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Ramón and Julieta

(Love & Tacos #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,440 ratings  ·  423 reviews
When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them.

Ramón Montez always achieves his goals. Whether that means collecting Ivy League degrees or growing his father's fast-food empire, nothing sets Ramón off co
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2022 by Berkley Books
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I know they say if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

But I've been doing this review-every-book-I-read thing for too long to give up now, so...

This book has tacos in it. Tacos are good. Yum.

This concludes the nice section of this review.

I have said this before (but then, I have said most things before. It feels like I have lived a hundred lifetimes on this website), but the thing about straight romance is that it depends entirely on the author's ability to get us all
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodnesses! Oh dios mio! As a resident of Los Angeles, do I truly love Mexican traditions? Absolutely I do! Reading a love story and witnessing those creative, magical, inspirational traditions by a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with no tragic ending and more enemies to lovers vibes ticked all the boxes of my churning heart which is addicted to great romances!

I have to admit: after seeing the cover of the book and stayed transfixed for half and hour , I already judged the book from it’s AM

I cannot believe that in this, the Year of Our Lord And Savior Lil Nas X, somebody had the audacity to write/publish a romance where the main conflict is gentrification, as told from…the perspective of the gentrifying billionaire CEO of (fake) Taco Bell? But he’s really not an asshole, guys! Really!

Meet Ramón:

Ramón was grateful
Chloe Liese
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the review copy; all opinions are my own!

What a beautifully immersive story. RAMÓN AND JULIETA explored themes of identity, gentrification, heritage, community, & forgiveness, and love, in such an effortlessly readable way. With sharp, on-point parallels to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, RAMÓN AND JULIETA brought to life a truly high-stakes, emotional love story between two people from such disparate worlds whose hearts could not be more alike. Both hard-wor
Mar 24, 2022 rated it did not like it
This failed to deliver on every front and I believe more that Ramón in love in his cars than Julieta.
*.゜。: vy hates you !¡ .゜。*
”Romance was dead”

exactly. after this book, romance might as well be dead holy shit

literally what the fuck did i just read. my brain cant comprehend ummmm please send medical assistance

n e ways this book was just a random book i decided to pick up so i see no reason to do a proper review for it lol. also i have no time to put that much effort into a book that’s just so boring skjnfdkjsenf

no but can we just address something. WHY TF DID SO MUCH HAPPEN IN A SPAN OF LIKE 50 PAGES??
May 02, 2022 rated it liked it
I am always here for diverse retellings but I don't think this worked for me.

The food and cultural descriptions were excellent, however!

Content warning: slut shaming, racial slurs, past parental neglect, death of a parent (mentioned), sex scenes
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Jan 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ramon Montez is a career-focused businessman, currently running his father’s Taco King empire. His latest project brings him to the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, where he and his father plan to buy the block and build a new flagship restaurant. Celebrity chef Julieta Campos is struggling to keep her restaurant in Barrio Logan when she finds out her landlord is selling the building. Fearful for her business and her community, she is furious when she finds out the new owner plans to clos ...more
Feb 05, 2022 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Alana and I fell in love with her writing immediately. The way she incorporated so much culture, food, and love in the story made it really difficult to put this book down. I loved how Julieta and Ramon met on the Day of the Dead. After a night of romance and wooing, they go there separate ways.

Ramon is a huge deal in the food industry, his family owns a huge food chain, who is planning on taking over Julieta’s restaurant. Ramon’s father had stolen Julieta’s mom’s reci
Larry H
Feb 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
After reading this fun, steamy, romantic retelling of Romeo and Juliet (without the tragic part), I’ve decided that there should be a sub-genre of books called “Books Not to Be Read on an Empty Stomach.” I have read so many to put in that classification, and this book had my stomach growling late at night!!

Ramón Montez is the dutiful son of the scion of a fast-food empire. He’s always been willing to help his father, and the company has set its sights on a Taco King in Barrio Logan, the cent
Shay | Books Are Magic Too
I LOVED this book SO much, and am thrilled that it's just the first book in the Love & Tacos book series! The way Albertson wrote her culture and traditions into this romance was just what I hope for when reading a retelling, and this may be one of my favorites ever.

Cannot wait to share my full review closer to pub day, watch for the blog tour with Berkley! #BerkleyPartner
Feb 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, latinx
I’m ALL for books about my culture okay, but this is a total embarrassment for Latinx/e representation. I can’t believe this was published. Truly a disappointment and played so much into stereotypes that I honestly consider this harmful. 😐
Mar 08, 2022 rated it did not like it
Feeling very meh about this one. I won’t speak about representation in this one since it’s not my place but as a book and a romance, it was very underwhelming. Our main lead was nothing but an asshole. And not even a good one
Jun 17, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-releases
17.06.2021 how pretty is this cover oh my god.
Sep 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to this book. There were somethings I loved and others I didn’t. Disclaimer: I am not Mexican and all latinx experiences are different so while this book ultimately didn’t work for me, I think others might love.

What I loved: the latinx culture celebrated, specifically Mexican traditions and customs. San Diego history surrounding Mexican communities and Chicano activists. This book will make you hungry! And I love a book that has great food references. A few on page
Aug 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I could not put this book down. The characters, the story, the romance…and yes, the deeper issues that were woven throughout this story. Sometimes we don’t want to see past the surface to what’s really happening, and I’m so glad there are books like these that remind us of what’s important.
Jan 27, 2022 rated it liked it
CWs: some discussions of divorce, infidelity, and parental estrangement; references to parental death and grief; brief mention of ICE/deportation; and some explicit sexual content

Ramón and Julieta is a fun, enjoyable take on a classic. It's like Romeo & Juliet meets Gentefied. You get those star-crossed lovers vibes but with a healthy dash of Mexican-American culture, history, and food. The story also attempts to address the all-too-real issue of gentrification and how historic communities a
Mar 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Thank you first to Duolingo for providing me with basic Spanish knowledge, I would've had to google translate my way through some important parts of this book if not for you🦉.

Set in San Diego 'Ramón and Julieta' is about a billionaire (Ramón) and a chef (Julieta). Throughout the book, there is also a major focus on cultural identity, food😏, ethics, gentrification and family. Ok so basically, Ramón and his father own a chain of restaurants called Taco King, but the problem is the restaurant is
Erin Sokol
Feb 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This book 🤩 I loved it. This book is full of lessons community, culture, traditions, food, finding yourself, doing right by others, & lasting legacy. At less than 300 pages, it truly flies by.

I loved the main characters and felt like the author really nailed the blurred lines between enemies and lovers. I simply couldn’t get enough of the romance & also all the other side characters that added so much dimension to the plot.

My only fault is the use of “instant love” trope… I always feel like it
Nov 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First things first, this book was absolutely amazing! I needed a good romance to read after reading so many Thrillers in honor of Halloween, and this satisfied my needs, lol.

I didn't know how much I would enjoy this because I didn't care for the original Romeo and Juliet play, but Ramon and Julieta exceeded my expectations! I sincerely appreciate Latinx culture, and Albertson did a phenomenal job of genuinely capturing it. I think the traditions, the foods (the description of the tacos and vario
Feb 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
A family feud over a stolen fish taco recipe. This is a sweet retelling of Romeo and Juliet with no tragic ending.

Julieta is a talented chef and owns an authentic Mexican restaurant with her mother Linda. Ramón and his father are successful restaurateurs who own a fast-food Taco King empire and are now Julieta’s and Linda’s new landlord. Julieta and Ramón have no idea about their parents' past. They soon both learn that the famous fish taco recipe Ramón’s father used to build his empire is the o
Feb 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Ramon and Julieta
By Alana Quintana Albertson

Who doesn't love Tacos - I am here for it! This book was yummy and hot! AYAYAY Delicioso!

I am from Los Angeles and surrounded by King Taco restaurants, my favorite spot. So reading about Ramon and the Montez family empire of Taco King made this a really fun read for me. I enjoyed the retelling of Romeo and Juliet enveloped in the beautiful sights, sounds, and tastes of the Mexican Tradition. I was completely lost in this story and hungry for Tacos co
4.3 starts

Awwww. I enjoyed this romance VERY MUCH!

If you enjoy reading about Latin American culture and star-crossed lovers stories like "Like Water for Chocolate" and "The House of the Spirits" you would enjoy this "Romeo and Juliet" retelling!

I’m not a romance reader but when looking for diverse reads I’ve been fortunate to stumble upon love stories with relevant themes and engaging story arcs like "Ramon and Julieta" with steamy insta-attraction, but no insta-love, since these star-crossed lo
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Feb 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I was charmed and delighted by Ramón and Julieta by new to me author Alana Quintana Albertson. Growing up in San Antonio, Texas I was lucky to have many Hispanic/Latinx friends and was invited to and attended many celebrations giving me the opportunity to learn and understand about the culture. As I read Ramón and Julieta, I was transported back to my youth and loved being immersed in all of it once again. What I loved about this book is it brought forth so many situations I hadn’t thou
Feb 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
Must star-crossed lovers always end up hopelessly trapped in a tragedy of their own making? It was the case for Romeo and Juliet but their romance remains an eternal flame burning through the history of literature. This modern, Latin flavored retelling features two young Mexican American professionals in the culinary business who have a chance meeting that could reset the grudge their families have had for decades. From the start, Ramon and Julieta's chemistry is off the charts but as they learn ...more
Jan 04, 2022 rated it it was ok
mhmm maybe more like a 2.5?
Feb 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The mix of Mexican American culture is amazing! Love the little bits of Chicano history. The love scenes are short which I like because it makes the book more about the mixing of cultures.
Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
4.5 Stars

I finished this in basically one setting. Loved this!

Ramon and Julietta is everything my heart wanted when Jane the Virgin went off air! It stands on its own, but had me feeling all of the feels that the class warfare and gentrification and true love and almost magical feeling of love with conquer all that Jane the Virgin gave us.

Told as a loose spin of Romeo and Juliet, our lovers meet at the Day of the Dead event in Barrio Logan in San Diego. Ramon’s family are the wealthy Mexican Am
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Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author, current President of Romance Writers of America's Contemporary Romance Chapter and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Al ...more

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“Besides, didn't you read Romeo and Juliet? 'For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.'"
Her lips widened into a coquettish smile. "It's hopeless. We can never work out. We're star-crossed lovers."
He laughed and grinned. He liked her sass. He walked to her side and cautiously brushed a lock of hair off her delicate shoulders. "Let's do a rewrite.”
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