Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
I’m still high and dry from #romanceclass’ April Feels Fest 2017 while I’m writing this review. Probably why I decided to read this book too. This book has been sitting in my tbr for more than two years now, and I don’t know why I kept on putting off reading it, but I’m glad I finally picked it up because I enjoyed it so much.
So basically, this book features bestfriends turned lovers trope, one I truly enjoy reading everytime. And for this one, the tension between Rain and Mark was thick and I loved the painfully slow-burn romance between them. Like honestly, I’d whack them in the head and force them to tell each other how they feel. HAHAHA! Like that flood scene, that was a perfect opportunity!!!
Rain’s personality is realistic and very relatable. Yes, I could see myself in her, in reasons we don’t want to delve into. While Mark is what you might call the epitome of being a gentleman, which was a little irritating at some point because he’s too perfect that I wanted him to be spontaneous for JUST ONE TIME and actually tell what he feels. I still love him though.
“The problem with nice and friendly guys is that it’s hard to tell if they liked you or not, without their saying it outright.”
Another thing I love about the book is the friendship between Rain, Meah, and Faith. It’s super nice to have friends who got your back, plus the family relationships was cool to see as well. I think it’s very Filipino, because we all tend to be family-oriented and be close to our cousins, and of course we have our titas in the background, being you know, titas. HAHAHA!
Overall, it’s a great story. The plot may be simple but it was substantial. The main characters are developed, but I would love to have seen more character developments, although I think Ana’s other novels are set in the same universe so I think I’ll be seeing more of the side characters from this book. This book brings out the best kilig in you, I swear! It’s such a delightful read and I totally recommend it!