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Keeping Miss Kalila

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  12 reviews
With a job that she loves, an adorable senior dog, and a baby she fought hard to conceive on the way, life is going well for thirty-one-year old school teacher Kalila Rayos. That is, until her ex-boyfriend and first love, filmmaker Datu Alvez asks if they could try again.

Saying yes shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, she’s still also in love with him and Datu’s efforts
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Published April 1st 2020
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, romanceclass
Second chance romance (or TOTGA romance) is one of my favorite romantic tropes ever. A back story and a shared past just adds so much more depth and complexity to the yearning. And Keeping Miss Kalila has yearning in spades.

Datu Alvez (the older brother of Pio Alvez from Like Nobody’s Watching, one of my most favorite romances books ever!) wants to reconnect and try again with his ex-girlfriend Kalila, only to discover she’s pregnant via IUI. Kalila expects that Datu won’t want to give their rel
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romanceclass
"... but getting hurt is inevitable. It's what you do to keep it from happening again that matters."

Before I start my review, let me gather my feels first before I scream "Datu, I love you!".

Oh God, the whole book is a good read. I'm in love with the way Tara Frejas wrote this. I was hooked from the start and I can't barely put this down. I think I've been highlighting lines on almost every chapter because the dialogues were that good and makes you suddenly nod on the air while whispering "yes,
H. Bentham
"She finally understood what Datu meant when he said, "I wish I could have been there."

I honestly don't know where to begin, but let me just say I didn't expect to love this book so much! For starters it has a pregnant MC and the LI isn't the baby daddy. The complexity of that situation in itself is interesting and also scary, untested waters (this is my first romance with pregnancy written in the entire story) but I never should've worried about it. Tara Frejas touches this subject respectfull
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Going #Datunatics

If you know me, you would know that my favorite trope ever is second chance romance. So imagine me thrilled when I learn that Datu's book would serve that trope.

"But what I'm sure of now is this: I want to keep choosing you."

Alright let me list a few things that I loved about this book:
- Kalila, who is very determined and not at all afraid to pursue what she wants
- Datu, who is a lovesick puppy (just like his younger bro, Pio, actually), yes, but also just a good man overal
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second-chance romance between best friends-turned-lovers-turned-exes. Datu is a filmmaker, Kalila a teacher—and pregnant, but not his! Story reminds of a few important messages: 1) women are strong, responsible, resourceful—and they can choose however and whenever they want to conceive; 2) not many things can hinder the bond of a love that's real, not a baby bump or a Netflix deal; 3) the preciousness of being able to come home. Big bonus for lessons in altruism, and of course, I can't forget me ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well well well. Another reading slump down the drain thanks to a #romanceclass book. Seriously, I’ve DEMANDED a story for Datu Alvez after reading WITW and LNW because how could I not? The man is the quintessential knight in shining armor. I’ve read most of the author’s books and the writing just keeps getting better every single time. The banter, the dialogues, the descriptions...amazing (mad props to the book editor as well *wink wink*). I am truly grateful there were tons of Pinoy-ness from f ...more
Jay Tria
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never underestimate a Scorpio on a love mission. Datu Alvez doesn't swoop in. He knocks, and he takes careful steps, and he is patient and he goes all in. If you know his brother Pio from Waiting in the Wings and Play It By Ear (as you should), you'd know from Keeping Miss Kalila that this is a wholly different spectrum of Alvez brother altogether. Intense and unyielding, as shown in his courtship of his ex Kalila, who is a headstrong, independent person all her own. Both have their own goals an ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Itinatangi kita Datu

I thought one Alvez brother was enough to capture my heart, but oh boy this dimple bearing rekdi is out to get your heart (you’ve been warned). I’ve always been wary of second chance romances (mostly because the way some are written) but Tara was able to weave a beautiful story with very realistic (super relatable to the point na masyado nang spot on) issues, challenges and struggles. I love how strong the female MC is, Kalila is hands down my queen!

From mouthwatering food t
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Oh, Datu. Now I understand the fuss over you. Now, where do I get someone like you?

Quick, light, read that I needed in between my fantasy TBR! This book made me grin and laugh and swoon in a span of 2 hours! Much needed dose of kilig for the week~
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, faves
direk, gusto ko rin ng leche flan

when i say comfort story and characters, it's this story and datu and kalila. rainbow, as well.

i love it so much! :'''-)

(+ food imagery is really on point!!!)
Ailla Magcamit
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I love Waiting in the Wings and obviously I love Like Nobody's Watching but I think Keeping Miss Kalila is my favorite out of the Lakambini Universe books so far huhu

I absolutely LOVED and enjoyed every page of it 😭

Thou shall not play favorites but I think this is Tara's best work to date. The writing, the characters, the references, the tropes, the HEART, everything is *chef's kiss*
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Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. By day, she works in project management and events, and she writes down her daydreams at night. She began publishing fiction for public consumption in 2004, posting her pieces on various online channels like fan forums and Blogspot, eventually exploring other avenues like Livejournal, Soomp!, Tumblr, and most recently, Wattpad.


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