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Yours to Keep

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  380 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
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 som
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 22, 2013 Jill 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
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 12, 2013 Mandi Schreiner 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
Claire Robinson
Nov 10, 2013 Claire Robinson 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
Shirley Frances
Nov 10, 2013 Shirley Frances 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
Michel Reinhard
Nov 14, 2013 Michel Reinhard rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2013 Beth 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'
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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Nov 11, 2013 Leslye 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
*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
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
Jan 04, 2014 Nakeesha 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
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
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*

Serena Bell does a good job describing the issues in the novel as well as the characters. I found myself intrigued at what was happening to them and the overall picture. Hiding in the shadows has become part of Ana Travares ever since she was a little girl. After coming to the States with her family, she suffers from a series of events that have changed her life and that of those around her. When she discovers that her visa has expired, her old
Oct 31, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-net-world
Given by the publisher for an honest review

Yours to Keep is such a wonderful sweet story!It's probably one of the sweetest stories I have ever read!!

It's a true romance!

>>Ana has been through so much..She keeps trying to help her family but also build a life for herself.She tries to become someone better someone bigger..She wants what everyone wants. A Life. Love. A Future. She wants to matter and not to be ignored or be put aside..But we don't always get what we,do we? That's what it feel
Oct 30, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by NetGalley and Loveswept

4.75 Stars!
Serena Bell brings us a poignant and refreshing romance. Immigration is a hot topic in our current political climate and Ms. Bell bravely addresses the issue without villainizing either side. She simply tells the story of Ethan Hansen, widowed pediatrician with a teenage son, and Ana Traveres, Spanish tutor from the Dominican Republic who is tutoring Ethan's son, Theo. As the story progresses it is revealed that Ana and her family are in the Unit
Nov 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise - a contemporary romance novel that tackles the issue of undocumented immigration with an impressive amount of realism (not to mention an impressive amount of passionate sex as well). Serena Bell creates memorable lead and secondary characters, especially Ana and Ethan's family members. I appreciated Ethan from the moment he came to Ana's rescue at their first meeting, but I really fell in love with him as he struggled to be a good father to his recalcitrant teenaged son ...more
Ivy Deluca
Nov 11, 2013 Ivy Deluca 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
Nov 14, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Ana is from the Dominican Republic and has been in the United States since she was a little girl. She never got her visa renewed and is illegally in the country. She works tutoring others in Spanish or English. They wanted her to fill out the CORI "Criminal Offender Record Information" which she couldn't do. A man helped her to get out of the office and asked her if she tutored for Spanish because his son Theo needed one. Ana got Ethan's address and set a time to start tutoring. Ethan is a pedia ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
Great, distinctive contemporary romance about two people from very different worlds who fall in love and their struggles to make it work. I thought that the heroine’s, Ana’s, problems with her legal status in the U.S. made for an interesting and thought provoking storyline. I found it sad to read about the struggles and the fear that Ana and her family lived with. It made me empathize with what many immigrants must go through in reality.

I liked the characters of Ethan and Ana very much. I thoug
Nov 05, 2013 Victoria 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
Margreet Asselbergs
Nov 08, 2013 Margreet Asselbergs 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 teach
Oct 21, 2013 Irene 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 wer
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
Jaime Arkin
Oct 31, 2013 Jaime Arkin 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
Dec 14, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ouab-2013
Living your life filled with fear sounds like a terrible way to go through your day, but that is how Ana and her family live. Living in America and not being able to enjoy all of the rights and privileges most Americans take for granted must be very hard. Ms Bell is able to draw you into this existence with grace.

Neither, Ana nor Ethan is really living a full life. They are each missing connections in their lives. Ethan has withdrawn because his wife died and has lost connection with his son an
Nov 17, 2013 Hilda rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult
We're all so absorbed in our daily lives that we take certain things for granted. This novel touches on one of those things. Ana Tavares immigrated to the US at the age of two with her family. Her father abandonned them; her mother passed away and her US Visa expired. She's been living as an illegal immigrant for the past 20 years with her siblings. She's been working as a Spanish tutor, supporting her family as best she can. Living in constant fear of being found out and deported back to her ho ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, 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
Apr 04, 2014 NomdePlumePress 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
Nov 09, 2013 JG rated it it was amazing
Yours To Keep isn't your typical romance. Serena Bell has written something with a common trope, main characters coming from two different classes, and fleshed it out, giving it more dimension and depth. Ana is an illegal immigrant by fate and not by choice. She has been living in the US for twenty years and knows no other life but the one she has. The fear of deportation has always been at the forefront of her existence. The need to hide, to keep low and not form any attachments is her form of ...more
Katie Edmonds
Nov 04, 2013 Katie Edmonds rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This book does not appear to have a political agenda but does a great job of highlighting the conflict some immigrants face. It provides a perspective that few are privy to and provides the perfect conflict for an intense romance. The heroine is intentionally portrayed as a victim of circumstance and not someone who made a deliberate choice to break the law. No one should be naive enough to believe that there aren't people out there who fall in this category but it helps to avoid the debate asso ...more
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