You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

48585246. sy475 You Had Me at Hola
Author: Alexis Daria
Expected Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Check it Out: Goodreads


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.

my FeelingsI have been going back and forth on my rating for this one. First things first, this cover is absolutely stunning! Second, I didn’t love this as I anticipated to. It really sucks when your expectations let you down. I wanted a really cute romance and a look at the background of telenovelas. I got the latter but not the cute romance I wanted.

I had a hard time connecting to the story. Maybe it was the third person POV or the actual flow of the story. I just know that I couldn’t fully emerge myself in it and towards the end, I kept checking my kindle percentage to see how much longer I had.

I enjoyed our main character, Jasmine. She wore her heart on her sleeve and just wanted to be loved. It was relatable because who honestly hasn’t felt like that? No matter how many times she’s been burned, she still opened her heart up to the possibility of love.

“Was it so much to ask for a loving, committed relationship with someone who unconditionally loved and accepted her for who she was?”

Ashton on the other hand never grew on me. He made himself so guarded and unapproachable outside of working. I get that he had a secret that he wanted to protect, but he just came off so distant and it never seemed to change throughout the story. I also didn’t like the way he acted once his secret was revealed. He acted like a little boy who got his feelings hurt rather than a grown man who needed to handle things with a calm head.

With my feelings on Ashton and his actions, you can probably tell that this relationship to me wasn’t a great one. I really kept thinking that Jasmine deserved more. Someone more emotionally available really.

Besides my feelings on the romance and Ashton, I also had issues with the flow of the story. We were switched between Jasmine and Ashton’s story and the show POV that they were shooting. It was hard to really keep up with the change because it was one and the same. What I mean by that is that the show’s storyline seemed to be the same as their story.

All in all, I feel like so many people are going to enjoy this one, it just wasn’t for me.2 Star Rating purple

I received an ARC via Edelweiss for an honest review. The quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.

Instagram | Goodreads

18 thoughts on “You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

  1. I don’t think you are alone with not loving this book. I also loved the cover. I saw some other bloggers review it earlier and they had some of the same thoughts. Sorry it wasn’t better for you. Nice review, though!


  2. I really love the cover!! But I’ve seen some of the reviews already, and don’t think I’ll be adding this one to my tbr. It’s sad when a book doesn’t deliver, especially if it’s this pretty.


  3. That’s a shame! The cover is so beautiful. It’s hard when the switch of PoV is just not working.


  4. Awww, I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one. I was on the fence about it, so I’m really glad I read your review! I prefer my romance to have as little drama as possible, and this just sounds drama filled, so as much as I love the cover, I might have to just admit that this book isn’t for me.


  5. The cover is so beautiful, but I don’t think you’re alone with not loving it. I’ve seen a few reviews floating around of many readers having issues with it. It’s just a shame because the synopsis sounds interesting and the cover lures you in with wanting to know more.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s