Cover Reveal: Keeping Miss Kalila by Tara Frejas

I had the pleasure of reading the eARC of Tara Frejas’ Keeping Miss Kalila not too long ago, and I fell in love with the heart-rending story of teacher Kalila Rayos and filmmaker Datu Alvez (whom you might remember from Second Wave Summer, as well as one of Pio’s brothers in Like Nobody’s Watching). But nothing, and I mean nothing, prepared me for the feels I got when I saw the cover!

Without further ado, here’s the cover for Keeping Miss Kalila!

With a job that she loves, an adorable senior dog, and a baby she fought hard to conceive on the way, life is going well for thirty-one-year old school teacher Kalila Rayos. That is, until her ex-boyfriend and first love, filmmaker Datu Alvez asks if they could try again.

Saying yes shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, she’s still also in love with him and Datu’s efforts to be there for her make her feel she truly has it all. But on top of her worries as a soon-to-be mom, a crisis that hits her school forces her to shift her priorities away from her own desires.

Will the one who got away be strong enough to stay, or will their second chance at love crumble and break her heart once more?

Release date: April 1, 2020

Original photograph by Chi Yu Rodriguez

Models: Gab Pangilinan & Gio Gahol

Cover design: Miles Tan

You may pre-order Keeping Miss Kalila on Amazon at

In the meantime, join us in our excitement for Kalila and Datu on Twitter and Instagram by sharing your feels with these hashtags:


My full review of the book will go up on release day. Until then, stay safe and hang in tight!

Love, Stella

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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