- File Size: 1627 KB
- Print Length: 110 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing (November 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PI7SDW2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Only A Kiss Kindle Edition
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Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao is a lovely afternoon read. I spent the whole time curled around my coffee mug, smiling and remembering innocent love. The author does a wonderful job of expressing the whole experience, the writing is blessedly error-free, and the illustrations are in keeping with the overall feel of the story. The author provides a glossary at the end for the few words that were new to me.
Recommended Read. Perfect for YA readers. This is a sweet romance. It is a clean read.
Bautista-Yao’s writing is solid and expressive. Romance is not a genre I generally enjoy because it gets too mushy without much depth of character. However, Chris and Katie are real. The progression of their relationship from childhood playmates through the rollercoaster of young infatuations and on to a mature and abiding love is touching. They overcome obstacles without and within, and that I can get into. This story was a real treat.
Oh, and the cover art is gorgeous!
Katie & Chris, best friends since little kids but never realized that they're perfect to each other. At age nine, both experienced their first kiss during a wedding. (I thought that was so cute, having a kid of my own who's also 9 years old & already sending love-letters to his crush). Katie & Chris remained friends all throughout highschool, with a slew of crushes, broken hearts, older brothers and new-found friends in between. It wasn't until Chris made a sketch/drawing of Katie when he realized he must have been in love with his best friend all along. But Andrew was already in the picture, so where did that leave him?
I liked that there is character growth and seamless plot in Only A Kiss. The author takes you on a spin as she blends romance and angsty teenage drama perfectly. In this era of gadgets, tablets, & internet, sometimes all you need is a sketch or a drawing of that special someone to realize that your true love is just in front of you, no wi-fi connection needed. You will see yourself laugh, love, swoon, cringe, grin, and even cry. Wonder if there's something I didn't like in the book? Well, there is - the fact that the story ended after a kiss - on page 106! (On my Kindle, that is). Seriously, I could have gone on reading about Chris & Katie forever. I love the feeling of being love when reading books like this, especially since it’s Valentine’s Day. But the book has to end. Is it too much to ask for a sequel, Miss Ines Bautista-Yao? You deserve two thumbs up and a kiss from me :)
The strength of this book is in the characterization and the believable narration which ages with the kids. They feel like kids, then teens, then young adults. They are likable and relatable throughout, with believable foibles as well as strength.
I liked that this kept its non-US setting without feeling confusing to someone who has never been there, just enough non-English words thrown in to give it character (there's a glossary in the back, but I never needed it).
My only two small quibbles were occasionally the story would skip forward in time and then catch us up with "what we'd missed" in the last few years through a quick "sum up" narrative. Once or twice I lost track of the timeline because of this, but only for a moment. Also, if you are considering this for a younger reader, there is some drinking at parties for fairly young characters.
I really enjoyed this lighthearted read and finished it quickly. It's a happy, hopeful, interesting love story.
This was a beautifully-written, pleasant read for me. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet story about young love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. I loved stepping into the Philippines, and watching Kate and Chris grow up together. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
"Only a Kiss" is a nice, light, kilig weekend read -- Perfect for destressing yourself. 😊 I can't wait to read Ines' other books.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A cute, quick romantic read--but more essentially, a great story of abiding friendship and the importance of growing up together in a supportive way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurel Garver
Wonderful story! It was so sweet. There is something nostalgic about the story that all of us can relate to. The author wove the story so well, that the characters seemed real. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Avid Reader
A big five stars from me.
What an incredibly sweet story. I enjoyed this book from the first page -- and the enjoyment never let up. Read more
Wow, where do I begin? I'm so in awe of the author for being able to capture what feels like a lifetime of a blooming friendship and love in a handful of chapters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Reviewer
Only a Kiss. It's never only a kiss. Not when it marks the beginning of a special friendship.
This was a delightful, though predictable love story. Read more
This is perhaps the author's best work so far. It's a love story that developed from a childhood friendship that slowly blossomed into romantic love in adulthood. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jensi
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