Lo Que La Vida Me Robó – El Fin (The End)

As a contemporary romance author, I love happy endings. For the most part, Lo Que La Vida Me Robó delivered on the happy endings.

In my last post, Saying Goodbye to Lo Que La Vida Me Robó, I predicted that Adolfo would be the next to die. I was right. Adolfo went out in rather dramatic fashion. Everyone found out that he was El Alacran on his wedding day. Dimitrio went to arrest him and Adolfo tried to escape with Pedro on a helicopter. However, Pedro, who was a scum bag until the very end, kicked Adolfo off the helicopter, forcing him to take on Dimitrio. Adolfo makes it clear that he’s not going to prison. They fight and Adolfo raises his gun to Dimitrio who tells him to put it down. Instead, Adolfo puts his hand behind his back and pulls out the magazine. He then quickly pulls the gun out from behind his back and Dimitrio shoots him twice in front of Josefina who is dressed in her wedding dress. That brought an end to that complicated love triangle.

The Alejandro-Montserrat-José Luis love triangle had a similar fate. José Luis and Alejandro go to save their children from Pedro who had kidnapped them. Alejandro tells Pedro that he’s held a grudge for no reason because he wasn’t the one driving the car in the accident that caused Pedro to be castrated. It was Alejandro’s father, Benjamin Almonte. Pedro doesn’t care and decides to have Alejandro pay for his father’s sins. He shoots Alejandro and it appears that he’s dead.

Pedro then shows José Luis two cages and tells him that he can either save Laurito or Romina. Pedro leaves José Luis who uncovers the cage with Romina. He sees a bomb on her cage and dismantles it. He goes to Laurito’s cage and can’t dismantle the bomb. José Luis pulls the bomb off the cage and throws it over a wall, but he’s too close and is knocked out.

Dimitrio shows up and arrests Pedro who is later beaten up in prison. Yay!!! Dimitrio’s men check Alejandro and José Luis and Dimitrio’s told only one man is breathing. Unlike the Gran Final, I’m going to let the secret out of the bag and tell you José Luis died. Some might say he was meant to die so that Alejandro and Montserrat could be together. I say he could have had a happy ending here on Earth.

When José Luis died, the writers made it appear he was happy because he was reunited with Refugio and Angelica. While it’s true Angelica was the one who truly loved him, the last several weeks showed that he still wanted Montserrat. I’m not completely sold on the idea that José Luis would find happiness in Heaven with Angelica. I guess that was the writers’ version of a happy ending for José Luis.

Montserrat says goodbye to José Luis at the funeral and, in what is supposed to be a surprise, Alejandro joins her at the back of the church. Where he was for the entire episode, who knows?

I wish I could say that having Montserrat and Alejandro together was the best part of the Gran Final. But the best moment goes to Josefina and Dimitrio. Josefina goes to the inner courtyard of the church and runs into Dimitrio who had just said goodbye to Monica. Josefina tells Dimitrio how important Adolfo was to her, but it has always been Dimitrio who has been in her heart and she hopes that they can at least be friends. Dimitrio tells her the same about Monica and then leaves Josefina so she can have a moment with Adolfo. She says her goodbye to Adolfo and, when she turns to leave, Dimitrio is there. He smiles and says, “Here we go again.” They kiss and get their happy ending, which is just as it should have been.

What was your favorite part of the Gran Final?

Saying Goodbye to Lo Que La Vida Me Robó

We are down to the last few episodes of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó and it has become a Shakespearean tragedy over the last few weeks. El Alacran has killed Admiral Robledo, Refugio, and Monica. Maria (with Pedro’s help) and Fabiola killed themselves, while Alejandro killed Ezequiel to save José Luis. Who will be next? My guess is Adolfo because everyone now knows he’s El Alacran and he’s made it clear that he’s not going to prison. If he goes, that means Dimitrio and Josefina could still get their happy ending because everyone knows that they belong together.

Will Alejandro and Montserrat get their happy ending? Yes and, after everything they have been through, they deserve one. Alejandro had to live through months of Montserrat screaming that she hated him because Graciela forced Montserrat to marry him. When Montserrat finally figures out that she loves Alejandro, he kicks her out of the house once he discovers that Antonio is really José Luis. They spend months apart and, because of his stubbornness, Alejandro misses out on the birth of his son, Laurito.

Alejandro and Montserrat finally get back together only for Alejandro to then be arrested for drug trafficking. He’s proven innocent and they are together again for a short time before more tragedy strikes. Fabiola and Sandro scheme with Pedro to take Alejandro’s inheritance and Pedro then goes after Alejandro and his family to kill them. Alejandro takes off with Nadia and Victor in a plane and that plane crashes.

For seven years, Montserrat believes Alejandro is dead, but all that time he’s been in a coma. José Luis finds out that Alejandro is alive and tricks Montserrat into marrying him, instead of telling her the truth. At this point, José Luis has gone nuts and will do anything to keep Montserrat and Alejandro apart. Once it becomes apparent that nothing will keep Alejandro from Montserrat, José Luis frees Montserrat only to later kidnap their daughter, Romina. José Luis only comes back to his senses when he finds out Refugio died and Romina gets sick and almost dies. He tells Montserrat that he won’t keep her away from her daughter anymore.

What more could happen to Alejandro and Montserrat before the end? They have been through a lot, but I’m sure the writers have more coming because Pedro is still out there wreaking havoc.

What do you think will happen during the finale?



Lo Que La Vida Me Robó: José Luis From Hero to Psycho

I used to think of José Luis as one of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó’s heroes. After all, he was so sweet with Angelica. He married her and gave her a few months of happiness before she died. Though he loved Montserrat, he did whatever he could to help Alejandro because he wanted Montserrat to be happy. He even spent seven years in prison when he took the blame for burning all of the money Alejandro got from a drug trafficker.

Fast forward seven years and he is a different person. What happened to the José Luis who sacrificed his happiness for that of others? Seven years of prison hardened him. He tricked Montserrat into marrying him. He knew there was a chance that Alejandro was alive when he rushed Montserrat to the altar. José Luis knew Montserrat loved Alejandro, but all he cared about was his own happiness.

With Alejandro back in Agua Azul, José Luis has gone psycho. There is nothing he won’t do to keep Montserrat and Alejandro apart. He’s had Alejandro arrested and had Montserrat sacrifice herself to free Alejandro. Montserrat swore she would stay with José Luis if he freed Alejandro. Of course, Graciela really got Alejandro freed by retracting her testimony from seven years ago. Also, José Luis knew that once Pedro found out Alejandro was back, Pedro would try to kill him.

Even with Montserrat telling José Luis that she doesn’t love him and wants a divorce, he will not let her go. Why he would force Montserrat to stay with him is beyond me? Why would he want to be with someone who doesn’t love him? José Luis doesn’t seem to care whether Montserrat loves him. All he cares about is that he finally has her as if she was a trophy to be won as opposed to a human being.

I used to like José Luis. Now I just find him annoying and he makes me yell at the TV a lot. I hope the writers make him see reason and that Alejandro and Montserrat get together again.

For more on José Luis, see The Heroes of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (Part 3).

What do you think of José Luis?

The Heroes of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (Part 3)

It’s time for me to take a look at the tragic hero from Lo Que La Vida Me Robó — José Luis. For my discussion of Dimitrio, see Part 1 and, for Alejandro, see Part 2.

Why do I consider José Luis the tragic hero? Because he has had everything taken from him.

He thought he was going to be with Montserrat forever. Graciela made sure that wasn’t going to happen by selling Montserrat to Alejandro and having José Luis framed for murder. When José Luis finally tracked down Montserrat and tried to have her run away with him, she told him that she wasn’t leaving and somehow along the way she fell in love with Alejandro.

After somewhat accepting that Monserrat was not going to leave Alejandro, he agreed to marry Angélica, who had stuck by him through everything, including helping him escape when it was discovered that he had been hiding out on Alejandro’s hacienda. José Luis never loved Angélica the way he loved Montserrat, but he was good to her and made the last months of her life happy. When she died, José Luis took it hard because a part of him, I believe, admired her.

José Luis is now alone again and is doing time in prison because he helped Alejandro burn the money from the drug trafficker. José Luis truly has nothing. He is the epitome of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó.

What I find interesting about José Luis is that he keeps trying to help Alejandro. He became good friends with Alejandro when he worked on the hacienda and I think they both recognize that they are good men. José Luis’s one flaw is Montserrat. I don’t think he will ever give up on her. I often wonder how many times he has to be beaten over the head to get the message that Montserrat no longer loves him.

Despite his obsession with Montserrat, I can’t help but like José Luis and I hope he gets his own happily ever after at the end of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó.

What do you think of José Luis?





The Heroes of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (Part 2)

In Part 1, I discussed Dimitrio. This time, I’m going to talk about Alejandro. All I can say about Alejandro is that it’s a good thing he’s hot because he doesn’t have much going on upstairs.

With Alejandro, I find that I yell at the television a lot because he is the last one to figure anything out. When José Luis was working under the name of Antonio on Alejandro’s hacienda, just about everyone knew who Antonio really was. With so many people in the know, Alejandro was still in the dark. He knew José Luis was somewhere and he suspected that José Luis would come for Montserrat. Yet, it never occurred to him to question Antonio or Montserrat who always acted odd when Antonio was around. Once he found out the truth, he kicked Montserrat out of the house because, not only did she betray him, she made him look like a fool and Alejandro doesn’t like looking like a fool. Unfortunately for him, he looks like one a lot on Lo Que La Vida Me Robó.

Another example of how oblivious Alejandro is to what is going on around him is his mother’s story line. He knew his mother’s name was Rosario. A mysterious woman with the same name showed up at his hacienda and he couldn’t put the pieces together. Montserrat and Carlotta knew who Rosario was and agreed to keep her secret until she was ready to tell Alejandro. He didn’t learn the truth until Rosario told him when he was in jail for almost killing José Luis because he let his jealousy get the best of him. Did I happen to mention he’s a hothead?

Alejandro also leased some of his property to Joaquín Arechiga and never checked on it. So when it was discovered that Joaquin was growing drugs on the leased property, Alejandro was stunned. He was then arrested as Joaquin’s partner in crime and did some time in prison — if only he hadn’t been such a trusting fool.

When it comes to trust, Alejandro seems to be able to trust everyone, except Montserrat, the woman who truly loves him. Everything she does sends him into a jealous rage. At this point, I’ve relegated Montserrat to sainthood because no other woman would be able to deal with Alejandro’s jealous streak.

After all this, you’re probably wondering if I like Alejandro. I do. Despite his uncontrollable jealousy, I believe he truly loves Montserrat. He’d also do anything to protect his family and friends. At times, I wish he was a little faster on the uptake and not such a hothead, but every character has his or her flaws and those are his.

Is he a romantic man? Certainly not. It’s not in his nature. But he’s the type of man who knows how to love deeply.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to talk about Lo Que La Vida Me Robó’s tragic hero, José Luis. Until then, let me know what you think of Alejandro.

The Heroes of Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (Part 1)

If you’ve read my previous post, Lo Que La Vida Me Robó: A Novela Worth Your Time, you know I’m completely hooked on this novela. I’m fascinated with the characters, especially the heroes – Dimitrio, Alejandro, and José Luis.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll discuss each one. This week is Dimitrio.

I know what you’re thinking. How could she consider Dimitrio a hero? He has his flaws, some major ones, but since the beginning of the show, he has grown the most.

Dimitrio learned how to be evil from the best, his mother, Graciela. Dimitrio has framed José Luis for murder, blackmailed his sister, and married Josefina for her money. Marrying Josefina has turned out to be the best thing he could have ever done because she has changed him for the better. The turning point came when Graciela tried to pass him off as Alejandro’s brother. When the DNA test showed that Graciela had actually had a daughter, not a son with Benjamin Almonte, Dimitrio was done with his mother’s lies.

Since then, Dimitrio has turned to Josefina and has come to realize that no matter what, she has stuck by him. He wants to be a better man because of her. For the first time in his life, Dimitrio is working. After much soul searching and many days in the churchyard visiting with his father, Dimitrio decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Navy.

For much of this novela, Dimitrio has been against his sister, Montserrat. Now, he’s trying to help her prove Alejandro’s innocence in Joaquin and Pedro’s drug trafficking scheme.

Dimitrio is a smart man. He knows how to scheme well because of Graciela. If anyone can beat Pedro Medina, Dimitrio can.

Dimitrio has seemingly done the impossible. He’s done a complete one-eighty from the way he was. It will be interesting to see if Dimitrio continues on the road from evil to good.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a look at Alejandro. Until then, let me know what you think of Dimitrio.

Lo Que La Vida Me Robó: A Novela Worth Your Time

I’m in love with a novela again. I was heartbroken when Amor Bravío ended and have been searching for a novel to take its place. I thought La Tempestad would do that, but it didn’t measure up. Porque El Amor Manda was good, but it still wasn’t at the level of Amor Bravío .

In November, Univision began airing Lo Que La Vida Me Robó and I finally found what I’ve been looking for — characters and storylines that keep me coming back for more.

The love triangle is what really hooked me. Montserrat first falls in love with José Luis, but he never makes the move to talk to her father about them and Montserrat’s mother, Graciela, doesn’t like him because he has no money.

Montserrat’s family stands to lose everything. So what does Graciela do? She brings in Alejandro who has just inherited his father’s hacienda.

From the time they met on the beach, Alejandro has been in love with Montserrat. For him, it is love at first sight. He makes a deal with Graciela that he will help out the family, but he wants Montserrat. Of course, he wants Montserrat to love him in return. That isn’t so easy. Montserrat hates him, but she makes Alejandro believe she is in love with him. It isn’t until they get married that Alejandro learns the truth.

While I felt bad for Alejandro, I also thought he was loco. How could he possibly think Montserrat was in love with him? She ran hot and cold all the way up to the wedding. Is that a woman in love? I think not.

In a freakish set of circumstances, José Luis is framed for murder by Graciela and Montserrat’s brother, Dimitrio, he fakes his death, and ends up working for Alejandro under the name of Antonio. Despite several attempts by José Luis to get Montserrat to leave with him, Montserrat tells him she can’t go because she is married. Also, despite all the problems they have had, Montserrat has fallen in love with Alejandro.

José Luis is a good man because he saves Alejandro’s life a couple of times. The second time forces him to have to leave because the police are after him for killing a crooked cop. Alejandro, being a good man himself, helps José Luis escape.

Lo Que La Vida Me Robó has its villains. Graciela and Dimitrio are obviously evil. They will do whatever it takes to get their hands on money, including sending an innocent man to jail. Pedro Medina , the mayor, is corrupt and is set on making Alejandro’s life miserable. I was glad to see Juventino and Efraín Loreto get their due. Juventino thought he was such a big shot, running his little gang and doing whatever Loreto wanted and then Loreto kills him. I wish someone would take care of Pedro, but he’s a good villain so I have a feeling he’ll be around for a while.

If you’re looking for a good novela, I highly recommend Lo Que La Vida Me Robó. Thank you Televisa for producing a novela worthy of my time.

Are you watching Lo Que La Vida Me Robó? What do you like about it?