Wednesday, January 21, 2015

[Book Review + Giveaway] Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

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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.

The type of love that happens between best friends and stays forever on is truly precious. I have become so used to that "insta-love" factor in a lot of the books that when you see a novel like Only a Kiss, you truly start to appreciate it. 

Katie & Chris really did stole my heart. Their banter and the honest talks that they had made me wish that they would come back to each other every time. Which they really did.  It kind of evolved into that fairytale but with a side of reality where you see that even though love does exists, life really tries to get through it. Really enjoyed the setting and even though it was a little slow for me personally, think it was a great read!

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About the Author:
Ines Bautista-Yao (1)Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy SummerWhat’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 She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:
She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is
Giveaway Time!!!
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
For everyone:
FIve (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS
Here’s the code for the giveaway:
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