Book Review: Love At First Run by Angel C. Aquino

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Title: Love At First Run

Author: Angel C. Aquino

Genre: Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2018


After getting her heart broken, 23-year-old Diana Gomez is afraid to fall in love again. But when her office crush Paul invites her to join a running club with him, she goes for it.

What she doesn’t know is that to be a part of the club, she actually has to train for a half marathon—and that she’ll meet Joshua, the handsome club veteran who becomes her unofficial running buddy.

As if it isn’t hard enough to do speed work, interval training, and long runs after work and on weekends, she has to deal with her feelings for both boys and face her fears of falling in love.

Will she reach the finish line without getting herself (or her heart) injured? Journey with Diana as she reaches running milestones, overcomes obstacles, pushes herself to the limit, and discovers the strength within her… one kilometer at a time.


I am not a fan of the love triangle trope (even in real life, ha!) but this book changed my mind! In Love At First Run, you wouldn’t feel that the other character was left with a broken heart because the MC didn’t end up with him (which made me like the love triangle trope in this story).

Diana was a very relatable MC. I loved her journey from not being a sporty girl to a 21km run finisher! She may have had struggles but she showed her persistence by attending the trainings even though she was dragging her feet (at first) to get there. And of course, who could forget about her running buddy, Josh? He was such a sweet character and it was hard not to root for him from the start! Paul may have had his moments but I didn’t fall for his charm. I actually liked all the characters here and yes, even Amaya! All the side characters made this book even more interesting!

This book actually inspired me to try and join a running club next year and who knows, I might be able to meet a Joshua too!(wishful thinking!) Overall, I really enjoyed reading this  book! A fun, light and swoon-worthy read!

Favorite Quotes:

“And second of all, the thought of falling in love only to have my heart broken again was too scary to think about.”

“So what? You are so naive! Stop overthinking this, and for once, just take a risk!” Kat waved her spoon dangerously close to my face.

“I have taken a risk, remember? And it didn’t work out.”

“Well, you’ll just have to keep taking risks until it does. That’s how life–and love–works.”

“It hadn’t been easy to keep coming back, but somehow, it was even harder to stay away. Maybe it helped knowing someone was there to help me stand up after every fall.”

Soundtrack: Unlonely by Jason Mraz

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-Full

Buy Links: Goodreads || Amazon || From the Author (Philippines only)

17982224About the Author:

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Angel C. Aquino has been crafting stories in her head and on paper ever since she was a little girl. After she graduated from college, she pursued her passion for words by working in the publishing industry, and later became the managing editor of several magazines such as Candy, Runner’s World Philippines, and Good Housekeeping Philippines. Her short story, “The Bucket List” was published in the Summit Books anthology, Coming of Age. Love At First Run is her first novel.

Today, she is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based in Manila. She believes she can make her tiny corner of the world just a little bit brighter by writing stories filled with positivity, hope, and love. If you’d like to receive writing tips, inspiring content, and updates on her upcoming projects, sign up for her newsletter at


14 thoughts on “Book Review: Love At First Run by Angel C. Aquino

  1. My two favorite things – running and reading – put together in a book! I feel like I’ve read my fair share of books with love triangles where there is really only one option for the protagonist but the protagonist doesn’t realize that haha and I can’t say I’m a fan of them. But you did mention it changed your mind so I’ll to give it a go! I’m going to add this book to my goodreads want to read list and take a dive into it after reading my current book and another one I already designated as my next book to read! 🙂


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