Donna Del Oro
Donna Del Oro Books
La Familia Series
Saving La Famila; Book 1
A romantic suspense comedy set in Silicon Valley, a young Latina teacher, Dina Salazar, is asked by her Mexican-born grandmother to rescue her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. After all, her stern grandmother tells her, she is the “smart one” in the family. To do so, she has to recruit help from her hated ex-fiance. What’s a girl to do when “la familia” calls?
Saving La Familia has won the 2022 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award in the Comedy-Suspense Category!
Reviews for Saving La Familia
Saving La Familia by Donna Del Oro has a lot of action throughout. There were twists and turns to the story filled with Mexican-Americans and their culture, lots of secrets, past hurts, family and friends, jobs and businesses, successes and failures, drugs, cartels, family connections, loving, and love. It’s also a chance at a second-chance romance for the main character, Dina. I love the sweetness of the cover, although there was some darkness throughout.
Saving La Familia is fast-paced and has several storylines woven together even when they don’t seem to be. At the start of each chapter, there are quotes by different characters that shed some light on what’s to come.
The cultural details rounded out the story nicely. This is Dina’s story through and through, and much of it deals with her relationships and interactions with her family, extended family, past boyfriend Rick, best friend Lisa, and others. Dina seems to be in over her head to help save a cousin and her son who lives in Mexico that she and the rest of the family didn’t even know existed. But she wants to make her grandmother proud since the cousin Dina’s grandmother’s newfound granddaughter who needs help, and they’re all caught up in a dangerous situation.
I loved how Dina and Rick’s romance was portrayed and how Rick always seemed to be there for Dina’s family. But is Rick worth a second shot after the way he treated Dina in the past?
The family dynamics were realistically depicted. There was a lot of Spanish sprinkled throughout, which was translated for the reader. The villains were truly evil and added another layer to the story.
There was nice closure as well as a hint of how their lives turned out. There were several happily ever afters. Ms. Del Oro is a new-to-me author. I hope to read some of her other romances and have added a few to my TBR pile.
With genuinely seat-of-my-pants suspenseful action, tender moments, and realistic characters, Ms. Del Oro has struck an outstanding balance with her La Familia series, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series.
-Review by JoAnne Weiss; March 2022
5 Star Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a mixture of genres from suspense to romance and gives an insight into Mexican culture, which is always an interesting read!
AMAZING!!!!! That's all I really have to say about this book! A must read! Loved it!
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