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- Publication Date: October 24, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0763R3NW6
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"Do I have to pick? I like them both."
I remember this discussion with other friends as we talked about Waiting in the Wings, the first book where Pio Alvez first appeared. At this time, we knew that Tara was starting Pio's book, and after I decided that I don't really belong to any team (why choose one when you can have them both, right), I was looking forward to what Pio will do to my feelings.
Pio Alvez is in a rut, sort of. After not getting the girl and his seemingly declining showbiz career, he's not quite sure what to do. Except that he knows he had to help this girl who walks by him in tears on the night of his birthday party. This girl, Audrey, is a no-nonsense woman who knows what she wants in practically every aspect of her life, except in love after her 10-year relationship leaves her heart in pieces. When they meet again after that night, and Pio realizes how much he likes being in Audrey's company, he finds it hard to say no when she asks him to be her pretend boyfriend. He pretends to be someone else all the time for his job, after all - how hard could this be?
I love everything Tara writes so it was very easy for me to dive into this world and get lost in the world. Tara's writing is so accessible that it's almost like her author self disappears and the characters become real people in front of you. Reading Like Nobody's Watching feels like I could actually see and hear the story unfold in front of me (it helps that the guy on the cover is a friend who voiced Pio for a previous #romanceclass live reading!). I liked Pio in Waiting in the Wings, but I LOVED him here. His character had depth and history that was made with care, so much that it's hard not to just love him. Audrey is the kind of woman that you'd aspire to be, but also you'd relate to her because that one great heartbreak is the kind we're all familiar with. Together on page, their story was just a real delight to read that you can't help but root for them all the way.
And yet, the story doesn't dwell so much on just their (fake) relationship, but also on the people that mattered to them. I personally loved the scenes Pio and Audrey had with their own families - they were heartwarming and SO real. Tara also doesn't gloss over how different people heal from their own heartbreak and grounds the conclusion of the story in reality that people who experienced the same thing would definitely appreciate.
I loved this, and it's been so long since I finished a book with a silly smile on my face. But hey, maybe that's the Pio Alvez effect? ;)
P.S. Don't miss the epilogue, okay. :)
Audrey Alonzo got her heart broken by her boyfriend of 10 years. Moving on from a heartbreak should have been easy, but working with her ex on a daily basis proved it to be quite difficult. Until she met Pio Alvez, again. Could this gorgeous celebrity help her recover from her heartache?
Love love love this dreamboat named Pio Alvez.. Well, actually, I loved the model on the cover of the book first. (Got a crush on this kiddie show host Fred Lo since I met him 3 years ago, shhh!) So it wasn’t difficult to imagine him as Pio Alvez in this romantic love story by Tara Frejas. I’ve heard good reviews about the first book, Waiting in the Wings, which I would love to read sometime soon.
Pio is a guy worth rooting for. Romantic, attentive, caring, understanding, dependable, and most especially, family oriented. I’m all for a guy who loves, prioritizes and respects family above everything else. Because it means that’s how he values other relationships, too. Audrey is lucky to have found a guy like him, who is even willing to pretend as her new boyfriend. Having a loving family is definitely a big bonus too!
Everything about this book fascinates me. The theater life, production, showbiz relations, meeting the parents on a birthday party, those sweet, sensual, sexy nights… Those easy and quirky banters between the characters. And all the feels and wonderful emotions it gave me. Loved Tara Frejas writing, concise, realistic, affectionate and sure made me feel like a teen again.
Huge thanks to Tara Frejas for letting me be a part of the blog tour she’s hosting, and for providing an e-Galley of this book. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.
Waiting in The Wings, up to this very day, is one of my most favorite #romanceclass books that I’ve ever had the chance to read. It’s light, heartwarmingly conservative, filled with bits and pieces of Filipino Theatrical Culture, and the message that it exudes to its readers is not just positive, but it’s also seemingly moving. And one of the reasons why I continuously love and support the book / series is because of my endless love for its characters. Today, I’d love to share with you all how much I adore one of the characters from Waiting in The Wings, Pio Alvez, through my review of his spinoff, Like Nobody’s Watching.
I’ve been anticipating Pio’s story ever since I turned the last page of Waiting in The Wings. I’ve had such high expectations, seeing that I absolutely adored Erin and Ramon’s story, and the author, Tara Frejas, along with Pio, and his cast of new characters, most definitely did not disappoint. Readers were given a fresh, new story that’s perfect, not just for fans of its forerunner, but also for those who’s in the market for light, yet meaningful stories. It’s also extremely fast-paced, and those who are looking for the kind of one-sitter stories will find delight in Like Nobody’s Watching.
Pio and Audrey’s story focused on conservative themes such as close-family ties, and the importance of trust and faith in relationships, and I can’t even express how much I appreciated this because I feel like this is an underrated topic, especially in books. Filipinos are naturally close to their families, and I love seeing this Pinoy trait on print. Both Pio and Audrey came from such sweet families, and to see just how much they value them is a wonderful thing altogether. I can’t help but feel elated to know that readers from all over the world can develop this uniquely Filipino trait just by reading this book. And being true to your partner and being faithful in all forms is always a great trait to have, whether you be Filipino, American, or whatever. I loved this book mainly because of these concepts.
With regards to individual character traits, I think it suffice to say that Pio Alvez and Audrey Alonzo are tremendous people who works great both as individuals and as a pair. Pio’s your not-so-average boy-next-door actor who’s as passionate as he is flirty *winks* and he has found his equal in Audrey, a woman of substance that’s been wronged by a guy she dated for 10 years, and in trying to move on, found herself in the process. Their chemistry is undeniable, and it has been so long since I last encountered characters that seemed so destined for one another, I can’t help but feel honored to have read their story.
“As expected, I was delighted to have read Pio and Audrey’s captivating story. It’s a fast-paced spin-off that is written beautifully with characters that were all charming in their own ways, a trope that’s a well-known favorite for romance lovers, and a twist that will tug on everyone’s heartstrings. It pays great tribute to the undying relevance of close family ties, and the importance of being faithful. I had an amazing journey with Pio and Audrey, and I’m pretty sure other readers will too. Everyone deserves to read a heartfelt story at least once in this lifetime. Let Pio and Audrey’s story be that story for you.”