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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for How to Fail at Flirting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! I was hoping to read a feel-good romance but I have to admit the last third of the book was full of high tension, angst with action packed thriller vibes: I already ate my fake nails I provided to use during my tense readings and I jumped up and down, screaming ; “atta girl!”, cursing for the bad guy of the book, breathing heavily, drinking my whole glass with one gulp, getting more tipsy and agitated! Well, thankfully conclusion was relieving! I think I truly enjoyed this book: Firstly I lo Wow! I was hoping to read a feel-good romance but I have to admit the last third of the book was full of high tension, angst with action packed thriller vibes: I already ate my fake nails I provided to use during my tense readings and I jumped up and down, screaming ; “atta girl!”, cursing for the bad guy of the book, breathing heavily, drinking my whole glass with one gulp, getting more tipsy and agitated! Well, thankfully conclusion was relieving! I think I truly enjoyed this book: Firstly I loved heroine: Naya deserves to call as ‘heroine” because she was survivor of an abusive relationship and after ending that part of life, for 3 years she has been having a secluded, introverted life style, wearing shapeless, old school clothes, focusing on her work at university (yes: she is an inspirational, overachiever math professor), not dating anymore. And now her job is at risk, her department already landed at university’s chopping block. And the abusive asshole she’s dated: Davis is hired at her workplace. Her only and so likable best friends Felicia and Aaron (who are also coolest couple and interesting fact Naya had one time bad date experience with Aaron but thankfully he decides to date with Naya’s bestie Felicia and now they are happily married with children.) tell her she is living lay low after she’s been traumatized by Davis whoshallnotbenamed. She needs to be back in the game, taking risks, loosening up, starting to enjoy her life. So Naya takes the challenge and makes a list: including accepting a random stranger’s drink offer, kissing him, having one night stand, learning new stuff, being bolder, braver, broadening her horizons kind of things( especially at the bedroom) She accepts to meet with Aaron and Felicia at the bar but she is being ditched by them (Aaron’s excuse : accompanying her mother who hurt herself at the pole dance class was brilliant and yes, it was real) And guess what: her phone call with Aaron and her reaction to his story attracted attention to the charming guy who is sitting next to her. They start a conversation, sharing some not so funny jokes. ( Yes, we have a charming, likable, completely hot hero with the worst sense of humor and no ability at any kind of sports and he is one the %1 living breathing organism who didn’t watch “Star Wars” : That’s a first.) They share their names: The charming guy introduces himself as Jake. He came to the city for attending wedding ceremony and business meeting. Naya insists they should not share any information about their jobs or their last names. ( She only shares her second name Michelle)She tries to keep it cool, re-learning the basics of flirting but her one-night stand ended up with vomit, humiliation and heartbreak! Yes, poor girl drank way too much she could handle. But don’t worry: Our charming, sexy hero already got her number and kept texting her to go on a proper date. Their casual, no strings attach relationship slowly turn into intimate, emotional, intense one with their sizzling chemistry. BUT : Yes: here are the struggles they have to face: Jake is one of the partners of the account firm that evaluating the departments of the university she works. Yes: I can hear you scream: “conflict of interest!” Naya may lose her job she has been working so hard and she also has risk to lose her reputation she rebuilt after the destruction whomustnotbenamed ex created. But she cannot help herself because she already starts to fall for Jake even though they didn’t put a name or any label to their relationship. Do you think there is not enough angst thrown at our faces? Well, whomustnotbenamed started sending threatening messageS to Naya and of course Jake’s ex involves into the game. So let’s keep our fingers crossed and say prayers for this cute couple to win the fight against all these obstacles! It was one of my fastest reading and especially the author’s approach to the abusive relationships and Naya’s way of fighting against it, her bravery, inner struggles were well-written. Only thing bothered me was Jake’s relationship status and Naya’s way of accepting everything he can give without demanding more because she deserved more but her insecurities and trusting issues overshadowed her judgment about herself. So I wish Jack’s relationship status could be different and he may have come clean without putting Naya in a heartbreaking situation. So I’m cutting only star and giving four meaningful, high tension, though provoking, inspirational, well-deserved stars. I’m looking forward to read more works of the author. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this meaningful ARC in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Let me count the ways I loved this book. So swoon worthy and steamy and gah I need this book to be out now so you all can read it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Now that was exactly what the doctor ordered! A true rom com that left my heart aflutter. Naya (like a Papaya) swore off men three years ago after an abusive relationship that nearly cost her well...everything. While out for an evening with her two best friends, they compose a little list for Naya. In particular, things she can to do to help her climb out of her dating rut. All in, Naya takes this list to the next level and conquers the entire list...and then some! All it takes is a second look f Now that was exactly what the doctor ordered! A true rom com that left my heart aflutter. Naya (like a Papaya) swore off men three years ago after an abusive relationship that nearly cost her well...everything. While out for an evening with her two best friends, they compose a little list for Naya. In particular, things she can to do to help her climb out of her dating rut. All in, Naya takes this list to the next level and conquers the entire list...and then some! All it takes is a second look from a sexy man sitting on the next barstool over and sparks fly...and the heat is on!🔥 🔥 This book delivered so much more than I was expecting. The romance was white-hot and off the charts. The comedy was fun and had me smiling throughout. And naturally there were the obligatory obstacles that our couple had to overcome...but isn’t love worth that?💁🏻‍♀️💖 Can’t wait to read more from this very talented author! A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing via Netgalley for an ARC to read and review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Boy oh Boy! Talk about Risque! I’ve always considered myself “a details girl” but after reading “How to Fail at Flirting” I have decided that there are certain details that are better left to the imagination! If you’re the type of person who likes to read super sexy, hot, fiery romance novels, this book might be just what you’re looking for. If however, you’re like me and you prefer women’s fiction where the romance ‘fades to black’ - you m Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Boy oh Boy! Talk about Risque! I’ve always considered myself “a details girl” but after reading “How to Fail at Flirting” I have decided that there are certain details that are better left to the imagination! If you’re the type of person who likes to read super sexy, hot, fiery romance novels, this book might be just what you’re looking for. If however, you’re like me and you prefer women’s fiction where the romance ‘fades to black’ - you might want to steer clear of this one. Naya Turner’s life has become monotonous and boring, that is until she goes out one night to a bar to meet her friends and they fail to show up. That night she meets a gorgeous stranger named Jake in town for a wedding. The two immediately hit it off, in and out of the bedroom. What started off as an opportunity for Naya to try something new, becomes something else entirely, something she didn’t bargain for, but wouldn’t trade for anything. While “How to Fail at Flirting” is full of sarcasm, witticisms and romance, the “fiery details” missed the mark for me. This was a buddy read with Kaceey and as you’ll see from her review, she prefers her romances hot and fiery and I prefer romances that fade to black, which made this an extremely funny buddy read, if nothing else. A huge thank you goes out to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group for the arc. Elisha - Kaceey would like you to keep these fiery romances coming, while I’d prefer mine a little tamer! Baaahh!. Published on Goodreads on 12.6.20.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is the perfect mix of rom com and serious issues. Naya and Jake’s relationship starts as a cute romance, but serious issues are presented in How to Fail at Flirting. Naya’s last boyfriend was abusive. The abuse effects Naya’s ability to become close to Jake. Will Naya’s past break up her and Jake? The characters in How to Fail at Flirting are great. Naya is such a fun character to read about. The story is told from her perspective. The reader gets to see How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is the perfect mix of rom com and serious issues. Naya and Jake’s relationship starts as a cute romance, but serious issues are presented in How to Fail at Flirting. Naya’s last boyfriend was abusive. The abuse effects Naya’s ability to become close to Jake. Will Naya’s past break up her and Jake? The characters in How to Fail at Flirting are great. Naya is such a fun character to read about. The story is told from her perspective. The reader gets to see how self-assured she acts, but then sees all the insecurities she is thinking in her head. Jake is always looking out for Naya and trying to make her laugh. Both Naya and Jake have great friends that are overprotective of them. I recommend How to Fail at Flirting to fans of Jasmine Guillory. How to Fail at Flirting is a mix of The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Thank you Edelweiss and Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group for How to Fail at Flirting. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mrinmayi

    OMG!!!LOOK GUYS!!! A BOOK BASED ON MY LOVE LIFE!!! I am this penguin 😤 And I feel attacked after reading the title of this book!! I have my OWN guide for How to fail at flirting !! I am a PRO at bad flirting!! And this book basically summed it up lmao Don't do this creepy thing girls!! This meme "speaks" to my soul😂🥺🥺 That's why I am gonna stay single forever xD BUT I need to read this book asap!!!!! Something tells me that it is gonna be hella relatable !! #singlepeopleunite #single4ever #awesomelife #st OMG!!!LOOK GUYS!!! A BOOK BASED ON MY LOVE LIFE!!! I am this penguin 😤 And I feel attacked after reading the title of this book!! I have my OWN guide for How to fail at flirting !! I am a PRO at bad flirting!! And this book basically summed it up lmao Don't do this creepy thing girls!! This meme "speaks" to my soul😂🥺🥺 That's why I am gonna stay single forever xD BUT I need to read this book asap!!!!! Something tells me that it is gonna be hella relatable !! #singlepeopleunite #single4ever #awesomelife #stilllonelytho #fictionalcrushoverrealcrush

  7. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    sweet and steamy. Humorous and cathartic. Authentic and raw. Denise Williams hit me right in the feels and the funnybone with this evocative story. Naya is a survivor of an emotionally abusive relationship learning to flirt and trust again. Armed with a list full of things to do to reclaim herself Naya meats Jake at a local bar. she flirts, she lets him buy her a drink, she gets kissed and she’s determined to have a one night fling. However, the fates seem to have other plans for Naya and Jake. sweet and steamy. Humorous and cathartic. Authentic and raw. Denise Williams hit me right in the feels and the funnybone with this evocative story. Naya is a survivor of an emotionally abusive relationship learning to flirt and trust again. Armed with a list full of things to do to reclaim herself Naya meats Jake at a local bar. she flirts, she lets him buy her a drink, she gets kissed and she’s determined to have a one night fling. However, the fates seem to have other plans for Naya and Jake. There is a lot of chemistry between these two and they are both thinking this could be something more. But, there is a big unexpected roadblock that could change everything. Is Naya willing to risk her career that she has worked so hard at, the one thing she feels confident about for love? This was the perfect blend of humor and heavy subject matter. Naya was a likable relatable character I felt a connection to. Jake was a genuinely good guy, nice but not clingy. The corny puns between these two were hilarious and cringy. i’m not often a fan of Instalove, but it worked with these two. Jake really new how to reassure Naya, intuitively. as a survivor of an emotionally abusive marriage myself I thought the subject matter was handled extremely well. The gaslighting, the manipulation, the undermining, hard things to get over. Naya is an intelligent, confident, strong woman who found herself in a bad situation. It always is very cathartic for me to read about characters like this in books takes away the stigma of being a victim of abuse. Jake was such a safe place for Naya. I kept thinking please please do not let our girl down. Now I will say Jake was not perfect and there are some hiccups, but I think those hiccups helped Naya grow even stronger. A beautiful love story that tugged at my heart. this book in emojis 👩‍🏫 🍷 🍦 🎂 🥋 🏀 🧀 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Young

    How to Fail at Flirting delivers on every level. It’s funny, sexy, heartwarming and emotional. With its engaging, loveable characters, fresh plot, and compelling narrative, I did not want to put it down! It’s in my top reads of the year for sure!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    My romantic life summed up in a book title challenge: Done

  10. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING AUTHOR: Denise Williams SERIES: Standalone RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2020 GENRE: Contemporary Romance THEMES & TROPES: Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING wasn't the fluffy read I expected. There are some serious themes that warrant a trigger warning like domestic violence and and emotional abuse. I didn't see that in the book's blurb so here's a heads up for those who need them. I loved TITLE: HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING AUTHOR: Denise Williams SERIES: Standalone RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2020 GENRE: Contemporary Romance THEMES & TROPES: Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING wasn't the fluffy read I expected. There are some serious themes that warrant a trigger warning like domestic violence and and emotional abuse. I didn't see that in the book's blurb so here's a heads up for those who need them. I loved Jake and Naya's connection although it was pretty instant. Their cheesy jokes and sweet togetherness was fun but I do think it lacked a little depth. The author focuses a lot on their physical attraction that was definitely on the sexier side. There was a good amount of steam but I think it could have been a little less bedroom scenes and a little more emotional bonding. Still, these two were cute together and it was easy to love and root for them. Every time I woke up with him, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was waking up to myself a little more. Here is something that I'm not happy to mention because I don't pretend to know how an abuse victim feels like and how they should react. When Naya's tormentor comes back into her life and sends her threatening messages she doesn't confide in anyone until 80% in. This highly intelligent woman was scared yet she didn't talk to anyone about it. I get the guilt and shame and like I said, I don't know how realistic this would be but it did feel wrong that she waited for it to escalate. I enjoyed this story immensely, I laughed, there was suspense in the last couple of chapters that had me on the edge of my seat and I felt for both Jake and Naya when their relationship was tested. I loved seeing Naya find her power and stand up for herself. I wanted to be kissed like that again, like I was something special, something wanted, like I was … someone. I adored Jake, who was simply a decent man who wanted to be there for Naya. The writing is very crisp and engaging, I easily connected with this author's style and I'm definitely going to read more stories by Denise Williams! No, this is something special. It was the special I had no idea how to handle.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    So I just finished THE book . 5 stars, definitely recommend! One good thing in 2020! Finally! Yes, THE book, because unbeknownst to the author this feel good romance felt like it was written just for me! Let me share with you all the reasons "How To Fail At Flirting" should be on y'all TBR lists. ☑ Nerdy hero and and even nerdier heroine ☑ One night stand turns into something more ☑ "To Do Lists" addiction (Naya is a closet BUJO addict!) ☑ Steamy and playful love scenes ☑ Long distance relations So I just finished THE book . 5 stars, definitely recommend! One good thing in 2020! Finally! Yes, THE book, because unbeknownst to the author this feel good romance felt like it was written just for me! Let me share with you all the reasons "How To Fail At Flirting" should be on y'all TBR lists. ☑ Nerdy hero and and even nerdier heroine ☑ One night stand turns into something more ☑ "To Do Lists" addiction (Naya is a closet BUJO addict!) ☑ Steamy and playful love scenes ☑ Long distance relationship ☑ Texting ☑ Flirty banter and silly jokes are the bestest combo ☑ Cheese puns FTW! ☑ Star Wars references ☑ Hero gifts the heroine STATIONARY 💜 *husband material here!* ☑ See my last point one more time. STATIONARY YOU GUYS. I love my meet cutes in romance and well, if you start off by hooking up with a stranger at a bar because your type A personality demands you check off items on that To Do list burning a hole in your comfiest cardigan's pocket... then you've got my full undivided attention and my best highlighters ready to be uncapped! Let's do this, Naya! But in all seriousness, this book had me smiling all throughout, I didn't want to stop reading but at the same time I tried so damn hard to pace my reading because I didn't want it to end! The author made it so easy to fall in love with her characters, Naya and Jake. They're both so complex and real, you just want to make them your own. The care given to the character's development was remarkable with fully rounded mentions of past relationships, upbringing, work, co-workers, friends. Watching Jake and Naya attempts at seducing each other was endearingly adorable and I was here for all the awkward little moments. The chemistry on page kept me engaged and fueled my romance reader heart. I'm not going to lie, the author had me wishing with anticipation for the smallest touch, brush of fingers, flex of hands... Gah. I could even feel the way Jake was staring at the heroine, I was this much invested in their unfolding relationship. There was anticipation building and the delivery was PERFECT. "How To Fail At Flirting" was STEAMY as hell and I loved it. The banter was ON POINT, 100% my kind of humor, the puns were of a masterful brilliance because they were so silly! I absolutely adored the dialogues, so engaging! This was a really happy place read for me even though it deals with heavier themes like past emotional and physical abuse, digital harrasment, which made for a really emotionally balanced story in the end, bringing just enough conflict to keep their unfolding romance captivating without dipping into silly drama. The cast of supporting characters was diverse too, I adored both Jake and Naya's friends, they made them shine even more. Naya was an amazing leading character and I absolutely adored her but seriously we need to talk about Jake and probably make a list of all the things we loved about him. Alright, maybe another time! I didn't mean to write such a long review, and I must apologize because the book doesn't actually come out before December 2020, but I'll be sure to remind you to pick this amazing romance in a few months! (or you can preorder it now https://amzn.to/3hmi03g or add it to GR https://bit.ly/3kb1JQJ) More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Well, this is another case of the cute cover and synopsis not showing exactly what this book is about. Be warned: it is not just the sweet rom-com it appears to be I really liked Naya and Jake. They’re both good people with trust issues and the insta-love happens. I liked the support Naya had in between BFF Felicia and Jake with Tyson and Eric. There are a good amount of characters here, but this is definitely a story of Naya, her growth, and how Jake fits in it. Plot wise, it was mostly good. Th Well, this is another case of the cute cover and synopsis not showing exactly what this book is about. Be warned: it is not just the sweet rom-com it appears to be I really liked Naya and Jake. They’re both good people with trust issues and the insta-love happens. I liked the support Naya had in between BFF Felicia and Jake with Tyson and Eric. There are a good amount of characters here, but this is definitely a story of Naya, her growth, and how Jake fits in it. Plot wise, it was mostly good. The relationship progressed organically and the time jumps were well noted. I would have liked a bit more conversation. Of course, it does make sense why Naya keeps things quiet, but sometimes it seemed liked their talks were really superficial. As I said at the top, the minor mention of an abusive relationship doesn’t even come close to what happens. The abusive boyfriend comes back into Naya’s life and there are many scenes of them interacting, implied threats, and unwanted touching...and that’s before we get to the build up of the story. Overall, it was a story I liked with characters who were easy to root for. My main downfall with this book is that I expected something a bit different from what I got. FYI: manipulation, emotional, and psychological abuse, scenes of slapping, scene of intent to rape, revenge porn **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    This is a well-done contemporary romance. Naya is still reeling from an abusive relationship, but at least her career seems to be going well. She’s a professor who teaches future teachers how to educate students in math, and she’s getting close to tenure when the rumors start that some departments may be cut—including hers. When her close friends encourage her to get out there and take some risks—get drunk, have a one-night stand, that sort of thing, Naya surprises herself by doing some of the th This is a well-done contemporary romance. Naya is still reeling from an abusive relationship, but at least her career seems to be going well. She’s a professor who teaches future teachers how to educate students in math, and she’s getting close to tenure when the rumors start that some departments may be cut—including hers. When her close friends encourage her to get out there and take some risks—get drunk, have a one-night stand, that sort of thing, Naya surprises herself by doing some of the things on the list, which leads her to meeting Jake. He’s only in town for a wedding, so she insists they don’t talk about personal stuff and just have fun. When the personal stuff is revealed, problems abound. I liked the character of Jake. He’s a good guy without being too nice. I’m not a fan of puns and bad jokes that Naya and Jake are fans of, so I did a lot of cringing as they were falling for each other with bad-joke banter. I appreciate that the author talked about the serious issue of abusive relationships—emotional abuse is hard to quantify, so it’s even easier for women to blame ourselves for that than physically abusive relationships. Naya’s ex also hurt her physically, but not the kind of beating her up that would land her in the hospital—everything he did could easily be passed off as her being too sensitive if the person hearing the story didn’t give a crap about women. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Salem Genseke

    Can I just say... wow! This book had me blushing, snickering, & even sniffling from heartbreak (depending on the chapter) but ultimately How to Fail at Flirting left me satisfied!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Racheal

    I was able to read an advance copy of this book. It's wonderful! I loved the relationship between the main characters, it was both funny and steamy, and the plot moves along so well, I didn't want to put it down! I was able to read an advance copy of this book. It's wonderful! I loved the relationship between the main characters, it was both funny and steamy, and the plot moves along so well, I didn't want to put it down!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    ALMOST FOUR STARS How To Fail at Flirting was a well written debut novel. Fresh, sexy and romantic. Although I did have to overlook some of the more cheesy moments. The beginning of the book was pure romance, sexy, sizzling even, and sweet. Naya and Jake had an instant connection, but not too outlandish that it was unbelievable. Their one-on-one time was romantic, and Jake pulled out all the stops when it came to Naya. It was really sweet and Jake was adorable. They were perfect together. And both ALMOST FOUR STARS How To Fail at Flirting was a well written debut novel. Fresh, sexy and romantic. Although I did have to overlook some of the more cheesy moments. The beginning of the book was pure romance, sexy, sizzling even, and sweet. Naya and Jake had an instant connection, but not too outlandish that it was unbelievable. Their one-on-one time was romantic, and Jake pulled out all the stops when it came to Naya. It was really sweet and Jake was adorable. They were perfect together. And both were genuine, likable and easy to root for. The supporting cast, especially the friends on both sides, were just wonderful. They were supportive, and often voices of reason when needed. The book also covered some deeper topics, which gave the book depth, but also was the source of why the last 20% of the book wasn’t as enjoyable for me as the rest. In the last third of the novel, there were quite a few things that happened all at the same time, from the abusive ex-boyfriend, to their kinda still secret relationship, and the conflict between Jake’s job and the possibility of Naya losing her job. And when all these issues reared their heads, it was a LOT all at once. The story kinda imploded, and took some of the enjoyment with it. But overall, this book was a great first novel by the author. And I’m really looking forward to her next one. Also, the narration was very well done!! The voices especially during he more emotional scenes were some of the best I’ve heard so far. ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Omg I loved this so much 😭❤ It was such an amazing, swoony romance! This book quickly shot it's way onto my favorites list. This follows a workaholic professor who wants nothing more than to reach tenure. But she learns that cuts are being made and the career she loves might be on the line. In an effort to let lose, she finds herself at a bar and falling for man she barely knows. Turns out he is also the person holding her careers future. Now she must decide what is most important to her. I was bl Omg I loved this so much 😭❤ It was such an amazing, swoony romance! This book quickly shot it's way onto my favorites list. This follows a workaholic professor who wants nothing more than to reach tenure. But she learns that cuts are being made and the career she loves might be on the line. In an effort to let lose, she finds herself at a bar and falling for man she barely knows. Turns out he is also the person holding her careers future. Now she must decide what is most important to her. I was blown away by how wonderfully this book was balanced. This had a lot of moving parts that easily could have caused this to go very wrong. But Denise Williams managed to make this swoony, impactful, and light-hearted all at the same time. I think there are a lot of 20/30-somethings out there that will really related to Naya's journey throughout this book. She is struggling with trauma, work-life balance, and figuring out what she wants out of life. I really loved reading from her perspective. She is definitely a new favorite character of mine. I wasn't expecting to relate to her as much as I did. I could not stop fawning over this amazing romance. I may have squealed more than once. The chemistry between the two main characters was off the charts amazing. I was rooting for them from their very first interaction. Overall this is a new favorite adult romance. I can't wait to read more from Denise Williams in the future! Trigger warnings for abusive relationships and attempted sexual assault.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Kohler

    I truly didn't want to put it down, while not wanting it to end either!~ I, like so many other readers who thoroughly enjoy a good romance/rom-com, feel it's simply ambrosia when done this well! We often read coming of age premises, or characters who are experiencing love for the first time - but here - and wow do I love it - we see characters who have had life experience effect them. William's generously writes a cast of players who have been changed by their struggles, and those changes resonat I truly didn't want to put it down, while not wanting it to end either!~ I, like so many other readers who thoroughly enjoy a good romance/rom-com, feel it's simply ambrosia when done this well! We often read coming of age premises, or characters who are experiencing love for the first time - but here - and wow do I love it - we see characters who have had life experience effect them. William's generously writes a cast of players who have been changed by their struggles, and those changes resonate in how they approach the future. Their voices and choices were so delightfully mature and human. (don't worry she also perfectly balances the spicy fun in her story too! :) Hope we get to see many more titles from her in the future!! Galley borrowed from the publisher.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Doherty

    I truly didn't want to put it down, while not wanting it to end either!~ I, like so many other readers who thoroughly enjoy a good romance/rom-com, feel it's simply ambrosia when done this well! We often read coming of age premises, or characters who are experiencing love for the first time - but here - and wow do I love it - we see characters who have had life experience effect them. William's generously writes a cast of players who have been changed by their struggles, and those changes resonate I truly didn't want to put it down, while not wanting it to end either!~ I, like so many other readers who thoroughly enjoy a good romance/rom-com, feel it's simply ambrosia when done this well! We often read coming of age premises, or characters who are experiencing love for the first time - but here - and wow do I love it - we see characters who have had life experience effect them. William's generously writes a cast of players who have been changed by their struggles, and those changes resonate in how they approach the future. Their voices and choices were so delightfully mature and human. (don't worry she also perfectly balances the spicy fun in her story too! :) Hope we get to see many more titles from her in the future!! Galley borrowed from the publisher.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    In How To Fail At Flirting, Denise Williams balances fun romantic comedy with the heaviness of the aftermath of real life tough issues. **Trigger Warner for abuse** I really appreciated two things from this story; first and foremost: the feeling of not being enough in the eyes of those who look like you. Naya, the heroine grew up biracial and experienced what it's like to be one of the family members who doesn't speak Spanish while not being black enough in the eyes of her black family members. I In How To Fail At Flirting, Denise Williams balances fun romantic comedy with the heaviness of the aftermath of real life tough issues. **Trigger Warner for abuse** I really appreciated two things from this story; first and foremost: the feeling of not being enough in the eyes of those who look like you. Naya, the heroine grew up biracial and experienced what it's like to be one of the family members who doesn't speak Spanish while not being black enough in the eyes of her black family members. I really liked seeing that conversation being had in the book. It's very real and very much something we experience and takes years of work to fix after hearing it so much. I'm still waiting on someone to explain what exactly black enough is. Naya's last relationship was abusive. I think the author did a fantastic job of capturing the person we become after surviving a relationship like that. Naya was very cautious and protective of the routines that protected her pre-cautions. This was a story of stepping out of those built comfort zones and finding love again and how a new, good love, will inspire you to stand up for yourself and make the moves to move on. Really good book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    With its promise of sexy lists, How to Fail At Flirting was one of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I went in expecting a fun, steamy, and somewhat fluffy story, but came out with a poignant book that deftly explores the challenges of academia and the aftermath of abuse in relationships. How to Fail at Flirting opened up with Dr. Naya Turner at a roadblock in both her love life and her career. Her department at the university where she worked was on the verge of being potentially With its promise of sexy lists, How to Fail At Flirting was one of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I went in expecting a fun, steamy, and somewhat fluffy story, but came out with a poignant book that deftly explores the challenges of academia and the aftermath of abuse in relationships. How to Fail at Flirting opened up with Dr. Naya Turner at a roadblock in both her love life and her career. Her department at the university where she worked was on the verge of being potentially defunded, which meant that she could lose aspects of her job and a career that she loved. On top of that, the demands of her job have left her love life looking a little sad. An abusive ex has also led to her tightly guarding her heart and focusing all of her time and attention on her research and her career. Naya needed some loving of the romantic nature, so when her friends (who are really really awesome, BTW) encouraged her to have a one-night stand, she took the leap, which provided the perfect opportunity to meet Jake, her love interest. Man, I loved Naya's story of growth in this book. She was an impressive woman at the beginning of the book, but she developed even further as a character as she went on this journey of self-love. Her abusive ex had left her self-esteem at a very low point, so she had a lot of healing to do. Denise Williams took care of Naya's character compassionately and realistically. Your heart will ache for Naya, but ultimately you will truly root for her happiness and feel like a proud mama/papa bear at how she was able to rebuild the self-confidence that her dirtbag of an ex spent a long time wrecking. Though a big part of her character, Naya's abuse wasn't the only focus of How to Fail at Flirting. Her passion for her career and research in the education department was clear as day. You could just tell that it was a job she found very fulfilling from the way she spoke about it. She was great overall and readers will easily love her character, in my opinion. Naya was definitely the star of this book, but her love interest, Jake, was a terrific addition and the perfect partner for her. They met at a bar following which they engage in a night of passion. Of course, we all know how one-night stands end in romance novels, so it was no surprise when the two find themselves wanting to be around each other beyond the night. Jake was a sweetheart and very much of a nice guy, which is what Naya deserved in her life. He was patient and sweet with her, making it easy to root for his happiness. Of course, their relationship wasn't smooth-sailing - an obstacle and a conflict-of-interest arose when it was discovered that Jake was a consultant hired by her university to determine whether her department would be eliminated. Though the stress of that situation loomed, their relationship managed to be light-hearted and swoony. I liked how there was a playful energy between them despite everything. Anyways, How to Fail at Flirting was a great debut for me and I am excited to read what Denise Williams comes up with next. If it's anything like this poignant and romantic book, I know I have discovered a new favorite author to add to my romance library. CW: racial microaggressions, intimate partner violence, and abuse

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evie Drae

    To be fully transparent, I will say Denise Williams was one of my fellow finalists in the 2019 Romance Writers of America® (RWA®) Golden Heart®. However, the review to follow is 100% based on my honest reaction to this delightful multicultural romantic comedy. How to Fail at Flirting was a fresh, energetic, and relatable tale with an engaging plot and charming characters. It piqued my interest from page one and kept me hooked all the way to the end. And don’t even get me started on Jake. Hooollle To be fully transparent, I will say Denise Williams was one of my fellow finalists in the 2019 Romance Writers of America® (RWA®) Golden Heart®. However, the review to follow is 100% based on my honest reaction to this delightful multicultural romantic comedy. How to Fail at Flirting was a fresh, energetic, and relatable tale with an engaging plot and charming characters. It piqued my interest from page one and kept me hooked all the way to the end. And don’t even get me started on Jake. Hooollleeee epic level of book boyfriend awesomeness. I fell hard for Jake right off the bat. I’m talking insta-book-boyfriend love here, people. For real. He is the sweetest, funniest, most adorkable hottie I’ve run across between the pages of a book in far too long. His puns made me giggle, his genuine personality and caring heart made me swoon, and his complete lack of an exaggerated sense of self-worth is… beyond refreshing. I love that he was a bit of a late bloomer and is so adorably blind to his smokin’ hot bod. Also, the conflict in this book was so genuine. I fully believe suspension of disbelief is part of fiction. To some degree, all fiction requires some form of it from its readers. However, when an author is able to create a realistic plot that doesn’t require an excessive amount, my readerly pom-poms come out. And Williams definitely succeeded in just that with this story. Finally, I have to mention how much I adored the leading lady. I’m not usually a fan of single POV stories, especially in my romance. I really like to understand both sides of things, but I think this particular story worked so well as a single POV because of my previous point. It’s believable. The characters’ reactions aren’t overblown, the conflict is relatable, and the resolution doesn’t just happen. (No, I’m not going to spoiler any details, promise!) I appreciate that both characters have to work for their HEA. That’s all I’ll say. I would so, so highly recommend this to every reader of women’s fiction, romance… heck, even just fiction in general. It’s such an enjoyable read that I can see readers from all different genres finding a great deal to love about this book!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Galley provided by publisher Rep: Black Mexican American mc, mlm side characters, Black side characters CWs: past abuse (inc. scenes of physical abuse), attempted rape (ch. 41), stalking, revenge porn How to Fail at Flirting is, for me, a book of two halves. One, the romance between Naya and Jake, which I loved. And two, the storyline regarding Naya’s abuse, which, I don’t want to say I hated, but I definitely did not like. Firstly, if you’re going to read this, please be aware that t On my blog. Galley provided by publisher Rep: Black Mexican American mc, mlm side characters, Black side characters CWs: past abuse (inc. scenes of physical abuse), attempted rape (ch. 41), stalking, revenge porn How to Fail at Flirting is, for me, a book of two halves. One, the romance between Naya and Jake, which I loved. And two, the storyline regarding Naya’s abuse, which, I don’t want to say I hated, but I definitely did not like. Firstly, if you’re going to read this, please be aware that the storyline regarding Naya’s past abusive relationship is a good sight more graphic than the blurb — and many reviews — have noted. There are scenes of physical abuse, stalking, threats of revenge porn, and it all culminates in an attempted rape in chapter 41. I’m warning you not just because it’s important to, but I do feel not knowing these things happened really impacted my enjoyment of the book. So a little rundown of the plot: Naya has been out of an abusive relationship (the breakup of which also affected her working life too) for a while now, but still is reluctant to get back to dating. So her friends write her a to-do list, which involves such items as “let a man buy you a drink” and “have a one-night stand”. When she is stood-up by those friends on a night out, she meets Jake, who, being in town for only a few days, seems the perfect opportunity. But Naya and Jake click, and click well, and it becomes longer than a one-night, or even two-night, stand. In the meantime, Naya’s ex has returned to her workplace and is busy threatening her with revenge porn. Let me start with what I loved, and that’s Naya and Jake. Everything about them was fun, particularly their dynamic, with the bad jokes and how much they enjoyed each other’s company. They were by far and away the best part of the book, and a major reason that I could still enjoy it, despite not liking other aspects of the plot. I think they are the reason I will likely end up reading any other books Denise Williams writes. However, and it’s a pretty big however, as much as I liked Naya and Jake and the romance, I just found myself always on edge that something awful was going to happen with regard to the abuse storyline. I think part of that was a lack of forewarning, but another part was the type of abuse there was and the scenes of it. It’s all very well saying “abusive relationship” in your content warnings, but that doesn’t say a whole lot useful, which is what I found when, within the first few chapters, there was a scene of physical abuse. I have read books which include abusive relationships — somewhat graphically too — that I haven’t been forewarned about and enjoyed them, but I think the main part was those involved emotionally abusive relationships, not physically and verbally so. And I, for whatever reason, have an easier time of reading about that. There’s also the fact that Naya’s abuser is pretty prevalent in this book. He comes back and somehow gets her number, so he’s always there as a kind of shadow over everything in the plot. Which cranks up how on edge I am, because of course he’s going to do something awful. In fact, the easiest time I had reading this book was during/after the awful event, because it had happened so now I could relax some. That event, an attempted rape, I also didn’t like because it acted as the catalyst for Naya and Jake to start talking again after their argument (which I felt was kind of…stupid I guess? I mean, understandable from Naya’s POV because we know about the abuse. So, her hurting Jake made sense. Jake hurting her back how he did…did not, for me, in the context of his character. And also I’m not sure I could forgive someone saying what he did, but okay Naya. If you can… But anyway). And really, that was its most significant role in the plot. Yes, it got Davis taken down, but I feel like you could work out a way to do that without subjecting your main character to a sexual assault. I don’t quite know how to articulate why I didn’t like that being its role — possibly because it’s traumatic. Again, why would you subject your character to that, when you could have them talk it through, have her apologise and explain everything (at one point, I did worry she wouldn’t apologise at all which would have been disappointing. Just because you had what you saw as a reasonable reason for hurting someone, doesn’t mean you are absolved of it… But she did apologise, sort of). I don’t know if that explains why it didn’t sit well with me, but yeah. With all that in mind, I did still like the book overall. The good parts were good enough to offset the less-good parts, and I do think if I knew all that was coming, I might enjoy it yet more. But as it was, it was only a 3 star read for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    A wonderful romance that brings to light the emotional issues women go through. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think we all have one girlfriend who challenges us to break out of our box. Maybe you do that for others. Regardless, it’s something we need to be told and pushed to do sometimes. We can easily get stuck in a rut. And soon we’re not living a life that we envisioned. This story is about freedom and the courage to break free and do something different like giving your heart a chance. I could really rel A wonderful romance that brings to light the emotional issues women go through. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think we all have one girlfriend who challenges us to break out of our box. Maybe you do that for others. Regardless, it’s something we need to be told and pushed to do sometimes. We can easily get stuck in a rut. And soon we’re not living a life that we envisioned. This story is about freedom and the courage to break free and do something different like giving your heart a chance. I could really relate to the story in many ways. Do something daring, different, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have a good time. That’s what Naya did when her friend challenged her to find herself again. The author tells a story about a woman who seemingly has it all. The job she loves, great friends, but she stinks at selecting the right man and has just given up. The last one really did a number on her and we feel the effects of that through the story. I’m not going to give away the plot because it’s very important to the story as a whole. But this author also points out that finding the right person in your life can heal so many issues from the wrong person in your life. The story is beautifully written with wonderful characters that are complex and a delicate balance to each other. Loaded with lusty heat and slow-building love, support, and encouragement, it’s a complex well-developed story. Is it all roses? No! But the author definitely takes us down the Wine Garden Path (lol – autocorrect!) through sexy times, passion, emotion, and healing with the ending certainly making it up for the minefield we walkthrough. It makes me tear up when women finally realize their power. A passionate great escape novel! * copy received for review consideration Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/how-to-fail-...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    What a pleasant surprise! This book was a little hard at first to get into, but I kept on reading and hit that sweet spot. I loved Naya, and the strength she exuded. She had a horrible abusive past relationship, and you could really see how it shaped her into who she was presently. I loved this story. I love the hero Jake, and the chemistry they shared. They had hurdles and things to work through that I won’t spoil from the work aspect, but that’s the goodness of an hea..you know where it’s head What a pleasant surprise! This book was a little hard at first to get into, but I kept on reading and hit that sweet spot. I loved Naya, and the strength she exuded. She had a horrible abusive past relationship, and you could really see how it shaped her into who she was presently. I loved this story. I love the hero Jake, and the chemistry they shared. They had hurdles and things to work through that I won’t spoil from the work aspect, but that’s the goodness of an hea..you know where it’s headed. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    This story featured Naya, a woman who was learning to trust herself and feel safe again after being in an abusive relationship. If you’ve ever had a friend or known someone who is shedding that past and rising like a Phoenix, then you will connect with this story. The Hero was everything you would want in a man. Jake was patient, sexy, funny and consistent. He was a hard worker but he really listened to Naya and affirmed her. I was cheering, smiling and just feeling so hopeful as I read this one. This story featured Naya, a woman who was learning to trust herself and feel safe again after being in an abusive relationship. If you’ve ever had a friend or known someone who is shedding that past and rising like a Phoenix, then you will connect with this story. The Hero was everything you would want in a man. Jake was patient, sexy, funny and consistent. He was a hard worker but he really listened to Naya and affirmed her. I was cheering, smiling and just feeling so hopeful as I read this one. Denise Williams, whom I’ve never read before, did a great job telling this story. I enjoyed this book so much. I definitely recommend this book to all contemporary romance readers who believe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Every once in a while you come across a romance that is so much more than a romance. One that will take heavy matters and serious topics into account and turn them into one intense but satisfying story. Williams has managed to do that in her debut novel and succeeded in doing so brilliantly. Riddled with heart pounding moments, both good and bad, How to Fail at Flirting will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. Romance lovers do not want to miss out on this one. *ARC provided by the publ Every once in a while you come across a romance that is so much more than a romance. One that will take heavy matters and serious topics into account and turn them into one intense but satisfying story. Williams has managed to do that in her debut novel and succeeded in doing so brilliantly. Riddled with heart pounding moments, both good and bad, How to Fail at Flirting will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. Romance lovers do not want to miss out on this one. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha

    You know the song My Junk ? I don't know why, but this book immediately reminded me of it. Except, love the song, hated the book. I always feel a little guilty for hating #ownvoices books, but this was bad with a capital B. Maybe this is just me, but I felt like Jake(?) was somewhat of a white saviour. It's very likely that this is a case of me, not you (you being the book). I generally feel like the quality of chick lit has gone way, way down of late. I think the last good chick lit I read wa You know the song My Junk ? I don't know why, but this book immediately reminded me of it. Except, love the song, hated the book. I always feel a little guilty for hating #ownvoices books, but this was bad with a capital B. Maybe this is just me, but I felt like Jake(?) was somewhat of a white saviour. It's very likely that this is a case of me, not you (you being the book). I generally feel like the quality of chick lit has gone way, way down of late. I think the last good chick lit I read was The Hating Game . Maybe this has something to do with the writers being asked to churn out multiple books a year, or maybe I'm just older and more jaded. For one, I find myself hating more and more the whole "I need to look perfect, if I don't whatever will he think" attitude a lot of these (strong and independent) fictional women have. I'm a firm believer that if he (or she or they) expects you to look perfectly groomed all the time, he (or she or they) probably doesn't deserve you. Also, who has the time. Maybe it's me, but if you feel more comfortable in a cardigan, wear a fucking cardigan. I also abhor the trope of the "best friend" who keeps encouraging the main character to look sexy and have casual sex when the latter does *no* want to. I don't think that's particularly supportive. I've also come to the realisation that if the book has, I don't know, a hundred sex scenes and everyone has multiple orgasms every single time, I tend to tap out. It irritates me. Not because I'm a prude, but because at some point, these sex scenes start being fillers more than anything. Naya may have failed at flirting, but so did this book. I hated how Naya was written as flawed, but not really flawed. Kind of like the people whose answer to "what's your biggest fault" is "oh, I don't know. That I work too hard, maybe". It just really grated on me. On the other hand, Jake had literally no flaws. He was an angel on earth, put to rescue and protect Naya. I can't fucking stand that. I get that books, especially in this genre are supposed to be unrealistic, but in this case the other part of the storyline ((view spoiler)[sexual assault (hide spoiler)] ) kind of defeats that purpose. Which actually makes me more mad. I just wanted Jake to make ONE mistake. Be normal for ONE minute. I also think that the book should come with a trigger-warning (view spoiler)[for rape and abuse (hide spoiler)] , mostly because the blurb reads like a happy-go-lucky romance, and the book (especially the last quarter of the book) was anything but. Not that I have a problem with difficult themes or conversations, but if I wanted to read a book about difficult themes and conversations, I would read a book about difficult themes and conversations. I don't like being cheated. Knowing me, I usually forgive bad stories if the writing is excellent. But alas, the writing was mediocre here, at best. That didn't help. I entirely understand the purpose of chick lit (and it's why I read it) - it's supposed to be unrealistic and tropey and ridiculous. But it can be all that, and still be good. This was decidedly not.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This contemporary romance had a more serious backstory than I’m accustomed to so I’ll paste the author’s content warning at the end of my review. Naya is tenure-track in a department that may be cut from her institution and she’s all about her job. Her friends make a flirting checklist for her to get back out there, and well, some people just need a checklist. CW: “The heroine experiences memories and on-page incidences of intimate partner violence (not involving the hero) that includes physical a This contemporary romance had a more serious backstory than I’m accustomed to so I’ll paste the author’s content warning at the end of my review. Naya is tenure-track in a department that may be cut from her institution and she’s all about her job. Her friends make a flirting checklist for her to get back out there, and well, some people just need a checklist. CW: “The heroine experiences memories and on-page incidences of intimate partner violence (not involving the hero) that includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, gaslighting, digital harassment/revenge porn, and professional shaming.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Book Reviews

    Naya Turner loves her job as faculty professor at the university. Besides her best friends (a married couple), she doesn't get out much. Naya had an abusive ex-boyfriend and isn't quite ready to jump back into the dating game quite yet. Her friends convince her to go out with them one evening and even make her a list of all the things that she should be doing. When her friends fail to show up at the club, Naya meets Jake. His dad jokes and funny sense of humor put her at ease. Will she take a ch Naya Turner loves her job as faculty professor at the university. Besides her best friends (a married couple), she doesn't get out much. Naya had an abusive ex-boyfriend and isn't quite ready to jump back into the dating game quite yet. Her friends convince her to go out with them one evening and even make her a list of all the things that she should be doing. When her friends fail to show up at the club, Naya meets Jake. His dad jokes and funny sense of humor put her at ease. Will she take a chance on him? I loved the mute cute between Jake and Naya. Their funny one-liners had me cracking up! And although I'm not a big fan of insta-love, I really enjoyed the relationship between Jake and Naya. But beyond what was supposed to be one-time hook up, Jake and Naya's relationship becomes very complicated. Both Jake and Naya have had difficult relationships in the past and to move forward they have to address them. Not only that, but Jake is involved in the future of Naya's job as professor, which raises all sorts of concerns for Naya. Overall, I really enjoyed How to Fail at Flirting! Naya was abused by her ex and she had a had a lot of trauma because of it, but I love how she became more comfortable and confident as the storyline progressed. She sought that strength out from within her and I was here for it! Looking forward to reading more from Denise Williams. CW: Domestic abuse - both physical and emotional I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

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