{Blog Tour} Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano

Friday, November 7, 2014

Today, I'm supporting a Filipina author! Doing so just makes me so happy because I want more Filipinos to be recognized for their writing talents! Anyway, I'm here with an excerpt and my review of Ana Tejano's Fall Like Rain. There's also a giveaway so be sure to stick around!

Fall Like Rain
Title: Fall Like Rain
Author: Ana Tejano
Date of Publication: September 28, 2014

Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Pinoy Book Tours and Ana Tejano for the electronic review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

First, THE COVER. I love EVERYTHING about the cover. The typography, the fonts, the art, the monochromatic color, REALLY. I just dig this cover so much. It would look so good in my shelf! Now that I've put that out of the way, let's get to the actual story.

I've always loved a good best friend romance story and Fall Like Rain fits that category. Our heroine, Rain, has been in love with her best friend, Mark. Oh, how hard her situation is! Pop culture has been harping about guys being in the friend zone but Ana Tejano's take reverses that. Rain and Mark just never get to be single at the same time and Rain doesn't think that Mark likes her that way. She's afraid to take that next step or to admit her feelings because she doesn't want to shake the status quo for the worse. Her friendship with Mark is too important for her and she'd rather have Mark as just a friend than not at all. THE AGONY OF OVERTHINKERS. #relate

Given that the characters are young professionals, I was expecting a new adult read with a bit of sexy in it. But thank the gods because whew, this was completely clean. I think this is my first clean new adult/adult novel in a long while. I was actually taken aback at first because it was so different from what's populating our Kindles and Nooks nowadays. Anyone here watch Korean dramas? Or classic Filipino movies or dramas? I actually thought it was a bit like them, with handholding and hugging being big things. The slow build-up, the heroic gesture, and of course, the huge part family and friendship play. I loved how not only was Rain's relationship with Mark the focus of the novel. We also have her extended family, or I think it's more aptly described by the word clan, and her awesome friends. It was so characteristically Filipino and the characters even use the honorifics we use here in the Philippines. Rain's younger cousins call her ate and Rain still calls her older brother kuya. The close-knit family ties of Filipino families is central to the novel too, which added a layer of conflict too as Rain isn't exactly close to her family.

Fall Like Rain is told in Rain's perspective and with that, we get to know her character deeply. That she finds it hard to open up about anything to anyone and how she's fine being solitary and actually finds happiness with it. Mike was such a sweet guy and an overall nice guy. Like what a character said in the novel, Mark is perfect boyfriend material. Not only that, but he's a great best friend as well. Unlike some best friend romances, you really feel how close Rain and Mark are. I mean, of course, to the reader, it was pretty obvious that Mark likes Rain too, but Rain's obliviousness and chronic overthinking, made her doubt all the way. Sometimes I just wanted to be able to go inside the book and tell Rain that MARK LOVES YOU just so they'd get together. #impatient But in the end, slow gratification is always the way to go because I was so fulfilled with the ending and with everything. I admit being giddy with a big smile on my face and what we call kilig here in the Philippines.

Ana Tejano is definitely an author I'm looking forward for more! I recommend this to any contemporary romance lover. It's a quick read too and I just breezed through it. Read it during a rainy day (Rain's namesake, being born on a rainy day during the summer) and it'll leave you feeling contented and happy.

Excerpt

I blinked, and a wave of anger flared up inside me. I opened my mouth to answer back, and then shut it when what Lissa said finally clicked. “Oh.”

“Oh. Now she remembers!” she exclaimed, throwing up her hands. “I can’t believe it. I should have just stayed home tonight and moved in tomorrow. I should have called Kuya Raymond or something,” Lissa muttered the last few sentences.

I felt my face burn in shame. It wasn’t because I owed her something, but because I forgot, and before this incident, I had never not followed through with any commitment I made.

I moved to open the door so we can talk inside, but I heard footsteps coming from the end of the hallway. I turned, expecting my neighbor to come and scold us for the noise, but it was Mark who appeared around the corner.

“Hey,” I said softly, wondering if he heard us. Lissa turned, and I saw her glowering face soften when she saw him.

“You forgot this,” he said to me when he was finally near us. He handed me my phone, his fingers brushing against my hand softly as he let it go. “You left it in the car. It was on silent mode so I didn’t hear it until someone started calling and it buzzed around the seat.”

“Oh. Thank you.” I quickly scanned through the messages and missed calls. They were all from Lissa, and she had been texting me since five in the afternoon. “It must have fallen out of my bag earlier.”

“Good thing it only fell in the car,” he said. We stood there, smiling at each other, until Lissa cleared her throat.

“Hi,” Mark said, turning to Lissa, but not before giving me a wink. I realized that he had probably heard our argument earlier, and I felt even more embarrassed. “I’m Mark. You are?”

“I’m Lissa,” my cousin replied, her tone losing the edge it had earlier. “Rain’s cousin.”

“Hello, Rain’s cousin,” he said, flashing her a grin. “Sorry if I stole her today. We haven’t seen each other for a while.”

“It’s okay.” Lissa grinned back, making me raise an eyebrow. It’s okay? She was just ranting at me a few seconds ago. How can it suddenly be okay?

About Ana Tejano

Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing lead for a multinational company by day, manages a book club, and serves in her church community in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really). 


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4 comments:

  1. Love the cover too! Its actually what lured me in, lol. Great review! Looking forward to reading a clean NA. :)

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon, Yash! And I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. THE AGONY OF OVERTHINKERS --> color me intrigued haha :) Would really, really love to read this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon, Jho! I could totally relate about Rain being an overthinker, gah. Haha!

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