Blog Tour: Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao (Review + Giveaway)

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Blog Tour time again! Welcome to my stop of Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista – Yao.

Book Information:

Only A Kiss CoverTitle: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance
Purchase links: Amazon | Buqo.ph
(The book is on sale for ONLY $0.99 until February 14!)
Summary
When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

My Thoughts:
For the nth time, I am going to say again that I am truly a fan of best-friends-turned-lovers stories. This is the reason why the blurb of Only A Kiss made me want to read it. However, I know that everyone has a unique love story to tell so I was really interested to know how the friendship of Chris and Katie bloomed into romance.

Only A Kiss was really an enjoyable read for me. I like that every stages of the characters’ life was tackled in the story. I also like that both have experienced love from other people before they found themselves in each other’s arms. The story of Katie and Chris reminds me that if two people are really meant to be, they will always end up together in the end.

What I love most about the story is the alternating point of view of the  male and female protagonists. As a woman, I am always curious and excited to hear (or read) from a male perspective. Chris’ POV has somehow gives me an affirmation that men are truly visual in nature. Haha!

If you also have a knack for unfriendzone-stories like me, maybe this one is for you.

My Rating: ★★★

About the Author:

Ines Bautista-Yao (1)Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/.

She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is facebook.com/inesbautistayao.

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Giveaway Time!!!
Ines is giving away lots of things!
For Philippine residents:
One (1) winner will get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, a gift card from FILA, and a back issue of CAST comic book
Two (2) winners will each get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, light up laces, and back issue of CAST comic book
For everyone:
FIve (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS
Here’s the code for the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s the link to it.
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January Reads

I’ve mentioned in my last post that I’m challenging myself to read 30 book in 2014. However, I haven’t thought of identifying any specific book to read this year so maybe, to start the year right, I will once again attempt to make a monthly reading plan to avoid neglecting my personal bookish commitments.

For January, I plan to read the following:

1. The Elements of Style by W. Strunk and E.B. White. I am actually halfway through this book and this is sort of a review of my past grammar lessons.

2. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. This is my Book Club’s choice for face-to-face discussion. Since I promised that I will try not to be a delinquent bookclubber this year, I am determined to read this book and TRY to actively participate in the online discussion. You may also want to eavesdrop in our online discussion. 🙂

3. Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao.  This is a blog tour commitment. 

In addition to these books, I also plan to   read the Books of Lamentations and Ezekiel from the Bible. 🙂

Goal Setting

Oh, hello there book blog! I missed you. So we’re now in 2015 and since it’s the start of the year, here’s a mandatory post on setting my reading goals for the year.
But before that, let me recall what happened to my last year’s reading goals and challenge.

Let me start with the good news. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I am really glad that I was able to finish my challenge of reading 40 books. (okay, I also have to admit that I cheated a little because my original goal was to read 50 books in 2014, haha!). Regardless, goodreads says I have completed my reading challenge so it’s still accomplishment, right?!

The bad news is, I wasn’t able to achieve the goals I’ve set during the last quarter of 2014. But I think it’s okay and I don’t regret it at all. Maybe because I’ve already settled in my heart that reading is NOT the MOST essential thing in my life. It’s just the icing on the cake so forget about that unfulfilled goals.

So for this year, I’d like to set a lower goal of reading 30 books  because I know can re-adjust once I’ve completed it.

So there, happy new year friends!