WALLBANGER BY ALICE CLAYTON (Cocktail #1) | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Publishing Date: 14 February 2013
Finished Reading: 05 July 2019

synopsis

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight

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BURNING MOON (Destination Love Series #1) BY JO WATSON | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Humor
Publishing Date: 02 August 2016
Date Finished Reading: 01 July 2019

SYNOPSIS

Chase your dreams. Dance under the stars. Fall in love at the festival of Burning Moon.

WARNING: Being jilted at the altar in front of 500 wedding guests can lead to irrational behaviour, such as going on your honeymoon to Thailand alone.

On the way to paradise, symptoms may include getting arrested, setting yourself on fire, turning up on a ‘Missing Poster’ and going viral.

Side-effects may include desert island stranding, star gazing and jungle trekking.

Recovery will lead to partying the night away at Burning Moon festival – and falling in love with the person you least expect…

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BRINGING UP BÉBÉ BY PAMELA DRUCKERMAN | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help/Parenting
Publication Date: February 2012
Date Finished Reading: 25 June 2019

synopsis

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?  With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.

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LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU NOT BY JO WATSON | BOOK REVIEW

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Love You Love You Not - Jo Watson book review_berryduchess

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Humor
Publishing Date: 14 May 2019
Date Finished Reading: 18 June 2019

I worked hard to get my copy of this book because it’s not yet available in Singapore and I got mine from Book Depository, so there’s that. When it arrived, I finished the book within 24 hours because it’s a quick read. But amongst the Jo Watson novels that I’ve read, I guess this is my least favourite.

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THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW BY TRACY GARVIS GRAVES | BOOK REVIEW

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The Girl He Used To Know - Tracey Garvis Graves book review_berryduchess

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 02 April 2019
Date Finished Reading: 04 June 2019

synopsis

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

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THE ROMA MICLAT SHOW IS NOW ON ITS 2ND SEASON!

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I’m happy to share that my podcast show is now on its second season! Check out the latest episode thru the links below.

Ang Akin Lang Naman (The Roma Miclat Podcast Show) is recorded from the sunny Singapore, this show is hosted by Roma, a Pinay content creator/lifestyle blogger from Manila (Philippines), also known as the Berryduchess. This is the place where we will talk about life stuff, books, relationships, insecurities and a lot more. Let's figure things out together & let's make it fun!

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YEAR OF YES BY SHONDA RHIMES | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Non-Fiction/Memoir/Autobiography/Self-Help
Publishing Date: 10 November 2015
Date Finished Reading: 01 Jun 2019

synopsis

In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life – and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as ‘hugging the walls’ at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda’s sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed – and saved – her life. And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: Yes.

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THE FLATSHARE BY BETH O’LEARY| BOOK REVIEW

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The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary book review_berryduchess

Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: 10 April 2019
Date Finished Reading: 27 May 2019

synopsis

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

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THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Adult
Publication Date: 14 MAY 2019
Date Finished: 18 MAY 2019

synopsis

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

“I’m not a bridezilla. I’m a perfectionist”

(basically what a bridezilla would say🤷🏻‍♀️)

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THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN BY TERI WILSON | BOOK REVIEW

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The Accidental Beauty Queen_by Teri Wilson book review_berryduchess

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Adult
 Publication Date: 04 DEC 2018 
Date Finished: 16 MAY 2019

synopsis

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

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