Title: Throwing Rules to the Wind
Author: Thessa Lim
“We prepare to lose in love, sweetie. We choose our battles to get what is most important to us. And when you gain the heart of your beloved thoroughly, unconditionally, you have won in every sense there is in winning.”
A complicated office romance is not what scrupulous travel writer Zara Castillo has planned for, especially not when her career is finally taking off, but her easygoing colleague Matthew Villanueva is everything she wants in a man. When their relationship is tested by distance, issues she thought she had long buried emerge once again. Zara delves into her past in a quest for answers. Now she must face her demons or lose the love of her life.
With trips to tropical islands boasting beaches, rolling hills, and windmills, Throwing Rules to the Wind explores the lights and shades of seeking closure, forgiveness, and love.
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Throwing Rules to the Wind is the second book in Thessa Lim’s Of Heads and Hearts series which is set here in the Philippines. Although this is a sequel, it can also be read as a stand-alone.
I find office romance stories really enjoyable to read. And even though the intimate relationship between the main characters should be kept a secret, this book did not disappoint.
I think that a lot of woman will find Zara’s character relatable. Yes, she can be very annoying at times especially when she puts up a wall between her and Matt. But it’s understandable since she’s been through a lot and obviously, she’s not totally over it. But when she eventually learned to trust again, to forgive those who have hurt her, to accept that she had made mistakes too, and to let go of the past, she earned my full admiration and respect. Zara’s character development is one of the highlights in this book. She deserves a huge hug and a pat on the back for facing and overcoming her issues and insecurities. I was really proud!
And let’s not forget Matt. Oh the dearest, Matt! I love everything about him. I swear, you can’t not love the hell out of this guy. Handsome? Check. Supportive? Check. Has a stable job? Check. Gentleman? Check. Talented? Check. Loves his family? Check. Approved by your friends? Check! Seriously? He’s flawless! I need a Matt in my life! Haha.
There are so many things to like about this book. Zara’s friends (Laine is my favorite), Matt’s friends and bandmates, they are so much fun and they made this book more interesting! Plus the foods and the places that were mentioned in here are to die for. It will make you want to travel around the Philippines instantly and will make you crave for Filipino dishes big time!
I would have liked it more if it was written in a first-person POV and not third-person POV. I think it will be more engaging to readers. Also, this may be a stand-alone sequel, but it lacks in history of Matt and Zara’s relationship. So I would suggest for you to read the first book, Of Heads and Hearts in the Metro, first before digging into this amazing book. Overall, I love how this book tackles family, friendship, career, coming-of-age and doesn’t completely focus on the romance side.