You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥
Release Date: August 4, 2020
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
I just finished You Had Me At Hola and what I’m left feeling is the importance of culture, your roots and the strength and love of your family. At the heart of You Had Me At Hola is a love story between two co-stars, Ashton and Jasmine that is intertwined with their respective cultures and background.
Jasmine Lin needs a break from the LA scene. She’s in the tabloids (not for a good reason) and wants to get away from working on soap operas. Ashton Suarez has been working on telenovas and is eager to try his hand at something new. When both of them are cast as the main stars – Carmen and Victor – in a new show on a paid service called Carmen In Charge, they both jump at the opportunity.
I really enjoyed learning about the diverse backgrounds of both Jasmine and Ashton. They each had their own challenges that were equally important to both of them. Jasmine faced the challenge of not knowing Spanish as fluently even when she was starring in a mainly Latinx show. Ashton had his own difficulties because English is his second language and he wasn’t used to the new environment/set.
I will admit that the relationship between Ashton and Jasmine didn’t immediately have me rooting for them as a couple. Ashton was a bit cold towards Jasmine, but as I kept reading I understood his motives. But once these two did decide to take their relationship to the next level – the steamy scenes were so damn hot!
Some of my favorite scenes were the chapters that were dedicated to Carmen In Charge. I loved the way Alexis Daria transformed the book so seamlessly into the show and I found myself really enjoying those scenes between Carmen and Victor.
I really enjoyed You Had Me At Hola! If you’re looking for a sweet and sexy romance that is interwoven with family dynamics then pick up this book when it releases August 4th!
When I first saw the buzz surrounding You Had Me At Hola, I knew it was a book that I really wanted to read. Being a second generation Indian-American I was excited to read a romance that would possibly depict of some of those same struggles that I faced growing up. Alexis Daria does such a wonderful job highlighting those struggles and incorporating Latin representation in You Had Me At Hola without taking away from the romance. Topics such as learning a new language, or not fluently speaking the language of your mother tongue really hit home for me in You Had Me At Hola. I look forward to reading more work from Alexis Daria!