ROMANCE

You Had Me at Hola

Avon. Aug. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062959928. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is publicly dumped days before the start of filming Carmen in Charge, a new bilingual comedy series on a popular streaming service. Playing the role of Carmen, staying out of the tabloids, and recovering from her breakup is all part of Jasmine’s “Leading Lady Plan.” For Ashton Suarez, Jasmine’s colead, Carmen in Charge is also a step toward becoming a bonafide Hollywood star, but his top priority is keeping his personal life out of the headlines. Getting romantically involved with a costar who can’t get the paparazzi to leave her alone is at odds with Ashton’s goals, but their chemistry on and off the set leads to their throwing plans to the wind. When their affair becomes public, both Jasmine and Ashton have to make serious decisions about what they’re willing to sacrifice for their careers and their relationship.
VERDICT Daria follows up her RITA-winning debut, Take the Lead, with a sparkling celebrity romance full of telenovela drama and sizzling passion between the two leads. Glimpses into the high-stakes world of television production and snippets of scenes from Carmen in Charge add depth to the story, as does a diverse cast of supporting characters. Highly recommended.

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