Review: There Be Dragons (2011)

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One thing that I didn’t like about this film is that there are so many things happening in it. It was uninteresting at most parts and failed to deliver the theme at its maximum potential. The film focuses on forgiveness that inspects some aspect of life, its meaning and its purpose.

 Robert is a journalist writing a book and is trying to reconcile with his dying father whom he interviewed for his project and discovered that he had been a close friend of Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the Opus Dei movement. The story went deep as Robert learned about the dark past of his father, reluctantly sharing the stories to his son. The story takes place during the Spanish Civil War that seemed to topple what good potentials the film promised at the beginning. The production was good but it was lackluster in execution. It didn’t quite lived up to its promise of grandeur and even the extras having parts in the film were quite terrible!

 It was interesting to note that Charlie Cox who played Josemaria Escriva was quite impressive that you actually believe him and feel everything that he’s saying from his eyes. He was quite mesmerizing on the screen if I’m being honest.

 The rest of the cast were just miscast-ed or perhaps shown in such a way that are not as believable as Cox. The film would have been great if (in my opinion) Wes Bentley’s character, Manolo was played by another actor like Gael Garcia Bernal. I just don’t see enough conviction from him and even Dougray Scott who played Robert was a total disappointment.

I’m not really sure what pushes me to watch this film. It was quite interesting in its trailer but was a total disaster in its entirety. The film was okay for like the first few minutes but it went downhill up to the last part of it. Perhaps, I wasn’t feeling nice when I watched it.
Rating: 5 / 10
Director: Roland Joffe
Starring: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Unax Ugalde, Olga Kurklenko, Rodrigo Santoro, Geraldine Chaplin, Golshiften Farahani
This film review was first posted at Pinoy Exchange. Read all my film reviews at Pinoy Exchange Official PEx Movie Reviews.

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Book Review: Tangled Extra Scenes & Holy Frigging Matrimony: A Tangled Series Short Story – Emma Chase

I thought those of you who adored Drew in Tangled would love to know that author Emma Chase have actually written some snippets after Tangled. It’s still pretty hilarious and Drew’s still our boy!!!

18284113This little snippet of Drew and Kate was totally funny and endearing. I love this duo!!! Drew’s really such an a-hole but an adorable a-hole at that. I love the mind-fuckery thing…hahaha you really gotta love him! Seriously, he’s like my male Carrie Bradshaw!!

18282724Gaaahhh!!! I thought it was their wedding! But that’s alright I guess, now I love Drew even more. He’s just so funny!!! Seriously, can we like petition something and make this into a film? It’s deliciously good!

Try to check Tangled out and these snippets okay? :)

Book Review: Sixty Five Hours: The Twelve Days of Christmas – N.R. Walker

65 hoursThis is just a wonderful continuation to Cameron and Lucas’s story!!! Very cute, very romantic and just equally sexy! If you’ve not read Sixty Five Hours – go ahead and feel free to download your very own free copy here! This amazing couple is back, though just a short snippet – it’ll still make you giggle and smile from ear to ear. I just really have to make a short post about this because it’s just so effin’ good J Read the free snippet here!

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Book Review: Sixty Five Hours – N.R. Walker

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A friend from Goodreads recommended this book and I’m just over the moon right now (a good few hours) after reading the whole thing. This book is perfection in every level! Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley, both advertising executives were given merely sixty five hours to come up with a campaign on a multimillion dollar project. Now both of them need to set aside their differences to seal the deal – and from there, they didn’t only settle their differences but also discovered that they actually have a lot in common. Cameron and Lucas are just oh-so-adorable! The book kinda reminds me of Tangled by Emma Chase. I got to say though, I love this better! I feel giddy while reading the book and I think I giggled with just about every page! The book is witty, sexy, honest and just effin’ brilliant! There’s no pretension, just pure honest-to-adulterated-goodness! They are such an amazing couple! Oh, I just love the sock fetish! That one was cute!!! This is my first read from N.R. Walker and I’m sure glad to have read this brilliant of a novel – and the good part is, it’s free!!!! OMG! I know right? Oh, well git it now HERE.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Mark Cooper versus America – Lisa Henry & J. A. Rock

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Midway through this book, I was already thinking that this won’t end well but I was so wrong. It’s actually fucking golden. I specifically enjoyed the last half of the book because it was very fast-paced. I was sure glad that the author/s didn’t resort to rushing the characters the way some writers do it just to give it a happily-ever-after ending. This book was so realistic in so many levels. Mark Cooper is a kinky Aussie teen dragged to America by his mum who re-marry and was forced to live the American way. Now in college, Mark found himself pledging for a fraternity which he didn’t care at all but simply to please his mum and her new husband. There, he meets the smart, responsible and gorgeous Deacon who is a member of the rival fraternity he’s pledging. Things aren’t that complicated as it seems even if they found themselves in the midst of frat-rivalry. It was rather complicated because it’s more than that – it’s how both of them will be handle what they have. I thought Mark’s character is just LOVE. He’s sweet, witty and just oh so sexy. I loved the fact that he’s also shameless and so young. Deacon on the other hand was almost the opposite of Mark when it comes to personality so with that, they’re certainly a good fit. In all scope of things, I love that the author/s didn’t resort in an ideal ending but rather a more succinct and honest delivery involving the main characters’. This was rather a surprising read for me and I’m glad that I went through it all the way.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published January 28th 2014 by Loose Id LLC

Book Review: Nowhere Ranch – Heidi Cullinan

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Here, Roe was telling us from the onset how he finally found his “home” but not before informing us on how his family discovered his homosexuality. It was pretty painful, like I can’t even fathom what it could do to someone like him or to anyone especially after your family threatened to kick you out if you remain being “true” to yourself. That’s just so wrong in so many ways. You can’t choose what you are. Maybe you can choose how you live but you are what you are. Trying to be someone just doesn’t do it at the end of the day. Going back to Roe, as he narrates how he got to Nowhere Ranch – we found out that he’s been working from farm land to farm land and does not like staying at one place. Less emotional (ehem, people attachment) less pain for him. Then he met Travis Loving, the owner of Nowhere Ranch who’s got a secret of his own which actually excites Roe and soon, the two have forged a relationship that somehow worked both for them.

I almost planned on not finishing this book because I’m not really big on M/M stories that involve BDSM but in actuality, the whole BDSM fiasco plays so little importance to the book’s merits. What I really loved about Nowhere Ranch is how sincere the whole point of view of the main character was written. The telling of Roe Davis’s story was shameless, honest and poignant that it echoed so much truth, so much passion and a lot of mixed emotions. Turns out, this is one book I will regret not reading after all.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Starfish and Coffee – Kele Moon

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I decided to read this book because of its stellar reviews and I was not disappointed at all. The premise itself was enticing enough for me to dive into the beautiful island of Mirabella. It tells the story of Alex and Matt, growing up world’s apart but close enough in the small but alluring confines of the island of Mirabella. Although both closeted, they have found the comfort from each other and discovered love and the beauty of it. It is not however all rainbows and butterflies because when lies, deception and even the judgment of youth takes over – love does not seem to stand a chance at all.

I love these kinds of stories – it’s relaxed, the drama’s high but it delivers at the same time. I love Matt and Alex’s characters. They’re the characters you usually see in soap operas – the ones that you’d be rooting for. I thought the whole flashback was a bit too long but its more than welcomed. I just find it a bit anti-climactic at the end because I wished there was more into their reunion. It was still good though, I mean who doesn’t love a happy ending after all?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Second Chances – T.A. Webb

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This book was a very difficult read for me. I’ve had a hard time going through it all. It was a bit gloomy at the beginning, sorrowful midway and I’m glad that it turned out to have a very beautiful ending. It centers on Mark Jennings in the midst of his job in a non-profit organization, his dying mother, his crazy shit but loving family, his boyfriend Brian and his masseur-turned-best friend Antonio. I guess what I’m trying to say when I said that it was very difficult for me to read this book was that I feel like reading a part of me in Mark. My mom passed away in 2010 due to kidney failure and that moment when Mark’s mom (who’s got liver failure) asked to be taken home – I almost got that same heartbreak and it stopped me on my tracks. I was thinking if I should push through with this. You know these simple things that you’re doing such as listening to a song or this time in my case, reading a book then you’d be reminded of someone so dear to you and you’d find yourself in a flashback of things. It was heartbreaking for me and yes – I did cry. That feeling of losing does not go away. You just learn to deal with it overtime. And then when I thought that I could go on with the rest of the book came Brian’s untimely yet anticipated death. That’s just beyond for me. I took a moment to absorb it. That was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve read in a while. The eulogy almost broke me. Whenever I’m reading, I’d like to be accompanied by music and it was just so fitting when Fix You by Coldplay played out during the hospital scene when Mark has to let go of Bryan. That was hard for me and writing this still makes me tear up. I’m such a crybaby but I don’t really give a shit. This book was written beautifully and was very realistic for that matter. The friendship that sprung between Mark and Antonio was also very much welcomed and it was heartwarming how these two were given second chances to chase life, to chase their dreams and to experience a whole new kind of love. The character of Mark was strong, stable, a firecracker and someone with a good soul. T.A. Webb created a beautiful, wonderfully woven story that will give you a glimpse on how he sees life and share it through his writing. I’m forever touched by this book. It was a really amazing read. Thank you Mr.Webb!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Up In Arms – Kindle Alexander

Up In ArmsI’ve read this one non-stop and I can’t seem to let go of it until I turn its last page. This is easily my second favorite amongst the five titles I’ve read from Kindle Alexander. It’s much shorter than the rest but for some reason, I feel more connected with both characters.

Seriously, this story’s just way too adorable and just way too sweet! We are introduced this time to Reed Kensington, a power-attorney cum international playboy who’s looking to settle for good and the very shy and very sexy marine sergeant Trevor West. I just love these two! They’re like peanut butter and jelly! Reed is a self-assured, self made man who always gets what he wants and he wanted Trevor from the moment he met him at his brother’s wedding rehearsal. Trevor on the other hand was shy and a little insecure closeted marine officer. Trevor thinks that he’s nowhere near Reed’s standard so he’s always doubting himself. Awee. I think I’m totally inlove with this guy.LOL I can’t… at how the story went smoothly and just gets interesting every turn of the page. I also loved the way the author insert characters out of nowhere and at the latter part of the story but still make it work! Just amazing!!! I ought to say more about this book and about the author but I’m almost out of adjectives to describe how good Kindle Alexander is! Surely, she’d be an addition to my favorite authors list!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Book Review: The Current Between Us – Kindle Alexander

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I’m seriously gonna stalk Kindle Alexander now to press her to write like a hundred novels more! The Current Between Us is another lovely book from – oh, did I forget to say SUPER AUTHOR before the author’s name? Sorry. Lol

This wonderful novel invites us to the world of two very distinct and lovely characters. Gage Synclair to put it simply is a retiring photo-journalist in an Anderson Cooper kind of level but way younger and much hotter. Gage is now focusing on his art gallery featuring his stunning photos as he retired from the field. Come enter the sexy master electrician Trent Cooper contracted by the gallery – oh, and daddy of two adorable kids! From the onset – there was already sexual tension between them lusting over each other and finally realizing this could turn into something good. But as per usual, complications arises when you least expect it. Dang it! This magnitude of a complication threatens to destroy what they have and hurt the people they cared about. See, this was a really fascinating story of an ultra-rich journalist falling for the too-hot-for-his-own-good electrician father of two. I love that Trent’s responsible and has very sensitive side. He’s perfection and just drool-worthy! LOL. Gage on the other hand was equally dreamy but he’s almost too unfuckingbelievable with this billion-dollar worth of a family. Like Christian Grey-rich or something.

‘tis my fourth book from the author and I’m just so mesmerized by this story. It was so hard to put down so I actually skip my movie night with my girls just to finish this real quick and boy, was it worth it! The twist at the end was rather abrupt and kinda out of nowhere (well, that’s just for me – I figured that it has something to do with the report like someone will die or something but I didn’t really expect that) but I still loved that it’s fast paced! Tying lose ends is one of Kindle Alexander excellent traits as an author. She does know her thing! I almost wished, though, that the story went longer because seriously, Kindle knows how to bring characters into life. My standing ovation from Manila to wherever Kindle Alexander is!!! Bravo!!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars