Claiming Carlos

Claiming Carlos

by Rachelle Ayala

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ISBN-13: 9781502321206
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic romantic suspense and humor-laden contemporary romance. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes hot. Needless to say, she's very happy with her job.

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Claiming Carlos (New Adult Romance) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Food and romance abound in this lovely tale about friends, food and love! The Sanchez family owns a Filipino restaurant. Chief hostess is Choco Sanchez, who has high aspirations in management and is working on her degree. Her family puts a lot of pressure on her for perfection, as she is a leader in the family and must set a good example, but Choco is unhappy. Life has become bland for her…until Johnny shows up. He’s been hired to help the restaurant expand and he sets his sights on Choco as well. He gives Choco a makeover and pretty much sweeps her off her feet. This does not sit well with Carlos, Choco’s friend and head chef of the restaurant. Carlos wants to be more than friends with Choco, but the final straw is when Johnny tries to change the menu. Carlos has had enough and he decides to take back his restaurant and his woman – for good. This was a pretty delightful read. Not terribly original in its plot, but that was made up for by the characters and the way the story is written. I really do like this author’s writing style. It’s a very flowing style that ensnares the reader. This book was over 300 pages but it didn’t feel that way to me, it flew by and I had fun reading it and being a part of the crazy Sanchez family for a while. I really did love Carlos…that guy is the bomb. Choco, on the other hand, is kind of a mess. There were several points where I think a well-placed kick to the backside would have done her some good. Carlos was steamy and sexy, and I found myself at points wondering what the hell he was seeing in Choco that just made her so important to him. But I guess love will do that to you, and Carlos is a –ahem- fierce lover, to the say the least! Overall, I liked this book. It got a bit bogged down in plot for me at a few points; I happen to find giant misunderstandings and assumptions that drive the plot to be supremely annoying. But, I still found myself enjoying it. 3.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
redisreactive More than 1 year ago
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! disclaimer- I received a review copy for free.
CRhondeau More than 1 year ago
Love it!  This book is a great read. I loved the first Sanchez Sisters story, Taming Romeo, but this one is even better! Choco has always been the responsible one and this story is more about her finding herself than anything else, owning up to mistakes she made in the past, and finding her place in the world.  And who wouldn’t love Carlos? He is such a sweetheart and a great cook to boot! His easygoing nature and ability to handle the Sanchez family and all their chaos, while being a great friend and reliable businessman made him the total package in my eyes. Not to mention the sexy love scenes that made my heart pound and gave me a craving for chocolate pudding! Even Johnny Dee grew on me before the end of the book. Great characters, lots of twists that I didn’t expect, and just an awesome read altogether. I look forward to reading Genie’s story next! 
aly_313 More than 1 year ago
I loved checking in with the Sanchez family that I was introduced to in Taming Romeo! I thought Evie's story was spicy, but whoa-Choco and Carlos really heat things up in Claiming Carlos. This book had so many twists and turns, I just couldn't put the book down. When you finally think you have everything figured out, Ayala throws in another curveball. I can't wait for more books in this series!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
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.