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- Publisher: EOT Publications; 1 edition (November 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077D16HKP
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Between the pages of this fun romance we have Krista Lopez and Blake Ryan. Krista is a local to the Philippines and Blake is a transplant. Blake and Krista work at the same company and have vastly different places in the hierarchy. Krista has been lusting after Blake for some time, but knows there isn't a chance at a future with him. Her mother wouldn't approve of her being with an American and Blake is just unobtainable. I really loved both Krista and Blake. Neither one got on my nerves. Yay!
Krista is on the island as she's turning 30. Her friends have hooked her up with a vacation and it's her job to do something that will change her life during this period of change. Her friends are wonderful and I expect we will see them all in future books. One of the group died very early with regrets that she didn't do more. Now the girls have banded together in their friends memory to make sure they don't make the same mistake. Near their 30th birthday they have to do something life changing. Oh my, Krista really takes up the challenge.
I loved how author Maida Malby brought the location and their relationship to life. Readers get a beautiful experience between the pages of "Boracay Vows". I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance readers who are ready to take an armchair travel adventure.
Last but not least, the food. Thought this book you get introduced to island specialties from the Philippines. And oh my, you will be dreaming of trying some of the dishes yourself. Yummy!
Goodness gracious when can I get a ticket to Boracay? This story has provided quite an education around a culture that I should know more about considering that my aunt is originally from the Philippines.
NBSB = No Boyfriend Since Birth, imagine that at nearly 30 years old! In a sense, Krista Lopez is facing a universal dilemma. Born a child of mixed heritage in an essentially homogeneous culture. Coupled with foreign tallness and adolescent obesity with its attendant perils makes for an all too real scenario. Having outgrown her adolescent awkwardness and emerged as a swan unbeknownst to herself, Krista decides to take the leap and seize the day in memory of a friend who will never be able to do it again.
Blake Ryan is a girl's dream come true. I love that I could totally picture all of the characters due to Maida Malby's very vivid descriptions. Henry Cavil, Tom Hiddleston, oh my! Fine as wine, athletic, gorgeous, smart, commanding, heart stoppingly handsome, considerate, beautiful... did I mention that the man is good looking and Malby compared him to Henry Cavil? No? The man is fine!
Maida Malby's playful wit shines through along with her intimate knowledge of local cuisine and culture. This work is interspersed with definitions, local phrases, customs and mores in such a natural and conversational fashion that this reader was transported and carried along with the protagonists on their developing relationship journey. I loved it and I simply cannot wait for Krista and Blake's next steps in their HEA!
As for the characters? Blake was an American CEO, who loved his family. He liked being in control, but not in a creepy way. He just liked managing people. He was a bit arrogant, but Krista, the heroine, took him down a notch. I loved her, and saw a lot of myself in her. She started out this book very reserved and turning 30. Throughout the story, she grew more confident, stronger, and learned to really love herself. Plus, she read historical romance and was curvy, so YES!!!
When deciding what to rate this story, I had to give it the full 5 stars. There's not one single thing I would change in here. Sure, things happened quickly, but I really bought it. Blake was respectful, caring, and just generally a great guy. Krista was on the hunt for new experiences and self-discovery, which made her more open to romance. The two characters complimented each other well, too. I think if you're looking for a steamy contemporary romance with a Filipino flair, you need this in your life.
There were a couple of things I had questions about at the end, but I'm sure they will be addressed in the upcoming book that will follow this couple into the next stage of their relationship.
Great debut novel. If you like contemporary romance and the beach, this one will suit you nicely.