Title: What You Wanted (Chic Manila #5)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Purchase: Amazon (Kindle)
It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.
But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?
What better way to find love than in a wedding? Andrea and Damon was in Andrea’s sister’s wedding having their own agendas. Andrea was there to support her sister, Damon was there for another woman. But everything changes for him when he met Andrea. They had a one-night stand and one-night stands have one simple rule: never see the other person the morning after, or ever.
But they broke that rule and what they thought was just a simple one-night stand paved the way for an unlikely relationship. Damon wanted another woman and Andrea wanted to get back on her ex. So they made a deal of helping each other get what they want. And while they were busy chasing different people, they realized that it was each other they wanted all along.
I love the fact that even if they met under unusual circumstances, their relationship was not just about the sex, there was friendship, genuine care for each other and understanding about their predicaments. I love that as their love for each other grew, so did the friendship. Friendship is important to any romantic relationship. Your lover should also be your best friend. Don’t get me wrong, the trope of the story is not best-friends-to-lovers but their relationship is not just about the sudden attraction, they actually got to know and learn about each other’s quirks.
What You Wanted was a great read and one that I would highly recommend. Just a tip though, before you start reading it, read Wedding Night Stand first. Wedding Night Stand details how they first met. You’d understand the story of What You Wanted more if you read the prequel first.