Someday With You and Other Stories by Ines Bautista-Yao
Publication Date: February 1st by Romance Class Books
Source: ARC from the Author
A broken heart doesn’t mean the end of the world. In this short story compilation, Patrick, Toby and Andrew still continue to hope for and dream of their own happy ever after,
Someday With You
Five years ago, when they were teenagers in college, they’d made a pact to come back to this same spot, no matter where they were in the world, no matter who they had become. But five years wasn’t enough to erase the heartache Patrick felt when Andrea disappeared from his life when he thought he’d lost her for good. And now that the time has come, he can’t keep the feelings from rushing back to the surface, possibly messing up his life once more.
One Last Thing
All Toby wants is to keep Angela from falling in love with someone else. That isn’t too much to ask considering he’s already won her over and she’s finally convinced he isn’t just another spoiled, rich boy. But when his buddy Jake enters the picture, Angela seems to be slipping away. Toby has to make the hardest decision of his life and that might even mean letting go.
Things I’ll Never Say
Andrew, Penny, and Raffy aren’t what you call regular teenagers. They’re hugely popular models of hot, teen clothing brand Pineapple Slice. Though all three have become celebrities in their own right. Fans passionately ship Penny and Raffy (with a hashtag to match). What nobody knows is that Andrew has been in love with Penny ever since he heard her laugh at one of his lame jokes. So when she tells him she wants out of their charmed existence, he starts to panic. But he also wonders if this is his chance to claim the happy ending he’s always hoped for.
I received an ARC of this book from the Author. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
This is such a short read but it was really satisfying. I particularly enjoyed reading this because it’s from the male characters’ POV. I always find male POVs fascinating and I’m glad that the book clicked just right for me.
The first story, Someday with You, follows Patrick and his sort of once-requited love for his college friend Andrea. Patrick has been invited for a camping trip along with his college friends, including Andrea. But since Andrea disappeared, he wasn’t sure if Andrea really was coming. I really enjoyed how the story was told as flashbacks, and it’s really a sad story. I could feel Patrick’s genuine emotions and it’s my favorite thing from the story.
One Last Thing might be my favorite from the three. Although, it was a bit hard to relate with Toby, still the story was good! It’s so sad I could cry just by thinking about it. It’s basically a great tale of grief, letting go, and moving on. I really enjoyed reading Toby, Angela, and Jake’s story. I also enjoyed Sascha’s snarky and sassy character.
The last story, Things I’ll Never Say, is about three models, Penny, Raffy, and Andrew. This one’s a really cute story. Andrew has been in love with Penny for so long, and I really loved how the story moved. It’s pretty much a given that this is a HEA story but still, I enjoyed how things unfolded.
This is the third book I’ve read from Ines, and honestly, she never fails to make me feel kilig with her well-written stories.
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