Book Review: 10 Must Read Romance Novels by Filipino Authors

Book Review: 10 Must Read Romance Novels by Filipino Authors

Book Review: 10 Must Read Romance Novels by Filipino Authors

French isn’t always the language of love, and especially not when it comes to romance novels, majority of which is written in English. An even bigger surprise for local readers is that some of today’s romance bestsellers have been penned by Filipino authors.


If you’re thinking yes, make my heart skip a beat, then you’re in luck because we’ve got just the list for you!


#1 Billion Dollar Marriage by Alyssa Urbano

Billion Dollar Marriage
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If you’re the type to enjoy billionaire romances like chocolate, then Urbano’s debut novel is guaranteed to be to your taste! Just be warned: it might be a little hotter than what you may be used to reading from Filipino authors!


#2 Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi

Bucket List to Love
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Think Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss…this time you have cool and fun Tokyo as a setting, a Filipina heroine, a hot Japanese tutor, and a bucket list that might have you booking for the next flight to the “land of sakura and sushi”.


#3 Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto

Love and Gravity
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Andrea was seven when she first saw him through a crack in the wall: a candle, a window, a desk – and a boy. Summoning him has become an obsession since then, and when Andrea turns seventeen, she receives a 300-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Talk about defying natural laws!

Related: First Impressions: Reviews of Samantha Sotto’s Love and Gravity


#4 Never Just Friends by Mina V. Esguerra

Never Just Friends
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A climate change conference may not be your usual romance novel setting, but the off-the-charts chemistry between “zombie apocalypse buddies” Lindsay (a play-it-safe environmental consultant) and Jake (a gorgeous, wildly successful TV show host) somehow makes it work!


#5 No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

No Holding Back
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The first of two books by Kate Evangelista on this list, No Holding Back is a love story between best friends Nathan and Preston. And yes, it’s LGBT, but that doesn’t make it any less of a romance, does it?


#6 Tame the Kitten by Bianca Mori

Tame the Kitten
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In this fast-paced, scorching-hot read, Kit Torres is cursed with the most awful luck when she finds herself saddled with the responsibility of babysitting motorcycle superstar Fab Magnani.


#7 The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

The Boyfriend Backtrack
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Most girls look to the future when searching for Mr. Right. But in The Boyfriend Backtrack a surprise wedding proposal suddenly has Regina Cortes combing through her eventful past (read: colorful list of exes) in hopes of finding the right guy.  


#8 The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

The Kitchen When it Sizzles
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The title says it all, but if you want more deets then think hotshot chef, a lady who’s almost perfect except for her inability to cook, and an exciting, food-centric romance! Also, this book won Romance in English in 2015’s Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards so definitely a good read!


#9 Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Til Death: A Fractured Souls Novel
Shop online for only ₱399! *FREE shipping available.

A young girl with her head stuck in the clouds, a dark-haired, blue-eyed hunk who seems to hate her for no reason…doesn’t that spell the exact kind of YA paranormal romance you can’t get enough of?


#10 Vintage Love by Agay Llanera

Vintage Love
Shop online for only ₱190! *FREE shipping available!

Life is full of expiration dates. Or so the story goes for this quick fun read about a 26-year-old TV executive who’s still hung up over her ex.

Once you start working through this list, just remember to have tissues handy for the tearjerker moments, something to fan your face when things get a little too steamy, and maybe some good old smelling salts in case the romance has you in danger of swooning!

Looking for ways to spend the semester break? Or just looking for a good ol’ weekend chill reading? Start your reading list with Philippine Fiction and Romance books available at our site! Happy reading!


Living Loving PhilippinesThis review was written by Ara Tee, a Filipino-Chinese blogger who just want to share all the good things about the Philippines. Visit her website at

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