Oliveras, Priscilla. Their Perfect Melody. New York: Zebra/Kensington, 2018.
Mass Market Paperback | $4.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1420144307 | 328 pages | Contemporary Romance
Priscilla Oliveras is one of the new authors who I absolutely came to adore last year, so it’s a shame I left Their Perfect Melody, her last release in her Matched to Perfection series, unread for so long. But I’m so happy to be back in her world again, following compelling family-oriented Latinx characters.
I really did not expect Lili to end up where she is now, based on the prior two books, since she always felt like something of a wild-card to me, with nothing really defining her outside the fact that she’s a part of this close-knit family. But it’s clear that experiences that took place in the years since the last two books ended have impacted her, and this conveyed well, and I really liked seeing how that translated into her growth into the victim’s advocate she is at the present time.
And she meets her match in Diego, a police officer, who shares her passion not only for helping others, but also helps to reignite the love of music that has lain dormant inside her for years. They have such a great relationship, and while it’s not without its bumps in the road, especially as Diego’s family situation isn’t nearly as idyllic as that of the Fernandez sisters’, ultimately, there is hope there too.
Oliveras handles some heavy issues with sensitivity, perfectly balancing those topics with the more lighthearted moments. And this is a can’t-miss contemporary romance for those who love multicultural romances focused on family and full of heart.
Oliveras, Priscilla. Her Perfect Affair. New York: Kensington, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-4429-1. $4.99 USD.
I quickly came to identify with Rosa’s character when I read the first book, His Perfect Partner, so I was super excited to read her book. And despite the tagline and the blurb focusing a lot on her “walk on the wild side,” I was glad to see that the story focused more on the consequences of this wild encounter in a way that felt realistic, and like nothing I had ever read before. This includes the stakes beyond just possibly a job at a Catholic school, but instead for her it’s losing the opportunity to work in a place that she has felt connected to since she herself was a student, through her own love of books. As a book lover and librarian-in-training, this sentiment spoke to me. I also love that it touched on a real-life complication that some pregnant women deal with, which had previously been documented in the news in connection to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. While seeing a prominent real-life figure go through it has helped provide some awareness about the condition, I admire Oliveras for portraying what it is like to live with in a more intimate way.
I already liked Jeremy from the first book, and I grew to love him even more this time around, even if he kept going about trying to be in Rosa’s and his child’s life the wrong way. I loved the complexities that made up his character, from his family’s past, which informed his initial reaction to finding out he was going to be a father, to his present family dynamics, which inform his current career choices as the black sheep of the family. I ended up loving some of the moments when he ended up easing up on the insisting he be part of her life and letting her call the shots a bit, especially when he ended up being her nursemaid for a while when she had severe morning sickness.
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.