Review: What Kind of Day by Mina V Esguerra

I received an ARC of What Kind of Day in exchange for an honest review.

It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.

It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the day’s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour.

She’s hoping she won’t regret it. He’s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind

I enjoyed What Kind of Day.

Set in Manila, I enjoyed Naya’s tour of the city and seeing the sights with her. In Singapore I knew several Filipinos, but the most I heard about Manila is that there is epic traffic and that it takes forever to get anywhere. This gave me a very different view of the city–the arts, the food, and a love of the city through the eyes of a local. Ben’s career in politics is a bit more blurry for me as I’m unfamiliar with politics in the Philippines, but even without that familiarity it’s not difficult to follow a scandal.

While I enjoyed watching the slow burn between Naya and Ben over the course of the day on the tour, it seemed out of character for them to drop into bed at the end of it. I didn’t object to it, but it felt rushed and a bit out of place as they hadn’t so much as kissed or heavily flirted or anything that would signal a jump like that.

That is the first half of the book. Over the second half there are multiple time jumps, which allow us to see the evolution of Naya and Ben, specifically that at first there isn’t one. They don’t so much as talk for three months. Then Ben’s need for Naya’s help brings them together again. I really enjoyed watching their dynamic evolve over the book, and Esguerra had me rooting for them.

I thought that the side story of Ben’s loss of his job and the way he deals with it is handled deftly, while Naya’s evolution and decisions are a little less so. I’m still unclear as to how she ended up with the job she has at the end of the story.

Overall, I’d recommend the book if you’re looking for a sweet, short read with an HFN ending.

What Kind of Day is on sale May 31. You can pre-order below

About the author:

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Visit her website for more about her books, talks, and events.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, a development communication consultant, and a publisher. 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).

She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Development Communication.

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