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Yours to Keep

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  126 reviews
This edition is out of print. Stay tuned for a new edition fall/winter 2018.

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
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

Ana Travares tutors students in Spanish. She's an illegal immigrant and with Spanish her first language, tutoring allows her to be paid cash and fly under the radar. Arriving in the States twenty years ago with her family from the Dominican Republic, the children's visas expired after their mother died. Ever since then, she and her siblings have been careful to live in the shadows, or risk discovery and deportation.

Ethan Hansen, widower and pediatrician, is having a hard time connecting with his
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
I’m pretty disappointed with this one. The quick set-up is that the hero Ethan is a widower with a teenage son and they don’t have a great relationship. He is a pediatrician and he realizes he needs a spanish tutor for his son. Enter the heroine. Ana is an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She came over at the age of seven on her father’s work visa, but then her father never actually came and her mother died, and she just got away with being in the country. She is fearful of being c ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-swept
So Serena Bell, what can I say about her. Well she writes a bloody good book thats for sure.

I loved Ethan and Ana's story. It is unique to me in that it deals with the issue of a long term illegal immigrants and the harsh realities of their everyday lives in America. You are pretty much invisible (and want to stay that way). No ID, Bank Account, Drivers License, Credit Cards....I could go on, but summing it up, it makes life incredibly complicated.

Ana and her family have become adept at being i
The fear of deportment for an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic threatens to become reality, until her knight in shining armor comes to her rescue she is cornered by her manipulating boss. Not only has pediatrician Ethan Hansen helped her out of a bad spot, but Ana now has the opportunity to return the favor by tutoring Ethan’s rebellious son in Spanish. The story of their growing love is filled with joy, heartache and the likelihood that they can never be together.

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Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, romance
In Serena Bell's Yours to Keep, this contemporary romance debut deals with hard-core issue of the immigration status in our country and what would you do for love. For Ana Travares, she's been living under the ICE's radar as an undocumented citizen since her mother's death. And she's under pressure for taking the CORI in order to tutor high school students. When Dr. Ethan Hansen's son Theo needs a Spanish tutor, he requested her tutoring services. From there, he had helped transformed Theo and b ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so impressed by the roller coaster of emotions I experienced reading this work. Racial, classist, stereotypical, prejudical highs and lows that made me angry, happy, sad, thoughtful and then back around again. Bell WENT THERE, unafraid, unapologetic. And in the middle of all of that, there was a really good romance story and character transformation. These are the kinds of stories I want to read. This is the kind of writer I want to be: unafraid to tackle tough issues with a heap of lyrici ...more
*ARC provided by netgally *

I thought this would have been a refreshing read. Sadly it dissapointed on so many stupid levels , I liked the summary which was what drew me to this novel but sadly it just did not match up to standards.

The hero was not what I was expecting , he was weak nothing at all to what I pictured . The only saving grace in this was the hero's son which was sweet . This story could have been handled much better but it git stuck with so many cliches that it did not resonate to a
I don't know what took me so long to review this one since it was SUCH a joy to read. The previous book by Serena was a bit of a miss for me but this one made me remember how much I enjoyed everything else I've read by her and of course I'll read anything else she puts out (already marked to read her next one "Hold on Tight")

Ana is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She arrived at the US with her family when she was a small child with a legitimate visa but unfortunately as her mother got
Shirley Frances
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ana finds herself facing her greatest fear - being found out. She has always kept to herself as to not draw to attention to her precarious situation. Smart, independent and self-sufficient, Ana just wants to be able to live her life without having to look over her shoulder.

Ethan has been going through the motions of his life since his wife passed away years ago. His only grounding presence is his son and even that relationship is sinking. Looking for a way to make something right in regards to T
Yours to Keep by Serena Bell is a Random House/ Loveswept publication released in 2013. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ana and her siblings were born in the Dominican Republic. As children they came with their mother to the United States. When their mother died and their visas were expired, the children, the oldest being Ricky, stayed under the radar. If they were found out they could be deported and would have to wait ten years b
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved that Yours To Keep featured a protagonist who was a woman of color. LOVED. Serena Bell gets soooo many props for doing her research and creating a vibrant character shaped by her culture and not at all whitewashed. Ana's existence as a Dominican immigrant is crucial to the plot of the story and Bell didn't shy away from the complex nature of the immigrant experience, the often tense politics of skin color and hair texture within communities of African descent and just tackled it head on. ...more
Romance Novels in Color
This is Ethan, Ana and Theo’s story.

Ana is from the Dominican Republic; she moved to the US on a valid visa with her mother and older siblings. Her father was to follow shortly thereafter. Due to tragic and unforeseen circumstances, Ana loses her mother and the children are left to fend for themselves and their valid visa runs out and is not renewed. Ana finds work tutoring Spanish to high school students privately and adults in the mornings and evenings to earn money. She lives with her brother
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yours to Keep was a great story with an endearing romance, strong sexual chemistry and a moral lesson to boot.

Ethan, oh Ethan, might just be the perfect man. He accepts Ana for who she is and doesn't judge her by her social economical status or her differences.

There is no other way to describe Ana but strong. She faces what ever comes her way and takes it head on for the benefit of her family. She also is a devoted and talented teacher.

This is the first book I've read by Serena Bell, but it won'
Jaime Arkin
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Ana Travares has spent the better part of her life staying in the background, never drawing attention to herself. She can't, because if she does, someone could find out that she's not in the U.S. legally. She came here legally, but circumstances happened and her VISA expired and fear of being sent back to the Dominican Republic has kept her quiet.

Ana has made a life for herself though, she works with adult students to teach them English and she also works as a tutor through the nearby H
4 Stars
Yours to Keep by Serena Bell was so much more than just a romance! It had so many elements. I was so pleasantly surprised. Grace is an illegal immigrant from the DR who teaches English and tutors kids. She lives with her huge family in a tiny apartment and they rely on her.

Ethan is a pediatrician and a single dad. His wife died years ago and he's struggling with the challenges of raising a teenage son.

When he meets Grace, he literally rescues her when she's getting harassed. And it's li
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Serena Bell is a new author in my reading library. I was impressed with her short story in the Christmas collection Heating Up The Holidays. I was looking forward to the release of Yours To Keep. The anticipation was worth the wait. Yours To Keep was fabulous. It was fresh and unique. The story was written with a sensitivity to the subject matter that makes readers aware of the immigration issues we face here in the U
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I loved Yours to Keep.

The storyline was refreshing. Watching Ana and Ethan, two people from very different backgrounds falling in love and finding a way to get through all the obstacles they faced left me with me so many happy feels.
I seriously didn't think that would be possible *looking at you Ricky* lol

This was the first book I've read from Serena Bell and it won't be my last.
I enjoyed Serena's writing and even though I don't know ANY spanish I could understand what the characters we
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, romance, for-review
A very interesting and informative romance, a true eye-opener regarding the life of illegal immigrants in the US. I enjoyed Serena Bell's writing style, it flew smoothly. Detailed review to be posted soon. ...more
Margreet Asselbergs
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️

For twenty years, Ana Travares and her family, have lived under the radar. Moving from the Dominican Republic to the US at age seven with her mother and brothers was legal at the time, until her father changed his mind about coming and left the children alone with a dying mother and an expired visa. Ana adjusted well to the language and the culture, and learned to use that to her advantage. Working as a Spanish tutor and adult ESL tea
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed Serena Bell's Loveswept romances and went on a bit of a binge this weekend. This one however, I struggled to finish.

It suffered significantly because of the author's reductive attempt to address colourism in the Black Latinx community. Sadly this attempt was woefully lacking and more offensive than anything else. The main character is white passing (although not referred to as such) and much is made of her ability to 'fit in' with American society, in comparison to her black sib
Even though it was written over 5 years ago (he had a flip phone for goodness sake) it is still a very relevant story about immigration.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Ana is an illegal immigrant. Ethan is a pediatrician. Ana tutors high school students in Spanish. Ethan has a son in need of a Spanish tutor. Ana and Ethan fall in love. The whole illegal immigrant detail hangs over them. They get married, she becomes a citizen, and they live happily ever after.

That's not giving anything away since that's what I expected going into the book, and I'm fairly certain that's what most
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, arc
This is a Net Galley unedited proof.
Ana Travares moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was 7. She came with her mother, older brother and sister. Her father would join them once they were settled. That was the plan, anyway. When her father decided to stay in the DR, Ana's mother fretted over what to do- stay in the US, or go back home. But lack of funds kept them in the US, and when Mrs. Travares got sick and ultimately died of cancer, Ana and her brother and sister wer
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it

I enjoyed reading Yours to Keep. Although this was a romance novel, it was centered around a very real life and many times controversial issue: immigration. The main character, Serena came to the United States legally as a young child, from the Dominican Republic. Due to circumstances beyond her control her eligibility to be in the US expires. Her and her family continue to live and work in the US as illegal immigrants. Years later, Serena meets Ethan when he hires her to tutor his somewhat rebe
Colee Porter
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

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 p
Ivy Deluca
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading is my passion, my pleasure. I adore discovering new-to-me writers whose imagination creates a new and interesting premise and better yet, handle it in a deft manner. This may be my first Serena Bell book, but it sure won’t be my last.

The Premise
Ana Travares can never let her guard down, even as she tutors children in Spanish in a well-to-do neighborhood. As an illegal immigrant, she has been living in the shadows since she was a child. If she’s caught, the price will be the loss of all
Yours to Keep is a romantic story about two people, who never thought that one incident would brought them together and eventually found themselves falling in love...all over again. This book took me by surprise because when I chose this one to be my next read, I didn't know what to expect. I just opened my Kindle App, clicked this one and just hoped for the best. And thank God I did, because I really, really loved this story. It's surprisingly amazing. The fact that I couldn't put it down even ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance lovers
Beautiful, Steamy, Swoon and Dr. Handsome! 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.
I’m going to try not to quote from this story but if I do, note that anything and everything is subject to chan
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
[This review was part of a bigger one, which you can find here.]

Such a nice surprise to suddenly be surrounded by books that reflect my life. So many of my friends and family members are in couples with very different cultural or ethnic backgrounds. So much of my dating history is the same. Maybe it’s because I live in a city, but I prefer to believe it’s because love is the thing that matters the most.

Ana is a Spanish tutor with a terrible secret: she’s undocumented. She’s been in the States fo
Pretty Sassy Cool
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

Yours to Keep
featured lovable characters, authentic dialogue and storyline, and sizzling hot chemistry. Author Serena Bell tackled a plot that I've personally never read, and I loved it.

Spanish tutor Ana Traveres is an illegal immigrant who lives in constant fear of being sent back to the Dominican Republic. When the gorgeous Dr. Ethan Hansen overhears his son's principal getting more than overly familiar with Ana, he comes to her rescue, and asks for her to tutor his son. She
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USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT

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