A complicated office romance is not what scrupulous travel writer Zara Castillo has planned for, especially not when her career is finally taking off, but her easygoing colleague Matthew Villanueva is everything she wants in a man. When their relationship is tested by distance, issues she thought she had long buried emerge once again. Zara delves into her past in a quest for answers. Now she must face her demons or lose the love of her life.
Set in Metropolitan Manila with travel bouts to different islands in the Philippines, Throwing Rules to the Wind explores the lights and shades of seeking closure, forgiveness, and love.
When I first started reading Throwing Rules to the Wind, I thought that this would be solely centered on romance, but boy am I glad that it isn’t just about romance! This book encompasses a lot of things, which made me like it even more.
My favorite thing about this book has got to be how Zara turned back to her past not to give excuses nor to wallow herself in self-pity, but to discover herself, learn and grow from all her past mistakes. She did this in order to understand herself, ask for forgiveness, and eventually, forgive and accept herself as well. Throwing Rules to the Wind is not merely a love story, but also a story about trust, family, binding friendship and self-discovery.
Throwing Rules to the Wind is a quick and short read, but I can’t say that it’s cute because it has a more serious vibe to it. With themes of cheating, divorce and mistrust in Zara’s past, I would say that this is more focused on Zara’s journey on how to learn how to trust again, and her friends, family and Matt definitely helped her. This also featured aspects of her career, and I loved how this book featured different parts of the Philippines. I especially loved it when they went to Pagudpud because I have been there, and yes, the view was truly breathtaking!
Overall, I really enjoyed Throwing Rules to the Wind. I can’t wait to read more from Thessa Lim!