August 23, 2023

BOOK REVIEW: Love of My Lives by Yamile Saied Méndez


A contemporary love story about fate and the lifelong journey of finding your soul mate. 


Title: Love of My Lives
Author: Yamile Saied Méndez
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2023

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Point of View: 3rd Person
Trope(s): Soul Mates, Magical Realism, Travel 


On the night Madi Ramirez lost her abuela at the age of 13, her grandmother's spirit paid her a visit and revealed an image of the man she was destined to marry. As Madi grew older and began to date, it became her single focus to find this mysterious man.

Fast forward to present day >> every man Madi believed was the love of her lives has turned out to be a disappointment. When Madi finds herself once again reeling from a breakup, she decides to seek solace by traveling to her grandmother's homeland in Puerto Rico. 

Madi immediately feels at home on the island and soon meets a man with whom she feels an instant connection. The only problem? He doesn't haven't the same initials as the man she saw in her vision as a child. Madi must decide if she wants to continue living for a day in the future that may never come or live in the present and enjoy every moment she possibly can with the man right in front of her. 


LOVE OF MY LIVES is a fun, lighthearted read that would be perfect for the beach. The plot is interesting and unique, and the author added a lot of great descriptive and background information about Puerto Rico. It made me want to book a flight to see the beauty for myself. 

However, I would have liked to feel a deeper connection between Madi and the main love interest. Their relationship just didn't feel believable to me. There were also a few events that seemed too far fetched and a few others that didn't really add anything to the story. Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable read that could use another round of editing. 

I'd recommend to readers looking for a fun travel romance, as well as fans of soul mates, magical realism, and instalove. 


*A big thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.  

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