Being simple is okay. Doing crazy or out of your comfort zone is good. So what if you are a combination of the two: simple and crazy? What are you? Perhaps you are like Tempest.

Here  is my last stop for the Sweet Complications buqo YA bundle featuring Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista-Yao.


Would you do a set of dares to prove someone wrong? Would you risk your friendship so you can find love? Would you admit your real feelings? There are a lot of complications when it comes to finding love. Get the feels when you read these sweet stories.


Despite her quirky name and equally quirky family, 16-year-old Tempest Juan knows she’s ordinary. After reading a comment on Facebook which likened her to vanilla ice cream, Tempest decides she has to do something about it or be forever branded as plain, lukewarm, and well, vanilla. It doesn’t help that the comment was made by Paco Lorenzo, her cousin’s cute friend (no longer cute in her book!). When she happens upon a book of dares, she decides to attempt each one, no matter how hard. This is her personality at stake, after all. But somehow, Paco, the cause of all this, finds a way to be at every dare Tempest attempts, confusing her and forcing her to question what’s really going on inside her heart.

About the Author

 Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:

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“But what about Margarita?”

“She sped off in another direction.” He shrugged, still pulling her along. But this time, he wasn’t holding her arm anymore. His hand found its way into hers. And she told herself she didn’t let go because it was dark and she didn’t want to trip on anything.

When they got to the covered courts, they didn’t bother to find a place to hide. It was so dark, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Paco sat on one of the benches and pulled Tempest down next to him. She was tempted to pull her hand away, but he still hadn’t let go. What was the protocol when it came to something like this? Do you let go when you’re about to do something like look at your watch or scratch an itch? Or do you just keep holding on till both your hands get too sweaty? And why did it have to be so complicated?

“I think this is awesome, what you’re doing.” He smiled at her. Or at least she assumed he was. It was too dark to tell.

“Sitting in the dark, holding your hand?” Tempest couldn’t pretend it wasn’t happening, so might as well call attention to it.

Paco surprised her by squeezing her hand and still not letting go. “Well, yeah, this too.” He laughed easily. “But I was talking about the dares. I mean, daring other people is something Marga and I do all the time, but daring yourself is cool. Why didn’t you tell me about it last night? I could have helped you do some of them while we were just hanging out. What’s on your list anyway?”

Tempest didn’t tell him that the dares had only materialized today because of him. “Well, nighttime hide and seek, sleeping under the stars, and glow-in-the-dark bowling are part of it. That pathetic excuse for chalk art this afternoon was too.”

“That wasn’t pathetic.”

“Whatever.” Tempest snorted. “There’s also doing a color run which I am seriously thinking of swapping with something else, running through sprinklers, flying a kite, making a slushie—”

“You’ve never made a slushie?” Astonishment.

“I lead a very dull life, okay?”

“Or flown a kite?” More astonishment.

“Fine, Mr. I’ve Done Everything Fun in the World, what haven’t you done? If you were to give yourself a list of dares, what would you put on your list?”

“Well, I wouldn’t mind breaking into an all-girls high school after dark and playing hide and seek.” She could hear the smile in his voice.

“Boring. I’ve done that already.”

Paco burst out laughing. Tempest’s insides began to feel all warm and gooey. It felt good to make him laugh. And to have his complete attention. And to still be holding his hand.

What I like about the story:

The crazy Juan Family. From the ever so kulit brother Alfonso, pushy but determined cousin Margarita/Marga to the reliable and supportive cousin Clara (my fave character!Can I be part of crazy Juan family even if it is one day only?

The not so simple Tempest/Pesty/Tempy.  You might be the simplest member of your clan and you might think that nobody cares/see you but you know sometimes the most ordinary is really the one who is extraordinary! I like the perseverance of Tempest especially doing all the challenges. You go girl!

Dares. Not everyone wanted to make dares but to actually leave your safe zone and just challenged yourself to do one, hands down to you! Just by reading the dares, I can only do few from them. Boo me!

Hot guy Paco. If someone exists like Paco Lorenzo please I’m waiting on my door step wearing grass skirt too! This boy is not mysterious but his willingness and ‘angas’ works too well to catch everyone’s heart!

*Quotes worth to remember*

Clara to Tempest

“Tempy, stop fighting it. You have to let the energy of life flow through you. Let
things happen, let the cards fall where they may. Stop trying to control everything.”

Paco to Tempest

“I’m looking for a girl I can feel comfortable with, someone who is like home, just like vanilla
ice cream. The moment you taste it, you know it doesn’t need all those other things to
make it stand out because it already does, just by being what it is.”

How it ends:

Thousand cranes. Vanilla ice cream. Dance. Sky full of stars = Best ending ever!

Perk’s rating: 6/5 (I’m exaggerating but this story gave me too much emotion! #PacoandTempestforever)


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