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Yours to Keep – Serena Bell

I’m developing a serious crush on Loveswept. They’ve hit the jackpot working with some awesome romance novelists. One of them is Serena Bell. I’ve read her Strangers On The Train novella, Ticket Home, and loved it, so naturally I’ve been waiting for her debut novel. And here it is: Yours To Keep. The book will be available November 11th, 2013.

Book Blurb

Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.
Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.
Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Accidental Cowgirl, After the Kiss, and Blue Lines.

My thoughts

I’m going to try not to quote from this story but if I do, note that anything and everything is subject to changes before the final version is published. Between you and me, I see no need to change words at all. And I did mark a few lines to include in this review. Unf, so steamy and swoony.

Ana and her siblings are illegal Dominicans in the US. They’re living is a perpetuate “look behind your shoulder” state and are limited in their career and lifestyle choices. Because of that they are very poor.

When Ana is sexually harassed by a school administrator when she’s trying to get more students to tutor, she is saved by Dr. Ethan Hansen, a father of a student in need of a Spanish tutor. Ana, having been burned before by a romance with a white man, is holding back, trying to control her feelings. She is also hiding the fact she is illegal.

I was hooked pretty much from the first page turn. Both MCs have real struggles to deal with, although in different aspects of life. Both are so very lonely in their own bubble, and both have people who love them and will go to extremes to protect them.

There are two minor subplots, one involving Ethan’s son, Theo and the other one of his patients, and I loved how both tied into his blooming relationship with Ana, each in its own way.

This. Book. Is. Swoon. By definition I mean. It has a real life predicament (I’ve been in a similar, though not remotely dire situation, and was not in any way illegal, a story for another time) which was handled in a responsible, somewhat difficult way, but as expected from romances – the resolution was perfect.

The only thing that I wouldn’t minded to see different is that we had a rich hero and a poor heroine, but I doubt it would’ve worked as well the other way around.

Yours To Keep is sweet, drama filled, at times – a nail biter, has a bit of angst and is more often than not – filled with swoons galore, story. It is well written, steamy hot and a make-you-tear-up-and-smile book.

Go and preorder.

Thank you, Loveswept and NetGalley for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 4star


Ps – I managed to review without quotes! *pats self on the shoulder*

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About Serena Bell

Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better.

Serena wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that’s particularly useful now that she’s the mother of two school-aged children.

Serena took a break from penning love stories to explore the world as a journalist, where she spent time shadowing and writing about a cast of fascinating real-life characters.

She recently survived a cross-country move and is still plucking dishtowels out of her lingerie drawer. When she’s not scribbling stories or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by a seven-year-old, she’s practicing modern dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, needlepointing, hiking, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices.

Serena is a member of RWA and blogs regularly about writing and reading romance at and She also tweets like a madwoman as @serenabellbooks.

Her debut novella, Ticket Home, releases from Samhain Publishing in April 2013 as part of Strangers on a Train, a series of stories about railroad encounters of the very hot kind.



I read, review, flail and swoon.

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