Tuesday, April 9, 2019

#REVIEW: Kiss and Cry (Six 32 Central #2) by Mina V. Esguerra

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Kiss and Cry by Mina V. Esguerra
Publisher: Bright Girl Books
Release Date: March 1st, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women's skating, and he was the superstar forward of men's hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.

Ten years later, they meet again as gold medalists and prominent sports advocates, still single and undeniably attracted to each other. It's still not a good time for them, because Ramirez is retiring from hockey and moving back to the United States. Calinda doesn't do relationships, really, and proposes they use his final three weeks in Manila to explore what might have been, and do all the things they wish they'd done (there's a list!). Then he can leave for good, and they can both move on with their lives without this one regret.
This was a total random find that I found in the book blogger tag on Twitter, where the author was promoting pre-ordering the ebooks version.  She marketed it using The Cutting Edge, so I was sold. Also it was about hockey, and a book about hockey in a country that is a non-traditional market for the sport, so I was super interested in this one!

I haven't read a lot of books set in The Philippines, other than Crazy Rich Asians, so this was a different book than what I was used to. I definitely like to read books outside of myself, so I was really interested to read about this book and see the culture and what life was like in Manila. I definitely loved reading about how Ram was trying to help grow hockey in this non-traditional market.

The romance in this one was cute. It's a second-chance relationship between a figure skater and hockey player who were attracted to each other when they were younger, but Calinda let her parents tear them apart. The figure skating and hockey parts of this was very minimal, which was slightly disappointing to me. It feels like more of a backdrop since the book is more about the romance between these two. It's really about them trying to make up for lost time, and knowing that Ram is not going to be staying in Manila, so their relationship has an expiration date.

My heart kind of broke for these two later in the book, and I also wanted to shake them. They were both being so stupid, because I knew they loved each other, but it seemed like there just weren't fighting for that love. There are definitely some sexy romance times in this book, but I don't think they were too many or that descriptive. I'd say this is low to mild heat rating in the romantic scenes in this one.

There are other books in this series, but I'm more interested in the hockey part of it, so I haven't decided if I'm going to read book one yet. I definitely think if you like a good second chance romance you will like this book.

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