Boracay Vows (Carpe Diem Chronicles #1)
Krista Lopez has five days to fulfill her Turning-Thirty Vow—the promise to do something life-changing in celebration of this milestone birthday. Her plan: give in to her attraction to her boss Mr. Blake Ryan.
Krista’s Irish-American hunk of a boss is conveniently vacationing in the same posh resort in Boracay. When he propos
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Carpe Diem, indeed!
Goodness gracious when can I get a ticket to Boracay? This story has provided quite an education around a culture that I should know more about considering that my aunt is originally from the Philippines.
NBSB = No Boyfriend Since Birth, imagine that at nearly 30 years old! In a sense, Krista Lopez is facing a universal dilemma. Born a child of mixed heritage in an essentially homogeneous culture. Coupled with foreign tallness and adolescent obesity with its a ...more
This book was so good! I loved that if there was drama, it didn't last the whole book. The setting was amazing, with great descriptions of the beach, culture, food...everything. At the start of each chapter was a Filipino word, with its pronunciation and meaning given afterward, and I found that to be a fantastic touch.
As for the characters? Blake was an American CEO, who loved his family. He liked being in control, but not in a creepy way. He just liked ...more
so many food references... I have hunger pains! I need a vacay to Boracay!
I received this book as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
When an author is a friend, especially the longer I know them, I often worry about their book possibly disappointing me, as tastes can differ widely, as I have found from my experience as a member of a number of book groups. But my fears with Maida Malby’s debut were unfounded. In fact, her book is one of those rare debut novels that not only shows the pr ...more
This beach resort romance made me want to seize the day and book a tropical vacation. The heroine grows so much from the beginning to the end and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Krista and Blake.
There were a couple of things I had questions about at the end, but I'm sure they will be addressed in the upcoming book that will follow this couple into the next stage of their relationship.
Great debut novel. If you like contemporary romance and the beach, this one will suit you nicely.
Great debut book! A very romantic read indeed! Read it three times!!! I love how Krista and Blake resolved their issues, quick and no big dramas. But you can feel the emotions. Very relatable characters. I am so looking forward to the next book!
The setting of Boracay created a magical backdrop for a beautiful first relationship story filled with Filipino culture. Blake and Krista are strong characters with plenty of conflicts to keep them apart, however love has a funny way of getting past all that. I’m even more determined to get myself invited to dinner now after reading such a sensory-rich story. I’ll be one-clicking the next story immediately.
I love the use of a Filipino term to introduce each chapter. It feels good to finally see the familia ...more
Captivating characters in an exotic locale!
Maida Malby’s debut novel Boracay Vows, brings to life not only Krista and Blake but the island of Boracay itself! The sights, the smells, the food, and the language all come together along with her characters to form an enchanting novel.
I had issues with the main squeeze. Blake was a bit of a douche. Maybe not so much in his actions, but in the way he t ...more
Set in the paradise of Boracay, and teeming with delicious descriptions of food, this is a great summer vacation read!
This book brings to mind historicals, with the fairly traditional courtship and the author’s clever use of old school language in places. Blake and Krista’s story feels very real, as if it could happen to anyone. I would have loved to see some more conflict, but I loved how they communicated and dealt with their issues in a matured fashion. I found I have ...more
Boracay Vowsby Maida Malby is a wonderful debut novel! I've read it twice now and it's lovely! Travel, romance, opposites and true love despite their differences. Krist and blake are solid characters you genuinely want to root for. The setting is full of amazing details and so very real! If you like romance and a good book for you! I enjoyed every minute of it both times!
My favorites parts!!!!
I loved Krista. She is so relatable. I see so much of myself in her. I love her style, her love for friends and family, the vows she makes to herself and her love for romance novels.
I LOVE BORACAY!! The way Malby writes about Boracay made me feel like I was there. I really want to travel th ...more
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA), Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural Spe ...more