cover image Twice a Quinceañera

Twice a Quinceañera

Yamile Saied Méndez. Kensington, $15.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4967-3705-2

YA author Méndez (Furia) makes her adult debut with a heartwarming romance centered on personal growth. Lawyer Nadia Palacio finally grows the spine to break up with her cheating fiancé a month before what would have been their wedding day. Though she’s anxious about breaking the news to her family—and losing all her deposits—Nadia is inspired by an article about a Latina woman who never had a quinceañera but decided that it wasn’t too late to celebrate herself with a party later in life. So Nadia decides to repurpose her wedding resources and throw herself her own treintañera, as a way to celebrate herself and her accomplishments as a single 30-year-old. But Nadia is thrown for a loop when she discovers that the venue’s owner is the handsome Marcos Hawkins, her onetime college fling. The pair immediately lust for each other once more, but their relationship is put on the back burner as they separately work through issues from the past. Luckily, Méndez offsets the lack of heat between the couple with warmhearted support from a colorful supporting cast of family and friends as Nadia moves toward self-acceptance. It’s a fun, empowering romp. Agent: Linda Camacho, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Aug.)