Beer Commercial featuring a very twisted Pride and Prejudice!

Ahaha, who would have guessed people would use Pride and Prejudice to sell beer? I sure didn’t! This awesome and action packed commercial is totally worth the watch! Hmm, maybe an inkling of what we can expect if P and P and Z ever gets made?

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New Fan Video for Pride and Prejudice!

*Sigh*

I don’t think I shall ever get over Pride and Prejudice-the story, the romance, Lizzy, Darcy… I just had to make another video using a song that I recently became obsessed with! Hope you guys like it!

This would never have happened in Regency England: Unwanted Introductions

I’m sure it’s happened to every young lady at one point or another–You’re standing at the counter waiting to buy food or you’re at the bus stop waiting for the bus when that guy who’s been eying you for the past 5 mins decides to speak up and introduce himself to you when you REALLY don’t want his attentions. In fact, you had just been enjoying a very *cough* delicious fantasy in which a tall, dark Richard Armitage look-alike comes walking by and stops to come over to you.

But, instead, you have the socially awkward kid who’s only just started talking to girls or (even worse) the Brad Pitt wannabe who thinks he’s the hottest kid around and every girl should just swoon if and when he decides to talk to you.

Errrr…. NO.

Please, you want to say, can’t you see I’m not interested in you? If I was, do you think I would just be sitting here staring off into space, instead of eying you up out of the corner of my eye?

But instead of indulging in that yummy daydream, you’re forced to give it up to be polite as he very unsubtly points out his interest in you and tries (one would hope unsuccessfully) to get your phone number.

But of course. In this day and age, it is perfectly acceptable for man to go up to a woman (or vice versa) and strike up a conversation. Unluckily for us, this wasn’t always the case. Those ladies in the early 19th century had it good when it came to unwanted attention from the opposite sex. IT NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

If a lady was standing outside a shop or walking down the street and a gentleman passed her and was interested, he could indicate his interest by a signal (usually a tip of the hat or a nod) and then it was up to THE LADY to decide whether she wanted him to introduce himself to her. if she did, she would present him with a return signal (a smile or  a nod) and he would have permission to proceed. If she didn’t want his attentions and wanted to return to her daydream involving that gorgeous Darcy look-a-like, she could simply turn her head away, and the gentleman in question would have no choice but to back off and find some other more willing lady. This was one of the unspoken etiquette rules of that period and I must say, I’m rather envious of those ladies!

Yet another reason to love those good ole days!

A Hint of Old Fashioned Elegance

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been kinda out of the loop for a while-Been very busy and it looks as if I’ll be busy the following week as well 😦

Just wanted to fill you guys in on a recent event that I attended recently which was a wedding of my father’s young cousin. Being a romantic, I naturally jumped at the chance to attend a wedding reception which would include a grand dinner at a fancy restaurant. I seldom get a chance to enjoy weddings and I believe the last wedding I went to was my aunt’s way back when I was 12.

After getting all dressed up (red for good luck-it was a Chinese wedding after all) I caught the bus into town and began the trip up the stairs (pretty grand with a chandelier and all). The dining room was huge and there must have been 40 tables in there! After joining table 14, and glancing up at slides of the bride and groom’s pictures, as well as a tall 8 tier wedding cake, the ceremony began. The MC welcomed everyone and then announced the arrival the bride and groom.

The lights dimmed, music played, and a spotlight was directed at the entrance where a beautiful archway had been built up. The bride and groom entered, followed by 2 flowergirls and I was enchanted. Completely and utterly beguiled by the sight. The bride had worn the most GORGEOUS and to die for gown that I had ever seen, real or otherwise! It was creamy, with a Georgian feel, a tight studded, beaded bodice and a frothy skirt that fell in layers and even had a train! The picture above and below were the only things I could find that had only a slight imitation of what the real dress was like. The groom wore a matching cream outfit but the focus was clearly the bride and her stunning dress. When the pair came walking toward the stage and near to where I sat, I was struck by the fairytale significance of it all-It seemed almost as if the two had stepped out from long ago, the prince and princess of a magical kingdom even! The bride’s hair was mostly up and braided through with beads (and decorated with a sparkly flower piece) with some of it coming down in curly waves. I was struck with a sudden determination-I HAD  to have a dress like that when I had my own reception!

After they had reached the stage and come down again, the dinner began. A few courses later and they were called up to cut the cake. Once again, I was struck by the beauty and elegance of the whole ceremony, and this later evolved as the couple poured the wine, fed each other cake, and shared a kiss requested by the rather enthusiastic MC. The whole night was just magical, almost like a moment out of time, something that just didn’t belong in our busy, modern, hectic life. The food was delicious as one would expect and I felt almost as if I had fallen back in time, to when things were slower, simpler and yet somehow more enchanting. The atmosphere was wonderfully romantic and soft and I think everyone must have been cheered up by the magic of it all.

Romance, great food, a magical and extravagant atmosphere… This was definitely a wedding Mr and Mrs Darcy would approve of.

Colin Firth’s new movie!

Gotta love Colin Firth-There’s something about him that’s just so classy and gentleman-like and let’s not forgot he’s THE Darcy to millions of women! Aside from his more aesthetic virtues, he’s a brilliant actor and can play both good and bad characters very convincingly! His latest movie due out sometime at the end of this year is bound to be brilliant!

He plays a King who has problems speaking in public and has to get tutored by a specialist. Looks like a feel-good, inspiring drama and the equally talented Helena Bonham Carter stars also.

Check out the trailer below:

The Duke Next Door by Celeste Bradley

Setting: 1815, Regency

Summary:

The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather’s vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke…and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton. So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the altar, Deirdre makes it her business to become his wife—in spite of the whispers about his past.

Soon Deirdre’s visions of a lavish existence with the handsome Calder are shattered when she learns his shocking secret. Feeling betrayed, Deirdre seeks revenge by playing a perilous and seductive game of cat and mouse with her husband that threatens to drive them both to the heights of passion. She will not surrender to him, no matter how great her desire. But at what cost?  Calder is determined to keep his secret under lock and key—and to make his stunning wife his in every way that matters. Even if it means winning her heart all over again…

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Review:

This is the second book in The Heiress Brides series. After being disappointed by the first book in the series, I really hope this one would prove to be much better. It had one thing going for it and that was the hero, who was jilted in the first book, and who I found to be an interesting, complex character with very Darcy-like qualities. I did end up liking the book a lot better than the first one, though it still wasn’t brilliant like her Runaway Brides series.

I think what made this book was Calder, the aloof, brooding hero. I’m a sucker for the distant hero who is eventually won over by the love of the right woman and Calder didn’t disappoint. I loved seeing his icy demeanour break down. At the beginning of the book, the gossips call him the Beast of Brookhaven, after two women leave him and this made me like him even more and made me want to see him end up happily ever after.

I can’t say the same for the heroine though. She was, for me, the major flaw in the book. Deirdre was spoiled, selfish and I just couldn’t warm to her even when her softer side was shown. I didn’t feel she was the right match for Calder who needed someone with more life, a more Elizabeth Bennet type heroine.

Celeste Bradley’s writing as usual was funny and smart even if the plot wasn’t particularly hooking. The tension between the two at the start of the book was electric and it was what kept me reading the book. But after the middle of the book, the story started to drag, and I soon found myself longing for the ending. There were villains in the book which I felt the book could have done without.

The love scenes were admittedly well-written but very explicit-and I could never fully feel the emotional connection between the two.

Despite Celeste’s writing style and the sexy hero, there wasn’t much to like about this book. Read it if you haven’t got anything else to read, or if you love Darcy-ish heroes but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Sensuality Level: Hot (Detailed, explicit and long love scenes)

Verdict: Not recommended.

Rating: 2 and a half stars out of 5

New music video!

Hey romance novel addicts 🙂

Just uploaded a new music video to my account which I finished in a rush of inspiration last night! This one is a fan video for Pride and Prejudice featuring the song off the soundtrack of The Princess and the Frog.

Go check it out and comment!

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