Coming Soon: You Had Me at Hola, out August 4, 2020
RITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient.
Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers.
After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.
Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy.
After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had.
Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars.
With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree 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 soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.
“Soapy, smart and so sexy…with vibrant characters and electric chemistry comparable to the telenovelas that inspired it, you’ll be thrilled You Had Me At Hola doesn’t come with commercials!” (Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author)
“You Had Me at Hola is a multi-layered sexy, poignant, and fun story set against the glamorous and dramatic world of telenovelas. Filled with lovable characters, relatable family dynamics and the nuances of identity, Alexis Daria’s novel is full of heart. Romance readers will fall head over heels!” (Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author)
“Between exploring classic rom-com tropes and themes on representation in the Latinx community, Daria’s book makes for that perfect summer romance.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“From the beginning to “El Fin”, Daria’s Hola pulls readers into a vibrant world where our beloved Latinx culture thrives and charming, charismatic characters woo you…once again she’s penned a show-stopper novel that leaves you breathless and craving more.” (Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today Bestselling Author)
“Like a delicious slow burn, this love story happens in the best way–despacito!”
(Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost)
“Alexis writes our people like I’ve always wanted to see them in romance. You Had Me at Hola is full of joyful, swoony moments that will have you rooting for Jasmine and Ashton’s HEA.” (Adriana Herrera, award-winning author of American Love Story)
“I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book.” ( Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home and Running)
“A sharp, sexy delight, You Had Me at Hola gives the telenovela premise–– and Latinx leads––all the nuance and heart they deserve.” (Nina Moreno, author of Don’t Date Rosa Santos)
“A perfect escapist read about real-world falling in love.” (Angelina M. Lopez, author of Lush Money)
“A funny, swoony page-turner topped with all the drama of a telenovela. Rom-com at its finest!” (Valerie Tejeda, author and journalist)
About the Author
Alexis Daria is a native New Yorker and award-winning author writing stories about successful Latinx characters and their (occasionally messy) familias. Her debut Take the Lead won the 2018 RITA® Award for “Best First Book” and was one of the “Best Romance Novels of 2017” in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. Her super powers include spotting celebrities in NYC, winning Broadway ticket lotteries, and live-tweeting.