I received this book for free for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao
Published by Chamber Shell Publishing on 29th November 2014
Genres: Chicklit, Romance
Source: for a Blog Tour
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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.
Thank you to Dianne for letting me take part in this blog tour. I adored this book.
Chris and Katie are best friends. Katie is strong minded, a little bossy where as Chris is a go with the flow kinda guy. They have known each other pretty much all their lives and this book drops in on them and different points in their lives.
Sometimes when a book skips years you feel like you are missing out but Ines provided enough summary for the years that had gone by that you didn’t feel like that.
From the first page of this book I loved it. I couldn’t put it down and read half of it in one sitting. This book is very well written. You can tension building at just the right times and when it all comes crashing down you are crying right along with the characters. This book had a simple plot that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until you have made two new best friends in Chris and Katie. There were times when I could feel each of their hearts shattering into a million pieces (I admit mine was breaking right along with them). I don’t know how they kept it together and carried on being friends with each other when it would have hurt so much.
One tiny thing that could have improved the books is a glossary page explaining some of the Filipino terms as I found myself wondering what they meant.
I honestly loved this book so much and I can’t wait to read more of Ines’ books.
When Katie entered the living room in her midnight blue gown that showed off her shoulders and clung to all the right places, places he had never noticed before, his breath caught in his throat. Her hair was all wavy and loose down her back but it looked like she had done something to it because it looked shinier. And she was radiant. Her eyes were sparkling, her lips were glossy—it could have just been the illusion brought on by makeup, but still, he felt as if he were standing next to someone else. Someone he had asked to the ball, not because she was his best friend, but because there was something about her that he wanted to get to the bottom of—because there was something about her that was slowly reeling him in. And at that moment, he realized he wasn’t just anticipating the hype, he was already living it.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: