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When Sparks Fly

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Twenty-four-year-old photographer's apprentice Regina has always felt like the plain, dull orange next to the shiny red apple that is her best friend Lana. But then she meets Ben—the first guy to ever break Lana's heart, and the first guy to ever make Regina feel that he only has eyes for her. As Regina finds herself falling hard for Ben, she also finds herself breaking ...more
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Ines Bautista Yao
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This is Bautista-Yao's best book yet! The flirty banter between Regina and Ben is totally on-point, and I love Regina's character. She has super low self-esteem compared to her best friend Lana, to the point that she sabotages several of her own romantic prospects just because she's sure they'll eventually leave her for the much prettier Lana. We as readers know that she's totally wrong on that score, but Bautista-Yao writes it in such a way that we can understand why Regina would feel that way. ...more
Nicka (Read by Nicka)
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review:)

“Sometimes good things don’t come to those who wait. Sometimes if all you do is sit on your butt, you get the leftovers, the dregs.”

Literally no words! When Sparks Fly is now my favorite novel by Ines.

It’s about Reg, a girl who was always a shadow of her best friend Lana. She’s the smart one while her best friend was the pretty one who would always get the guys she likes. Then comes Ben, your not so typical handsome, dashing, charming guy
H.L. Burke
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Romance isn't typically my thing. I try it from time to time, but it tends to be a little too formulaic and center around characters who aren't necessarily people I find interesting ... however, I'll read this series in a heart beat (I think this is the third from this "universe" that I've read ... I think it's more a universe than a "series" because while characters from other book show up as side characters, the stories are self-contained) because of a few points.
1. the writing is clean. It
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
To tell you the truth, I was instantly enthralled with this novel the moment I laid my eyes on the cover. The design is very intricate and exquisite, lovely and mushy at the same time. It calls on me, pulling me in, drawing me further in. I know I shouldn't be judging a book by its cover, but hey, let's all be honest. Almost all of us grab the most beautifully decorated/designed cover we see in the library or bookstores. I know I do.

Anyway, moving along.. I have read some of Ines B. Yao's books
Kristy Mauna
Ines Bautista-Yao and her lovely, lovely books!!

"Regina felt wretched and wished, for the first time in a long time, that she were someone else entirely. Someone who made better choices, someone who was a better friend. Someone who trusted more in her relationships."

I enjoyed this story because of how honest Regina is as a character. Her friendship with her best friend is something special and something I wish we saw more of in books because it was so relatable. Friends fight, that's just how
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I totally read Paulo wrong! Huhuhaha.
Teya Peck
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a brand new author for me. I first saw this book on a facebook Book event I was also showcased with. For one looks so stinking cute. I love the cover. I actually like the story. It hit insecurities and some real issues for people who may have low self esteem about themselves and compare themselves. Who doesn't that touch, besides me. LOL! I enjoyed the story line, the characters. Even Miss psycho. I enjoyed her journey to see the other side of what she thought. Well done.
Queen Soleil
rating: 3.8stars

i like how this book made me feel like i was listening to a friend sharing her lovelife with me, how she met him, all the giggly stuff and it was fun!

if you are looking for some light, fun read, this is it.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet and full of spunk too

I like the dynamics between Lana and Reg, it also kept you guessing a little on how it would turn out in the end. <3
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, short, fun romance set in the Philippines. I liked the writing, the characters, the pace, and the authentic setting. Definitely a nice palette cleanser after reading so much fantasy.
Ailla Magcamit
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read full review HERE! :)

Without any biases, I can say that Miss Ines writes really ~interesting~ characters. All of them were realistic, relatable and FUN, not just the leads but the secondary characters as well. I believe that the people in the story are actually the highlight of the book.

First of is Regina. She's the character that I have been able to relate to the most. I liked how despite seeing herself as the "dull orange" beside the "shiny apple" that is her best friend, she didn't
I loved the author's Only a Kiss, and was super happy to see there was a prequel story. This one didn't hit me hard in the feels like the first book did, but it was still a sweet romance. Bautista-Yao's characters come alive on the page and I loved spending time with them.
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

When I signed up to read Ines Bautista-Yao’s When Sparks Fly in advance of a review post to be scheduled on its release day (which happens to be today!), I knew two things: one was that this would be a “sweet” romance rather than a steamy one, based on the author’s style (and by the way
Clarisse David
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

When Ines Bautista Yao posted about her upcoming book on Facebook, I almost jumped and down from excitement. First of all, I’ve read her previous work, Only a Kiss and Plain Vanilla, and swooned over both. She just has a way of writing certain details in her books that result in a KILIG EXPLOSION, like a certain boy writing down his number on a coffee cup hoping you’ll give him a call. I’ll stop now before I spoil more
Ana Tejano
* Also posted on It's Time, Ana

Gosh, look at that lovely cover. I can't choose which I liked best - the warm colors, the paper-cut design that looks like it will just pop out or will be ruined if I run my hand over it, or that really catchy title that just spellsloveandromance and all the sweet stuff. Right?

Well, not exactly. Ines's new book is a sweet romance, but there's a lot of things in Regina and Ben and Lana's story that kind of hurt. See, Regina has always been the good friend -- a loyal
Shenna Lagdameo
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer: I have received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This does affect my opinion on the book or the content of my review.*

Ines has done it again. She made me a slave of the intoxicating feels of When Sparks Fly.

How do you stop yourself from falling in love? How can I stop loving this book? Oh dear, it seems there is NO WAY.

If you have readmy review of One Crazy Summer, I already declaredwith my review that I love Ines' writing but When Sparks Fly made me love her even more!
Yeyet Soriano
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first time I read Ines Bautista-Yao’s latest romance novel, When Sparks Fly, I recalled another book that I really loved, Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. Although Emily Griffin’s book has a higher heat level and was way more complicated in terms of conflict (MC Rachel found herself in bed with her best friend’s fiancé after a birthday party), the similarities between Rachel and Regina’s dilemmas were undeniable.

At both the books’ core, is a story of friendship and what we “sacrifice”
C.P. Santi
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anything written by Ines Bautista-Yao is an absolute must-buy for me. And when I learned that When Sparks Fly is a sort of prequel to Only a Kiss (which I adored! Read it if you haven’t!), I couldn't help but squee in glee. And yes, that rhymes. That’s how much I was excited about this book.
And it did not disappoint!!!
At once I empathized with Regina and the layers she used to protect herself from hurt. She loves her best friend Lana, but at the same time, there’s a hint of resentment---after
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have a number of concerns with “ When Sparks Fly”. First, it lacks heat. I expected cheek-burning, ovary-stirring kissing scenes and stuff but it did not deliver. The writing is crisp and polished but the story is too dry and maybe not just what I’m looking for from this particular genre.

Second, I’m not sold on the love triangle among Regina, Ben and Lana. The tension between Lana and Regina is not tight enough. I like my love triangles tricky and surprising but this one is too predictable.
Angel C. Aquino
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Note: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ines Bautista-Yao is one of my favorite romance authors, and her latest book does not disappoint! She describes her characters so realistically and flawlessly that I could easily picture them in my head. When I first learned the premise of this story, where the main character Regina feels insecure because of her gorgeous best friend, I
Paola Aliedo
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC and this is my honest review.

The first time that I read the synopsis of When Sparks Fly, it intrigued my interest, especially the line: Regina has always felt like the plain, dull orange next to the shiny red apple that is her best friend Lana. I somehow felt I'm Regina and I might relate to her situation.

Reading When Sparks Fly, I had mixed emotions: I laughed. I giggled. I cried.

Yes, there was part of the story that made me remember my past love and it somehow opened my eyes
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Flawless writing, striking characters, twists that kept me turning pages—what a read! However, (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading this intensely engaging story, I can definitely say the title is perfect! The cover is so beautiful and was my initial draw, but Regina, the MC stole my heart immediately. I alternately ached for and rejoiced with her during the ups and downs of best friends, romance, unpredictable bosses, and The Enemy! All the major and minor characters were so well drawn, they became real people to this reader, and the settings were so interesting and flavorful, I felt like I'd visited The ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Ines wrote about a girl who fell in love and found herself torn between love and friendship. She didn’t give up on her dreams despite the struggles she’s forced to face, and she learned when to take a break from making other people happy and give herself a chance, too.

Love can come in the most unexpected way, love can be daunting, and it’s okay to be scared – but not forever. Learn when to fight, when to give up, when to wait, and when to go for it. Life’s crazy, but there are people who
Agay Llanera
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Bautista-Yao book makes me feel like I've been blasted into my adolescent past--a time when I devoured Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams. And When Sparks Fly is no exception. Set in the 90s, the era of my teenhood, I quickly warmed up to this charming tale of fighting for love and gaining self-confidence. Apart from its gorgeous book cover, the story itself will hook you with the main character's journey toward a more self-caring attitude. I adore the side characters as well, and I ...more
Rachel John
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this was a contemporary romance at heart, this was also a story about friendships, their complications, and the love between best friends. Regina did a lot of growing in this book, so that she could finally see herself clearly and not compare herself to what she saw as Lana's perfection. Ben was adorable and I loved his sister. I thought Alexa was a little over-the-top, but this was a great, funny, clean read. And the setting (The Philippines) was fascinating for me, since I usually read ...more
Audrey Rich
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Sparks Fly will definitely be a 5 Star for most readers and if I wasn’t a picky reader I would also give it a 5.

This is such an adorable, quick read. The writing is clean and the pace is good.

I loved the characters, especially Regina and Ben. They are so cute together and I could see them as real people falling in love despite of her bestie, Lana. I also liked Lana, and would love to see her end up with a great guy, who’ll keep her grounded.

I’m putting her other books on my TBR list.

S.M. Spencer
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed a number of this author's books, and this one was no exception. Regina is a lovely heroine, and Ben is a dreamy BF if ever there was one. Took the story a while to pick up speed, but the wait was worth it. Sweet romance at its best.
April ~ The Reading Belles
ARC was given in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion in any way.

Review to follow on release day.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The reason I fell in love with Miss Ines’ first book, Only A Kiss, was because it's about best friends and a kiss. I must have read that book a dozen times, feeling better and better each time I did, and thought that she couldn’t exactly top that. At least not that easily.

I wasn’t questioning her skills to write; I was particularly pointing to the fact that I often got stuck with books I deeply related to or with stories I wished happened in my lifetime. Who doesn’t, right? But then, I read When
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Reading and writing are close to Ines Bautista Yao's heart ever since she was a child. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in AB Communication Arts. She has been a teacher at the Assumption College San Lorenzo and the Ateneo de Manila University's English department.

Her debut novel One Crazy Summer was first penned in 2007 when she was pregnant with her first daughter