Book Review

When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao

The reason I fell in love with Miss Ines’ first book, Only A Kiss, was because it was about best friends and a kiss. I must have read that book a dozen times, feeling better and better each time I did, and thought that she couldn’t exactly top that. At least not that easily.

I wasn’t questioning her skills to write; I was particularly pointing to the fact that I often stuck with books I deeply related to or with stories I wished happened in my lifetime. Who doesn’t, right? But then, I read When Sparks Fly, and that thought about Miss Ines not being able to catch my heart again that easily, vanished into oblivion. I now have my second favorite Ines book!


How that happened, well, When Sparks Fly is about best friends, and boyfriends, and trusting the foundations of each relationship we get ourselves into. It’s about being able to tell who you are in every friendship and every relationship, and using that to keep yourself and your mate happy. It’s about the sacrifices we make and the strength to take in the pain that comes with them. It’s about forgiveness. It’s about how your love for your best friend may just save the love you have for your man. It’s about photography and coffee and sports. It’s about you, basically. Because I found something in Regina that’s me. And so you might, too.

Another Ines Masterpiece! I literally almost forgot to breathe at the sudden story twist!

PS. I can’t believe I went through the whole book, though, thinking that one of the characters wasn’t straight! Hahaha, silly me! Now, I can’t get the thought of another book out of my head!

Keep dreaming with me on that!


Another Great Review for Kissing Another Grimaldi!!!

I never thought I would be able to touch a man’s heart when I first wrote Kissing Another Grimaldi. I have often imagined women reading the novel and smiling, dreaming with me.

So when I read this part of Jayson Santos’ review, my life simply became better.

I think the best strength of KZ Riman’s debut novel, Kissing Another Grimaldi, is its ability to switch the story telling between the male and female protagonists without bringing about bewilderment; thus, providing a balance of thoughts and emotions for both gender of readers. One of the reasons why romantic novels, especially ones blended with eroticism, are less appealing to male readers is because they tend to focus on and adore the female character. So the male counterpart becomes less represented. I had no idea what measures the author took, but she was able to adequately show the masculine side of the story by exposing the actions, thoughts, and inner feelings of a man in the roles of a son, brother, cousin, friend, and lover.

Thank you, Jayson Santos for making my day! Heck, you even made my month! And believe me, I have been praying March to be MY month.


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