Review (#giftedbook): On the Hustle

Thanks to NetGalley and Carina Press for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is out now!

Happy Monday evening, reader friends! I am SO excited to share my thoughts on today’s book: On the Hustle by Adriana Herrera. My first introduction into Herrera’s writing was last Christmas, when I read her contribution to the short story collection called Amor, Actually-which I HIGHLY recommend. I am so excited to dive more into her backlist!

From NetGalley:

“Adriana Herrera writes all my favorite things, and I’ll never get enough of her books!” –Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

Alba Duarte is the queen of the side hustle.

As the eldest daughter in her crisis-prone family, she’s always stepped up to help. Her favorite gig is doing Instagram-worthy, bookish-themed bedroom makeovers for friends. Her most hated? Working as the assistant to the most gorgeous—and most infuriating—man on earth.

Theo Ganas is a former Olympic swimmer and heir to a bona fide real estate empire. He’s also about as warm and fuzzy as a New York City winter, and quite frankly, Alba has had enough of his ridiculous demands and cold shoulder. When opportunity knocks, she decides to put herself first for once…which means leaving her demanding boss—and relatives—behind.

Her new life in Dallas seems like everything Alba’s ever wanted, until a bafflingly charming and attentive Theo turns up in the Lone Star State with an offer she simply cannot refuse. Agreeing to do a home improvement reality TV show with her sexy, and suddenly flirtatious, former boss is not a good idea, but it just might be the makeover her heart has been waiting for.

My Thoughts:

Okay. Theo Ganas is currently my favorite book boyfriend OMG. Talk about swoonworthy! One of the many reasons I love this book is because this is absolutely a “he falls first” situation and I had no idea that was all I ever wanted from a romance until I read this book. I mean, the YEARNING. The PATIENCE. Sigh. Alba is a powerhouse and I wanted all the good and wonderful things for her! Her drive and passion are so inspiring. I loved the chemistry between Theo and Alba and their growth as individuals and together. Plus…their sexy, spicy scenes…whew! This story also focuses a lot on “hustle culture”, the toll it can take, and how that is intensified when one has also immigrated to the US/is from an immigrant household.

This is the second in Herrera’s “Dating In Dallas” series, and while I have not read the first book (I REALLY want to now), it didn’t impede my understanding or enjoyment of this book. I definitely recommend if you love a romance with a strong female lead, a supportive friend group, and lots of spice. Just an FYI–this book is very steamy and contains open-door, detailed sex scenes. If that is not your thing, please be mindful going into this one.

Happy Reading!

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