Waiting In The Wings by Tara Frejas: A Review 

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Waiting In The Wings by Tara Frejas : A Review

 

Okay. Here’s the thing. I know when I read a #romanceclass book that I will have another book boyfriend. It’s just inevitable. And when I read this book I was very surprised. Because I didn’t have just one book boyfriend, I got two! What the heck Ramon and Pio! It’s sooo hard to choose between you. So I won’t. Everybody happy.

Anyway, I have to make a review about this wonderful book so I’ll save the fangirling later. Oh and this could have spoilers.

The story is about Erin. A very talented young actress who wants to explore love outside the stage. It’s a reasonable venture actually because she hasn’t been very lucky in finding love.

Enter Ramon who is her most awesome and loyal friend. She is very happy to work together with a friendly and familiar face but Ramon is secretly harboring feelings for her. While Erin is oblivious to Ramon’s feelings another very attractive actor in the form of Pio enters the scene and makes his move. And this is how their love story begins.

I’ve always loved theater especially musicals. That’s why this book is a very welcome addition to my collection.

What I like in the book is the behind the scenes life in every actor’s life on stage. I appreciate all the time, effort and dedication every person in a production gives to give the audience the best performance every time. And I saw it in this book. So it’s like a backstage pass for me.

I like that the book managed to encapsulate the action and drama going on in making a show and telling the love story.

Erin and Ramon’s love story is simple. They are friends who should become lovers. But feelings are not always simple. And people involved tend to complicate things as they try to figure out their emotions. Especially if there’s someone who is offering another love story to them.

What I like most in this book is how each character’s emotions are highlighted. I became fond of Ramon because he’s such a sweetheart in his unrequited love for Erin. He suffers but it’s okay. Ugh. The feels! I wanted to give him a hug whenever he felt hurt by a clueless Erin.

I adore Erin because she’s a very sweet and caring friend to Ramon. But this same caring and sweetness became Ramon’s punishment and reward in a way. So there are times when I wanted to pinch her just to get her to notice him. Huhu.

And of course, Pio. Hay, Pio. What do I need to do to get you? Haha! Seriously, this guy needs a book of his own. I just can’t see him without his own love story. Paging Tara. Pio next pretty please.

When I was tweeting I mentioned that I cried when Erin and Ramon sang together. It’s because the lyrics and their emotions are so raw and present that I couldn’t help but feel with them. Very powerful. And it’s very magical. I can see the movie version now.

Overall, reading this book is a delightful experience. It gave me different emotions that I found so believable. I laughed, I cried, I got annoyed and frustrated. But all the while, I felt love. And I think that’s how a good love story should be told. We all need love and love is all around. We just need to let it meet us.

 

About the book :
Waiting in the Wings

by Tara Frejas

Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary

Release Date: February 21, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream?
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ABOUT the AUTHOR

Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, this full-fledged Piscean (who cares what NASA says?) is passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dance, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

In another life, she wishes to be a musical theatre actress. Or a director, maybe. But in the meantime, she’ll continue being an avid supporter of the local theatre scene…one show at a time.

MORE FROM TARA FREJAS
Paper Planes Back Home | The “Forget You” Brew | Scandalized | Settle the Score/Hustle Play | Make My Wish Come True (a #romanceclass Christmas anthology)
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Review : Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano

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This time I’m going to feature this very wonderful book about mending broken hearts. 

The first thing that came to my mind after reading this was “Oh my god. I’m going to kidnap Nico!” This man is just too precious …. okay, I have to take a breath. Haha! 
So that said, this novel is quite straightforward. It shows coping and moving on from a very crushing event in our lives. Sigh. Yes, breakups. We all had that. But just as the book said this is not just about recovering from a break up. This shows how we clamor for normalcy after a death of a loved one, over a disappointment over a person or an expectation, over the longing for the past to come back but finding the truth that we can’t do it. 

It is hard to face but we can’t do anything else but to move on. I certainly experienced the same thing when my younger sister passed away a few years ago. It was almost like a dream but you know that it is actually a nightmare. 
What I like about the story is that is very encouraging and positive. For all the dark around us, there will always, always going to be light. We can have help from people around us or from something we love doing but ultimately, it should come from us. 


And what a wonderful support group Faith has. Her family and friends got her back no matter what and it’s always important. Not everyone has that. But of course she has the best support in the form of Nico. I swear this man is like my nth book crush. Where do I find Nico again? Can I get him from you, French Fries? Lol ~ 

I also want to stress the light the book shed on people who help out other people from their hearts. It takes a really strong will, dedication and spirit to have a job that puts others over oneself. I have the utmost respect for them. 
But seriously, this book is just the perfect book for anyone who wants to read the truth about recovery and acceptance. Like what Nico and Faith learned, we need to accept things we can’t change and trust in ourselves. We all need a little faith in others and more in ourselves.
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About the book.

Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano

About the Book:

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?

Links to Purchase:

· Amazon – http://bit.ly/ktfnovel

· Smashwords – http://bit.ly/ktfsw

· Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/ktfnook

· Kobo – http://bit.ly/ktfkobo

· iBooks – http://apple.co/2afU4ff

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31228888-keep-the-faith

About the Author:

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

Contact Links:

· Website: www.anatejano.com   

· Twitter: @itstimeana

· Facebook: http://facebook.com/itstimeana   

· Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/anatejano

· Instagram – http://instagram.com/storiestotell

Settle The Score/Hustle Play by Tara Frejas : A Review

Settle The Score/Hustle Play by Tara Frejas : A Review

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SYNOPSIS

SETTLE THE SCORE

College senior Garnet Figueroa lives and breathes basketball. A reliable asset to her varsity team,
she is equipped with the skills and smarts to get the De La Sierra Lady Hunters closer to this
year’s championship title. But Garnet soon finds out that her good friend (and long-time crush),
cheerdancer Charles Crisostomo, is being cheated on by his girl, and she lets her emotions get the
best of her.

Will she be able to come up with a game plan to save herself from heartbreak before the buzzer
signals Game Over?

HUSTLE PLAY

Running on pure adrenaline and working with game strategies is something a basketball player
like Garnet Figueroa is trained for. On the court, she is unbeatable. Off the court… that’s a
completely different story.

Because falling in love is trickier than a ball game, and Garnet finds herself fumbling over her
feelings for Charles Crisostomo. The fact that her attention gets divided between him and rival
school hard-court hottie Chris Barcelo doesn’t help.

Or does it?

. . .

The author generously gave a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun two-part story. It’s an adorable story about friends to lovers, confusing feelings and the adrenalin pumping game that is basketball.

Garnet Figueroa and Charles Crisostomo have been friends for a long time and at some point, feelings for each other began to change. Only problem was Charles has a two-timing girlfriend so Garnet couldn’t do anything but watch as her friend stay in a very unhealthy relationship. But could she really stay quiet about the betrayal? Apparently not. So she kissed him. And that was the start of a chain of events that could spell disaster for Garnet. Or would it?

I appreciate that the story showed the difficulties of the situation of jumping from friends to lovers. Garnet is torn between the choice of saving her friend and not looking like the bad girl who wants to get the guy for herself. Even if she really wants to get the guy for herself. Her actions are understandable and reasonable. Who wants to watch your loved one be hurt carelessly? But she’s cautious too because she could be the one getting hurt in exchange. It was a dilemma for sure. But of course Charles ended up surprising her with a revelation of sorts and suddenly it’s a whole new ballgame.

On the second part of the story was the continuation of the revelation. Some really great parallels from life and basketball were thrown in the mix that influenced Garnet’s decisions about their relationship. I like this part because of the mature wisdom of Chris Barcelo (another hottie ^^) and we get to see Charles’s inner thoughts and emotions. If only it went on a little longer. I would have loved more introspection from Charles. He’s cute when he gets jealous.

All in all, I love the tone of the story. Given that this is a love story with sports, I kind of expected it to linger on the sports side more and I was afraid it would drag the story. But everything was seamlessly woven into Garnet’s and Charles’s relationship. I didn’t find anything being too much. Though I wouldn’t mind more of Charles in his skintight spandex. More cheerleading action. Hehe.

So there. If you want a quick but sweet read that would make the basketball fanatic in you cheer for one couple, you have to get this. This is one story I’d definitely cheer for.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

TARA FREJAS is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not in work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

While not exactly a huge basketball fanatic, she does love and support the national team,

Gilas Pilipinas (Hi, Gabe Norwood! Hee~) and has a tendency to get rather emotional
watching their games.

In a parallel universe where she doesn’t have asthma, Tara played for her high school and
college basketball teams as a shooting guard. She wore jersey number 21, and ended her
college career with triple-double averages. In short, beast mode ang ate niyo. Pak.

Her other print-on-demand titles include Paper Planes Back Home, The “Forget You” Brew,
and Scandalized.

Get in touch with the author:
Website: tarafrejas.com
Email: author@tarafrejas.com
Facebook: facebook.com/authortarafrejas
Twitter: @tarafrejas
Instagram: @tarafrejas

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Crushingly Close by Stella Torres: A Review

Crushingly Close by Stella Torres: A Review

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At twenty-four years old, Agnes Escueta has risen from the ranks to become a producer for Sports Tonight. No one can touch her, it seems—not even crush-worthy anchorman Daniel Ferrer, who she gets to work with every single day. When a road trip to Indonesia throws Agnes and Daniel together, they find themselves working in close quarters. It doesn’t take long before Agnes finds herself being charmed by Daniel, and her defenses start to melt with his touch. With deadlines looming and a big game coming, Agnes must figure out how to let Daniel into her life without risking her professional reputation—and without breaking her own heart.

The author generously gave me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have always admired people in the media. The dedication needed to work in that field has always astounded me. So when I learned that this book was about journalists, I knew it was going to be good.

We meet Agnes and Daniel as co-workers going to Indonesia to cover a sports event. That was how they started anyway. It became obvious as the days of stressful work and continuous sexual tension between them that they wouldn’t stay like that for long.

Their romance was a surprise for Agnes who was known in the office as a very serious and stern employee. Daniel on the other hand was the charming anchor of the show. That Daniel was even giving her attention was much of a shock to her already. She wasn’t looking for anything remotely romantic to happen to her. And she couldn’t because she believed that she didn’t have time for it. Between her career and her familial duties she knew that she couldn’t possibly have that. But Daniel proved her wrong.

What I can say about the story is that it was a correct depiction of how a person erects walls to protect oneself from what she considers dangers. Love is dangerous for Agnes because she might lose focus on what she thinks as important in her life. Family is always important but Daniel pointed out that love is also important. When Agnes’s dad said that we have to choose love that was how she knew that she didn’t need walls after all. What she needs are bridges. And Daniel is her bridge to life.

I love how Agnes came to this realization. We have choices that life always present to us and it is how we choose from these that we get our life, our happiness. It has always been in our power to be happy. And we should always choose to be happy and live in love.

Buy link: Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29884034-crushingly-close?ac=1&from_search=true

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman : A Review

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman: A Review

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Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

 

 

 

The author generously gave me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin? It’s actually hard to begin to review something so awesome but I’ll try.

We meet Martha, a very healthy lady who has a love affair with food. Those are her words by the way. She is a very happy woman who has a cute dog, adorable if not meddlesome family and a hot vet friend named Max.

Story begins when her childhood nemesis and her cousin Regina announces that she’s getting married. To Martha’s sort of ex. And also her client at the moment. Whom she has never really gotten over because first love and all. She knows she’s doomed especially when she learns that she’ll be in charge of Regina’s engagement party. But that changed when her family mistakenly learned that Max is her boyfriend. Suddenly Max takes the center stage in her life.

I can’t stress how much I love this book. I love the attitude it gave to a healthy positive outlook on weight. I love that it showed how we should embrace who we are and not how much we weigh. I love how it emphasized Martha’s love of her family and how her family loved her back. And Max. Oh, Max. How sweet are you! Max is perfect for Martha because he is her rock. He knew her inside and outside, all her quirks and her faults and still he loved her. He waited for her to sort her feelings out while making himself vulnerable in the process. My heart ached for him when Martha didn’t see right away how he loved her.

I also loved Martha’s family. Her colorful aunts and her seemingly perfect cousin. They are all very supportive of her while being a bit makulit. But we all have a family member or two like them. And that’s why I love them. I also loved all the food mentioned here. I could almost taste them. Half the time I was reading the book I was actually hungry. Haha. I wanted to eat what Martha was eating.

At the end of the book I was actually smiling from joy that these two happy and lovely characters got to be together because they deserved to be together. Martha being comfortable in her own skin is a good thing to stress throughout the book because most of the world would tell us otherwise. Which is crap. I also love that Max is perfect because he shows that he sees and appreciates the wonderful person that is Martha.

We all need a person to see us for what we are. All our mistakes and insecurities wouldn’t matter. This person would love us not because of how we look but because of who we are for real. And I’m glad that I saw that in this lovely story. My smile as I read the last page was pasted on my face for a long time after.

 

Buy link: Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/If-Dress-Fits-Carla-Guzman-ebook/dp/B01LZCQSYG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477062679&sr=1-1&keywords=Carla+de+Guzman+If+the+dress+fits

 

 

Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano : A Review

Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano : A Review

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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:

https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Finally-Yeyet-Soriano-ebook/dp/B01MCQO2SI/ref=pd_rhf_cr_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CQA3PD3GCEH81CH80WRQ

 

 

Love At First Sit by Ysa Arcangel : A Review

Love At First Sit by Ysa Arcangel : A Review

Roxanne Mabini, a twenty-five-year-old single mother of twins, joined a speed-dating event just for fun and to get “speed-dating” checked off her bucket list. She wasn’t looking for anything.

Until the devastatingly handsome bartender, Aloysius “Wish” Gregorio, stepped up to fill in for the lack of male participants, mesmerizing Roxanne. Literally, he was every girl’s wish.

Finally, she’s met a man who shares her interests. But will a girl whose heart has been shred to pieces learn to trust and love again?

When Roxanne’s first love and the father of her children, Chris, drops back into her life, old flames reignite. Chris has been waiting for the right time ever since he was forced to leave her, and now he aims to win her back.

Will the chemistry and powerful connection between Roxanne and Wish be strong enough to fight the old flame that is once again burning bright?

Roxanne must make a big decision: provide a complete family to her children, or share her life with her heart’s desire. Will she find love, lose it, or know when to walk away?

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The author has generously given me the copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story opened with Roxanne as she struggled to get through a speed dating event her friend made her join. In the event she met Wish, a sexy, tattooed but gentle bar tender. Things seemed to hit off between them but before they knew it, Roxanne’s ex and the father of her twins made a comeback in her life. Who was she going to choose then?

This book accurately portrayed the events that happen to a young single mom trying to survive the harsh reality that is life. The author showed that it is hard to raise children especially if the father wasn’t around. But it is harder to fall in love when society and prejudices manifest to come between new lovers.

This was true with Wish and Roxanne. Their attraction to each other that could have led to a new relationship was a few times thwarted mostly because of Roxanne’s former boyfriend who happened to be the father of her kids too.

The great thing about this novel is that it is honest. I appreciated this honesty with how Roxanne’s reaction toward her ex was portrayed. It is always hard to choose between two loves. It can get ugly. I also liked that Wish was very much honest with how he felt for Roxanne and he told her upfront of his intentions toward her. He was also very selfless and generous when she said she needed time.

This is a good book to read if you want to revel in second chances. To live life in love again. And to prove that love exists for everyone no matter what life had made us experience.

You can contact the author on Twitter : @Ysa_Arcangel. Buy her books on Amazon: here https://www.amazon.com/Ysa-Arcangel/e/B019I28M82/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476301723&sr=1-2-ent