REVIEW: Blast From Two Pasts by Kristel Villar
Published April 1st 2014
NA > Contemporary | Romance
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Fate’s been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancé’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.
Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?
“First love. Is it possible for someone that young to fall in love?”
Just when you thought your heart already found its peace and you have moved on.. Cara finds herself in a complicated situation when her best friend thrusts her in a blind date that she never wanted and when a person from her past that she already buried starts resurfacing again. Nothing is easy about Cara’s situation but I like how everything turned out in the end. I love that there is nothing cliché about this book and although the whole ordeal is complicated, the point is it happens in real life and Kristel Villar writes in a very realistic way.
Cara is a likeable character and it’s admirable that she acts her age most of the time when it comes to making decisions. I admit that there are moments that I want to scream at her but overall, she’s a well written protagonist. I love her voice and although we are not from the same group age, I can relate to her. We all had those first love/crushes, right?
I like the characters, the whole bunch of them! But I must say that Lloyd is my favorite. That friend who punches you with a verbal fist because YOU NEED IT. The author really made a set characters that are unforgettable and hilarious in their own different way. The love interest(s) are both swoony but each has a different trait that makes them charming. It was indeed hard to be in Cara’s situation. Good thing she have her friends with her.
Blast From Two Pasts isn’t exactly a story about love triangle, if that’s what some of the readers are worried about. It is a little short from what the books I usually read and the pacing moved faster than it should, in my opinion. But overall, Blast From Two Pasts is such a sweet and delightful book to read. Perfect for any romance junkie. No matter how old you are!
Kristel S. Villar covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. In between, she takes care of her husband and son. She is addicted to books, movies, American TV shows, and coffee.
Blast From Two Pasts is her first contemporary romance novella. She has also penned “The Rumor About Me”, a short story for the young adult book anthology, Kids These Days: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1. Her second short story for Luna East Arts Academy, “One on One” is currently featured in Clara, a quarterly romance online journal (www.clararomance.com)