Cigar Barons

By: Isabella
Narrated by: Leslie McDonel
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Legends aren’t built overnight. In fact, they take decades of hard work, long days, and selfless sacrifice - if one is lucky. Huerta Cigars is a result of the combined passion of patriarch Alejandro Huerta, who emigrated from pre-Castro Cuba to Nicaragua, and his sons Roberto and Manuel. Their unwavering dedication to their dream of producing the best cigars made for a success. Upon Roberto’s passing, he left the cigar empire to his only daughter, Sofia, who took over the family business.

Sofia Huerta is Don Roberto’s daughter, and she is making a name for herself with her own line of fine, boutique cigars. One late night phone call will change Sofia’s life forever. Rushing to Nicaragua from San Francisco, her only hope is that it isn’t too late to save her father.

Roberto Huerta, Jr., might be a Huerta in name, but his womanizing, drinking, and carefree lifestyle have kept him at arm’s length from his father. RJ think’s his father’s freak accident will leave him as the rightful heir of the family empire. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

A turn of events will pit brother against sister as they fight for control of the Huerta empire. Sometimes secrets and lies aren’t the only thing living in the closet, and there is only one Huerta that can continue the family legacy of excellence in this romantic mystery with a twist.

In Cigar Barons, blood isn’t thicker than water - it’s war.

©2019 Christine Svendsen (P)2019 Sapphire Books Publishing

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Very enjoyable

This is a story about family, love and
lies. I got hooked on the story from the beginning and became quite invested in the characters and the outcome. I enjoyed the narration but there where moments of some weird stuff happening (I.e, repeated words ) but it didn’t take away from the story.

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  • 12-06-19

I need more!

This book was so good. It just ended too soon. I really needed an epilogue or honestly, I’d prefer a follow up. The natation was good, not great.

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Isabella has earned a new fan.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was my first of Isabella’s, but will not be my last. This book makes me want to move to Nicaragua, meet a nice lady, and start hand rolling my own cigars. Maybe I’ll start by visiting a “lounge” first. The narrator was a perfect match and she did a great job bringing the characters to life.

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Baron are done

A madman trying to out do a woman with a cigar drive. When a cigar loving woman falls for a layer with a great brother and a horrible father. There no stopping them in the persuit of love.

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  • Jude
  • 12-10-19

Interesting story

Cigars are everything to the Huerta family. Alejandro emigrated from Cuba to Nicaragua, passing his passion on to his sons, Roberto and Manuel. With Roberto’s unexpected death, his daughter Sofia, who has dedicated her whole life to cigars too, inherits the family business, much to her brother’s chagrin. Roberto Junior, aka RJ, will try everything to gain control of the Huerta cigar empire, including blackmailing an American lawyer (and his daughter) into challenging his father’s will.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would, in great part because the narration is so uneven. Some moments were great, others were really flat. The other reason is that the story took way too long to start. About a quarter of the book is about setting the scene. I get why it was necessary, but it was still too long for me, especially in a story where men take so much space, which I’m not used to in lesfic.

However, once it really began, I liked it a lot. I’ve learnt a lot more about cigars than I thought I’d be interested in but it was never boring, even though I’m not a smoker. I also enjoyed the way the relationship between Sofia and Laura developed. They’re both strong but kind women, both ready to fight for what they believe is right and for their love. I also wish the ending had been a little less rushed. Especially since the beginning was so slow, I felt the readers deserved a little more time with these two women.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review