On December 14, 2019, I created my WordPress hosted blog, and for a time, it became the center of my universe.
It’s not anymore.
But that does not mean I do not love it as much as I used to. I still do.
For a time, that blog was me. All me. Everything that I was all about.
I’ve said goodbye to that blog several times. However, every now and then, I keep going back. I go back because this was a huge time in my life, when I thrived as a poet.
Like a favorite toy that you put down when a new one comes but still pick up when you need a little comfort. That’s how I feel about that blog.
So I’ve decided, while Chocolate High Chapter 2 is who I am now, I will never let go of the first one, the one who made me believe I can weave magic and stories with words, if I took the time to do so.
When I was younger, all I’ve ever wanted to do was write.
I wanted to be a writer.
I’m good at it. Not to brag or anything. I just know, writing is what I’m good at.
And I pursued it. For a while.
Until life happened.
Before long, so many other things became more important.
Work. Money. Reality.
I lost track. I lost my gift. I lost my passion.
I slowly became a robot. All work. A little play. A little vacation every now and then. But never any passion.
I’ve always seen myself to be the one who lived recklessly, the one who did not care about the world, the one who defied expectations. Unfortunately, I became ordinary. I became just another person who loved work more than life.
Yes, life happened. But I never got to live it.
Instead, I watched it happening, fighting it, making sure I get to be the last one standing at the end.
But that’s not the point of life. Not at all.
In all my efforts of making sure I got out of it unscathed, I wasted precious time. Time I could have spent on things that really made me happy – words, ideas, romance, artistry, inspiration.
But no more. I am not going to watch from the sidelines anymore.
Today is a new day.
I am going to live again. I am going to write again. I am going to challenge everyone around me again.
And I will live. I will cry and laugh and scream and shut up. But most of all, I WILL WRITE.
I know this review is probably four years too late, but I just read this book earlier today, and I find myself compelled to say something.
I’ve read my share of D/s books, so I’m not new to this kind of story. All in all, I’d say it was an “okay” read. It did not really hit something in me, but I’d say there was still some things which were likable in the story.
Let’s start with the good parts.
1. Heidi is really talented and knew her shit.
2. She had good taste when it came to friends.
3. She knows which battles to fight.
4. It was a happy ending.
The bad parts outnumber the good parts, unfortunately.
1. The characters were not extensively built. You only have Kaiser who likes disciplining his secretaries in a sexual way, but why was he like that? What started it? Is he a dom? Or is he just a bored businessman who likes to treat women as playthings?
2. It just comes out of nowhere that Heidi is now in love with Kaiser. I mean, who the hell falls in love with a man after having great sex? Sure, lots of women might think they are in love, but really, is that all it takes? There wasn’t anything that happened that made either Heidi or Kaiser evaluate their feelings whether it was really love, or just a hazy and good dose of intercourse.
3. Kaiser asked Heidi to do anything as long as she gets the information he needed from a rival. Usually, doms share their subs because they want their friends to know how proud they are of their subs or something like that. What Kaiser did, however, was short of prostitution.
4. The story seemed rushed all throughout.
5. Heidi’s resolution with her stolen designs was just a short narrative. It would have been nice if it made a chapter and was given more importance. After all, she did want to be a designer, right?
6. The story had no climax. Maybe the fashion show was supposed to be that, but there was no build up. There was no emotional grip that made me, as a reader, want to get to the most exciting part right away.
7. Even if it was a happy one, the ending sucked big time. All of a sudden, it was already the end. Hey! Where did the rest of the story go?
I’ve never been a fan of Selena Kitt. I enjoy reading erotica, but most of her works are just so-so. Now, let’s move on to something better.
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I don’t understand the appeal.
A man makes you his mistress, sleeps with you day in and day out, ruthlessly throws you out when you tell him you’re pregnant and rejects your baby, but the minute he steps back into your life, you become a putty?
Freya is woman who has no backbone. Zac is a man who does not deserve any respect. The vasectomy thing does not excuse his behavior. I have read similar plots from the Harlequin Presents line. However, this particular book was just bordering on an extremely rude hero and an unbelievably weak heroine.
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Matteo Corretti is probably the most conflicted character I’ve read in the Harlequin presents line.
Yes, he has seen things and done things that not every man in this world has had to do, but come on, has he ever heard about the term “move on”? Apparently not. I also didn’t like the way he was too cruel to the heroine.
Alessia, the heroine, on the other hand, must be a developing masochist. It’s unbelievable how she falls more and more in love with a man who can be very cruel to her. And this is supposed to be about love.
The only thing I like about this book was the white knight/real man distinction. It took a a while for both of them to realize they’ve been holding on to their ideas instead of getting to know the real person they were married to.
I may be weird like that, but I just did not feel the love between the two of them. I was not completely disappointed, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped I wold.
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I am so happy that one of my favorites for this season, Tessanne Chin, from Adam Levine’s team, won the whole thing.
I’ve been rooting for her since the first time I heard her during her blind auditions, singing Pink’s rock number, Try. Every other performance she did on the show was just great and miles apart from the rest of the other artists.
While I had other favorites that I also would have loved to see win, it is without a doubt that Tessanne is the one most deserving of the win.
I look forward to seeing and hearing more of her music from here on. She is just a talented singer, and the music industry needs someone like her.
Witch Fire by Anya Bast My rating: 3 of 5 stars I just read this book, even if it was published back in 2007. So far, I liked the first book on the series. Just enough magic and romance to make the plot interesting. I like Mira as a character because even if she has gone through terrible things in her marriage to her ex-husband, she was still a strong woman who knew what she wanted and worked on getting them. As a witch she also took the news pretty well, even if she was a bg skeptic from the start. Jack, on the other hand, is a good man, as his character was written. It was very understandable and relatable for a person like him to feel guilty for the sins of his father. That happens in real life a lot, and it is a very real characteristic of him. I was surprised to have enjoyed this book. Anyway, I will most probably read the rest of this series. Hope they are as enjoyable as this one. View all my reviews