Mexico

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Mexican Gothic

COVID-19 has made us more aware than ever of the importance of the spaces we call our own. That makes this the perfect moment to read the uncanny, absorbing Mexican Gothic, a tale about the kind of location in which you most definitely wouldn’t want to shelter in place. Wealthy socialite Noemí ...

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We Unleash the Merciless Storm

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is the sequel to 2019's We Set the Dark On Fire, a Mexican-inspired young adult fantasy novel with a fabulous female/female relationship at its core. The first installment did end on a rather sizable cliffhanger, so I've been eagerly awaiting the release of book two. ...

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We Set the Dark on Fire

In the far-flung future, Medio has been run for thousands of years on the principle of the ancient legend of the thieving Salt God and the financially ripe Sun God.  The upper crust of society are the descendants of the Sun God and his two wives; women are expected to behave in either the manner of ...

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The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden

A conquistador/indigenous Totonec romance novel? I had to give that a try. The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden sees Benicio Villafuerte sets sail for the West Indies in the hopes of becoming wealthy enough to support his beloved Luisa. Once there, he joins Cortes on his first expedition to Mexico. Tul ...

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Daughter of Fortune

Here's something you may not know about Carla Kelly: She has a BA in Latin American History and an MA in Indian Wars history. Which makes her pretty much the perfect person to write this book; it is about an Indian War which takes place in 17th Century New Mexico. But it is more than that, it is abo ...

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Beautiful Sacrifice

What most people know about the Maya begins and ends with the facts that they lived in Central America, they had bloody sacrifices, and the world will end in December. Beautiful Sacrifice takes the apocalyptic paranoia and turns it into a fast paced and interesting mystery surrounding violent human ...

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Divine Madness

It was a dark and spooky book. Divine Madness is the perfect kind of book to get into the Halloween mood. A story of a mad, evil man relentlessly pursuing a preternaturally beautiful woman - I would have gladly given it a good grade if it weren’t for its muddled first half. When eighteen ...

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The Book of True Desires

The early sections of The Book of True Desires set up a premise so tantalizing I actually experienced a giddy rush of anticipation. But while Betina Krahn takes readers on an interesting journey in this romantic adventure, I ultimately couldn't help thinking that some better company would have impro ...

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Feathered Serpent

Feathered Serpent tells the story of the Mexican conquest and definitely has its romantic threads, particularly those concerning Hernan Cortés and his Mexica consort and interpreter, Malinali Tenepal. It's not a romance, however, and as history tells us, there is no Happily Ever After for this coup ...

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Border Heat/Pasion En La Frontera

Border Heat had the potential to be a good and quick read - until the subplots started fighting for attention. Unfortunately, the upshot is that the heroine's most important goals are forgotten in the middle of a subplot involving the hero's involvement Mexican politics. Texas native L ...