On the Hustle

Carina. (Dating in Dallas, Bk. 2). Oct. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781335600820. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hustle culture is the only way Alba Duarte knows how to live. After years of hard work, she’s finally ready to launch her own business, Bookish Boudoirs, where she transforms bedrooms into stunning book-themed sanctuaries. Step one involves resigning from her job as assistant to development mogul Theo Ganas, the most aggravating-yet-sexy man in New York. When Theo hears that Alba is leaving, he jumps at the chance to finally make his move and arranges for her to be the designer on a Dallas-based renovation show he’s hosting. As her boss, Theo drove Alba crazy, and she just can’t understand why he’s giving her this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. By the time she clues into his feelings, they’re already fighting each other as hard as they’re fighting their sexual tension. While Theo is ready to move to Dallas to be with Alba and take on more charitable building projects, Alba is reluctant to sacrifice her dreams for love.
VERDICT The heat in Herrera’s enemies-to-lovers story (the second entry in her “Dating in Dallas” series, following Here To Stay) scorches hotter than the Texas sun. Fans of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, take note.
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