“It was not effortlessly. It tore me apart, but the poison has bled out.”
Well, this was a nice surprise as Historical Fiction and I don’t really get along but the story, characters, writing made me fall in love with it. This is the second book that I’ve read by Garcia and I did enjoy Mexican Gothic and I’d heard good things about this book, so I figured why not?
The story follows Hector, Valarie, and Nina as they try to avoid scandal while trying to win what they desire. Hector and Valarie were lovers but Valarie ended the engagement so she could marry into the wealthy Beaulieu family. To be closer to Valarie and attempt to win her back, he decides to court Nina Beaulieu and what follows is a story of love, betrayal, and a struggle between conforming and passion.
First off, I absolutely loved the romance, it was subtle very intriguing and kept me interested. I found the character quirky and interesting, they all had different aspects to them and were well written. Nina was probably my favorite character, I found her fun, honest, and had youthful wild side to her that was entertaining. The other characters were just as entertaining and complex but I found myself feeling happy reading about her. Finally, I loved the antagonists because I hated yet loved them at the same time, they were unique and interesting and found myself invested in their stories.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I’m not to read books that heavily focus on “scandal” and “gossip” so this was a very nice surprise.