Book Report: When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao

by - August 15, 2017

It's #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy and I am glad to spare myself a few books by Filipino Authors. I discovered my digital copy of When Sparks Fly in a forgotten Amazon account. I was actually halfway through Only A Kiss (another book by Ms. Ines Bautista-Yao), but I just knew I had to read this first because of the mention of the Backstreet Boys in the author's note. Because yes, I am a huge fan.

What Is It About?

The book is about Regina, a photography apprentice who likes to think that she's always second-rate next to her best friend Lana. She believes no one would notice her next to Lana who is gorgeous and charming and bubbly. Until Ben came along, the guy who is just too persistent to be with her. He could easily have been her on shot at happiness, if only Lana wasn't too heartbroken because of him.

What I Think About It

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First of all, I had to say that I kept imagining John Lloyd Cruz as Ben in this book. His conceit about being able to always get what he wants and having dated too many girls (well, he's a sportscaster, and a very good-looking one), along with his persistence to be with Regina in a dignity-all-forgotten way made him super adorable. For some reason though, I couldn't imagine Regina as an ideal main character type (or maybe this is exactly what the author would like to achieve! lol). She's just too insecure and she needs to further boost her self-confidence. I also didn't like most of her decisions throughout the story. She claimed that she's been best friends with Lana since preschool yet she couldn't trust those years of friendship to tell her best friend she wants to be happy. Also, at some point, it felt like Regina thinks Lana was partially at fault when it came to guys not choosing her when they finally met Lana, when the truth is, she practically shooed them away towards Lana's direction. And who's in her right mind who would allow his boyfriend to choose his "girl best friend" over her repeatedly? His choice in this situation shouldn't be put into question, because, c'mon! But then again, it's Regina who's the bida and not me, so I'll just let it be. But I have to say, I am not her fan in this part.

In her friendship with Lana, I imagined her as the best friend who would fight for you until the end (like Barbs in that Tagalog movie, Die Beautiful). That ever-protective best friend, and I could relate to her on that. Actually, not only that, because I also do things with Nick and Brian singing not just As Long As You Love Me in the background, but the entire Backstreet's Back album (and all the others after that CD is finished). I also liked the progress of her relationship with her boss, something I suspect also helped her character to progress a bit. And yes, I had to admit that I didn't see Alexa's scheme coming.

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My Most Favorite Quote:

But when it comes to life, sometimes… well, sometimes good things don’t come to those who wait, you know? Sometimes if all you do is sit on your butt, you get the leftovers, the dregs.

When Sparks Fly is a not-so-typical sweet romance because you get the "second lead" material as the main character, plus, you get an arrogant, seemingly playful guy who would actually cook breakfast for you just to prove you he cares. The kilig factor in this book is in a different level, something akin to the Kdramas I'd been watching last year. Needless to say, Ms. Ines Bautista-Yao is my go-to author when I need that dose of sweet and innocent romance. :-) I think it's best to curl up with this book on a lazy Sunday afternoon under a large tree, or you could pack this up when you're going to visit the lolos and lolas in the province during school breaks. 

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Sparks Fly is available on Amazon for $2.99. Or, contact the author for hard prints.

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Beth G.

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