RB Book Club Selection: Slow Burn by Nicole Christie

Welcome to the RB Book Club! 

Our Selection for today: Slow Burn by Nicole Christie


It’s the beginning of senior year, and seventeen year old Juliet Somers has made the rash decision to transfer to her boyfriend’s school in an effort to spend more time with him. Sexy bad boy Johnny Parker is a legend at Leclare Academy, and Juliet still can’t believe that an average girl like her was able to tame his wild ways. She can’t wait to start her new school with him by her side.

But one night, Johnny’s self-destructive habits lead to a stunning betrayal–and Juliet realizes she’s made a huge mistake. Now she’s stuck at a school where she doesn’t fit in, and all the girls seem to hate her guts. Even worse, Johnny is determined to get her back, pulling crazy stunts to win her forgiveness. Juliet is resigned to being an outcast for the rest of her senior year, with no friends, and no clue what she wants to do with her life.

Things start to look up when she gets to know some of Johnny’s friends, and finds that some of them are really good guys. With the help of an unlikely ally at her side, Juliet begins to think her situation is not as bad as it seems. As the school year rolls on, she opens herself up to new experiences, makes some huge mistakes, and discovers things about herself she’s not sure she likes.

Juliet resolves to stay strong against Johnny’s seductive tactics, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to deny she still has feelings for him. Will she risk her heart to him again–or will a hot contender manage to sweep her off her feet?

Before Reading:
I wanted to get on to a next book right away, so when I asked RB for my next read she asked me what kind of story I was looking for. I told her it was purely up to her but I would prefer a kooky lovey dovey highschool romance, so I guess that kinda eliminated the “purely up to you” statement(?) Oh well. She named a few books and decided on a book named “Slow Burn” by Nicole Christie.
 I was then threatened FIERCELY and I mean FIERCELY with a capital F- Tyra Banks can’t even compare to how much FIERCE this threat had. Anyways, I was FIERCELY threatened to back away from Dean Youngblood because he is RB’s boyfriend, except for the fact that he’s fictional and has no clue about it… Yet. Ever.
I had a hard time finding the book tho because I was looking for a blurb with Dean Youngblood being mentioned and I only found one with a certain Johnny Parker being mentioned.
Tip: They don’t have the book in ePub, so use http://tuebl.ca/. Thanks, RB! 
After Reading: 
I am going to say one bad thing because I can’t think of any other “bad thing(s)” to say. The grammar and spelling was pretty bad at some parts of the book. The words were also very selective and not very flowery, but as Earnest Hemmingway said, “Big words don’t mean big emotions.” It also worked with the theme and background, so the lack of flowery in the book didn’t really bother me. The over-all feel, felt like my friends were making me kwento or I was the one blabbing about my personal problems, so it made me feel really easy going. I laughed so hard in some parts of the books and openly got kilig with matching unconscious smiles while reading the book. The worst part was when I read the book in public people would start staring at me for giving my phone googly eyes. My friends even thought I was texting a new guy I just met because I looked like I got a very #kiligerz text. HA! Me pa… Yeah, there are so many fish in the sea, but Id rather sun bathe.
There were times wherein I found Juliet Somers so totes relates, but there were some times where I was simply screaming (Take note simply screaming) at her for being a dumb basic betch who should’ve chose DEAN right away! I don’t give two flying fruit cakes what Johnny thinks. He’s been with tons of other girls after them, so why can’t she have her Dean Cake? Okay, so yeah he’s Johnny’s step brother, but hey Johnny’s a douche. It practically ties them, right? If I were in her place tho, I would share the same indecisiveness. Can’t really blame the girl.
I was such a happy duckling during the Jean (Juliet+Dean) days! BOYS BETTER TAKE FREAKING FOOT NOTES! Maybe, just maybe, I would start fishing if boys like Dean Youngblood start knocking on my freaking door. I might probably even start knocking on their doors. Literally. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too much, but yeah… You get my point right? He has to be there for you when you need him and your relationship shouldn’t just be the heart stopping, erotic, libido rising kinds. So yeah, GOOD JOB DEAN YOUNGBLOOD! I don’t care if you’re fictitious. You’re going places! Love you! So much. Really. Love. You. Call Me.
I love this book.
Food for thought: There was a film way way back, when your momma was still hotter than a chinchilla, wherein they made a movie called “Youngblood” about a hockey player named Dean Youngblood- OHMAHGAWD! Right? Anyways, he was played by Rob Lowe- a very young, hot, and totally gorg Rob Lowe, who isn’t 51 and secretly bald (Blame The Interview).
dean youngblood
I pixilated it for you, so we can get that image set into our minds and hearts.
HUBA. HUBA. Mika Likey.

Love your bae,

Mika Reyes

RB Book Club Selection: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Welcome to Ralyn Basa’s Book Club! 

I have been doing nothing but reading this summer and I kinda like my hermatistic life these past few days, so I’ve decided to start my own book reviews. I’ll be doing reviews on a selection of books that my friend, Ralyn Basa, introduces to me. Most of them are terrific indie reads, but like I said they’re indie so they aren’t that popular. I’ll be giving you the blurb (Back cover of the book with the synopsis- I think they’re important because they say a lot about what you’re getting into, so I hate it when they replace that part with quotes or a picture. Big eff you to the guy who started that trend), my thoughts before reading the book, and my thoughts after reading the book. I hope all the book lovers out there who don’t know what to read next enjoy this segment of my blog.


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Before Reading

After reading the blurb for the first time and having an intense conversation with Ralyn about whether I should read this book or not, I was having a hard time deciding whether this book was a typical friends with benefits romance novel or a major drama. I have already read Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless, Losing Hope, and Finding Cinderella, so I know what her style is, which is big dramatic revelations. I didn’t know if I was ready for it, because CoHo herself said that Miles Archer was the only male character she wrote that made her cry. I ended up reading it once I found out that there were more than 3 hot pilots in the book and that it is going to be a movie soon with Nick Bateman as Miles- I’m a sucker for adaptations and Abercrombie models.

After Reading (w/ Spoilers)

I didn’t cry, which is unlikely for me because I always cry. I don’t know why but I didn’t know what to feel after everything’s been said and done. I didn’t like Miles for Rachel. I hated them being together because I don’t believe in knowing who you’re gonna love by first glance. Honestly, she could’ve been a bi** and he was just too blinded by his “love” to see it. I found the relationship so unhealthy. You can’t make someone your everything especially at the age of 18, but it is realistic. To top it all off they had a baby. Then the baby died and everything went haywire. I know it’s wrong because someone just died, but I think it was God telling them, “Hey! This isn’t the path for you. You’re too young.” so he shouldn’t have been so hard on himself. I mean like damn. 6 years. I also get it tho, that was his son. Gosh.

I just really hated their situation so much. I hate how cold he became. I hate how much Tate tried because if I were her I would’ve walked out weeks ago, but I guess that was also God putting a person like that with a person like Miles because without Tate, Miles would still be broken. I love how they were at the end tho. He was so #proposalgoals at the end. I wish they extended the ending because I loved seeing them happy.

Thinking about it, I like the book. If it was able to make me think like that and protest like that, then I surely found it interesting. A fact supporting this would also be that I couldn’t put it down and I really wanted to know what would happen next even if we were near the ending.

That’s my take on Ugly Love. I hope you like it or hate it or at least have an opinion about it. If you do feel free to comment down below!

Your Bae Rey,

Mika Reyes