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


Thoughts That Probably Crossed Your Mind During #OTRA Manila 

Hi guys, 

As you all probably already know, One Directions recently visited Mah-Nila Mah-Nila! I watched the concert alongside my fellow Directioners on the second day of the On The Road Again Tour in Manila. I know lotsa people say that the second day was waaay different from the first day, but I bet we were all channeling the same vibe when the boys were going down and dirty with their ama-Zayn vocals (Lol- no. He didn’t show up). 




  1. “DAMMIT! It was just a dream? Maybe it was a prophecy not a dream… A girl can dream hehe!” Admit it girls we all dream about how a celebrity will meet us in a crowded concert and will ask us out because we’re actually actually really good looking but we’re just insecure then vavavoom we get married and have beautiful talented British babies. Yeah, I had a good dose of those dreams the night before OTRA.  
  3. “Let’s pray that maybe someone will scout us and give us upgraded tickets or meet and greets since we’re so early!” Oh you know we all hoped the same thing, dear. 
  4. DAMMIT! DAMMIT! WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PEOPLE LINED UP ALREADY? It’s freaking 7am!” Apparently, Directioners are morning people- Well if it means fighting for the closest spot to the stage. Oh and darling, 7am is late in concert text book. Yep, L-A-T-E! 
  5. “Okay, I’ll eat first and then you eat next or I can buy us our food. Waddya think? No, not both of us! Defend your line, woman!” Cheeseburgers, Pizza, Fries, Ice Cream, Nuggets (*wink wink*), and Brocolli (*double wink wink*) will have to wait for my future husbands. It’s called true love. Just saying. 
  6. “OMG! OMG! AHHHHH DID THEY PASS BY???” No, someone just showered the fans with water or they showed 5SOS’s music video again. 
  7. HOLD MAH SHIZ! THAT RATCHET ASS MOFO JUST CUT IN FRONT OF ME SO IMMA CUT HER P1300 SHIRT MERCH!” I swear to mah goodness gracious there were some real ratchet ass basic beaches in that concert! Sumi-simple pa sila! I see you and I will not hesitate. I might look nice but if you cross me I will cut you.
  8. “I can’t take it anymore… Let’s just upgrade the ticket already.” My wallet “Cried Me A River”
  9. “WOOH! Alright! DJ KC IS ON! Get your sprak on theyre next!” *Show starts 1 hour after opening act* 
  10. “Darling, it’s okay. You tried, KC.” I don’t know if it’s because we were all tired AF from the rain, we didn’t know the lyrics, or we heard too many get your motherfu**ing hands in the air. I felt like was the only one freaking out. It was probably the fact that there were mommies all around. 
  11. “Great. It’s raining. The only thing keeping me alive right now is the thought of them dripping in the rain. Oh yes.” 
  12. “Okay… wow. Rain stops when they get on stage.” They got us wet and kept us hanging.OMG! Really? Did they have God on speed dial and told him to make the rain stop? How’d they do that? I wanna know. It could be helpful some time. 
  13. “HUHUBELLS… Zayn, where art thou? It’s not the same without youu! The notes! The notes!” We still love you, but yeah… It wasn’t the same. It wasn’t the same.
  14. “I’ve lived in Manila my whole life and I’ve never thought of saying Manila like that. Bravo. You da best, 1D!” Complete genius! Manila like Mah Nigga, Manila like Ariba, ManilaManilaManila- I was so fascinated. You deserve 10 star claps One Direction. 
  15. “I wish my name was Manila.” And I quote, “Manila you are so beautiful.” Why, thank you! Oh right my name isn’t Manila it’s Mika. 
  16. “Come on, Harry! You can do it! Throw in a little back arm, so I can reach your throw!” No matter how dismantled and ugly that water bottle is I still want one. 
  17. “That’s right! Little beach got my bottle from bae. Nuh-uh. No way in hell.” Hunger Games was renamed Thirsty Betches for the night.
  18. “He was totally looking at me when he sang Little Things.” Gurl, in gen ad? Ya sure? 
  19. “THEYRE LEAVING?! WAIT WHY? OMG ILL MISS YOU… OH NO YOU DIDNT! DONT YOU DARE STAND ON YOUR SEATS! SECURITY ARE YOU SEEING THIS?” Okay, this really happened during the concert. Girls, I know ya thirsty, but please there are people behind you. Share the water. 
  20. “What just happened.” Now you cannot fathom your thoughts in to one due to the overwhelming euphoria you just encountered. Deep noh? This show deserved deep. It was incredible! 



   Hope you guys had as much fun as I did! 


Mika Reyes 


The 13 Thoughts I Had as a One Day Secretary in Makati


Well, today was a different day. This morning I went to the office with my dad as his one day secretary.  I will be doing all the filing, the picking up of supplies from another building, the coffee making, and all the things a secretary is supposed to do, supposedly. In return I would be paid P300. It’s a little below minimum waged (Okay, a lot below minimum waged), but I’m in desperate need of money, so forgive me. Well here’s what he made me do;

  • He made me walk Ayala Avenue down the tunnels to Mercury Drugstore in the Aegis Building to buy his medicine and 3M Micro pore tape.
  • He made me buy a newspaper.
  • He made me buy a Café Americano in Starbucks.
  • He made me buy a red marker in Book Sale.
  • He made me locate, collate, and staple every email they have printed out.

I know it wasn’t much and I didn’t complain because hey if the pay is the same then why complain? Am I right?  I’m not going to novelize to you my whole experience because that wouldn’t make any sense considering the name of this article is The 13 Thoughts I Had as a One Day Secretary, so let’s get to the point, shall we?

Thought 1: “Why the hell is everyone looking at me? Do they know I’m not from around here?” I was a bit paranoid while walking the streets of Ayala Avenue. I knew nothing about the place and my dad even had to make an itinerary and a map so I won’t get lost. I doubt everyone was looking at me, maybe, I wouldn’t know, maybe they were. #WhenParanoiaStrikes

Thought 2: “OMG! Is this guy following me? He might be a murderer.” No, self. He was just in the same direction as you, stop panicking.

Thought 3: *Walking around the counter* “I do not see a line to the counter. Where are all the call numbers for the counter? Why are the employees just staring? Can’t they see I need help?” Girl, the medicine counter in Mercury doesn’t have a line unless there are call numbers. You must simply ask an employee over the counter. Really, chillax lang please mare.

Thought 4: “Shucks! I could’ve bought the newspaper in Mercury already! *Looks at long line* I’ll just buy in Mini Stop later. *Guard lets me cut so I can buy the newspaper* Talaga? Thank you, bro” Nyehehehehe… #FaithInHumanityRestored

Thought 5: “Hehe… I feel like a real executive. All the guards are saying, “Gud Morneng, Mam!””  Porket nakastarbucks… #FeelerMoNaman

Thought 6: *Guy asks me if I’m a new employee* “I don’t know if I should be flattered or offended. Somebody help me out here?” I don’t want to look to old, okay, so can we please take a moment to analyse this. First of all, my eye bags are permanent and not because I’m a workaholic in my 20’s. I am perfectly youthful.

Thought 7: “I bet the baristas would be surprised when I order my Café Americano.” *Barista asks me if I really drink Café Americano.* Told ya.

Thought 8: “Before there was sex and before there was the city, it was just me, Mika Reyes.” *While crossing the road and walking the streets of Ayala Avenue* Carrie Diaries lang ang peg. Watch out, Makati! I will conquer you (In maybe 10 years). Hintay hintay lang kung may time.

Thought 9: “I really need to stop and take a phone call. I wish I can I just tell everyone to freeze and let me out of the route. Can I do that?” When you’re walking down the streets of a center for industry, its exactly like walking down Times Square. Cramped and busy. How the hell can you get out of that? It’s like were a pack of fish.

Thought 10: “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU CALLING ME? I’M CARRYING YOUR MEDICINE, YOUR COFFEE, YOUR NEWSPAPER, AND YOUR GODDAMN FREAKING STUPID RED MARKER!” This was exactly like the time I really need to do “the business” and then my mom asked me to help her pick out an outfit for one of her VTRs.

Thought 11: *Opens door for a lady and her kid* “I am such a good citizen.” Might as well be the nice citizen and open the door for them. Take note I was holding all the materials I needed to buy at this time because it was my last stop.

Thought 12: *The lady and her kid stop in front of the door and they play around while I still hold the door* “What the. I open the door for them the least they could do is go in quickly and say ‘Thank you’, but did I get any of those? I don’t think so.” *Drops door and leaves* Revenge at its finest.

Thought 13: *Looks around office, watch and blank desktop* “Okay, so what now? Do I really have to stay in this office for 4 more hours? What to do? What to do? Oh I know.” Now you know what I was doing before I started this article.