5 Kilig Books You Should Read This Month of June 2022

If you are looking for your next light read that can make your heart swell, here are my picks.

Some find my book genre of choice funny, amusing, weird, disappointing, and a mixture of all that. Taking a doctorate amidst mothering, full-time work, and running an enterprise, I’d like some breath of fresh air. With that said, reading Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, and kilig books that can be considered chill, easy-to-read, and got that kick of warmth is a must, if not a resort.

If you are looking for your next light read that can make your heart swell, here are my five picks, in no particular order:

1. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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Who would’ve thought STEM is a good setup for lovebirds with all the sciences stuff? Dr. Adam Carlsen and Ms. Olive Smith will be your new favorite couple! As a bonus, Ali Hazelwood provided an Adam Carlsen POV as a bonus chapter. That chapter can be found on the author’s website.
There is a reason why this piece is a New York Times Bestseller.

I was kilig, happy, lonely, and ugly crying all at once in this book. I did not even want to put it down nor did I want it to be finished–it was good!

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I put annotations on the pages that moved me a.ka. made me cry and I highlighted a few pieces that I want to remember in this book.

This book is the type that I can read over and over again and won’t get tired of.

2. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

If you are a fan of the Bridgerton Series on Netflix, it was recently announced that after Anthony’s story, it will be Collin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington’s story that will come next. In the book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton comes after An Offer from a Gentleman which is Benedict Bridgerton’s.

These two books are my favorites in the series, but I lean on An Offer from a Gentleman as my top 1 and Romancing Mister Bridgerton next. But, all the twists of Lady Whistledown are in it. Many of you might know that Penelope and Lady Whistledown are one and the same, but her works and how it all happened in a full circle will be revealed in this book.

It is a given that the complete Bridgerton book series will make us swoon, but Collin and Penelope’s story, I think, is the strongest, because of their good foundation–friendship.

3. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This book reminded me of the movie Pretty Woman, there has been a kind of resemblance and I think Helen Hoang also took it as an inspiration in writing the book.

Stella Lane and Michael Larson could be in the opposite worlds, but someway somehow, their paths have crossed.

The Kiss Quotient was long sitting in my TBR list and in my Kindle library. I gave it a try without reading so much about it online and without knowing that it was one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018. It did not disappoint.

4. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

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I used to read via my Kindle for the entire 2020 and 2021 and was amused by good physical books that have been released in the market, so I went for it. This book is part of my April 2022 which I read so many good reviews about. Though it was your typical fake dating thing, but it was kilig all the same.

Catalina Martin and Aaron Blackford can give that to you. Some paths of the book you’d see almost the same with The Love Hypothesis, but it is just as good.

5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This could be a little fascinating, but you’ve heard the story a thing or two once before. But, nonetheless, a read that you will find staying awake all night to just finish.

Colleen Hoover (CoHo) does that. I’ve read so many of her works and I couldn’t remember if I did NOT like any of them. Tate Collins and Miles Archer are in it for the long haul. It was a little tragic but heartwarming at the same time and CoHo will give you a happy ending.

So, if you are looking for something to think and cry about that has that kilig vibes, too. Ugly Love is a good read.

You might have a different experience in each book and we may not be, in particular, aligned in how we see the book, but these are just from my experience and personal preference. I hope to get your insights too, on how you saw each read if you have tried them. Happy reading!

The Spanish Love Deception

“We got this.”

By Elena Armas | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars)

I have a Goodreads profile and am a member of the Kindle Philippines Group on Facebook and that was where I have seen this book. There were so many people recommending it and saying that it was a good read. It did not disappoint. However, if you are not a fan of the rom-com stuff, I am not sure if you will enjoy this because the book is typical but it wasn’t that boring no less.

I am sure that I have a lot of books in my library or To-Be-Read list with the same plot as the Spanish Love Deception. I have seen some in my e-Book library that share that same story flow as this one. It was just that I’ve read this first among those that I have on my list.

Catalina Martin is not your ordinary damsel in distress because she wasn’t. Coming from a Spanish family, as a Filipina, I can also relate to some of her qualms regarding how close-knit or chismosa her family is just like mine. As the Spaniards were a huge influence in our Filipino culture due to being colonized by them in the past, we have adopted more than a thing or two in terms of everything, I suppose–from food, language, family dynamics, good and bad, a lot. So, the pressure that Catalina felt when she was bound to attend her sister’s wedding back in Spain was relatable.

I knew upfront that Aaron Blackford, her love interest, was into her from the very beginning and that he also has his own story of how his life has been. Like I said, the book was your typical rom-com-hating-each-other-first-but-loving-each-other-in-the-end. But it was so good, you just have to be patient because there was a lot of bickering-like flow in the very beginning. The most kilig part comes at about 85 to 90% of the book–almost the end of the story and yes, it also has some steamy parts right here and then that will make you blush–better read it inside your home. Hehe

A lot of us struggle to find love, the right one at that. I know a lot and I, myself, included have regrets when it comes to choosing partners in the past. But I think, it gets better as long as we choose to grow and be enamored in the desire to build ourselves first and foremost before being in a relationship with other people. One thing that I have also reflected in Catalina and Aaron’s relationship is that any of those wouldn’t work without a full-blown trust with one another. It might be difficult to do so, but love and life are gambles we need to play. Whether we get hurt or be happy, we always have the choice.