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Coming from a large Dominican family that takes their gender roles very seriously, Miri Acosta has always basked in the attention and protection of her three older brothers. Until now. Almost twenty-three and recently graduated from university, she is finally coming into her own. Eager to experience every bit of what she’s missed her whole life living in the most exciting c Coming from a large Dominican family that takes their gender roles very seriously, Miri Acosta has always basked in the attention and protection of her three older brothers. Until now. Almost twenty-three and recently graduated from university, she is finally coming into her own. Eager to experience every bit of what she’s missed her whole life living in the most exciting city in the world, Miri decides to buck her family’s wishes and become a modern, single woman. ‘Modern’ means clubbing, dating, and … casual sex. Just so long as her brothers don’t find out. As she’s putting her ‘modern woman’ plan into effect, Miri meets Eduardo Cruz, the newest teammate on her brother’s major league baseball team, and decides he is just the right man to get her started with the whole modern woman thing. But Eduardo isn’t interested in a ‘modern’ relationship. At least not with Miri Acosta. Her brothers’ reputation for looking out for her make it more than clear, she is definitely not a woman to trifle with. Still, despite having his hands more than full trying to acclimate to a new world and life in professional baseball, Miri Acosta is shaping up to be the kind of woman that makes him want to play for keeps.


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Coming from a large Dominican family that takes their gender roles very seriously, Miri Acosta has always basked in the attention and protection of her three older brothers. Until now. Almost twenty-three and recently graduated from university, she is finally coming into her own. Eager to experience every bit of what she’s missed her whole life living in the most exciting c Coming from a large Dominican family that takes their gender roles very seriously, Miri Acosta has always basked in the attention and protection of her three older brothers. Until now. Almost twenty-three and recently graduated from university, she is finally coming into her own. Eager to experience every bit of what she’s missed her whole life living in the most exciting city in the world, Miri decides to buck her family’s wishes and become a modern, single woman. ‘Modern’ means clubbing, dating, and … casual sex. Just so long as her brothers don’t find out. As she’s putting her ‘modern woman’ plan into effect, Miri meets Eduardo Cruz, the newest teammate on her brother’s major league baseball team, and decides he is just the right man to get her started with the whole modern woman thing. But Eduardo isn’t interested in a ‘modern’ relationship. At least not with Miri Acosta. Her brothers’ reputation for looking out for her make it more than clear, she is definitely not a woman to trifle with. Still, despite having his hands more than full trying to acclimate to a new world and life in professional baseball, Miri Acosta is shaping up to be the kind of woman that makes him want to play for keeps.

30 review for The Education of Miri Acosta

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    12/09/2015 -- I usually save a Nia book for those times I've bounced from book to book and can't seem to settle. What can I say .. her books just grab me. So, what did I like about this one? 1 -- I don't remember much of the first book in this series and was hoping it wouldn't matter and it didn't. I was able to jump right in and enjoy this one without feeling lost. 2 -- Miri Acosta and her family. I enjoyed seeing them again, just like you do people you knew once upon a long time ... Miri had an i 12/09/2015 -- I usually save a Nia book for those times I've bounced from book to book and can't seem to settle. What can I say .. her books just grab me. So, what did I like about this one? 1 -- I don't remember much of the first book in this series and was hoping it wouldn't matter and it didn't. I was able to jump right in and enjoy this one without feeling lost. 2 -- Miri Acosta and her family. I enjoyed seeing them again, just like you do people you knew once upon a long time ... Miri had an innocent quality about her. For me, she is a plus and a minus. A plus for just what I mention. I liked her. I liked her taking time to figure out what she wants in life. I like her respect for her family and her culture. Saying this, the minus is, she was almost too good to be true. I won't give anything away, but some of her I just didn't believe. 3 -- Duardo. He seemed to be pretty developed. He had confidence and was very comfortable in his own skin. He appealed to me. 4 -- This was a simple read. No real over the top anything. Sometimes that is just fine. 5 -- The Dominican element. It was throughout the book and I really enjoyed it. I have very little knowledge of this culture so it was interesting and added a very nice component. More in this book than in the previous book. Now, what could have been better? 1 -- I was surprised at the simpleness of this read. Nia usually has some undertones that are intricately threaded throughout any book she writes. I really wasn't expecting this. I was okay with it, but it surprised me and I would have liked a bit more ompf. 2 -- Okay, I won't make a big deal of this, but I'm not a fan of the twenty-something virgin trope. 3 -- The ending seemed very rushed. Normally we have fully developed stories that have a beginning, middle and an end from this author. It's almost like she lost interested and just wanted to hurry and get the darned thing done. I may be wrong, but if I'm right, what a shame. I liked these characters. 4 -- Duardo and Mark are baseball players for the Mets. We got VERY LITTLE sports anything. Duardo's exercise routine once or twice. They are on the road playing. One, very minimal locker room scene. Maybe something else here and there, but very little. So, yes, a nice story. Definitely not one of my favorites of Nia's, but I liked it well enough and am glad I read it. Happy Reading! +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Overall Rating = 3.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 5 / 3 = 4 Stars Writer’s Voice = 3 Stars Character / Secondary Character Development = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars “Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars Story / Background Story Development = 3 / 4 = 3.5 Stars “Did I like the Damned Thing” = 3 Stars Ending = 2 Stars Worth the Chili = 4 Stars -- [$3.99 on Amazon] Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild 251 pages First sentence:She was late. Again. Last sentence: I won't, she would say. I won't let go. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This book sounds perfect for me. Just found out about it as I was adding Nia's newest I purchased on Amazon. Can. Not. Wait for this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Another enjoyable read from Nia Forrester. It was nice to catch up with the characters from The Seduction of Dylan Acosta, and I liked Miri's own story. Miri is Mark Acosta's younger sister (from the first book). She has grown up in a Dominican-American family that is fairly conventional and strait-laced. But Miri is a modern girl who is into social media, and she wants to break out of the constrictions her family keeps around her. Mark loves her, but doesn't see her as a grown-up person, just as Another enjoyable read from Nia Forrester. It was nice to catch up with the characters from The Seduction of Dylan Acosta, and I liked Miri's own story. Miri is Mark Acosta's younger sister (from the first book). She has grown up in a Dominican-American family that is fairly conventional and strait-laced. But Miri is a modern girl who is into social media, and she wants to break out of the constrictions her family keeps around her. Mark loves her, but doesn't see her as a grown-up person, just as his baby sister. So when Miri and Eduardo meet and are attracted to one another, they try to play down the attraction at first. Duardo is a (hot) Dominican baseball player who has joined Mark's team, the Mets, and moved to New York. Duardo is a bit of a player (off the field) and Miri is fairly naive and innocent. And Duardo knows his teammate Mark wouldn't want him to be in bed with Mark's little sister. So at first they are just platonic friends, having lunches together, enjoying each other's company and getting to know one another. But they can't fight their attraction, and although it takes a little while, they do finally get together. (And it's pretty hot when they do!) I really liked this book, although it doesn't quite have the depth of The Seduction of Dylan Acosta. But also less angsty than that one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    I really enjoyed Miri's story. I could see where she had grown up since the last book, but she still has a way to go. I think Miri was so caught up in what she thought she should be doing as a young twenty-something, that she never took the time to really think about whether or not she enjoyed that life. She wanted to be a bad girl, but everything ain't for everybody, and that's okay. And she picked the two worst friends possible (hated both of them!). The book left me with the feeling that she' I really enjoyed Miri's story. I could see where she had grown up since the last book, but she still has a way to go. I think Miri was so caught up in what she thought she should be doing as a young twenty-something, that she never took the time to really think about whether or not she enjoyed that life. She wanted to be a bad girl, but everything ain't for everybody, and that's okay. And she picked the two worst friends possible (hated both of them!). The book left me with the feeling that she's on the road to creating the kind of life that will make HER happy, which is a good thing. I was kind of back and forth on Duardo throughout the book. I could understand the Nadine hook up, but Gillian? No, ma'am! Especially since he said that he'd been in that kind of 'situation' before. It left me wondering how long things would have gone on, if Miri hadn't forced his hand with the Stephan Payne experiment. And then the way he kept going along with Miri's crazy ideas. I liked that he wasn't controlling and all 'I'm the man', but he was sometimes too go with the flow for me. I know that he was in a totally new and different environment, but man. Having said that, I did like him and loved how tuned into Miri's feelings he was. He's young and rich, though, and I'm sure as the series continues, we'll see him grow and mature. Since I can't seem to read a Nia Forrester book without wanting more from somebody, this time it's Ava. Maybe Ava and...Matt, since I want to find out what his story is. You can keep Peter, though. Absolutely no interest in him.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Another winner from Nia Forrester! I loved finding out more about Miri and getting lost in her story. :) The description of her journey into womanhood and love...wonderful! The Education of Miri Acosta takes the reader on Miri's journey into womanhood and love. Miri comes from a loving but overprotective Dominican-American family and she wants to have her taste of independence. As much as she loves her family, she also knows that none of them take her very seriously and this frustrates her. It d Another winner from Nia Forrester! I loved finding out more about Miri and getting lost in her story. :) The description of her journey into womanhood and love...wonderful! The Education of Miri Acosta takes the reader on Miri's journey into womanhood and love. Miri comes from a loving but overprotective Dominican-American family and she wants to have her taste of independence. As much as she loves her family, she also knows that none of them take her very seriously and this frustrates her. It doesn't matter that she has a college degree or that she's trying to figure out her career path--they still treat her like a child. It doesn't help that her older brother is the star of the NY Mets and has become the head of the household. All Miri wants is to be taken seriously and to meet someone who makes her feel like she's ready to step into womanhood. And the last thing she expects is to meet that person in Eduardo, one of her brother's teammates who also happens to be from the Dominican Republic. Eduardo is exactly the sort of man that Miri wants--but also wants to avoid. She wants him because he's sexy, intense and makes her feel like she is the only woman he'll ever want. She wants to avoid him because a) he's her brother's teammate and she doesn't want to cause any problems, b) she thinks he'll either mess her around or only want to marry her and "do the right thing". And that isn't want Miri thinks she wants. The Education of Miri Acosta shows us not only Miri's journey into womanhood, but it also gives us Duardo's journey into baseball stardom and his struggle to stay true to himself with the pressure of the baseball star making machine churning around him. Loved watching these two characters grow! A definite must-read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    As always Nia delivers the goods! I liked that the relationship between Miri and Duardo. It was a steady development and not rushed. Storylines always seem more genuine when the mains start off as friends and build from there. I was happy when they finally came together though. It was almost fate. The only missing piece was that they never sad I Love You to each other. Yes it was implied and could be felt, but as the reader I wanted to see it on the page. Kudos on another great read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Williams

    Another great read! I just loved Miri and Eduardo story!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    martha fountain

    I truly enjoyed this book. Miri had so much to overcome as the baby sister in a traditional Dominican Republic family and Nia allowed us to view the transformation, even though it was rocky. Miri wanted the approval of her brother Mark yet she wanted the affections of Eduardo, unfortunately a situation that she didn't balance well as she should. Yet Eduardo remained persistent in his feelings towards her always wanting to be respectful to her, his mother, and Miri's family. Thank you Nia for all I truly enjoyed this book. Miri had so much to overcome as the baby sister in a traditional Dominican Republic family and Nia allowed us to view the transformation, even though it was rocky. Miri wanted the approval of her brother Mark yet she wanted the affections of Eduardo, unfortunately a situation that she didn't balance well as she should. Yet Eduardo remained persistent in his feelings towards her always wanting to be respectful to her, his mother, and Miri's family. Thank you Nia for allowing me to peek into another culture while also giving me another intimate story. Keep writing and writing and writing!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Molock

    Good Loved this second book in the series, Miri and Duardo move at a much slower pace than Mark and Dylan in the first book, but it also feels like the will grow to have a wonderful relationship as well. Learned a lot about how Dominican players are seduced into playing baseball, not always in a good way. I loved most of this book but didn’t like the ending, lot of lose ends.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I've read quite a few of books by Nia Forrester and this book right here is at the very bottom of the list. Reads like it's from an almost teenage point of view, there is no growth among the characters, there is no depth to the characters, and the conversations didn't always feel real. This is one of those books I wish I could get a refund for.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trish Watson

    Becoming a woman I enjoyed this story. It was interesting reading of the conflicts that arise growing up in a close knit family as the youngest sibling and only girl. And also being an adult virgin. It was funny how she tried so many ways to become a woman when all she had to do was walk in her truth.

  11. 5 out of 5

    alicia kennedy

    This can't be it!!!! Just like all the other series I was hooked at book one. Miriam's story surpassed my expectations. So please don't let this be the end. Patiently waiting for Matt's story. #alwaysafan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Darrell

    The Series Have to ask - will there be more of this Series? Always looking for more and can see the author quenching my appetite!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Mcmillian

    Miri and Eduardo I was happy that Miri got her own story and Duardo was a perfect companion for her. It was great catching up with Mark and Dylan as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deedee Henson

    3.5 Wasn't as in depth or exciting as the others

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lorice DeBlanc-Brim

    Highly recommended!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chakash

    Not her best... I have really enjoyed Nia's stories. They often draw you in and make you so invested in the characters that you wish it wouldn't end. But lately there has been a couple of them that I have had to skim or simply pass on. This story was one I should have done the latter, but instead did the former. I loved, absolutely loved Dylan and Mark's story. I thought Dylan was stupid at times, but I got it and it was a well told story. This one with Miri was not up to those standards. Honestl Not her best... I have really enjoyed Nia's stories. They often draw you in and make you so invested in the characters that you wish it wouldn't end. But lately there has been a couple of them that I have had to skim or simply pass on. This story was one I should have done the latter, but instead did the former. I loved, absolutely loved Dylan and Mark's story. I thought Dylan was stupid at times, but I got it and it was a well told story. This one with Miri was not up to those standards. Honestly, it was Miri. I just didn't like her. Nia started the book writing her in a way that I felt would make her interesting - someone who could converse over world topics, educated, and ambitious. But that wasn't really her. She quickly became a whiny child who couldn't think for herself. A good amount of the book, Duardo was with other women because Miri was "too good". Granted, I am not familiar with the Dominican culture, but I know when I read Mark's story it was so good, that I wanted a Mark...(well maybe, I couldn't deal with the traditional, autocratic role of males in a relationship in that culture). Duardo could've been developed more. I found myself skimming in the middle toward the end of the book. Overall I give it 2.5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Outlaw

    just ok, but better than so many others Honestly, I am a die hard Nia Forrester fan. Even her works that fall a little flat give me life. I discovered her when I could find NOTHING that matched my ideal modern urban heroine. She continuously feeds that interest for me. I've yet to read a novel by Forrester that I'm not thinking about the characters for days even weeks after. I'm certain that will be the case with this book as well. A few years back, I probably would have found Miri very interest just ok, but better than so many others Honestly, I am a die hard Nia Forrester fan. Even her works that fall a little flat give me life. I discovered her when I could find NOTHING that matched my ideal modern urban heroine. She continuously feeds that interest for me. I've yet to read a novel by Forrester that I'm not thinking about the characters for days even weeks after. I'm certain that will be the case with this book as well. A few years back, I probably would have found Miri very interesting as she stumbles through her awakenings of womanhood. But with such a sheltered, privileged upbringing and the dilemma of shedding her virginity encompassing the bulk of her plight, I grew bored. Everyone around her was far more interesting to me. Gillian, Nidsia and even Duardo's Dominican high school sweetheart had more intriguing, compelling back stories than Miri. This was definitely a feel good read, but felt more like a coming of age novel draped in the new adult genre.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Miri Acosta isn't the only one to gain an education during this story. As always Nia Forrester engages her readers by opening windows that provide opportunities to see, hear and feel life and love from other perspectives quite thoroughly. The author's voice is elegant while building the relationship between Miri and Duardo and the love scenes are perfect. There are enlightening peeks into the highs and lows of the Dominican culture and Major League Baseball in the United States. This is a coming Miri Acosta isn't the only one to gain an education during this story. As always Nia Forrester engages her readers by opening windows that provide opportunities to see, hear and feel life and love from other perspectives quite thoroughly. The author's voice is elegant while building the relationship between Miri and Duardo and the love scenes are perfect. There are enlightening peeks into the highs and lows of the Dominican culture and Major League Baseball in the United States. This is a coming of age story for Duardo, Miri and a few other Acostas as well. This would be satisfying as a stand alone title. However, reading The Seduction of Dylan Acosta first will set the perfect stage for this story. Once again for me, Nia has softened the edges on a few less likable characters from the first book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vondetta Carter

    Miri Acosta is the grown-up little sister of Mark Acosta. Miri has now finished college and begun to live out her independent dreams. However, she was not prepared for the wrinkle that appeared in Eduardo, player friend of her brother. Eduardo was not prepared for the whirlwind of Miri. They became friends while flirting all at the same time. Miri was very innocent in some areas that Eduardo was not. Upon finding out that Miri was trying to experience life, in all the way of her friends, Eduardo Miri Acosta is the grown-up little sister of Mark Acosta. Miri has now finished college and begun to live out her independent dreams. However, she was not prepared for the wrinkle that appeared in Eduardo, player friend of her brother. Eduardo was not prepared for the whirlwind of Miri. They became friends while flirting all at the same time. Miri was very innocent in some areas that Eduardo was not. Upon finding out that Miri was trying to experience life, in all the way of her friends, Eduardo made up mind on how to proceed. Miri grows up and learns the heart wants what the heart wants and makes a decision to come clean to her family. This is a "coming to Jesus" book for a sheltered young lady. Good read Ms. Forrester, you are still a favorite author of mine..

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany V.

    It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good I wouldn't call myself a diehard Nia Forrester fan, but I have yet to read a book of hers that I didn't enjoy. I'm not saying that this book ended that streak, but it came close. I thought that the prequel to this book - The Seduction of Dylan Acosta - was so...surprisingly insightful that I expected more from Miri's story. The previous book had a depth that I didn't expect, so I was kind of let down when this one didn't have that. The story wasn't bad. It just f It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good I wouldn't call myself a diehard Nia Forrester fan, but I have yet to read a book of hers that I didn't enjoy. I'm not saying that this book ended that streak, but it came close. I thought that the prequel to this book - The Seduction of Dylan Acosta - was so...surprisingly insightful that I expected more from Miri's story. The previous book had a depth that I didn't expect, so I was kind of let down when this one didn't have that. The story wasn't bad. It just felt like nothing really happened. Yes, there was some character development, but it felt like it was all held for the very end of the book. Nia is such a masterful storyteller that I was just expecting more from this endeavor. It's a decent read, but definitely not a must-have.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deloris

    APB Perspective Review : Miri and Duardo I found myself rooting for Miri and Durado from the first time they met , as I read their journey I felt myself anxious for something to happen between them . As I got to know Eduardo and I met some of the women he had relationships with , Nadine caught my attention, so much that I felt I would have stopped reading this book, to learn more about her . I felt this is a well written coming of age story about Miri , about her becoming the woman she is meant t APB Perspective Review : Miri and Duardo I found myself rooting for Miri and Durado from the first time they met , as I read their journey I felt myself anxious for something to happen between them . As I got to know Eduardo and I met some of the women he had relationships with , Nadine caught my attention, so much that I felt I would have stopped reading this book, to learn more about her . I felt this is a well written coming of age story about Miri , about her becoming the woman she is meant to be without her overbearing family holding her back . About her growing up enough to love Durado the way a woman loves a man.

  22. 5 out of 5

    --karen Green-berry

    Thrilled It's been a couple of years that I read The Seduction of Dylan Acosta and loved it; so imagine my joy in getting a chance to revisit the Acostas. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. It was nice to see Miri evolve into a beautiful young woman. I love Eduardo Cruz and the way his character was built up from his humble beginnings to being a major league baseball player; all the while maintaining his humility. I really love this story and hope to see Matt's story soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tina Young

    Great Follow to Book One... It has felt like forever since I've had the opportunity to interact with the Acostas, but it was worth the wait. I love me some Dylan and Mark, but Miri and Duardo are running a very close second. Excellent Character Chemistry as always from Nia Forrester. Amazing writing from a very talented writer. I can't wait to read the next story in this series. It's time for Matt to bite the love bug, lol.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Enjoyable read This was a really great book, I was glad to be able to dive into Miri's story and was glad that she was not as annoying and naive as Dylan. I was however disappointed that it took almost the entire book for the main characters to really cum together (pun intended) but other than that I was very satisfied with this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shonda Shropshire

    The sweetest love story I really loved loved this book and the way Miri and Eduardo got together. From friends to lovers with a few misunderstandings and entanglements in between. I can't want for another book in this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

    Loved this one too! Awesome follow-up story for the Acosta family. I can't wait to read Matt's story (I hope he is getting one too).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffanie

    Awesome Really enjoyed this story! Miriam was so cute coming into her own! Can't wait to read more about this couple!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Regina Ricks

  30. 5 out of 5

    Retro Chic

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