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review 2014-05-20 16:40
Seductively (Playing For Hearts #2) by Debra Kayn
Seductively - Debra Kayn

Cottage Grove resident, Diana Spenner, has dreamed of buying and turning the old Ferriday House into a Bed and Breakfast. When renowned hockey player Dominic Chekovsky, offers her million dollars to keep his out of control female fans away from him for two weeks, it’s an offer she cannot refuse. Too bad she can’t stand his ego.


I really enjoyed the characters. I like that Dominic is intrigued by Diana because she doesn’t seem interested in him. I felt bad for the guy with everyone throwing themselves at him. As a professional athlete, it would be hard to find someone that liked you for who you really are and not your image. Dominic is a good guy. He loves hockey, and he is a loyal family member sending money back to his family in Russia.


I enjoyed that Diana is hard working and focused. She finds Dominic attractive but is turned off by his ego. As she gets to know the real him, she discovers what a great guy he is. Diana is smart, being able to figure out how to get Dominic out of the limelight.


Debra Kayn did a great job with the story. The cologne scenes were pretty entertaining; what companies will do to make money. I also, enjoyed Diana experiencing the Sharks game. Honestly, enjoyed all the interaction between Dom and Diana. They experienced all sorts of emotions together making the story interesting. This was the first book I read by Debra Kayn. She is a worthy writer. I would definitely read another book in this series.


Complimentary copy provided publisher via manicreaders.com in exchange for an honest review.

Source: dianes-book.blogspot.com/2014/05/seductively-playing-for-hearts-2-by.html
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text 2013-08-24 01:00
#FridayReads August 23rd
What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire - Daniel Bergner
The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hello invisible readers, 


So welcome to another edition of #FridayReads! I didn't publish any reviews or special content this week but I read quite a bit (yaaaay!) 


I bought and finished What do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner. You can expect a book review soon. I actually enjoyed it despite some of the bad reviews out there. 


I also finished Silver Linings Playbook, the movie. You can expect yet another book review. 


Finally, I started Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, which is supposed to explore the identification issues faced by Africans in the Diaspora, like myself. I had previously read Half of a Yellow Sun -- an excellent, moving and compelling novel on the Biafran War


The great thing about this blog is that I can write at my own pace. Therefore, though I really want to put out all these book reviews, it may take me some time to type them out.  But yes, there will be four upcoming reviews and that is very exciting stuff. 


Also, I wanted to mention that some people in real life recommended me some mangas and graphic novels to read. They will be on my TBR list which is ever expanding. 


That's it from me xox, S. 

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text 2013-08-03 00:59
#FridayReads August 2nd
Teach Yourself Islam - Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hello invisible readers!


May I start with acknowledging that I am surprised that I have 18 followers. Thank you so much for reading and accepting to have my content on your dashboards. I am quite grateful.


Here is another blogpost of Broken Promises. I haven't posted any reviews and I have not really read anything that I wish to post a review on. This past week was the last few days for a very important, and spiritual month in my religion and therefore, I have been focusing on reflecting and learning more about my religion. ANYWAYS, it is just to say that I have been busy and perhaps my reading priorities did not lay where I thought they would.  

I understand the importance of not forcing religious content upon viewers who may have a variety of spiritual backgrounds. However, if you are interested in gaining an overview on any religion, I recommend the Teach Yourself Series. If any of the other books are as informative as the one I read, then it is worth a shot.


I am also just finishing up my super secret series. I had to force myself to pick it up again, which may be telling about how my review will go. I am really excited to just get a post up about it and be done with it!


Finally, I have started reading the Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald ... and I am already struggling to understand it. I regret not learning it in a classroom environment; perhaps, it is because I am too used to critical thinking being exclusive to academia and I am scared that if my review does not capture the symbolism and the literary devices-- that then I have failed. On the other hand, Pat Peoples has kinda ruined it for me (once again, thanks a lot. Grrr.)


Feel free to comment on what you are looking forward to this weekend :) . Monday is BC Day and I have just finished a contract position so it is going to be time for me to re-orient myself and reflect.


That's it from me. I can't wait to get back to you with a review (squeal) xox. S,




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text 2013-07-27 07:16
#FridayReads July 26th

Hey invisible readers,

It is Friday and so that means #FridayReads is up!


Well, this week I read nothing. Like absolutely nothing. My mind has been so oriented on work and finding more employment opportunities that I have not even made weekend plans. One of my favourite bands is playing a concert as we speak and I had forgotten to buy the tickets!!!!! Aaaaah!


However, last week I read Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple-- you can read my amateur review here


I will also have two book reviews coming up: one is a themed read and the other is my super secret series.


Otherwise, I am going to watch Silver Linings Playbook tonight and get up a review on that.


I am also hoping to make a post about writing and pleasure reading; eight months have passed since I took my last university level class, and I really got reacquainted with the pleasures in writing and reading. The posts would cover what some of my qualms are as well as a bit about what I tend to like in books I read.


So on that note, check out my review.


That's it for now. xox. S.


Edit: I wanted to give a shoutout to my brother and sister. It is their birthday this Sunday. Woot Woot!

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text 2013-07-18 02:29
Midweek update--because no Friday Reads

Hey my visible readers-- gosh 13 followers. I can't even believe it.


Well, I am writing in midweek as opposed to the end of the week, as this week there will be no #FridayReads :( .


Because, this Friday is my birthday!!!! I'm turning 23 years old-- say what?!


Anyways, I wanted to make sure to keep #FridayReads a regular habit and make sure I am accountable to whomever reads this blog.


As for books, I have been reading a book, but it is neither a themed read nor is it on my to be read list. I will keep its name under the wraps until I post my review on the series-- yes, it is a series. I just happened to learn about it and considering that I am a scatterbrain when it comes to reading. I have decided to focus on that.


Otherwise, I will be posting a review for Arise Magazine and New African Woman relatively soon, as a part of my themed reads series.


Alas, I have yet to watch The Silver Linings Playbook movie version; once again, I will hopefully have a review up soon.


Like the Francophones say: "Il y a du pain sur la planche." (meaning there is lots of work to be done).


That's it from me. xox, S.


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