Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Blog Tour Review: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

Title: How To Fail At Flirting

Author: Denise Williams

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Rom-Com

Published By: Berkley (December 1, 2020)

Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars!!

Book Description:

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university's chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she's finally living again.


About the Author:

Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. 
A diversity trainer and co-creator of a women’s empowerment group, she is dedicated to developing flawed, multidimensional characters who struggle with those issues impacting real women. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house.
Denise was a 2019 Romance Writers of America ® Golden Heart Finalist and How to Fail at Flirting is her debut novel.





Every once in a while you come across a romance that is so much more than a romance. One that will take heavy matters and serious topics into account and turn them into one intense but satisfying story. 

Williams has managed to do that in her debut novel and succeeded in doing so brilliantly. 

Riddled with heart pounding moments, both good and bad, How to Fail at Flirting will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. Romance lovers do not want to miss out on this one. 


  1. I thought this was brilliant too! I loved Naya's growth!

    1. I am always all about the growth in these kinds of reads. ;)

  2. Oh wow great review and yes I always look for more than just romance and it sounds like you found it here. It's going on my list xo

    1. Thanks Debbie and I hope you enjoy it as well!

  3. I do love when a romance also tackles some more deeper issues and does it well! Sounds like a good read.


  4. This looks like a lot of fun! :)

  5. Nice to hear you enjoyed this romantic debut! :)

  6. It sounds good and I love the colors of the cover

  7. It sounds good, and I like that she brings in some heavier topics too

    1. That was a nice change and it does really had depth to the story and characters.

  8. This book sounds awesome. Can't wait to check it out. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  9. I hadn't heard of this one but I like the sound of it.

  10. I wasn't expecting the story to take a serious turn, but I thought Williams did it so well. I 5-starred this book. I felt so much for Naya as she overcame something that was really holding her back.

    1. I agree, I really wasn't either. I expected it to be a fluffy read for sure.

  11. Okay you have me curious. I might need to check this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is one I'm REALLY looking forward to reading! Lovely review. <3

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬