Hi everyone! Today I have reviews for two amazing romance books written by Latinx authors that I read recently and that I think every romance reader should check out!
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Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera
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Finding Joy is a short book, that’s cute and low angst. The story is told from Desta’s perspective, he works for US Aid and he just got to Ethiopia to work on a project. He and his family have a history with the country, so it was interesting to get to explore it through his perspective. One of the big strengths of this book is the description of Ethiopia’s beautiful landscape and culture, while also talking about some of the economical challenges the country faces.
Desta is very self-involved in this book and he is a bit chaotic, and while he is still likable, Elias steals the show as a character. Elias is adorable, kind, and sensible, and his storyline is very important and interesting, even if there are parts of it that we don’t get to see because the story is told from Desta’s perspective. Adriana Herrera manages to make the romance between Elias and Desta very sweet, while also addressing the risks that Elias is taking by being in a relationship with Desta because being gay in Ethiopia is prohibited and punishable by law.
The only thing I would change from this book is that I wish this was told in dual pov, because I would have loved to read Elias’ thoughts and feeling about everything that happened in this book, especially because there’s a big part of Elias’ story that we don’t get to read from Desta’s perspective.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
You Had Me at Hola is an incredibly entertaining story, where a soap opera star and a Telenovela star, each with goals and fears of their own, have to work together in a tv show for the biggest streaming service in the country.
It’s so rare for me to like both of the main characters in a book equally, but Jasmine and Ashton are both amazing. Jasmine is ambitious, kind, and charismatic, but she is afraid of being alone and she has a track record of dating men who don’t treat her well. Ashton is kind of awkward and shy and he deals with a lot of anxiety, but he’s also adorable and sweet. Their romance is fantastic because they have so much chemistry, but at the same time, they also have a really strong emotional connection. I really appreciated that the conflict in this story feels realistic because it is easy to understand where both characters are coming from.
Jasmine and Ashton’s work is a big part of the story and it is a very interesting component, there’s a lot of behind the scenes from the show they are filming and especially the scenes between Jasmine, Ashton and the intimacy coordinator on set were pretty fascinating. This book also includes actual scenes from the show they were filming and while they were very cheesy, they reminded me of the telenovelas I grew up watching and I found them very entertaining.
Have you read any of these books? Are you planning on reading them? What great romance books have you read lately?
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