Holyeeeeeeeeeeee sh*t! Firstly, I'm about to have a bookish FREAK OUT because of THIS :::points to cover below::: Yes. This is the BEST knews ever. I adored Maldeamores. It was a powerful story that evoked some MAJOR feels, and I'm over the moon that we are getting more! Oh, you heard that right. More Lucky is coming. Squeeeeeeeeeeee! Below is the blurb, cover, release date. Also, this is not a stand-alone. You have to read Maldeamores ( Bk 1 - Lovesick) before reading Malentendido (Misubderstood)! 

Title: Malentendido (Misunderstood)
Series: Bk #2 - Must read Maldeamores First
Author: Mara White
Release Date: December 15, 2016

Whatever force made Lucky, either God or the Universe, wrapped him so tightly around my heart that sometimes I’m suffocating. Biologically, we are made of too many similar parts, yet our chemistry is like a meteor shower, raining bright sparks of light into the dark night. But it’s not our biology or chemistry that worries me the most, it’s the physics of our love that goes against the cosmos.
Mara White  
Also, here is my review for the first book - Maldeamores. This story was so powerful. 
You should pick up a copy today! 
"We're both each others poison, but we're also each other's only antidote." 


I have so many things to say. 


First off, I was not planning on writing a review for this book. I told the person I received the ARC from that I've gotten away from writing reviews of late. I don't know... I feel as though people don't read them and yet I find myself needing to get my thoughts down about this novel. I feel myself needing to release the conflicted feelings that are eating at my soul. My heart is bleeding right now. It's aching. And in the midst of my pain there are so many emotions I can't get a handle on. 

I feel as if this book has changed me as a reader. As if it's taken a part of me and altered it. So I write this review for Belén and Lucky. I write it because I have fallen so deeply in love with these gentle souls. I have taken their pain as my own. I have soaked in their desperation, their undying need for one another, and I can't seem to let them go. 

This book owned me. 
It's stolen me. 
It's made me it's own. 
It's so very good, I feel possessed by it. 

Ahhhh! Anyway... here is my overall review...

The truth is, I accepted the ARC without reading the blurb. I was told that a friend of mine (who I trust wholeheartedly) had read the novel early and loved it. That was enough for me. I went ahead and started reading and when I was 5% in, I thought, "Hmmm... This is odd. Why are we reading about cousins?" <<---- Bahahahahahaha! Again, I hadn't read the blurb. I had no freaking idea. 

Anyway, I ended up talking to said friend one day and Maldeamores happen to come up in conversation. I mentioned that I had received an ARC and she was like, "OH MY GOD. THAT BOOK! That book is amazing. It's powerful and dark, forbidden, yet so well written and developed." Of course, I was glad to hear that but the more I thought about the "forbidden" part of her comment, the more it had me pausing. AND then out of nowhere it punched me like a fist to the jaw! 

This is a book about cousin's who fall in LOVE. 

My initial response to learning that was.. NO. NO. NO, I can't go there. Incest is a hard limit. It's not something I want to read about. I was ready to message the blogger and back out.

But then something happened... 

I took a day or two and sat on it. Over that time, I grew curious. A little blossom began to spread it's petals inside me and I decided to read. I decided to stop being closed minded and TAKE THE RISK.


I'll tell you right now, this book has CHANGED ME. It's awakened me. And it makes me sad to think that I would have turned Maldeamores away because the subject matter made me a little uncomfortable and in doing that I would have MISSED OUT on a story that was going to rock my world and shatter it open into a million shards of red glass! 


So as I sit here and write my review, I'm desperate to find words to describe what this author's done to me. I want to find a way to urge you to take the very same chance. I think as readers we have to stretch our boundaries and try new things, even if those things are out of our comfort zone. When we do that we grow as human beings, our brains, our emotions expand, and we are able to delve deeper into our preconceived notions of right and wrong. 

I'll say, I'm a ball of conflict right now. I swear if you were around me you could probably feel the waves of raw emotion I'm emitting. There's so much depth in this story. And I have to say, this author is brave. Maldeamores is not something everyone is going to pick up and most readers who are like me will read that blurb and think, "Ahh, maybe not." AND THAT KILLS ME. 

I implore you to take the chance. Just take the chance. You might surprise yourself. I know, I fell deeply in love with everything that makes up this novel. 

OMG. **wipes cheeks** 

This story is dark and raw, it's gritty and rough. It's filled with pain and angst, and a soul deep yearning you feel in your bones. I'm not sure what I was expecting once I realized the content covered "incest" but it wasn't like anything I read. 

This was deep, the kind of deep that literally penetrates you, spears you open, and makes you question yourself. 

I'm sitting here and still, I ask myself, "What the hell?" 
"How could I go for this?"
"How could I be so accepting?"

And yet, I want to scream, "Who cares?! You can't change who you love."

And you can't. 

Love is a choice but it's also not. Love is something that takes ahold of you and sometimes you can't control who you feel most connected to. I think as human beings, we need to be more accepting. We need to be more open. 

That said, I know it's wrong, but my heart doesn’t want to accept that.

These characters... they felt REAL. TANGIBLE. PALPABLE. I couldn't help but love them fiercely and root for them relentlessly. It was impossible not too.

As you begin to read, you fall in love as they fall in love. It's tentative at first, your heart expands and twists slowly as you follow them from childhood into adulthood. It's a journey and the connection between Luciano (Lucky) and Belén is kinetically powerful. It's as pure as it is wrong and I think that's what makes this book so fantastic--you truly want what they can't have. 

It's an honest to goodness forbidden romance. 
True to it's core.

And by God, did I wanted them together. From pretty early on in the book I was SOLD. It's something I can't wrap my head around. This topic was my HARD LIMIT. And yet as I was reading I felt the urge to go to war for these characters. The fact that their love was deemed wrong by society standards didn't seem to matter. It began to feel insignificant and that is a testament to this authors writing, that she could take something that would typically make me shudder in disgust and turn it into something that had me yearning is just WHOA. 

It's unreal. 
It's magic. 

I don't know what else to say...

GAH! I don’t want to get into the plot of this book. This review is more of a way for me to express the way I was moved. I can honestly say, I was stunned by how addicted I became and also how much I learned from the story itself. 

I learned that love is inexplicable. It's an emotion that cannot be tamed. And even if you desperately don't want to feel it, it happens. I learned that those feelings, as wrong as they might be, can still be pure and clean, even though they go against every moral fiber inside you. It's so f**cking powerful. 

I have no words. This story is something you need to read. It’s something you have to journey through to grasp. 

Mara White has blown my mind. She's taken me to a place I typically would not ever want to go, and more insane than that, she's made me want to go back there. 

I’m not done with these characters, even though the story is done. 
I want more and I think this is a book that I’ll always look back on and remember. It’s a book I will carry with me. 

"When the pen falls into our hands, we can't erase the past. All we're allowed is the chance to create a new ending." 

These characters are beautiful. 
This story is emotionally combustible. 
And this novel is sure to have you thinking and feeling. 

It’s more than a five star read. 
It’s unratable. 
And this is an author I will most definitely read again and again!! BRILLIANT.

GAH ---->>> "She is raw. Pure emotion. Savagely in love with me and willing to sacrifice whatever it takes." 

Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground. 


  1. I loved Maldeamores! I'm so excited to see a sequel - I'm desperate for them to have their happy ending - even if it is morally wrong! LOL <3