(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: I Heart Iloilo #1
on February 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.
Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can't. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something's about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn't her.
Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs...
Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he's ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he's known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he's about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.
Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs...
I now heart Iloilo, and I’ve never even had this place on my radar! Clarisse David broke out into the YA world with her novella Prom Queen Perfect, but this—this! Oh my goodness, this is how romance should always be written, sweet with the perfect dash of salty.
Think One Tree Hill in the Philippines and you have how much I loved this book. Lance Ordonza had it all: Superman good looks, money to spare, and the attention of all the girls at his Catholic school in Iloilo. The only girl that wanted nothing to do with him: Melissa Ortiz and her big dipper freckles on the back of her neck. I really liked Lance. He had Nathan Scott written all over him—hence the OTH reference—and even had the basketball talent to match. He might not have been making his way to the pros, but still—tall, dark, and handsome, anyone? The more I got to know Lance, the more I liked him. He showed a vulnerable side that made me want to give him a huge hug, and his crush on Mel didn’t compare to his past relationships. His growth throughout the book was perfect and well paced. I laughed at the immature jokester I met and swooned over the boy just looking for someone to love.
Melissa lived under the watchful eye of her father, the main reason that she didn’t want to admit her feelings for the resident bad boy of the school. Underneath the girl trying to please her father, Mel was carefree, the girl that enjoyed playing the ukulele and drinking cola slurpees at the 7-11 with her best friend. I liked her sense of style and the way that she looked at the world. She complimented Lance perfectly, as they were complete opposites. I enjoyed reading as she fought her way out of her shell and had to learn what meant the most to her. Accepting she had feelings for Lance was only one leg of the journey; she had a lot more to learn about herself.
I loved the side characters! Can book two please be about Cam and Hunter? Pretty please, Clarisse? I’m already itching to read the next installment in this series. One Tree Hill fans will devour this novel. I laughed, I swooned, and I speedily flipped through the pages to see what would happen next. If you’re not already a Clarisse David fan, you will be after this book.