Jessy Mendiola on top of the 2016 FHM Philippines List of 100 Sexiest Women in the World!

Jessy Mendiola 1The people have spoken! Her rise to the top of the showbiz echelon and on this list isn’t that surprising given that she’s been on the boob tube since 2004 with a massive claim to fame of having played the local adaptation of Maria Mercedes by Mexican superstar Thalia. ABS-CBN Kapamilya star Jessy Mendiola snatched the title of the sexiest woman in the world from last year’s titleholder Jennylyn Mercado. This is Jessy’s first time on top and from what I can gather, this girl absolutely killed it!

Jessy Mendiola 2

Congratulations Jessy!

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Ang Aking Tatlong Kahilingan Kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

DuterteNgayong araw ay manunumpa na si Rodrigo Duterte bilang ika-labing anim na pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas. Sa kanyang unang-araw na pag-upo sa pwesto, maraming mga mabibigat na bagay ang maiaatang sa kanyang mga balikat – mga hinahing ng mga mahihirap na Pilipino, ang trapik na dekada ng hindi nasusulosyunan, droga, karahasan, talamak na pangungulimbat ng mga nakaupo sa pwesto at kung anu-ano pang mga problemang kanyang kakaharapin sa loob ng anim na taon. Sa mga bagay na aking nabanggit at marahil marami pa na hindi ko na naisulat, gusto ko lamang pong iahayag ang tatlong kahilingan ko para sa ating bagong Pangulo na magsisimula ang termino ngayong araw na ito.

Una – Pangulong Digong, alam ko pong malakas pa kayo sa kabila ng inyong edad. Gayunpaman, gusto ko pong hilingin sa inyo na huwag magpabaya sa inyong kalusugan. Alam ko pong prayoridad niyo kaming mga taong-bayan, pero nawa’y ang mga suliranin ng bayan ay wag maka-apekto sa inyong kalusugan. Kailangan namin ang inyong pamumuno sa loob ng anim na taon na malakas at matalas hindi lamang sa isipan pati narin sa kalusugan.

Ikalawa – Nawa’y lalo niyo pa pong isulong ang pagkapantay-pantay ng bawat Pilipino. Marahil, hindi na talaga magkakapantay-pantay ang pamumuhay ng mayayaman sa mga mahihirap na Pilipino subalit sa mata ng batas, sana po’y itulak niyo ang isang Pilipinas kung saan ang bawat Pilipino – ano man ang estado sa buhay, ano man ang kasarihan, ang pinag-aralan, relihiyon at iba pa., nawa’y maging patas ang mata ng batas para sa lahat ng mamamayan ng perlas ng silangan.

At ang aking huling kahilingan ay simple lamang po. Huwag na huwag po kayong magbabago. Hindi po ako umaasa na matutupad niyo lahat ng inyong mga ipinangako. Sapat na po sa akin na makita ang ating bayan na sumusulong para sa kaunlaran ilang taon man ang abutin para maabot iyon. Nais ko lamang po na kung ano ang Rodrigo Duterte na ipinakita niyo sa taong bayan noong panahon ng eleksyon at maging nang kayo’y alkalde pa lamang ay siya ring Pangulong Duterte ang aming makikilala pa ng lubusan at makakasalamuha sa loob ng anim na taon.

‘Yun lamang po. Maraming Salamat Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Mabuhay po kayo!

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Review: Something Like Memories – Jay Bell

Something Like MemoriesDate of Publication: June 26, 2016
Genre and Theme: LGBT, Romance, Contemporary
Cover Artist: Andreas Bell

This is not a review per se but more of a ‘thank you’ post to Jay Bell’s generosity for us fans of the “Something Like” series. It’s another Timmy and Ben shorty you guys, and it’s FREE! Generous yeah? I’m a big Tim Wyman fanboy so everything about my book boyfriend, I will eat like a 2.50 peso kwek-kwek in the streets of Quezon City!

So this short story is about their upcoming anniversary – a highly debated topic between them because they cannot seem to agree with the date! I know right??! But guys, this is a big deal because it’s Tim and Ben ya’ll. These two are the royalty / power couple of the Something Like Universe.

Okay, so how do I find it? Well, I freaking loved it! Well, anything with Timmy is a sure hit for me so there’s that. There’s also the “Orlando shooting” incorporated into the story which resonated deeply with the couple since they’ve also been a victim of gun violence once in their lives. My heart will continually bleed for the 49 darling angels who’ve lost their lives because of the hatred of a soulless lunatic. Truly heartbreaking!

This freebie is yet again a wonderful gift from Jay and I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. Best wishes to you and Andreas – may you always be happy and continue on being an inspiration for us single gay guys who are looking for that one true love that we may hope to find someday.

Happy Pride! Salamat!

You can download you free copy of Something Like Memories HERE

About The Author
Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

I’m Afraid of Oblivion.

Oblivion

Last Saturday, I’ve got this mini panic-attack while watching “Stories” discussing the whole universe becoming one big void. I don’t know why but I always have this suffocating feeling when I think about us not being here, the earth, and even the concept of “who” created us not being there and there’s just black or white void – just simply nothing. I started thinking about it when I hit puberty and I try not to think about it as much as possible because it just made me real upset but some things triggers it like that show.

Seriously, I’m getting nervous just writing this…

Goodnight!

A Quick Message From Manila’s Pride Festival 2016!

Pride Parade 2016

I attended the 2016 Metro Manila Pride Festival yesterday and I was astounded by the support of a lot of folks for our community. There’s just that beautiful sense of belongingness and I just loved how welcoming they are! It was such an incredible experience and I’d definitely do it again next year!

Sa uulitin!

Like the page of Metro Manila Pride here!

 

Book Review: A Right Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories, #2) – Lane Hayes

A Kind of RomanceDate of Publication: June 6, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance
Format: 234 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634773225
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Characters: Zeke Gulden, Benny Ruggieri

Blurb:
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.

Review:
I’ve read the first book of this new series from Lane Hayes and I honestly cannot recall what that story is about but I do remember George! What I really enjoyed about this book is how there was control in the characterization of the main characters esp Zeke. I thought at first that I was going to hate him so much that I would end up giving this book a low rating but lo and behold – there’s just so much to love about his very complex character. He and Benny have very much something in common and I think that is where they clicked. They’re so different with their personalities and the looks but their past is what made them bridge that gap which Zeke was so adamantly was establishing at the beginning.

Benny is just a lovely muffin but I wished he wasn’t that kind and practical. I would’ve like a little retaliation from Zeke to his douche ex-boyfriend Taylor!!! I really do. But I guess that’s not gonna make sense in the totality of the story because whatever Zeke would do to Taylor would bounced back to his past involving George.

Let go… forgive and forget. ‘not that easy to be honest.

This is arguably the author’s best work to date!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest.

Book Review: Love Can’t Conquer (Love Can’t Series, #1) – Kim Fielding

love cant conquerDate of Publication: June 3, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Bullying, Suicide, Alcoholism, Addiction, Abuse
Format: 260 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634773218
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Characters: Jeremy Cox, Qayin Hill

Last year, Kim Fielding released what I considered her best work to date – Rattlesnake. My review of that book already established that she’s a genius storyteller. In Love Can’t Conquer, she yet again transported me to a place full of sadness, hurt, love, and a place so full of hope.

It’s a story of two men who’ve known each other from a very young age.

Both eager to escape from their oppressive hometown.

Both kids carrying the hurt of their own little world.

Nerdy and pudgy Jeremy Cox was bullied a lot growing up and couldn’t wait to escape his small town. He did. He got a scholarship in Oregon and forgot all about his past. He became a self-made man, came out of the closet and like anybody else – he fell in love, was hurt, and got back up. It feels to me that Jeremy has a hero complex. I am not taking that against him. I loved that he’s got a very soft heart exhibiting the same little boy from his past inside his very formidable exterior.

Then there’s Qay Hill – an alcoholic and a drug addict trying to turn things around. He doesn’t need much. He’s trying to survive despite thoughts clinging to him that he’s beyond salvation. I really feel so bad for him. His voice is just too heartbreaking at times. Sometimes, no matter how strong a person is – there’ll come a time that he/she will succumb to his inner demons. Qay couldn’t handle it.

Serendipitously, both Jeremy and Qay found they have something in common from their past and try to create something between them. Love took over…

But what if love isn’t enough?

There is so much goodness in this book. There’s Jeremy and Qay’s relationship. It was sweet, tender, and thoughtful. There really is something to say about mature men venturing into a relationship. There’s the immediate chemistry and there’s the understanding between them right off the bat that this would either be just a quick shag or something that is for keeps. And for Jeremy, it is the latter. Qay however needs more convincing. Confidence is not his good friend.

Jeremy’s in a good place now. He’s healthy and financially secure but he isn’t happy. So ‘a good place’ doesn’t necessarily equate happiness. He doesn’t even know what he needs to not feel that void inside of him. So, there is that struggle inside of him.

Qay is altogether a different case, obviously. There’s just so much hurt that I had to wipe a tear or two because his voice affected me so much. Those are things no kid has got to endure – ever. His past was his struggle.

It’s a good thing that Jeremy has got a bunch of really good friends who took Qay in their fold without question. Rhoda and Nevin are both wonderful and I’d love to see them in the future installment (yes! I just found out that this would be a start of a new series!!!! *Happy dance* I am guessing that Parker will make an appearance in the series as well. A possible MC?).

The story as a whole is like a really beautiful, mellow country song. The words were melodious, there’s vibrancy in the characters and that heartwarming epilogue was just the right way to end it.

Highly Recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Five Times My Best Friend Kiss Me and One Time I Kissed Him First – Anna Martin

Five Times My Best Friend Kiss Me and One Time I Kissed Him FirstDate of Publication: May 20, 2016
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, New Adult, Long Separation, LGBTQ
Format: 200 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634771566
Characters: Evan King, Scott Sparrow

I really loved Anna Martin’s writing style and this one is just perfection to the hilt! I loved the very concept of the story and although the story was not written in chronological order, you won’t feel disconnected with the story. It’s as smooth sailing from the very beginning until that very beautiful ending!

Since the whole thing was told from Evan’s POV, I felt that (naturally) I didn’t get much from Scott’s character. I knew he was sweet with Evan, love/d him and was feeling something confusing about his bff but I was expecting a bit of an exploration on his character. Initially, I find him not very likable at all as it irks me that he’s the one who initiated every kiss between them before that beautiful ending, yet he’s the one having a hard time accepting his sexuality. I don’t fucking buy his excuse about being a ‘player’ and what everyone around him will think – I say, FUCK it! That’s no fucking excuse because even if Evan’s all sensitive and shit, it doesn’t make it any easier for him to come out so fuck you Scott character for thinking that way. LOL. That didn’t sound good when reading out loud but since he  changed for the best, Imma give him a peck in the cheek as a consolation.

On a more positive note, I just loved the relationship between Scott and Evan’s family (basically just Evan’s mom). It’s just all very refreshing not having a ‘bitchy villain’ from either side. I’m usually not a fan of long separation but with this one, I loved how Anna Martin painted the reality of each character moving forward with their lives and finally realizing that they’re missing something. Oh,it’s just so beautiful and I don’t think I can blabber more without telling the whole story. Get a copy of this! Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.

Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

Book Review: The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Series, #2) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

The Player and The PixieDate of Publication: April 12, 2016
Genre and Themes: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Rugby
Format: 326 pages, ebook
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9781942874188
Characters: Sean Cassidy, Lucy Fitzpatrick

Blurb: How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.
As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.
His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

Warning: The following review may contains spoilers and the blurb will be longer than the actual review.

So I was imagining David Pocock as Sean with his adorable obliviousness and that huge, huge…..built! Totally swoon-worthy! I mean, he was supposed to be a first class a-hole here and his character just didn’t come out like that anywhere in the story. I mean, of course deep inside he was all good and shit but really, he’s like the best character ever! The rest were like bonkers trying to prove the opposite just didn’t make a case at all. He’s just so lovely with his soft, soft heart.

pocockkMe: Book character, marry me please.

I didn’t like Lucy’s character her at first and her ‘affliction’ was a bit of a turn-off but she kinda grew on me at the end. Also, she’s got an amazing best-friend!!!!

There are two people I wanted to kill in this story – Lucy’s big bro Ronan and her mam. Like seriously, what the feck ever! I didn’t remember Ronan being this obnoxious in the first book. I was like, huh? Was he really the MC Annie fell in love with in The Hooker and Hermit. It was like a total transformation.

Overall, I thought the story’s really smooth and consistent from start to finish. I’d loved for Sean’s aunt to turn 360 with her attitude but since the next installment’s preview will more likely be featuring more of Sean’s family – I’m guessing I’m okay with that minute detail not being resolved here. I really enjoyed reading this one and I guess, fans of the first book will do too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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About L.H. Cosway
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

David Pocock’s photo c/o brumbies.com.au

Book Review: The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3) – Rick Yancey

The Last StarDate of Publication: May 24, 2016
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Format: 338 pages, ebook
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399162435
Characters: Cassie Sullivan, Evan Walker, Ben Parrish, Ringer, Sam Sullivan

Blurb: The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

WARNING: The following review contains spoilers

Heya YA books fans! Remember when Veronica Roth’s twist at the end of the Divergent trilogy? Well, this one’s basically the same, albeit milder in comparison.

What I don’t understand is why there would have to be that cheesy family scene at the end. I also don’t get why Evan didn’t just die at all. I mean, I’m rooting for the guy and Cassie but seriously – wouldn’t it be better if he just died since his “mayfly” died to save “humanity” to begin with? I mean, I get the 12th system and all, and him and Ringer not dying is very much possible but WHY Cassie? WHY? And since Cassie sacrificed herself for the greater good, what’s up with the whole silencer thingy? I mean, fuck, why can’t they just die altogether when Marika pressed that button. Yeah – Obviously, I just didn’t like the ending. To begin with, I never really like Marika and Ben AT ALL so I’m ticked off by the fact that they survived!!!!! Damnit!!

I thought the writing’s a bit tamer this time in comparison to the first two books in terms of the vibrancy of each scene and each character. I didn’t feel the action until I was at the 85th percentage of the story when the whole of wonderland was uploaded to Cassie’s. The impact wasn’t just there which probably added to my disappointment. Great disappointment that is.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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About the Author
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.