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Love At First Run

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After getting her heart broken, 23-year-old Diana Gomez is afraid to fall in love again. But when her office crush Paul invites her to join a running club with him, she goes for it.

What she doesn’t know is that to be a part of the club, she actually has to train for a half marathon—and that she’ll meet Joshua, the handsome club veteran who becomes her unofficial running b
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published April 30th 2018
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Inah (Fueled By Chapters)
Love at First Sight is a light, fun, and sweet read. It starts with Diana smacked right in the middle of a fun run event, with her colleagues which led to her joining a running club because her office crush, Paul, invited her.  

I actually loved the aspect where we see Diana's journey in life, both in running and her personal life. It's such a great feat to read a book like this, and let readers enjoy the character's journey. I like Diana's character, she's level-headed at times, but most of the
"An engaging, inspirational sports romance, Love At First Run by Angel C. Aquino will have you hopeful about that perfect—nay, right stride… in life and in love." Continue reading our review here.

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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed running miles, nay, kilometers in Diana’s beat-up training shoes that I kind of wish I wrote this book!

Read the rest of my review here.
Aldellyn Po
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the book! It’s a good, light read that helped me cope with the rainy weather. It takes me back to the days of crushes and first dates and helped me relive the “kilig” moments! 😊
Like most great contemporary romances, what takes Love at First Run to the next level of storytelling is the journey that the main character undergoes, outside of the love subplot. Diana basically just exists, going to work, going home, and repeating the cycle over and over again. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you; but Diana is clearly looking for something more, and she ends up finding that ‘something’ in running. The concept of self-improvement is one that’s very present in this book, and ...more
I absolutely loved Love at First Run! The romance is super sweet, and Angel C. Aquino is a master at the slow burn kilig, a Filipino term that refers to the giddy thrill of romance. I often found myself screaming at my iPad for the characters to just kiss already, dammit! Or yelling at Diana to just admit her feelings already, because dear god, she shouldn't risk this guy getting away. The characters had adorable chemistry right from the start, and I love how their friendship developed almost ef ...more
Arli Pagaduan
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love at First Run - I read it in one sitting! Running, romance, and the desire to be a better person kept me turning pages and pages after I reached the end. The characters felt real, and I liked seeing them grow throughout the story, especially the heroine, Diana Gomez. The romance pace too, for me, was perfect. It didn't feel rushed or forced. Another thing I appreciated was that the author included things about running and its benefits too. Reading this made me feel the runner's high and insp ...more
3.5 stars, rounding up

Really cute book about a woman who joins a running club at the insistence of her coworker/crush but stays for herself. Running is basically my worst nightmare so I loved the early scenes with Diana struggling but persisting. She receives a lot of encouragement from Josh, a fellow runner. Despite his experience, he never makes her feel bad for falling (literally), cramping, or wanting to give up. It’s so obvious he likes her but he can also tell she likes someone else. Hone
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
"I have takem a risk, remember?And it didn't work out."

"Well, you'll just have to keep taking risks until it does. That's how life and love works."
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A light, fun read that is both sweet and inspiring, with just the right pace and realism. I couldn't wait to find out who Diana would eventually end up with (I was sorely tempted to take a peek at the end), and at the same time I was so inspired by her self-improvement journey. I hope the author writes more books! ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romanceclass
Diana Gomez joined a running club because of Paul. Spending more time with her office crush seemed like a great idea, even if she had to exert extra effort to keep up with the members of the club. The early morning call time is not exactly her thing, and all the running she had to do drained the energy she never expected she would spend.

It doesn’t help that her co-worker Amaya keeps on flirting with Paul, somehow defeating the “purpose” of Diana’s membership to the club. But then Joshua enters t
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
I am not a fan of the love triangle trope (even in real life, ha!) but this book changed my mind! In Love At First Run, you wouldn't feel that the other character was left with a broken heart because the MC didn't end up with him (which made me like the love triangle trope in this story).

Diana was a very relatable MC. I loved her journey from not being a sporty girl to a 21km run finisher! She may have had struggles but she showed her persistence by attending the trainings even though she was dr
J.R. Alcyone
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really wish we could do half stars -- this book was really a 4.25 for me, and I would round it up to 4.5 if I could. (On Amazon, I'll give it a five because of the different scale.) A very likable, light, and cute romance novel that at ~150 pages was a quick read. I was looking for a good palette cleanser after some darker/heavier books and this fit the bill perfectly. The only reason I didn't rate this book a little higher was I didn't really "feel" the chemistry between the two love interests. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read!

I gave this book a 3 stars because contemporary romance isn't really my cup of tea anymore but I was surprised that I actually enjoyed reading it. Can't say that I liked our main character because I found some of her actions annoying for me plus I can't relate to the whole concept of the book. Running and such but I think some readers (especially runners and sporty ones) will totally adore this book. Despite of these things, I still enjoyed reading the book.
+Filipino Romance set in Manila!
+Diana joins a running club that her crush sent out to their office, even though she's never run in her life.
+Cute coach takes an interest in Diana, but what about her crush?!
+Diana actually starts to like running and feels more confident in herself.

-I didn't feel any pull toward either love interest. I just wanted Diana to be happy!
Ollie Z Book Minx
I was a lil worried that this was gonna be all about her getting pretty (read: thin) through running and am so so glad I was wrong! This is very new adult and has a bunch of time inconsistencies but other than those minor flaws, it’s super fun. Makes me want to lace up and run!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-at-2018
My favorite line was "well you just have to take risks until it does. That's how life works." 💕 motto this 2019 ...more
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Angel C. Aquino has been crafting stories in her head and on paper ever since she was a little girl. After she graduated from college, she pursued her passion for words by working in the publishing industry, and later became the managing editor of several magazines such as Candy, Runner’s World Philippines, and Good Housekeeping Philippines. Her short story, “The Bucket List” was published in the ...more

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