Book Review

Review: Be Careful What You Wish For by CP Santi

Ana is in a rut.

For years, she had been focused on trying to carve out a niche for herself in a competitive, male-dominated, scientific world. On her 32nd birthday, she finally takes a step back and realises her life is . . . boring. With a little prodding from her friends, she decides to shake things up. She vows that this is the year she’ll finally capture the heart of Daniel Sato, the research associate she’s secretly loved for ages.

So she makes a birthday wish—to finally fall in love with someone (‘with’ being the operative word). But then, she hadn’t counted on crossing paths with hunky and opinionated actor Ken Nakamura.

Be careful what you wish for—Fate always answers—even if it isn’t exactly the answer that we were hoping for. Find out how even the best-laid plans go awry when the paths of two very different people suddenly collide.

I was J-dorama starved when I first read the blurb for this book. I still am (God knows 24 hours is not enough for all the wonderful things in life), but this book quelled my hunger for feels that only a good fast-paced drama plot and an ikemen lead can give. And although my favorite girl-next-door meets superstar story will always be Rain and Song Hyekyo‘s Full House, CP Santi‘s take on the trope was refreshing and sweet.

Maybe because I’ve never read about anyone like a Ana Madrigal, an independent, strong-willed woman who makes lab coats sexy like no one’s business. I am seriously deficient in science (that branch of knowledge and I just don’t get along) so it was fun to read about a lead who actually had a microscope on her desk and truly owned it. It was like a sneaky little science lesson hiding inside my fiction.

Maybe because I fell for Ken Nakamura right off the bat (the author cheated here, because she mentioned somewhere that Ken was based on Oguri Shun. I couldn’t one-click fast enough). Handsome, aloof, but truly fluffy on the inside, it felt natural to root for him and Ana to have their happily ever after. Maybe it was also Ken’s fault that it was easy for me to ignore Daniel Sato, the third spoke in this love triangle. Make no mistake, I have a very gorgeous mental picture of Dr. Sato, but his belated efforts to win Ana’s heart were just too small compared to Ken’s sweet gestures.

The story wraps up with pages upon pages of swoon-worthy feels, and a bonus Nihongo lesson at that. Definitely puts author CP Santi in my reading list.

#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy #TeamKen

Be Careful What You Wish For is available on Amazon.

About the Author

C.P. Santi is a Filipina writer based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / musician / jokester and a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking and feeding people, gorging on chocolate, watching J-doramas, belting it out in the karaoke box, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.

In another life, she is also an architect and academic.

C. P. Santi blogs about writing and creative stuff at You can also view her other works in progress at

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