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Paris, 1889 The Exposition Universelle is underway, drawing merchants from every corner of the globe. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three hundred casks of rum, her two best friends and one simple rule: under no circumstances is she to fall in love. The City of Light is where Luz Alana will expand Caña Brava, the rum business her family bu Paris, 1889 The Exposition Universelle is underway, drawing merchants from every corner of the globe. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three hundred casks of rum, her two best friends and one simple rule: under no circumstances is she to fall in love. The City of Light is where Luz Alana will expand Caña Brava, the rum business her family built over three generations. It’s a mission that’s taken on new urgency after her father’s untimely death and the news that her trust fund won’t be released until she marries. But buyers and shippers alike are rude and dismissive; they can’t imagine doing business with a woman…never mind a woman of color. From her first tempestuous meeting with James Evanston Sinclair, Earl of Darnick, Luz Alana is conflicted. Why is this man—this titled Scottish man—so determined to help her? And why, honestly, is he so infuriatingly charming? All Evan Sinclair ever wanted was to find a purpose away from his father’s dirty money and dirtier politics. Ignoring his title, he’s built a whiskey brand that’s his biggest—and only—passion. That is, until he’s confronted with a Spanish-speaking force of nature who turns his life upside down. Evan quickly suspects he’ll want Luz Alana with him forever. Every day with her makes the earl wish for more than her magnificent kisses or the marriage of convenience that might save them both. But Luz Alana sailed for Paris with her eyes on liquor, money and new beginnings. She wasn't prepared for love to find her. Las Léonas Book 1: A Caribbean Heiress in Paris


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Paris, 1889 The Exposition Universelle is underway, drawing merchants from every corner of the globe. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three hundred casks of rum, her two best friends and one simple rule: under no circumstances is she to fall in love. The City of Light is where Luz Alana will expand Caña Brava, the rum business her family bu Paris, 1889 The Exposition Universelle is underway, drawing merchants from every corner of the globe. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three hundred casks of rum, her two best friends and one simple rule: under no circumstances is she to fall in love. The City of Light is where Luz Alana will expand Caña Brava, the rum business her family built over three generations. It’s a mission that’s taken on new urgency after her father’s untimely death and the news that her trust fund won’t be released until she marries. But buyers and shippers alike are rude and dismissive; they can’t imagine doing business with a woman…never mind a woman of color. From her first tempestuous meeting with James Evanston Sinclair, Earl of Darnick, Luz Alana is conflicted. Why is this man—this titled Scottish man—so determined to help her? And why, honestly, is he so infuriatingly charming? All Evan Sinclair ever wanted was to find a purpose away from his father’s dirty money and dirtier politics. Ignoring his title, he’s built a whiskey brand that’s his biggest—and only—passion. That is, until he’s confronted with a Spanish-speaking force of nature who turns his life upside down. Evan quickly suspects he’ll want Luz Alana with him forever. Every day with her makes the earl wish for more than her magnificent kisses or the marriage of convenience that might save them both. But Luz Alana sailed for Paris with her eyes on liquor, money and new beginnings. She wasn't prepared for love to find her. Las Léonas Book 1: A Caribbean Heiress in Paris

30 review for A Caribbean Heiress in Paris

  1. 4 out of 5

    Talia Hibbert

    If you love: - marriages of convenience - historical businesswoman - loving and banter-filled families of ye olden days - men who are in awe of their (supposedly temporary) wives - diverse nationalities & backgrounds in histrom - historical alcohol - socialism, basically!!!! READ THIS BOOK! I also loved the author's habit of ruthlessly dragging Britain for everything it’s ever done. My fave quotes in case you need more convincing: "This was what Luz Alana reduced him to: prayer and hyperventilation." "'Yo If you love: - marriages of convenience - historical businesswoman - loving and banter-filled families of ye olden days - men who are in awe of their (supposedly temporary) wives - diverse nationalities & backgrounds in histrom - historical alcohol - socialism, basically!!!! READ THIS BOOK! I also loved the author's habit of ruthlessly dragging Britain for everything it’s ever done. My fave quotes in case you need more convincing: "This was what Luz Alana reduced him to: prayer and hyperventilation." "'You are correct, yours is a legacy to be proud of. Mine, on the other hand, only warrants being razed to the ground.'" "God knows, my family has absolutely no decorum. They will likely be barging in here any minute like a pack of sodding rhinos." I am DESPERATE for more like this! Bring on Las Leonas!

  2. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Historical romance is desperately in need of, frankly, more history - the history of almost anywhere and anyone except a tiny slice of white British rich people. So it is lovely to see this new series about four Dominican women travelling to Europe in the later 19th century. The global sweep of the story - from the Caribbean to Paris to Edinburgh - is also rare and valuable. The world was an incredibly interconnected place in the Victorian period, and we really feel that global scale here. Also Historical romance is desperately in need of, frankly, more history - the history of almost anywhere and anyone except a tiny slice of white British rich people. So it is lovely to see this new series about four Dominican women travelling to Europe in the later 19th century. The global sweep of the story - from the Caribbean to Paris to Edinburgh - is also rare and valuable. The world was an incredibly interconnected place in the Victorian period, and we really feel that global scale here. Also notable is the focus in this book on where the rich people's money came from - both in terms of global trade and industry, and in the worse ways. This book doesn't shy away from discussing slavery, colonialism, and the economic exploitation of workers and especially women, which gives the story a lot of moral and historical heft, and a powerful dose of outrage. Slightly slow start with the introduction of all four series heroines and (I assume) their future love interests, but things pick up rapidly as rum heiress Luz Alana and Evan, heir to a dukedom but more interested in building up his distillery and shafting his horrible father, agree on a marriage of convenience. It's a high-steam story, with a very broody and protective hero who learns to take a step back and communicate, and a spirited (no pun intended) heroine. And what a fabulous cover. I had an ARC from the author

  3. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hoang

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS by Adriana Herrera, and it was absolutely amazing! There’s a marriage of convenience, Caribbean heiresses known as Las Léonas (each of whom you’ll want to befriend), fine liquor, and men in kilts. It’s also *fiercely* feminist, so if you’re a fan of Sarah MacLean’s BOMBSHELL (which I am!) then I think you’ll love this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida

    First 5-star read of the year. Forewarning, I'm a huge fan and friend of Adriana so this is a little biased. But biased or not, I am so proud of what she's accomplished. The research. The romance. The FACTS. It's just amazing. I generally don't read historical because I can't always suspend my disbelief that all dukes are hot and good guys. Especially since we know where their wealth comes from. With this book Adriana Herrara, like Beverly Jenkins and Vanessa Riley, puts Black (Latina) women at First 5-star read of the year. Forewarning, I'm a huge fan and friend of Adriana so this is a little biased. But biased or not, I am so proud of what she's accomplished. The research. The romance. The FACTS. It's just amazing. I generally don't read historical because I can't always suspend my disbelief that all dukes are hot and good guys. Especially since we know where their wealth comes from. With this book Adriana Herrara, like Beverly Jenkins and Vanessa Riley, puts Black (Latina) women at the center of the historical romance, and subverts the narratives we see time and time again. It is honest, feminist, bold, and gives brown women the ability to live in these narratives with all the HEA goodness. I couldn't predict where the story was going, which was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat, like I was watching a Telenovela unfold. I haven't written a review in a while, but I'm breaking my own rules because this book had me up until 3AM and it was the first thing I reached for when I woke up. I hope you all love it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Absolutely loved this!! If you are looking for a book that centers women of color in history, is well-researched, tackles thorny issues like generational wealth from enslavement, and delivers a steamy, compelling romance with a marriage of convenience then this book is for you! A Caribbean Heiress in Paris is Adriana Herrera's first historical romance novel and the start to a very promising series. It follows Luz Alana Heith-Benzan, a Dominican woman traveling Paris for the 1889 world expositio Absolutely loved this!! If you are looking for a book that centers women of color in history, is well-researched, tackles thorny issues like generational wealth from enslavement, and delivers a steamy, compelling romance with a marriage of convenience then this book is for you! A Caribbean Heiress in Paris is Adriana Herrera's first historical romance novel and the start to a very promising series. It follows Luz Alana Heith-Benzan, a Dominican woman traveling Paris for the 1889 world exposition where she seeks to sell rum from her distillery. While there, she encounters James Evanston Sinclair, a handsome Scottish nobleman who makes and sells Scotch whiskey, and sparks fly from the very beginning. I adored Luz Alana- she is fiery, confident, and determined to get what she wants. Evan can get protective and a little possessive but she shuts that down very quickly when it's more than what she wants. The steamy bits take a little longer to get going, but the payoff is there throughout the second half of the book because things do get very sexy! I love how this weaves in history I wasn't aware of, and confronts the realities of what it means for a nobleman of the time to have inherited generational wealth, likely made off of the slave trade. It deals with microagressions and the couple has frank conversations about how to handle that. This is one of the best romances I've read this year and I hope it's a bestseller! I'm also VERY excited for the rest of the series because Luz Alana's girlfriends who traveled with her are great and one of them is sapphic! Love it. I received an advance copy of this book for review from the author, all opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    We need more historical romance like this, that marries tried-and-true romance tropes with new settings and characters. Luz Alana is headed to Paris as a part of the Dominican delegation at the Exposition Universelle in 1880s Paris. She is there to sell her rum to buyers from all around the world. Evan is also in Paris, representing his Scottish whiskey distillery. They meet cute due to a logistics mishap that places them in the same space. Soon they realize that they're wildly attracted to one We need more historical romance like this, that marries tried-and-true romance tropes with new settings and characters. Luz Alana is headed to Paris as a part of the Dominican delegation at the Exposition Universelle in 1880s Paris. She is there to sell her rum to buyers from all around the world. Evan is also in Paris, representing his Scottish whiskey distillery. They meet cute due to a logistics mishap that places them in the same space. Soon they realize that they're wildly attracted to one another AND that a marriage between them would solve some inheritance shenanigans for both of them. It's a marriage of convenience made in heaven - and they both know it's temporary, so what could go wrong? Adriana Herrera has written a fun romance that complies with genre conventions (a Scottish earl marrying a plucky heiress? Yes please!) while also expanding the romance world to include queer characters and characters of color. Luz is a Black Dominican business owner, while Evan the heir to a Scottish dukedom who is dealing with his family's fraught past. The book takes on racism, the British aristocracy's history of profiting from slavery, and the historical perception of interracial relationships with nuance. At the same time, it's a successful romance with an appealing couple and a happily ever after you can believe in. Oh, and in case you were wondering, this book bangs! Even if you've never specifically fantasized about a nighttime tryst on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, you can see the appeal. Plus Evan is a bearded Scot who takes care of all the birth control logistics. They might be grappling with their relationship outside of the bedroom, but inside, they're just grappling with each other and it's real hot. 43-Word Summaries Meg: If you’re looking for a good recipe for a hot Scot and an ethical heiress, mix a shot of whisky, two shots of rum, some medicinal herbs and a little Black Girl Magic. You just might come up with Evan and Luz Alana. Laine: Thank goodness the person you want to have sex with real bad ALSO needs to get married to solve their business difficulties and is destined to live in Scotland and had family ties to a nation halfway across the world. Love is easy. This objective review is based on a complimentary advanced copy of the novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Unexpectedly finding herself at the helm of her family's distillery had been...difficult. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan lost her mother years ago and now with her father passing eighteen months ago, she's responsible for taking care of her little sister, Clarita. A little hurt that her father passed operations of their family distillery in Santo Domingo to his seco I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Unexpectedly finding herself at the helm of her family's distillery had been...difficult. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan lost her mother years ago and now with her father passing eighteen months ago, she's responsible for taking care of her little sister, Clarita. A little hurt that her father passed operations of their family distillery in Santo Domingo to his second-in-command, but left her in charge of expansion in Europe, Luz decides to sell most of her shares in Caña Brava back to the people that have worked and shared in the success of the business. She plans on taking 300 casks of rum to the Exposition Universelle in Paris to sell and try to make contacts to start a new business of selling cordials. Planning on settling in Edinburgh, her father's ancestral home, she also is trying to get her inheritance released to her but her father's solicitor in Edinburgh keeps dodging in his letters. With her two bestfriends, Manuela and Aurora, her younger sister Clarita, and chaperone Amaranta, Luz sets off to gain control of her future. The distillery could be his...if he married. James Evanston Sinclair, Earl of Darnick and heir apparent of the Duke of Annan, is in Paris trying to sell his Braeburn whisky when he tries to move some rum bottles out of the way and gets told what's what by a woman that instantly captures his interest. When they meet again at a salacious nightclub Paris show, he can think of no one else. Evan has his hands full with plotting revenge against his father with his newly discovered brother Apollo but when his late mother's will is finally discovered, he knows a way to help himself and Luz out and keep her in his life at least a little while longer. “Luz Alana, I want to offer you a business partnership,” he finally said, surprising her. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris is first in the Las Léonas series and brought back all that fun, engaging travel and history of bodice rippers of old but through an updated fresh lens of a character with Luz's life experience, Dominican woman with a Scottish father. The first couple pages introduce us to Luz and the rest of the Las Léonas pride as they travel to Paris. It can seem a little first in a series unloading but, like how old bodice rippers used to do, it becomes more of an Introduction as the book is broken up into sections, Paris is next, followed by Braeburn, and finally Edinburgh. I thought this was a great idea as it suddenly didn't feel like info-dumping but an intro; the section cutting never hurt the flow for me, more helped set me in the place we now were. I did think the Braeburn section felt more like an interlude and kind of slowed the story for me as I felt like it could have been cut and condensed as repetitiveness bogged it down. In fact, I felt like a good amount of the middle slowed. The start in Paris was so engaging and when some of the historical setting details fell away in favor of the romance, my interest wasn't as captured because I found the romance weaker. Agua brava. Furious water, an undertow that could lift you up and wash you away. That would never leave you quite in the same place it found you. That returned you slightly---but irrevocably---different. So that at night when you lay in your dry bed, you still felt the memory of that wave moving inside you. Evan is pretty much all in when he meets Luz, he's instantly attracted to her and mostly likewise for Luz but she has more to lose and therefore has to be more wary. I thought in the beginning the writing prose style, when describing the feelings between Evan and Luz, was very dramatic, sizzling feelings attraction, lush language but even though I was reading the words, I didn't feel it between them. Evan just had those feelings, I'm not sure I was able to see him develop them, which is what I want to read in a romance. These two definitely get hot and heavy, so if you're about those scenes and don't mind insta-love/lust, you'd probably enjoy their romance more. Not feeling their romance as much definitely attributed to my less enjoyment of the second half. “[..] Women's lives can be a series of daunting choices. Our freedoms or our peace, our safety or our pride. Every day we negotiate these things.” The plot and characters definitely had a lot going on but I loved all the factions going on, it can feel like a lot to pay attention to, probably more of that first in a series because of introducing future main characters, but I just enjoyed a historical that had some meat to it. The story keeps Luz and Evan together by having Evan discovering his mother's will only gifts him his Braeburn distillery as a wedding gift and Luz being able to sidestep her solicitor by marrying because then her inheritance releases to her. So, around 60% we get our marriage of convenience and the issue becomes both of them having deeper feelings but keeping that to themselves as they both think the other only wants to stick to the plan of staying married for ninety days. This woman owned him. Every inch of him was hers. The historical research, incorporation of cultural issues, and secondary characters that were full and rich in their own right, I enjoyed immensely. Luz was a notable leading lady, she never shied away from who she was and fought to create her place in the world. Evan was great in how he supported Luz and used his power and consequence to always help Luz. Their romance was the weaker component of the story for me, I missed feeling the development of their feelings grow but the historical aspects were wonderful. The beginning in Paris dazzled me, the middle slowed some for me, and then the ending gives us some last minute danger before we get our happily ever after. If you don't mind some insta-lust and been wanting more historical details (shebeens talk! newly constructed Eiffel tower!)/setting in your romance, this was a great intro into a new series. “Mademoiselle Caña Brava. Imgaine finding you here.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨Aggressively virile and with the biggest co—✨ I think this is a great book for someone newer to the genre, especially someone who’s looking for a historical romance with a contemporary feel. It’s got a good amount of heat, although the Eiffel Tower scene wasn’t all that I thought it could’ve been. We did get a “good girl” and hands and knees from behind later on so the book was hot, just maybe not as hot as I was expecting. The scenes were short but the language was just right. The audiobook nar ✨Aggressively virile and with the biggest co—✨ I think this is a great book for someone newer to the genre, especially someone who’s looking for a historical romance with a contemporary feel. It’s got a good amount of heat, although the Eiffel Tower scene wasn’t all that I thought it could’ve been. We did get a “good girl” and hands and knees from behind later on so the book was hot, just maybe not as hot as I was expecting. The scenes were short but the language was just right. The audiobook narrator was great and I’m glad I switched halfway through. (Scottish brogues are always best in audio.) The beginning was a bit of a slog for me, though I’m not quite sure what didn’t work. I enjoyed it, but it took me a while to get through. I suppose the plot wasn’t that intriguing to me, and I wanted more of the relationship… Which feels not 100% correct, because we did get a lot of time with the two of them together…but I still wasn’t that emotionally invested. I absolutely adored Adriana’s novella (My Duke Makes Me Feel) (set at the same Parisian World Fair) in the Duke I’d Like to F… anthology. I think the length of the story was advantageous to the plot development, while keeping the relationship centralized. I’ll definitely be reading more of her historical content when she publishes it, as I think she’ll only continue to grow more into the genre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75/5 🌶🌶🌶.5/5 P.S I must admit I missed the grand reveal moment where they both said they loved each other…my audiobook brain plays fast and loose with attention span apparently. If anyone knows the chapter, I’d be very grateful! I want to go back and reread it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    romancelibrary

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris is about a marriage of convenience between a Scottish Earl and a Dominican rum heiress. I was prepared to love this book because 1) the gorgeous cover and 2) the marriage of convenience. Unfortunately, this book didn't work for me. This is my second book by Adriana Herrera and it's possible that her writing style just doesn't vibe with me. This book made me realize that the business of alcohol is a com I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris is about a marriage of convenience between a Scottish Earl and a Dominican rum heiress. I was prepared to love this book because 1) the gorgeous cover and 2) the marriage of convenience. Unfortunately, this book didn't work for me. This is my second book by Adriana Herrera and it's possible that her writing style just doesn't vibe with me. This book made me realize that the business of alcohol is a complete snoozefest for me. I should have learned my lesson from Devil in Disguise 🤡 but ugh I just couldn't resist the cover and the marriage of convenience between a Scottish Earl and a Dominican heiress. I could have gotten past the boring alcohol business (even though it is utter nonsense to me), but I found both Evan and Luz unlikable. Evan's self-righteous reaction annoyed the hell out of both me and Luz. Lord help me if a white man ever reacts the way Evan does at the ball...I would punch him. As for Luz...listen, her husband wants to talk to her in private about a delicate matter, but what does she do? Force him to talk in the presence of her friends even though he is uncomfortable and it's obvious that he wants to talk about something private. I had no idea this was how marriages work 🤡 All this to say that I had a hard time liking Evan and Luz. The intimate scenes were 🔥 but it's hard to enjoy them when I don't like either character. There were times when the banter worked for me, but other times when the banter made me yawn. Not to mention that the romance is pretty much instalove with a dash of animosity. Also, just a heads up that the negotiation for the marriage of convenience doesn't even happen until the 40% mark. I personally prefer the marriage of convenience to happen early in the story because it creates more room for character and relationship development. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris has a unique and interesting concept and it expands a subgenre that has almost exclusively white characters. But the romance and the main characters unfortunately didn't vibe with me. Luz did have some pretty amazing comebacks though and this book is worth reading just for her epic comebacks.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    This was such a unique and lushly written historical romance. I love that we got to see some history outside of England and with a main star Dominican heroine and what will be a cast of heroines for future books with much needed diversity. I also loved the hero, a broody Scottish hero obsessed with the heroine? Yes please. And the intimate scenes were also very hot! It is very slow to get to the romance between our hero and heroine, about 40% in before the marriage of convenience happens and the This was such a unique and lushly written historical romance. I love that we got to see some history outside of England and with a main star Dominican heroine and what will be a cast of heroines for future books with much needed diversity. I also loved the hero, a broody Scottish hero obsessed with the heroine? Yes please. And the intimate scenes were also very hot! It is very slow to get to the romance between our hero and heroine, about 40% in before the marriage of convenience happens and the romance itself is largely lust driven which is always disappointing for me. I would have loved to see more emotional development. The unique historical details, sweeping story in different locations, diverse and fleshed out characters, and heat level were all fabulous. But it was lacking a powerful emotional connection. It just felt all lust and nothing else. There was so much to love about this book but I'm sad the romance didn't land for me. I am really looking forward to the other books in this series, this author is a beautiful writer and this book definitely stands out among the typical historicals.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grapie Deltaco

    *Thank you, NetGalley, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review* ♾️/5⭐️ After the death of both their parents, sisters Luz and Clarita travel to Paris to continue the work their father began in expanding their rum distillery to have operations in Europe. Luz and her young sister travel with Luz’s closest friends from Santo Domingo only to find that Luz’s inherited funds are being withheld from her, putting her in a position where she would need to get married in order to access what b *Thank you, NetGalley, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review* ♾️/5⭐️ After the death of both their parents, sisters Luz and Clarita travel to Paris to continue the work their father began in expanding their rum distillery to have operations in Europe. Luz and her young sister travel with Luz’s closest friends from Santo Domingo only to find that Luz’s inherited funds are being withheld from her, putting her in a position where she would need to get married in order to access what belongs to her. Evan, committed to getting revenge on his manipulative and cruel father, needs to be married in order to inherit a distillery that is rightfully his. They’re a match made in heaven (beyond the clashing that comes with their first meeting) and I am ridiculously obsessed with them. As much as I absolutely adore the banter and tension in this book, I think this book is incorrectly marketed as enemies-to-lovers. This couple begins with Luz verbally tearing Evan apart while Evan is happily brought to his knees and is positively smitten during the whole ordeal. At no point is Evan actively angry with or disliking Luz. In fact, this giant Scotsman bows before her and is OBSESSED from the moment he first lays eyes on her. That isn’t to say there isn’t clashing and arguing between the two of them, but at no point does Evan even dislike Luz and they flirt with each other constantly so the term “enemies” is a very loose descriptor here. Moving forward, I deeply appreciated and enjoyed the racially and ethnically diverse cast of characters navigating predominantly white spaces with a sense of power to them. With some of them also being queer, it was very interesting to see Herrera create Evan as a white man who is fully aware of his social standing and privilege. We watch him use the privilege that comes with his race, gender, title, and wealth to uplift his friends and family, demanding that his fellow white men speak to them with the upmost respect. Evan, though, also never really takes it upon himself to speak on behalf of anyone. He opens the door and demands that his peers pay attention to Luz rather than be her voice and in those moments, I think I appreciated how he operates the most. They communicate. They adore each other. They respect each other. I have a million and one pink highlights in my copy. CW: explicit sexual content, death of loved ones, grief, racism, sexism, parental abandonment, toxic family dynamics, discussions + references to slavery, references to parental abuse + domestic violence, brief violence

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarahcophagus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Probably my favorite element of this is all of of the discourse re historical alcohol production, especially non British Isles centric alcohol. I liked Luz as a protagonist. She's quick thinking and intelligent, especially when it comes to making sure to have a voice in any conversation. Evan letting her have her moment to speak for herself after his father insults to her at his party was fantastic! Her confidence in explaining Dominican-Spanish vs. Spanish-Spanish was great. As was her explanat Probably my favorite element of this is all of of the discourse re historical alcohol production, especially non British Isles centric alcohol. I liked Luz as a protagonist. She's quick thinking and intelligent, especially when it comes to making sure to have a voice in any conversation. Evan letting her have her moment to speak for herself after his father insults to her at his party was fantastic! Her confidence in explaining Dominican-Spanish vs. Spanish-Spanish was great. As was her explanation after Evan confesses his disappointment with his own mother (who would often side with his abusive father over her children) by reminding him that women in his mother's position had way less options when it came to standing up to their husbands. Especially considering how that situation ended (with the one time his mother did stand up to his father, he put her in an asylum) Luz's explanation was logical and thoughtful and I'm glad she was able to explain it so eloquently to help comfort Evan like that. I don't always connect with characters that are "workaholics" especially when they come from privilege, their overworking is treated as a virtue when to me it feels more like an ego driven desire to be able to carve out something for yourself. It's great that this overworking affords her more freedoms in the end, but I just really don't like stories that push the narrative of the capitalistic fallacy that if your entire life revolves around work, it will always be worth it in the end. I loved the confrontation with Evan's father and how he and his brother got their revenge. It was so SATISFYING. However, I was so confused by the time the warehouses were being burned down that they just let their father go back to his house to sort out his affairs and left NONE of their many guards to keep an eye on his house to make sure he didn't do any funny business after he just swore to get even with his sons? And then how they forgot entirely about all of Luz's troubles with her family trustee. At least I didn't feel as frustrated as I could have when Luz left her safe house to go after her grandmother's recipe book, since at least Luz had made the point over and over again how precious it was to her and she couldn't leave it behind so at least it felt in character. What I am surprised about is that couldn't she have sent someone to get it for her? And then there's the improbability of the trustee even thinking to go to her office on the off chance that she would show up there, with her guard, and then leave him outside the building. I did love the moment that Evan realizes that Luz would have gone after her book anyway, because he loves her and knows her so well. That was really well done and so much better than leaving it up to chance that he miraculously noticed that that she had left her house. I was a bit annoyed regarding the different ways that Luz's lying and Evan's lying were treated. In the confrontation about Evan keeping Luz in the dark about his plans re getting Apollo to take over as the heir and financially crippling their father, it's a serious issue between them that Luz is genuinely angry about and makes him promise not to do it again. Then on the flip side, when Luz keeps the threatening letters she's been receiving from the Trustee from Evan, resulting in her almost getting shot. She only quickly apologies and he immediately forgives her because he's running on adrenaline that she wasn't killed. I think a simple line from Luz or Evan acknowledging that these two situations weren't so different and that they will try to work better on both of them communicating well and not keeping secrets would have gone a long way for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tomes And Textiles

    This was a STEAMY delight

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    First I want to thank HQN publishing for this book to review. This is a great book. I love the historical aspect, and I think it was really realistic. It’s not as common to see romances set during this time, because most of them are set during the regency time. I loved Luz and Evan together. Luz was such a strong character and I loved her determination to her business and to her sister. But I also like the fact that she didn’t try to deny her feelings for Evan. Evan was such a great character. He First I want to thank HQN publishing for this book to review. This is a great book. I love the historical aspect, and I think it was really realistic. It’s not as common to see romances set during this time, because most of them are set during the regency time. I loved Luz and Evan together. Luz was such a strong character and I loved her determination to her business and to her sister. But I also like the fact that she didn’t try to deny her feelings for Evan. Evan was such a great character. He was sweet and thoughtful, but he was also protective of Luz. I also love that he tried to always help Luz with her business efforts because he knew as a Caribbean woman in Europe nobody would really take her seriously at that time. This is definitely a unique historical romance and I loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Oh, this was so much fun. I loved Luz Alana and Evan. She’s a spitfire who stands up for herself. He’s smitten from the start. Together they have instant chemistry, mutual respect, and support for days. I loved all of the friends and family members and I can’t wait to get more from these characters. Plot wise, it was great. I loved how Luz Alana and Evan were together for nearly the entire story. I loved their open conversations and how their relationship progressed from acquaintances to busines Oh, this was so much fun. I loved Luz Alana and Evan. She’s a spitfire who stands up for herself. He’s smitten from the start. Together they have instant chemistry, mutual respect, and support for days. I loved all of the friends and family members and I can’t wait to get more from these characters. Plot wise, it was great. I loved how Luz Alana and Evan were together for nearly the entire story. I loved their open conversations and how their relationship progressed from acquaintances to business partners to more more more. There was conflict, but nothing serious and it was wrapped up almost immediately. My only complaint is that I wanted a future take of sorts, but I’m hoping I’ll see more of their HEA in the next book. Overall, this was a delightful read and I will absolutely be reading the next in the series. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    last night I stayed up late reading A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, and while I may have lost sleep i have NO RAGRETS bc it was fuckin fantastic🥰 this book felt in many ways like a love letter to romance readers!! We get a line about a club called Jenner’s, ~multiple~ Pride and Prejudice references, and Luz’s thigh holster & hand gun felt like such a delicious nod to the ever iconic Jessica Trent🙌🏻 my lovely friend Kelleen made the observation that “Las Leonas feel like the Wallflowers for a new g last night I stayed up late reading A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, and while I may have lost sleep i have NO RAGRETS bc it was fuckin fantastic🥰 this book felt in many ways like a love letter to romance readers!! We get a line about a club called Jenner’s, ~multiple~ Pride and Prejudice references, and Luz’s thigh holster & hand gun felt like such a delicious nod to the ever iconic Jessica Trent🙌🏻 my lovely friend Kelleen made the observation that “Las Leonas feel like the Wallflowers for a new generation” and this rang so true for me!! Adriana has always woven beautiful friendships into her romances (#Dreamers4ever) but her first girl gang is a fearsome thing to behold— these are queer women of color who are pioneers in their fields, ambitious entrepreneurs, and fantastically sex positive. I loved every moment with Las Leonas and I can’t wait for the rest of their stories (please Please PLEASE, respectfully, I’m desperate for Manuela’s to be f/f, the sparks between her and the D— of S— were everything😩) And that’s without even ~touching~ the romance between Luz Alana and Evan, which was utterly incendiary🔥🔥🔥 it’s falls quite neatly into one of my favorite sub-categories of hate-to-love I like to call “antagonism as foreplay” bc like they never ~hate~ each other, but the way these two verbally spar feels practically sensual— its giving Kanthony and I couldn’t get enough!! A Caribbean Heiress in Paris releases on May 31st and honestly I think it’s gonna be a landmark Historical Romance text💖 I can’t wait for y’all to read it!! Thank you to Harlequin for the ARC

  17. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Oliveras

    Historical romance at its absolute best! Rich with cultural and historical resonance, teeming with sensuality, and filled with multi-faceted characters you fall in love with, Herrera's novel is absolutely sensational. The Leonas have arrived, and I am totally here for all of it! Historical romance at its absolute best! Rich with cultural and historical resonance, teeming with sensuality, and filled with multi-faceted characters you fall in love with, Herrera's novel is absolutely sensational. The Leonas have arrived, and I am totally here for all of it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you so much to Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book was a DELIGHT--I enjoyed every second of it! I requested this ARC back in February after hearing SO many people talk about it on BookTok and now that I've read it--I understand the hype. Right at the start of the book, I saw a blurb for praise for Adriana Herrera that described her novels as "sweet and thoughtful, but delightfully filthy, too" and that is exactly how I would de Thank you so much to Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book was a DELIGHT--I enjoyed every second of it! I requested this ARC back in February after hearing SO many people talk about it on BookTok and now that I've read it--I understand the hype. Right at the start of the book, I saw a blurb for praise for Adriana Herrera that described her novels as "sweet and thoughtful, but delightfully filthy, too" and that is exactly how I would describe A Caribbean Heiress in Paris. The history that inspired this novel (of the Dominican Republic attending a French international exposition in 1889, only to have their pavilion snubbed by King Leopold of Belgium) was super cool to see play out. Luz Alana's place as an Afro Latina woman in Paris in the late 1800's running a rum business was thoughtfully depicted in the novel, and once again proves that there is literally no excuse to not include BIPOC in historical fiction and historical romance. I adored the dynamics between all the women among Las Leonas, and the sisterhood and determination between them to see the rum business become a success. Luz Alana was also such a great MC. I love her drive and confidence, even when didn't feel it herself at times--something that I think makes her stronger than most "strong female leads" I know in media. Her determination to become a successful business owner AND have Evan as her ✨companion✨ when she states her conditions for their deal? We love a woman that takes initiative!! Speaking of the marriage of convenience deal between Luz Alana and Evan, this is one of my favorite marriage of convenience plots in a book. The way Evan got so giddy calling Luz Alana his wife, the fact that he immediately gave her his mother's ring, the fact that he called Luz Alana such intimate terms of endearment even before they got married, and the fact that his siblings and cousins are utterly and completely obsessed with her from first sight? I'M IN LOVE WITH THEM. I also normally am not a huge fan of the possessive nature of MC's but the jealousy tropes and Evan's protective nature of Luz Alana right from when they first meet had me swooning so hard. All this to say that this is probably my favorite historical romance of all time now. I'm going to go read all of Adriana Herrera's other novels immediately now and reread my favorite scenes from A Caribbean Heiress in Paris in between each one. 4.5 stars overall! Follow me on TikTok | Instagram | Twitter for more book reviews & recommendations!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The first book the new Las Leonas series, this dual perspective opposites attract marriage of convenience was full of diverse characters and strong women of color protagonists - something we don't see a lot of in historical fiction books! Luz is heiress to her father's Caribbean rum empire and is in Paris to showcase her product at the 1899 Exposition Universelle. There she meets Evan, heir to his father's whiskey business and in need of a wife. The two strike up a mutually beneficial working rel The first book the new Las Leonas series, this dual perspective opposites attract marriage of convenience was full of diverse characters and strong women of color protagonists - something we don't see a lot of in historical fiction books! Luz is heiress to her father's Caribbean rum empire and is in Paris to showcase her product at the 1899 Exposition Universelle. There she meets Evan, heir to his father's whiskey business and in need of a wife. The two strike up a mutually beneficial working relationship but can't resist the STEAMY chemistry that literally sizzles between them. Full of delicious slow burn banter and off the charts heat, this open door love story is one you don't want to miss. Excellent on audio narrated by Nneka Okoye who does a great job with all the accents and highly recommended for fans of Vanessa Riley! There’s also a really good author's note included at the end of the book. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance review copy!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    3.25 stars Guys listen, I did NOT only pick this up because it had the word Caribbean in the title and because the main character is Dominican. I picked this up because she’s Dominican AND it’s a historical romance I don’t know what you expect from me. Also the love interest being Scottish was a jumpscare. I will never be able to expect Scottish men in my romance books they will continue to haunt me. Anyway this was cute silly crazy goofy fun you should read if you want some historical romance n 3.25 stars Guys listen, I did NOT only pick this up because it had the word Caribbean in the title and because the main character is Dominican. I picked this up because she’s Dominican AND it’s a historical romance I don’t know what you expect from me. Also the love interest being Scottish was a jumpscare. I will never be able to expect Scottish men in my romance books they will continue to haunt me. Anyway this was cute silly crazy goofy fun you should read if you want some historical romance not set in England (hell). Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader’s copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera is an amazing historical fiction romance that is fresh, spunky, and features such a rewarding character cast with a fascinating plot and I just loved it! It is the first book in a new series: Las Leonas. There are so many amazing positives with this book that I could go on forever. Some of my favorites are the amazing character cast. Such a vast array of cultures, personalities, interactions, and complex histories. The main characters are just awes A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera is an amazing historical fiction romance that is fresh, spunky, and features such a rewarding character cast with a fascinating plot and I just loved it! It is the first book in a new series: Las Leonas. There are so many amazing positives with this book that I could go on forever. Some of my favorites are the amazing character cast. Such a vast array of cultures, personalities, interactions, and complex histories. The main characters are just awesome! Luz Alana is such a strong, smart, fiery, loyal, independent, complex, and beautiful woman. Best of all, she is Latina, she is from Santo Domingo, and she is just perfect. A woman with a rum business to run, she is equally matched with the handsome Scottish James Evanston Sinclair, Earl of Darnick. Both compliments one another perfectly. Their chemistry is spot on, and their relationship of “business” that then turns to companionship and then true love, is just perfect. I also love all of the work and research that was placed into this gem in regards to historical context and detail. I actually learned a lot while reading, and that is just awesome to be able to say that. I am so glad that this is the start of a new series, and I will be snatching up every book that is part of this perfect series of novels. 5\5 stars enthusiastically Thank you EW and HQN/Harlequin for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/31/22.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I liked it! I’m happy to see historical romance featuring non-white characters and I hope to see even more in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Everett

    When I started reading historical romance almost fifteen years ago, I read as many traditionally published series as I could get my hands on. I naively assumed that at some point I would come across a series that featured women of color. I just had to find the right blog, or reader’s group, or reviewer and they would point the way forward. It didn’t happen. The most common reason given for the lack was that “historical accuracy” meant that people of color were never seen in the upper-class drawi When I started reading historical romance almost fifteen years ago, I read as many traditionally published series as I could get my hands on. I naively assumed that at some point I would come across a series that featured women of color. I just had to find the right blog, or reader’s group, or reviewer and they would point the way forward. It didn’t happen. The most common reason given for the lack was that “historical accuracy” meant that people of color were never seen in the upper-class drawing rooms so common to historical romances of the time. As the years went by, we’ve been blessed with an ever-widening body of historical research that has presented us with a plethora of historical people of color who did indeed live and thrive in all social strata of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian England, Europe, and the Americas. This scholarship has helped authors of color knock down arguments and barriers against them and quieted (some) of the detractors. The fact is, romance readers want our diverse historical romances, and we want them now! I’m thrilled that the world of historical romance is finally broadening to include new series by some seriously talented writers. I was so happy to get my hands on an early copy of A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adrianna Herrera. This is book one in the Las Léonas series. For those of us who enjoy a well-researched historical that is steeped in place, this novel is a delight. Herrera not only presents us with a tender and satisfyingly steamy romance but at the same time give us a glimpse into the lives of a three educated and entrepreneurial Latinx women during the beginning of the Gilded Age. It takes a good deal of skill to deliver history in so entertaining a manner that you forget you’re learning something new in each chapter and weave that history in with a compelling plot. Our heroine, Luz Alana Heith-Benzan, has just arrived at the Paris Exposition at the having set sail from Santo Domingo with her two best friends and younger sister. As luck would have it, she butts heads immediately with a Scottish aristocrat and the sparks they go aflying. The banter between them is so satisfying and the Earl of Darnick, known as Evan, is sexy and swoony in all the right ways. He is supportive of Luz’s goals, kind to his family and has a noble mission of his own to complete. Refreshingly authentic, I highly recommend Herrera’s Caribbean Heiress, the first in a series that promises to be a must-read for any and all lovers of historical romance. The rest of the Las Léonas series follows Luz’s two friends, and I am desperate to get my hands on them right now. Until then, I’ll be over here re-reading Caribbean Heiress and recommending it to anyone who loves perfectly penned historical romances full of spice, intrigue, and accurate history!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelby (Read with Shelbs)

    I did not love this book. I liked the first 30% and the last 20% but everything else was so incredibly boring. There was such a lack of communication and jumping to conclusions and both of them giving the other person mixed signals. It was so annoying. Rating: 3.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow. This book was amazing. A latinx historical romance? GIVE ME MORE? The amount of research Adriana has to have done for this book shows in every single detail in this story. This book is set in the nineteenth century and it starts at the Paris exposition, where Luz, our rum heiress travels to show exhibit her rum. Little does she know that in Paris awaits this broody but sweet Scottish earl that will charm her pants off! This book has a good amount of open door steamy scenes that I was so her Wow. This book was amazing. A latinx historical romance? GIVE ME MORE? The amount of research Adriana has to have done for this book shows in every single detail in this story. This book is set in the nineteenth century and it starts at the Paris exposition, where Luz, our rum heiress travels to show exhibit her rum. Little does she know that in Paris awaits this broody but sweet Scottish earl that will charm her pants off! This book has a good amount of open door steamy scenes that I was so here for. There’s sexual tension that gets addressed early on and I loved that. Don’t fret! It continues as Luz and Evan get to know each other and embark on their journey. Their relationship was so tender yet fierce. Luz is the take no crap protagonist we love and seeing how she took her world by storm to pave the way for women in business during these times was such an amazing part of this story. Read this book folks!!!! You will not regret it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    Please join me in raising a glass to 𝐀 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬, Adriana Herrera’s first full length historical romance. Thank you @htpbooks for the early copy. Luz Alana is a determined Dominican who is riling against the stereotypes of her gender to save her family's rum business. Evan is a titled Scot who is willing to enter a marriage of convenience to regain control of his whiskey distillery from a toxic father. The banter, the story and their steamy romance had me unable to put it down. Pl Please join me in raising a glass to 𝐀 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬, Adriana Herrera’s first full length historical romance. Thank you @htpbooks for the early copy. Luz Alana is a determined Dominican who is riling against the stereotypes of her gender to save her family's rum business. Evan is a titled Scot who is willing to enter a marriage of convenience to regain control of his whiskey distillery from a toxic father. The banter, the story and their steamy romance had me unable to put it down. Plus, Luz's pack of fierce, loyal friends, Las Léonas were fabulous. All the applause for a historical romance centered around women of color. Plus the refreshing representation of queer, Latinx, Black, body/sex positive, women in traditionally male dominated fields. Not only did the author do copious research, she tackled hefty issues like entitlement, wealth and enslavement with heart and frankness. This is a great example of a book that blends the lighter swoony elements of romance with deeper topics.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zoë Wernick

    This book was every bit as good as I anticipated it would be, everything I hoped it would be, and everything I hope the Regency/Georgian/Victorian romance genre continues to evolve into. The characters absolutely sizzled from page one. The world was rich, diverse, colorful, and fragrant, flying off the page so forcefully it was as if I were at the Exposition with the characters instead of in my own living room. I was in love with the love story between Luz Alana and Evan - they were frank and ho This book was every bit as good as I anticipated it would be, everything I hoped it would be, and everything I hope the Regency/Georgian/Victorian romance genre continues to evolve into. The characters absolutely sizzled from page one. The world was rich, diverse, colorful, and fragrant, flying off the page so forcefully it was as if I were at the Exposition with the characters instead of in my own living room. I was in love with the love story between Luz Alana and Evan - they were frank and honest (as much as they could be!) and I love how the love developed between them so strongly and undeniably. The secondary characters are so tremendously fascinating and I cannot wait for the rest of the series! I will be impatiently waiting to see how everything pans out between Apollo and Aurora (as I suspect they’ll be next?), and I am so excited to see him be absolutely devastated by her as I’m sure she will be. This book is a triumph and I am so thrilled that Adriana Hererra is now writing the kind of historical romance this genre so desperately needs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    What a lovely start to a new series. The characters were interesting, the plot was intriguing, and the worldbuilding was great. There were times I wanted to bash the characters with their own book to make them talk to each other, but it's a testament to the author's writing that even then I wanted to keep reading. I cared about Luz Alana and Evan fixing things, since they were both really good people and good for each other as well. The side characters were lots of fun too, and I'm looking forwa What a lovely start to a new series. The characters were interesting, the plot was intriguing, and the worldbuilding was great. There were times I wanted to bash the characters with their own book to make them talk to each other, but it's a testament to the author's writing that even then I wanted to keep reading. I cared about Luz Alana and Evan fixing things, since they were both really good people and good for each other as well. The side characters were lots of fun too, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them in the future. Also, this cover is beautiful and I hope it attracts a lot of new readers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aura

    Luz is beautiful Dominican entrepreneur woman in the 1800's spirits business. She wants to make her family's Cana Brava a success in the world stage but then she meets a handsome Scot who is swayed by the curve of her hips and her innate business sense. Sounds like a great premise for a historical romance. I enjoyed it but it didnt blow me away. There were a lot of times I just wanted to skip ahead and truth be told, I did a little bit. Overall, it was a fun romance. Luz is beautiful Dominican entrepreneur woman in the 1800's spirits business. She wants to make her family's Cana Brava a success in the world stage but then she meets a handsome Scot who is swayed by the curve of her hips and her innate business sense. Sounds like a great premise for a historical romance. I enjoyed it but it didnt blow me away. There were a lot of times I just wanted to skip ahead and truth be told, I did a little bit. Overall, it was a fun romance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    annabelle

    I really loved this!! There was a good mix of plot and history with the romance that pleasantly surprised me. All the characters in this story were so endearing and lovable. Luz Alana and Evan had me giggling, smiling, and blushing!! And I’m glad they didn’t have a third act breakup!!! 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 I can’t wait for this series to continue and experience all the side characters’ stories 🥰

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