Last weekend New York City celebrated the 65th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade so I wanted to share some amazing romance titles written by Latinx authors with Puerto Rican roots. Puerto Rican Day Parade honors the inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all the people of Puerto Rican heritage living in the US, celebrating their culture and arts.
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
Summer is the wedding season, am I right? What better way to enjoy summer than with a wedding-theme romance book.The Wedding Crasherfollows Solange Pereira who gets roped into helping her cousin who is working on a wedding. But then she comes up with a situation that makes her crash the wedding instead. Dean was ready to cross off “marriage” and he was on his way to becoming a partner at his job, but then Solange happened.
He now needs her help though, after all Solange crashed his wedding so she can’t refuse. What do they have to do, you ask? They have to pretend to be dating.
West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras
In this heart-stopping, star-crossed lovers romance, two people from rival mariachi families fall in love even if it’s forbidden. If you’re familiar withRomeo and Juliet or the West Side Story adaptation, you will absolutely enjoy West Side Love Story.
Meet Mariana, from the household of Casa Capuleta, who will do anything for her family. To help her adopted family, she and her sisters enter to win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands. This obviously means she has to compete against Hugo Montero who just so happens to be her family’s archnemesis.
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
A Lot Like Adios tells the story of two estranged best friends who haven’t seen each other since the end of high school who now have to work together. Michelle gets the surprise of her life when Gabe, her estranged best friend, reappears when she is brought on board to spearhead the new marketing campaign for his celebrity gym.
They have many unresolved feelings and their reunion brings them out to the light. Will she put him at arm’s length or pick up where they last left off?
A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña
This newly released romance is going to make you very emotional, but also lift you up with a beautiful and hopeful romance. A Proposal They Can’t Refuse follows Kamilah Vega and Liam Kane and their grandfathers. You see, Kamilah wants to enter her family’s Puerto Rican restaurant on the Fall Foodie Tour. But her grandfather has plans of his own, like blackmailing her into marrying his best friend’s grandson.
When Liam’s grandfather tells him he has cancer and his wish is to see Liam married, Liam doesn’t know what to do. Plus his grandad has a perfect choice: his best friend’s granddaughter! With their futures on the line, Kamilah and Liam decide to fake an engagement to outfox the devious duo.
These books have so much heart and swoon and they are not to be missed!
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It’s fascinating and entertaining to read a sports romance because you not only get to follow the romance plot, but also the sport itself. Personally, I do love it whenever the characters are playing their sport and as a reader, you get to experience it with them. The highs and lows! Don’t you love when the character who does the sport loses and the other one takes care of them and is there for them in the sad moments in their life? It makes me swoon so much.
Even though sunshine girls are written in romance books every single time, let’s not forget about the grumpy girls. The girls who answer in monosyllabic words, grunts, or not at all. The girls who have a hard shell but a soft inside. The girls who are scared to let their walls down and protect themselves in their own way. Grumpy girls are my heart and soul, so I decided to mention a few that have stuck with me even after finishing reading their books.
When we’re talking about romance books, sometimes we can have either a slow-burn romance or an instant-love one. But personally, I feel like we can also find the slow burn aspect in instant-love romances. For example, we can have a book with two characters who get it on early in the novel, but in terms of their romantic feelings for each other, they are not yet there. I call that an emotional slow burn because we do have them interacting a lot in these swoony moments, but they are not yet there in the “I fell in love with them” part of the story. The most common way you’ll see a slow-burn romance book is, probably, when two people take most of the book to finally be together.