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346 pages, Paperback
First published April 9, 2019
Beatriz is one of the Perez daughters - known for their fame and fortune in their homeland, Cuba.
"I am nothing if not a scandal."
"They said you ruled like a queen in Havana."Beatriz becomes consumed with the near-impossible goal - to destroy Fidel Castro.
...you're too young, too pretty, too sheltered to understand the world around you...your worth only lies in you beauty and what they can barter for it."Beatriz manages to find contacts, ones who see eye-to-eye with her aspirations in the United States. She manages to become part of the CIA.
"If I don't succeed, then they kill me. I assure you, I'm aware of the stakes. I wouldn't volunteer for this if I wasn't."The Cold War hovers at the edge of the horizon, Castro's power grows ever stronger...
Irritatingly beautiful.A man who exceeds all her expectations, one who is everything she is not and one who represents everything she cannot have.
"Because I think of you. Constantly. Because I wonder what it would be like to kiss you. For you to be mine, even for a moment."One false move could cost everything - her country, her love, her life.
"It's dangerous, Beatriz."Wow. I am still reeling!
And suddenly, I cannot take it anymore, and I rise...The love story arced beautifully. Normally, I have issue when the love relies on passion and barely suppressed emotions, but Cleeton brings that about realistically.
In another life, we might have been magnificent together.I do think that the pacing was a bit slow at times, especially with some of the detours into the intricacies in the Perez sisters' lives...but the imagery does make up for that.
“Will you dance with me, Beatriz Perez, kisser-of-revolutionaries and thief-of-hearts?”
“Why does everyone assume I want marriage? That if I’m not someone’s wife, I’m not worth anything.”
“It’s not about marriage. You shouldn’t be anyone’s second choice. Don’t you want to be someone’s first choice?”
“I don’t want to be anyone’s choice. I want them to be mine.”
“You asked me about the future I envision. What does your future look like?”
❝Why does everyone assume I want marriage? That if I’m not someone’s wife, I’m not worth anything?❞
❝It’s not about marriage. You shouldn’t be anyone’s second choice. Don’t you want to be someone’s first choice?❞
❝I don’t want to be anyone’s choice. I want them to be mine.❞
❝It seems remarkably stupid to give my heart to a man who can never be mine.❞
❝I love you. I will never love anyone as much as I love you.❞