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A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera is a 5 star read!
This is the first book in the Las Leonas Series. Luz Alana is the heiress to a rum empire originating in Dominican Republic. Her father started running the company when her mother passed away, but now he’s gone, too. Luz thought her father would leave the company to her, but instead, she finds out that he entrusted the company’s management to a man, planned for her to promote the rum in Europe, and that her inheritance will be in the hands of a Trustee in his homeland of Scotland unless she gain’s his permission to access it OR she get’s married. She’s got a lot riding against her as a mixed-race woman in 1880s Europe and her little sister Clarita’s future is in her hands.
James is the Earl of Darnick is also in the business of spirits. Passionate about his whiskey company, the Earl is determined to preserve it despite his shady ass father’s dealings. He’s so focused on taking his father down and successfully running his business, that love is that last thing he wants.
Naturally, these two practical minded people bump heads in Paris during the 1889 Exposition.
The chemistry between these two is *chef’s kiss*! I’m a fan of rivals and/or enemies to lovers so I realllllly enjoyed the tension. Both of these characters are really good people and easy to love. This is a historical romance, but these two are very forward thinking. Instead of writing about people who fell into the common beliefs of the day, Herrera follows the paths of people who are thinking critically about what they stand for.
This book also had incredible racial and ethnic diversity for a historical romance. The side characters were just as interesting as the leads so I’m super excited to read the other Leonas love stories!
This book comes out on the 31st, so y’all need to preorder or prepare to request this book from your library!
Content Warnings: Grief, Misogyny, Racism, Violence
Thank you to the author for the ARC of your new book!