Oliveras, Priscilla. His Perfect Partner. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-4428-4. $4.99 USD.
I have long been fascinated with Latinx culture, and took several years of Spanish in high school and college, so it was wonderful to read a book that so lovingly conveys the values of that culture, especially since it is a finalist in two categories at the RITA Awards: Best First Book and Contemporary Romance: Mid-length.
And while I have not read the other books in either category, I can enthusiastically say this is a wonderful, sweet book, and I hope it does well. Despite the fact that some of the obstacles keeping Tomas and Yazmine apart did get annoying after a while, as it seems like one of those cases where if they just talked to each other about their feelings, the story might have been resolved quicker. But given their respective pasts with less-than-ideal partners and their career goals, I do see how the misunderstandings might come up.
The book also puts an emphasis on the importance of family. I loved seeing how dedicated Tomas was to seeing his daughter happy, even if sometimes, especially at the beginning, he had difficulty making time for her. I was also touched by the bond between the Fernandez sisters and their father, and how, despite their father being terminally ill, he doesn’t want his failing health to interfere with his daughters’ lives and ambitions. I also enjoyed that the Fernandez sisters each had their own distinct personality and interests, but still bonded over their love for their father and each other. And I can’t wait to see what happens with the sisters next.