Monthly Archives: January 2014

Book Review: The Promise by Danielle Steel

The PromiseThe Promise by Danielle Steel

Blurb:

Young architect Micheal Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother’s disapproval. Then minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Micheal and Nancy–perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life–Nancy in California, Micheal in New York. But eventually nothing–and no one–can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good-bye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The last time I read this was a decade ago and that was before my paperback copy was never returned to me. Luckily, I found an e-book. Thank you techy gods!

I think I decided to re-read this because I was curious to know whether or not the twentysomething me would still love it. I was only a high school sophomore then so what the heck did I know about “good” books anyway. At first, I thought it would maybe be like watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and then realizing how it totally sucked – I can’t believe I had a huge crush on Tommy (complete with Kimberly’s high-pitched squeals).

Well, you know what, I STILL LOVE IT! So, it shall remain as one of my all-time favorite love stories ever. Granted, it may not have the most original plot – in fact, I’m pretty sure it can fit right in with all the New Adult books these days, minus all the angst – but considering it was published in 1999, I think it’s really amazing.

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A Single Girl’s Thoughts and Problems

I’ve been MIA for the past week or so because of the recently concluded Australian Open – OK good for Wawrinka but I’m still definitely sad for Nadal, seeing as he was in pain and yet he fought till the end. Nadal’s a true champion for sure. Also, I think it’s going to be one CRAZY season for men’s tennis. I can feel it. I just hope DelPo, Murray and Rafa stay strong and healthy.

So, it seems even I couldn’t read and watch tennis at the same time and here I thought I’m pretty good at multitasking. Apparently, I’m 6 books behind my reading schedule according to Goodreads. What an underachiever! But I haven’t been super excited about this year’s new releases so far which is why I’m reading the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle. I am LOVING it A LOT!

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Book Review: Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto #3) by Lauren Layne

Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #3)Just One Night by Lauren Layne

Blurb:

In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest…all night long.

Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles inStiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal forStiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read every single one of Lauren Layne‘s books and I love them all. However, if I have to be really honest, out of the three Stiletto books, this was the weakest for me. I think maybe I expected more from Riley‘s story because ever since After the Kiss, she’s been portrayed as the “badass of the group” and I was really hoping that I would see more of her snarky personality. Disappointingly, I didn’t get that but I did love her very strong resolve regarding her feelings. Also, the sarcasm was sadly a bit toned down this time.

All in all, this was still a good weekend read and I can’t wait for Alex and Emma‘s book – I’m assuming there is one.

*ARC provided by NetGalley

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Lego House by Ed Sheeran

No, I’m not an Ed Sheeran fan but I really loved the version that I heard from an American Idol Season 13 hopeful. I can’t find that one so I’m sticking with the original.

This song seems fitting as I’m still feeling a bit somber that Juan Martin del Potro lost in the second round of the Australian Open. It is times like that one that I really wish I can easily “retire” from being a tennis fan.

Tennis is definitely a stressful, heartbreaking and nervous breakdown inducing sport when you’re a fan. Sigh.

Three TV Shows to Catch Up On

For the last few months, I’ve pretty much been missing a lot of my favorite TV shows. Apart from The Voice, I haven’t been quite as religious as I used to be when it comes to keeping up to date with the latest episodes of shows I used to follow a lot.

Here are the top three TV shows that I really need to catch up on:

1. REVENGE

Well, the last episode that I watched was probably just a little bit before the season 2 finale. See? I missed that much. I mean I’ve read spoilers so I know what to expect but this is definitely one show that I must download and watch right away, especially since it’s already on its third season.

Revenge Season 3

I miss Daniel GraysonAnd the fashion.

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Book Review: Below Unforgiven (Movie #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky

Below Unforgiven (Movie #1)Below Unforgiven by Kimberly Stedronsky

Blurb:

Vivian Hale doesn’t cope. She runs.

Spending the summer in small town Pennsylvania, working for minimum wage in the old trailer-turned-video-store, Vivian longs to move on after her world came crashing down around her. She’s given up on her acting dream and is willing to do whatever it takes to make enough money to get a place of her own and start over- anything, of course, but sacrifice her pride.

Oscar winning, LA director Keaton Thorne is back home for the first time in seven years, determined to survive one weekend with his family. As best man in his little brother’s wedding, he has one job- show up with his gorgeous wife and prove to everyone in the small town that he’s better than his father had ever been.

When Keaton makes her a clichéd offer that she just can’t refuse, Vivian tries to protect her heart. She knows the difference between right and wrong.

Between moral and immoral…

Between acting… and reality.

One weekend. One man.

One yes.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so prepared to gush over this book and say how much I loved it but then THAT happened. Stupid, stupid cliffy! Ugh!

I hate that I couldn’t give this a 5-star rating because up until that ending, this was a really fun book. The banter was so adorable, very sarcastic, cute. There were so many memorable laugh out loud lines. I love Keaton. I love Vivian – until she acted stupid and immature, that is. Well, her character just turned 21 after all so I guess that’s quite understandable?

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Tennis and a lot of Twitter

Call me ignorant but it’s really been only this week that I’ve fully appreciated what Twitter can do. I used to think it was a waste of my time but then I’ve never really been the type who would post status updates regularly on Facebook or tweet something “random”.

However, I now consider myself a Twitter convert. This past week, I’ve been so obsessed with the new tennis season and because of that, I’ve started following users who frequently tweet about the latest tennis updates. I’ve also followed Juan Martin del Potro (@delpotrojuan) – not that he tweets much but apparently, he’s number 4 on the list of player with the most followers.

Speaking of del Potro, I’m really hoping he wins his match against Bernard Tomic at the Sydney International later. In the meantime, here are the highlights of his semifinal match against Dmitry Tursunov.