Book Reviews

Last Sunday, September 3, we have finally released the Advance Reader’s Copy of #TheTroubleWithMen to the respondents who would like to read it first and give their book reviews. One of the first book reviews we received came from Reika. It was an honest review, and we appreciate Reika’s support to help us improve the book before we formally release this on Sunday, September 10.

Thanks, Reika!

You can head on to Reika’s book review of The Trouble With Men, but we are warning you now about the spoilers. 🙂

Review: Better at Weddings than You


Review: Better At Weddings Than You
By Mina V. Esguerra
eBook, 214 pages
Bright Girl Books

4.5 out of 5 Stars

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne must have Mina Esguerra in mind when he coined this phrase. Because if I were to describe my overall experience in reading her latest book, it’s none other than, “Now, that was easy reading!” I sincerely doubt, however, that Mina had a hard time writing it. On the contrary, I feel she breezed through every word and every chapter with effortless flair like the pro she is, until the very end of the book.

Page after page flowed easily through my eyes and mind, keeping my interest piqued and my heart at repeated swoons. The intricate depiction of a wedding planner’s work made me realize the pressure, the predicaments and the creativity of wedding planners. It’s not an enviable job.

Greg is a certified a**hole but one that has a heart for Daphne’s well-being. He also, inexplicably, truly and deeply loves Helen, his fiancee. That makes him a likeable a**hole — in small doses, of course. It’s Helen that is an enigma, tossing and turning between Greg and Aaron, accepting her defeat only in the end. But I still get the feeling she’s not very sure she wants to marry Greg, eventually. Make up your mind (and heart), girl! Continue reading “Review: Better at Weddings than You”

Review: Promdi Heart

Book Title: Promdi Heart
Authors: Georgette Gonzales, Agay Llanera, Chris Mariano, C.P. Santi, Jay Tria, Ines Bautista-Yao
Kindle edition
Published 29 March 2017

PromdiHeart is the kind of book that can very effectively showcase our beautiful country and its multi-cultural diversity and lure both tourists and expats to come here through the power of romance literature.

Each story brought out several endearing features of its setting, from the food, to the dialect spoken, to the provincial folks and their traditional way of life, even the architecture – woven into the universal language of love through the story-telling of six romantic relationships.

Distinctly Filipino, the stories were not the familiar instalove plots in today’s modern romance books. Instead, love bloomed and developed between two people through the passage of time as well as occasions of togetherness and separation. No steamy, naughty or tease-ful scenes here. Delightfully, you’ll find skillfully executed plays of words which tug deep at the heartstrings, creating a profound longing for a particular provincial setting while not lacking on adequate swoon levels.

I love that the women were not the timid, push-over, soft-spoken doormats usually associated with typical Filipina provincial girls. Instead, they were smart, strong-willed, assertive girls who speak their mind without being bad-mannered (except for Hugot girl in one instance which is completely understandable 🙂 and yet have a full grip of their emotions.

I love the guys too. Except for Son. But I expect he’ll come around and realize it’s always been Alice for him — give or take a year or two. 🙂

Out of all the stories, my favorite is Only the Beginning, Andi’s story written with humor and wit. The pacing was steady, the main characters relatable, the back story involving cultural mapping relevant and timely. It was a great start to pique interest for the succeeding stories which did not disappoint as well.

For the sake of our country’s tourist promotion and rekindling of nationalistic feels among us Filipinos, may this breed of romantic stories multiply.

I was given an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review of this book.

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Review: Bad Nanny


Bad Nanny
By C.M. Stunich

5 out of 5 stars!


This is a story of two very different people whose wide gap does not only include age but most importantly, personality and commitment issues. How they managed to bridge that gaping hole, is a discovery every reader shouldn’t miss!

Zayden Roth is a magnificent creature whose extreme magnetism jumps out of the pages and explodes in your eyes. He is rough, crass and crude, he is shameless, and he is a sweet, street-smart human with a heart of gold. Brooke Overland’s character is an odd yet real-life mixture of strength and weakness, logic and emotion, intelligence and naivete.

I lost count of the times I laughed reading this book. It’s definitely more than twenty! The kids and the animals were bratty and comedic, as well as the other minor characters. I find it awesome how the author made some of the sex act descriptions hilariously crazy at times because they didn’t come off as trashy, mindless depictions like some erotica books do. This book is easy and fun to read!

The love that Zay and Brooke eventually felt for each other was perfectly developed by the writer. Their love story may have started off in the wrong foot, but love does indeed slowly blossom in ways we never expect, nor want to. Brooke showed her intelligence and strength when she accepted it the moment she realized it and wanted to make it work. Zayden’s denial of his feelings and his desire to escape it at first didn’t make me think less of him. It only proved his selfless concern for her, which just goes to show that his love for her is not fleeting or temporary, but deep and lasting.

The author’s way of narrating the intimate scenes between Zay and Brooke involved not only their bodies but their emotional sensitivities as well, which helped justify the writer’s portrayal of the growing, deepening feelings they have for each other. Others would call theirs an IL (insta-love) but to me, it isn’t. Their love grew with their eyes open to each other’s flaws and weaknesses and learning to accept them wholeheartedly.

This book left me smiling and swooning. It also reminded me a lesson: that we really shouldn’t judge people by the way they look or dress or carry themselves, or what work they do. Underneath all his tattooed and pierced skin, Nanny Roth is one decent man. And Brooke’s exposed, stripper’s body is in reality, fully cloaked with a sense of responsibility and conviction for such a young age.

Definitely one of the best books I’ve read.

Many thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for granting me this review opportunity.

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