You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

“I could not get sufficient of Jasmine and Ashton! I adored Jasmine–her ambition, her confidence, her attacks of self-doubt, and mainly her hilarious, snarky, and loving cousins. She and Ashton have this type of steamy, swoony, love tale that I didn’t need the e book to end!”–Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling authorRITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled international of telenovelas—best for fanatics of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.Leading Ladies do no longer grow to be on tabloid covers.  After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez reveals her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her fatherland of New York City to film the starring position in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service within the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy sufficient to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. Leading Ladies don’t want a man to be happy. After his last telenovela man or woman changed into killed off, Ashton is concerned his profession is dead as well. Joining this new forged as a final-minute addition will provide him the chance to reveal off his appearing chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-warm on-display screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier stated than done, specifically whilst a disastrous first affect smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they may have had. Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars. With their careers at the line, Jasmine and Ashton conform 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 quickly threatens to destroy her new image and reveal Ashton’s maximum intently guarded secret.  


High drama isn’t just soap opera famous person Jasmine Lin Rodriguez’s day job, it’s additionally her existence in Alexis Daria’s You Had Me at Hola. After getting her broken heart splashed over all the tabloid covers, she’s restrategized and plans to steer a man-free, drama-free, scandal-free existence even as tackling the juicy title person function in a high-profile telenovela adaptation. As down as she’s been, clearly there’s nowhere to go however up—or so she thinks, until her first bold step forward into her new leading female existence ends on . . . Well, now not precisely a sour note but truely a coffee-splattered one. For Jasmine, this first assembly with her co-megastar, the appropriate and aloof Ashton Suárez, isn't exactly ideal. But for the reader at the start of this smart and attractive madcap romance, it’s certainly plenty of a laugh!

Considering the usual telenovela twists, the story is honestly quite down-to-earth. (There is an evil twin, however alas, it’s just a plot thread at the show.) A few conditions are dialed up for laughs, which includes the infamous coffee incident for the duration of the meet-cute, however for the most part, Jasmine and Ashton face realistic demanding situations as they deal with their careers, their non-public relationships and their blossoming emotions for every other. Jasmine, who's adored however rarely understood by using her loving, intrusive family, has the dependancy of falling too tough and too fast for all and sundry who makes her experience wanted. Ashton, grappling with a long-held secret, has the opposite problem as he hesitates to let each person close. Both struggle to stability the achievement they crave versus the dearth of privateness that comes as its price. And at the same time as they do have a steamy affair, it includes its percentage of roadblocks as they paintings to discern out at each degree how intimate and exposed, in every way, they’re willing to be. Their love story is dramatic but it’s also sweet and complex, as layered and grounded because the characters themselves.

Daria fills the story with palpable warm temperature and affection, now not just for her hero and heroine however for the dual worlds they inhabit: the movie enterprise and the Latin American community. If you enjoy at the back of the scenes peeks, the tale consists of plenty of a laugh details about the nuts and bolts of a operating set. (A key man or woman is the set’s intimacy coordinator—a newer function on film sets but one which is, thankfully, becoming an increasing number of common.) And if you recognize a media landscape that embraces diversity, you’ll love the chance to discover how Jasmine and Ashton convey their historical past with them, determinedly carving out opportunities no longer only for themselves but for all the gifted, undervalued Latinx performers attempting to find a place.


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