Maybe This Time: Stories of Love and Second Chances by C.P. Santi

Maybe This Time: Stories of Love and Second Chances by C.P. Santi
Publication Date: June 3rd 2016
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★


An accidental reunion . . . a sneaky plot . . . things finally falling into place.

Maybe This Time contains three heart-warming stories of love and second chances. Because when fate gives you a break, you grab the chance to finally make things right.

In Sweeter by the Second, when paintings conservator Rina David arrives for the Arts Festival in the heritage town of Jimenez, she’s reunited with Tony, the guy she once loved and lost. Now vice-mayor of Jimenez, Tony wants Rina back in his life and will do everything he can to convince her that they belong together.

Pamela Quiroz hatches a plot to get her parents back together in Exorcising my Ex. But will a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner succeed in reconciling Geno and Viv? After all, it’s been more than fifteen years since they first got together and they aren’t the hormone-driven teenagers they once were. Will wine and cheese balls still do the trick?

Torch, meet hand. Arne Weichmann has been waiting twenty-one years for Bea. Is it finally the right time to make his move and convince her that they are Meant to Be? He hopes so. Because he doesn’t think he’ll survive losing the one person who brought warmth and sunshine to his life.

Let it be known here on out that I do not believe in second chances, and this book just became the exception.

Okay now that that’s out of the way, let me just squeal my way into writing this review. I assure you that reading this book will give you pure, unadulterated fluffy, feel good giddy feelings.

I loved the locations. I loved that the characters are a bit older, and are happy and settled with their chosen careers.  I loved the familiarity and connection that every character had with each other. You can feel in their banters that they knew each other well, and knew how to make each other tick.

Sweeter by the Second

This is my favourite one because there’s just something about Vice Mayor Tony.  He is unapologetically charming and single-minded in getting Rina back. He is so smooth and sweet, and he kind of reminds me of this boy.

In just a few chapters, you see just how much they really care for each other, and the bridges weren’t really burnt because they had “justifiable” reasons for their parting.

PS. My old boss’ name is Rina so it’s a weird experience to read an MC with her name. Lol.

Exorcising my Ex

This was the funniest, I think. This story is just so full of nostalgia and familiarity, with Aldub and cheeseballs references. I think Geno and Viv needed the time apart to grow into their future selves, and their future selves just fits. They fit so well. I also think that Pam, their daughter, just made the story a 100% more endearing.

Meant to Be

Well, this is the epitome of delayed gratification, aye? 21 Years, come on!

Not. The. End.

I savored and loved each one of these stories, they are super short and yet super satisfying! I literally rolled over and over on my bed because I cannot contain all the hoity-toity feelings it gave me. READ IT! READ IT!

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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I don’t usually read short stories, coz I always find them so bitin, and the character development I’m always looking for would always seem lacking! BUT! You are making me wanna read this one! I cannot wait to get Maybe This Time in my hands! <3 Great review, Jem! xo, Kat

    1. Awwww, thanks for checking this review Kat! ❤ If you need really quick kilig feels, this is a good book to read.

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