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video 2013-09-29 10:53

Extended book trailer for Popping the Cherry

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review 2013-09-23 00:00
Popping the Cherry
Popping the Cherry - Aurelia B. Rowl This was a great, fun and flirty read.

It's one of those books I'll turn to when I need cheering up but want something with a little substance - a happily-ever-after that isn't plain sailing.

Popping the Cherry is fun and flirty but also has serious moments. And it has a message which I wholeheartedly agree with - it doesn't matter what everyone around you is doing, be yourself or you'll get hurt.

The characters are pretty much your typical young adults - in college, wanting to grow up so fast but still not quite ready to be an adult yet. I love that awkward stage. I liked Lena, but her best friend Gemma turned into a bit of a bitch.

The plot wasn't unexpected, in fact I pretty much knew what was going to happen. But when I pick up a book like this that's what I want.

I have to admit, the "I'm not strong enough to control myself around you" bit angered the feminist part of me, it's a pretty bullshit excuse from any guy.

For me, this book sits between YA and NA. I was reminded of [a:Sarra Manning|42559|Sarra Manning|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1267401953p2/42559.jpg] who is pretty much my go-to for writing like this.

Thank you to the author for a copy of this via Net Galley in exchange for review.
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review 2013-09-23 00:00
Christmas is Cancelled
Christmas is Cancelled - Aurelia B. Rowl I think this is going to be my warm-up-to-christmas read to take away with me in November.
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review 2013-02-03 00:00
Christmas is Cancelled
Christmas is Cancelled - Aurelia B. Rowl We meet Matilda Carter on the day when she has just lost everything – her job, her home, her friend and her boyfriend – all in one day. That’s what happens when you are dating your boss and catch him cheating on you with your friend. Then she at the train station on the way to visit her brother only to bump into the one man she has always loved but been rejected by! Oh and did I tell you that these all happen on Christmas eve? With nowhere to go to and no one else to turn to ‘Tilly’ accepts Dean’s offer to let her stay at his place. When these two people finally meet again after years, sparks fly and emotions are all over the place. Tilly knows that there was never anyone else for her, but why did Dean leave? Dean on the other hand is caught between his heart and his promise – which will win out in the end?

The plot is plain and simple at a glance. But as it progresses it takes a few unexpected turns revealing a mystery. As for the characters, Dean is a handsome man with sense of honour and a caring heart. Matilda, is a strong and spirited woman who has had to deal with her share of ups and downs. Another character that you will not help but notice is Tilly’s brother Phil. There is something about him that made me want to get to know him better. But it is the dynamic of Dean and Tilly’s relationship that carries the book through. Totally in love with each other yet not being able to put it out on the table has them blowing hot-and-cold against each other.

This romance with a hint of mystery in it, but the author has maintained the plot as a romance novel should – focusing on the elements of the relationship of the protagonist. Her style of writing is fluid and easygoing. I am one of those people who always likes to know more and in this case since the author has provided just enough details for this story, but I wish I could know a bit more about both Dean, Tilly and certainly a lot more about Phil. But I am guessing that there’s going to be a different book about Phil (atleast I certainly am hoping for it) and I have to wait and watch out for it.

Overall, it was a fast, light and enjoyable read that I finished in one sitting.
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review 2012-12-25 00:00
Christmas is Cancelled
Christmas is Cancelled - Aurelia B. Rowl How shall I put this gently...?No. Okay? Just... no.It pains me to say it, but I was so sure this book will turn out to be a fine, refreshing, light holiday read. The first half of it is great. Seriously. Great!So, what went wrong? And, what's even more important - how could it go so terribly wrong?Let's see...At the very beginning of the story, Tilly (the heroine) is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She lost her job, her home and her boyfriend. On Christmas Eve, of all days! And, to top it all off, the train that would take her to her brother is not about to arrive any time soon. Well, maybe in a few days. Christmas is officially canceled.So there she is, all desperate and broken, with her one suitcase, when all of a sudden he appears. Dean - the only guy Tilly ever loved. Her brother's (ex) friend. The same guy she's spent almost a decade pining over. The one that never wanted her. Well, that's what she thinks...See, Tilly's brother Phil made Dean promise he'll stay away from her. Because... hm, because she deserves better. Because there were some rumors about Dean being a murderer. And, Dean does not want to break that promise. Even if it kills him. Even if it means he'll lose the only girl that he's ever loved.But, let's get back to the story...So, Tilly ends up at Dean's house. And, since they are about to spend a couple of days together, maybe Christmas isn't cancelled after all. Maybe there's a chance for the two of them.Dean was really trying hard to resist, poor guy, but when he let go I was hoping this story will (finally) reach the greatest part (with a couple of mandatory downs, of course).Actually, that's when Phil showed up.And, that's exactly when it all came crashing down.I'm not sure how it happened. All of a sudden, this cute, fine book turned into... not fine.There was a case of a nervous breakdown (or at least it seemed that way), one partial lobotomy (seriously, I'm not a huge fan of ultimate personality change without a solid reason) and it all became one sobbing, confusing mess.Nothing felt right. There was all that "I forgive you", "I am so sorry", "I was wrong"... but it was too easily solved, way too soon, and it ruined all that fine build up from the first half of the story.It's such a shame. I wish I could give it a higher rating, but all the oh-so-sweet moments just gave me a toothache. Even those diary entries, at the very end, that were supposed to bring it all together seemed too weak and so out of place. Actually, they are (imo, at least) one of the weakest parts of the story.So, it's like this - what started out as a great, light read with highly likable (and realistic) characters turned into a disappointment.Again.I'll just go and look at my Christmas tree for a while... maybe those twinkling lights will help.
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