on June 30, 2017
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The Director and Don Juan is the second of four books about the Philadelphia-based Story sisters who are all on the look-out for love.
Heiress Alice Story left her father's company three years ago in a blaze of glory, inviting all of his employees to jump ship and join her, but only one accepted her offer: mail room clerk, Carlos Vega.
While Alice spent the next three years getting her own company off the ground, Carlos became her indispensable right-hand man -- executive assistant and office manager, loyal counsel and trusted co-worker.
And all the while, they were quietly falling in love with each other.
When Alice is offered a lucrative business deal in Puerto Rico, island-born Carlos is the perfect person to accompany her on her trip as translator, but as they travel together from Philadelphia to Santo Domingo to Ponce, two unlikely co-workers will discover that during their three years working together, their feelings for each other have grown far deeper than they ever could have guessed.
And though business-minded, proper Alice will try her very best to ignore the longings of her heart, scorching hot, insanely sexy Boricua, Carlos, has no intention of letting her go.
*5 Huge Swoony Latin Hero Stars *
I’m absolutely in love with this book. This was not only a super-fast read for me, it’s also swoony, hot, sweet, funny and full of feels! I can’t even with how much I loved it. Katy Regnery already has one of my favorite books of the year with Don’t Speak and The Director and Don Juan is definitely joining the favorites list for 2017.
I mean, who can resist a mega hot, mega swoony Puertorican hero, right? Well, I have to say that when it comes to books about Hispanic heroes or heroines, I often hesitate. I’m extremely picky with Hispanic themed books written by non-Hispanic authors. It sounds horrible, I know, but when you venture into writing about a topic or in this case a culture that is not yours, you might not always get it right. And just like I would pick apart a book about lawyers, or government because of my work line, a book about Hispanics that doesn’t get it right is a total turn off for me. It’s not unheard of though, my fellow bloggers will tell you that they tend to stay away from books about topics they know and understand because they fear about the author not getting it right.
So, on the interest of full disclosure, I did some cultural beta work on this one. I’ve never worked with her before but I love her books, so when Katy asked, I had to jump in. And let me tell you something, Katy just nails it! Not only did she had the right approach and idea from the get go, she truly listened to the feedback and incorporated it like a boss, which elevated this book to the next level! I’m so proud of Katy, and of this book. And you know me, honest is my middle name. Carlos is just a perfect, authentic, macho Boricua! And since I have my own wonderful, awesome, beautiful puertorrican man at home, I’m a self-proclaimed expert on this topic, lol.
“That is one hundred percent a fact, mami.”
“It’s slang. Like, sarcastic, truth-slang.”
“So you’re not really calling me mommy.”
“Alice, when I call you “baby” later, it won’t have nothin’ to do with seein’ you as a child either.”
“Are you going to call me baby?” she asked.
He nodded. “Hell, yes.”
“When would that be?”
“When you’re lyin’ beneath me…baby.”
Her neck jerked and she faced him with wide eyes. “Whoa. You just went there.”
“I been there, mami. Just waitin’ for you to come join me.”
“Damn,” she breathed, speeding up, pulling away from him.
Nope. Not happening. He dug deep and gained on her.
“Stop runnin’ away from me.”
See? Nailed it!
I know, I’m all over the place with this review. Tends to happen a lot when I really love a book. So, let’s talk about the book. The Director and Don Juan is book 2 in the Story Sisters series. The story centers around Alice Story, who left her father’s company to start her own company from the bottom up. When she left her dad’s company, she invited all of his employees to go with her (kinda Jerry Maguire-ish) and Carlos, who worked in the mailroom, is the only one that joined her. Now 3 years later, her company is flourishing and Carlos has become an irreplaceable presence in her work life…and maybe so much more. When they find each other alone away in a business trip to the Caribbean it might be time to explore those feelings that have been growing between them for years!
I loved everything about this book. The writing, the pacing, the story. Loved both characters, especially Carlos. He was so beautiful and caring, and also hott!!! And Alice was strong willed, feisty and smart. As the story progresses and Alice and Carlos find each other more and more attracted to each other, they have to navigate through their differences to figure out if they can make it work. Not only is Carlos younger than Alice, but they also come from different worlds.
“I’m from Puerto Rico. I don’t have an MBA. I’m less successful than you. Hell, I’m your assistant.”
There’s a little back and forth between them because of their differences and some super awesome angsty moments. However, their problems are truly realistic, not over the top, and there’s no stupid or unnecessary drama. There’s also tons of feels along the way.
“Really, mi amor,” he said, still cradling her cheek in his hand as a rain cloud covered the sun. “I walked away from your father’s company because I believed in you. I didn’t care about anything—or anyone—else, and so far, that choice was the best decision I ever made. In my whole life.”
“I love you, he thought. I love you, you driven, smart, beautiful, sexy woman. I love you like crazy. I have for the longest time.”
And the sexy times, OMG, scorching hott!!!!
“You’re the boss at the office, Allee. But, here?” He stood up, then reached for her hips, turning her so that they traded places and the backs of her knees touched the bed. “I’m in charge.”
“Take me to bed, Carlos.”
“Are you sure, Allee? Once we cross that line, I’m not stepping back. You’ll be mine, mi amor. And once you belong to me, I don’t intend to walk away. Ever.”
“Te amo. Te quiero. Quiero hacerte el amor.””
See? Fantastic! I don’t want to say anymore cause I don’t want to spoil anything else, but I promise you will love this one. Katy is so talented and her books are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. Can’t wait for the next book in this series. I absolutely recommend!!!!
“Where do we go from here?” she finally asked.
“Mi amor, as long as we’re together, we go wherever we want.”
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RELEASE DATE: September 21st