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The Cherry on Top by Arielle Hudson

Kayla Sharp, Landon “Fitz” Fitzgerald

First, let’s take a moment of silence and pay close attention to what I have to write next. I was given an electronic advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Holy wow. In my almost two years of actively reading/reviewing, this is a first for me and I owe that to Naomi aka Arielle Hudson. Thanks for sharing your first book with me; you know I am just as thrilled about it as you. <3

“The Cherry on Top is the story of an ugly duckling who realizes she doesn’t need a transformation to be the most desirable woman in the room.”

That last line from the blurb made me decide that this is something I would read, despite the “sexy to the point of explicit” that comes before that. I had different expectations; I haven’t gotten out of the emotional bubble from my recent reads, so it took a little time of adjusting on my side before I got the hang of this story. My fault. This was dirty-liciously fun, and I don’t think I’ve ever read the word virgin as many times in my life before this. Haha!

Kayla Sharp is a respected professional, the way she deals with business is the total opposite of her experience with the opposite sex—which is none. And she was desperate to change that before she turns 25, to a random Vegas hooker. No need for emotional connection, she just simply wants to get rid of it badly.

Then magically appeared Fitz outside her bedroom door at the exact time she was expecting her order to arrive. Fitz, in his stunned reflection of seeing a woman dressed to bed perfection didn’t consider denying who she believed he was. And so the night went on almost as planned, if not for the interruption of the agency informing her that their man will be a little late. What could’ve been an excellent night turned into a colossal embarrassment that beats all the embarrassing moment of her life. Fitz is not from the escort agency, and she just bared it all for him. Jesus. The next day couldn’t have gone any worse when she discovered that Fitz would be working closely with her for the ad campaign she was assigned to. Hahaha! Mortification rose to the nth power.

Fitz is charming, confident, cocky and was mesmerized by Kayla since that first night they met—and he wasn’t raised to back down easily. So Kayla’s failed attempts at avoiding him only made him want to chase her more. She’s a fine woman and I like her attitude, maybe she was having self-doubts but it didn’t linger, besides, Fitz has done a good job of reassuring that there’s nothing unpleasant about her. And he wasn’t treating her as just another girl, she was someone special for him. Oh that mighty man.

I guess that almost (if not all!) girls had that Kayla moment once in their lives, when you thought that something must have gone totally wrong with you because no one or someone in particular doesn’t give a damn care that you’re existent? I know, right. But I don’t have the guts like Kayla, so maybe I’ll think of a more decent plan. Loljk.

Although the dialogues between Fitz and Kayla, or Kayla and her bestfriend, Sabrina was entertaining, I found the pacing a little slow…or maybe that’s just my being impatient. ;) When the virginity was out of the way, and I am getting excited with the direction their path was going—it’s the last page already. :( I felt like I only know so little about the characters, I wished they had more ‘couple memories’ besides fondling each other. Now I am hoping that there’s a “TO.BE.CONTINUED.” because what goes after the physical attraction is so much more exciting. <3

If you’re in the mood for a quick read before bedtime, that feeds the naughty part of your imagination, you got it! :D

D x

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Noteworthies:

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to fuck me.”

There’s no chance of him ever letting me go, she admitted to herself. He was her first and on some days she thought her first real love. But she never told him and perhaps she never would. But, apart of her would always want him and he would always own a piece of her.

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~ Tupac Shakur

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~ Tupac Shakur

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Molly McAdams and J.Lynn fans, where ya at??!!

Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18513487-fifty-first-times?ac=1

Just in case you didn’t know, Molly McAdams and J.Lynn are part of this new adult anthology—Fifty First Times—together with many other authors. (Click the link to its Goodreads profile.)

It’s a compilation of (i think) 19 short stories, from which i have only read two:

(1) Believe in Me by J.Lynn - i gather this is a part of the Wait For You series featuring Ollie (Cam’s roommate) and Brittany Simmons. Their story is fun and intense, i liked it!

(2) Sharing Firsts by Molly McAdams - this is part of the Sharing You series, with Kinlee and Jace! I was thinking they’re gonna have a whole new book instead of a short story :( but i’ll take what i can. Their story is mature and inspiring, i loved it!

Such a tease, i craved for more.

Anyway…..

D x

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Dolores Nolan (Lola), Cricket Graham Bell (Cricket)
 After finishing Anna and the French Kiss, I didn’t really expect myself to read its companion novel when I have a number of nice books waiting in line—it was good (rated it 4-stars on GR!) but over time, I have realized that it wasn’t remarkably good. I mean, I would read another Stephanie Perkins, that’s for sure, but not in a way that I am craving for it. Anyhow, there came a barrage of Tumblr posts gushing praises about Lola and the Boy Next Door (didn’t realize until later that it was published almost 3 yrs ago) last week like all the fellow readers I follow were reading it at the same time and I felt compelled to join the bandwagon. So here I am, unequivocally confirming that this book deserves the buzz and more. It’s certainly better than A&amp;tFK for me, all aspects-wise. ;)
Lola’s character is a fresh introduction in the YA genre for me, I think the book would even be more fun if there were sketches or rough illustrations of her costumes/outfits because that’s one of the many things I find my imagination lingering. She’s unusual for many, quirky, smart and fierce, not a lot of people understand how she is but it never stopped her from expressing herself even thru the most ridiculous outfits. I wish I had her confidence when I was at that age. Although just like a normal confused teen, Lola’s got issues too: she has an older boyfriend, Max, who’s a budding musician and whom her fathers dislike, a biological mother who’s more like a liability to their family than a parent, and then there’s Cricket, her childhood best friend who vanished into thin air few years ago.
Cricket is simply one of the most sensible heroes ever, he’s not badass in similar ways that Travis Maddox is, but he’s a nerd, intelligent, kind, attractive and a gentleman. I cannot count the times how he made my heart skip a beat with his innocent gestures of affection, few spoken words of concern and all the awkward conversations combined. Did I mention he and Lola used to be the closest friends? Until his nosy twin, Calliope, sort of built the barrier between them and then the Bell family moved to another place to support her figure-skating career, to make things worse. Cricket is attending college at Berkeley and it forces his whole family to move back two years after, so much for Lola’s wish to never ever see the Bell twins again.
Her world was rattled—by Cricket’s reappearance, Calliope’s intimidating character, the relationship she and Max was trying to work out, her fathers’ opinion of Cricket versus Max and of course, the underlying fact that he is someone special to her and she’s horrible at fighting her emotions. But ugly things happen, she got her heart broken by Max, went thru an identity crisis and it was Cricket who patiently pulled her from this misery. It took a lot of effort for them to get back to being casual friends without risking her relationship and ruin his intention; slowly they kind of took a good grip of the situation.
This book was more elaborate that I thought it would be, I loved how it felt so authentic without being overly dramatic. I’d tell you this is about first love who initially went through the wrong path but later on found its way back and it really is, but underneath that is an enlightening story of family ties. I’m especially touched with Lola’s gay parents, and the fact that she acts like it was very normal and traditional. Lola and Cricket’s chemistry radiated through and through, I loved every single bump they encountered along the road before arriving at the HEA destination. What a treat, I hope Isla’s story is just as good, if not better!!
Opposites do attract, love is truly simple, relationships shouldn’t feel like it’s too much work, and chances are infinite IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON WITH YOU. &lt;3
D x
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Noteworthies:
“It’s easy to talk about things we hate, but sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly why we like something.”
“Cherries represent first love. In other words, this path you’re on leads to first love.”
But I’m worse. I’m a child playing dress-up, who can’t even recognize herself under her own costume.
“Being a good person, or a better person, or whatever it is you’re worried about and trying to fix? It shouldn’t change who you are. It means you become more like yourself. But &#8230; I don’t know this Lola.”
“You have one, too. And maybe some people think that wearing a costume means you’re trying to hide your real identity, but I think a costume is more truthful than regular clothing could ever be. It actually says something about the person wearing it. I knew that Lola, because she expressed her desires and wishes and dreams for the entire city to see. For me to see.”
“Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. And the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky. But he couldn’t concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars. And it didn’t matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated. One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn’t bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he’d look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name. At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he’d wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake his neighbors. People wondered who’d turned on the floodlights. The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”
“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”
And if I’m the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Dolores Nolan (Lola), Cricket Graham Bell (Cricket)

 After finishing Anna and the French Kiss, I didn’t really expect myself to read its companion novel when I have a number of nice books waiting in line—it was good (rated it 4-stars on GR!) but over time, I have realized that it wasn’t remarkably good. I mean, I would read another Stephanie Perkins, that’s for sure, but not in a way that I am craving for it. Anyhow, there came a barrage of Tumblr posts gushing praises about Lola and the Boy Next Door (didn’t realize until later that it was published almost 3 yrs ago) last week like all the fellow readers I follow were reading it at the same time and I felt compelled to join the bandwagon. So here I am, unequivocally confirming that this book deserves the buzz and more. It’s certainly better than A&tFK for me, all aspects-wise. ;)

Lola’s character is a fresh introduction in the YA genre for me, I think the book would even be more fun if there were sketches or rough illustrations of her costumes/outfits because that’s one of the many things I find my imagination lingering. She’s unusual for many, quirky, smart and fierce, not a lot of people understand how she is but it never stopped her from expressing herself even thru the most ridiculous outfits. I wish I had her confidence when I was at that age. Although just like a normal confused teen, Lola’s got issues too: she has an older boyfriend, Max, who’s a budding musician and whom her fathers dislike, a biological mother who’s more like a liability to their family than a parent, and then there’s Cricket, her childhood best friend who vanished into thin air few years ago.

Cricket is simply one of the most sensible heroes ever, he’s not badass in similar ways that Travis Maddox is, but he’s a nerd, intelligent, kind, attractive and a gentleman. I cannot count the times how he made my heart skip a beat with his innocent gestures of affection, few spoken words of concern and all the awkward conversations combined. Did I mention he and Lola used to be the closest friends? Until his nosy twin, Calliope, sort of built the barrier between them and then the Bell family moved to another place to support her figure-skating career, to make things worse. Cricket is attending college at Berkeley and it forces his whole family to move back two years after, so much for Lola’s wish to never ever see the Bell twins again.

Her world was rattled—by Cricket’s reappearance, Calliope’s intimidating character, the relationship she and Max was trying to work out, her fathers’ opinion of Cricket versus Max and of course, the underlying fact that he is someone special to her and she’s horrible at fighting her emotions. But ugly things happen, she got her heart broken by Max, went thru an identity crisis and it was Cricket who patiently pulled her from this misery. It took a lot of effort for them to get back to being casual friends without risking her relationship and ruin his intention; slowly they kind of took a good grip of the situation.

This book was more elaborate that I thought it would be, I loved how it felt so authentic without being overly dramatic. I’d tell you this is about first love who initially went through the wrong path but later on found its way back and it really is, but underneath that is an enlightening story of family ties. I’m especially touched with Lola’s gay parents, and the fact that she acts like it was very normal and traditional. Lola and Cricket’s chemistry radiated through and through, I loved every single bump they encountered along the road before arriving at the HEA destination. What a treat, I hope Isla’s story is just as good, if not better!!

Opposites do attract, love is truly simple, relationships shouldn’t feel like it’s too much work, and chances are infinite IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON WITH YOU. <3

D x

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Noteworthies:

“It’s easy to talk about things we hate, but sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly why we like something.”

“Cherries represent first love. In other words, this path you’re on leads to first love.”

But I’m worse. I’m a child playing dress-up, who can’t even recognize herself under her own costume.

“Being a good person, or a better person, or whatever it is you’re worried about and trying to fix? It shouldn’t change who you are. It means you become more like yourself. But … I don’t know this Lola.”

“You have one, too. And maybe some people think that wearing a costume means you’re trying to hide your real identity, but I think a costume is more truthful than regular clothing could ever be. It actually says something about the person wearing it. I knew that Lola, because she expressed her desires and wishes and dreams for the entire city to see. For me to see.”

“Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. And the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky. But he couldn’t concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars. And it didn’t matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated. One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn’t bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he’d look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name. At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he’d wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake his neighbors. People wondered who’d turned on the floodlights. The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

And if I’m the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.

Lola and The Boy Next Door!!!

This is my most favorite dialogue in the book!

“So you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.

“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.

“If the person is … Lola?”

This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”

I’m in glittery hearts heaven. <3

D x

Why you gotta be so rude? #nowplaying #rude

Why you gotta be so rude? #nowplaying #rude

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Everything you love is here

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"If you were in a different body, would you have the same personality?"

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Precisely. 
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Precisely.
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