Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
In A Caribbean Heiress in Paris Adriana Herrera offers a compelling, passionate story about a gorgeous lioness, Luz Alana Heith-Benzan, newly arrived from Santo Domingo and absolutely determined to take the 1889 Exposition in Paris—& the rest of Europe—by storm with her rum, brand, & vision.
As part of that plan she marries a studly, fellow businessperson Earl named James Sinclair who is—unbeknownst to her—on a quest to bring down his dastardly duke father.
Of course there are also feelings involved & sparks fly in this marriage of convenience romance, with both leads floored by their physical connection & feelings of tenderness & possessiveness toward the other.
The setting & characters Herrera uses & creates are so winning. Herrera showcases the heroine’s strong friendship group & while the author shows the misogyny & racism amongst many of the (most of the ?) white Europeans again & again, she also highlights how POC—including the Black heroine, Luz Alana, are chasing their dreams & conquering them, attacking the challenges facing them.
While there’s a lot to appreciate in this romance I often found myself frustrated by how the leads communicated & the reconciliation feels rushed.
This book is dramatic, fierce, & unapologetic but the romance arc itself falls somewhat flat for me.
3.5 ⭐️. Release date: 05/31.
Give me that HEA, please.
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