Romance Books by Latinx Authors | Blogmas Day 5

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you a post that I had planned to write for Latinx Heritage Month, but I didn’t get around to it, so I thought I would post it now!

I read A LOT of romance and I’m the first one to admit that it took me a long time to realize that I was only reading romance books by white authors and about white characters and while I love a lot of those stories, the true is that it’s amazing to feel represented in the books you read and that’s why I have been making a effort to read more romance book by Latinx authors. Since I have read quite a few of them lately, I thought it was a good idea to share some of my favorites with you.

If you are just now realizing that you have never read a romance book by a Latinx author or if you have read some of them but want to read even more, I have good news … I got you! Here are some romance books by Latinx authors that you may want to add to your tbr.

You can read all of the series mentioned in this post out of order if you don’t mind spoiling the previous books or you can skip one of the books without problem if are more interested in other books in the series

Dreamers Series by Adriana Herrera

The Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera has three books that are already out and a fourth one that is coming out March 2020, so you have the enough time to catch up with this series before the last book is out. And let me tell you, it will be totally worth it! This is my favorite romance series by a Latinx author.

These books are about a group of 4 friends that are Latinx and each book is the story of one of them falling in love. Great writing, fantastic friendships, some of the sweetest romances I have ever read, mentions of amazing Latinx food and music, conversations about important subjects like domestic violence and police brutality are some of the reason why I love this series and why I would totally recommend it!

American Dreamer: a Dominican guy who owns an Afro Caribbean food truck, a sexy librarian, a m/m relationship.

American Fairytale: Cuban-Jamaican social worker, Dominican- American businessman with a cute daughter, a m/m romance.

American Love Story: A Haitian professor and activist, an assistant district attorney, a very complicated m/m romance full of tension and difficult conversations.

Delicious Desires Series by Sabrina Sol

The Delicious Desires series has three books that are all out already. I love books two and three the most, so those are the books I recommend more strongly. Since these are companion novels the main characters from each book are related to someone in the next book and that’s how the books are connected.

One of my favorite things about this series is that there’s a lot of mouth-watering Latinx food in it, so be ready to get hungry while reading! The amazing writing, the fact that these books include some of my favorite tropes and the really steamy scenes are other reasons why I recommend this series.

Delicious Temptation: Mexican Baker heroine, who’s a good girl, a ex-bad boy mexican hero, a second chance romance and delicious Latinx desserts

Delicious Complication: a Mexican wedding planner heroine, a Puerto Rican restaurant owner hero, a couple that goes from dislike to love and have a fake engagement.

Delicous Satisfaction: a Puerto Rican chef heroine, a Mexican-American lawyer hero, the best friend’s sister trope and delicious Latinx food.

Love on Cue Series by Mia Sosa

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The Love on Cue series has three books that are all already out, but I have only read the first two. These are companion novels and the characters in the books are connected, so the hero from book one is the brother of the heroine from book two.

The great dialogues, lovable characters, complicated family dinamics and the fact that the second book discusses diversity in the movie industry are some of the reason why I recommend this series.

Action on Impulse: an afro-Puerto Rican heroine, who is a personal trainer, and a Hollywood actor hero.

Pretending He’s Mine: a Black Hollywood agent, a flight attendant/singer heroine, a fake relationship and the best friend’s little sister trope.

Dance Off Series by Alexis Daria

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The Dance Off series has two full novels and one novella that are out already and there is supposed to be a third novel that doesn’t have a release date yet. I have read the two full novels but I have not read the novella.

What I love about this series is that it has a unique premise with the dance competion tv show, really steamy scenes, couples with lots of chemistry, three dimentional characters and so many other great things. Honestly, more people should definitely read this!

Take the Lead: Puerto Rican heroine, who is a pro dancer, a reality tv star hero, who looks like a viking and lives in Alaska and a dance competition tv show that brings them together.

Dance with Me: Puerto Rican heroine, who is a pro dancer in a dance competition tv show. Ukrainian hero, who is a coreographer and a judge in the tv show. Friends with benefits that end up living together.

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

His Perfect Partner

This is the first book in a series and it’s the only one I have read so far, but I already own a copy of the second book and I’ll definitely be reading it soon.

His Perfect Partner has a Puerto Rican main character, who is a dance teacher for small kids and she fall in love with the single father of one of her students, who is Mexican-American. This is such a sweet romance story, but mainly I loved the relationship between the heroine and the little girl and the way the main character’s family accepted and loved the hero and his daughter. Also, this book is a bit heartbreaking so be prepared because it’s gonna give you a lot of feels. And just so you know, this doesn’t have explicit content. (Goodreads)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

I have read a few Mariana Zapata books and I have loved them all, but I decided to include Kulti on this list because it’s the one that has a half Mexican, half Argentinian heroine.

Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn romances and this is definitely a slow, slow burn, but it’s so worth it at the end. My favorite thing about this book is the complex characters that have a captivating relationship that slowly goes from dislike to friendship to love. Also, I love sport romances and I had so much fun with this one that revolves around soccer since it’s the sport I’m most familiar with. (Goodreads)

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you have recommendations for romance books by Latinx authors?

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August 2019 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! August was a really good month especially since we announced the second edition of the Latinx Book Bingo, which will take place form September 15 to October 15. Reading wise, I feel like I got back on track after not reading much in July. So I’m excited to share some of my thoughts for the 13 books I read this month:

Diverse Romance

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): This was a fast, steamy and sweet read with a interesting female protagonist. Black main character and Black author (full review).

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I loved the female protagonist, I had some issues with the guy at the beginning but at the end he turned out to be sweet and they had lots of chemestry. Afro-Latinx main character and Afro-Latinx author.

Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I really liked both main characters in this one and their chemestry was great. Also, I really like the way this incorporated discussion about diversity and representation in Hollywood. Black hero and Afro-Latinx author.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): I enjoyed this book and I think it touches important subjets, but I couldn’t really get fully into the story at any point. Black heroine and Samoan hero.

Only for a Night by Naima Simone (3,7 stars): This is a short novella and it’s really, really steamy! Even if it’s mainly sex scenes, there’s enough of the character’s backstory to make evident the connection and love between them. Black author.

Romance

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam (3,6 stars): This book was both steamy and sweet, my only issue is that it relied too much in miscomunication (full review)

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone (3,5 stars): This was really steamy and really angsty, my main issue with it was that guy got a bit too posessive for my taste (full review)

Temporary Groom by J.S. Scott (2,8 stars): The writing in this was terrible and I only finished it because it was so short.

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely (3,8 stars): This book was fun, steamy and angsty and I would totally recommend it!

Others

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (3 stars): This poetry collections deals mainly with mental illness and it does it well, but I would say the only outstanding poem is “Explaining Depression to my Mother”, the one that went viral, everything else is just ok. 

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (4,5 stars): This was amazing, there was an underlining tension thorughout this book that made it really hard to put down because I was always waiting for something bad to happen. I loved how complex the relationships in this were and the ending was heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next book.

Nocturna by Maya Montayne (4 stars): I really enjoyed this book, I liked the main characters, I loved the way Spanish was incorporated and the way Latinx culture was reflected in the story. Also, the way this book addresses colonialism and its effects in the colonized countries is very interesting. My only issue is that I think the pacing could have been better.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3,8 stars): This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired and I was so confused the entire time and I was left confused after I finished. Still, I loved Holmes and Watson and their complicated, angsty relationship. I read this as part of a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts

How was your reading in August? Any new favorite books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? 
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