Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) by Clarisse David
Published: October 16, 2017
No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.
Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.
Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.
Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.
I got an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.
Before I start with the review, let me just go and say that I love the previous works of Clarisse. Prom Queen Perfect and Keeping the Distance were both great reads. So upon knowing that she will be releasing another book, I just knew that I have to go and read it because for sure, it will be awesome.
And I was right!
Making It Complicated is the second book from the I Heart Iloilo series. It focuses on Hunter and Cam. If you read Keeping the Distance, these two characters would be very familiar to you. (If you haven’t read it though, go and buy a copy!) Cam is the bestfriend of Melissa while Hunter is the friend and ex-crush of Melissa. So yes, their lives are basically connected. Melissa still appears in this story but not as much.
So let me go and say that Hunter is awesome. I believe that drummers are cool. Now, let’s go and add being a family oriented guy and an awesome big brother in the mix. Fell for him already? Good. You should really fall for Hunter. He’s a good son, a good brother, a good friend and most importantly, a good boyfriend. Now, go figure where is the flaw in that. Haha.
Now, let’s move on to Cam. She’s a girl who’s into photography. Underneath all of the smiles and the laughs, she’s going through something difficult in her life. Her parents have split up and it took a toll in her life and her father’s life. Their life’s a mess and it made trusting and opening up to other people more difficult than ever.
Reading the first few scenes of the story actually made me want to throw my phone away. The chemistry of Hunter and Cam was too much to handle. The way Hunter cared for Cam? I’m so done. My wig flew to Mars. (Not that I’m really wearing a wig. Haha.)
I liked the fact that Cam got over her fears and won her battles. Slowly but surely. She took things in control little by little. Sure, she was still hurt because of the wrong decisions that she made but let’s give it to her. What she was going through isn’t easy to handle. What matters most is that she learned from all of her mistakes and she finally let herself be happy.
And The Integers were really a nice touch to the story. Their characters were so different from one another and it makes me want to go and join the club. Haha.
All in all, Making It Complicated is a must read. Am looking forward to reading more works from Clarisse in the future. Yay!