Book Review

Review: What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerra

It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.

But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?

***Andrea and Damon met in prequel short story WEDDING NIGHT STAND, but this book can be read as a standalone.***


I received an ARC of this book from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the work.

I’m not one to pick up a book with a hookup type of premise. I’ve never quite rooted for a heroine who slept around and then somehow found true love in that hot mess of first dates and random guys. It takes a lot for me to believe that. Thus it says something about Mina V. Esguerra’s new book What You Wanted because I absolutely loved it.

I liked Andrea. She’s not my kind of girl and I’m not what she’d call one of her people. But her frankness and her ability to see things as they are, behind the veil of people’s everyday bullshit, were all utterly refreshing. Of course the very way she perceives the world and the ‘rules’ of the dating game, and even the way she looks at herself lead her to exactly the kind of trap she’d been hoping to avoid. But that’s a journey I think you should take with her when you read the book.

I liked Damon too. I’d be shit scared of someone like him at first. Smart, rich, devilishly handsome, and all colors of messed up for the wrong girl for so long. But he’s honest too, or he tries very hard to be. I’d say more about how awesome he is, and how well Damon and Andrea work together, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you. As I said, go pick up the book and find out for yourself.

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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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