Interim Goddess of Love (series) by Mina V. Esguerra
A YA urban fantasy set in a college campus in the Philippines, featuring gods and goddesses of Tagalog folklore:
Hannah Maquiling doesn’t know why people keep telling her their love problems. They say they just feel like they can confide in her. Turns out that Hannah has been chosen to be the interim goddess of love, because the original love deity has gone missing!
Oh, the story is awesome! Check out Quin, smokin’ hot God of the Sun and Diego, the uber cool God of the Sea. The plot moves steadily, but the characters are unforgettable. Hannah helps people solve their love problems, but who will help her with hers? Will the Interim Goddess of Love find her own special someone?
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
This one is a cute and sweet romance story set in Macau (mostly). Travel blogger Five gets to go on an all-expense paid trip to a few days’ stay in Macau. During the trip, she starts to develop feelings for blogger and photographer Jesse. Just as Five thinks they might have a chance, something happens to make her doubt her feelings and regret ever going on the trip.
I reviewed the story here. It was short, but sweet, and I definitely learned some stuff about Macau, which really makes me wish that I could visit there one of these days.
Vince’s Life (series) by Vince O. Teves
Admittedly, I was surprised to find a contemporary romance that featured things from a guy’s perspective, as the genre is dominated by gals. But the story was first published as a series of posts in Seventeen Magazine, and so I was intrigued.
Vince narrates the ups and downs of his college life as he also handles his budding feelings for friend, Andrea. Aside from the romance, it’s definitely a coming-of-age story that will appeal to those who remember what it was like to hope for love.
Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza
There’s no way this list wouldn’t include a Pride and Prejudice contemporary re-telling like “Well Played”. Patrice Reyes is a soccer player and she’s hoping this semester would be her best. Until she meets the arrogant and cold math nerd Paul, who becomes her partner in a project. It’s always a nice opportunity to read about Darcy-incarnates and how this love story unfolds.
Prepare to be swept off your feet!
Amazing Grace by Tara FT Sering
This one was an unexpected find for me; it was, nevertheless, enjoyable. Grace thinks she’s found her The One in Mike, but then he transfers from Manila to Singapore for “work reasons”. And then a female co-worker seems to constantly be in most of his photos. Does Grace have something to worry about?
Taking matters into her own hands, Grace goes to Singapore to surprise her boyfriend, but will she be the one to receive the greatest shock of her life instead?
The novel is in second person, so it’s a very intriguing perspective. Also, it does a good job of showing Asian culture, as Grace travels around to find herself. Also, I’m willing to bet many millennial women will be able to relate to many of Grace’s struggles as a young, twenty-something.
Do you read contemporary romance stories by Filipino authors? If you haven’t yet, well, check them out! Have fun, share an adventure, and get to see a different side of the world.