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A PopSugar Best Romance of April Key West is the ideal backdrop for the summer read you need! Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez, Jasmine Guillory, and Jen DeLuca, this gorgeous and stirring new love story from the author of Island Affair will touch your heart… Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn't been home to Key West in years--not since he left to explore A PopSugar Best Romance of April Key West is the ideal backdrop for the summer read you need! Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez, Jasmine Guillory, and Jen DeLuca, this gorgeous and stirring new love story from the author of Island Affair will touch your heart… Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn't been home to Key West in years--not since he left to explore broader horizons with his papi's warning echoing in his ears. He wouldn't be heading there now if it wasn't for an injury requiring months of recuperation. The drama of a prodigal son returning to his familia is bad enough, but coming home to the island paradise also means coming face to face with the girl he left behind--the one who was supposed to be by his side all along... Anamaría Navarro was shattered when Alejandro took off without her. Traveling the world was their plan, not just his. But after her father's heart attack, there was no way she could leave--not even for the man she loved. Now ensconced in the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic, with a side hustle as a personal trainer, Anamaría is dismayed that just the sight of Alejandro is enough to rekindle the flame she's worked years to put out. And as motherly meddling pushes them together, the heat of their attraction only climbs higher. Can they learn to trust again, before the Key West sun sets on their chance at happiness?


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A PopSugar Best Romance of April Key West is the ideal backdrop for the summer read you need! Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez, Jasmine Guillory, and Jen DeLuca, this gorgeous and stirring new love story from the author of Island Affair will touch your heart… Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn't been home to Key West in years--not since he left to explore A PopSugar Best Romance of April Key West is the ideal backdrop for the summer read you need! Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez, Jasmine Guillory, and Jen DeLuca, this gorgeous and stirring new love story from the author of Island Affair will touch your heart… Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn't been home to Key West in years--not since he left to explore broader horizons with his papi's warning echoing in his ears. He wouldn't be heading there now if it wasn't for an injury requiring months of recuperation. The drama of a prodigal son returning to his familia is bad enough, but coming home to the island paradise also means coming face to face with the girl he left behind--the one who was supposed to be by his side all along... Anamaría Navarro was shattered when Alejandro took off without her. Traveling the world was their plan, not just his. But after her father's heart attack, there was no way she could leave--not even for the man she loved. Now ensconced in the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic, with a side hustle as a personal trainer, Anamaría is dismayed that just the sight of Alejandro is enough to rekindle the flame she's worked years to put out. And as motherly meddling pushes them together, the heat of their attraction only climbs higher. Can they learn to trust again, before the Key West sun sets on their chance at happiness?

30 review for Anchored Hearts: An Entertaining Latinx Second Chance Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Rating ~3.5? A straightforward, sweet, second chance romance. Two high school sweethearts reunite after one takes a nose dive off a waterfall and winds up returning home to the care of his loving, but highly smothering family. They are prime example of right person wrong time. These two truly haven't loved anyone else since their breakup over a decade ago. Poor communication, however, wrecked them. But time and distance has allowed them to mature. Grow into their own people. So when come together Rating ~3.5? A straightforward, sweet, second chance romance. Two high school sweethearts reunite after one takes a nose dive off a waterfall and winds up returning home to the care of his loving, but highly smothering family. They are prime example of right person wrong time. These two truly haven't loved anyone else since their breakup over a decade ago. Poor communication, however, wrecked them. But time and distance has allowed them to mature. Grow into their own people. So when come together again sparks fly and happiness ensues. Like the first book, this one was mostly predictable. But that being said, I found I enjoyed it a lot more because it did not have the insta-love vibe of the first book. Also, we at least not a little more steam in this one, which I appreciate. So again, another quick and easy beach/summer read to enjoy when you have time to spare. Also, I'm thinking we aren't leaving Key West quite yet, and that Enrique will be getting his own book. Which I 100% support because I am honestly so curious about him and his rather mysterious past. I received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to the Zebra Books for providing me with a copy to read and review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    -`ˏ Galaxi Faerie ˎ´˗

    -`ˏ 3 stars ˎ´˗ Storyline -`ˏ 7/10 ˎ´˗ Anamaría and Alejandro, high school sweethearts dream to explore the world together. But after her father’s heart attack, Anamaria decided that it was better to stay and learn the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic. While Alejandro decided to leave and never come back. A few years later, Alejandro suffered a leg injury on one of his photographic trips, forcing him to return home to recover and meeting people he doesn't want to see. One of these peopl -`ˏ 3 stars ˎ´˗ Storyline -`ˏ 7/10 ˎ´˗ Anamaría and Alejandro, high school sweethearts dream to explore the world together. But after her father’s heart attack, Anamaria decided that it was better to stay and learn the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic. While Alejandro decided to leave and never come back. A few years later, Alejandro suffered a leg injury on one of his photographic trips, forcing him to return home to recover and meeting people he doesn't want to see. One of these people being always and still beautiful Amamaria who got his pants continuously twitching. Characters -`ˏ 5/10 ˎ´˗ The story seems to concentrate more on Alejandro’s perspective. As far as I’m concerned, he's an extremely petty and childish little man. One might think that all those years he has explored the world, he would gain wisdom and maturity. . NOPE. I applaud him for pursuing his dream, but his way of handling it was pathetic. Your girlfriend's father had a heart attack and could have died and you’re angry that she does not want to follow you on a journey across the world? She must cut her family ties because you’re having problems with your own? Make no mistake, Alejandro's father is overbearing, pushing his son to follow in his footsteps in the same manner as he follows in his father's footsteps. However, I wish they would handle it differently and not let so many years pass. For it to get to a point where having a near-death experience is more tolerable than being with your family, that's sad. Our sweet little Anamaria still grappling with the first lovers' syndrome, spent many years allowing him to influence her judgment in his absence. I’m happy that her family and friends are so supportive and help her get out of her funk and pursue her passion and dreams. Atmosphere -`ˏ 3/10 ˎ´˗ To put things in perspective, have you ever force your dolls to kiss without considering rather or not they want to? Maybe they just want to casually hang out by the beach house as friends instead, or maybe not interact at all. That was the feeling of the book. Two people forced to be lovey-dovey when it's not meant to be, regardless of however you want to look at it. Using past and current sexual attractions as a mechanism although their life trajectories are parallel. Language -`ˏ 5/10 ˎ´˗ This story is a slow burn . . come back 3 hours later wondering if you turn the oven on. Enjoyment -`ˏ 6/10 ˎ´˗ If you disregard the romance or lack of it, the book is quite enjoyable. You get a good sense of Cuban-American culture. How people came to a new place with faith, dreams, and determination. Trying not to lose the memory of their origin and carry on the history from generation to generation. How to manage/not manage family expectations while pursuing your own dreams. I like the meddlesome mamas, their wild antics were creative and hilarious, although I believe they did push somethings a little too far. Friends and family members were so supportive in helping the main characters accomplished their dreams. As much as it pains me to admit I did like how the ending came together. Some of the characters earn redemption, in spite of there being a lot of things that remained unfinished and unexplained. e-Arc provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. -`ˏ Thank You ˎ´˗

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review. Anchored Hearts is a 5 star read... I need to read Island Affair.. Happy Reading Lisa

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ancillar

    Actual Rating: 3.5 A huge thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Why didn't I read Island affair last year? Pinch me, someone! This is a slow burn second chance romance between Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda and Anamaría Navarro. It takes place in Key West after Alejandro breaks his leg and returns to his parent's house. It just so happens that they knew each other as kids and were crazy about each other. It was interesting watching the Actual Rating: 3.5 A huge thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Why didn't I read Island affair last year? Pinch me, someone! This is a slow burn second chance romance between Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda and Anamaría Navarro. It takes place in Key West after Alejandro breaks his leg and returns to his parent's house. It just so happens that they knew each other as kids and were crazy about each other. It was interesting watching them rekindle their love again. The book also focused on family *sigh* and you can't read this book and appreciate family and the dynamic of the Cuban American family.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of the second installment in the Keys to Love series. Not only is this one a slow burn but it's also a second chance, childhood friends to lovers book with a strong emphasis on family. All the tropes!! I love the Key West setting and am feeling all the feels about missing travel and the ocean. Oliveras does a great job describing the setting to the point where I could almost smell the salty air and onions and peppers in the wind. I lo Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of the second installment in the Keys to Love series. Not only is this one a slow burn but it's also a second chance, childhood friends to lovers book with a strong emphasis on family. All the tropes!! I love the Key West setting and am feeling all the feels about missing travel and the ocean. Oliveras does a great job describing the setting to the point where I could almost smell the salty air and onions and peppers in the wind. I loved Annamaria. She is a strong, independent badass who loves her family and works super hard. Alejandro is her brother's childhood best friend and her ex-boyfriend. The relationship ended on a not great note so when the two reunite, it's not under the best circumstances. Throw in some meddling parents and pesky siblings and the circumstances seem worse and worse. I enjoyed how the story progressed and most of the loose ends got tied up but there was one plot I was upset to not see how it ended. I also really hope for Enrique's book because I have so so many questions. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a good read, a little slow overall and I just needed some more closure on a couple of things but I recommend it, especially if you need a beach trip and can only go in your head.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Firkins

    A sweet second chance romance with lots of family conflict and a lush setting that's perfect for an escape from winter isolation in colder climes. My favourite element of this particular story was the Cuban history woven into Alejandro's photographic journey. The images conjured were beautiful and evocative, and for me, the real Anchored Heart of the story. For those wondering, while characters and settings from book 1--Island Affair--appear in book 2, Anchored Hearts isn't reliant on that mater A sweet second chance romance with lots of family conflict and a lush setting that's perfect for an escape from winter isolation in colder climes. My favourite element of this particular story was the Cuban history woven into Alejandro's photographic journey. The images conjured were beautiful and evocative, and for me, the real Anchored Heart of the story. For those wondering, while characters and settings from book 1--Island Affair--appear in book 2, Anchored Hearts isn't reliant on that material, and this book can be read as a standalone. In the acknowledgements, Oliveras writes, "My hope is that you dive into the books in my Keys to Love series and feel as if you’ve traveled to Key West, made some new friends, came to appreciate island life and the Cuban-Latinx culture, and were able to forget about life’s stresses for a while." I think she nailed it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    What a joy this was to read! Give me all the Key West Cuban vibes! I need them in Maine right now 🥴 There was so much I loved about this book. Obviously the setting, but the characters were so well developed. I felt like I became friends with them. Anamaría was such a bad ass character with a heart of gold, and Alejandro, bless his heart. I hurt for him with his relationship with his father. I loved watching A & A’s love unfold again. First love that was meant to be is a beautiful thing when it What a joy this was to read! Give me all the Key West Cuban vibes! I need them in Maine right now 🥴 There was so much I loved about this book. Obviously the setting, but the characters were so well developed. I felt like I became friends with them. Anamaría was such a bad ass character with a heart of gold, and Alejandro, bless his heart. I hurt for him with his relationship with his father. I loved watching A & A’s love unfold again. First love that was meant to be is a beautiful thing when it comes back together. I wound up heartbroken at times, and then put back together. The images that were painted by Oliveras’ words made me feel as if I were truly scarfing down Cuban food in the Key West heat while staring at the clear blue waters. I loved it! Thank you to @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bosse

    This book made me miss traveling with my whole heart! I’m ready for a trip to the Keys now! I adored Alejandro and Anamaria. Both full of passion for their calling and each other. High school sweethearts separated by life’s choices thrown back together after a freak accident made for a great love story. Thank you Netgalley and publishing house for this early copy to review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I loved reading about the Cuban American family and the dynamic of this family in key west. To me, the families and setting were the stars in this book. I enjoyed the main characters, however their slow burn second chance romance took some time for me to become fully engaged with. I kept wanting them to feel like the focus of the story, their romance, but it was more about family. It’s a personal preference. I think this is a great beach read for the summer. Thank you netgalley for the advanced I loved reading about the Cuban American family and the dynamic of this family in key west. To me, the families and setting were the stars in this book. I enjoyed the main characters, however their slow burn second chance romance took some time for me to become fully engaged with. I kept wanting them to feel like the focus of the story, their romance, but it was more about family. It’s a personal preference. I think this is a great beach read for the summer. Thank you netgalley for the advanced copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ang

    I didn't care for this. I think part of it was the ridiculously slow burn between the two characters, combined with the trope (second chance). It just felt that the lead-up to them jumping in bed was long and at times boring. And combined with them not needing to fall in love, it just didn't work for me. (I also didn't love how the author talked about the assistive devices that the injured main character used. I think there's a way to write about someone able-bodied being in a wheelchair without I didn't care for this. I think part of it was the ridiculously slow burn between the two characters, combined with the trope (second chance). It just felt that the lead-up to them jumping in bed was long and at times boring. And combined with them not needing to fall in love, it just didn't work for me. (I also didn't love how the author talked about the assistive devices that the injured main character used. I think there's a way to write about someone able-bodied being in a wheelchair without denigrating everyone who uses a wheelchair and this author didn't accomplish that.) Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the ARC.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Isabella | ilashreads

    Anchored Hearts is a follow-up to the first book in this series by Priscilla Oliveras, Island Affair. Anchored Hearts follows the story of Anamaria, first introduced in Island Affair, and Alejandro. It takes place in Key West after Alejandro breaks his leg and returns to his parent's house. It just so happens that they knew each other as kids and were in love. I enjoyed watching this progression from friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. Both Anamaria and Alejandro have had time to g Anchored Hearts is a follow-up to the first book in this series by Priscilla Oliveras, Island Affair. Anchored Hearts follows the story of Anamaria, first introduced in Island Affair, and Alejandro. It takes place in Key West after Alejandro breaks his leg and returns to his parent's house. It just so happens that they knew each other as kids and were in love. I enjoyed watching this progression from friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. Both Anamaria and Alejandro have had time to grow and mature after their relationship ended after high school and it was enjoyable watching the two of them re-connect and re-learn each other. If you're looking for a slow-burn second-chance romance set in somewhere warm, definitely check out Anchored Hearts. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    H.M.S.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There’s nothing better than returning to Key West to visit the Navarro and Miranda families. Oliveras’ earlier book, Island Affair was my visit visit to the Keys (in real life or fiction) and it’s also the book that piqued my interest in romance novels. Island Affair was the first romance novel I had read since high school and I graduated in ‘87. In Anchored Hearts, we return to spend time with Annamaria Navarro as she’s working hard as a paramedic / firefighter but also doing a fabulous job bui There’s nothing better than returning to Key West to visit the Navarro and Miranda families. Oliveras’ earlier book, Island Affair was my visit visit to the Keys (in real life or fiction) and it’s also the book that piqued my interest in romance novels. Island Affair was the first romance novel I had read since high school and I graduated in ‘87. In Anchored Hearts, we return to spend time with Annamaria Navarro as she’s working hard as a paramedic / firefighter but also doing a fabulous job building her own business that centers on fitness and good nutrition. She’s making a name for herself in that industry and is making great progress at growing her business. Enter Alejandro Miranda, her first love who ran off to Europe after high school to pursue his dream of photography - breaking her heart in the process. Now, 10-12 years later, he re-enters her life after a serious accident that has him laid up at his parents’ home. It’s definitely a challenge since he doesn’t get along with his father who still harbours resentment towards his son for not joining the family business. Now, combine two broken hearts with their Cuban Mamis and there is sure to be a lot of fun and friction. Remind me never to say anything but yes, ma’am to any Cuban Mami who crosses my path. They sure are forces to be reckoned with - especially when they’re right! I love the rekindling of emotions between Annamaria and Ale that built throughout the story. Priscilla Oliveras’ writing style drew me in from the first page, as she has on all her other books I’ve made a point to read in the last several months. Following a constant theme of familia present in all her books, Anchored Hearts did not disappoint. I look forward to her next book. Definitely an author whose books I pick up on sight!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kiret

    A huge thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review. Anchored Hearts follows the second chance romance story between Alejandro and Anamaria, the second book in the Keys to Love series. Alejandro returns to Key West 13 years later, after being in an accident. He and Anamaria haven’t seen each other in all those years. One of my favourite parts of the story was the fact that Cuban culture and family was such a big part of the story A huge thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review. Anchored Hearts follows the second chance romance story between Alejandro and Anamaria, the second book in the Keys to Love series. Alejandro returns to Key West 13 years later, after being in an accident. He and Anamaria haven’t seen each other in all those years. One of my favourite parts of the story was the fact that Cuban culture and family was such a big part of the story. Both of our main characters have such big families and I found that very relatable and so much fun. Another one of my favourite parts of the book was the setting. I just wish I could be by the beach reading this, and feeling the heat like I was in Key West! I enjoyed Anamaria and Alejandro as separate characters, but together, there wasn’t really much chemistry. When we finally did reach the romance of the story (~75% in), there really was no sparks flying. I think they could have been really good friends and romance wasn’t the way to go for them. Another major issue that I had with the writing this time, is that it was hard to differ between Alejandro and Anamaria’s point of view in the story. I feel like it needed to be more clearly defined, particularly since the book doesn’t use a first-person POV. I was so confused half the time and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. The ending was nice, but I wasn’t a huge fan of using miscommunication as a reason to break up, and the fact that there is still so much tension after 10+ years, doesn’t make sense to me. If you’re looking for a tropical escape, check out Anchored Hearts, out on April 27th, 2021!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    "He lifted a hand to cup her shoulder, but his gaze slide to the front window where his mami and abuela sat in plain view. Furtively watching as if Anamaría and Alejandro were their telenovela come to life." After taking a bad fall on a hike during his work as a world travelling photographer, Alejandro is forced to return home to recover much to the delight of his enthusiastic mami and abuela. Less enthused are his father who told him not to bother coming back when he left home and the ex-girlfri "He lifted a hand to cup her shoulder, but his gaze slide to the front window where his mami and abuela sat in plain view. Furtively watching as if Anamaría and Alejandro were their telenovela come to life." After taking a bad fall on a hike during his work as a world travelling photographer, Alejandro is forced to return home to recover much to the delight of his enthusiastic mami and abuela. Less enthused are his father who told him not to bother coming back when he left home and the ex-girlfriend he left behind in Key West. Anamaría is the one who stayed home post-highschool-sweetheart breakup. Her duty to her family and Alejandro's kept her in Key West, where she finally has her life on track as a firefighter and building her fitness empire online. When her mami and Alejandro's conspire to bring the two exes together again, Alejandro and Anamaría find their hands full juggling their family's assumptions for their future, and their own assumptions about their past. This was a fun read because of the romance but also because it captured Latinx family life so well. I loved Alejandro and Anamaría's relationship, but more so their relationships with their siblings, parents, and grandparents which were so lovable and relatable. Intergenerational involvement and commitment to happiness and familia is incredibly important, and it was nice seeing how this played a part within a romance. There were a few spelling errors along the way, but honestly I liked the chemistry between Anamaría and Alejandro and the overall concept of this book so much it didn't bother me. I loved the characters and seeing how their personalities and interests functioned within their family and comunidad. This was an absolute yes for me, I will be hunting down the first book in the series and keeping my eye out for the next. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan (AnAverageReader)

    Huge thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review "Alejandro being back in Key West for this short time had absolutely nothing to do with her. She planned to keep it that way. Her sights set on business, not her heart." Oliveras draws us back into the gorgeous and heartwarming island setting with her new book Anchored Hearts. Although technically a standalone story, it makes the most sense to read these stories likes a series. I enjoyed her previous book, Islan Huge thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review "Alejandro being back in Key West for this short time had absolutely nothing to do with her. She planned to keep it that way. Her sights set on business, not her heart." Oliveras draws us back into the gorgeous and heartwarming island setting with her new book Anchored Hearts. Although technically a standalone story, it makes the most sense to read these stories likes a series. I enjoyed her previous book, Island Affair, about Sara and Luis. The couple are brought back into Anchored Hearts as secondary characters. Unfortunately, I did not love this story as much. While an enjoyable read that certainly made me enviable of the beautiful scenery and weather of Key West, I felt as though it lacked the depth that we saw in Island Affair. The author still places huge emphasis on the role of family in this community, but beyond family trouble, there's no other tension of sorts. I thought some points seemed unrealistic (but then again, what book doesn't do this at times?). The romance between Alejandro and Anamaria was sweet and they definitely had the back story, but again, something just didn't click for me and I wasn't super attached to them as characters. Overall, I would recommend this book as a fun beach read, especially when read in companion with Island Affair. It wasn't a waste of time, just not the best book I've ever read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diana Stewart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Priscilla Oliveras has followed up her wonderful Island Affair with the equally wonderful Anchored Hearts. In this second-chance romance Anamaría, a paramedic and fitness guru, is forced by her meddling family to care for her childhood sweetheart, ex-love-of-her-life, and super hottie Alejandro. Injured photographing wildlife, Alejandro has returned home to Key West to recuperate after a decade away. A decade apart wasn’t long enough to squelch the fireworks between these two. Their chemistry is Priscilla Oliveras has followed up her wonderful Island Affair with the equally wonderful Anchored Hearts. In this second-chance romance Anamaría, a paramedic and fitness guru, is forced by her meddling family to care for her childhood sweetheart, ex-love-of-her-life, and super hottie Alejandro. Injured photographing wildlife, Alejandro has returned home to Key West to recuperate after a decade away. A decade apart wasn’t long enough to squelch the fireworks between these two. Their chemistry is off the charts. At first that heat is sprinkled with heartache on both sides—as each has reasons to blame the other for the breakup. The angry rift between them seems too big to repair. But as they rekindle their friendship—which is based on real support of the other’s truest desires and goals—they slowly rebuild what was broken. An absolutely enchanting read with fully realized characters that you will root for the entire novel and cheer for when they find their HEA.

  17. 4 out of 5

    BookWormYami

    2.5 stars. I was very disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't reach my expectations for it. I felt like it took long to get through this book. And that's crazy because it's really not a long book. I didn't feel any chemistry between Alejandro and Anamaria. It felt forced. I love the tight knit family thing but in this book, it felt overbearing. The meddling mothers got on my nerves. Like, why force your grown kids into seeing someone they don't want to. I l 2.5 stars. I was very disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't reach my expectations for it. I felt like it took long to get through this book. And that's crazy because it's really not a long book. I didn't feel any chemistry between Alejandro and Anamaria. It felt forced. I love the tight knit family thing but in this book, it felt overbearing. The meddling mothers got on my nerves. Like, why force your grown kids into seeing someone they don't want to. I like that author included some Spanish words and sentences here and there but at the same time was annoyed when I had to read it again in English. And I get that she did that for those who doesn't know Spanish. But because I understand it, it felt like it took longer. I also felt like there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions in the story that made the book drag. All in all, this book wasn't for me but someone else might enjoy this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    2.5 stars I REALLY wanted to enjoy Anchored Hearts; I read the first book in the series last year, and even though I felt like there was something missing at the time, I remember enjoying the book overall. After telling the story of Sara and Luis in Island Affair, this second book focuses on Luis' sister, Anamaría, and her ex-boyfriend's return after leaving her (pretty much without an explanation) years prior. This is a second-chance romance, which I love, and I also enjoyed the focus on the char 2.5 stars I REALLY wanted to enjoy Anchored Hearts; I read the first book in the series last year, and even though I felt like there was something missing at the time, I remember enjoying the book overall. After telling the story of Sara and Luis in Island Affair, this second book focuses on Luis' sister, Anamaría, and her ex-boyfriend's return after leaving her (pretty much without an explanation) years prior. This is a second-chance romance, which I love, and I also enjoyed the focus on the characters' cultural background, which I remember also really appreciating when I read the first book. Both characters were likable and I was rooting for them, but the pace was just way too slow for me. I was close to DNFing a bunch of times because certain moments or descriptions went on for way too long, and while I do enjoy a slow burn, in this case I felt like it took so long that all the excitement was gone when it did happen. Unfortunately, it was one of those books I finished because I really wanted to, but I can't say I truly enjoyed it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    When I read Island Affair, there was no indication it would be a series, so I was very pleased to find about this one. Where back with the Navarro family, this time with Luis's sister Anamaría, whom we met in the first book. Alejandro, her ex, also friend, neighbor, is back in town to recover from an injury, and his presence brings a lot of turmoil for her and his family. I loved the atmosphere in the island setting and in the social/cultural interaction of a large Latinx family, with their frie When I read Island Affair, there was no indication it would be a series, so I was very pleased to find about this one. Where back with the Navarro family, this time with Luis's sister Anamaría, whom we met in the first book. Alejandro, her ex, also friend, neighbor, is back in town to recover from an injury, and his presence brings a lot of turmoil for her and his family. I loved the atmosphere in the island setting and in the social/cultural interaction of a large Latinx family, with their friends and neighbors, and how everything relates to one another. Cant' wait for the next one! I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Enos

    This story is the second book in the Keys to Love series. I haven't read the first book, but I was still able to enjoy this book. The author did a good job of explaining who people were and situations from the past. I felt that the author repeated herself a lot, but that may have to do with this being a sequel. Anamaria and Alejandro were each other's first loves, and they both felt wronged by each other when they broke up 10 years ago. They now find themselves in Key West together and have to n This story is the second book in the Keys to Love series. I haven't read the first book, but I was still able to enjoy this book. The author did a good job of explaining who people were and situations from the past. I felt that the author repeated herself a lot, but that may have to do with this being a sequel. Anamaria and Alejandro were each other's first loves, and they both felt wronged by each other when they broke up 10 years ago. They now find themselves in Key West together and have to navigate the past hurts and their current feelings towards one another. This book was a fun read and I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series now. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Zebra/Kensington and NetGalley for an advanced copy of Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras. I loved Island Affair last year and was so excited that there was a second book in the Keys to Love series. This is a slow burn/second chance romance between Anamaria, who is a firefighter/EMS and also runs a fitness side business and Alejandro who was her high school boyfriend, who is a travel photographer. Their well meaning but interfering mothers get involved when Alejandro returns home af Thanks to Zebra/Kensington and NetGalley for an advanced copy of Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras. I loved Island Affair last year and was so excited that there was a second book in the Keys to Love series. This is a slow burn/second chance romance between Anamaria, who is a firefighter/EMS and also runs a fitness side business and Alejandro who was her high school boyfriend, who is a travel photographer. Their well meaning but interfering mothers get involved when Alejandro returns home after an injury and the mom's work their magic to get Anamaria to stop by to help since she has some medical knowledge. I loved their families and how close they are, their strong Cuban heritage and the mixing of Spanish/English dialogue in the book. Reading this book makes me want to be in Key West eating the delicious food and exploring their paradise! This was a fun and enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend checking it out (along with Island Affair too!). Plus they have such fun covers!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Books Elush

    Its a second chance romance with high school sweetheart.Alejandro became a photographer after leaving hometown while amaria stays behined but she wanted to go. As story progress they find each other again .I love their mami meddling. It was an okay book. Not that bad not that good just avarage. *recieved an arc in exchange for honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Anchored Hearts was a great follow-up to the first book in this series by Priscilla Olivras, Island Affair. Anchored Hearts follows the story of Anamaria, first introduced in Island Affair, and Alejandro. When Ale severely breaks his leg on a photography trip, he is forced to return home to Key West to recuperate at his parent's house. Anamaria, his teenage love and family friend, is recruited to help monitor is recovery process. As Anamaria builds her growing business and Alejandro prepares for Anchored Hearts was a great follow-up to the first book in this series by Priscilla Olivras, Island Affair. Anchored Hearts follows the story of Anamaria, first introduced in Island Affair, and Alejandro. When Ale severely breaks his leg on a photography trip, he is forced to return home to Key West to recuperate at his parent's house. Anamaria, his teenage love and family friend, is recruited to help monitor is recovery process. As Anamaria builds her growing business and Alejandro prepares for an exhibition of his photographs in one of the island's art galleries, they rekindle their friendship and look towards the future. I received an ARC via NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristelle

    This story is fun and fresh with a setting that sizzles. The main characters are complex and have great chemistry. The family drama adds humor and is relatable. Hoping the series continues and explores the brothers’ lives and love stories. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a modern, flirty, second-chance romance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    After reading this book, I realize I need to go back and read the first one because this one was so good! It also makes me want to go back to Key West and explore. The only negative comment I have is that AM came off as too perfect and it made her character feel less "real". Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. After reading this book, I realize I need to go back and read the first one because this one was so good! It also makes me want to go back to Key West and explore. The only negative comment I have is that AM came off as too perfect and it made her character feel less "real". Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Owens

    The chemistry between Anamaría and Alejandro was so good! I have yet to read the first book in this series and I’m already guessing who the next book would center around! 4.25 Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren loves llamas

    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[injury (including medical description of contraption to keep a leg bone straight), estranged parent, mention of character with eating disorder in recovery, alcohol (hide spoiler)] I’ve been reading Priscilla Oliveras’ books for what seems like forever. I’m a big fan of how important families are in her romances, even if those family relationships aren’t always on the best footings, as is the case for this book. It’s also an extremely slow burn second chance romanc Content warnings: (view spoiler)[injury (including medical description of contraption to keep a leg bone straight), estranged parent, mention of character with eating disorder in recovery, alcohol (hide spoiler)] I’ve been reading Priscilla Oliveras’ books for what seems like forever. I’m a big fan of how important families are in her romances, even if those family relationships aren’t always on the best footings, as is the case for this book. It’s also an extremely slow burn second chance romance, the second in her series set in the Florida Keys. I think you’d be fine reading this as a standalone, however. “The odds of her being nice to the man who had broken her heart were about as good as a snowball’s chance of surviving a Key West summer day.” Anamaría is busier than ever. Besides her job as a firefighter, she’s seriously stepped up how much effort she’s putting into her fitness company, AM Fitness, and business is booming. The last thing she needs is for her mom to guilt trip her into checking on her high school boyfriend, who’s back in town for the first time in twelve years after seriously injuring himself. Alejandro has spent his time since high school exploring and photographing all corners of the world – well, everything except his hometown. After a giant blowup with his father over his refusal to take over the family restaurant, he’s made himself scarce, but his broken leg means he’s back in the thick of all the family guilt, and, perhaps even worse, the matchmaking Cuban mamas. Because even though they both pretend they’re over it, neither Anamaría nor Alejandro ever got over each other or the hurtful way they broke up. But with Alejandro stuck on the island until he’s better, events (and those Cuban mamas) keep conspiring to throw them together again. “She wanted what he couldn’t give her. Stability, a home here on their island. He wanted what she refused to consider. A life of their own outside of familia obligations, on their own terms.” The main tension in this story is about following your own dreams versus fulfilling your family obligations. While Anamaría had initially intended to go with Alejandro to Spain for the summer following their high school graduation, a family health emergency and then Alejandro’s insistence that his move away was permanent, led her to follow in the rest of her family’s footsteps and join the local fire department. She loves her family and how close they are, complete with mandatory weekly family dinners and daily phone calls with her mom and siblings. Her passion, however, is fitness and healthy living, and with her brother’s fiancée’s help, she’s working on building her AM Fitness brand. I loved how strongly she believed in what she was doing, from creating healthy (but still tasty!) versions of her family’s favorite foods to donating her time to run a free class for women at her church. What Alejandro can’t understand is why it took her so long to turn her “hobby” into a serious pursuit. Quitting her firefighting job – her family job – to pursue it full time seemed almost unthinkable. “This was the real Ale. On set, Canon in hand, enjoying the people and places he captured through his lens. Living his dream. And now he was lending his talent to help her get closer to living hers before he left.” Alejandro is quasi-estranged from his family, especially his father. While he’s an award winning photographer, his father still hasn’t forgiven him for what he sees as turning his back on his family. Alejandro does still love them; after all, one of the reasons he hasn’t come back is because he doesn’t want to cause strife between his father and the rest of his family. But he strongly believes in being free to pursue his own dreams, and his breakup with Anamaría was because he felt like her not moving to Spain with him meant she didn’t support him – never mind what her own dreams were. Being back in Key West just means being faced with how much he feels like his family doesn’t support him, something that’s even more clear when he sees how Anamaría’s family is working to help her business. “His earthy patchouli scent blended with the smell of spices and sautéed onions and peppers redolent in the restaurant’s contained space, and somehow she knew she would always seek this special blend whenever she was here.” When I say this is slow burn, I mean it’s slooooow burn. While there’s lots of accidental falling into each other and faces smooshed against chests due to Ale’s crutches, the first chaste kiss is at almost 60% into the book and it’s over 70% into the book before there’s anything more than that. It’s understandable considering how badly everything ended twelve years ago, and they both have to relearn each other. It also takes quite a bit of self-realization for them both to see why their relationship failed so spectacularly. And obviously, since they know Alejandro is leaving as soon as he’s medically cleared, what’s the harm in trying to end things on a better note? “Sometimes, you might need to peek out from behind your camera. Try connecting with those who are important to you. Try showing them why you see the world the way you do. You have a gift, Ale; don’t use it as a buffer. Use it to unite, the way your stunning photographs do.” I loved the Key West setting. It’s obvious Anamaría (and even Alejandro) love their hometown, and all the touristy descriptions felt like a mini-vacation. And as I’d expect from this author’s books, especially one involving a restaurant-owning family, there’s lots of delicious Cuban food. I was definitely craving piccadillo! There’s bits of Cuban Spanish sprinkled throughout the text (and not italicized, which I loved) but the author’s great at incorporating a translation into the text for people like me who, despite a pandemic Duolingo habit, still barely speak it. Overall, this was another enjoyable entry into the Keys to Love series, and I’m very much looking forward to the next one. If you’re looking for a summery read with lots of family angst, a slow-burn second chance romance, and delicious food, I’d recommend this book! I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    KelseyReadsRomance

    I was lucky enough to read Priscilla's first of this series Island affair, and loved it! This book was no different. The second chance romance we are all looking for. Priscilla's easy banter between characters makes her stories believable and the connection PALPABLE! Easy weekend read! I was given this ARC in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley. I was lucky enough to read Priscilla's first of this series Island affair, and loved it! This book was no different. The second chance romance we are all looking for. Priscilla's easy banter between characters makes her stories believable and the connection PALPABLE! Easy weekend read! I was given this ARC in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jo Reads Romance

    A delightful and rich story 4 stars This is the second book in Oliveras’ Keys to Love series, set in the sultry Florida Keys and centred around the Navaros clan. The first book in the series was the delightful Island Affair and even though that book whetted our appetite for this second-chance romance, you don’t have to read the books together or in any order as each stands completely alone. Anamaría is a kick-ass heroine that I really admired. She’s quick to admit her failings - perhaps too qui A delightful and rich story 4 stars This is the second book in Oliveras’ Keys to Love series, set in the sultry Florida Keys and centred around the Navaros clan. The first book in the series was the delightful Island Affair and even though that book whetted our appetite for this second-chance romance, you don’t have to read the books together or in any order as each stands completely alone. Anamaría is a kick-ass heroine that I really admired. She’s quick to admit her failings - perhaps too quick - but also knows what she’s working with. She’s that great blend of vulnerable and strong that makes you connect with a character and see yourself in her while also rooting for her. Alejandro was slightly more complex and I definitely felt he had more growing and learning to do over the course of the book than Anamaría did. But I still loved him. He’s grumpy due to his injury that’s brought him back to a place that he never planned to return, but he’s also grumpy because he’s being assailed by all these memories of better times. He’s also funny, cocky and has the sweetest scenes with his little niece, Lulu. Long story short - I loved him. Together, our couple had a delicious spark that fired up every time they were together and bantered together. For a lot of the book, it’s mostly about the pair learning about each other again, forgiving each other again and then building something of a friendship once again. It was still satisfying when they got together and I sighed at the end in sweet happiness. But, god dammit, give me an epilogue! I beg you! As seems to be her norm, Ms Oliveras brings us a story packed full of character and her love of the Keys just shines through. As does her knowledge and understanding of a ‘typical’ Cuban familia and comunidad. You feel the sun shining on your body, you smell the sea and the spices of the cooking and you feel the censure of the traditional mamis! She really transports you to Key West and makes it come to life. I once again played the game of trying to translate the Spanish (of which I speak none) and was very smug with myself when I got it right. But fear not, when there’s Spanish, the characters find a way to get the translation into the narrative so if you don’t understand it you’re never in the dark. So why not 5 stars? Well, it comes down to 2 things for me. The first is that Anamaría and Alejandro were childhood sweethearts and fully committed to each other as teenagers. This kind of takes away from the antsy, first-time nerves of the pair getting physical with each other as they’ve been there and done that. So our anticipation has to be ramped up in other ways. And for the most part, it was, but Ms Oliveras is pretty much a closed-door sex scene kinda gal and with Anamaría and Alejandro’s history, I really felt we were missing something by not seeing more than we did. The second reason for 4 stars is simply that I was looking forward to this book so much and could not wait to get my eyes on it. I had enjoyed Island Affair so much and had built this book up that, I suppose, it was never able to live up to my expectations. I wonder if it would have been a solid 5 stars had I read it as a Keys to Love virgin. This was still a delightful book that brought me back to the heat, heart and love of Key West and the Navarro family. I really enjoyed Priscilla Oliveras’ writing style and how she brings this rich Cuban family to life for me. I look forward to Enrique and Natalia’s story which I’m hoping will be next up in a series I’m very much looking forward to continuing. 4 stars. * I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Solid Slow Burn Second Chance Finding Yourself Prodigal Son Story. Think I got enough tropes in that title? ;) But seriously, this was the second book in Oliveras' hyper-sensual stories of established adults finding love in the Florida Keys (Key West, specifically) while being bound by their Cuban immigrant parents and siblings. Here, we get the sister of our male lead from Book 1 (Island Affair) and the boy we already know she let go a decade ago from that story. Now, we get a lot more details Solid Slow Burn Second Chance Finding Yourself Prodigal Son Story. Think I got enough tropes in that title? ;) But seriously, this was the second book in Oliveras' hyper-sensual stories of established adults finding love in the Florida Keys (Key West, specifically) while being bound by their Cuban immigrant parents and siblings. Here, we get the sister of our male lead from Book 1 (Island Affair) and the boy we already know she let go a decade ago from that story. Now, we get a lot more details of what happened according to each of them - and they don't exactly remember things the same way. Oliveras executes this dynamic well, with having the meddling mothers (seemingly a commonality among *many* cultures, let's face it ;) ) conniving to get the two together when the now-man finds himself stranded at home with a shattered leg. As they help each other with their respective issues in their current lives, old wounds get reexamined, sparks begin to fly, etc etc etc... this *is* a romance novel, y'all. That alone tells you where this thing is going. :) But Oliveras also executes the Prodigal Son angle particularly well, at least from the son's side. Which I know at least a bit about, having lived my adult life hundreds of miles away from my own parents. (Somewhat interestingly as it relates to this book, while Alejandro grew up in Key West and fled to Atlanta as an adult, this reviewer grew up outside of Atlanta and currently finds himself in Florida - Jacksonville - in what will this year become the longest single place he's stayed since leaving Atlanta. :D) To be clear, I don't have *exactly* the same issues Ale does - my dad (and entire immediate family) and I actually get along great. But I know the general feelings and disappointments pretty damn well, well enough to truly sing Oliveras' praises on this particular storyline. Finally, to address one criticism that seems common in the lower starred reviews: saying something in Spanish and then explaining it in English: I'm a native American that grew up in land still literally scarred by the American Civil War. While I took a few Spanish classes in high school, I was never even truly conversant, much less fluent. But I've studied a lot about a lot, and it is my understanding that such mixtures of languages are common in second generation Americans, as both Annamaria and Alejandro are here. Further, from a "real world" perspective of trying to sell as many copies of a book as possible, English is the most commonly spoken language in the world, for better or for worse. While Spanish is frequent and indeed dominant in certain regions, even many in those regions *also* speak English to some degree or another. And in most of the globe, more people are more familiar with English than Spanish. These are also simple, stone cold, undeniable *facts* - whether or not you like them or the reason they came to be. Thus, from a *business* side, explaining the Spanish in English - and in particular the way Oliveras does it in this series, more as a natural storytelling technique than a "Habla Espanol?" "Do you speak Spanish?" style common in at least some books I've read over the years, it makes complete sense. And for this reader that barely knows Spanish at all - the above sentence was a decent part of what I can easily recall, though there is likely a fair amount beyond that that I could comprehend in a situation where I'm surrounded by the language - it is helpful, appreciated, and *necessary*, as there would be large segments of the tale that would be completely unintelligible without the translation. Indeed, from a business side Oliveras' only other real options would be to 1) limit herself to only Spanish speakers and thus lose overall sales or 2) eliminate the Spanish completely and lose at least a fair degree of the authenticity she really excels in bringing out here. And as others have noted, this reader too is hoping that the one female character introduced late in the book is truly the fit for the one remaining single Navarro sibling - and that we get to read that tale as well. Given the year spacing between Island Affair and this book, perhaps this time 2022? Until then... Very much recommended.

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