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Love Your Frenemies

(Chic Manila #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Kimmy Domingo was the kind of girl everyone hated and envied -- until her fiancé dumped her a week before their wedding. Soon after, she quit her job, hopped on a plane, and just hid from everyone who knew her. A year later and she's back in Manila to be maid of honor at a wedding she can't miss.

Kimmy's home because she's ready to start over, but she also knows that some p
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published February 21st 2011 (first published February 11th 2011)
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K.D. Absolutely
This book is officially my 1000th read as captured here on Goodreads!

When I joined here in March 2009, I listed on paper all the books I thought I've read completely (from cover to cover) since my childhood days. I still remember the number: 97 books mostly novels. One thousand books for me means that for the past 4 years since I joined, I was able to read on the average, 220 books per year or 20 books per month or 1 book per week. Not bad for somebody who was only able to read 97 books in the p
K.J. Charles
You know the Bitchy Other Woman in many romance novels, the nasty country-club one who the hero is inexplicably going to marry only then he realises that the heroine, a far nicer human being, is The One and we cheer as he extricates himself from that awful woman? This is her story.

Kimmy was the Bitchy Other woman in an earlier novel in the series, and she is straight-up not a stellar human being. She and her best frenemy were a Heathers-type clique at school, she cheated on her fiance from the
Geri Reads
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-my-loves
Another favorite!! Kimmy was the antagonist in the first book. I was excited to see where Mina would take her character because she had quite the reputation in the previous books. And I must say I absolutely adored her story. I'm glad that Mina didn't change her character too much that she suddenly became this sweet, goody-two-shoes. Nope. She's still Kimmy Domingo but more self-aware.

Anyway, I'll do a proper review when I have the time but I'll just say this again: I love this author's charact
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Mina V. Esguerra's best book (imho), because her Kimmy reminds me of GRRM's Jaime Lannister whom I hated with a passion in A Game of Thrones. But five books later, I find Jaime's character development the most interesting. Kimmy is much the same way. She was so easy to hate in My Imaginary Ex, but Mina changed my mind and heart about her in Love Your Frenemies.

Update 15 March 2013: I read this before Interim Goddess of Love, but I still give it 5 stars because it's not easy writing about
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Original post at One More Page

The release of Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra totally made my Monday morning happier, and it also made me lose sleep because I couldn't put it down. I was so excited to read this that I put all other currently reads down, and the need to write my thoughts on feels more urgent than writing reviews for the two books that I need to review first. I can only think of two reasons why I have this urgency: it's because I really liked this book and I need to sha
Phoebe Andamo
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
At this very moment, I know that I will break some girls' hearts because of my (it's ok) rating (view spoiler). There are some of Mina Esguerra's works I like. It's just that I didn't enjoy this much; maybe because I could not relate on the characters that are beautiful, successful, liberated, mean(view spoiler), and those who have gone through past relationships because I'm quite the opposite. Though, it's good ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Another 3.5. Very robust in the character development in this one. A heroine with more issues.

Review originally posted on my book blog here

The Premise: Kimberly Domingo grew up in privilege. A fixture of the Country Club, she was raised alongside two daughters of her mother's college circle, Chesca and Isabel, who became her closest friends. In high school, she got what she wanted by being direct (and intimidating), and at work, she got ahead easily with the same directness and ambition. She wa
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2011
Originally posted here.

First off, I want to say that I love how simple yet appropriate the cover for this and Mina's other ebook, Fairy Tale Fail , are. I like them much better than the covers of My Imaginary Ex and No Strings Attached. I also find it convenient that Mina decided to go with an ebook for this one because it's much easier (and cheaper) to obtain a copy. You can buy it from either Amazon or Smashwords. I know it's a sequel of sorts to one of her other books but I believe it
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

This is Mina's third work that I've had the pleasure of reading so far. (I am into the first few chapters of Interim Goddess of Love.) After having read Fairy Tale Fail and No Strings Attached last year, I can safely conclude that Love Your Frenemies is a far better, more engaging, and substantial read than the first two.

One week before her date at the altar, Kimmy Domingo's fiance, Zack, unceremoniously dumps her. (I say unceremoniously because the dumping was made via phone call.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Reading chick-lit is like my comfort food which consists of fried chicken, spaghetti, and Coke. It is a welcome respite every time I finish books I consider as hard readings. I have actually just began reading chick-lit voluntarily this year, and I started with Emily Griffin’s Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I found that chick-lit isn’t actually that bad to my taste at all, and since I’ve heard that there’s a local author — Mina V. Esguerra — who is acclaimed in this genre, I decided to t ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
A Filipina author with two Kindle books to her name - just awesome! It's refreshing to read a story set in familiar places and with your own people as characters who talk a familiar language (Filipino English). The story was short, fast and fun. The setting is so urban chic, which is where the author is probably coming from, and I believe this is her genre (this being my second book of hers). It would be most welcome if she tries her hand on a story (chic-lit or otherwise) depicting the lower cl ...more
Marlyn Marquez
Dec 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Sorry but I didn't actually like it. The plot is a bit messy and the main character doesn't seem to even realize what she does and doesn't like. Her connection with the other characters were less complicated but they made it look like it has profound complications. I almost finished the whole book asking myself "Where's the exciting part?" and "What's the problem again?". Anyways, you can try reading it when you need to kill time. Sorry.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This review first appeared on my blog at Thoughts and Pens.

Not counting my stash of Pinoy Pocketbooks, Love your Frenemies is my very first book read—after so many years—authored by a Filipino. I admit that I got so hooked with books written by international authors that I forgot to fully explore our local book market. Oh well, I have my eyes on Tagalog Pocketbooks. Anyway, I was really happy that I spared some time to snoop around Goodreads and discovered Mina Esguerra.
Janus the Erudite Artist
Kimmy Domingo is a b*tch. Everyone hates her. So when misfortune stroke and she got left by her fiancé days before their wedding, people thought she got what she deserved. Humiliated by what happened, Kimmy packed her bags, quit her job, and hopped on the next flight off to the States, cutting off all communications from everyone in her life. After a year of going MIA, Kimmy is back in Manila, ready to claim her life back. But where to begin?...

Kimmy is not the typical heroine that I am used to.
After the high of That Kind of Guy , I had set some expectations for this one. But this book had other plans, such as tearing me apart into two. The good? I liked Kimmy and her life issues. The bad? I didn't like Kimmy and her life issues. See, I told you. This book had me confused. That's because I went into this, ready to plunge into some elaborate romance, but instead, I got elaborate drama (effing up and then more effing up). Not that I didn't enjoy or relate to that, but I thought it was ...more
Oct 23, 2012 added it
Shelves: filipiniana
Mean girl romance, and I liked it.
Celester Mejia
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jay Tria
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new favorite MVE book. Flawed love, flawed people, all too real.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good-looking, popular, Manilla professional Kimmy has gone into hiding. She was just dumped over the phone a few days before her wedding, and she can’t face the humiliation at work or within her country club barkada. She is even taking a break from the digital world, ignoring both her cellphone and her email. She only returns a year later because her best friend Chesca has asked her to be maid of honor at her wedding. Kimmy reluctantly returns, this time with the resolution to stay away from hot ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mina V. Esguerra fans
Shelves: e-book, contemporary
I recommend Love Your Frenemies.


After reading Fairy Tale Fail, my hopes weren't high that i will like another Esguerra book. Still, since it was just a short read, i gave in.

Halfway through Love Your Frenemies, I was ready to chuck my Kindle. Why? This book is about toxic relationships! thank goodness everything turned around in the end. This is my 2nd Esguerra favorite after Interim Goddess of Love.

When life screws you over, it's so easy to just pack up your things and leave, right? Right
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rachelle Ayala
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
During the weekend I had a Mina V. Esguerra-book-marathon :)and I so loved this book. :) Maybe because Kimmy, the book's main character, exudes confidence, strength and a hint of bad girl genes which is different from the damsel in distress, kawawa maiden types there is.

She is brutally frank, and she does not care what other people might think of her. Which is why at some point she deluded herself that even the people close to her could only see her on the surface. Her process of mending? Well..
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, novellas, chick-lit
This is how I felt after finishing Ms. Esguerra's latest e-book offering - :D

Having read My Imaginary Ex, I was not sure how a book all about the mean ex-fiancee from that book would turn into a likable heroine for this one, but it totally worked. My Imaginary Ex alternates between flashbacks and the present, and I really enjoyed how this book does the same thing. Although the book is related to My Imaginary Ex, reading it first is not at all necessary to enjoying this book - it stands alone qui
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would like to declare my love for Miss Mina and her works. I've only read three books from her, and Love Your Frenemies, Kimmy Domingo's story, is probably and will be my favorite. We first saw Kimmy on My Imaginary Ex as the kontrabida of Zack and Jasmine's happily ever after, not knowing the real story behind everything. Yes, that includes the "Kimmy cheats on Zack" before the wedding. And with this book, I totally get it. I understand, Kimmy, why you have to do that. I understand now and re ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the fence on this story. I didn't quite get the emotions because I think everything was rushed (at 67 pages, ebook format). I've read My Imaginary Ex and felt I could relate more to the heroine in that story compared to this one. The "Then" and "Now" chapters didn't suit me; I felt disconnected to the narrative. While I know for some it would provide a good background to the plot, I felt dislodged from the normal flow of things. I also didn't feel that much chemistry between Kimmy and Man ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
What a cute story. Well worth the $.99 I paid to purchase it. Of course, I liked the setting ..Philippines! My native country, so I caught on to the lingo/customs that it discoursed. Anyway, this book was about getting personal with Kimmy, the protagonist. We get her point of view through see-sawing of past-present time line. Although romance was in the midst, the main focus was understanding one's role in the intimate, economic, and social dynamics of family and friends. The tender twist t
Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this in preparation for an upcoming writing workshop (to be conducted by the author). Loved it. Kimmy Domingo is the girl you love to hate but I got to care for her, as the reader, because she's screwed up like anyone else (uh, like me). The pace is fast and I loved the contrast between then and now as a plot device. My only regret, I guess, is not knowing more about Manolo Mella and why he keeps falling out of Kimmy's life despite the obvious chemistry. Haha! I loved how all the bitchy cha ...more
Venessaa ♡☮♫
I really loved the lesson that I got from this book.
The story is about Kimmy. She is a girl who went away, practically, for a year to forget all about her past, which involves a wrecked weepdding and a relationship.
But the problem is, she doesn't really care about the wedding anymore. It is always the one person that keeps on coming back to he even though she doesn't want to.
Throughout the book, I've seen Kimmy do the right things and apmake everything better. Loved it!
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I

Other books in the series

Chic Manila (10 books)
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  • Fairy Tale Fail (Chic Manila, #2)
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