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13 Hot and Heavy Romance Novels By Latinas Made for Cuffing Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly but it’s easier said than done when it’s also cuffing season and all you’ve got is a blanket and abuelita’s hot chocolate to keep you warm. But don’t worry cause we’ve got you covered with this collection of sexy novels by Latinx writers to curl up to. From historical romances to contemporary love stories and even some sci-fi affairs, there’s something here for everyone’s desire. Yes, they are X-rated and yes, they’ll get your heart pumping so here’s your free pass to give in to those escandaloso fantasies. Also, if you’ve got a significant other don’t shy away from having a little fun and reading these together. Warning: Keep water and an abanico nearby just in case.

“Luck on the Line” by Zoraida Córdova

The heat in the kitchen isn’t just from the food in this culinary love affair between Lucky Pierce and head chef/resident bad boy James. The ironically named Lucky has dealt with her fair share of mishaps in her professional and personal life when she accepts her celeb mom’s challenge to launch a restaurant in Boston. This forces her to work with James and the initial tension leads to something more tantalizing than the food they’re putting out. This is the first book in the On the Verge series by Ecuadorian-born author Zoraida Córdova.

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“Noah” by Elizabeth Reyes

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Veronica Cruz had been shut out from the world for two years caring for her dying mother and now at 28 she’s trying to rebuild her life. She joins her local gym where she meets trainer/ aspiring boxer Noah Quintanilla. While Veronica is looking to get her body back in shape, Noah is looking to make it big as a boxer and neither was looking for love. Their eight-year age gap doesn’t make Veronica feel any more comfortable about the idea of an affair but Noah wants a cougar girlfriend not a friend. The book is part of the 5th Street series by award-winning author Elizabeth Reyes, who rose to fame with the release of her debut novel “Forever Mine” in 2010.

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“Acting on Impulse” by Mia Sosa

This fun and flirty read by Brazilian-Puerto Rican author Mia Sosa is Book One in her Love on Cue series. Fitness Trainer Tori Alvarez is on vacation in Aruba and on a break from the opposite sex after a messy and public breakup. On her plane ride she meets Hollywood heartthrob in disguise Carter Stone and they instantly hit it off. What begins as a professional relationship turns into something more until his identity is revealed and Tori is once again faced with heartbreak in the public eye.

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“Delicious Temptation” by Sabrina Sol

Mexican author Sabrina Sol is the self-proclaimed “romance chica” whose Delicious Desires series features hot and heavy moments interspersed with foodie odes to Latin American cuisine. In the first book in the series we are introduced to Amara Maria Robles, a good girl devoted to helping her family revive their Mexican bakery, who gave up dreams of becoming a pastry chef. Her loyalty to her family and their expectations only goes so far when she encounters her brother’s former best friend, Eric Valencia.  Caught between her unfulfilling career and the temptation to give in to her desires, she decides to tap into her inner bad girl.

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“A Summer for Scandal” by Lydia San Andres

Historical fiction fans who also enjoy some heat in their romantic novels will enjoy the works by Lydia San Andres, specifically her Arroyo Blanco series. “A Summer for Scandal” takes place on a fictional island in the Spanish Caribbean in 1911 where Emilia Cruz publishes in secret to avoid scandal and scrutiny. Cruz, who publishes under a pen name, is set on keeping her secret but author Ruben Torres has taken notice of her work and is determined to discover her real identity. As (bad) luck would have it, they find themselves on the same boat ride and it begins a pursuit of more than one kind of desire.

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“His Perfect Partner” by Priscilla Oliveras

Mexican American- Puerto Rican romance writer Priscilla Oliveras released her debut novel,  “His Perfect Partner” in 2017. This is Book One in the Matched to Perfection series featuring three ambitious Latina sisters. Dance teacher Yazmine Fernandez is determined to make it big and doesn’t have time to fall in love or start a family. Meanwhile, ad executive and divorcé Tomás Garcia is focused on raising his daughter Maria and his career but he can’t help but feel attracted to Maria’s instructor, Yazmine. Neither wants a relationship but with each moment they spend together it gets harder to deny their chemistry.

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“To Love a Scandalous Duke” by Liana De La Rosa

Liana De La Rosa’s Once Upon a Scandal series is a historical romance set in the Georgian and late Regency periods. Book one tells the story of Declan Sinclair who returns to England after being exiled for years and discovers his brother has been murdered and he’s the new Duke of Darington. In the search for his brother’s murderer, he reunites with old friend Lady Alethea Swinton whose pristine reputation is at risk of being ruined by her own feelings for Declan and the truth he will uncover.

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“Take the Lead” By Alexis Daria

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What a year… . One year ago today, my debut novel, Take the Lead, was released. . This morning, I turned in a new manuscript to my editor. . So much has happened in the last year, from releasing book 2 (Dance With Me), to winning a RITA, to struggling with what to work on next. There were a lot of false starts that are still on the back burner, but writing the story I turned in today made me so happy. The characters were a delight, and it was wonderful to get back into the creative flow after nearly a year of feeling disconnected from it. My tremendous thanks to everyone who has supported me and these stories. It really takes a village. . Newsletter subscribers will hear about the new project first, so make sure you’re signed up. bit.ly/2wquDD1 or use the form at the bottom of my website. . Right now, the first two books in the Dance Off series are on sale for $1.99 each! Links at alexisdaria.com, or click the link in my bio. ???? —Lex . . . #DanceOffBks #DWTS⁠ ⁠#ownvoices #LatinxRom #contemporaryromance #romancenovel #authorsofinstagram #books #reading #amreading

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If you loved the “Step Up” movies, you’ll dive right into this steamy love on the dance floor series by Puerto Rican writer Alexis Daria. “Take the Lead” is the first book in the Dance Off series where readers meet Puerto Rican dancer Gina Morales as she embarks on her fifth season on “The Dance Off”, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition. She’s never made it to the finals and now that she’s met her new partner she sees her chance. Alaskan TV star Stone Nielson is not a fan of LA or reality TV but can’t deny his attraction to Gina though he can’t run the risk of revealing his secrets. The tabloids and spotlight threaten to destroy their relationship and their chance at the trophy. The book was named one of the Best Romances of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post.

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“Rebound” By Rosemary Rey

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This is Book One in the Pentagon Group series by Rosemary Rey that tells the story of Perla Mercurio after her contentious divorce leads her to swear off men. On a doctor’s visit she meets Dr. Mathias Keene and her sexual desires are reignited. When they meet at a club they give into their undeniable attraction but Perla is not 100 percent sure he is who he seems to be. There are four books in the series which ended in 2017 with “Spellbound”.

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“Twice the Growl”  By Milly Taiden

Fans of erotica and fantasy lit will love the Paranormal Dating Agency series by Milly Taiden that features curvy and proud Latina heroines. In “Twice the Growl” we meet Talia Barca who seeks help from the Agency to find a date for a family wedding where her ex-husband will be attending. She finds herself in a love triangle with werewolves Connor and Theron who want her to be a part of their Alpha triad. Not only does she engage in a steamy three-way sexual affair but she also has to prove herself an alpha worth joining their pack.

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“Hot Tamara” By Mary Castillo

Tamara Contreras has been a dutiful Mexican-American daughter but tradition was never her thing. At 26 she decides to reject her long-time boyfriend’s marriage proposal and instead move to Los Angeles. While enjoying the single life she runs into former high school bad boy Will Benavides. Now a firefighter, he still has the power to light her fantasies on fire and now they get to live it up in real life. This romance novel was named Red Hot Read of April 2005 by Cosmopolitan magazine

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“Lucky Chica” By Berta Platas

Cuban writer Berta Platas’ novel “Lucky Chica” is a love story that literally strikes gold when Cuban-American Rosie Caballero wins the $600 million jackpot. After a life filled with disappointments, professionally and personally, she now gets to live out her dreams giving into her every whim. While living it up as the new and improved version of herself she meets A-list actor Brad Merritt who sweeps her off her feet. But like they say, more money more problems, and for Rosie she begins to see the ugly side of high society life. Encountering scheming exes and the tabloids lead her to have to learn who she can really trust.

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“Next Year In Havana” By Chanel Cleeton

Released earlier this year to high praise, “Next Year in Havana” is part homage to Cuban history and part passionate romance. Told through the narratives of two women spanning decades between 19-year-old Elisa Perez in Havana in 1958 and Marisol Ferrera in Miami in 2017. As Marisol travels to Cuba to scatter her grandmother Elisa’s ashes per her request, she uncovers her family’s secrets. Switching between the timelines of these women we learn about Elisa’s clandestine affair with a revolutionary and Marisol’s current affair as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery in her grandmother’s land.

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“Exclusively Yours” By Nadine Gonzalez

Romance and realty go hand in hand in this book out of the Miami Dreams series by Nadine Gonzalez. In “Exclusively Yours” Leila Amis meets her new boss and top Miami realtor Nicolas Adrian and their attraction is immediate and undeniable. Their fiery but brief fling is meant to end when Nick leaves town for eight weeks but on the eve of his last day their affair ends with bitterness and regret.  A year later he finds himself back in Miami where Leila is running her own boutique real estate agency and they once again reignite their flame but this time he has a rival in his pursuit to win Leila’s heart. Gonzalez was born in NYC to Haitian immigrant parents and this is her debut contemporary romance series.

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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Latina Reads: Puerto Rican Author Lilliam Rivera Discusses Upcoming YA Latinx Feminist Novel

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Latina Reads: Puerto Rican Author Lilliam Rivera Discusses Upcoming YA Latinx Feminist Novel

Lilliam Rivera has written two novels featuring strong Latinx female characters including her latest Dealing in Dreams. The Puerto Rican YA author released The Education of Margot Sanchez in 2017, a romantic coming of age story set in South Bronx that explored family dysfunction and the importance of being true to yourself. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, Rivera penned the ode to her hometown after relocating to Los Angeles. The book was nominated for the 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adult Fiction by the Young Adult Library Services Association and Rivera has also been awarded fellowships from PEN Center USA, A Room Of Her Own Foundation, and received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Speculative Literature Foundation.

In Dealing in Dreams, Rivera takes readers on the kind of fantasy adventure she imagines her teenage self would’ve wanted to read. The feminist dystopic novel is clearly influenced by Latinx culture following the adventures of sixteen-year-old Nalah and her all-girl crew Las Mal Criadas and her dreams of escaping Mega City to the exclusive Mega Towers. Read on to learn about the strong Latinx women in the book, why she chose to portray toxic femininity, and how immigration came into play. The book will be out March 5 and she’ll be talking at bookstores throughout the U.S.

The story focuses on an all-girl crew, can you tell me more about Las Mal Criadas and how you developed these characters?

Nalah is the sixteen-year-old leader of Las Mal Criadas, an all-girl crew who patrol the streets of Mega City. They are notoriously fierce but Nalah is wary of the violent life. She believes the way off the streets is securing a home in the exclusive Mega Towers where her leader Déesse lives. She’ll do anything to reach that goal. I wrote a draft of Dealing In Dreams six years ago and Nalah came to me first. I had just given birth to my second daughter and there were people, mostly women, who remarked how my dream of being a published author would have to be placed on hold. Rage can be a great incentive for generating art. I refuse to be pigeonholed. I wrote this draft while taking care of a newborn and I put it away for six years, workshopping a chapter here and there, until a year ago when I returned to the manuscript and still felt its relevance.

Can you describe Mega City and the Mega Towers and their significance in the story?

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I based the concept of the Mega Towers on the housing projects I grew up in the South Bronx. The Twin Park West Housing Projects is a U-shaped structure connected by three buildings. With the Bronx slowly being gentrified I could just imagine how these buildings will soon be so desirable for those in power. In Dealing In Dreams, the towers are the only structure that survived the Big Shake, a man-made disaster caused by drilling. The Mega Towers is where the elite live and it’s where Nalah believes she can secure a home for her crew if she plays by this society’s rules. There are a couple of hints that Mega City is the Bronx but only a person from there would discover those Easter eggs.

The book is being described as a feminist Latinx dystopia and The Outsiders meets Mad Max so suffice it to say it’s a fierce book, how would you describe it to someone who is unfamiliar with the genre? 

I would describe Dealing In Dreams as a young adult book about a girl who grew up in a violent world and must decide if that path is truly her only salvation to a better life.

There is a very clear Latinx influence in the city and characters, why was that important to you?

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I grew up reading so many science fiction and fantasy novels (Ray Bradbury, George Orwell…) and didn’t see any of my people in them. Where were the Puerto Rican girls from the Bronx crushing monsters? The same holds true of current films. I love Star Wars and have watched it hundreds of times but how amazing is it that my kids get to see Oscar Isaac being a part of the Star Wars canon? The future I envision in my novels is very brown and very black, just like my upbringing. I want to write Latinx characters that are flawed and heroic, who fall in love and discover their voice.

This is your second time writing a teenage Latinx protagonist, why is it important to you to tell these stories through the lens of a Latina?

These are the type of stories I craved for when I was young, desperately trying to connect with protagonists in novels. I think there’s more than enough room in bookstores and libraries for different Latina stories.

You take toxic masculinity and flip it to women instead, what was your intent in doing this?

There’s this great image of activist Angela Peoples taken during the Women’s March. Angela holds up a sign that reads “Don’t Forget: White Women Voted for Trump.” I thought of that image when I was rewriting the novel. I also kept thinking of how our own people will gladly throw us under the bus in order to secure a place beside someone in power. Sometimes our own family are quick to lead us to destruction. I wanted to explore those two realities in Dealing In Dreams.

What are some of the main concepts you wanted to tackle when you wrote this book and why?

I was thinking of books I’ve read that inspired me as a young person such as Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange and S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I was drawn to their violence and also to the idea of formed families. I wanted to explore this idea of blood family versus the family you create but I wanted to come from the point of view of a Latina.

The idea of finding a better home is a concept that’s all too real for many Latinx in the US, was it a conscious decision to have Nalah’s journey mirror the immigrant experience in a sense?

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The quest for home is so rooted in my family’s history. My parents left Puerto Rico to find a better home in New York. Each decision they made, however hard, was made with the intention of providing us with the tools to succeed. Almost everyone who wants to enter the United States come with that hope. There’s an amazing painting by the artist Judithe Hernández titled “La Muerte De Los Inocentes” and it is of a child who clutches a ribbon that states: “We come but to dream.” I feel that painting really captures Nalah’s journey and the journey of so many who come to the U.S. searching for a better life.

There’s a lot of action in this book, what was it like writing those scenes featuring all women?

I had the best time writing those scenes! I think it’s so rare to see young women owning their strength on the page and not being afraid to use it. I love that my characters are unapologetic about it. I also didn’t want to give the reader a chance to rest, to think of putting the book down, so I tried to inject as much action as I could.

What do you want readers to take away from Dealing in Dreams?

I want readers to be transported to a place that looks at times familiar and completely new. I want Nalah, Truck, Nena and the rest of Las Mal Criadas to leave an imprint on the readers long after they read the last page.

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