G. Bianco, 2019
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.
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?
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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