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100 Most Attractive Male Characters in Chinese Internet Novels – Part 2

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This has quite a lot of overlaps with the top 35 favourite male characters. You go and spot how many of them appear in both so you’ll know who are the popular and well-loved ones. A special mention must be given to Feng Teng, my Shan Shan’s beloved Big Boss, lol. Now, you know my self-interest in posting this article, heehee….If you are curious as to who is that ancient guy in the featured image, he is Rong Zhi (Feng Qui Huang). As for the handsome couple starring at you, they are Wei Wei & Xiao Nai (Just One Smile is Very Alluring). As usual, I only know about half of the books so no comments on those I don’t know which may be updated later.

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Review: Beth Kendrick

Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest . . . but what would you do if you found out that you were never really married in the first place?

In this irresistible romantic comedy from award-winning author Beth Kendrick, three wildly different women form an unlikely friendship as they try to decide whether they’d do it all again.

They’ve had the white dresses and the fancy receptions. But now that the honeymoon’s over, Stella, Casey, and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they’ve married and the lives they’ve chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?

My Rating:
My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book a lot more than i thought i would. The characters made me think of some of my friends and their marriages, particularly some of their complaints. As a single woman it was nice to be able to sympathize with the main characters just through what i would like and not when it comes to a partner and marriage. I even enjoyed the typically chic-lit ending, can’t wait to try another book by this author.

All you need is love? For the residents of swanky Mayfair Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-do checklist—but three friends get more than they bargained for when they promise to love, cherish . . . and sign on the dotted line.

Ellie married her handsome, wealthy Prince Charming when she was young, naive, and willing to sign a one-sided pre-nup in the name of true love. But seven years and one toddler later, her happily-ever-after has come screeching to a halt. If she can’t save her marriage, she’s determined to save her divorce, and she’s not about to let a lot of legalese stand in her way.

When Jen married Eric, he knew she wasn’t head over heels. Still, he insisted that they were perfect together and even bankrolled her blossoming business. But when Jen’s career finally takes off, she realizes that she may lose her husband. If Eric leaves, Jen will lose everything—including the marriage she values more than she thought.

Up-and-coming attorney Mara is sure her fiancé has forgiven her for a foolish one-night fling—until he adds a “cheating clause” to the pre-nup she had demanded. If he really trusts her, why the clause? And if she’s really trustworthy, why is she objecting?

As romance collides with real life, three very different women turn to each other for moral support and insights about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their hearts.

My Rating:
My Thoughts:
This was a good book, fairly typical chic-lit. In my personal opinion though it was not as good as [book:Nearlyweds|317159]. Maybe it’s that am single and just couldn’t relate to how the main characters felt, which was odd because i was able to previously. Perhaps it’s the subject of cheating and how the heroines reacted to it. I know for sure i would have done it differently, but again am not married now so who knows if my perspective could change in that matter. Overall it was good and it had a satisfying ending which kept me happy.

Review: Leaving Normal by Stef Ann Holm

 Synopsis:
Shake it up a little!

At long last Natalie Goodwin’s life is running just the way she wants it. Her new florist shop is all set for a grand opening, and her daughter is enjoying her first semester in college. The house is clean, the bills are paid and cooking dinner every night is now an option. Natalie admits she’s just a teeny bit lonely, but recent dating experiences have left her convinced that Mr. Right does not live in Boise, Idaho.

But life has a big surprise for Natalie and he lives right across the street! Never in her wildest dreams did she think she could fall for a man nine years her junior, but then she has never met a man like firefighter Tony Cruz. He turns her well-ordered life upside down, and pretty soon things go from simmering to scalding. Just when the sparks begin to turn into a three-alarm blaze Natalie is caught unawares again — Tony wants her and a child of his own.

A baby? At forty-three? Natalie is definitely all shook up.


My rating:
Source: Personal Library
Genre: Contemporary Women
My thoughts:
Ah Tony, how i love thee!

While Natalie was not a bad heroine, it was Tony who made this book perfect for me. I was a little taken at back when i started reading the story and we find out Tony is married with a child. I took it in strides though trying to figure out where the author was going with this, and am glad i did. We begin to learn the reasons why he’s married and how much he loves his step daughter. I was moved by how hard he was trying in his relationship, how dedicated he was to stay true to the person he married and how he didn’t care one little bit that the child was not his by blood. It was a bit heartbreaking to see him struggle through the separation. I liked how he understood that his pain came more from the loss of a family and his step daughter than his wife. He was not blinded and he made no excuses for his own mistakes in the relationship. *sigh* The man is just totally fantastic with his drool worthy body, unconceited attitude, friendliness and bravery. His romanticism and attentiveness was like a cherry on top, i swear he made me want to go to every fire station to see if i could find me one just like him. :laughs:

Ah yes, the heroine was also a great person. Though i thought it was quite ridiculous that she didn’t just grab Tony with both hands from the very beginning. I understood that due to her past relationship experiences; and the age gap it was hard for her to adjust and just let go. I was glad she finally saw the light towards the end. That epilogue was truly sigh worthy, it had me smiling like a loon.
I’m not sure about the author’s earlier works but so far the books i’ve read i have not been disappointed. I will be buying her next book for sure!

Yaoi Graphic Novel Appreciation Series

I’m guest blogging at my friend Kris’ blog. I picked 5 of my favorite yaoi series. My post can be found here: M/M GRAPHIC NOVELS APPREACIATION SERIES

Getting organized

It has been a while since i made any posts here. Although i do have a few posts done as drafts that i plan to publish soon, after i take a second look and edit.

This year has been quite busy with a new move from work and home, so it has taken me a bit long to get organize online. Been spending a lot more time reading and socializing over at Goodreads. Which brings me to this post. I will be posting some of my old and new reviews here soon. I have been reading waaay too many series, so my reviews will be for series as a whole instead of individual books.

The Korean version of Pussycat Dolls?

After School PosterRecently i stumbled upon a music video by the group After School. At first i thought it would be another Kpop group like Wonder Girls or SNSD and thankfully that was not the case. Which for me was a breath of fresh air. After listening and watching females groups who are barely in high school and am sure geared towards teenagers, i really wanted to see some young women groups that geared more towards a more mature age range. 

While Wonder Girls and SNSD promote a more “cutsey” image and catchy songs. After School portrays a “sexy” image with both their attire and music. This is precisely the reason why this group is getting really bad comments, not just in Asia but here in the US by Kpop fans. While people have been used to groups dressing sexy while dancing, they seem to want artists to use cute songs and show themselves as wholesome girls. Now i have no problem with that because lets face it, some of these girls are really young and may really be wholesome. The problem is trying to put ALL girl groups into that category. Why if the girls are older and there are enough “cutsey” groups out there can’t this group be more brazen?

If you have seen videos and heard the music by the Pussycat Dolls then imagine changing the lyrics and the girls into Korean. I don’t think that makes them sluts, so why are people calling them that? It’s not like we have not seen other artists do the same and there is no such controversy. In my opinion to call them sluts is to call a WHOLE other group from not just Asia but all over the world sluts and that just isn’t right. Lets face it sexy sells and unless i missed the memo even teenagers think about boys and sex. Otherwise other female Kpop groups wouldn’t be dressing sexy or what i like to call “playing dress-up”.

Now i really like the Pussycat Dolls so of course this group immediatly caught me. Not to mention that am really very picky about what Pop music i listen to. First the lyrics have to be more than just chorus lines, there is nothing i dislike more than when lines repeat themselves in every two sentences. Of course i like catchy, particularly in the summer, but am a woman so can appreciate this group better i guess.

Here is the video of their CD Debut:

Please give your support!

gay_rights_by_arad8790I hope those in favor or neutral on Gay Rights, can take a few minutes of your time to watch this video and sign the petition. Have you heard that Ken Starr — and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund — filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and attempting to forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year? The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, 2009, with a decision expected within the next 90 days.

The Courage Campaign has created a video called “Fidelity,” with the permission of musician Regina Spektor, that puts a face to those 18,000 couples and all loving, committed couples seeking full equality under the law.

Please watch this heartbreaking video now. If you have the same reaction that I did, you can help spread the word by sharing it with your friends ASAP — before the Valentine’s Day deadline:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/Divorce

The more people who see this video, the more people will understand the pain caused by Prop 8 and Ken Starr’s shameful legal proceeding.

After you watch the video, please join me and over 70,000 people who have signed a letter to the state Supreme Court, asking them to invalidate Prop 8 and reject Starr’s case.

If you are in a heterosexual relationship or married into one, then you know how hard it is to find the person you wish to spend the rest of your life with. So please support these couples on their cause, lets not let ignorance break up a family. Thank you.