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

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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

Book Review: Double Full (Nice Guys Series, #1) – Kindle Alexander

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Double Full’s my third read from SUPER AUTHOR Kindle Alexander. I was not expecting too much from it because I still have the “Always” hung-over but this was actually another impressive story from the author.

The novel centers on football quarterback and up and coming NFL superstar Colton Michaels and the sexy cheerleader Jace Montgomery. Theirs was a requited love all throughout their four years in college but Colt finally got the nerve to approach Jace during their last spring break in college that led to a super romantic getaway in Hawaii hidden from the entire world to see. Their secret love fest was abruptly stopped by Colton’s overbearing s.o.b of a father who threatened his son and go after Jace if they’ll continue with the whole thing. About 10 years after Colt left (abandoned) Jace without any explanation (poor Jace), our cheerleader has grown to be a successful cheerleading master of some sort. In short, he did well – pretty well actually. Colton on the other hand continued to dominate the NFL while battling a lot of things after he was forced to give up Jace – A. Alcoholism, B. His scheming-blackmailing Russian girlfriend whose name I can’t even properly read. C. His father’s still an a-hole but yeah, he’s old. D. Coming out and his lifetime regret of letting Jace go.

The author sure knows how to weave stories and jump from one scene to another without losing her readers. Oh, and I just love how Kindle always uses “HIS” (insert name) every time the other guy refer to his one true love. The writing’s almost too sappy but it’s just way too awe-worthy so to hell! Lol

I was also totally hooked with Mitch whom the author introduced in the latter part of the book (whom I supposed will be the main character for the second book of the series. Yay!) without actually swaying too much from Colt and Jace. What an impressive transitioning ability! Double Full is a total sap-fest of a book but it’s the good kind so make sure to put this one on your to-read-list! It’s so worth it!

 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: Texas Pride – Kindle Alexander

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This was another novel from Kindle Alexander which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not as intense as Always but it has the right ingredients to be considered a good novel. Texas Pride centers on Austin Grainger, a two-time Academy Award winning actor who turn his back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood wanting to settle down and find peace from it. He decided to go back to his hometown in Texas where he purchase a land and thought that this is where he will find that life he’s been cravin’ for until he laid eyes on Kitt Kelly. Kitt’s the young, sexy and closeted ranch owner who sold him his land and lives next door. As they get to know each other and fell in love, they also find themselves in compromising situations which threatens both their status and what they feel for each other.

I love how Kindle Alexander writes her novels. She’s very consistent in delivering a smooth sailing story. I love the pacing of this story and the characters are well-developed. I love that each has certain characteristics. I love that you could easily remember them. I also love how Austin and Kitt does not beat around the bush making it possible for the story development to progress more which in turn will give richness to the story.

So far, I’ve read two titles from this author and I’m on my third one – in less than three days!!!! I’m very much impressed that I can tell. What an achievement to have produced two exceptionally well-written novels. I can’t wait to read more from her – she’s worthy buying after all.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey – E. L. James

Published May 25th 2011 by Vintage

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I wasn’t keen on reading the highly popular erotic novel (and its subsequent sequels) Fifty Shades of Grey but with my friends non-stop gushing about “Christian Grey” and “Anastasia Steel,” (mostly it was Christian) I finally decided to give in and ride on the bandwagon (esp now that the film’s version is slated for release February of next year)

 Penned by E L James, Fifty Shades of Grey centers on the naïve college girl Anastasia Steel who met the “elusive, supersexy, BDSM*-loving, demigod looking billionaire” Christian Grey through an interview she did for a friend. Grey immediately took interest on her and eventually offered her something that would deliver the young Anastasia into the dark, sensual world and shattering past of the powerful Christian Grey.

The book obviously has more than its share of erotic scenes – like way too many! It also carries as a whole the irresistible charm of Christian Grey. At times, I find Anna’s character annoying because of her uber-innocence but hey, that just me putting myself in her shoe..uh, LOL. And is it disturbing to mention how the character of Christian Grey reminds me so much of Edward Cullen from Twilight minus the pangs, vampirism and all? LOL

After reading the book, I realized that I liked both characters – Christian Grey, Anastasia and her inner goddess! She was awesome! Fifty Shades of Grey simply has its own appeal that lures you to the erotic, dark and troubled world of Christian Grey and tags you along Anastasia’s journey into it. It’s worth reading after all…

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, role-playing, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. (source)

Review: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

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After raving so much about the book, it made me anxious and uber-excited anticipating the release of the film and I thank my lucky stars that I was able to score an invite for its advanced screening. Seriously, the wait was just about to kill me! The story is centered on sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. From there, they were inseparable that even led to Augustus granting Hazel’s wish to meet the author of her favorite book, flying them both to Amsterdam.

I honestly didn’t set too many expectations prior to seeing this. I mean, the book was one of the best reads I’ve had recently and I didn’t want to spoil the whole experience if the movie didn’t live up to its promise. Fortunately, the movie didn’t disappoint. From the onset of the film, I was already grinning from ear to ear and midway through it until the end – I think I was one of the viewers bawling like a 12 year-old girl whose puppy just got kicked!

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I just really love how effective and succinct Shailene Woodley as Hazel. This girl could pull you into a corner and just be in awe of her emotional depth. It’s amazing how she’s able to make you smile and feel giddy about her and Gus (Ansel Elgort). At the latter part of the film, I was with her crying. I feel her pain and I feel her resolve. She truly connects in such a way that everyone could easily relate to. Ansel on the other hand was dreamy as Augustus Waters. He’s got a really good chemistry with Shailene and I think everyone sighed heavily (wishing they were Hazel) during the swing scene and that oh-so-well-rehearsed dinner. It was almost too much but it’s still awe-worthy. Shailene and Ansel intricately worn the characters of Hazel and Augustus to life that it’s almost difficult to let any one of them go.

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It was also nice to note that Josh Boone who directed the film and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber who wrote the screenplay decided to be subtle about their approach on one of the characters fate. For someone who hasn’t read this John Green novel, it was a bit surprising and heartbreaking at the same time.

Another wonderful thing about this adaptation is the fact that it goes beyond its target audience much like the book. It’ll destroy your emotion but keeps you on the ride at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars has one solid story that will probably rival Noah and Allie on a different kind of level – bittersweet yet there is acceptance. It was magnified in such a way that it does not really revolved on two cancer patients but rather the romance, the young love and that heartfelt loss and acceptance that will forever be in their hearts.

#Okay

Director: Josh Boone
Based on the novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe, Emily Peachey

Rating: 9.5/10

Watch it nationwide on the big scree n on June 5, 2014.

Book Review: Always – Kindle Alexander

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Always is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of one soul finding its mate. I’m not exactly sure about the number of times I’ve cried while reading this book. I can’t even discern which emotion was dominant directed towards the two main characters in this book.

The stirring narrative of Avery Adams and Kane Dalton’s story was a true testament that truly, love knows no limit. It should be boundless and true love can really stand the test of time – even the afterlife. Too sappy for you? Maybe so, but this is one book I’m putting atop that pedestal of my favorite books EVER.

It feels wonderful to have stumbled upon this great read. I was inspired by both men. Under an unconventional relationship (by world’s standard, unfortunately until today) they have led a beautiful life so normal and just awe-inspiring that I have to commend the author Kindle Alexander for writing such a story.

Sometimes, it’s frustrating to read a book involving homosexual characters that deals with third parties, with too much personal baggage and with too many characters too high strung to deal with their personal issues. With this, Kindle Alexander created something that is maybe a little too ideal but perhaps something that actually exists. Not necessarily under the same scenario as Avery and Kane but that love is somehow a reality for some. The existence of that kind of love was real – and I’d like to believe it is real. Mushy huh? But true, I’m even wishing the same for myself.

Always is the mere definition of the saying that love conquers all. I’m a firm believer that it does. So thank you Kindle Alexander for writing this novel. It’s such a beautiful gift. Maraming Salamat.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Aftermath – Cara Dee

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I absolutely adore this book! It was written beautifully and it tugs to your heart in so many levels. Austin Huntley is a family man who lives his life in order. He’s got a nice career and a nice family and is simply content with what he’s got. Cameron Nash on the other hand is an antisocial mechanic with very little patience when it comes to dealing with – err life. Bonded by their five months traumatic captivity together, the two men formed something that they realized is more than just their will to escape their captor but something that will change their lives forever.

I didn’t expect this book to be so good. I mean, I loved how the author seemingly tied everything together while going back and forth from the past to the present every other chapter. I love the “love” element in it though, I find the whole kidnapping thing a bit puzzling but it’s okay. It’s no biggie to be honest since it kinda helped the story development. It’s also nice to note that both characters have their own identity that was easily dissected throughout the book. Cam’s character for one is a very interesting character. I liked the fact that his Asperger Disorder was discussed here and it didn’t become an issue at all because seriously, it’s no biggie. Cam’s so adorbs here to be honest. It’s actually surprising that the book isn’t that dark at all. Their situation was traumatic ofcourse but it sure was nice to note that the author was able to turn it into light reading – in a good way.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars