Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano : A Review
After six sizzling nights with hot IT consultant Layne Sto. Domingo, writer Kate Borromeo realizes she really sucks at love. She’s thirty-five, she just recently moved on from a destructive unrequited love situation with her longtime love and best friend, only to end up in bed with someone who isn’t going to give her what she wants.
So when gorgeous corporate finance wiz Rob Salcedo, Kate’s first love and best friend, turns over a new leaf and finally proposes marriage to her, promising to make up for all the hurt he caused her, Kate accepts and prepares for the wedding of her dreams.
But when Layne waltzes back into her life, seemingly ready to finally let her into his heart, it appears the universe has other plans for Kate.
Or does it?
Okay. Let me just get this out of the way and fangirl over this super awesome book!~ I love it!! Like really! Too many feels for this novel. I started reading it night time and I couldn’t put it down. So I ended up reading until morning. I was actually crying while in my room at 2 in the morning. Sigh. That’s how I love this book. Everything about it is perfect!
Alright, now that that’s out of the way…we can start with the coherent review. Lol.
To summarize, Layne and Kate met abroad. They were dealing with personal businesses but when they met, sparks flew. After one explosive night together they went their separate ways. Both of them thought that they wouldn’t see each other again. But of course the universe had something else planned for the couple. Their meetings abroad happened again five more times. The last ones orchestrated by each other. Because in the course of six fated meetings, feelings started to get involved. But specific reasons (Kate’s engagement and Layne’s family responsibilities) prevented them from exploring their feelings.
Back in Manila, we learned then that Kate was engaged to be married to her best friend in a few months time. And Layne was busy supporting his family. Everything looked okay except for the muddled feelings each of them had.
Kate was in love for the longest time with Rob, her very handsome and carefree friend. But before Rob had a change of heart and asked her to marry him, Kate got hurt a lot of times in the years of their friendship because of his other relationships. Insecurities and jealousies abound in their relationship and that led Kate to a journey to find herself.
Meanwhile, Layne’s responsibilities as the eldest child in the family of three women had gotten him very busy with work. Even though he was busy he still gladly did what he could for them because he loved them. For him they were his life and so even if his sisters and his mother encouraged him to live his life, he couldn’t. Love between Kate and Layne seemed impossible.
Then a seemingly innocent chain of events happened that connected them again with each other. This time, Kate and Layne got to know each other and learned that they were each other’s ‘the one who got away’. It was clear that nothing else could be done and their happy ever after wouldn’t be with each other.
That was the start of the angst for me.
What I really like about the story was how it showed the characters’ vulnerabilities and strengths at the same time. Kate had suffered for years thinking that her love for Rob wouldn’t be reciprocated. She was suffering from unrequited love. And Rob was really a jerk towards her at the time. And it was because of what he did that Kate decided to let go of him for a bit so she could breathe, so she could find herself. And when she did, she found Layne. Layne’s strength came from his family but they were also his weakness too. He couldn’t admit to himself that he was using his family as an excuse so he wouldn’t commit to anyone. His reasons were sound but just what his mom said he should have a life outside of them.
I love how their journey in discovering their way to each other wasn’t easy. Because it made their coming together a great love that was made to be. They became aware that love has different meanings in the different circumstances with different people. And they accepted that there was always new love to be found especially when you love yourself first.
The title was very apt for the book because this was really for the most part Kate’s journey. She wanted to find herself and she did. When she did, love has rewarded her with a worthwhile gift. The gift of pure love that came from loving ourselves so we could give it or share it to the ones we care about. And Kate finally has that.
You can find Ms. Yeyet Soriano on Twitter: @ysrealm or on Facebook: Yeyet Soriano. Buy her book Kate, Finally on Amazon here: