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  • Escape to Key West for love!

    Two High School sweethearts are reunited after more than 10 years apart in this second chance RomCom. Anchored Hearts, the second in the Keys to Love Series, follows Key West’s Princesa, AnanMaria and Alejandro who left years ago without looking back. This slow burn romance is filled with Cuban culture, meddlesome mamas and wild antics to bring these two back together. The author manages beautifully the translations from Spanish to English throughout the story. And, ultimately what is predictable between the two leaves the reader wanting more as it felt rushed through the final few chapters. Anchored Hearts provides the ideal back drop for a fun summer read. Thank you Net Galley and Greys Promotion for a complimentary copy for an honest review.

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  • Travel back to Key West in Oliveras's romance

    Priscilla Oliveras is back with the newest book in the Keys of Love Series, which comes out April 27th. In Anchored Hearts, two high school sweethearts and childhood friends try to deny their lingering feelings for one another when they are continuously forced into one another’s paths by some meddling mamis. Like Island Affair (the first book in the series), this book was so descriptive and wonderfully written! The smells and taste of Cuban food, the scenery and nature of Key West, and the history behind these Latino families really brings this story to life. The use of Spanish language in this book also emphasizes the way each character is rooted in and cherishes their heritage and how it has influenced their lives. Anamaría and Alejandro’s story is so fun to read and their banter is so entertaining. On top of this, their slow burn, second chance romance will have readers screaming “JUST KISS ALREADY” and eagerly waiting for the two of them to act on their feelings for one another. Whether you read this as a standalone or as a sequel to Island Affair, this book is a fabulous romcom that will have you wishing you were in Key West. I cannot wait to read more of Oliveras’s books (and secretly hope there is a third book about Enrique in the works)! ​ *I received an ARC from Kensington Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Second Chance for First Loves

    Anamaría and Alejandro’s story in Anchored Hearts by Pricilla Oliveras, book two in her Keys to Love series, was an emotional, amazing, and heartwarming tale of a second chance for soul mates, destined to be together. Alejandro Mirando had a passion for taking pictures not for working in the family’s restaurant, much to the distress and anger of his “papi,” his father. Leaving home in Key West to explore the world, eventually becoming an award-winning photographer, was not an easy decision. He left behind the girl who was supposed to be along side of him along with his papi’s warning “never to come back” on repeat in his head. Ale wouldn’t be in Key West now if it wasn’t for a major injury that will require months of recuperation and physical therapy. Anamaría Navarro was heartbroken when Alejandro left without her; traveling the world was their plan, not just his. After her father’s heart attack, this devoted daughter could not leave; even for the man she loved. Following in the footsteps of her father and brothers, Anamaría became a firefighter and paramedic; while growing a side business as a personal trainer. Being told to visit the Mirando household to check out Alejandro, Anamaría is taken aback by the feelings that have reappeared by just the sight of him; flames she worked years to douse. With family meddling and pushing them together, their magnetic attraction and sizzling passion grows; despite their separation, despite the years, despite expecting Alejandro to leave as soon as he is able. Before Anamaría and Alejandro have a chance at happiness, they must learn to be honest with each as well as re-learn to trust again. I loved this story. The love between two people, true soul-mates, separated through misunderstandings, fears, immaturity, and family. Anamaría grew, became stronger, more confident, and found her passions after Ale left. The need Anamaría had to give back to her Cuban community, offering classes and help to those around her. Alejandro had to come to terms with his own demons and the changes within his family and Anamaría after he left. Finding a way to connect and prove to his papi that he did not waste his life, Ale wanted his papi to be proud of him and accept him, Ale, for who he is. Ale did not want to leave Anamaría again, but until he settled things with his papi, he could not stay. The project he created to honor his community, his family, was well-thought out and amazing. Ms. Oliveras wrote to the soul; the soul of her characters as well the soul of her readers. The love and descriptive visualizations she used in her writing brought her characters to life along with the amazing Key West sunrises and sunsets. This heartwarming, wonderful and amazing story was an emotional, latinx romance that should not be missed. This tale abounds with emotions, magnetic attraction, wonderful dialogue, and charming characters giving Anamaría and Alejandro a second chance to love and be together, forever. I highly recommend Anchored Hearts to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Fun getaway!

    Such a beautiful getaway story. This is book two in the series, but can be read as a standalone. Anamaria wears many different hats in her beloved town of Key West. A firefighter/EMT, fitness/ nutritionist, volunteers in the community, just to name a few. She loves the craziness of it all, but keeping busy helps her forget her 1st and only love. Alejandro, world renown photographer has returned home after several years staying away. His father and Alejandro had a big blow up about him not having any family pride in helping with the family business. He has his own dreams and working in the family run restaurant wasn’t it. Given the ultimate to leave and never return is what Alejandro did. Unfortunately being in a serious accident and needing to recoup, he promises his mother he will come home. Where the tension between his father and him is even more difficult and seeing the girl he loved, left behind and lost is heartbreaking. Written with a sense of humor, the over protective mother syndrome. A young love to maturing and finding if love is still there or is it just lust, plus working out on different demanding careers. A roller coaster ride of a read. I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.

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  • I Expected Better

    I really expected to love this one, so I'm super disappointed that I didn't. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good either. It felt like it was dragging on a bit at around the 75% mark, and I could feel my desire to read this drop. I think my main problem with this was the romance. Namely, it being too slow burn. Don't get me wrong, I love slowburn romances. What I don't like is characters refusing to discuss their feelings until the 340th page of a 350 page book. Because the romance took so long, there was very plot. I loved the dynamics at the beginning, but my interest started lessening after after 50% mark. I also had problems with the way this was written. I really disliked the bits of Spanish thrown in. I only speak English, so this is totally a personal preference. It did help set the atmosphere, but it also kept me from engaging fully. Every time I would start reading, I would immediately have to try and translate a bit of Spanish. I can see people loving this element if they speak the language, but it wasn't my thing. This book wasn't bad, but I just don't feel any towards it. I had expected this to be a light romcom, and sadly, this didn't deliver Thanks to BookishFirst for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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