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His Perfect Partner

(Matched to Perfection #1)

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Ad executive Tomas Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter's alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he's certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Zebra Shout
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I was going to go into some detail, tearing into the exchange on page 15 (of the paperback), about why this was off-putting enough for me to abandon it. But I felt bad about it even before I'd written it. I've come to recognize that as a sign that I'm probably just being egotistical and not helping anybody. Suffice it to say that I bounced off of the writing and that I felt like the internal commentary of the characters contradicted the content of the scene, events, or dialogue. It was enough di ...more
Taryn (Taryn and Her Books)
May 20, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 60%

I really like Yaz & Tomás, but I’m just not feeling this book rn :(( I’ve been reading it for over a week and I have 0 motivation to pick I up. Gonna try some other stuff & maybe I’ll get back to this at another time
Amanda
I picked up this book after a couple of people recommended it to me as a romance featuring a single dad. I did not expect what turned out to be an emotional roller coaster.

When this book first started, I didn't think I'd like it at all. I was almost ready to give up after the first chapter because of some major instalust. While I could understand the instant attraction between Tomás and Yazmine, I couldn't understand Tomás already thinking about what it would be like to come home and see her the
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Kelly
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sweet romance hit me in the feels. Thomas was the type of hero every woman could fall for. Strong. Caring. Sexy. Yazmine's family struggles tugged at my heartstrings. This was a gorgeous debut. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This was a totally satisfying contemporary romance. Perfectly paced, hit every beat exactly right. It was a joy to read, start to finish. The main characters have wonderful chemistry, and the conflict was very well drawn and had my holding my breath at certain points. This is one of the best romances I've read in 2017, and its going on my list of comfort rereads.

His Perfect Partner has a couple tropes that I
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P.e. lolo
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The author of this book stated in the beginning that this is her first book. I must say she did a wonderful job. A story full of joy, sadness, the yearning for love, and for me the love of a father for his daughter or daughters. Yaz, or Yazmine Fernandez is the oldest of three daughters. She has been home teaching dance in the same studio that she grew up dancing now for two years. Two years ago her father was diagnosed with cancer and it coincided with her plight in New York and she came home. ...more
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Flat characterization is a hard no for me and unfortunately this book is full of it, plus the telling instead of showing thing that also grates on my nerves. And I'm trying to get better at bailing on books that I'm not really enjoying so look at me bailing away!
Jess
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was very sweet! I did occasionally want to knock heads together, but I got why the hero and heroine were resisting forming an actual relationship. Maria was an adorable plot moppet.

I am really looking forward to the other books in the series.

(No sex in this one, in case that either turns people onto the book or off it. I know it matters to some.)
Renae
Priscilla Oliveras' His Perfect Partner was like a fresh-from-the-oven cookie. Warm, sweet, tasty, comforting and completely satisfying. This book hits all the right spots. For anyone looking for a charming (sex-free!) romance featuring two strong, complete individuals who do their best to respect their families and Latinx heritage, this is where you need to go. I really, really needed this—like a good chocolate chip cookie.

The story opens with Tomás walking in late to his daughter's dance class
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Janet Robel
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute romance! This is a debut novel with warm and lovely characters.
Maria Rose
His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras is the author’s debut romance and the first story in her sweet romance series Matched to Perfection, about a group of Latina sisters who find love in unexpected places.

Yazmine Fernandez is a dance teacher at a local center, but used to live in New York and spent time on Broadway. She’s back home in Chicago with her sisters because her father is dying of cancer. She believes that she should be pursuing a dance career because it’s what everyone expects but
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Lynn Spencer
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The description of His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras intrigued me when the book showed up at AAR’s Steals and Deals. I snatched it up, and ended up discovering a new author to enjoy. This novel is something of an emotional roller coaster, and I couldn’t help rooting for Yazmine and Tomas.

Yazmine Fernandez comes from a close-knit Puerto Rican family in the Chicago suburbs, and has moved temporarily to New York to be near her sick father. She has been teaching classes at a local studio and
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Cardyn Brooks
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Diane K. Peterson
4.5 stars. This was a really delightful, sweet story about two people locked into plans for their future -- plans that will not work with the attraction they feel. The characters were so likable that this book would appeal to any romance reader. The hero's young daughter was a little too perfectly adorable, but that is to be expected in a book like this. I "read" the book as an audiobook and the narration was excellent. It was a pleasure to enjoy the story.
nick
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

I read this series out of order - His Perfect Partner was the second book I read and to this date, I think this is my favorite of the series. Don't get me wrong, all of the books are just the most charming, but the couple in His Perfect Partner just about melted me with their cuteness.

Priscilla Oliveras writes such lovely and beautifully fleshed-out characters. You can tell that she takes her time with her characterizations because the feelings and emotions of the characters touch you from the b
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Peggy Clayton
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I was so happy that I won it and started it as soon as it arrived as I loved the cover. This story I was hooked on as I had not been reading long and then realized I was done reading the book. It has sass,maybe yes maybe no and so much more. This is another author who I will be reading more of as she hit a ball out to the outfield with this book.
 Reading In Pajamas
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review: HIS PERFECT PARTNER (Matched to Perfection) by Priscilla Oliveras http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-9Zj
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 3.5 Stars

This was a lovely debut novel with a Latin flair. Yaz and Tomás’s romance was a sweet and endearing slice of life, where each of them grappled with real issues and desires that we can all relate to. Tomás’s little girl added a fun tenderness to the story, as did Yazmine’s family. A nic
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Sam (AMNReader)
Nov 15, 2017 marked it as life-is-too-short
I think this was shaping up to be a nice romance/story, but it just wasn't working for me. Reminded me of Susan mallery or someone like that in style... Something just wasn't clicking.
Lisa
3.75 stars

For a debut novel, this is pretty much A+. I love Yazmine and her family; I love her relationship with her father and two sisters, I love how tight they are with each other. It took a while for me to warm up to Tomas, but his kid Maria is so adorable I want to adopt her.

The pacing of the novel is slow but I didn't mind it much because we get to see more buildup in the relationships between Tomas and Yazmine's family, and Yazmine and Maria, and Tomas and Yazmine themselves. I love that
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Erica
May 31, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
"Mexican polka"? Really?!

Okay, so, to be fair, I DNF'd this within the first chapter. The writing style was overly flowery and descriptive, to the point of being distracting. I'm also not fond of authors randomly dropping Spanish words into the mix unless it feels natural for a bilingual person to say. Code-switching is definitely a thing, and I do it regularly with other bilingual people, but rarely do we make sure to pick the specific words that would allow a non-Spanish speaker to still follo
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Jeanne Estridge
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The romance and conflict were really well done in this book (it was a RITA finalist for Best First Book of 2017) but my absolute favorite thing about it was the way the hero's young daughter was portrayed. She was supposed to be, I think, five and she acted like she was five. That may not sound like a big deal, but it drives me crazy when authors stick a kid into the story and say that they're five or ten or whatever, but then have them act years older than that. I can never figure out if they d ...more
Michelle Athy
Overall, I liked this book. It's not the best contemporary romance I've read, but it was sweet, cute, and for a romance novel, fairly realistic, which I liked. (There were, of course, a lot of coincidences and contrivances, but that's to be expected in this genre). Yazmine Fernandez is the oldest of three sisters of Puerto Rican descent. She's a dancer, she's been working her way as a dancer in New York City, but has returned home to Illinois after a horrible breakup to care for her ill father. ...more
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Puerto Rican heroine + Mexican-American hero in a hate to love romance? Sign me up!

So, I really enjoyed this story and read it all in one sitting. I think what brought me down a bit was that I felt the drama between the two MCs felt too drawn out? I felt like they kept falling into the same issues which could've been resolved with a nice conversation or two. Also, Tomás took me a while to like, which I will definitely flesh out more in my review.

Really loved all the family aspects and teared up
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Mary Ann Marlowe
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet romance between a dance instructor and the dad of one of the children in the dance class. The couple has an obvious attraction from the start, but their goals are mutually exclusive--or so it would appear. As they get to know each other, they discover they want more of the same things than they first thought and as hard as they try, they can't seem to quite forget the other. It's a slow build with some realistic obstacles to overcome. There are nice Latin American details woven throughout, ...more
Kari Lemor
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
His Perfect Partner is a great little book to read if you want a family romance and sweet love. The author did a nice job with the characters and the romance relationship was slow and sweet. I'm totally okay with this as it's more believable at times. There were some beautiful family moments with father and daughter and then some sadness too. But it all worked into a story I would recommend to anyone. Thank you to Net Galley for a copy of this book.
Jemi Fraser
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good!!
Yaz and Tomas are fabulous characters - and their families are wonderful as well.
There were so many feels throughout the book. Looking forward to more by this author!
The_Book_Queen
I'm still trying to figure out my thoughts on this one. I liked the writing. I liked the general story. Yet I was also more than a bit, well, bored by it. Something was missing, something that kept me from being fully engaged with the story.


Will I read the next in the series? Sure. I'm not writing Oliveras off yet, not by a long shot! :)


Trigger warning: Cancer/loss of a parent.



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I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which will go up on TBQ's Book Palace
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Stephanie
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for dance movies and dance stories. This romance has all the feels plus a heavily focused family drama, and I believe the sibling of the heroine are getting their own books in the series. A great debut!
Cande
4.5

🌹Yas is Puerto Rican
🌹Tomás is Mexican-Ame

She is his daughter's dance teacher. He is focused on his career and making his chiquita happy. So, he ends up signing up for a Christmas recital. Oh no, maybe he didn't think this through? But hey, the beautiful dance teacher is here to help. Oh no, she's really beautiful and lovely and just the perfect partner. Can they be together when their goals and lives are so different?

Single dad looking for a family +dancer looking to be a star. but oh, both o
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Nicole
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believable characters, though the interior thoughts were sometimes a little... loud. Particularly when they were trying to incorporate the characters' biligualism. Overall, though, the bilingual feel was well done. The family scenario made this more real than most Romance novels--normally I don't go for the contemporary ones, because they take place in a completely different world and not one that appeals to me. This one has corporate/high-pressure pursuits, but the whole point is that it is nec ...more
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PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latino flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latino-American culture with her readers. Priscilla earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and teaches an on-line continuing education course titled “Roma ...more

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