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USA Today bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras launches a new romantic comedy series set in Key West, Florida and filled with humor, Latinx culture, and fun family dynamics perfect for summer beach reading…
Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn’t been home to Key West in years—not since he left to explore broader horizons with his papi’s warning “never to come back” echoing in his ears. He wouldn’t be heading there now if it wasn’t for an injury requiring months of recuperation. The drama of a prodigal son returning to his familia and their beloved Cuban restaurant is bad enough, but coming home to the island paradise also means coming face to face with the girl he left behind—the one who was supposed to be by his side all along . . .
Anamaría Navarro was shattered when Alejandro took off without her. Traveling the world was their plan, not just his. But after her father’s heart attack, there was no way she could leave—not even for the man she loved. Now ensconced in the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic, with a side hustle as a personal trainer, Anamaría is dismayed that just the sight of Alejandro is enough to rekindle the flame she’s worked years to put out. And as famillia meddling pushes them together, the heat of their attraction only climbs higher. Can they learn to trust again, before the Key West sun sets on their chance at happiness?
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Fly Girl’s Review
This is the third book I’ve reviewed by Priscilla. Each one takes a little bit to get into because she mixes Spanish and English together so I have to read a little slower until I get used to the style. This is not to say if you don’t know Spanish you should pick her stuff up, she explains the words through the point of view voice for each phrase she uses. I find it refreshing after I spend a little time getting my mind adjusted to it. Please don’t let this scare you off or you’d miss a good story.
In Island Affair our main topic is how to have family a main priority and still be able to pursue your dreams of adventure. She deals with this top very well. Many of our younger people are electing to stay closer to home because they rely on their family so much, while older generations have just grabbed the adventure and sometimes left their families behind. Then there are those that use adventure as a way to put distance between themselves and their family. So we have two people who want adventure in their lives, one just left and never came back, and one realized just before leaving her family was more important than adventure. When they were young, they both thought they couldn’t have both adventure and family, but as we all grow and change over the course of our lives, they discovered they both wanted to have it all. Therein lies the trick of it all, finding a balance of both and not on the extremes of either. I think this situation is a lot more common than we realize so it made for a good topic.
Overall I love the cover, but it still makes me think I’m getting a rom com and I’m not so a little juxtaposed for me on that. This story is serious and there is a lot of heartbreak both have to deal with to come together for their HEA. They’ve had their hearts stomped on by the other and one his family so it’s a lot to work through. Of course, we start the book with them thinking they are all good and over it but soon realize they have a lot to work out personally. I’m not a going back kind of girl. I tried that once with my ex-husband and it didn’t go well. So I’ve only ever lived in the same location once, although we’ve moved like a million times I think. I’ve never re-dated anyone, with the exception noted above. So for me them getting involved in this story I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.The chemistry was written off the charts so that made it feel more comfortable for me.
The part I loved the best was when each had the epiphany that they were willing to sacrifice some of what they loved (adventure/family) to be with the other person. They also realized that was what made them love the other more too. I’m giving this a 4.5 of 5 because the way she wrote the story and the topics she delved into resonated with me in a positive soul searching way. If anyone knows me, I’m an adventurer and a family girl. There is a lot of hard work to find the balance to have both in your life and I appreciate she showed that in the story
4.5 of 5 Propellers
Here is the first in the series!!
Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé . . .
Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips . . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their fake relationship fade like the stunning sunset . . . or blossom into something beautiful?
Connect with Priscilla Oliveras
PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her
Latinx culture with her readers. Since earning an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, she serves as English adjunct faculty at her local college and teaches an on-line continuing education course titled “Romance Writing” for ed2go. Priscilla is a sports fan, a beach lover, a half-marathon runner and a consummate traveler who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock.
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