Hello! Ines Bautista-Yao’s Only A Kiss Blog Tour makes its stop on my blog today!
Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance
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.
What I Think:
There is nothing like a story about best friends who fell in love with each other that can make me kilig (swoon) as much. This is the reason why I didn’t hesitate to join the blog tour after reading the blurbof this feel-good novella.
The story spans years and is told in shifting POVs between the main characters. It starts when Katie and Chris were 9 years old and continues through their high school and college years until they are young adults. The tone of the narrative gets serious along the way as both Katie and Chris grow older. I loved reading about Katie’s thoughts especially her 9 year-old self. For me, this was the chapter that I really enjoyed the most because of all the innocence and purity. There were fun and cute scenes in this chapter that made me recall my own childhood. The chapter during Katie and Chris’ teenage years is also very easy to relate to. First love, first heartbreak, the awkward stage of being in high school — all are common experiences and there is a thing or two here that anybody can easily identify with.
And then, of course, there is the favorite topic on friendship and romantic relationship. Is it all right to fall in love with your best friend? What if he/she doesn’t reciprocate your feelings? Will it be worth the risk? Is there even any risk at all, in the first place?
Only A Kiss reminds me of fairy tales I used to read as a child. I know that despite everything the characters go through, despite their pain and their conflict, they will still find each other again in the end. I know that there will be a happy ending but I kept on reading because I became too invested in the lives Kati and Chris and I want to cheer them on and wish them well.
My Rating: 3/5 stars.
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.
Paperback copies are now available in Fully Booked and
soon in National Bookstore.
About the author
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.
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
Five (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS