• manga,  Uncategorized

    MANGA: Stock

    Stock – Kagis

    A story of two graduating students and their secrets.

    One-shot endings will be the death of me one of this days…

    Stock is pretty much what the blurb says. The beauty of this one shot lies in the tension between what is said and unsaid. It gave what would have been your usual friends-to-lovers romance extra depth and squee factor.

    The ending is a tease, closing the story just as things were starting to take off. Drove me crazy!


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    SERIES REVIEW: Frat Wars by Saxon James

    *** you can scroll to the bottom for the tl;dr version ***

    Greek life shenanigans ship frat boy to frat boy in this riot of a series by contemporary MM romance author Saxon James.

    Frat Wars is about two fraternities, Sigma Beta Psi and Rho Kappa Tau, and their bitter rivalry to out prank each other. The Sigmas are the popular jocks, given a lot of leeway with their antics because of all the accolades they earn for the university. The Kappas are sorta nerdy but typically wealthy, whose parents make hefty donations to the school. Frat boys can pretty much wreck havoc as long they don’t break the golden rule: don’t get the dean’s attention.

    The series is crazy fun! The Sigmas, in particular, love practical jokes. It’s not just the Kappas they love to annoy, they even do it to their brothers. There are a lot of hilariously dumb dialogues that had me cracking up.

    The author picked the perfect narrators in Alexander Cendese and Iggy Toma. I rarely like dual narration, but these two synced so seamlessly. Their voices are perfect as frat boys and their delivery of the rapid-fire snark for snark banters is ridiculously on point.

    There are three books in the series, featuring the four brothers who hold the top executive positions in the Sigma House.


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    Frat Wars: King Of Thieves – Saxon James

    We’re basically Romeo and Juliet. But dudes. And without all the dying.

    Chad

    Being VP of Sigma Beta Psi is wild. I get all the benefits of being in charge with hardly any of the responsibility.

    Parties, pranks, and frat politics—college life has never been sweeter.

    Until I meet Bailey Prince.

    He has the face of a goddamn angel. I don’t know where he came from or why I’m so obsessed.

    But I do know he’s a Kappa.

    And our houses have a rivalry that’s written into legend.

    Bailey

    At Rho Kappa Tau, I’m a legacy.

    It’s a lot of pressure, but I’ve always been responsible, never had that rebellious need to rock the boat, and I like it that way.

    But after a party at Sigma—the jock frat—I meet Chad Doomsen, and for the first time in my life I want to step outside my square.

    Our houses have always had a rivalry, but some of the guys seem to hate Chad specifically, and I don’t know why.

    He’s surprisingly sweet and kind. At least to me.

    I need to stay away. A relationship with Chad would be betraying the very legacy that brought me here.

    But I can’t help myself. And it seems, neither can he.


    Chad Doomsen is the VP of Sigma and the mastermind of the best pranks they pulled. He met Bailey Prince at a party, found him cute, and decided to pursue him, not knowing he’s a new Kappa member. They hooked up several times on the down-low. Bailey takes the opportunity to steal some of Chad’s stuff as part of the King of Thieves game. This is a stealth steal game where each item they take will earn their House points.

    The Romeo and Juliet angle was cute, but I was more into the game and the brotherhood than the romance. The games and pranks in this series are brilliant! I dunno if real-life fraternities do the King of Thieves game, but this sounds so fun. On the other hand, I don’t want anybody creeping into my room and grabbing my stuff.

    The book sets off a series of events that connects the entire series. The books are not standalone and should be read in order.

    Rating:
    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

    Soundtrack: You Stole My Heart
    Artist: My Sun and Stars
    Album: You Stole My Heart


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    Frat Wars: Master of Mayhem – Saxon James

    Bro big or bro home.

    Robbie

    As social chair of Sigma Beta Psi, I’m the life of the party. It’s what I’m known for, and if it’s not fun, I’m not interested, simple as that.

    I’m not someone who overthinks.

    So when one of my brothers hooks up with a dude from another frat house, it catches me off guard when I can’t stop thinking about them … together.

    There’s only one way for me to get this obsession out of my head and that’s by jumping in with both feet and putting it into practice.

    The problem is, the one guy who’s up for the ride, is the last one I’d expect.

    Brandon

    Being risk manager of a frat house is nobody’s idea of a good time. My brothers get annoyed when I put a damper on their plans, and wrangling drunken frat brothers isn’t how I pictured my Saturday nights of senior year.

    I’m bored.

    In a rut.

    Study, frat duties, planning for the future.

    When is it my turn to let loose for a moment?

    So when my dumb-as-bricks frat bro is scoping out the house for a little experimenting fun, I throw out the offer like it isn’t the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever considered.

    I never imagined I’d actually enjoy it.


    Master of Mayhem stars Robbie (forgot last name), the Sigma social manager, and Brandon (forgot last name too), the risk manager, in their bicurious frenemies romance.

    It all started when Robbie point blank asked his best friend, Chad, if he could touch his dick. The big guy had questions about his sexuality and had no hesitations whatsoever asking, because who else can help a guy out but his frat brothers? Chad was all hell no! Then at a party, Brandon was urged by his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend to try kissing the persistently curious Robbie. The two frat brothers were gob smacked by how much they liked it!

    Robbie completely won me over for being comfortable in his own skin. He’s the first to admit he’s not a brainiac, but far from being insecure about it, he embraces his impulsive, fun-loving nature shamelessly and has a childlike candor that’s very endearing. Also, he’s the reason why Sigmas have the best parties.

    Brandon is his foil. This guy’s a born risk manager, always planning steps ahead.

    This was a whole level of crazy! The boys up the ante with Chad and Robbie vying for the title of Master of Mayhem, a contest of who can come up with the best prank. The romance was hella cheesy and sweet with the kind of chemistry that reduces one to goo. And leave it to Robbie to pull off the cheesiest, most bombastic grand gesture to end all grand gestures!

    Rating:
    4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

    Soundtrack: Curious
    Artist: Franz Ferdinand
    Album: Hits to the Head


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    Frat Wars: Presidential Chaos – Saxon James

    Two houses. Two Presidents. One hell of a happy ending.

    Zeke

    Being President of a frat house means everything is on my shoulders.
    Idiot brothers, epic pranks, a list of organizational duties long enough to make my eyes bleed.
    None of it fazes me.
    But senior year is almost over, and I’m ready to take a step back.
    Until the hazing rumors start.
    I might not know where they’re coming from, but I know they’re total BS.
    Now, instead of dialing back the stress, we’ve broken the number one rule on the row: Don’t get the dean’s attention.
    I need to find out who’s driving the lies.
    And all evidence points to one person.

    Charles

    I never wanted to become Kappa President.
    The appointment was made easier, though, when none other than Zeke Ariston took over Sigma house. I’ve always been … drawn to him.
    Fascinated.
    And maybe a little attracted too.
    Pity I’ve never been more than an afterthought to him.
    But when rumors start to circulate about hazing, and the sources lead back to my house, it puts me square on Zeke’s radar.
    I want to help him get to the bottom of it all.
    And with his attention finally on me, I want to tell him how I feel.

    The guys on Greek Row meet their chaotic conclusion with this rivals-to-lovers romance full of pranks, shared hoodies, and secret meetings made in the dark.


    Squeed when I saw the cover because that is exactly how Zeke looks!

    There are some books that you just instantly know will be awesome even before reading. I had a good feeling about Presidential Chaos beforehand. And, I was right, it totally swept me off my feet!

    Zeke Ariston is the super cool, super chill Sigma president. While his brothers ran amuck, Zeke is above it all, calm, always in control, and secretly anal retentive. He’s hyper-focused on his goal to win Olympic gold in swimming. My favorite character in the entire series.

    In contrast, Charles Levine is the passionate, easily flustered, but confident Kappa president. He’s usually red-faced with annoyance confronting the Sigma president over yet another prank by the Sigmas. Charles has a legacy to uphold and a law degree he had no desire to pursue. He’s also secretly crushing on Zeke.

    I spent most the book feeling sorry for Charles because boy, did he pine! I rooted hard for the patient, selfless Kappa president. But as soon as Zeke realized he had feelings for the Charles, it was so worth the wait! I didn’t know Zeke had it in him, but he uttered some of the most romantic lines in the series. The Sigma president fell HARD! He literally fell on his knees when he realized that his Charlie was perfect for him.

    Zeke and Charles are the kind of power couple that can conquer the world. The way they support each other are goals! I loved how they helped each other find the freedom to pursue their goals. They’re just fit so perfectly!

    This is a fabulous presidential finale and one of the swooniest, most delicious, squee-tastic execution of he fell first, he fell harder!!!

    Rating:
    5 Stars – absolutely perfect

    Soundtrack: Sweet Chaos
    Artist: Day6
    Album: The Best of Day6


    Frat Wars is a story of rivalry, brotherhood, youthful shenanigans, secret hook-ups, sexual awakening, and freedom. It’s one of the year’s most entertaining series. It’s the best kind of chaos, mayhem, lifelong friendships, and everything we love about Greek life.


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    SOUNDTRACK: You Stole My Heart by My Sun and Stars, Curious by Franz Ferdinand & Sweet Chaos by Day6

    Soundtrack to Frat Wars: King of Thieves by Saxon James

    You Stole My Heart by My Sun and Stars for a book about one frat boy’s most guarded possession snatched by a cute enemy prince from right under his nose

    I guess my heart it has a point
    ‘Cause you are way too cute
    It was clear it would jump at you
    But now please just bring it back to me
    ‘Cause my heart is fragile too
    It can break right over you

    And I’m looking everywhere
    But I just realized
    That you’re the reason why

    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you
    You stole my heart

    Soundtrack to Frat Wars: Master of Mayhem by Saxon James

    Curious by Franz Ferdinand for a book about a very curious frat boy and his obliging frat brother.

    Will you want me when you’ve got me?
    Are you gonna love me?
    Tell me, I’m a future seeker
    Heat-seeking freak
    I want to know now
    I’ve got to know now
    No I know that no
    I shouldn’t be so curious
    But hell you’ve got me curious

    Soundtrack to Frat Wars: Presidential Chaos by Saxon James

    Sweet Chaos by Days for a book about the calm frat president and the passionate frat president turning each other’s world upside down.

    The world I lived in
    Has flipped over
    Inside out because of you
    Right is left
    Left is right

    My sandcastle
    Has met your wave
    It’s starting to break down
    What do I do? Help me

    Because of you, I’m losing control

    It’s a sweet chaos
    Ever since you entered
    My life, my dreams, my future
    Everything has changed

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    I had this thing inside my chest
    It was beating every day
    No worries on the way
    But then you, you just came around
    Then something just felt wrong
    The beating, it was gone

    And now I’m looking everywhere
    But the answer was actually right there

    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you
    You stole my heart
    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you
    You stole my heart

    I guess my heart it has a point
    ‘Cause you are way too cute
    It was clear it would jump at you
    But now please just bring it back to me
    ‘Cause my heart is fragile too
    It can break right over you

    And I’m looking everywhere
    But I just realized
    That you’re the reason why

    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you
    You stole my heart
    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you, you
    You stole my heart, my heart

    My oh-oh-oh-oh heart
    My oh-oh-oh-oh heart, my heart
    You stole my heart, my heart
    My oh-oh-oh-oh heart
    My oh-oh-oh-oh heart, my heart
    You stole my heart

    You have to understand that I need my heart
    Just to exist
    But what makes it so, so hard
    That it’s you my heart just can’t resist
    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you, you

    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you, you
    You stole my heart
    ‘Cause you, yes you, yes you, you, you
    You stole my heart

    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    You stole my heart

    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    Na, na, na, na, na-na
    You stole my heart

    Meet cute on the first page
    Tension enter left on a dark stage
    Our stars collide
    Light destroy the night

    Am I thinking about now?
    Am I thinking about then?
    Am I thinking about you or me?
    And when we are the future
    I’m curious, curious
    Will you want me?

    Will you want me when you’ve got me?
    Are you gonna love me?
    Tell me, I’m a future seeker
    Heat-seeking freak
    I want to know now
    I’ve got to know now
    No I know that no
    I shouldn’t be so curious
    But hell you’ve got me curious
    Because I might love you

    With mystery dissipating
    Is it ordinary remaining?
    Discovery is discovered
    And you know what I will say when
    Say when

    When the question is asked
    When the question remains
    Repetition, repetition
    Revealing the day
    Are we the future?
    I’m curious, curious
    Will you want me?

    Will you want me when you’ve got me?
    Are you gonna love me?
    Tell me, I’m a future seeker
    Heat-seeking freak
    I want to know now
    I’ve got to know now
    No I know that no
    I shouldn’t be so curious
    But hell you’ve got me curious

    Will you love me now?
    Will you love me then?
    Will you love me when you see
    You see the man within?
    Can you love the man within?
    Will you hold me when you’ve got me?
    Are you gonna love me? Tell me
    Yes, I’m a future seeker
    A heat-seeking freak
    You know, you know, you’ve got me curious
    Curious, you’ve got me curious

    Japanese lyrics:

    Na na na na na na na na na na
    (Where am I?)
    Na na na na na na na na na na
    
    あの日からもう
    世界はまるで
    逆さまのビジョン映す twilight zone
    
    築き上げた これまでの myself
    呆気のない程に書き換えて行く
    
    その笑顔ひとつで
    
    It's a sweet chaos
    すべて君のせいだよ
    価値観さえ覆す こんな出逢いが
    気付けば愛しい風に変わって
    My heart 狂わせた
    
    It's a sweet chaos
    君を知れば知るほど
    意地を張ったって意味のない事
    笑われてもいい 君が欲しい
    My love 奪われた
    It's a sweet chaos
    
    Brand new days
    Brand new mind
    Brand new love
    
    予測してたはずの僕の未来を
    今 君との出逢いが脅かす
    
    崩れ落ちる過去の自分 その先で
    陽だまりの中 僕を呼ぶ声が
    
    胸の中 花を咲かせた
    
    It's a sweet chaos
    すべて君のせいだよ
    価値観さえ覆す こんな出逢いが
    気付けば愛しい風に変わって
    My heart 狂わせた
    Sweet chaos
    
    僕の知らない僕が 君に暴かれてく
    もう迷わない 君が笑顔なら
    It's a sweet chaos
    すべて君のせいだよ
    価値観さえ覆す こんな出逢いが
    気付けば愛しい風に変わって
    My heart 狂わせた
    
    It's a sweet chaos
    君を知れば知るほど
    意地を張ったって意味のない事
    笑われてもいい 君が欲しい
    My love 奪われた
    It's a sweet chaos
    
    Brand new days
    Brand new mind
    Brand new love

    The world I lived in
    Has flipped over
    Inside out because of you
    Right is left
    Left is right

    My sandcastle
    Has met your wave
    It’s starting to break down
    What do I do? Help me

    Because of you, I’m losing control

    It’s a sweet chaos
    Ever since you entered
    My life, my dreams, my future
    Everything has changed

    But I’m starting to wait for tomorrow
    Each day is changing
    And I like it
    To the point where I go crazy

    It’s a sweet chaos
    The more I get to know you
    All of my tastes, my patterns
    Everything is changing

    When you see me
    Maybe I might seem like a fool
    But I don’t care
    I like it anyway
    It’s a sweet chaos

    I’m anxious
    About everything
    But I like

    Like the people’s footsteps
    On a busy street
    My thoughts keep getting tangled up
    Inside my head

    The plans
    I made in the past
    Keep getting messed up
    But you’re fixing it all up

    In this disorder, a flower is blossoming

    It’s a sweet chaos
    Ever since you entered
    My life, my dreams, my future
    Everything has changed

    But I’m starting to wait for tomorrow
    Each day is changing
    And I like it
    To the point where I go crazy
    Sweet chaos

    The compass in me
    Is spinning like crazy
    But once I see your smile
    Everything becomes OK
    It’s a

    Sweet chaos
    Ever since you entered
    My life, my dreams, my future
    Everything has changed

    But I’m starting to wait for tomorrow
    Each day is changing
    And I like it
    To the point where I go crazy

    It’s a sweet chaos
    The more I get to know you
    All of my tastes, my patterns
    Everything is changing

    When you see me
    Maybe I might seem like a fool
    But I don’t care
    I like it anyway
    It’s a sweet chaos

    I’m anxious
    About everything
    But I like it

  • featured,  Uncategorized

    FLICKer: Sports!

    Featuring LGBT short films I found around the interwebz a.k.a Youtube. Okay sucky intro, but yeah, that’s it.


    When Zach brings along his thirsty, nosey roommate, Eduardo, to his basketball pick-up game with his straight best friend.. the outcome of the game takes an unexpected turn when Zach has to confront which team he is really on.