Dare To Love
by C. P. Santi
Restoration architect Giada Manahan’s heart has begun to resemble the adobe walls she loves. At least that’s what her friends say. But Gia knows better—she’s just being cautious. After all, as a single mom, her kids are her first priority.
But one drunken night, her friends push her into a trippy crystal healing ritual. Gia thinks it’s a joke . . . until a few days later, she finds a half-naked stranger in her bed.
Hot, tatted anthropologist Alex Roces is exactly the kind of guy Gia should avoid. But when they end up sharing a house, Gia finds Alex’s charms increasingly difficult to resist.
Will Gia continue to keep the walls around her heart? Or will she finally give in to its demands?
C.P. Santi had me at the half-naked man on the bed. Seriously. And boy, he’s got tattoo, too? Dayum!
Dare To Love is my fourth C.P. Santi novel and everytime I read her book, I always have this satisfied smirk on my face, that tells “hot damn, that was awesome!” *woot, woot*
I love a lot of things in this story. There were the priests (yes, priests!) who were like big brothers to the main character, Gia, who happened to have a priest for a twin brother. Interesting, right? It’s been years since I last read a book that involved priests so this was a welcome change from all the eroticas I’ve read the past few days. The priests here were a bunch of happy responsible people who wanted to protect Gia and her children at all costs. Yes, Gia had two kids out of wedlock, she hadn’t been lucky in love, that’s why her friends and even her Manang Sally arranged dates for her. Oh and what about those crystals and pink lights caressing her aura and such? And before I forget, those beautiful landscapes of Laguna and Manila and Cebu were something to read about. And that Guy from the past forcing his way to Gia’s future? Those moments were priceless!
And then there’s that tattooed half-naked man in her bed. Imagine rock star Adam Levine draped in a white silky blanket from his waist down.. Holy guacamole, he was a sight for sore eyes and I wouldn’t mind feasting my eyes on him! Oh Alex, can you not?? Can’t blame Gia for not trusting the guy though, with all those disappearing acts and phone calls from girls that she had eavesdropped on. Will Gia ever dare to love again after all the heartaches she’s been through?
Ahh, love is such a bittersweet feeling. So much emotions I had in this book. So many guffaws, so many feels.. Gia and her twin brother were two distinct characters that the readers would enjoy knowing. June and Andy, Gia’s friends were the kind of friends you’d love to get crazy with. The provincial setting – perfect! Love the culture, the tradition, the sights and sounds and the restoration projects were to look forward to. And the religious aspect on the story was quite an endearing subject. I am a Catholic myself and could totally relate with all things traditional in this book.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely! Would I read this again soon? Absolutely! Would I stop gaping and dreaming about Alex? Negative!
CP Santi, you’re my muse! Your stories always make me kilig and dreamy. Can I keep you, pretty please?
About C. P. Santi:
CP. Santi is a Filipina author based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / indie songwriter and a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking and baking, and enjoys feeding people, gorging on chocolate, watching J-doramas, belting it out in the karaoke box, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.
In another life, she is also an architect and academic.
Social Media links:
Twitter / Wattpad / Instagram: @arkicpsanti