Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa: Fun & Flirty Romantic Comedy

“I didn’t know her name, nationality, age, or occupation, but I know this: Someday I’m going to marry the woman sitting in 12D.”

Marianne’s Review:

“I didn’t know her name, nationality, age, or occupation, but I know this: Someday I’m going to marry the woman sitting in 12D.”


So that’s how Acting on Impulse begins, and it’s a pretty memorable opening line. I loved a lot of things about this romance novel, but I think one of the most important things was the way it was written. The dialogue is funny and fresh, and I like that sometimes the main narrators would address the readers directly. It made the whole thing play out like a hilarious rom com in my head, which made it all the better.


I loved Tori Alvarez from the very first moment. She’s a physical trainer determined to make her mark and help others. Tori’s philosophy is “siempre pa lante, nunca pa tras”, and she has no reservations about giving you a piece of her mind. My favorite thing about Tori was the fact that she was afro-Puerto Rican. I love when my culture is represented, and I really enjoyed reading about Tori & her family, and all the delicious descriptions of Puerto Rican food. (p.s. this is an #ownvoices novel!)


Carter is a big celebrity, and seeing his thought process was the most hilarious part of the book. He basically worshipped the ground Tori walked on, even before actually knowing her. This sounds bad, but it was actually pretty endearing. Carter is a completely developed character, with hopes and aspirations just like Tori, and I think a lot of us readers can relate to being completely infatuated with someone at first sight.


The romance is honestly the best. Their interactions always set off sparks and had me cackling. Tori always kept Carter on his toes while he always tried his best to tear her defenses down. It was great to see them both talking out their feelings and supporting each other throughout the book as well, because it really showed that they were a really good match.

Acting on Impulse is swoony, funny, and original. This is a story I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to read, and I hope more people read and support this author, since the sequel also looks amazing! I mean, look at the cover!

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