Book Review: Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza

They were perfect strangers—all perks, no strings. Until they weren’t.

Elan wasn’t supposed to meet Caty. She lived halfway around the world, and he barely left Manila. Yet here he was, giving her a ride to the airport. Convinced that they would never have to see each other again after that day, Elan and Caty started to bond over truths, dares, stolen kisses, and games in hotel rooms and bars.

With brief encounters that turned them from acquaintances to friends — tipping to the point of lovers, always — will Elan and Caty keep settling for a day, or will someone finally dare to stay long enough to discover: Is this love?

Book Review:

Brave. Nostalgic. Light. While reading Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza, it feels like I am slowly falling in love without me knowing what it really feels like falling in love with an actual person. Lanuza was able to capture the emotions, the feelings that the readers should feel when reading the book. At times, frustrated because of their choices and circumstances, and at times, happy because of their mature decisions and undeniable connection.

One of the things that I liked about this book, aside from the fact that one of the settings in the book is in the Philippines, is that the characters, Caty and Elan, are not the characters that I expected the most. Caty is straightforward, courageous, and extrovert but despite having those personalities who would have thought that it is her way to hide her emotions and scars. Elan is the complete opposite of Caty — quiet, patient, and reserved and behind those qualities, someone who is a loving son and a sibling.

What did I offer to the book Gods that they made me read a book with a non-Alpha male that I could relate with?

This book made me think about some factors when you are entering a relationship. Is it the right time? Are you ready? Is your other half ready? You have a connection but are you willing to stay? You have feelings but are you ready to commit? These questions entered my mind and I couldn’t ask for a better book. Because of these questions? These are also questions that I am asking in real life. Sometimes, you just need to be a way to think and if life decided to meet you again on better circumstances and on the right moment — I think both people will find its way to each other.

Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza will offer you the hesitations of a relationship when the distance is a barrier, affection is slowly depriving of appreciation, and that even if there are ups and down when it comes to long distance relationship, sometimes, people just to be mature for a relationship to work. It is raw, kind, and it is beautifully executed. I wish I could read more stories like this where nostalgia meets mature relationships, where light, hope, and love collides. Thank you, Dawn Lanuza.


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Dawn Lanuza writes contemporary romance, young adult fiction and prose poetry. She has two first loves – music and writing – and is lucky enough to surround herself with them. She currently lives with her family and a very loved cream toy poodle.

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