Here at Under the Covers Book Blog we make it a priority to read and highlight diverse books and especially Own Voices. We try to bring you recommendations to help you also do just that. Today we are featuring books by Latinx authors. Starting September 15, 2022 and through October 15, 2022 celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by diversifying your reading and picking up a book by one of these Latinx authors.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Read these books by Latinx Authors
Romance books by Latinx Authors
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
Perfect for people that like: fake dating, only one bed, opposites attract
Straight-laced Dean and free-spirited Solange come to a mutually beneficial agreement to pretend to date. He needs to be in a relationship for work and she needs a boyfriend when her family comes to visit. But their meet cute was at his now-cancelled wedding and she was just the wedding crasher. All filled with lots of Brazilian family charm!
other books by Mia Sosa
On the Hustle by Adriana Herrera
Perfect for people that like: bookish themes, workplace romance, forced proximity
Alba left her job as an assistant to infuriating Theo, Olympic swimmer and heir to a real estate empire in NYC, and relocated to Dallas. Shortly after Theo comes with an opportunity she can’t refuse. Be the star of a home remodeling TV reality show with him. And he’s more flirtatious than ever.
other books by Adriana Herrera
West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras
Perfect for people that like: star-crossed lovers, feuding families, music
Who will win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands? Mariana and her younger sisters enter the competition to help her adoptive parents solve their financial problems. But they have to compete against their father’s archnemesis. A forbidden attraction, secret love affair, beautiful music and a decades-old feud.
other books by priscilla oliveras
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
Perfect for people that like: friends to lovers, neighbors to lovers
Second chance romance about a commitment-phone Puerto Rican-Italian and her childhood best friend who has finally returned home. After he left NYC thirteen years ago, he’s now back to open a celebrity gym and Michelle is brought on board for the marketing campaign.
other books by Alexis Daria
Big Chicas Don’t Cry by Annette Chavez Macias
Perfect for people that like: women’s fiction with a side of romance and books that focus on family relationships
Four cousins growing up as best friends sharing a deep love for their grandmother are forced apart after a divorce. Fifteen years later, their individual lives less than perfect, tragedy and heartbreak will bring them together and test the bonds of family and forgiveness.
Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton
Perfect for people that like: military romance, sexy, funny and emotional
A weekend of partying hard in Vegas leads to a sizzling hot fling that turns into a long distance relationship for this US Air Force fighter pilot and clothing boutique owner. If you’ve only read Chanel Cleeton’s historical fiction romances then you are missing out on an amazing, sexy and incredibly emotional series!
other books by Chanel Cleeton
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The Captive Merman’s Promise by Zoey Castille
Perfect for people that like: second chance, enemies to lovers, fat heroine, h/H in competition
Note: Author Zoey Castille writes romances while her other pen name Zoraida Cordova writes generally young adult books
Ronan is a merman warrior held captive for years as the main attraction in the Grand Master’s oddities exhibit. Amanda is the bruja determined to end her family’s curse to always lose their love. Her only hope is the Grand Master of the Abyss who is said to have a cure for a price. Their fates come together surrounding Samhain.
other books by zoraida cordova / zoey castille
Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher
Perfect for people that like: grumpy hero, enemies to lovers, fun friend group
Alex, a single divorce attorney, wants to know why her exes dumped her and then went on to marry their next girlfriend. What is it about her? So she contacts a few to ask just that question. Will is Alex’s grandmother’s step-son, he’s divorced and has sworn off marrying again to focus on his restaurant. But when Alex goes on this journey to find her ex boyfriends, he tags along.
other books by Andie J. Christopher
Bearing His Mark by Milly Taiden
Perfect for people that like: small town, shifters, fated mates
Gina has had the same dream for two weeks. And suddenly the place and the man are real. Nick wants to strike out on his own and lands in Misfit Bay with the perfect job. Then he finds his mate. They battle evil, destiny and themselves to survive in this strange little town.
other books by milly taiden
Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra
Perfect for people that like: literary retellings, compelling characters, forced proximity
A retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing about a queer biracial woman with Panamanian heritage and a white and wealthy playboy with a very different upbringing having to spend a week at his Cape Cod mansion after they previously hooked up.
Ramon and Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson
Perfect for people that like: star-crossed lovers, foodie romance, Jane the Virgin
Ramon is career and goal driven and set on growing his father’s fast food empire. Julieta is a celebrity chef that is trying to keep her sea-to-table taqueria from closing. They met on the Day of the Dead but it wasn’t until after that she realized he’s her new landlord and his father stole her mother’s taco recipe decades ago.
other books by Alana quintana albertson
After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez
Perfect for people that like: opposites attract, enemies to lovers
Mild-mannered Professor Jeremiah sleeps in one of the upstairs tenant rooms of Alex’s grandmothers bar. Alex is a celebrity chef that is leaving Chicago behind to come back home to Kansas and turn her grandmother’s bar into a viable business. But Jeremiah doesn’t think she has the family’s best interest at heart so he will get in the way anyway he can.
other books by Angelina M. Lopez
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
Perfect for people that like: class differences, younger hero, feel good romance
Alexis comes from a wealthy family of world renowned surgeons. They have the expectation she will follow in their exact footsteps. But she’s ok just being a doctor and when she meets Daniel, a hot carpenter who is younger than her, she starts to discover what is really important. His world is full of tight knit relationships and hers is so different, how could they ever be more than just a fling?
other books by abby jimenez
Twice a Quinceañera by Yamile Saied Mendez
Perfect for people that like: second chance romance, heartwarming, self-love
One month short of her wedding day, and her 30th birthday, Nadia finds herself calling off the wedding to her cheating fiancé and having to explain that to her Argentinian family. She instead decides to throw herself a quinceañera (times two) for her 30th birthday using the wedding venue she’s already paid for. And to her surprise, the man in charge of the venue is her college fling.
other books by yamile saied mendez
A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña
Perfect for people that like: fake dating, foodie romance
Kamilah is a Puerto Rican chef ready to convince her family to update their Chicago restaurant and enter the Fall Foodie Tour. Liam is an Irish American whiskey distiller ready to make this family’s distillery a contender in the national competition. Their grandparents are best friends and have something else in mind. For them to marry each other. If they refuse, they will sell the building that houses both their business.
South Beach Love by Caridad Piñeiro
Perfect for people that like: Hallmark movies (this is one!), friendship and family, Cuban cooking
Two chefs catering the quinceañeras of two girls who don’t get along. Only one will be featured in the local paper and they both want it. Tony is an executive chef of a New York restaurant on a home visit in Miami working on his niece’s celebration. Sara had no idea what would be involved in this type of party when she agreed to cater her niece’s birthday but she learns all the traditions from her Cuban sister-in-law. And to make matters worst, Sara was Tony’s best friend’s little sister growing up. Can they make a relationship between two chefs work?
other books by Caridad Piñeiro
A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos
Perfect for people that like: Hallmark movies (this is one!), friendship and family, Cuban cooking
Lumi is a chef with the gift of synesthesia – she can perceive a person’a emotions by tasting their cooking. She decided to chase her dreams and opened a Dominican fusion restaurant in Manhattan, but when it fails she has to take a sous chef job at a French restaurant. Julien is a celebrity chef with a less than appealing attitude and they don’t get along so she’s vowed to never taste his food. Except the time comes she can no longer resist the delicious looking dishes and she’s not prepared for the intense emotions that follow.
other books by Yaffa S. Santos
Suspense Books by Latinx Authors
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Perfect for people that like: supernatural, historic mystery, gothic novels
Set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, this is a debut supernatural suspense novel like Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca. Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. Handsome Rodolfo proposes to her, and ignoring all the rumors about his first wife’s death, she accepts for the security of a home. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined. She can only cling to young priest, Padre Andres, as an ally. Andres has his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence at the hacienda and protect the woman he can’t help but be attracted to.
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Perfect for people that like: historical science fiction, feminist themes
Carlota Moreau grows up in the jungle of the Yucatan peninsula while her father works on raising a team of hybrids, part human/part animal. His research work is assisted by Montgomery who has a propensity for alcohol. Their life was quiet until the son of their beneficiary comes to woo Carlota.
other books by silvia moreno-garcia
The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza
Perfect for people that like: funny murder mystery
From the co-creator of Deadpool and author of Suburban Dicks. Two unlikely sleuths, a mother a five and a journalist with a rehabilitated image, investigating a murder that reveals the dark underbelly of suburban marriage. An anonymous phone call tips them off that a woman killed her husband and soon they’re uncovering scandals, secrets and money.
Bindle Punk Bruja by Desideria Mesa
Perfect for people that like: golden Twenties historical fantasy
Part time reporter and club owner takes on crooked city councilmen, mysterious and deadly mobsters and society’s deeply rooted sexism and racism, while keeping her true identity and magical abilities hidden. Broadwalk Empire meets The Vanishing Half inspired by ancient Mexican folktale with a touch of earth magic.
River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer Givhan
Perfect for people that like: psychological thriller, folk magick, cultural empowerment
Eva is a Chicana artist who practices the spiritual ways of brujeria and curanderisma but she’s feeling disconnected from her magickal roots. When her husband is arrested for the murder of their friend, she doesn’t know whom to trust. As she fights to keep her family out of danger, she realizes she must use her magick as a bruja to protect herself and her loved ones, while confronting her dark past.
Young Adult Books by Latinx Authors
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Perfect for people that like: Love & Gelato, vacation romances, self love
Lila Reyes is spending three Summer months in England to relax and reset after she fell apart. The only thing that makes her time there bearing is meeting Orion Maxwell, a teashop clerk with troubles of his own determined to help Lila out of her funk. A heartfelt story of a Miami girl unexpectedly finding love and herself in a small English town.
other books by Laura Taylor Namey
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
Perfect for people that like: coming of age, body positivity, first love, self confidence
Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny, Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. When she starts a tentative relationship with a cute classmate, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns he asked her slim best friend out first. Is she his second choice? Does he even see her? Because it’s time people did. Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your life is on fire.
other books by Crystal Maldonado
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Perfect for people that like: magical realism, forbidden magic, friendship
In 1518 a strange sickness caused women to dance in the streets until they fell down dead. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella’s feet making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy with full knowledge of what’s happening. His family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to it than that and discovering it will decide Rosella’s fate.
other books by anna-marie mclemore
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez
Perfect for people that like: fantasy, medieval, adventure
Zarela is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. An ancient city plagued by dragons. Her life changes in an instant and she must become a dragon hunter to save her family legacy. Inspired by medieval Spain and filled with romance, adventure and danger.
other books by Isabel Ibañez
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Perfect for people that like: slam poetry, finding your voice
Xiomara, an Afro-Latina teen raised by Dominican immigrant parents, knows her thoughts are best kept to herself, especially around her religious mami. But her biggest desire is to express her feelings through her poetry and joining the slam poetry club. Tired of hiding who she really is, she’s constantly pulled between the working class Manhattan and success and her mother’s Catholicism, urging her to finish confirmation.
other books by Elizabeth Acevedo
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I’ve only read a couple of these authors, but I enjoy their stuff. I’ve got Priscilla Oliveras books on my TBR. I’m glad to get even more recommends I haven’t tried yet. Thanks!
Hope you enjoy them!! 🙂
Thanks for the post.