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AJ Felipe makes the most of being the head information security engineer for a local law firm with the help of her loyal team of nerds. Their job isn't really the most fun, but things take a turn when one of her junior security engineers decides to nominate her for a makeover show.

Enter Jackie Niño, the one-night stand AJ didn't expect to meet again—who also happens to b
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Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published April 27th 2019 (first published 2019)
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K.J. Charles
A f/f romance set in Manila, with a bi heroine / narrator navigating how and whether to turn a hookup into something more when the girl she likes proves to be thoughtlessly biphobic. Thoughtlessly as in, she has a bunch of unexamined assumptions and she doesn't deal with them well.

This is set in a very real-feeling milieu, rather than the fantasyland where everyone either is evil or holds correct and perfect opinions, no middle ground. Jackie is very far from perfect but she is also willing to
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
when u wanna show biphobia in ur book but u skew so far u end up being lesbophobic. it's a no from me!

Rep: Filipino cast, bi mc, lesbian li, bi, gay & trans side characters

CWs: biphobia
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Tabs
May 19, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 79% for biphobia. I was wary of this book from the love-triangle-esque blurb but hoped the blurb wasn't really what the book was about. Luckily, it isn't. There really is no love triangle.

However, the main love interest, Jackie, is biphobic and the main character, AJ, is bi. AJ has a low tolerance for biphobia and bounces on Jackie because of it after a terrific one night but they meet again later and Jackie apologizes for her behavior. But at 79% in the book she's still biphobic, possib
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Kaa
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-romance
Although this is billed as a romance, I felt that it focused much more on the day-to-day of AJ's life. Fortunately, this was also the part of the book I enjoyed the most - AJ was a fun character, and I really liked meeting her friends and family and seeing her in all of the various parts of her life. However, the romance didn't really work for me. I didn't feel as though the reader got to know Jackie well enough to understand why AJ was willing to keep trying with her despite her biphobic commen ...more
Inah (Fueled By Chapters)
2013 me would have been really ecstatic upon learning that a book with a bisexual MC set in the Philippines exists. Although, present me was really excited when I learned that Chi Yu Rodriguez was indeed writing this book. I have to thank her for it.

No Two Ways tells the story of AJ Felipe, an information security engineer,who likes to take things casual in a no strings attached kind of way, until she meets Jackie, her one night stand turned make up artist in a reality show she ended up joining.
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k
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BI REPRESENTATION BIIIIIITCH

Getting to know AJ has been delightful, she’s so chill and understanding, even when not everyone acts the same way towards her. Honestly, I would have snapped more than once. (THOSE TEXT MESSAGES DUDE! Believe me, you all wouldn’t like to read what I would have replied).

To me, AJ makes the book. She’s awesome. She’s also bisexual and her dating life gets complicated whenever she meets lesbians who are turned off by her bisexuality or straight guys who are way too turn
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H. Bentham
"Kissing with no purpose other than to make out was one of the greatest things known to mankind."⁣
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This has got to be the (!)best(!) Chi Yu Rodriguez book. thus. far. and I've liked ALL of her released books so that's saying something! This is her first F/F romance novella after Five Inches Below the Knee in LoveQLC, and the first romanceclass book with a Bi MC. I liked that there was a note at the beginning about the queer representation bec truly, the experience is unique for each of us, and
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H. Bentham
"Kissing with no purpose other than to make out was one of the greatest things known to mankind."

This has got to be the (!)best(!) Chi Yu Rodriguez book. thus. far. and I've liked ALL of her released books so that's saying something! This is her first F/F romance novella after Five Inches Below the Knee in LoveQLC, and the first romanceclass book with a Bi MC. I liked that there was a note at the beginning about the queer representation bec truly, the experience is unique for each of us, and th
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D
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From other reviews, this short novel seems very polarizing: A bisexual woman and and a bi-phobic lesbian negotiate a mutual attraction. I found KJ Charles' review very helpful; he praises this book not so much for its exploration of sexual identity but for not punishing its protagonists for hookup culture or binge drinking. Perhaps because I came to it from this angle, it didn't give me all the proverbial "feels," but I did feel like I learned something about the perspective of a particular pers ...more
Jennifer
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"It was so weird being face to face with such a huge part of my past. Especially since we both consciously tried to leave begind what we'd shared."

"There was a time when I would do everything in my power to convince people to see me the way I wanted to be seen. But as I got older, I realized that if they didn't want to make an effort, there was nothing I could say or do to change their mind."
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Marissa
Otherwise the story was very lovely to read. AJ is a great character and I was rooting for her and Jackie to work it out at the end. No Two Ways was a quick but enjoyable read. I would defiantly recommend this story to anyone looking for a good contemporary romance featuring a bisexual female character.

Full review at MarissaLongo.com
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Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
It pains me to change my rating for this novella but the more I think about it the more I dislike it.

AJ is a kick ass security engineer from the Manilla, Philippines who is also bisexual and confronts biphobia on the regular.  One night AJ has a one night stand with Jackie and doesn’t expect to ever see her again. However, as most romances go, they inevitably meet again and have to confront their lingering feelings.

The Filipina bi rep is the representation I signed up for and it was glorious!
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Jessiree
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lauraღ
“Yeah. I could question it a thousand times, but I’ll always end up with the same answer. I’m bisexual and there’s no two ways about it.”

A cute contemporary romance set in the Philippines about a bi girl who finds herself falling hard for her latest hook-up... who starts off as a huge biphobe. Which was what made me pick this up; I think we do need to acknowledge that biphobia doesn't always come from straight people, it can crop up in gay people as well and we need to examine and change that. A
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Yeyet Soriano
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening and engaging with a high heat level, “No Two Ways” is the story of AJ and how her bisexuality makes her life a little more complex than usual. When you’re tagged as either “not straight enough” or “not gay enough,” and you don’t really know how to situate yourself, having to deal with relationships is extremely difficult. Some people will think of you as “greedy” because you can be with both girls and boys, and sometimes, you just choose not to be with anyone at all—just to avoid com ...more
A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia
No Two Ways was my first f/f romance and it’s also my first book with such prominent bisexual representation in the main character. I really loved this book for the story, the fact that it’s an own voices story, and how eye-opening it was for me. I learned quite a bit from this book and I’m so happy that I picked it up! No Two Ways was thought provoking, touching, and sweet. It made me laugh, made me heart ache, and I was really rooting for AJ and Jackie. It was fast and easy to read, though it ...more
Ruth Fasham
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

CW Biphobia


I liked a lot of things about this book - AJ was a really fun and interesting character. I enjoyed seeing her work, her relationships, her family, and her friends. I wanted to read lots about her and her friends going out, and about her at home with her grandmothers. I was v happy for her that she got her HEA. The only issue really was that I never felt that I got to know Jackie, beyond her job and her issues with bisexuality. I wish I had learnt more about her and so I could be mo
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Dannica Zulestin
I liked the main character, AJ, and how the book discussed her past and her current life, kind of just showing where she was at both with her friends and her bisexuality. But her love interest Jackie has very few definable traits except "biphobic", which made it really hard to root for them--I'm not saying a bi person shouldn't be patient with a romantic partner and try to meet them halfway, but when the biphobia is basically all we know about the person, it's just hard to see why AJ bothers.
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Amanda
I problem wasn't the writing, which was good. And I liked the main character and her group of friends. The huge letdown was the love interest, who is super biphobic and never really changes, and the MC just mostly tolerates it (she does leave the first time it's expressed...but then just keeps going back). The ex, Axel, would have been a much better choice--at least he had learned and tried to change in the meantime between their breakup and later meeting. ...more
Renée Dahlia
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The #romanceclass books are all amazing, and this one lives up to the high standard.

I really connected with the main character AJ Felipe on so many levels as she negotiates a new relationship and work. There is tons of great dialogue and the discussions around being bisexual felt very real to me as a bisexual person.

Loved it!
Felicia
I absolutely loved this book! It was so nice to see a reflection of myself and my friends in a book for once. The biphobia was a little hard to deal with but in context of the characters and their situation is made sense. Can't wait to pick up more from Rodriguez. ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Examination of biphobia up close

This f/f was a great read--the romance isn't super prominent (lots of sexy scenes tho), but the close examination of biphobia that our heroine goes through and the way she validates herself was cathartic to read.
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Tia
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preemptively giving this all the stars because I’m the most excited for this book!
Maria Isabel Samonte






Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Queer Romance





Release date: April 27, 2019















BOOK COVER INFO





Cover Models: Rachel Coates, Gab Pangilinan, Gio Gahol





Photographed by: Chi Yu Rodriguez





Cover Designed by: Chi Yu Rodriguez





Title Art by: Carla de Guzman





Styling by: Alex Lapa





SYNOPSIS

AJ Felipe makes the most of being the head information security engineer for a local law firm with the help of her
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Ryede
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes

I don’t know what you need to hear in order to read this book but pretend you’ve heard it? This is so good.
Kate Arsenault
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing bi story

Absolutely loved it. The struggles of the main characters felt real and my heart really soared when they got together.
Linda
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was just super meandering and I didn't feel like the romance was developed enough. ...more
Lisandra
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked, just wished we had the perspective of the love interest as well.
Anna
Fluffy but with nice bi-representation. And I really liked learning more about life in the Philippines
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Chi Yu Rodriguez has many feelings. Sometimes these feelings find their way to paper in the form of short stories and fiction online. Sometimes they don't come out at all and end up as unresolved sexual tension or terrible internal angst.

She prefers making imaginary people go through these feelings for her pleasure. Her muses hate her for it, and they repay her by being forever fickle.

She wrestles
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