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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 retu 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.  


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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 retu 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.  

30 review for You Had Me at Hola

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Pham

    Things I liked: the all Latinx cast and crew, the emphasis for representation in Hollywood, and the progressive way that they handled the production of the show with an intimacy coordinator and talks of consent. The coordinator’s role was interesting to learn about and I would have liked more spotlight on the crew members since it seemed like a great production. This book focuses primarily (or only) on the two actors though, and I was disappointed to find a severe lack of chemistry between the t Things I liked: the all Latinx cast and crew, the emphasis for representation in Hollywood, and the progressive way that they handled the production of the show with an intimacy coordinator and talks of consent. The coordinator’s role was interesting to learn about and I would have liked more spotlight on the crew members since it seemed like a great production. This book focuses primarily (or only) on the two actors though, and I was disappointed to find a severe lack of chemistry between the two leads. Despite them being experienced telenovela stars, they both acted so awkward around each other and had very vanilla dialogue. I didn’t find the love interest to be attractive at all because he acted so lukewarm and unnecessarily standoffish. Both characters behaved like it was their first time ever working with an attractive person, despite their years of experience in the industry. The majority of their conflict and angst is both of them thinking they can’t date each other because they have to care about their career - this makes zero sense because co-stars date all the time and publicists often spin this to get PR. It makes no sense why they would act like the world is over if people thought they were a couple, considering this happens to every actor that plays a couple on a show AND they are supposed to be experienced. Their emotional immaturity in dealing with conflicts, despite the man nearly being 40 and the protagonist constantly talking about being an independent strong woman, culminated into a dramatic breaking point in the 3rd act of the book that was ridiculous, unnecessary, and annoyingly almost jeopardized the full Latinx production crew that we’re supposed to be proud of seeing get put together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. More addictive than if it was a real Netflix show! I'm not usually a fan of books about famous people, but this was an exception as we focus on the main characters actually doing their jobs rather than just being ~famous~. I loved that both characters were unabashedly ambitious and took their work seriously. Though the show they were filming was pretty cheesy and definitely cliche at times, I could forgive that due to the wonderful be ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. More addictive than if it was a real Netflix show! I'm not usually a fan of books about famous people, but this was an exception as we focus on the main characters actually doing their jobs rather than just being ~famous~. I loved that both characters were unabashedly ambitious and took their work seriously. Though the show they were filming was pretty cheesy and definitely cliche at times, I could forgive that due to the wonderful behind-the-scenes tension (the kissing choreography killed me). The ending somehow dragged while also wrapping up a little bit too quickly? But I still highly enjoyed my time with Jasmine and Ashton! I am for sure going to dive into Alexis Daria's backlist ASAP.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    4.5 stars. This was an absolute DELIGHT. Jasmine and Ashton had SO. MUCH. chemistry and this book ended up being WAY steamier than I expected it to be (in the best way!!!). My only real complaint about this one is that the scenes that we got of the actual show were a bit cheesy, but the rest of the book was a 10/10 in my book and I am SO GLAD that I finally read something by Alexis Daria. I am 100% going to be working my way through her extensive backlist after how much I enjoyed this. So good!! 4.5 stars. This was an absolute DELIGHT. Jasmine and Ashton had SO. MUCH. chemistry and this book ended up being WAY steamier than I expected it to be (in the best way!!!). My only real complaint about this one is that the scenes that we got of the actual show were a bit cheesy, but the rest of the book was a 10/10 in my book and I am SO GLAD that I finally read something by Alexis Daria. I am 100% going to be working my way through her extensive backlist after how much I enjoyed this. So good!!!! TW: stalking (in the past)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Welcome to the glamorous world of telenovelas! As a great fan of adapted telenovelas “Jane the Virgin”, “Ugly Betty”, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Two rising stars of LatinX community are excited to work on brand new show: Carmen in Charge. It will help both of them for polishing their careers and finding better places for them in the movie industry. We’re introduced: hot blooded, fiery, genuine, entertaining, straightforward, friendly, social Jasmine: who recently moved to NY Welcome to the glamorous world of telenovelas! As a great fan of adapted telenovelas “Jane the Virgin”, “Ugly Betty”, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Two rising stars of LatinX community are excited to work on brand new show: Carmen in Charge. It will help both of them for polishing their careers and finding better places for them in the movie industry. We’re introduced: hot blooded, fiery, genuine, entertaining, straightforward, friendly, social Jasmine: who recently moved to NY for her new gig, having hard time to prove her family she is good at her work and wish they show more respect to her career, broken hearted by her ending relationship and humiliated by her ex-douchebag boyfriend who is also notorious bad boy/rock star declared to the public he dumped her via tabloid magazines. (Yes: her situation is worse Than Jen Anniston who is miraculously being pregnant for 10 years according to the tabloids and had secret marriages at least 15 times with Brad Pitt!) So she needs a clean state, fresh start, concentrating on her career. But it seems like it is impossible task when you have so freaking charming co-star and sharing so many intimate, hot kissing scenes with him. Yes, she starts falling fast and she needs to stop but does she really want to stop? And what about Ashton? He is not young any more. He needs to focus on his career to realize his Hollywood dreams and getting better leading roles. His privacy is so important and nothing should attract the press’ blood thirsty attention to ruin his big secret. He has a 8 year old son lives in Puerto Rico and his one and only priority is being a good father and giving his son a happy life he deserved so he has no time for romance, especially flirting with co-stars but why Jasmine is way too much sexy and attractive. How will he resist her charm? There is too much at stake! But he cannot help himself to spend more time with her. And they’re just working on their lines and they’re sharing some secret kisses for the sake of their project. Right? The most interesting thing about the book of is you read two romantic stories at the same time and I have to admit at some parts: I enjoyed telenovela’s plot more than the angsty and emotional love story of Jasmine and Ashton’s so I looked forward to read the script parts about Victor and Carmen: divorced couple, learning from their past mistakes and coming clean about their resentments, secrets , the intimate feelings they still have for each other. I never see Ashton’s son as a big obstacle for their relationship and the angst part between them were a little unrealistic. They may talk with each other like normal adults. But the passion and chemistry between them are strengths of the story. I also enjoyed girl power parts between cousins and Ashton’s family, even his 8 year old son acted more mature to his relationship than him. I loved those genuine, lovely characters. It was entertaining, soft, sweet reading. I got some points because our hero earned so many slapping points from me. So I’m giving 3.5 stars and eventually I’m rounding them up to 4! P.S: This book’s cover earns 5 stars! Look at this amazing illustration! Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon/Harper Collins Publishers for sharing this entertaining and feel-good ARC in exchange my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    “Vulnerability is exhausting.” I think I should start watching Jane the Virgin again. This was so damn entertaining and as lovable as that glorious cover. All I can think now that I’ve read this is that I want to read more books that explore Latinx stories, especially within the romance genre. It was rich in culture, boisterous, loud. I mean, you’ve seen that cover. I adored the scenes we got when they were filming the episodes and how that almost reflected the characters. Not directly, but t “Vulnerability is exhausting.” I think I should start watching Jane the Virgin again. This was so damn entertaining and as lovable as that glorious cover. All I can think now that I’ve read this is that I want to read more books that explore Latinx stories, especially within the romance genre. It was rich in culture, boisterous, loud. I mean, you’ve seen that cover. I adored the scenes we got when they were filming the episodes and how that almost reflected the characters. Not directly, but there were emotional parallels there for sure and I just couldn’t get enough. We got to know the characters really well. I instantly fell for them. And the more we got to know them, the harder I fell. I wish we had more. I think that’s very minor complaint. I wish we had moments with Jasmine and her parents who didn’t really understand her and got to explore how she couldn’t really be herself around them. I think that arc would’ve been exciting to read about - for me, that is. And seen more exposure when it came to Ashton as a father and both these characters dealing with their mental health. But other than that, Alexis Daria, please keep writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    You Had Me at Hola was such a treat to read and was the perfect story to break me out of this reading funk that I’ve been since the beginning of 2020. What makes a truly great romance are strong character dynamics and palpable chemistry between the two love interests. Ashton is an adorably awkward character who tries his hardest not to let Jasmine past the walls erected around his heart, and then we have Jasmine, eager to ignore the press shadowing her every move after a bad breakup and to make i You Had Me at Hola was such a treat to read and was the perfect story to break me out of this reading funk that I’ve been since the beginning of 2020. What makes a truly great romance are strong character dynamics and palpable chemistry between the two love interests. Ashton is an adorably awkward character who tries his hardest not to let Jasmine past the walls erected around his heart, and then we have Jasmine, eager to ignore the press shadowing her every move after a bad breakup and to make it big as a Leading Lady. Together, as they slowly grow closer while being on set, they can’t deny the electricity that courses between them. Not only do we get a wonderful, romance blossoming behind the scenes of this show but we also explore the variance of Latinx identity. Ashton is a Puerto Rican actor eager to make it big in Hollywood rather than being stuck playing love interests in telenovelas while Jasmine is a Puerto Rican-Filipina who isn’t completely fluent in Spanish but has to speak the language in this bilingual show. Words can’t describe how much this meant to me as a bilingual who is too afraid to speak Spanish in front of non-family members because my grammar isn’t completely perfect and I don’t know how to conjugate as quickly as I’d like to. I saw so much of myself in Jasmine, in her language, her family dynamics, and the way she seeks out validation through others’ love. Jasmine is both a powerful protagonist and a vulnerable one, and I’m forever grateful to dive into her world because it made me feel less alone as a Latina. You Had Me at Hola is a vibrant celebration of Latinx identity in the backdrop of Hollywood without relying too heavily on the influence of the paparazzi like other Hollywood stories do. Mixing together dual perspectives from both Ashton and Jasmine who live such different lives but come together to form a healthy, loving relationship while also showcasing scenes from the show itself, You Had Me at Hola is a fantastic contemporary with a fiery romance that left me smiling long after I finished it. SEE MY FULL REVIEWS AT STORIESFORCOFFEE.COM

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This was a cute read, but it was a pretty average romance for me. I love stories that follow actors behind the scenes and I love the fact that they are working on a telenovela. It reminded me a lot of Jane the Virgin because of that and that made me happy. The audiobook was fun to listen to. The ending felt like it started to drag on quite a bit for me though and the male lead started to drive me a little nuts 😅 But other than that I enjoyed this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Gah I adored this book so much. It was my first time reading about telnova's and I am addicted. This was steamy, fun and so romantic. I need all alexis daria's book asap! OBSESSED!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chanelle

    This has got to be the most diverse romance book I have read so far

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    3.5 STARS If you’re a fan of the show Jane the Virgin, you’re gonna want to try You Had Me at Hola! There’s Latinx rep, telenovelas, actor main characters, and a ton of on- and off-screen steam. It was my first book from Alexis Daria and I really liked her writing. I loved the telenovela aspect and that we actually get to read the script (which is a dramatic second chance romance I was super into) and see how the actor characters play it out. While I did have my issues with parts of the book, I s 3.5 STARS If you’re a fan of the show Jane the Virgin, you’re gonna want to try You Had Me at Hola! There’s Latinx rep, telenovelas, actor main characters, and a ton of on- and off-screen steam. It was my first book from Alexis Daria and I really liked her writing. I loved the telenovela aspect and that we actually get to read the script (which is a dramatic second chance romance I was super into) and see how the actor characters play it out. While I did have my issues with parts of the book, I still would recommend it if you’re looking for a romance with great Latinx characters who are making their way into Hollywood. Soap opera actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has just landed the lead role on a Latinx romantic comedy show, to be streamed on a Netflix lookalike, so you know it’s a big deal. She’s paired up with a famous telenovela star in his own right, Ashton Suárez. They get off on a bumpy start after he accidentally spills coffee on her during their first meeting, and try as they might to create some chemistry between them while filming, something seems to be missing. So they agree to work on their lines behind the scenes, and that’s when things really heat up. Jasmine and Ashton’s romance was sweet. I liked the fact that the hero is the one who is awkward and a bit shy when it comes to the romance. Ashton has his reasons for being very wary and closed off from relationships. He doesn’t want to be in the limelight because of a secret he’s keeping that he wants to be kept hidden. Unfortunately, I think Ashton took this a bit too far for too long. I got frustrated with how hot and cold he was with Jasmine and wasn’t a fan of the way he didn’t understand that his pursuit of Hollywood came with the cost of his privacy. He sadly took too long for my taste to realize he had something good with the heroine. Luckily, Jasmine wasn’t as frustrating for me. I loved her character! I enjoyed her ambition and how much she loved being a lead role on a Latinx rom-com. I adored her relationship with her family and close cousins – the female friendship in this book was lovely and family plays a huge and important part to both Jasmine and Ashton’s lives. And one of my favorite aspects of this book was actually the show, Carmen in Charge! I’ll admit, at times I was more invested in the show’s romance than the off-screen romance. It’s a second chance romance with a ton of angst and I 100% would not mind if it turned into a real book or show. I do wish I could’ve loved You Had Me at Hola more but I would still highly recommend it if you want some fantastic Latinx characters!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    2.5 stars. I don't know if my expectations for this one were just too high, but a lot of things about this book just didn't work for me. The first thing I struggled with was the writing. The writing felt very clunky to me and I feel like the author spent a lot of time telling us things instead of showing, which really took me out of the story. Some of the dialogue was clunky and unnatural, too, and I really couldn't get connected with either of the characters. Then, the storyline would switch be 2.5 stars. I don't know if my expectations for this one were just too high, but a lot of things about this book just didn't work for me. The first thing I struggled with was the writing. The writing felt very clunky to me and I feel like the author spent a lot of time telling us things instead of showing, which really took me out of the story. Some of the dialogue was clunky and unnatural, too, and I really couldn't get connected with either of the characters. Then, the storyline would switch between Jasmine and Ashton's romance and scenes of the show they were filming together. I really didn't care about the romance in the show and didn't like getting a bunch of chapters of those scenes. These more took me out of the story and made it even harder for me to care about Jasmine and Ashton's relationship. Another reason why I couldn't really connect with the characters is because of how they were presented. Jasmine was obsessed with how the tabloids looked at her and Ashton was obsessed with the tabloids discovering his son and something happening to his son because of his fame. These two people willingly chose their careers as actors and were pursuing fame, yet they were both actively trying to stay out of the limelight. It just didn't really make sense to me. Then, the conflict that drove the couple apart near the end was very frustrating to me. I did not like Jasmine's reaction and I was still frustrated with Ashton for sheltering his son so much. I understood he was affected by what had happened in the past, but it was still over the top and not at all fair to his family what he was doing. I just found it very hard to feel for these characters or connect with the writing. While I was super excited for this book, it was just a miss for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Steamy. Sassy. Sweet. Alexis Daria this was SO fun! Sizzling chemistry. Spicy banter. Quick... where is the fire extinguisher because this book is on FIRE! Cheesy, I know, but so is some of the fun Telenovela dialogue in this book... So I couldn’t help myself. Jasmine and Ashton meat on the set of a Telenovela being produced by the hottest newest streaming company. Jasmine is excited for this new role, but she is still dealing with the aftermath of her recent very public break up. Ashton is hopi Steamy. Sassy. Sweet. Alexis Daria this was SO fun! Sizzling chemistry. Spicy banter. Quick... where is the fire extinguisher because this book is on FIRE! Cheesy, I know, but so is some of the fun Telenovela dialogue in this book... So I couldn’t help myself. Jasmine and Ashton meat on the set of a Telenovela being produced by the hottest newest streaming company. Jasmine is excited for this new role, but she is still dealing with the aftermath of her recent very public break up. Ashton is hoping this is the role that will propel him to the next level he’s got big dreams, but he also has a secret to hide. Jasmine and Ashton have instant chemistry, but neither of them are in a place in their lives for a serious relationship. After all... leading ladies don’t fall for their costars. This was such an engaging electric story with some definite heat. Jasmine was such a fabulous character I just adored her. I also loved her cousins Michelle and Ava and I am really hoping that they will also get their own stories. Loved Jasmine’s big Puerto Rican family and all the culture throughout the story. Ashton came across a little awkward to me in the beginning of the book, although he did grow on me by the end. What I did like about him was how devoted to his family he was. BUT even though Ashton wasn’t my flavor of Margarita he was definitely jasmine’s and the chemistry really worked between them. I do however wish the connection between them was a little deeper, but I’m sure that will come in time. The audiobook was narrated by Seraphine Valentine Who did an excellent job. She definitely spiced up the book with her wonderful narration, especially when it came to the Spanish words. Love this romcom and I’m excited to see what is next from Alexis Daria! This book in emojis 📸 🎬 🔥 🐍 ☕️ 🎂 🍹 🍕 *** Big thank you to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Waterstones Thank you NetGalley and Avon for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Leading Ladies are badass queens making jefa moves. I grew up watching telenovelas. In a Hispanic household, they were a huge staple of weeknights in my younger days, and gathering around the TV to partake in the entertainment was just the thing to do. I remember bits and pieces of titles such as Maria La Del Barrio, Esmeralda, Pasión de Gavilanes, and La Mentira. The BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Waterstones Thank you NetGalley and Avon for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Leading Ladies are badass queens making jefa moves. I grew up watching telenovelas. In a Hispanic household, they were a huge staple of weeknights in my younger days, and gathering around the TV to partake in the entertainment was just the thing to do. I remember bits and pieces of titles such as Maria La Del Barrio, Esmeralda, Pasión de Gavilanes, and La Mentira. These stories were often over the top, but also rather entertaining. To this day, I'm fond of Portuguese telenovelas—such as O Clone—even though it has been years since I've dedicated the time to watching them. But as soon as I caught a peek of the synopsis in You Had Me at Hola, I knew that reading it would be my chance to enjoy a little bit of that history. This novel is one of those books that I consider a guilty pleasure, with which you can sit back, relax, and just spend a day enjoying without another care in the world. The story splits its time between the real lives of telenovela and soap opera stars Ashton Suárez and Jasmine Lin. Jasmine is a rising star in soap operas with a rather messy recent breakup splashed all over the tabloids. And Ashton has made acting in telenovelas his bread and butter for years, while he supports his family in Puerto Rico—which he prefers and struggles to keep very private from his public image—and tries to make his current new project alongside Jasmine successful enough that it will hopefully give him the boost he needs to get to Hollywood. First of all, author Alexis Daria did a fantastic job of portraying families of Hispanic roots. The close relationships that both leads have with their own, the small nitpicking fights that break out, and the fact that there are no such things as secrets because your business is shared throughout whether you like it or not (it's all in the name of familial love, don't you worry), is such a typical thing to experience in this environment. As a Cuban born and raised, I've had my share of these moments. You love them, you sometimes hate them, but in the end it's family and that's the closest thing that you keep to your heart. The representation was spot on. Since Ashton and Jasmine first meet, and work together, because they're both actors in the remake of a Venezuelan telenovela, it stands to reason that parts of this story would take place on set while they film. What I did not expect—but was delighted by—was to actually be able to follow along with the script. It was very immersive to feel like I was behind the camera while Victor and Carmen—the two characters that Ashton and Jasmine portray—flourish in their own stories. And through them, our own novel's protagonists start to grow closer to each other. It was a great addition to the book, and made it that much more unique. The romance that wraps around said protagonists was not without its own diverting moments. What starts off as a disastrous first meeting of spilled coffee and mumbling apologies, finishes in a sweet and warm connection and happily-ever-after for these two individuals. Ashton has his baggage, which is not easy for him to get rid of in order to let Jasmine in. And while Jasmine's own seems to weigh her down, she still has the type of disposition that doesn't allow her to turn her back on love. She's a very open and warm person, and inadvertently, she's what pulls Ashton out of his comfort zone and his shell, helping him learn to live again. While I generally enjoyed these two—and the heat between them was absolutely undeniable—I will say that when things got a little rough near the end between them and secrets were revealed, what could have been solved with a calm conversation was tossed out the window and replaced with misunderstandings and misplaced blame. Granted, considering the indulgently diverting dramatics of telenovelas, it fit. And Ashton's show of trust toward Jasmine at the end came into effect smoothly because of this. But there was still a nagging little feeling that they didn't need to suffer quite as much as they did to reach that ending. Paired with this, there were instances when characters would sit down to have a conversation, and rather than follow a dialogue, the author would just tell us what was said, what the reactions and resolutions were, and continue with the narrative. This was not the rule, and there's plenty of growth between the characters on their own, but these moments almost felt rushed. It was as if we, as the reader, were being hurried along to the rest of the novel. These points aside, You Had Me at Hola does not disappoint. If you want to read a romance that will keep you glued to the pages from the beginning, will make you melt a few times, and will pack on the sexiness, this is the one for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDo1trMAs... https://www.instagram.com/p/CDpdqHvAE... CW: (view spoiler)[discussion of stalking/home intrusion years ago, brief mention of cancer and death of hero's mother years ago, on-page broken bones and hospital visits (hide spoiler)] Love, love, love. You Had Me at Hola is phenomenal, romantic, and sexy as hell. Easily a candidate for one of my favorite reads of 2020 so far. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an hon Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDo1trMAs... https://www.instagram.com/p/CDpdqHvAE... CW: (view spoiler)[discussion of stalking/home intrusion years ago, brief mention of cancer and death of hero's mother years ago, on-page broken bones and hospital visits (hide spoiler)] Love, love, love. You Had Me at Hola is phenomenal, romantic, and sexy as hell. Easily a candidate for one of my favorite reads of 2020 so far. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Ummm, sound the alarm, because I'm issuing a CUTE ASS ROMANCE ALERT. Alexis Daria brought it with You Had Me at Hola. She gave us diversity with intention, she gave us sex-positive romance scenes, and she gave characters who had real heart. Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy and events were a little much toward the end, but it all tracks with the fact that the whole story is based around a telenovela. In fact, it'd be weirder if Daria didn't turn the drama up to an 11. And on a scale of one Ummm, sound the alarm, because I'm issuing a CUTE ASS ROMANCE ALERT. Alexis Daria brought it with You Had Me at Hola. She gave us diversity with intention, she gave us sex-positive romance scenes, and she gave characters who had real heart. Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy and events were a little much toward the end, but it all tracks with the fact that the whole story is based around a telenovela. In fact, it'd be weirder if Daria didn't turn the drama up to an 11. And on a scale of one to steamy, this book is approaching "I think my head might've detached from my body and transcended dimensions only to explode" levels. I'd say that the only true core issue I had was that the romance was a little awkward for the first third of the novel. Was it supposed to be enemies-to-lovers? Insta-love? Something else? I'm additionally apprehensive at any signs of a love story's stakes being based around very simple miscommunications. There were also some sections with quite a bit of telling instead of showing. This one's around 3.5ish stars for me for those reasons (GOODREADS! HALF STARS PLEASE!). And I'm absolutely reading Alexis Daria's previous books and anything she writes in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Silvana [The Book Voyagers]

    I finished this in LESS THAN A DAY. I'm baaaaaack. You Had Me at Hola is one book you definitely have to pick up. It's the book of the year! Alexis Daria writes a magnificent romance that intesifies slowly with moments, communication and emotional support. This title took my attention and heart quickly. Introducing Jasmine Lin Rodriguez, soap opera darling, who just got dumped publicly via a magazine. She's everywhere, her face on every single cover, but not in a good way. Her rockstar boyfriend I finished this in LESS THAN A DAY. I'm baaaaaack. You Had Me at Hola is one book you definitely have to pick up. It's the book of the year! Alexis Daria writes a magnificent romance that intesifies slowly with moments, communication and emotional support. This title took my attention and heart quickly. Introducing Jasmine Lin Rodriguez, soap opera darling, who just got dumped publicly via a magazine. She's everywhere, her face on every single cover, but not in a good way. Her rockstar boyfriend cheated on her and never even told her before the pictures went directly to print. But now she has a new job; to act as the leading lady in a new show for a streaming service company, ScreenFlix. All is ready to start yet she is told that her love interest has been changed and the new actor portraying him is none other than telenovela star Ashton Suárez. These two don't get on the best start. Ashton is awkward and shy around a new crew, new actors he isn't familiar with. So he comes off as being distant and like he doesn't want to share time with his costars. Yet he can't help be instantly attracted to Jasmine, his romantic interest in the show. But attraction is one thing, he can deal with that. He cannot even think about a relationship with her. Ashton has secrets, big secrets, and the media spotlight surrounding Jasmine which follows her everywhere is not for him. This book is a hug to the Latinx community and its culture. The times I said "oh my god I do this," "my grandma totally tells me this when I visit" etc. is unreal. I identified so hard with the characters and the story in this novel and I think every Latinx reader will too. The food, the Spanish!!! So much Spanish and it's not italicized!!! Jasmine doesn't really know how to speak Spanish fluently while Ashton does and speaks it with his family. This book was a wonderful experience that completely filled me with joy and happiness. I will now add if books has small moments between the main couple. So this one does have many of them. Before they even kiss or sleep together, these two can't stop touching either an elbow, her arm, her shirt, his pants. A natural touch, like they have been doing those forever. He puts a strand of her hair behind her ear. I was provided an early copy by Avon for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    DNF @ 5% I couldn't get into the writing style and yes, I'm saying that with my whole chest having read only 5% of this book. But when you know, you know.. But I heard this book has a diverse cast of characters and portrays the latino culture pretty accurately. So if you're interested in that, you should give it a go. also the cover is prettyyy ✨

  18. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    You Had Me at Hola is a fun, steamy, and sweet rom-com taking place on the set of a television show. Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is a popular soap opera actress whose last relationship provided tremendous tabloid fodder. She’s about to star in a bilingual rom-com series, and she wants the public to pay attention to her performance, not her love life. She and her cousins have put together a “Leading Lady Plan” for her to live by, which includes knowing she doesn’t need a man to make her happy and vow You Had Me at Hola is a fun, steamy, and sweet rom-com taking place on the set of a television show. Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is a popular soap opera actress whose last relationship provided tremendous tabloid fodder. She’s about to star in a bilingual rom-com series, and she wants the public to pay attention to her performance, not her love life. She and her cousins have put together a “Leading Lady Plan” for her to live by, which includes knowing she doesn’t need a man to make her happy and vowing not to mess around with her costars. That last rule becomes more difficult to observe when a last-minute casting change puts hunky telenovela actor Ashton Suarez in the role of her leading man. But Ashton, who has secrets of his own, is also determined not to let anyone get close to him, especially his beautiful costar. When their lack of connection off the set leads to a lack of connection on set (despite their obvious attraction to one another), Jasmine suggests that they start rehearsing together. But as they start letting their guard down, will their vulnerability be a good thing or a bad one? Will Jasmine be able to adhere to her Leading Lady Plan? Well, you know what’s going to happen if you’ve read a rom-com or two, but You Had Me at Hola is really enjoyable. It was refreshing to read a book with Latinx characters, and a soap opera-esque show is the perfect setting for a story like this. It was also great to have the female protagonist really have the control in the story. There is LOTS of steam in this one, so if that makes you uncomfortable you’ll need to do some serious page-flipping. But if you’re a rom-com fan, this is a fun one not to miss! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I sometimes struggle with contemporary M/F romance, but I was excited to finally dig into an Alexis Daria book. I mean, a Latinx romance with a telenovela feel? I had to try it. However, though the book was a good read overall, I had mixed emotions about the story and it took me *forever* to finish. I enjoyed the plot of the story, even if it felt a bit slow with some pacing issues. I was genuinely interested in each of the MCs and their own journeys through their careers. I liked that they had w I sometimes struggle with contemporary M/F romance, but I was excited to finally dig into an Alexis Daria book. I mean, a Latinx romance with a telenovela feel? I had to try it. However, though the book was a good read overall, I had mixed emotions about the story and it took me *forever* to finish. I enjoyed the plot of the story, even if it felt a bit slow with some pacing issues. I was genuinely interested in each of the MCs and their own journeys through their careers. I liked that they had wildly different paths and experiences in the entertainment industry, and even though I know next to nothing about that world, I was interested in what they were going through. Personally, I found the male MC, Ashton, to be too closed off. I had a much harder time connecting to him, and I found him to be not vulnerable enough, even within his own head. I thought the romance felt a bit... strained? It didn't quite feel natural to me. In fact, I found the romance of their character that they were playing to be more organic. I also thought that the Ashton withheld too much information from the female MC, Jasmine, even when they were in a tentative relationship, for me to have much sympathy for him. I was interested in the plotline more than the romance, to be honest. I loved the Jasmine and I'm still not convinced that Ashton is quite right for her. The drama was a bit much at the end, and I left the story not being in love with the relationship and how everything went down. I liked the story, but I didn't love it. Contemporary romance is hard for me, folks, but I'd read another Alexis Daria book in a heartbeat. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cam (justabookeater)

    I have to start this review with me screaming about how good it feels to read a romance about people who look, sound, and are like me. Nothing beats that feeling and, unfortunately, it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. This book reads like a labor of love. There is so much detail put into the setting and the characters and it's done so lovingly at times that it may seem a bit corny. Thing is, that's just how Boricua love is. It's loud, it's boisterous and it's warm to its core. Readin I have to start this review with me screaming about how good it feels to read a romance about people who look, sound, and are like me. Nothing beats that feeling and, unfortunately, it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. This book reads like a labor of love. There is so much detail put into the setting and the characters and it's done so lovingly at times that it may seem a bit corny. Thing is, that's just how Boricua love is. It's loud, it's boisterous and it's warm to its core. Reading Jasmine and Ashton's story was a delight. Two actors who are hoping to catch their big break on the big screen end up finding each other as well. Jasmine Lin, our Leading Lady, plays the role of Carmen in the debut series "Carmen in Charge" alongside telenovela star Ashton Suárez who plays Victor, Carmen's ex-husband. The coolest about this book has to be the way the narrative handled both Jasmine and Ashton's real-life relationship vs Carmen and Victor's tv relationship. We get to see both sides and you really find yourself rooting for both couples in the end! I thought it was super neat. If you're looking for the kind of romance that features only the two main characters and little else then this one is not for you. There are a plethora of secondary characters in this one. Between the staff of Carmen in Charge, las Primas of Power, Ashton's family in Puerto Rico, and Jasmine's Nuyorican family; there are plenty of new faces to go around. They really are what moves the story. Jasmine and Ashton are both people who are very close to their families and it's such a big thing for Latinx families to maintain that closeness. It was refreshing and endearing to see family dynamics like my own family's. I have a hunch on who might be the next heroine of the story but I'm keeping my mouth shut so y'all can find out yourselves! All in all, this was a fun read and it made my heart super homesick but happy at the same time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    Three stars. The worst of all the ratings to write reviews for, am I right? I should say that I enjoyed the hell out of this story right up until the very end, when the male lead's behavior absolutely ruined it for me. This is a contemporary romance, so obviously the big "blowup" happens, and I just could not get over the way he gaslighted the female lead. Oddly enough, this is the same thing that dropped my rating for the other book I've read from this author, Take the Lead. That said, there are Three stars. The worst of all the ratings to write reviews for, am I right? I should say that I enjoyed the hell out of this story right up until the very end, when the male lead's behavior absolutely ruined it for me. This is a contemporary romance, so obviously the big "blowup" happens, and I just could not get over the way he gaslighted the female lead. Oddly enough, this is the same thing that dropped my rating for the other book I've read from this author, Take the Lead. That said, there are SO MANY positives to this story, especially when it comes to diversity and representation. Also, the sex... *fans self* I buddy read this with my co-bloggers over on The Alliterates, and if you want to read a really good breakdown of all of the great things this book has going for it, you should definitely check out Brigid's review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kafka | JustReadingJess

    Fans of Jane the Virgin will not want to miss You Had Me at Hola. You Had Me at Hola is an entertaining rom com. Jasmine and Ashton are stars in a new telenovela. Both are using this show as hopefully a stepping stone for their careers. Jasmine's last breakup is all over social media and the news. Ashton was killed off of his last show and doens't want to do any more telenovelas. They play on screen love interests but how will that work if they develop feelings for each other? Jasmine and Ashton m Fans of Jane the Virgin will not want to miss You Had Me at Hola. You Had Me at Hola is an entertaining rom com. Jasmine and Ashton are stars in a new telenovela. Both are using this show as hopefully a stepping stone for their careers. Jasmine's last breakup is all over social media and the news. Ashton was killed off of his last show and doens't want to do any more telenovelas. They play on screen love interests but how will that work if they develop feelings for each other? Jasmine and Ashton meet when Ashton spills coffee on Jasmine before the table read. You Had Me at Hola is cute and funny with serious moments. I laughed and cried. You Had Me at Hola is basically an Americanized telenovela in book form. It was so refreshing to read during the current state of the world. I recommend this to any fans of rom coms especially if you are a fan of telenovelas or Jane the Virgin. Thank you Edelweiss and Avon for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    Show of hands, who thought this was YA? Oh, just me? Elle oh elle. Well just incase there's any lingering confusion from my fellow #TeamNoBlurb'ers? This is adult. In fact, the romance happens between a thirty year old and a love interest pushing forty, so, yeah. Definitely not YA. But also extra points for raising the age bracket a little higher for those of us who are no longer twenty five! That said, I do have sorta mixed feelings on this. I mostly liked Jasmine; both because she was very self- Show of hands, who thought this was YA? Oh, just me? Elle oh elle. Well just incase there's any lingering confusion from my fellow #TeamNoBlurb'ers? This is adult. In fact, the romance happens between a thirty year old and a love interest pushing forty, so, yeah. Definitely not YA. But also extra points for raising the age bracket a little higher for those of us who are no longer twenty five! That said, I do have sorta mixed feelings on this. I mostly liked Jasmine; both because she was very self-aware of her failings (not really failings, actually, but her tendencies) in the romance department but also because even when vulnerable, even when she didn't feel totally supported by family, she was still pretty focused without letting in any self-doubt. Not that she was totally on her own; she has a hype squad made up of her two closest cousins and I absolutely loved their dynamic and how each of the women were very clearly their own person. Where she fell short for me was in her behaviour during a pretty critical conflict moment and her total short-sightedness and self-centered behaviour.. which I won't detail any further as it spoils things. In the positives column, I did really adore the unabashed representation. Daria didn't just give her characters mixed heritage, throw them onto a Latinx telenovela reboot and call it a day, no. Between the Spanish on page, sometimes even without a direct translation, but helped along by context cues, and all the different backgrounds for characters, even the mix within Jasmine's family alone, it felt full and rich and wonderful. Even better, I loved that the author didn't include any kind of outsider (or white) character into the story who would then need explanations or to insert themselves into anything or, heaven forbid, rescue our lead or be the voice of reason. And I say that as a white person. That said, another area where this didn't quite win for me was the love interest. I could understand and even respect a lot of his choices, his omissions, his behaviours but.. I don't know. I liked the build-up between our leads, I liked that we started with something like a friendship first, albeit a friendship with a heavy dose of immediate attraction, and while reading about their chemistry I could kinda see where the author was trying to make things happen.. I just didn't believe it, if that makes sense. That said, the chapters that pulled scenes of their acting onto the page? I thought I would hate that, because I've disliked similar things in the past, but during those moments, the fiction within the fiction? I felt the chemistry there for sure. And I liked the behind the scenes staging and choreography of it all. Not sure I've seen that done in a book featuring actors before. So, yeah, a bunch of this I was pretty into. Other bits, not so much. But this is a pretty quick read, with a lot of representation, though there was definitely some stupid drama for the sake of drama which frustrated me, particularly when being created by thirty to forty year successful adults.. eye roll, and a healthy dose of steam. While it won't make a favourites list for me, I would definitely still recommend it. 2.5 stars ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    Full review coming soon... I mean, the cover speaks for itself and this synopsis... has me swooning... ARC kindly provided by Avon, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date... Follow Me On: Instagram ❁ Twitter Full review coming soon... I mean, the cover speaks for itself and this synopsis... has me swooning... ARC kindly provided by Avon, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date... Follow Me On: Instagram ❁ Twitter

  25. 4 out of 5

    alluring B ❄︎

    2.75 stars ⭐️⭐️3/4 I don’t know who i should give credit to for this cover because look at how GORGEOUS it is—the flavooUURRR😍✨👏🏻🤤 I just wish i loved this book as much as it’s cover *sigh* What i liked: • Latinx/Hispanic rep • the family dynamic • that age gap —close to 10 years i think? (sadly not the main focus *slaps thigh*) • single parent trope • once again, THAT COVER 😍 (can u tell i’ll never get over it) What i didn’t like: • the actor/actress trope • the writing —>felt rushed and choppy?? • lac 2.75 stars ⭐️⭐️3/4 I don’t know who i should give credit to for this cover because look at how GORGEOUS it is—the flavooUURRR😍✨👏🏻🤤 I just wish i loved this book as much as it’s cover *sigh* What i liked: • Latinx/Hispanic rep • the family dynamic • that age gap —close to 10 years i think? (sadly not the main focus *slaps thigh*) • single parent trope • once again, THAT COVER 😍 (can u tell i’ll never get over it) What i didn’t like: • the actor/actress trope • the writing —>felt rushed and choppy?? • lack of chemistry and sexual tension —>it’s written that there’s tension but i just didn’t feel any of it tbh • the slowburn romance —>wasn’t fun at ALL. i dozed off more than 10 times while reading this. we get some action at 50% on the dot • how the sex scenes were written —> you guys. no joke i literally slept while reading those scenes (that’s how disconnected the writing felt. it was frustrating bcs they had potential to be h0t) But if i were told to find a way and sell this book to readers, i’d just leave this quote from the book here: “so before he left, he went back to the bed and sat beside her. With gentle movements, he brushed her hair behind her ear and leaned down to press a kiss to her temple. When she lifted up on her elbows, he pulled her the rest of the way, gathering her warm, naked form in his lap and holding her tight. She clung to him, nuzzling her face in his neck.” I also want to say out that 2.5 stars is considered ‘not bad but not great. just meh’ to me. so i gave an addition of 0.25 stars bcs this book was able to spur some reaction and feelings from me by the end of the book so that must’ve at least meant something, right?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Ok, on a superficial note, the cover of this is just gorgeous. Snaps to the art department! Overall, I really enjoyed this one! This is the second Alexis Daria story I've read and the first full novel, and I am really impressed with her skill in letting her stories unfold in a truly satisfying way and how character driven they are. The characters really are the stand out here-- I was fully engaged by both of the leads, but also by all of the supporting cast (especially the families -- great famil Ok, on a superficial note, the cover of this is just gorgeous. Snaps to the art department! Overall, I really enjoyed this one! This is the second Alexis Daria story I've read and the first full novel, and I am really impressed with her skill in letting her stories unfold in a truly satisfying way and how character driven they are. The characters really are the stand out here-- I was fully engaged by both of the leads, but also by all of the supporting cast (especially the families -- great family dynamics in this one), and I thought mirroring the h/h's internal conflict around believing in themselves in their careers and external conflicts around their family dynamics was smart & made the book effective in driving home its thematic content. Also, the interstitial scenes from the TV show that Jasmine & Ashton are shooting were fun & I found myself equally invested in the Victor/Carmen story line! The drawback here is the "big secret" that we as the audience know about that Ashton is keeping from Jasmine. While I think the author did a lot of work to sell us on why this was a thing, it's going to be YMMV on if you buy it. For me, it didn't quite ring true and that's what kept me from just loving this one full heartedly. Still, if you're looking for a nice slow burn romance with interesting characters in a fun set up, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I'm excited to read more from this author in the future!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    I'm so glad I was approved for You Had Me At Hola because let me just say I LOVED this one. I went into this novel with no expectations, just that the title was cute and the cover was beautiful. Jasmine was such a great character. Very strong but also allowed herself to be vulnerable and genuine. She exudes girl power and I loved it. Ashton - I went back and forth with him. He was a little too dramatic but that's okay, I ended up liking him a lot. I also enjoyed their awkwardness that began thei I'm so glad I was approved for You Had Me At Hola because let me just say I LOVED this one. I went into this novel with no expectations, just that the title was cute and the cover was beautiful. Jasmine was such a great character. Very strong but also allowed herself to be vulnerable and genuine. She exudes girl power and I loved it. Ashton - I went back and forth with him. He was a little too dramatic but that's okay, I ended up liking him a lot. I also enjoyed their awkwardness that began their relationship and then eventually leads into a lot of steaminess. I also thought that the scenes where they're behind the set, shooting the show was super fun. I will say that I'm not that into romances so if you love romance novels, definitely read this one. I'm off to go check out whatever else Alexis Daria has written! Thanks so much to Netgalley and to the publisher for the advanced copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    This is such a fun and fast romcom Latinx inspired book! as someone who grew with Telenovela, the moment i read the synopsis i knew i just had to read this book Jasmine is a multiracial actress who grew with very big Latino family in NY, she just broke with her boyfriend and very determined to not get involved to any romantic relationship until someday she met Ashton Suarez, his sexy handsome co star in the new ScreenFlix Latin TV series "Carmen In Charge" We have 2 POVs in this book from Jasmine This is such a fun and fast romcom Latinx inspired book! as someone who grew with Telenovela, the moment i read the synopsis i knew i just had to read this book Jasmine is a multiracial actress who grew with very big Latino family in NY, she just broke with her boyfriend and very determined to not get involved to any romantic relationship until someday she met Ashton Suarez, his sexy handsome co star in the new ScreenFlix Latin TV series "Carmen In Charge" We have 2 POVs in this book from Jasmine and Ashton, and i must said even tho i enjoy both of their perspectives, they have their own Vulnerability and both are very immature to solve their problems esp Ashton, i also enjoyed their steamy scenes alot 🌚🔥 I love the story got the glimpse of the TV Show they are filming.. both the screenplay and also the behind the scenes work It's a fun Latinx inspired romcom book, will definetly read another book written by this author 3.5⭐️

  29. 4 out of 5

    ↠Ameerah↞

    This really did not work for me. I have given it 2 stars based on the rep and book cover alone but I'm leaning more towards 1 star. I really struggled through the first half. The writing was choppy and disjointed and the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward. I felt completely detached from the story and characters and just didn't really care about them. I didn't find their romance believable nor their chemistry, they went from barely interacting in the first half of the book to having sex every da This really did not work for me. I have given it 2 stars based on the rep and book cover alone but I'm leaning more towards 1 star. I really struggled through the first half. The writing was choppy and disjointed and the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward. I felt completely detached from the story and characters and just didn't really care about them. I didn't find their romance believable nor their chemistry, they went from barely interacting in the first half of the book to having sex every day??? In the entire story they probably had 3 meaningful conversations if that. The 'Carmen in Charge' chapters were just boring and used as filler without adding anything substantial to the story- even though characters seemed to interact more on their show than they did off set. 🙃 The secret that came out had me rolling my eyes and I felt the big drama was just boring. 🙈 I wasn't a fan of Ashton and his behaviour towards the end just cemented my dislike of him. Deal with your shit like an adult geez! The second half of the book was definitely better than the first but overall the book was a big disappointment for me unfortunately. I think I need a little break from romance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell

    I am SO excited for this because I love telenovelas and I LOVED this author's Dance Off series!

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