The Right Swipe: A Novel (Paperback)

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In this modern romance, we meet Rhiannon, a cynical dating app owner who has a magical night with former pro-football player Samson Lima. But then he ghosts her...only to re-appear months later as a business competitor. Ouch. Rai engages with current issues such as the #MeToo movement and CTE in the NFL, and she does so masterfully while still creating a fun and enjoyable read. 


— From The Right Swipe

Rhiannon Hunter is living her best life as the CEO of Crush, a new-to-the-game dating app that has been skyrocketing with success. Unfortunately, all of her carefully constructed plans for acquiring Matchmaker (an industry rival to Crush) come crashing down when they announce their new ambassador: Samson Lima, a former football pro... and the guy who ghosted her. The Right Swipe is a lighthearted contemporary filled with thoughtful commentary on grief, grudges, and the consequences of broken trust. Alisha Rai absolutely nails the fine balance between conflict and comfort. You'll be rooting for Rhiannon and Samson from start to finish.


— From The Right Swipe

August 2019 Indie Next List

“With a diverse cast of emotionally mature yet complex characters, The Right Swipe delivers an interesting and fun modern love story. Rai’s finger is obviously on the pulse as she engages with current trends such as the #MeToo movement, and she does so masterfully while still creating a fun and enjoyable read. I wish all my beach-and-bath romance novels could be so well-written and inclusive.”
— Ellie Frank, 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Rhiannon, the CEO of the dating app Crush, has a few rules for modern dating. The biggest rule is this: once they ghost you, they get no second chances. Samson, a retired football player, isn’t just the guy Rhiannon can’t forget about—he’s the face of her rival company, Matchmaker. Neither of them are looking for long-lasting love, but fate and fortune have other plans. Fun, sexy, and toppling the patriarchy of the business world one swipe at a time.”
— Andrew King, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


The Right Swipe is everything you want in a Summer read: fun, clever, and so, so sexy.” — Popsugar

Alisha Rai returns with a sizzling new novel, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules: 

- Nude pics are by invitation only 

- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice 

- Protect your heart 

Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears. 

Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

About the Author

Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances and her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit  

Praise For…

“Alisha Rai delivers compelling emotion, fascinating characters and edgy romance in a razor-sharp, thoroughly modern voice that readers will adore. I sure did!” — Jayne Ann Krentz

“I absolutely loved it… volcano-hot sex and cackle-worthy dialogue…I highly recommend this!” — Sally Thorne, USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine

“Rising romance star Rai brings a perfect relationship to life in this luscious contemporary series launch... As the onetime lovers are drawn into closer proximity, their chemistry sizzles on the page. Both Rhi and Samson are learning how to enjoy life and balance each other beautifully as they face realistic conflicts and tantalizing romance and sensuality. This winning novel will enhance any romance reader’s collection.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Right Swipe is everything you want in a Summer read: fun, clever, and so, so sexy.” — Popsugar

“Top-notch romance.” — New York Times Book Review on The Right Swipe

“Rai turns up the heat and finds the funny in modern dating, from almost-dick pics to glitter grams and ghosting. But it’s not all steamy, as the characters have issues with trust and love, making them vulnerable both to each other and the public. Taking the dating app business to another level, with a dose of girl power, sexual politics, and one eccentric red-headed aunt, Rai scores a touchdown.” — Booklist

“Rai addresses heavy issues without sacrificing passionate sensuality or emotional connection... a high-tech romance that proves respect is the most potent love drug. — Kirkus Reviews

“Alisha Rai — hands down, one of our favorite authors in the genre — manages to do something fresh every time she lowers her hands to a keyboard, and The Right Swipe is our favorite yet. It’s smart, empowering, juicy, and exploding with voice. We love getting lost in her books and this one is the perfect pick for these warm and indulgent days of summer! We absolutely adored this book!” — Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

“[T]he perfect combination of sweet, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny.” — Bustle (Bustle Book Club Pick - August)

“One of the very brightest romance writers working right now develops sizzling romantic tension...” — Entertainment Weekly

“If your “Tinder thumb“ has gone numb, or you feel the familiar creep of romantic insecurity, certain you’ll die alone, Alisha Rai will make you believe in love again... Brilliantly self-aware—seriously, I cringed seeing some of my own dating faux pas on the page—and filled with a raw tenderness that’ll have you reaching for the nearest box of wine, The Right Swipe is an unflinching look at what it takes to find love in the 21st century.” —

“Best-selling author Rai taps into the modern dating-app scene with hilarious, horrifying, and relatable results, blending contemporary social issues, such as sexual harassment in the workplace and CTE brain injuries in sports, into the story.” — Library Journal (starred review)

"The Right Swipe is a fun, hilarious and touching modern romance...  Anyone who has been in the dating world in the past 10 years will find something to relate to in this book, and will also fall hard for this love story." — Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of Royal Holiday

"This hilarious, heartfelt new novel from Alisha Rai is the perfect way to add a little warmth to a chilly fall evening." — 

“An ideal gift for the reader who loves comedy and emotional complexity, and who knows all too well the unique challenges of dating in the modern era.”Washington Post (Best Romances of 2019)

"This steamy book is downright raunchy at times... the story is strongest when delving into communication and vulnerability..." — Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062878090
ISBN-10: 0062878093
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Pages: 400
Language: English