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Claiming Carlos (Contemporary Romance) (Sanchez Sisters Book 2) by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2208 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
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  • Publisher: Amiga Books (22 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MS1FOM8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Amazing book, love the networking of the characters and use of the English language as well as the Filipino food names. I enjoyed reading this book with so much excitement and was gripped from the beginning.
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I received a copy of Claiming Carlos in exchange for my review.

Choco has always been the responisble older sister, well apart from once, but now her life seems to be stuck in a rut. She runs the show at her parent's restaurant without getting any credit, and her relationship with her best friend, Carlos, seems to be in jeopardy. But when a new business consultant, Johnny Dee, comes into town, he starts to try and win Choco, even though all she can think about while he does so is how he isn't Carlos. All Carlos needs is a hint from Choco that she's interested, he knows she is but until she says something he can't do anything about it, though his tactics leave something to be desired....

I've read books from Ayala before and thourghly enjoyed them, so I had no doubt that I'd enjoy Claiming Carlos as well. I thought that the split point of view (Choco's from a first person and Carlos' from a third person) worked really well, though there were a few moments where I really started to wonder about the motives of both of them because of it. Knowing the reasoning behind both of their actions just made me want to bang their heads together, but also made it so they were equally reliable, and equally flawed.

As with the previous book, Taming Romeo, there was a lot of Fillipino culture in Claiming Carlos, from the names that they called family members, to the food that they were eating. I liked it because it is a change to have ethnic characters and have those characters part of their own culture. It also introduced me to certain dishes and customs that I hadn't heard of before, which is always a good thing!
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Amazing book, love the networking of the characters and use of the English language. I enjoyed reading this book with so much excitement and was captivated from start to finish. I felt the issues (mental health) were dealt with impeccably, I have read other books that without meaning to they portray the character as crazy rather than dealing with the issue. This is the first book I've read of Rachelle Ayala, and I'm wondering how I've not come across or read any other of her books! I will definitely be following this series & more.
It's definitely a 5* must read for me!
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Loved it with all its twists and turns
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x927b0030) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
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HASH(0x927f3bac) out of 5 stars Great Book 29 Dec. 2014
By Kim Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it it was that addictive to find out what would happen next. It was a very racey romance to read. The characters were very interesting to read about. I haven't read any of your work before now but after this I will be reading more of it. You are truly a great author. Carlos is Hot. Love how Choco and Livy were accepter for who they were and not there past. Totally a great read.
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HASH(0x927f3c00) out of 5 stars Loved it! 1 Dec. 2014
By TK - Published on Amazon.com
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This is seriously my favorite romance novel ever. I was glued to it and could not stop reading once I started. I read it in one sitting because I HAD to know what would happen. I have loved Ayala's work for a while, but she has outdone herself this time with intense characters and intricately crafted relationships in Claiming Carlos.
Choco and Carlos have sizzling chemistry, but are often clueless and rash with assumptions. It was really easy to become invested in both of their lives. I have never seen more complete characters in a romance than what we see in this book. They are multi-dimensional and the cultural information laced throughout the story makes their world real and vibrant when reading. I knew very little of the food and family practices mentioned in the book, but the picture is painted so well that I never felt lost or confused.
One thing I am consistently impressed with when reading anything by Rachelle Ayala is that her "villainous" sort of characters are not truly ever given villain status. Nothing is black and white. There is conflict and angst, of course. There are serious issues raised, but there's an overtone of forgiveness, understanding, and moving forward for the sake of the future. This is really rare. Usually when someone is written as having been cruel, they are placed there in a very strict sense. Claiming Carlos is a perfect example of how to keep literary characters as real and constantly changing as people truly are in life.
I felt so many different emotions in the course of reading this one (also felt the need to pee because I was too into the book to get up). It is a MUST READ if you enjoy romance.

A few head's ups:
There is appropriate representation of a mental illness in a supporting character! So happy to see this. Not as a "oh no, that person is crazy and bad" like many other authors have accidentally done. Instead, it is a difficulty, but that character is still supported and not given judgement when things are a bit off.
There is mention of nonconsent. No actual scene, but if you are like me you might find it helpful to know ahead of time. So, somewhat of a trigger warning.
This book is adult. There are super hot bedroom scenes. If this is not your cup of tea, don't read. If it is, enjoy!

I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93012510) out of 5 stars thoughts on claiming carlos 30 Nov. 2014
By hello-booklover - Published on Amazon.com
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ear Carlos, I love you dude I really do but seriously I kind of wanted to smack you upside the head as well. Let’s point out your moron moments as well as your beautiful ones. First you are a sweet and tender guy. Truly a gentlemen and boy can you cook. I love your teasing nature and how you are a family person. I love how you think of others as well and want a future. You take things into your own hands when it is necessitated. I also love how you dealt with Johnny and his mom. Although at first I didn’t like Johnny I did begin to understand what motivated him and what was going on in his mind. I mean think about it Carlos he wanted to please his mom and make her proud. Similar to how you were for your mom except you knew how to stand for yourself so keep that in mind please. Second I love how you excepted Choco for all she is. No matter what others may think or her past and how some of her goes against your heritage and your mom’s thoughts you still saw her as a beautiful amazing person. Good for you. I loved how you accepted Livy as well. I love how you wanted the best for her and wanted to her to be happy. I love how you felt for her. How you made her feel. Now some of your moronic moments: Choco’s cousin: seriously that was a disaster waiting to happen. First she is in need of help for her emotional states. But the hairbrained scheme you two plotted that was bound to be a disaster. First reason your mom wanted that and she was devious in making sure that that would come true. This brought about the near downfall of your friendship with Choco. Second the girl was bound to get attached and do something wacky. And she did which precipitated heartache and pain for you and Choco. Not saying that your time apart was a bad thing just did not need to occur the way it did. You and Choco caused each other great pain when it wasn’t needed. Choco didn’t know everything and was afraid. She did tell you the important things and did love you. Upon your walking away you ended up missing out on some important moments and also lost out on having special loving moments. Not saying that the time apart wasn’t good just didn’t need to be so hurtful. But I will say the way you came back was epic and beautiful and so so swoony. Now onto Choco. Choco girl I understand you felt stifled and that Johnny made you feel special but that doesn’t mean you should lose sight of who you are. And where was your fight when it came to Carlos’s mom. She deserved your attitude. I understand you were afraid and that love for someone brought on the meekness but it also sent mixed messages. You are a beautiful girl inside and out own it girl. I am glad you found peace in things and began to become a stronger person and forge your own path. Those tender moments with Carlos you had smexy fanning self over those. Girl wowza you two are explosive but also fun. Don’t let him go girl. Okay this was a fun book on discovering yourself and finding your voice while finding love. At times heartbreaking and sad and did touch on some very serious issues. You see what a parent will do for their child and what they will sacrifice as well. YOu see what a person will do to feel beautiful and try to forget things. You see dreams realized and love found. You see such happiness and sadness played out in each character’s life but you also see a sense of peace and love. Always love was seen in all actions. A nicely written smexy sexy romance that has you pulling your hair out at times and smiling at others. A great continuation in the Sanchez sisters
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HASH(0x928df438) out of 5 stars Peppy and racy romance story 27 Nov. 2014
By R.C. Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This peppy and racy romance story proved to be a great read. Choco is devoted to her responsibilities in life - her family's Filipino restaurant and her education. She hopes to have and run her own restaurant some day. She is caught in the frustrating loop of monotony that comes with daily life. Carlos is the head chef in the family restaurant and has been her loyal and best friend. Johnny Dee is a consultant who has been assigned the task of handling the expansion of her family's restaurant. He showers attention on Choco - exactly what Choco had been craving for. Choco lets herself get enchanted with Johnny's attention and before she realises it, she transforms herself into someone she doesn't recognise - leaving her hollow and crushed inside. She covers up her numbness inside and tries to go with the flow, but Carlos is having none of it. He hates to see what his friend has turned into, and he has had enough of being just her friend. He gets into the battle scene to claim the true Choco and her heart back. Does he succeed, is what the book takes us through.

I thoroughly loved the characterisation of the protagonists. Choco's helplessness and confusion, conjoined with Carlo's initial bewilderment and eventual determination have all been churned out well and served nice and warm by Ayala. The plot is pacy and keep's the reader's attention throughout. Being completely new to Filipino food and culture, I was pleasantly surprised when the book smoothly enlightened me on a lot of points about both. What is remarkable about the book is that neither the characters, nor their words are shallow at any point - the author doesn't make light of any situation in the book and brushes it off with cliche sentences. Instead she has carefully carved out the emotional dynamics in the different scenes throughout and the dialogues, thoughts and language are all used in sync with this.

I would definitely recommend this to lovers of romance and drama.

My rating for this book: 4 stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x927f5054) out of 5 stars Sizzling 27 Nov. 2014
By b00k r3vi3ws - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Taming Romeo, Evie Sanchez’s story, I was left craving for more. And Rachelle Ayala returns with Choco’s story in Claiming Carlos.

We have already met the Sanchez family in Taming Romeo. For those who have not yet had a chance to pick it up – the Sanchez family owns a Filipino Restaurant. Choco has huge responsibilities as there are high expectations from her. She is in college with hopes of achieving a management degree someday. She helps out in the family restaurant as the chief hostess and assistant manager. She is also expected to set the right examples for her younger siblings. Choco, lost in this daily grind, feels unsatisfied with her life even though she cannot really pinpoint the source of her discontent. Enter Johnny, a consultant hired to help with the expansion of the restaurant business. He sweeps off her feet and before she knows, she has had a complete makeover. Carlos has always been in the background of Choco’s life as her friend and as the head chef of the restaurant. When Johnny tries another makeover on the menu, Carlos had enough and he sets about throwing Johnny out of their lives and claim Choco for himself.

The food in the first instalment had left me feeling hungry and so this time I made sure to have lots of snacks on the stand by while I read this book. I wasn’t disappointed. Claiming Carlos also gives its reader a fill of Filipino culture. The family dynamics work differently there and we see a lot of familial influence in the story too. While I had a love-hate relationship with a couple of characters, I really felt connected to Choco and liked her. If Evie and Romeo were a sizzling couple, Choco and Carlos surely set off all fire alarms around them. I actually like the fact that Choco and Carlos were such good friends for so long, that when they finally took things to the next level, it only seemed natural.

Rachelle Ayala has her own style of narrating a story and it never fails to suck you in the world of whatever story she tells and this book wasn’t an exception.
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