How to Fail at Flirting - Denise Williams
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.
I really enjoyed the authors writing style. I was hooked right off the bat! In the beginning few pages I didn't relate to the humor but it really picked up after and honest to God truth, I had this wide smile the whole way while reading the book. Its got a certain charm to it.
The story is about 2 characters who've had bad past relationship experiences. They both meet as strangers on a bar and realize they have fun in each other's company. They connect like they've never connected with anyone before. But our guy is only in the city for a couple of days so they agree to have a no-strings-attached hook-up. This quickly escalates into real feelings as they learn more and can't stop thinking about each other.
Yes, I'm aware its a very cliche storyline but guys, the way its written and portrayed..it was like I was reading this trope for the first time! I tend to dislike stories about no-strings attached turned real love because it tends to focus a lot on the physical rather than personality/couple build-up. But this book while being on the same lines had such compelling character portrayal that I could so easily connect with both the characters. I loved their goofy banter, their soft gazes and delicate touches.
I was expecting a little more from the ending, but I liked the turn it took. While I could always hope to see them grow as a couple through more struggles and see their love actually put to the test, it's still a very good read. It's got laughter, romance and struggles all bundled up in a super fun read!