Done with What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerra, it is part of Chic Manila Series with the story of Damon and Andrea and also, the second book (but the first ARC) I read from Mina V. Esguerra. Release date is today, November 25. Yay!
What You Wanted
Mina V. Esguerra
It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.
But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?
My Random Thoughts...
Well this part is the actual review, but they are sooooooo.... random.
1. I didn't like Andrea. Period. That was my initial reaction when I was at the beginning of the story. I just hated the fact that she could have sex whenever and wherever she wanted, and that was WHATEVAH! But, (yes, there was a 'but') I learned to love her as I flipped more pages. Her upfront wasn't an easy task girl!
2. What You Wanted was not the type of book I would actually read. The words ONE NIGHT STAND would probably have prevented me from reading this kind of romance story. And yes, Andrea, the main protagonist wasn't the type of MC I would actually support or root for (her sister, Julie, was the character I was rooting for at the beginning of the story because I could relate to Julie, being called manang hi-hi). It felt wrong for some reason and seemed like I was practicing discrimination, and I didn't want that. So, I got out of my comfort zone and read the whole book. No harm done, I think. (I know very well that my judgment getting affected by my preferences, sucks! Forgive me, but it happens a lot.)
3. Andrea and Damon weren't the ideal love birds I would expect from an HAE story. No. They weren't really. Strange, but I loved the chemistry hovering between them. I never imagined myself being one in that kind of relationship, but this story had given me a second thought for just a while, just maybe. They had this give and take relationship. Everything was two-way. They understood each other, though it was rocky on the process, still as functioning adults of a decent society (I think). They made it through, overcoming their inhibitions and doubts about love, they discovered true love that was already there all along.
Left mark in me and I just love them.
Nothing was wrong with me. I got screwed, that was all.
~Andrea*I can so relate with this line, pretending nothing is really wrong, pretending that everything is just the way it was. Girl!!!
Bitter tears. I want them to cry bitter tears, Damon.
~Andrea*She's being bitchy here, and I loved her for that.
You win. Go back to your bad habit and I'll go back to mine.
~Damon*Him being like this broke my heart.
Let's not try to rewrite history.
*The moment when she realized that she was the coward one all along, and it was the time to exercise the final verdict, that was throwing her pride and choosing love. Meeting Damon halfway!
Rating: 4 STARS
About the Author
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (), she documents her experiments in publishing.
When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.
Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).