Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano
Publication Date: July 31st 2016
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

I enjoyed this one so much. It was such a fast read that it’s hard to keep up with my emotions.

The story was patched so well, you don’t realize that you’re almost done. The characters were all lovable and relatable, and you’ll get where they’re coming from.

Faith’s dedication to helping people is something I really admire. She has a good heart at the very core, a heart that tries to be strong for others but really a heart is just a heart, and there’s only so much it could take. This is what makes Faith so relatable. We pretend we’re okay, we try to keep things the same way, we try to hold on, hurting ourselves and others around us over and over again. But her story of moving forward is so beautiful and heartfelt.

Also, it’s so refreshing and satisfying that she took a few months to completely move on and set her path before she told Nico she loved him too. I believe she did it for hersef and for Nico’s sake too, so that when she finally gives herself to him, it will be pure and true.

Nico, oh Nico. This guy is really the guy you hope to be with someday. He, who you can talk to and never be bored of. He is Funny. Patient. Kind. Understanding. Let’s not forget that he is really hot, and he has dimples! ANYWAY, ISN’T FRENCH FRIES JUST THE MOST ADORABLE PET NAME EVER?

I also like Faith’s friends and family, they’re a good bunch of support system to have in times of need.

My favorite parts were the closure, the self realizations and the reconciliations. I loved those so much.

I honestly think that James should have been honest about the reason for their breakup earlier. Not knowing why your relationship crumbled really hurts, and you spend so much time with whys. His words and actions were confusing, to be honest.

Meah and Faith’s reconciliation also affected me very much, but what made me tear up were the mother-daughter moments, especially when Faith’s mom gave her a box to get rid of James memorabilias (tough love, we need it sometimes) and especially when she finally said I’m proud of you.

 

Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra
Publication Date: January 1st 2015
Source:  E-book from Author
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

“Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.”

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in?

The author offered a free ebook of any of her books to people who have watched and supported the Metro Manila Film Festival last December.

So I think this is by far the steamiest #romanceclass book I’ve read. Heck, the meet-cute was already something else, as it featured hot, confident and almost naked Grayson.

Grayson and Steph’s chemistry is organic (I don’t know if i’m even qualified to say this). But that’s it, they just work together really well.

Steph is a character I really, really enjoyed reading. I get her indecisions, the feeling of being stuck and overwhelmed, and being scared of what’s gonna happen next. We’re not really alike though, for one, the closest I got to making art are the drawings of forage and insects we drew for a laboratory class.

I also don’t consider myself a legit book blogger, I think of myself as someone that reads a lot, but only sometimes contributes to the blog. (I’m really sorry, Inah! Hahaha) I think I always have one foot out when it comes to blogging, but I get it, I get how you will be totally caught up in it, which is not necessarily bad though. This community is so amazing, with really diverse thoughts, and I can attest that the friends you meet in this community are just the most lovable and supportive people in the world.

Grayson is kinda too good to be true for me. He always appears so calm and so reasonable, he always says the right things, and he is so good at juggling things. I kind of envy him! Anyway, I still want him for a boyfriend though. Ha ha!

Delilah is my spirit animal, especially when she fangirled and stalked Steph’s relationship with Grayson so hard. She was so relatable and funny, plus the verbal whipping she gave Steph during the last parts of the book was fire (and on point)!

I also think Live Like Fiction is an amazing challenge. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS! (Lol jk, I doubt if I can even go through one challenge)

This one has a good pace, it was light and easy to read, but it was really “exciting” (that is putting it very mildly, wink wink). Overall, this is a very enjoyable book to read, and I cannot wait to read more books my Ms. Mina!

The “Forget You” Brew by Tara Frejas

The “Forget You” Brew by Tara Frejas
Publication Date: November 28th 2015
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

For 20-year old Kyle Thomson, nothing in the world is more terrifying than the prospect of telling Allison Jeon that he loves her. That is, until he finds out that this mystical café in a peculiar place called Nowheretown had served her a cup of afforgeto—a brew for forgetting—a drink she ordered intending to forget him. Hoping to reverse the spell, Kyle reluctantly teams up with a bunny-eared hopeless romantic and a badass barista to retrieve Allison’s memory jar from the Repository of the Intangible. But when stealing back forgotten memories doesn’t quite turn out as expected, Kyle is left with no choice but to conquer his biggest fear.

Can the magic of Nowheretown supply him a fixer-upper, or will the magic in his steadfast heart be enough to grant them their happy ever after?

The “Forget You” Brew is a special book, I promise you. It’s short, sweet, and magical.

I don’t really believe in love at first sight, but I guess I fell in love with this book the first time I saw it. The cover is gorgeous, the title is so intriguing, and the synopsis is like the scent of coffee, it just really reels you in.

The world Ms. Tara created, Nowheretown is so wonderful. I can’t find words to describe how lovely and fantastically creative it is. It has a cafe that makes drinks to give you courage or make you forget, it has memory banks, wonderful inhabitants, and a whole lot of cute rabbits.

The spinning and patching of the story was done so well. You grow to love the characters, in a short amount of time. You could also note how much the characters value their friendship.

The story also delivered aww-worthy moments, with the magical aspects adding more value to the story.

Overall, I super enjoyed this book, and I will definitely read more works by Ms. Tara.

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: ★★★★
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Synopsis

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!