Your #RomanceClass Christmas Shopping Guide! (Part 2)

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Hey everyone! Hope you were able to find new books to give your family and friends this coming holiday season OR add to your growing TBR list with the first #romanceclass Christmas shopping guide. In case you’re still looking for something in particular, here’s another set of books, sorted by the profession their characters have.

Ready? Click on the Continue Reading button for the entire list! Happy shopping!

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Your #RomanceClass Christmas Shopping Guide! (Part 1)

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I’ve always thought books are the best gifts. (There’s also food, but that’s not the point.) Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been excited by the prospect of receiving books as gifts for any occasion, and I know there are people in your life who would squee at the thought of unwrapping their presents and finding brand spanking new books for them to read and treasure.

Which is why I put together this very special shopping guide for those of you who are looking to buy your family members or friends new, Filipino-authored romance books in English for Christmas. Or maybe you want to create your own wishlist, that’s cool too!

Take a look at these #romanceclass titles I’ve sorted according to different categories. And as you window shop, please take note of the following:

  • MC = main character
  • LI = love interest

Click on the Continue Reading button to view the first part of the shopping guide. Buy links are provided.

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Deleted Scenes | “FIVE: Time Out” from Hustle Play

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In time for the Emerald Pep Rally (Settle the Score/Hustle Play blog tour) happening this weekend, I’m sharing a scene that didn’t make it to the final version of Hustle Play.

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Settle the Score/Hustle Play


College senior Garnet Figueroa lives and breathes basketball. A reliable asset to her varsity team, she is equipped with the skills and smarts to get the De La Sierra Lady Hunters closer to this year’s championship title. But Garnet soon finds out that her good friend (and long-time crush), cheerdancer Charles Crisostomo, is being cheated on by his girl, and she lets her emotions get the best of her.

Will she be able to come up with a game plan to save herself from heartbreak before the buzzer signals Game Over?


Running on pure adrenaline and working with game strategies is something a basketball player like Garnet Figueroa is trained for. On the court, she is unbeatable. Off the court… that’s a completely different story.

Because falling in love is trickier than a ball game, and Garnet finds herself fumbling over her feelings for Charles Crisostomo. The fact that her attention gets divided between him and rival school hard-court hottie Chris Barcelo doesn’t help.

Or does it?

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Click on the Continue Reading button to read the deleted scene, and why I decided to do away with it.

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Review | Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano

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1) She has amnesia.cover story girl cover
2) She’s on the run from her father’s creditors.
3) She’s enjoying her last days on earth.

Ever since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio’s small museum, she’s given him one excuse after another about why she’s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island. Rarely has Gio’s neat and organized world been shaken like this. Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars. But how can Gio tell what’s true from what isn’t? Their worlds are getting unraveled — one story at a time.

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What Drew Me In

I think that by now, it’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I am a bit of a koreaboo. Just a bit now, because I’m nowhere near the fangirl I was several years ago, when Dong Bang Shin Ki were THE hottest boys on the block. (I still enjoy my Korean dramas every once in a while, but now I’m a little more choosy as to which ones I watch. So many things to do, so little time, after all.) So of course, when I saw that one of the characters in Chris Mariano’s Cover (Story) Girl was Korean, I knew I had to read it. It took me a while to get to it–the book had been sitting on my TBR pile for a good couple of months before I started reading it–but I did, and boy, I was so happy I did. ^_^

Click on the Continue Reading button for the rest of the review. May contain spoilers–y’all have been warned.

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Title + Cover Reveal | Make My Wish Come True

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Get ready for feels this holiday season with Make My Wish Come True, a Christmas anthology by #romanceclass authors. Join a Kris Kringle and receive the perfect gift, or learn how to survive your first Christmas in Manila and the steps you need to take to be with the one you love. Go to parties that will not go according to plan, feel the cold (and probably humid) December air as you explore city streets, and count down to five minutes to Christmas. Meet kind strangers and friends that remind you of home, and discover that the one who’ll make your holidays better has been beside you all along.

With seventeen stories, there’s something for you here no matter what feels you want and need. Fall in love this Christmas with #romanceclass!

Featuring stories from:

Ysa Arcangel * Ines Bautista-Yao * Racquel Sarah A. Castro * Suzette de Borja * Carla de Guzman * Six de los Reyes * Mina V. Esguerra * Tara Frejas * Dawn Lanuza * Chris Mariano * Bianca Mori * Chrissie Peria * Chi Yu Rodriguez * C.P. Santi * Kate Sebastian * Miles Tan * Ana Tejano * Jay E. Tria * Celestine Trinidad

Cover by Miles Tan
Edited by Rix Forto


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About #RomanceClass

#romanceclass is a community of authors who attended various writing workshops organized by Mina V. Esguerra, readers of books by those authors, and readers of English-language romance books by Filipino authors. Visit to see the full catalog of books!

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