How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
Steam Level: Turning up the Heat
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.
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.Goodreads
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I enjoy reading romance books about high school and college-age people, but sometimes you need to read about mature adults. How to Fail at Flirting was that story. Was there angst and drama, yes, but there was good reason for it.
Both Naya and Jack had some serious baggage. I loved that despite this, they still opened up to each other. Naya had a past abusive relationship (trigger warning!), and Jack had his own past relationship problems. But these two together were just too cute. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I loved reading any scenes in which they were together. Between their silly jokes and mutual respect for one another, these two just make me happy.
Jack is as pretty close to perfect as you can get. And while I completely understand Naya’s reservations, I was side-eyeing some of her decisions a couple of times. But even then, part of me understood. This book did not add drama for drama’s sake, but rather everything made sense for the story.
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, cute and heartwarming story!
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