{Book Review} Claiming Carlos

This book from the get go had me hooked, I read it in one sitting and could not put it down so much that I was very saddened when it end but at least I enjoyed the ending as much as I did the beginning.


Claiming Carlos is a wonderfully written book, a romantic book at that as always a prerequisite for me loving the book. The love tension between Choco and Carlos was quite evident early on in the book but obviously not so obvious to the lead characters (well Choco at least), when third party is introduced brought so much change that I actually hated the ‘Johnny’ character and honestly didn’t even when the book ended. I loved that each character had a role to play in the lives Choco and Carlos and how everything fit together, the situations felt real and related (not all but some). The family bond and unity is emphasised and the need for better life and hard work was the theme that resonated with me through this book. I will say it is one hot smoking book that you wont want to put down and I so dare you to put it down. Check this book out for yourselves, its amazing but not too in your face. Great use of the English language, I can not speak for the Filipino part but I enjoyed learning all these new food words that rolled off your tongue delicately.

Product Description
“Fun & hilarious foodie romance — too hot in the kitchen.” 
Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She’s never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family’s Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee hits her with a pitch, she falls head over heels and gets a makeover. 
Carlos Lopez is not about to lose one for the home team. Johnny launches a full scale change on the menu, and Carlos sends him straight into the dumpster. Claiming Choco’s heart proves more difficult, especially when her secrets threaten to doom their love. But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain’t talking just food.


” I triple dog dare you to read this story and not be affected by it in an intense, emotional, and palpable way.” – Amber McCallister 

About the Author
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic romantic suspense and humor-laden contemporary romance. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes hot. Needless to say, she’s very happy with her job.

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  • Hahahaha I love me some yummy foods and thanks I will check them out

  • The hotel kitchen being the operative word lol, love this storyline

  • No wonder you posted all that yummy food. 🙂 By the way, my blog tomorrow (Dec 1) will have a few recipes from Claiming Carlos [modified Filipino food].

  • Such a great story line. Very interesting twist to getting hot in the kitchen!

  • Always, I love your books. Choco and Carlos has me hot and bothered in the kitchen lol

  • I hope you like this book as much as I did Erin, thanks for stopping by x

  • I love reading books mostly romance and kids books and this one I enjoyed just as much as I enjoyed other books by Rachelle

  • Absolutely hence why I am gifting this to myself lol

  • I am glad to hear that and thanks

  • hahaha never underestimate a man with such skills lol

  • I was over all it, its so nice

  • It's good now and again to read a good old romance novel

  • Absolutely check it out

  • You will not regret it

  • You should, its really lovely book

  • I love romance novels and relatable ones are even better, I am such a sucker for romance books

  • This is such a good read, I enjoyed every moment of it

  • Thank you, Mia for your awesome review! I had a lot of fun writing Choco and Carlos. I still miss them these days and am struggling to write about someone else and trying to make them as interesting.

  • Love good books that are recommended. Have been looking for a good romance! – Erin Kennedy

  • It's been SO long since I have had time to read a whole book! Sounds like you really enjoyed this one.

  • Sounds like a perfect gift for romantic novel lover.

  • Great review! This usually isn't my type of book, but it sounds intruiging!

  • haha "But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain’t talking just food." sounds like a fun read. and yes don't underestimate that kind of man.

  • Sounds like a fun romantic good! I'll definitely have to check it out!

  • Reading this made me realize that I haven't read a romance novel in years. Maybe it's time, since almost everything I've read recently has been on self-discovery and business. A nice romance could give me a much needed break. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Sounds like a really interesting book!! Might just have to check it out!!!

  • This sounds like an interesting read. I may have to check it out.

  • This book sounds like something I would buy and read. I'll definitely check it out.

  • Sounds like you really enjoyed this one!I am not so much a romance book reader, but I love relatable romances as movies and series (North & South) comes to mind.

  • Oh, I love a good romance novel (especially if it's done tastefully!) Sounds like a good read <3