Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Book: Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David
Series: I Heart Iloilo #1
Pages: Kindle Book
Date Published: February 6th, 2017
Source: ARC
Date Started: February 8th, 2017
Date Finished: February 28th, 2017

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…

Guys, I’m in love with Keeping the Distance. End of review. Go buy it.

No, no, I’m kidding. but I did love this book so much. I just want to say that this review was supposed to go up a couple of weeks ago, but I dropped the ball on it because of moving, going in and out of the doctors office for physical therapy, etc. A lot just happened at once, and I would have read this in one sitting if I had the time.

So I’m going to start off saying that I’ve been dying to read books by Filipinx authors. When I was a teenager, the only books I read by a Filipina author was by Melissa de la Cruz. But these were books about vampires in New York. But over the last couple of years, more and more Filipinx books have been coming across my radar, and I am so happy to see more representation in books.

Enemies to Lovers.

Keeping the Distance falls under the Enemies to Lovers category. Its one of my favorite tropes because it features so much romantic angst. I love the witty banter, and so much more. There are parts in the beginning of the book that had me howling with laughter. These two characters butt heads so many times, and it was hilarious to see them try to deal with each other. But once the romance did come along, I found myself still laughing but swooning at the same time. It was a book that just made me happy, and sometimes you just need a cute contemporary romance.

But lets get serious. 

This book wasn’t entirely all laughter and jokes. There is a serious side to this story. But not so serious that it absolutely bums you out. This book made me happy, remember? I think that this book is about living up to expectations. Both Mel and Lance have reputations and expectations to meet. But they are total opposites of each other. What I liked about this story was the fact that they had to deal with those images of themselves and decide if they liked what they saw.

Take me back home. 

Aside from the swoony romance and witty banter, I really liked the setting. As many of you know, I’m a dual citizen of the Philippines, aka where the book is set. I’ve spent more time stateside, but I’ve also spent enough time in the Philippines (specifically in Iloilo) to be able to picture this book perfectly in my head. The school, the uniforms, the city, etc. It made me wish that I could go back and visit soon!

Final Thoughts.

This was such a great book. I loved everything about it. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, the witty banter. All of it. This is such a cute romance that will surely uplift you. I’m really hoping to see more books from some of the side characters, like Cam and Hunter, or even Jace!

And because I loved this book so much, I’m going to be giving a copy of it away on my twitter! Look for a pinned tweet on my profile (which you can access via the link in the upper right corner of this page)

**Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Keeping the Distance from the author. This did not sway my opinion in any way or form.

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