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Claiming Carlos (Sanchez Sisters Book 2) by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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"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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2274 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amiga Brook Press (22 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MS1FOM8
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woman must confront her feelings for head cook when a new restaurant consultant swept her off her feet 1 July 2017
By Guy Reviewing Romance and More - Published on Amazon.com
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Claiming Carlos is a contemporary romance set within the context of a large Filipino family and a family restaurant, between a woman refuse to let her one mistake ruin her life, and a guy who aspired to be more than just a cook. The family dynamics is what sets thsi romance above average, but one can't help but feel the chemistry between the two are not quite there.

Concepcion "Choco" Sanchez had been best friends with the head cook, Carlos Lopez, at the family Filipino restaurant in San Diego, CA for a very long time. Both are comfortable with each other, neither wanted the relationship changed. That was shattered when a restaurant consultant Johnny Dee came to make over the restaurant... AND Choco as well. Choco fell head over heels with Johnny Dee, and Carlos is not taking that lying down. Who is Johnny Dee, and why is Choco's father letting Johnny's mother Miranda make over the restaurant? Does this have something to do with Choco's secret? When someone threatened to expose Choco's secret in order to get Choco away from Carlos, so cousin Julia can marry Carlos, Choco walked away, but Carlos wasn't ready to let that happen, even without a penny to his name...

While the family dynamics are great (Choco and her mother need to "take back" the restaurant as Miranda was turning it into some "New Age Filipino thing" and there were funny scene when that happened, while Carlos need to figure out what are his intentions toward Julia and Choco), somehow the relationship between Choco and Carlos was never quite defined. It's as if the two were in love with each other but both thought of it as friendship until a new factor, Johnny Dee, forced them to confront their feelings. Once they figured it out, then it became a regular romance push-pull with outside complications, like family and friends and obligations and so on. I think the transition could have been a little smoother.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed some halo halo to get over the disappointment of this book. 2 December 2014
By abbysbooknookie - Published on Amazon.com
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Being Filipina, I was really looking forward to reading this book. As a food lover, I was even more excited that the setting for Claiming Carlos was at a family-owned Filipino restaurant. Unfortunately, this book would have only had a 1 star rating, if it weren't for some aspects of this book that I really liked.

Those likes included the descriptions of the various family members and their interactions with each other, some of which I could completely relate. I enjoyed reading about the hustle and bustle at the restaurant and the descriptions of the Filipino dishes being served there. The plot line that talked about the importance of preserving our food culture and embracing it, pig parts and all was something I could get into.

Other than that, this book really didn't do it for me. First, I didn't feel the chemistry between the two main characters, Choco and Carlos. Although there were POVs from both characters talking about the attraction, it just wasn't palpable.

The transitions between the POVs were also a bit rough and didn't make much sense. In more than one scenario, a change happened to either Choco or Carlos, but there was no real explanation of why that change happened. Instead, all is left is for the character on the other side to deal with it.

It also didn't help that I didn't like the heroine. She was childish and was a sender of mixed messages to poor Carlos. She pushes him away and encourages him to date someone else but then tells him that "She hates him" for doing just that.

Also, the book was fraught with so much drama like secret children, restaurant sabotage, fake boyfriend/girlfriend, blackmail, miscommunication, unrequited love, etc., that there wasn't any room to really focus on Choco's and Carlos' relationship, what little there was of it.

What doesn't help matters is that the reasons for some of the craziness that was happening didn't make any sense at all. Even after a day or so of processing, I still don't understand why certain things happened the way they did.

Even the ending was unsatisfying because it was just so abrupt. At one point, they broke up and without any kind of real resolution between them, they get back together.

Overall, there way more misses than hits. I think I need some halo halo to get over the disappointment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on claiming carlos 1 December 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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 1 December 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to pinch myself after finishing this brilliantly written story to ensure that what I just experienced wasn’t a dream. 23 October 2014
By Shadowplay - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to pinch myself after finishing this brilliantly written story to ensure that what I just experienced wasn’t a dream. The soul-searing longing, the exquisite heartbreak, and the long suffering love that permeated these pages burned their message onto my heart. To experience the amount of soul and hope that flowed throughout this storyline was staggering, and I am still basking in its afterglow. Not only will your perception be changed and readjusted, but your heart will never be the same again.

Choco has a very full and yet unfulfilled life. She pours all of her time and energy into her family’s business, watching over her younger siblings, and attending college in the hopes of obtaining a business degree to further her dreams of owning her own restaurant. Her heart is beginning to feel the strain of being neglected. As if is on cue, Johnny Dee walks into her life showering her with much desired attention and quite literally sweeps her off her feet. He is so easy on the eyes and seems to really like her, so she indulges his suggestions, and in the blink of any eye, she finds herself transformed into someone she doesn’t recognize. Confident that this is what she needs to become in order to see her dreams come true, she is determined to play this new role, but she doesn’t understand why she still feels empty and now fake. Choco’s best friend Carlos can no longer stand by and watch her be manipulated and taken advantage of, so he puts his own plan into motion that he hopes will not only bring his precious friend back to him but force her to face her true feelings about him. Will love truly conquer all and bring two lonely, hurting people together, or will fear take the victory and shatter as many hearts as possible along the way?

It’s too easy to lose yourself in the day to day grind of family, work, and responsibilities. Choco is the eldest daughter, and she is expected to do what needs to be done in watching over her younger brother and sister, pouring her heart into the family business, and doing whatever else is asked of her. She feels like she is not loved and appreciated. After all being saddled with responsibility is not the same as being given a pat on the back or being thanked for a job well done. The resentment that she allows to enter her heart paves the way for major upheavals and painful experiences in the days and weeks to come. Any good things that come her way are tainted and soured by the bitterness which eventually turns into utter despair. Can Carlos and her family show her just how much they love and cherish her before everything she loves is taken from her? Is Choco ready to stop trying to take what she wants and learn to just be content with where she is and let it come to her? Good things come to those who wait, and she is about to find out firsthand just how true that statement is.

Rachelle Ayala is a master at creating and transforming an intense connection between the reader and her incredible characters. You find yourself not just cheering them on in reaching their goals, but you rejoice in their successes, and ultimately have your heart ripped out when their world falls apart. Once the journey ends, you will find that you are emotionally drained as you quiet literally experienced the story in the same way that the characters did. This is such an unbelievable experience that you can’t comprehend it until you experience it yourself. I triple dog dare you to read this story and not be affected by it in an intense, emotional, and palpable way.

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