Book Review

Review: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

“Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.”

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in?

I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review.

The ARC called this Someone Else’s Fantasy, and the working title made sense given the story’s premise. Steph, art student and book blogger, has joined a blog challenge that gave her something to do each month, something completely out of her usual rhythm. For October, the challenge is to “Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.” Enters Grayson Price in Steph’s drawing studio, the tattooed, big and blonde rugby captain, posing for the art students to draw with barely any clothes on. So Steph thinks, well, That wasn’t so hard. He just walked into the room, didn’t he?

Learning to Fall is the steamiest Mina V. Esguerra book I’ve read, and that’s coming from Falling Hard (previously titled The Harder We Fall). I just thought people would want to know this very important fact. But then, the steam was done really well, and does not distract from the book’s plot but actually helps it along. Steph and Grayson both do not have their lives in order (who does, really?) but they’re both trying to get there. They have their own stubborn ways of doing it, and they also have unique demons they have to face. One of the things I appreciated about the book was that Steph and Grayson learned to depend on each other, to help each other, while still learning to figure a few things out on their own. That’s a key thing to a relationship that works, I think. To be able to be an individual, while also being one-half of a whole.

Learning to Fall is available on Amazon! One-click it here!


About Mina V. Esguerra

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

Contact her at minavesguerra [at] gmail [dot] com / @minavesguerra on Twitter. Visit her Amazon Author Page. Find her books here.

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