Disclaimer: I am acquaintances with the author; however, I purchased the hardcopy of this book for full price.
It was so easy to fall into Sofia’s life and connect with her story. Oliveras has an obvious talent for crafting a well-rounded character that is more than just her love life. I supported Sofia’s long-term goals from the beginning because they seemed so realistic and just the side of fantastical necessary for an escapism read.
Sofia’s connection with Nate was real and immediate. Just enough angst to be poignant rather than annoying, and just enough detail to craft a rich history between them without relying exclusively on flashback or info-dumps. The shift in Nate’s character felt a bit immediate, but it was easy to see how the events of this book were “the straw that broke the camel’s back” rather than something out of character from what the author initially created. Overall, a lovely happily ever after.
For the most part, the supporting characters of Sofia’s familia were fleshed-out and realistic (with one exception, the gay character who screaming walking cliche). I wish Sofia’s friends had received the same treatment, but I understand the limitations of working within a shared universe and not wanting to step on other writers’ toes. Unfortunately, the result is that I have zero desire to search out the other books and learn those women’s stories.
Overall, a sweet romance and perfect beach (or anytime) read. I look forward to reading more by this author.