Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Book Review ~ AMOR ACTUALLY: A Holiday Romance Anthology

Amor Actually: A Holiday Romance Anthology
by: Adriana Herrera, Sabrina Sol, Priscilla Oliveras, Alexis Daria, Mia Sosa, Diana Muñoz Stewart, and Zoey Castile
Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Christmas Romance ~ M/F, F/F & M/F/M
Release Date: December 7, 2021
Publisher: Adriana Herrera Publishing LLC

Nochebuena. One party. Nine Happily Ever Afters.

It’s Christmas Eve in New York City, when anything is possible. For these couples, it’s the season to find true love. From second-chances, big leaps, missed connections, and reconnections, this charming collection celebrates the spirit of the holidays and delivers nine perfect HEAs.

From seven acclaimed and bestselling Latina authors—Zoey Castile, Alexis Daria, Adriana Herrera, Diana Muñoz Stewart, Priscilla Oliveras, Sabrina Sol, and Mia Sosa—comes a holiday romance collection like never before.

Make the Yuletide Gay • Adriana Herrera
After a string of broken engagements, an international Latin Pop Star finds love in her sexy and constant manager. Days before her big live holiday special, Vivi wonders if the woman of her dreams could finally be hers.

Only Yours • Sabrina Sol
​​The Mayor of New York embarks on a Christmas Eve search to find the woman he loves before she gets away.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe • by Priscilla Oliveras
Challenged by his friends to find a plus one to Nochebuena dinner or else, widower Hector Gutierrez isn’t sure he’s still got any good moves left. That is until he strikes the right chord with his son’s music teacher, Cristina.

All I Want for Nochebuena • Alexis Daria
When sparks fly between adult film stars Honey and Julie, Honey must work up the courage to invite Julie to her family’s holiday party or risk losing what she really wants for Nochebuena—a chance at true love.

Santa’s Eager Little Helper • by Mia Sosa
Sarita’s plan to confess her crush on a coworker goes awry when she’s tasked with playing the Sexy Elf to his grumpy Santa. Will she seize the opportunity to make Carlos’s naughty list, or will she spend another Nochebuena alone?

The Nochebuena Dating Dare • by Diana Muñoz Stewart
Eneida Lucero takes a second chance on love with the handsome musical director at her school—even if it means causing some Nochebuena drama with her ex-husband and familia.

Love in Spanglish • Zoey Castile
A heartbroken romance writer gets snowed in with a novel-worthy hero who may just make her believe in love again.

To Us, You Are Perfect • Alexis Daria & Adriana Herrera
Newlyweds Pasquale and Yamilette’s Christmas is just short of perfect. The missing piece is their best friend Marcelo, who has loved them from afar for years. This Nochebuena, they’ll finally complete their happily ever after.

The Great Holiday Escape • Zoey Castile
Gigi is always on the hustle, making sure her little sister has everything she needs including a big Christmas Eve fiesta with all their friends and family. That night, Gigi receives an all-expenses paid trip to a luxe South Beach weekend where not one, but two beautiful strangers steal her heart.

Amor Actually is an anthology consisting of nine novellas from seven best-selling Latina authors. This anthology centers around Christmas Eve Or Nochebuena, and all the stories are connected via different characters.

For my review, I read five of the nine stories, and all were 5-star reads. Outside of Sabrina Sol, all the authors are new to me.

Only Yours by Sabrina Sol is a workplace romance, told in first person. It ends with an HFN, with the promise of a HEA.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Priscilla Oliveras is a forbidden relationship told in third person. Hector Gutierrez is a widowed father to an 11-year-old son. Hector is attracted to his son’s band teacher. After two years, his wife’s best friend thinks it’s time for him to move on with his life. She pushes him to bring a date to the Christmas Eve dinner. The push is just what Hector and his son need. This story ends with an HFN, with the promise of a HEA.

Santa’s Eager Little Helper by Mia Sosa was not what I was expecting. Mia definitely brought fireworks. Santa’s Eager Little Helper was a very nice, very hot friends-to-lovers workplace romance.

The Nochebuena Dating Dare by Diana Muñoz Stewart was definitely my favorite story of the novellas that read from this anthology.

Eneida is a divorced mother who wants to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s attracted to the musical director at her school, and when she starts dating two months after her divorce is finalized, she isn’t prepared for all the guilt she feels from simply going on one date. This story is full of passion and desire. It’s definitely hot and spicy. I loved that the story didn't truly play out the way I thought it would.

Love in Spanglish by Zoey Castile blew me away. I was not prepared for the heat. Zoey scorched the rest of the books I read. I’m a non-Spanish speaker, so this story required more usage of my trusty translator app. However, Callie the heroine, doesn’t necessarily speak fluent Spanish herself. When she gets snowed in with the hero, their language becomes love.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

From: The Nochebuena Dating Dare

“I know my worth now. The question is, do you know yours?”

“Love is possibility. It extends and expands and enhances life with every full breath.”

“If we try to protect our children from life, we often do more damage than good.”

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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