Book Review: Hot Like This by Chris Mariano, Chrissie Peria, Miles Tan

My Review (Warning: Spoiler Alert!!):

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Hot Like This is a spin-off of All I Want for Christmas where the characters Elaine Antonio and Luis Inoue, first met.

I really, really love the cover, it’s cute (loved the cover of All I Want for Christmas, too). Anyway, Hot Like This is short and sweet. Not as amusing as Ginny’s and Marco’s love story but it’s adorable enough.

Gorgeous Luis is surrounded by good looking girls, ones who are way too different from Elaine who is such a ‘manang.’ Because of this, Elaine was so busy enumerating the number of reasons why she shouldn’t fall for someone like Luis that she failed to see he liked her, too.

Anyway, I thought Bern was really sweet and that she deserved her own stand-alone story. Dia, too. Mainly because she was named after my friend. Hahaha. ^___^ Oh, I’m sure Dia Cortes has her good side, too, just as she had a not-so-favorable/adorable side. Because doesn’t everyone?


[A Summer Short Story]
Ma•nang |má•naŋ| noun. origin: Filipino
1. older sister
2. conservative woman
3. Elaine Antonio

Self-proclaimed manang Elaine Antonio is restrained, cautious, and used to taking care of people. Gorgeous Brazilian-Japanese model Luis Inoue is laid-back, impulsive, and totally out of her league. But when they’re thrown together at the same island resort one summer weekend, things unexpectedly heat up.

Elaine knows that once the vacation is over, they’ll be returning to their two very different worlds. Is this destined to be just a summer fling? Or will she finally learn how to take a risk for love?

About Chris Mariano:

Chris Mariano takes the same route Gio takes whenever she comes home from Boracay. Unlike Gio, she is yet to meet her K-drama hottie. When she’s not writing, she supports Eskritoryo Pilipinas, an organization that encourages kids to appreciate Filipino literature and culture. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.

She blogs at and tweets at @dementedchris.

About Chrissie Peria:

When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.

An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer.

About Miles Tan:

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She also likes the thought of cute guys in glasses and making them sexy by just rolling up their sleeves.


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