to our screens in the near future."

Jasmine Guillory

"I could not get enough of Jasmine and Ashton! I adored Jasmine — her ambition, her confidence, her attacks of self doubt, and especially her hilarious, snarky, and loving cousins. She and Ashton have such a steamy, swoony, love story that I didn't want the book to end!"

Zoraida Córdova

"Like a delicious slow burn, this love story happens in the best way—despacito!”

Sarah MacLean

"Soapy, smart and so sexy...with vibrant characters and electric chemistry comparable to the telenovelas that inspired it, you’ll be thrilled You Had Me At Hola doesn’t come with commercials!"

USA Today Bestselling Author Sierra Simone

"You Had Me at Hola is a gorgeous escape, a book you think “just one more chapter” to yourself and then before you know it, you’ve devoured the entire thing!  Hot, joyful, and real, Hola is packed with unforgettable leads, celebrity fun, and swoons upon swoons (upon swoons!!)"

 Natalia Sylvester

"I couldn't help but fall in love with this book." 

 USA Today Bestselling Author Sierra Simone

"You Had Me at Hola is a gorgeous escape, a book you think “just one more chapter” to yourself and then before you know it, you’ve devoured the entire thing!  Hot, joyful, and real, Hola is packed with unforgettable leads, celebrity fun, and swoons upon swoons (upon swoons!!)"

Washington Post

I was completely smitten with Daria’s “Primas of Power…You Had Me at Hola reject[s] the idea that women can only exist as each other’s competition, and propose that, on the contrary, a happy ending is always sweeter if you have your friends to celebrate with; that’s the kind of feminism I want in all my romance.

Booklist

"RITA Award-winning Daria has created extremely smart and appealing characters, and the scenes of their shooting the show are delicious fun. Fans of Susan Elizabeth Philips will enjoy the humor and chemistry Daria whips up."

null USA Today Bestselling Author Sierra Simone

"You Had Me at Hola is a gorgeous escape, a book you think “just one more chapter” to yourself and then before you know it, you’ve devoured the entire thing!  Hot, joyful, and real, Hola is packed with unforgettable leads, celebrity fun, and swoons upon swoons (upon swoons!!)"

null  USA Today Bestselling Author Sierra Simone

"You Had Me at Hola is a gorgeous escape, a book you think “just one more chapter” to yourself and then before you know it, you’ve devoured the entire thing!  Hot, joyful, and real, Hola is packed with unforgettable leads, celebrity fun, and swoons upon swoons (upon swoons!!)"

Library Journal

08/28/2020

Actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is publicly dumped days before the start of filming Carmen in Charge, a new bilingual comedy series on a popular streaming service. Playing the role of Carmen, staying out of the tabloids, and recovering from her breakup is all part of Jasmine's "Leading Lady Plan." For Ashton Suarez, Jasmine's colead, Carmen in Charge is also a step toward becoming a bonafide Hollywood star, but his top priority is keeping his personal life out of the headlines. Getting romantically involved with a costar who can't get the paparazzi to leave her alone is at odds with Ashton's goals, but their chemistry on and off the set leads to their throwing plans to the wind. When their affair becomes public, both Jasmine and Ashton have to make serious decisions about what they're willing to sacrifice for their careers and their relationship. VERDICT Daria follows up her RITA-winning debut, Take the Lead, with a sparkling celebrity romance full of telenovela drama and sizzling passion between the two leads. Glimpses into the high-stakes world of television production and snippets of scenes from Carmen in Charge add depth to the story, as does a diverse cast of supporting characters. Highly recommended.—Jessica Moore, Milwaukee P.L.

Kirkus Reviews

★ 2020-07-14
An actress on an upward career trajectory falls in love with her leading man.

Jasmine Lin Rodriguez moves home to New York for an unbelievable chance: After years as a soap opera actress, she is offered the lead role in Carmen in Charge, which will air on a popular streaming service. The timing couldn’t be better—after she was painfully and publicly dumped by her musician boyfriend, the tabloids have painted her as a loser in love. Jasmine promises herself that she'll avoid romantic entanglements and focus on her career, but that proves difficult since she’s wildly attracted to her new co-star, telenovela heartthrob Ashton Suarez. Ashton has two goals: achieving mainstream Hollywood stardom and keeping the paparazzi from discovering his 8-year-old son, Yadiel, who lives with Ashton’s family in Puerto Rico. When Yadi was just a baby, a stalker broke into their home; Ashton was so terrified for his son’s safety that he moved the boy to live with his parents and cut himself off from the press. He studiously avoids his attraction to Jasmine—she’s a paparazzi magnet, and he will do anything to avoid the spotlight. However, as work on the show continues, they give in to their undeniable attraction. Ashton and Jasmine are imperfect but fully realized characters, and their differences aren’t easily solved. Daria makes the unusual narrative choice of writing some chapters from the point of view of the Carmen in Charge characters, but it pays off by cleverly illuminating the emotional journey of Jasmine and Ashton’s own romance.

Sexy, compelling, and complex—a terrific romance from a rising star of the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062959928
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 13,772
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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