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Game Series

Play the Game

(Game Series # 1)

For as long as Katherine could remember, Juan Alexandro Yuchengco has always been her dream guy. He’s smart, kind, and could be funny when he wanted to… but the problem was, he never saw her as more than his sister’s friend. And she’s determined to change that.

She followed him to law school. She made sure that he’s aware of her presence… and thankfully, her efforts paid off. Finally, Jax was looking her way.

But life is never simple. Life is a game. It’s either you win or you lose. It’s either you get it all or you lose it all. Kapag akala mong nandyan na, biglang mawawala pala. Kapag akala mong iyon na, may iba pa pala.

But how will she play if all the cards are stacked against her?

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In Love With The Game

(Game Series # 2)

Aurora Marie Floresca just wanted to escape their house. Ever since her father re-married, palagi na silang nag-aaway dalawa. She wanted her father to be happy, of course, but not with that evil step-mother wannabe. Unang pagkikita pa lang nila, masama na ang kutob niya sa babae. She wanted happiness for her father, but definitely not with that woman…

But unfortunately, the witch won. She managed to get her father to throw Rory out. She was forced to stay in Manila for the meantime. She didn’t know what to do in Manila! Wala naman doon ang mga kaibigan niya. Wala siyang pamilya. The only consolation she got was the condo unit from her father–well, at least hindi naman yata gusto ng tatay niya na sa kalsada siya matulog.

She’d probably get a job or study again, she wasn’t sure yet, but she’s certain that everything would be fine… until she realized that her next door neighbor would be keeping her up all night with all the banging against the wall.

 

 

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End The Game

(Game Series # 3)

Avery Brienne Eliseo never wanted the ‘normal’ life. Ever since she was born, she already knew that the life she’d lead would be far from what’s normal… until her stupid cousin decided to ‘protect’ her by giving her a new life. But she wasn’t stupid. She knew that one day, she’d have to go back to save his ass.

She needed to make friends–powerful friends. She needed people who would be of help when she needs protection. And where would she find powerful friends? In law school. The students there are the future presidents, senators, and congressmen of the country. She needed to be friends with powerful people…

And when she met Maven de Marco and learned that he’s the most powerful one? She’s determined to make him hers.

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Control The Game

(Game Series # 4)

Charisse Faith Viste believes in working hard. She does not believe in luck, only hard work. Bata pa lang siya, nasanay na siya na pinaghihirapan lahat ng meron siya. Being the only girl in a family full of guys, nasanay na siya na kung gusto niyang makuha, kailangan niyang pagtrabahuhan. And because of this, she grew up tough. She already accepted the fact that guys are just too intimidated to even give her a second glance. She’ll always be too smart, too confident, too much for everyone.

One day, she had this overwhelming feeling of sadness. She looked around and saw that everyone around her has someone by their side… Everyone has someone to embrace… Siya? Libro lang ang kayakap.

She used to be fine with the idea of being alone… alone, not lonely.

But not anymore.

She needed someone to stop her from feeling so lonely.

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Reclaim The Game

(Game Series # 5)

Lyana Isobel Laurel never wanted complication. She never dreamed of marrying into a wealthy family-a family that’s way out of her league- but Sean Denver Cuesta came into her life like a hurricane. She kept on convincing herself that it’s not gonna happen, but every step of the way, she falls.

Sean’s everything she never thought she wanted… but love makes people do crazy things. She fell in love, and she fell hard.

One day, things were perfect… But little by little, shit began to happen.

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Defy the Game

(Game Series # 6)

Assia dela Serna’s dream was to become a lawyer. Ever since she was little, she had dreamt of becoming one… But from a young age, she knew that her family wasn’t financially capable of sending her to law school. Kaya naman bata pa lang siya, sinigurado niya na magiging maayos lahat ng grado niya. She made sure that everything in her transcript was perfect. She needed to get a full ride scholarship to the best law school in the country, St. Claire’s Academy College of Law…

But things do not always go according to plan.

She didn’t make it to SCA, but she made it to Brent. It wasn’t the best school, but she met a lot of good people. She was happy. She felt like everything was going according to plan. She’s gonna be a lawyer. She’s gonna go home to her province and help the people in her town. Everything was great… until her last year in law school.

That’s when shit started to happen.

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Wreck The Game

(Game Series # 7)

Jersey thought that her life’s already as good as it’s gonna get… Wala naman siyang karapatang magreklamo-pasalamat pa nga raw siya ‘di siya pina-abort ng nanay niya nung nabuntis siya ng tatay niya. Pero araw-araw din naman sa kanyang pina-mukha ‘yun…

Hanggang isang araw, napagod na siya at lumuwas na sa Maynila. Bahala na. Kahit wala siyang kilala roon, kahit hindi niya alam kung saan magsisimula. Basta mahalaga, malayo na siya sa nanay niya.

Pero mali pala siya… maling-mali.

Sa Maynila, nandun lahat ng mapagsamantalang tao. Sa Maynila, nandun lahat ng manloloko. Sa Maynila, nandun lahat ng manggagamit sa kanya…

Gusto niya nang mawalan ng pag-asa.

Mabuti na lang dumating siya.

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Hate The Game

(Game Series # 9)

Adriadna Deanne Manjarrez, NBSB, promised herself na kapag pumasok na siya sa law school ay magkakaroon na siya ng boyfriend. Sabi ng parents niya, kusang lalapit ang lalaki sa kanya basta mag-aral lang siya nang mabuti. Kalokohan. Naka-graduate na siya at lahat pero wala namang lalaking luma-lapit. So, she made a promise na pagpasok niya ng law school ay maghahanap agad siya ng boyfriend.

She wanted someone na gwapo dahil naniniwala siya na kung masasaktan na lang din siya, sa gwapo na. And after a while, she finally decided to chase after Rhys Arevalo-gwapo, mukhang mabango, at top 1 sa batch nila. She wanted him to be her first boyfriend… kaso hindi siya mapansin nito. Sino ba naman siya? Ni hindi nga siya kasama sa top 10 ng batch nila. At ang balita ay type nito ‘yung matatalino.

Ginawa niya na lahat, pero walang umeepekto… until she decided to befriend his best friend Samuel Hayes Fortalejo.

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De Marco Series

Behind Every Man

Nadia de Marco knew what she wanted in life and that is to be the most powerful woman in the country. Growing up in the Philippines, she knew that it would be an uphill climb. There is misogyny everywhere, but instead of fighting it, she decided to use it to her advantage. That is probably the upside of being undermined, being almost invisible–people will never see you coming. While she was watching everyone’s moves, no one was watching hers.

Things were going according to plan until Avery Brienne Eliseo came into the picture.

Suddenly, she got an enemy. And unlike Avery who has her cousin by her side, she has no one.

And she needs to have someone.

She’s been looking for so long until she found Archibald Reign Gallego–the perfect partner in crime… or so she thought.

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End The Game

(Game Series # 3)

Avery Brienne Eliseo never wanted the ‘normal’ life. Ever since she was born, she already knew that the life she’d lead would be far from what’s normal… until her stupid cousin decided to ‘protect’ her by giving her a new life. But she wasn’t stupid. She knew that one day, she’d have to go back to save his ass.

She needed to make friends–powerful friends. She needed people who would be of help when she needs protection. And where would she find powerful friends? In law school. The students there are the future presidents, senators, and congressmen of the country. She needed to be friends with powerful people…

And when she met Maven de Marco and learned that he’s the most powerful one? She’s determined to make him hers.

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Trope Series

All For Show

(Trope Series # 1) Cerise’s younger sister is getting married and she’s expected to attend. The logical thing to do was to attend (duh, it’s her sister’s wedding! It would be weird if she’s not there) but how could she attend when her sister’s getting married to Leo, her ex best friend slash almost boyfriend from years ago? And it’s not like she could just suddenly blurt out their ‘history’ because she’s pretty sure that she’d be branded as bitter by their relatives… like, it’s been years! Move on!

She needed to attend. But she didn’t want to go alone. She needed an arm candy, but not just any arm candy-she needed someone who would make her the envy of the night. Iyong tipo na walang magdadalawang isip kung nakapagmove on na ba talaga siya.

She looked and looked and looked for the perfect wedding date. Until she wound up in a bar and met this bartender named Pablo.

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The Secrets That We Keep

(Trope Series # 2) Lilo’s parents didn’t approve of her studying in Manila, but she’s dreamed about this for as long as she can remember. She wanted to have the perfect college experience and one thing for that to happen is for her to study in Brent. One condition—she needs to stay with her brother in their house so that he could keep his eyes on her… or so their parents thought. She’s good with that. Whatever will make them agree for her to go study in Manila.

One problem only—her brother’s best friend is apparently living there, too.

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Viste Series

Always Yours

(Yours Series # 5)

Graciella Rae Arevalo just wants to love and be loved. She feels like she has a lot of love to give and she just wants her own person to love. Mayroon na kasing mga boyfriend at girlfriend iyong mga tao sa paligid niya. She doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. She wants her own person to love and to spoil. Ang problema, parang ayaw naman sa kanya ng pag-ibig. She has been told to just wait for it because it will eventually come to her. And she wants to, ang kaso, she’s always surrounded by death that she feels like she’s always running out of time.

Ilang blind date na ang napuntahan niya. She always tries to find the good in the person in front of her, but for some reason, walang spark. Ayaw niya naman na i-sacrifice iyon. Alam niya na nag-eexist iyon. She’s seen it. She just needs to look harder.

Pero baka tama nga sila… na kapag hindi mo hinahanap, saka doon dadating.

Because apparently, she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places when all along, he’s always been right in front of her.

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Zealously Yours

(Yours Series # 4)

Marian Eliana Nicolas just wanted to be left alone. She knew that she’s not exactly the kindest person-definitely not the first person who’d come into mind if you get in trouble. She knew she’s not likable. She made her peace with that. Gusto lang naman niyang magpinta at maka-graduate.

Until she met Felix Chase Viste, iyong intern ng kuya niyang doctor.

She was intrigued, to say the least. She almost thought that she was immune to catching feelings dahil sanay naman siyang maka-kita ng gwapo, pero wala naman siyang pakielam-until Chase. And because she doesn’t like the word regret, sinubukan niyang makipagkilala kay Chase. She thought she’d find something not to like, but she was dead wrong. She liked everything she learned about him. But she was tired of figuring out kung ano ba sila.

She wanted to ask what they were.

Pero handa ba siyang malaman?

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Control The Game

(Game Series # 4)

Charisse Faith Viste believes in working hard. She does not believe in luck, only hard work. Bata pa lang siya, nasanay na siya na pinaghihirapan lahat ng meron siya. Being the only girl in a family full of guys, nasanay na siya na kung gusto niyang makuha, kailangan niyang pagtrabahuhan. And because of this, she grew up tough. She already accepted the fact that guys are just too intimidated to even give her a second glance. She’ll always be too smart, too confident, too much for everyone.

One day, she had this overwhelming feeling of sadness. She looked around and saw that everyone around her has someone by their side… Everyone has someone to embrace… Siya? Libro lang ang kayakap.

She used to be fine with the idea of being alone… alone, not lonely.

But not anymore.

She needed someone to stop her from feeling so lonely.

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GDL Series

Come On, Make Me

It’s hard to prove yourself when everyone thinks that everything’s being given to you on a silver platter. And in Siobhan Margarette’s case, she’ll do everything to make everyone see that she’s worth it.

But what will she do if someone unexpected sees her worth? Will she stay and accept? Or will she continue pretending that she doesn’t feel a thing… too?

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Almost, But Not Quite

From strangers to friends. From friends to close friends. From close friends to lovers.

When Joey met Psalm, she didn’t think that they’d ever be together. Paano ba naman, ex niya ang best friend nito! Psalm had seen her at her lowest, and she didn’t think that there’s a possibility of them being together… Pero habang tumatagal, mas lalong napapalapit ang loob niya dito. But how could they be together if he couldn’t trust her?

Trust… parang isang maliit na bagay lang, pero kapag wala sa isang relasyon, hindi mo alam kung hanggang kailan magtatagal.

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Eyes On Me, Baby

Karaminah Viel Trajano has always been told that she’s… peculiar. She just doesn’t like the things that girls her age are expected to like. But she loves writing… that’s probably the only normal thing about her. Problem is, her parents do not support her ‘career’ of choice. For them, it’s nothing more than a hobby. It’s either she follows their steps and become a lawyer or become a lawyer.

She chose neither.

Now, she’s forced to work to make a living. But she’s not really made for work. Given the choice, she’d spend the day daydreaming about her scripts and characters. Fortunately, someone offered her a job… Madali lang naman daw ito. Magiging ‘manager’ daw siya ng basketball team. She agreed… After all, how hard could it be to manage a bunch of boys who spend their days running back and forth on a wooden ground… right?

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Just The Strings

All her life, Mary Imogen Suarez was led to believe that she should end up with Parker Adrian Palma. Na dapat, kay Parker lang siya. Na si Imogen ay para lang kay Parker. But the problem was, Parker never looked her way, at least, not the way she wanted him to.

For him, she’s just the best friend-and a reminder of something he badly wanted to forget. For years, she lived with the knowledge that Parker would never like her back. Akala ni Imo, hindi na siya makakaahon sa naraaramdaman niya para kay Parker-until she met Saint Iverson Gomez de Lianño.

Saint was a breath of fresh air. He’s attentive, and he made Imo feel loved and appreciated-something she never felt during all the years she loved Parker. But when things started to fall in their right places, Parker decided to finally look her way.

What would Imogen do? Would she brave the storm to be with Saint? Or would she tread the strings that connect her with Parker?

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Hey, Cohen

Ever since Sari’s sister married the seemingly perfect man, she had dreamt of her own happily ever after. Gusto niya rin ng gwapo, mayaman, at gwapo na papakasalan. She’d settle for nothing less. And when she set her eyes on Cohen Isaac Gomez de Liaño… she knew that she’d stop at nothing to get him to notice her.

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Yours Series

Irrefutably Yours

(Yours Series # 1)

Nileen Riviera thought that after getting her degree in medicine, she’d easily check off the next thing on her list-to have a boyfriend. Ang kaso, walang lumalapit sa kanya. It’s either intimidated sila dahil topnotcher siya sa boards o kaya naman ay baka pangit lang talaga siya.

She was close to getting royally pissed at the universe until she met Marcus-the guy who got her demoted into the second place in the boards. She was pissed at the guy dahil ito ang dahilan kung bakit disappointed ang nanay niya sa kanya.

Niles was determined to just ignore his existence, but it seemed like the universe had a mind of its own.

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Maybe Yours

(Yours Series # 2)

Yanyan definitely didn’t think that she’d reach the age of 32 and still be unmarried. She was sure that she’d, at least, be engaged before she turned 30. But she was dead wrong. She badly wanted to settle down already like everyone else around her, but guys kept on dumping her because according to all the male population, she’s just ‘too much.’

She was the problem. Fine.

So, when she met Levi, arguably the hottest guy she’s ever laid her eyes on, she ‘fine-tuned’ her personality to match his. She could do that. She grew up in a family where she’s always forced to smile and say that everything’s alright.

But until when can she pretend?

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Never Yours

(Yours Series # 3)

Kelsey Fuentes thought that after her failed experience in marriage, she would never dare try again. She was contented with her work and with her daughter. All she ever really wanted was for the people around her to let her be and to stop asking her to find someone to marry and ‘complete’ her. She tried that. It did not work. It was quite traumatizing. Never again. End of discussion.

But apparently, it is true… that when you are not looking and least expecting, that is when you will find ‘the one.’

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Zealously Yours

(Yours Series # 4)

Marian Eliana Nicolas just wanted to be left alone. She knew that she’s not exactly the kindest person-definitely not the first person who’d come into mind if you get in trouble. She knew she’s not likable. She made her peace with that. Gusto lang naman niyang magpinta at maka-graduate.

Until she met Felix Chase Viste, iyong intern ng kuya niyang doctor.

She was intrigued, to say the least. She almost thought that she was immune to catching feelings dahil sanay naman siyang maka-kita ng gwapo, pero wala naman siyang pakielam-until Chase. And because she doesn’t like the word regret, sinubukan niyang makipagkilala kay Chase. She thought she’d find something not to like, but she was dead wrong. She liked everything she learned about him. But she was tired of figuring out kung ano ba sila.

She wanted to ask what they were.

Pero handa ba siyang malaman?

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Always Yours

(Yours Series # 5)

Graciella Rae Arevalo just wants to love and be loved. She feels like she has a lot of love to give and she just wants her own person to love. Mayroon na kasing mga boyfriend at girlfriend iyong mga tao sa paligid niya. She doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. She wants her own person to love and to spoil. Ang problema, parang ayaw naman sa kanya ng pag-ibig. She has been told to just wait for it because it will eventually come to her. And she wants to, ang kaso, she’s always surrounded by death that she feels like she’s always running out of time.

Ilang blind date na ang napuntahan niya. She always tries to find the good in the person in front of her, but for some reason, walang spark. Ayaw niya naman na i-sacrifice iyon. Alam niya na nag-eexist iyon. She’s seen it. She just needs to look harder.

Pero baka tama nga sila… na kapag hindi mo hinahanap, saka doon dadating.

Because apparently, she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places when all along, he’s always been right in front of her.

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Just Trilogy

Just The Strings

All her life, Mary Imogen Suarez was led to believe that she should end up with Parker Adrian Palma. Na dapat, kay Parker lang siya. Na si Imogen ay para lang kay Parker. But the problem was, Parker never looked her way, at least, not the way she wanted him to.

For him, she’s just the best friend-and a reminder of something he badly wanted to forget. For years, she lived with the knowledge that Parker would never like her back. Akala ni Imo, hindi na siya makakaahon sa naraaramdaman niya para kay Parker-until she met Saint Iverson Gomez de Lianño.

Saint was a breath of fresh air. He’s attentive, and he made Imo feel loved and appreciated-something she never felt during all the years she loved Parker. But when things started to fall in their right places, Parker decided to finally look her way.

What would Imogen do? Would she brave the storm to be with Saint? Or would she tread the strings that connect her with Parker?

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Stand-Alone

No One Will Know

The day Molly’s attackers were set free was the day Mallary decided to take justice into her own hands. And Mallary knew that in order to do that, she would have to get closer to her enemies hanggang sa mapagkatiwalaan nila siya ng mga maduduming sikretong tinatago nila.

And she’ll start with Nathan… the lawyer who took the fall for his friends.

The perpetrators may think that no one will know about what they did. But they thought wrong.

Mallary knows that they’re guilty. And she will go to great lengths to make them pay.

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When It All Ends

All Belinda Ophelia Estrella wanted was a simple life–opposite to the world she was raised in. Bata pa lang siya, namulat na siya sa kaguluhan sa paligid niya. Her kind of normal were killings and bloodshed. Pero kahit na ganoon, umaasa siya na hindi niya kailangang maging katulad ng mga tao sa paligid niya.

She thought her failth in humanity was enough to change the norm. But when events forced her to fit in to the cruel world she belonged in, she would learn that in life, it is better to be hated as long as you’re feared. Dahil sa mundong ginagalawan niya, buhay ang katumbas ng kapangyarihan. At kamatayan ang katumbas ng pagtitiwala.

But how long would she be able to last? How long would she be able to endure with all the deceit surrounding her?

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A Drunken Mistake

Ito ay gawa ng bungang-isip. Ang mga pangalan ng mga karakter, lugar, at mga pangyayari ay produkto ng imahinasyon ng may akda. Anumang pagkakahawig sa aktwal na kaganapan o tao, buhay o patay, ay hindi sinasadya.

 

Reserbado ang lahat ng karapatan © 2019 ni Ariesa Jane Domingo

Pabalat ni Rosemund Edrilynne Agapito

Isinaayos ni Ira Romina Agapito

 

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How To Steal The Bad Boy

Prologue

“Theo,” sabi ko at saka pilit na iniharap ‘yung mukha niya sa sakin.

He’s been avoiding me like crazy and it’s driving me insane! Alam mo ‘yung pakiramdam na magkasama kami, nagkikita kami every goddamn day but it’s like he’s too effin’ far away! I can’t take it anymore! Mababaliw na ako!

“What?” he spat out. Pilit niyang tinanggal ‘yung kamay ko na nakahawak sa damit niya.

The way he looked at me… damn ang sakit pala talaga.

I mentally prepared myself for the blow. He would hurt me again. I wished that he would just physically hurt me because that would be kinder. Mas madaling maka-recover ‘dun kaysa sa ginagawa niya. He’s emotionally killing me… Sobra.

“Theo, please,” I begged as my last piece of self-preservation flew out the window. “Mag-usap naman tayo…”

He looked at me with such spite that I was scared to wits.

“We have nothing to talk about, Kelly. Tigilan mo na ako.”

“But the kiss…”

“It meant nothing.”

I closed my eyes and balled my fists. “I’m calling your girlfriend about this, Theo. I’m stealing you away from her.”

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I Watched Him Fall For Someone Else

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, some places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or person, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

 

Copyright (c) 2016 by Ariesa Jane Domingo; Jacket design by Rosemund Edrielynne Agapito

Jacket image by Barclay Olson;
Illustrations by Irishia Raben;
Editing and Proofreading by Ira Romina Agapito

 

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduce or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author.

 

Only edition 2016

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What If?

What ifs and the in betweens

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