A review by tomesproject
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera


I'm so sad that I didn't love this. It's a F/F winter romance starring Dominican leads that takes place over the course of a baking competition. It sounded really up my alley, and if it sounds interesting, I would still say to give it a chance. I don't read a lot of romance novellas, so this might be more of a fault of my expectations not meeting up with what the genre is in actuality.

But this one really didn't work for me, mostly because of the writing. It's written in dual perspective from Sully and Kiskeya in first person past tense, and there was something about how the past tense was written that really threw me out of the reading experience. Also, I was really unable to distinguish clearly between our main characters' narrative voices. I would often get lost in whose perspective I was in until they would mention the other woman's name.

Also, there were two distinct tones to this story that didn't mesh well for me: the bantery, holiday baking competition and the smutty scenes. It just felt like their relationship escalated from baking partners to sleeping together without much actual lead-up.
SpoilerAnd is getting engaged off page between the last chapter and the epilogue a romance trope that I'm not aware of? Because I really don't like it, and I think it's a cheap way of getting your characters to their HEA without having to write a meaningful proposal scene. I've another book with an ending like that recently, and it's really not for me.