Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{Blog Tour} Only A Kiss: Excerpt + Giveaway

Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.


Only A Kiss is such a cute story. Katie and Chris were best friends since they were young, until things started to change. They parted ways and met new people in their separate world.

I got interested on Katie and Chris relationship, from best friends turned to lovers.  The concept is a bit cliché, but I liked it.  It is a quick read because it is only a hundred pages, still it won’t lead you off track. Though, the kilig moments of Katie and Chris are just short, it still makes me swoon. I liked that it is told from the alternating views of the characters, so that we would know more about them.

                To sum it all, Only a Kiss is a good read  for anyone who have a soft spot for contemporary romance.


Katie took a deep breath, touched up her makeup, and stepped out of the stall. 
She had to see Chris sooner or later. Even if she had no idea how she felt about 
him anymore. But then again, what did she expect? It wasn’t as if he was still her 
best friend. Feeling like she had lost something (her mind, maybe?), she swiped 
on some lipstick and decided it was time to face the music. No matter what song 
was playing.

The paperback of Only A Kiss is now available in National Book Store and Fully Booked in the Philippines.

About the Author

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy SummerWhat’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood a She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:

She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is


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