buqo YA Bundle 5 – Perfect Moments
A Moment Like This by Sue Donymko | Anything You Want Me To by Audrine Pascal | Something Real by Charm Jacinto | Match Point Mishap by Madelyn Tuviera |
Someone To Care by Jessica Larsen | The Offside by KZ Riman
Sometimes you’ll meet your match: at detention, on the badminton court, in a resort hotel in Davao, at a lab, in a foster home, at an epic party. You’ll never know. But always keep your heart ready for that perfect moment. Read these stories and experience the bliss of first love.
The Little Writer joins a blog tour for the first time! Buqo YA‘s fifth bundle, Perfect Moments, features six stories of love taking place at the exact and most unexpected moment. All six stories were written by Filipino authors and are set in the Philippines. TLW will be featuring three of the six stories in the bundle: A Moment Like This, Anything You Want Me To, and Match Point Mishap.
In A Moment Like This, Kris finds herself stuck in Davao during the height of a storm. Her only refuge is an expensive room at Mango Hotel. Before she could even decide if she should take it or not, a very sick-looking Noel comes and tries to take the room for himself. Kris is faced with two choices: leave the hotel and brave the storm or share the room with the handsome stranger. I have never been to Davao, but I have been stuck outside in the middle of a storm. I know that desperate times would call for desperate measures, so despite all of the Criminal Minds and Bones episodes I’ve watched, I would’ve taken Noel’s offer as well. (Well, it does help that Noel’s supposedly handsome. Haha!) This is one of the story’s strengths: Sue Donymko managed to make Kris’ decision practical and logical. It was also nice to see how Kris and Noel forged a friendship despite the latter’s recent heart break. Usually, characters who recently had their heart broken would be cold and annoying, but Noel was the opposite and that characterization was refreshing. Sue managed to pull off a seemingly cliché situation and give it a twist in the end.
While Kris’ storm is nature-related, Via’s is more on the relationship side. Before she even gets to show off her new beau, Via of Anything You Want Me To finds out through Facebook that her relationship has been one-sided. Enter Franco, BFF Inez’s big brother. They’ve never really been close, but for some reason, he tries to uplift her spirits by pulling her into a handful of crazy situations. Suddenly, Via is seeing Franco in a whole new light. Author Audrine Pascal reminds us ladies who have had BFFs with older brothers to stop and look at said brothers. I’ve had a best friend with an annoying kuya and I honestly never thought of hooking up with him. Franco, though, makes me reconsider things. Audrine created a kuya we will break the rules and fall in love with. Via is a younger version of us in the social network generation. She is creative and responsible, but also very assuming and naive. I liked how she learned from her mistakes and apologized for them in the end. Audrine didn’t only share a love story; she also taught the readers some valuable life lessons.
Of all the stories in this bundle, Madelyn Tuviera delivers the most controversial one on Match Point Mishap. Lester is trying get back on his feet—both on and off the court. The last thing he needs is someone like Wency David who will just turn his world upside down. But the more Lester tries to pull away, the more he finds himself being pulled in. Despite the 60,000 plus word count, Madelyn manages to keep me wanting for more of Lester and Wency’s story. I’ve read my fair share of M/M stories before, but this one even makes Lester’s girlfriend, Jessica, lovable. Girlfriends in these kinds of stories are usually bitchy and childish, but Jessica is smart and mature. Jude also deserves his own fan club for being the best friend any guy could have. (Is it too much to ask for a part two or a side story for Jude and/or Jessica?) A warning to all who will read Lester and Wency’s love story though: Madelyn turns up the heat a little and boy does she know how to make the moment hot!
Want more? Perfect Moments features three more stories that will make you fall in love and wish that you’d have your own, well, perfect moment. Get a copy of this book (and all the other bundles) on Buqo for only Php 90.00. I promise you won’t regret it!
Also, don’t forget to join the giveaway and win a powerbank from Buqo! (The giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. Prizes to be picked up at the Buqo office in Manila.)
Rating : ★★★★✩
A Moment Like This by Sue Donymko
Kris Mercado and Noel Abad are trapped in a posh resort hotel in Davao City during a particularly bad flood. After spending almost everyday together, they realize that they are undeniably attracted to each other. But reality bites as usual, and they now have to decide whether to chalk their romance up to forced circumstances or to explore what could be the sweetest love they’ve been looking for…
Anything You Want Me To by Audrine Pascal
Oh, Via. Such in a hurry to have a boyfriend. Now look who got dumped on social media, just before the epic party happening tonight.
So why is she hanging out with Franco Castañer? It’s all good – Via’s always been immune to all that yummy goodness, him being her best friend’s brother and all.
But is Franco actually being flirty? Or is she just reading too much into this? How exactly do you decode the species they call boy?
Vodka shot, anyone?
Something Real by Charm Jacinto
Hailey’s principle is heart over mind. It’s Rick or nothing at all. Brett’s scholarship comes first. His, was mind over matters of the heart. A laboratory experiment in Physics brought them together making their lives entangled with each other. From lab partners to having a crossfire of misread signals to friendship. Will they ever find the perfect formula when it comes to the principle of love?
Match Point Mishap by Madelyn Tuviera
“Shit happens to the best of us,” goes a saying, and Lester Torres, a now-starving student-artist, cannot agree more. The family business has reached a steady decline. His parents are distraught. His education is at the risk of being put on hold because tuition’s too expensive, impractical. Something they are no longer able to afford. Unwilling to give up, he tries to apply for an athletic scholarship in the hope of keeping the dream alive. He was in the high school badminton varsity team, after all. Might as well put his dormant skill to good use, right? He aces the first few matches, winning them in a breeze, and thinks that he’s got this scholarship in the bag already. Easy as pie.
Enter a talented player by the name of Wency David, and Lester lands the first missed service of his game.
Someone to Care by Jessica Larsen
After her parents die in an accident, Jennelle is passed around by her relatives. Hindi siya tumatagal ng isang taon sa piling ng mga kamag-anak bago siya itulak ng mga ito patungo sa iba. At fifteen, nalibot na yata niya lahat ng isla sa Pilipinas. Not that she cares, because she has learned from the moment she loses her parents that not getting too involved with anyone will keep her from getting hurt. Subalit nagbago ang lahat ng iyon nang makilala niya si Valentine, ang adopted son ng distant relative niya kung saan siya sunod na titira. Like her, Valentine has been orphaned at a young age, but unlike her, Valentine loves to keep everyone close—except her. And as if sharing a home wasn’t enough of a torture, they would also be attending the same school.
The Offside by KZ Riman
All I wanted was to move on to sophomore year. And, of course, to have Soccer God Mattheus Estevez back into my life, despite my brother’s incessant demands that I stopped dating jocks. What I didn’t count on, though, was to go through detention work with Geovanne Estevez, Mattheus’ identical twin brother, just so I’d realize both. And what I found baffling about it all was how Geovanne seemed to be putting a lot more effort into it than we had all bargained for, making this detention the best one yet.