You Had Me at Hola

“Everyone thinks telenovelas are low budget and ridiculous, but it’s a huge industry. So much culture comes out through the stories and characters. There’s romance and angst, imagination and emotion.”

Thank you Avon Books for gifting me YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria!

“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.”

What an incredibly refreshing book this was! I laughed, out loud, on multiple occasions, and was completely enamored with the powerhouse that Jasmine was (although she didn’t know it until the end). This story was full of wit, sass, emotion, and holy-steam moments. By the end of the book, I kept thinking about how I hope that Alexis Daria writes another book and includes some aspect of Jasmine and Ashton in it or any of the other characters. I loved them all!

Daria brought a breath of air to this book and it was fresh air that I didn’t know that I needed until I was completely immersed in the storyline. I also applaud her for shining light on the often unfair representation of Latinx stars in Hollywood in such a memorable way. I will be reading more from her!

I, also, would like to point out that I grew up watching American soaps with my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother so YOU HAD ME AT HOLA was a trip down memory lane for me as the characters discussed some of the well-known shows – Young and the Restless, Passions, Days of Our Lives, etc. This book was a perfect tribute to my love of those daytime television series. 

YOU HAD ME AT HOLA was published on August 4, 2020, and is available to order from your local bookstore!

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