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A Match Made in Lipa

Carla de Guzman’s A Match Made in Lipa is the sequel to Sweet On You and features another shopkeeper on the street called the Laneways, but you don’t have to have read Sweet On You to enjoy this one. And oh, how you will enjoy this one! Anton Santillan (Santi) and Kira Luz grew up together in ...

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Truth or Dare

Looking for a spicy friends-to-lovers erotic romance that really earns its “burning” rating? Look no further than Brianna Ocampo’s Truth or Dare. Cassie has yearned for her best friend Tino since they were teens, but after her one overture was rebuffed nine years earlier, she’s done her b ...

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Arsenic and Adobo

During the early nineties and nones, I spent a lot of my time reading about how caterers, bakers, innkeepers and tea shop owners had clients drop dead of murder at their eateries/events/hotels and then went about solving the crime before the incident ruined their business. Stepping into that long st ...

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One Night at the Penthouse Suite

Cora Ciacho’s father raised her from childhood to take over the Ciacho Group mega-corporation, but since his passing, things haven’t been going well. Her board of directors is scheming, she’s at odds with her mother and sister, and someone’s spreading corporate rumors. It’s not a great tim ...

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Sweet on You

I first learned about the writing of Romanceclass in the Philippines when I interviewed Bianca Mori for the Tropical Romance Book Club. Both Mori’s novella One Night at the Palace Hotel and another #romanceclass novel by Mina V. Esguerra, Kiss and Cry, have been DIKs for me, so I was quite excited ...

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Tempting Hymn

Amazon’s listing data for the Sugar Sun series is a bit confusing, but Tempting Hymn is definitely book 1.5, and  I strongly recommend that you do not read it first, because its entire premise is a spoiler for book one. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed the appearances by the characters I ded ...

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Kiss and Cry

There’s just something about ice skating stories. Calinda Valerio and Ramirez Diaz-Tan met a decade earlier, when they were both regulars at the same Manila rink, she for figure skating, he for hockey. Calinda was twenty, but her parents demanded she not date, lest dating, or marriage, or pregn ...

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One Night at the Palace Hotel

In this Philippines-set novella, Consuelo de la Red’s night of reckoning has come. Her property tycoon boyfriend is opening the Palace Hotel, and he’ll be asking her to marry him, a bargain that exchanges his family’s money for Consuelo’s family’s old and storied name. What the boyfriend d ...