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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.

Interested?

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.

Billion Dollar Marriage by Alyssa Urbano

Billion Dollar Marriage by Alyssa Urbano book cover.

Billion Dollar Marriage Author: Aerithsage & Alyssa Urbano

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.

Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi

Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi book cover.

Bucket List to Love Author: C.P. Santi

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
and sushi”.

Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto

Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto book cover

Love and Gravity Author: Samantha Sotto

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.

Never Just Friends by Mina V. Esguerra

Never Just Friends by Mina V. Esguerra book cover.

Never Just Friends Author: Mina V. Esguerra

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.

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista book cover.

No Holding Back Author: Kate Evangelista

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?

Tame the Kitten by Bianca Mori

Tame the Kitten by Katrina Ramos Atienza book cover.

Tame the Kitten Author: Katrina Ramos Atienza

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.

The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza book cover.

The Boyfriend Backtrack Author: Dawn Lanuza

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 Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

The Kitchen When it Sizzles by Chrissie Peria book cover.

The Kitchen When it Sizzles Author: Chrissie Peria

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
Choice Awards.

Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Til Death: A Fractured Souls Novel by Kate Evangelista book cover.

Til Death: A Fractured Souls Novel Author: 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?

Vintage Love by Agay Llanera

Vintage Love by Agay Llanera book cover.

Vintage Love Author: Agay Llanera

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.

Happy reading!

This post is also featured at National Bookstore Blog

 

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