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Full Moon Over Freedom

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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Full Moon Over Freedom is the second book in the Milagro Street series following a Mexican-American family trying to breathe life back into a Kansas city street, home to many hard working class immigrants. This time we're following Gillian Armstead-Bancroft, one of the Torres sisters who is returning to Freedom Kansas with her two children and in the middle of an ugly divorce/custody battle. To friends and family, Gillian has always been a do-gooder who did everything "right" and more than ever, wants to be good at being bad. Running into her childhood bestfriend Nicky Mendoza poses an opportunity to let go and go with the flow. Nicky was the one she entrusted to help her lose her virginity the summer before leaving for college, he represents home and safety. For Nicky, the return of the girl he loves comes with a ton of mixed emotions including abandonment. Nevertheless, they throw caution to the wind and ignite what they've never been able to forget. 

What I didn't love? I struggled warming up to Gillian, but that may just be my preference for lead characters who go against the grain and are a bit more bold in life choices. Gillian is trying to find her footing after having her idea of success and happiness completely changed and her life turned upside down. We get a healthy dose both Gillian and Nicky independently however, their romance in present time felt a bit unbalanced. As in, Nicky was definitely pouring into Gillian's cup but she was wrapped up in a lot of unresolved issues. The friends to lovers trope set the foundation for this connection but its also what carried this story arc. 

What I loved? returning to Freedom Kansas, seeing familiar faces, and the progress being made to open business in this long forgotten street. There's discussion of opportunities and business plans being drawn up to help women of color gain financial independence through ownership. We also see our MC's dig through historical documents that paint a better picture of how women of color contributed to this street in decades past. One a more personal level, Gillian is navigating being a new single mom to her kids. One of which has autism; Gillian's very real concerns and fears of being in a toxic co-parenting situation and how it affects her child. There are heavy themes explored such as drug addiction, emotional abuse, and death of a loved one. This series also has a touch of magical realism, we come across La Llorona who is a ghost from Mexican Folklore as well as a wolf entity that follow our main characters down their paths independently. I love when my romance books are meaty and complex like the Milagro Street books are, my interest in reading about the youngest Torres sister next is definitely piqued!

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a great book. i love angelina's heroines, these are some strong powerful women and I love everything about these books. great characters. i wrote about this book for Kirkus in Feb 2024.

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It's #2 in a series and it's rated high on Goodreads, but I didn't like the bruja stuff or all the characters thrown at me in the first few chapters that were introduced in the first book.

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I've said it once and I'll say it again: Angelina Lopez is one of the brightest stars of the romance genre. She writes books that are so sexy, feminist, and intelligent, with gorgeous diversity and thorny issues to chew on. She continues to be one of my favorite writers in the genre!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I posted a review on Goodreads months ago, and weirdly, it disappeared from my reviews section, so I'm doing a new one.

This story centers around Gillian, who comes back to her hometown in the midst of an ugly divorce. But once there, she encounters a person from her past. Nicky Mendoza, her long-time crush, with whom she had an amorous relationship with.

I enjoyed the story and was happy to come back to the Milagro Street series. My favorite part of the book wasn't necessarily the romance, but Gillian's family. It was great following Gillian's path to finding her own happiness and breaking away from a bad marriage. It's definitely worth a read, especially if you're the type of reader who enjoys a bit of magical realism in your stories.

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Full Moon over Freedom is the fantastic second entry in Angelina M. Lopez’s Milagro Street series. Lopez is excellent at world-building, creating a fully realized small-town setting with dynamic, memorable characters and environments. The heroine, Gillian, was introduced in the first book but comes fully to life and realistic complexity here. The second-chance romance with artist Nicky Mendoza is also compelling and well-drawn. I look forward to the next entry in this series!

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I read Full Moon Over Freedom by Angelina M. Lopez in October and just like the first Milagro Street book you can expect a haunting, a fierce Latina FMC, a MMC who will do anything for her and complicated family dynamics.

Eldest daughter Gillian Armstead-Bancroft was the perfect D.C. housewife but a messy divorce and a return to her hometown have humbled her pride. Plus she can’t get rid of a curse that’s plaguing her. Then she almost runs over her former flame Nicky Mendoza, a reminder of the ambitious person she used to be, and the man who gave her sex lessons in high school. They’re both planning to leave Freedom once the summer is over, so a rekindled romance with an end date won’t reopen any wounds, right?

As the oldest daughter, I identified with Gillian’s reluctance to ask for help and not wanting to seem weak for needing it. Her burden, especially in a Mexican-American family of three sisters is heavy, and while I kept yelling at her to just talk to someone about what was going on, I understood it was necessary for her character growth. For Nicky’s part, he’s also carrying the burden of guilt surrounding his brother’s death. Nicky and Gillian have a lot of unsaid feelings to work through, and some groveling on Gillian’s part (which I loved!) before they can get out of their own way and be together. What makes a good second-chance romance for me is the pining. Nicky’s yearning for Gillian and the devastation he felt when she left their hometown was so good! I don’t want characters to be miserable but I do like when they suffer just a little bit before that HEA.

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I received this as a ARC & it got lost on my TBR🫣

This is the second book in this series about the oldest sister Gillian. Second chance romance with her childhood sweetheart Nicky. She returns home while going through a nasty divorce from her rich white husband. I have to be honest, I wanted to love this like I did the first book but sadly I didn’t.

Gillian got on my nerves so bad like girl how could you be so dumb and sign a prenup like that. Her & Nicky’s lack of communication was crazy.

A few spicy scenes but I would not call this Steamy like I’ve seen other reviews say. Overall this was a quick read with a ok ending.

Thank you NetGalley

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had i read the first one, maybe i would've liked this one a little more. sometimes standalones don't feel so standalone because i still feel like i'm missing some information about what's important to their family/community.

i'll say, i was so very intrigued with the idea of a newly divorced single mom reuniting with her first lover but it fell flat for me. with their lies of omission and pacing, it was hard for me to get into. i wanted to love this so much more!

i was also really annoyed with gillian's choices that seemed to be in vain instead of leaning on her family. it just seemed like it couldve been so easy!

smut was great but "mommy" was a choice for me ....

thank you to the publisher for sending an arc in return for an honest review.

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Charming, sexy, friends to lovers/ second chance romance that draws you in, envelopes you, and enchants on every level. Phew! Book hangover alert.

Second book in the Milagro Street series that can definitely be read as a standalone.

A big thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book ahead of publication date.

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3.5 Stars. I am absolutely obsessed with this cover and the book lived up to the steaminess of the cover. I liked Milagro Street a bit more than this one, but I still enjoyed it. Gillian was a difficult character for me to warm up to, but once I had her figured out I liked her a lot more.

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Book two in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. With that being said this series is so fun and this was a great addition! I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the series to continue.
Thank you #harlequin and #NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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One thing Lopez does well is writes a complicated and independent FMC. Is Gilliian always likeable that's up for debate. I think returning home to pick up the pieces brings up a lot of unresolved issues which weighed down the plot a bit. And I typically like a second chance romances but something was off for me.

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Hello Fellow Readers,

Hot and spicy romance featuring Latino Main Characters? Sign me up! The only regret I have is that I did not read the first book in the series After Hours on Milagro Street as I am totally missing out. So let us talk about how Gillian gets her witchiness back. A divorcee with two children and an ex-husband who is refusing to help unless she signs over her family's business, you can say that Gillian is cursed. Now back in her hometown, she runs into Nicky, the one who got away. Of course, now he's (still) hot, engaged, and successful. I could have done without him being engaged as I felt it was unnecessary, still Gillian and Nicky's chemistry was hot, and when the spice hit I rejoiced, it was steamy.

Two things I really love was how Lopez was about the realistically make Gillian's growth look. At first, I didn't know if I was going to like Gillian, as she did seem a bit dull but eventually you learn to love her. The second thing was how well Lopez captured the Latino community and how they banded together. People tend to write our community as loud and noisy but they don't convey how helpful and protectful we are to those we love. The side characters were all amazing, and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store.

Overall, A romance must-read.

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This was another of those books where I was drawn in by the beautiful cover. Gillian was a wonderful protagonist. However, the fact that I didn’t realize this was a second in the series and that second chance romances aren’t at the top of my read lists really brought my enjoyment down. This was a me problem. The book itself was well written!

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I absolutely adored this book. It was amazing and I wish I could go back and read it again for the first time.

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This has one of the most beautiful covers 😍
Full disclosure I have not read the first book in the series as I received this one for review and maybe that affected my rating and or liking of this book because I wasn't as familiar with the characters as maybe I was supposed to be.

I did like the family themes and I liked that our mc was older with children of her own.

I wasn't too big on the romance. Idk just something felt off to me, maybe the fact that Nick starts off the romance with a damn lie. From there, I felt no chemistry between them.

It was a solid book for the family and the town vibes.
I am Latina (Mexican/spaniard) and I wanted maybe a bit more talk of the culture but that's a personal preference.

Thanks to the publisher for the copy!

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This is an incredibly magical read! I didn't know what to expect, since it's kind of different from the first book. I liked the second chance romance. I liked the communication between the main characters, I loved the heroine. She's super relatable. I loved how obsessed the hero's with her. I just really liked this book. It flowed so much better than the first one.

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There were so many things I didn't like about this book. Spoilers, obviously.

If a man ever made me think he was with someone and that we cheated together, I would hate him. If I did something with him knowing he was taken, I would hate myself. Just that whole situation was gross.

The way the mmc thinks about her (possessive af) rubbed me the wrong way.

The way Gillian treats her family is HORRENDOUS. Like... you moved home to take advantage of your parents' hospitality, the town gives you a job, and you're still ungrateful. The way Gillian treats Alex is awful and the fact that she even CONSIDERS selling her shares of the bar to her lying cheating ex-husband is one of the most reprehensible things. Like... Alex put so much into turning the bar around and you're going to put her dream and livelihood in jeopardy just so you don't have to tell your family you're broke? Actually awful. This book acts like the sisters are so close but also so distant from one another. I don't get it.

Book 1 was infinitely better.

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