Ramón and Julieta
Love & Tacos series
by Alana Quintana Albertson
Perfect for fans of telenovela inspired rom-coms like Jane the Virgin, and readers of contemporary romances by Kevin Kwan, Emily Henry and Alexis Daria, RAMÓN AND JULIETA (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; $16; February 1st, 2022) by seasoned romance novelist Alana Quintana Albertson is a delicious and joyful Romeo and Juliet retelling (with a happier conclusion…). Book 1 in the new Love & Tacos series celebrates the Latinx culture, specifically Mexican American traditions and customs, as well as the local San Diego history surrounding these communities and activist history. Think Latinx Crazy Rich Asians meets You’ve Got Mail.
About the Book: Set against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead, high achieving student Ramón Montez and celebrity chef Julieta Campos are star-crossed lovers who discover that their parents are bitter food industry rivals. Ramón’s father is the head of the successful Taco King chain, eagerly buying up smaller taquerias to expand his empire. Now he has set his sights on the culturally rich, family-owned sea-to-table taqueria that Julieta has worked so hard to save, a restaurant inspired by her mother’s own secret taco recipe that was stolen decades ago.
While the book is a celebration of love, food, and Latinx joy and culture at its heart, Albertson also touches on more complex contemporary issues, such as class, family expectations, and the harmful impacts of gentrification that she has seen first-hand in her community.
“Ramón and Julieta is a passionate and joyful romance about honoring family legacies, celebrating your heritage, the importance of community, and the power of love. A beautiful novel!” —Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author.
“Albertson’s emphasis on Mexican cuisine puts a refreshing twist on the Shakespearean tragedy…their chemistry is palpable. Romance fans will be pleased—but are advised not to read this one on an empty stomach.” —Publishers Weekly
Alana Quintana Albertson has written thirty romance novels, rescued five-hundred death-row shelter dogs, and danced one thousand rumbas. A graduate of Stanford (B.A.) and Harvard (M.Ed.), she lives with her husband in sunny San Diego with her two sons and too many pets. Most days, she can be found writing her next heart book in a beachfront café while sipping an oat-milk Mexican mocha or gardening with her children in their backyard orchard and snacking on a juicy blood orange.