Be Still, My Heart: 10 Must-Read Romances by Filipino Authors
French isn’t always the language of love, and especially not when it comes to
romance novels, majority of which is written in English. An even bigger surprise
for local readers is that some of today’s romance bestsellers have been penned
by Filipino authors.
If you’re thinking yes, make my heart skip a beat, then you’re in luck because
we’ve got just the list for you.
If you’re the type to devour billionaire romances like chocolate, then Urbano’s
debut novel is guaranteed to be to your taste. Just be warned: it might be a little
hotter than what you may be used to reading from Filipino authors.
Think Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss…only this time you have
cool and fun Tokyo as a setting, a Filipina heroine, a hot Japanese tutor, and a
bucket list that might have you booking for the next flight to the “land of sakura
Andrea was seven when she first saw him through a crack in the wall: a candle, a
window, a desk – and a boy. Summoning him has become an obsession since
then, and when Andra turns seventeen, she receives a 300-year- old love letter
from Isaac Newton.
A climate change conference may not be your usual romance novel setting, but
the off-the- charts chemistry between “zombie apocalypse buddies” Lindsay (a
play-it- safe environmental consultant) and Jake (a gorgeous, wildly successful
TV show host) somehow makes it work.
The first of two books by Kate Evangelista on this list, No Holding Back is a love
story between best friends Nathan and Preston. And yes, it’s LGBT, but that
doesn’t make it any less of a romance, does it?
In this fast-paced, scorching-hot read, Kit Torres is cursed with the most awful
luck when she finds herself saddled with the responsibility of babysitting
motorcycle superstar Fab Magnani.
Most girls look to the future when searching for Mr. Right. In The Boyfriend
Backtrack, however, a surprise wedding proposal suddenly has Regina Cortes
combing through her eventful past (read: colorful list of exes) in hopes of finding
the right guy.
The title says it all, but if you want more deets then think hotshot chef, a lady
who’s almost perfect except for her inability to cook, and an exciting, food-centric
romance. Also, this book won Romance in English in 2015’s Filipino Reader’s
Til Death by Kate Evangelista
A young girl with her head stuck in the clouds, a dark-haired, blue-eyed hunk
who seems to hate her for no reason…doesn’t that spell the exact kind of YA
paranormal romance you can’t get enough of?
Life is full of expiration dates. Or so the story goes for this quick fun read about a
26-year- old TV executive who’s still hung up over her ex.
Once you start working through this list, just remember to have tissues handy for
the tearjerker moments, something to fan your face when things get a little too
steamy, and maybe some good old smelling salts in case the romance has you in
danger of swooning.
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