Sapphire Books Publishing (2019)
Reviewed by Rachael Rodgers for Reader Views (10/2020)
“Cigar Barons” by Isabella follows the Huerta family through the generations. We start with Alejandro and Maria and how they fell in love and got married and all of the ups and downs in between. Then we follow their son Don Roberto and his wife and we learn little pieces of their lives. Lastly we are introduced to their children RJ and Sofia. When Don Roberto is killed while horseback riding with RJ, things start to heat up.
We then find out that he has left Huerta Cigars to Sofia instead of RJ and the news does not go over well. RJ, being the slimy and greedy man that he is, sets out on a mission to get the company he feels should have been given to him by birthright. Trouble ensues when RJ’s lawyers arrive at the compound to contest the will. Laura, Sofia’s new lover, is part of the team. But how could she betray Sofia like that? We are brought on a rollercoaster ride when all of the family drama is brought to a head when Laura uncovers RJ’s birth certificate.
I think Isabella wrote this novel in a very interesting and linear way. I love the way we follow each generation’s love story and how the family has evolved and grown. I really enjoyed the Hispanic and American culture and language weaved throughout this novel. I even enjoyed learning some new Spanish while reading this book.
This book is not for everyone as it is an LGBTQIA love story but being a straight, female I still enjoyed this book. In my personal opinion this book is a geared toward a very mature adult audience with the presence of sex and strong language. I loved this book and I finished it rather quickly. I would have liked to have had a little more time with Sofia and Laura though as the events felt a little rushed to me. I wanted to prolong the ending more and get some more story out of the characters.
Overall, “Cigar Barons” by Isabella is a fun, short read recommended for romance fans and those that enjoy an action, adventure, and multicultural experience as well as a story with some interesting family dynamics.