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GITTE: There are so many things I loved about this sweet and funny book. The writing was flawless, the story was addictive; I cried, I laughed out loud and I swooned. I also really connected with all the characters and felt so very nostalgic as the 90s time frame it was set in and the clothes, music and movies all sparked memories for me as I was about *cough* 16 back then…This is one of those books you’ll want to just read cover to cover and pause life until you are done.

JENNY:  First off….I am NOT telling you how old I was haha! And like you, I just spent a day in the 90’s with this book and I LOVED every minute!!! What a different and delightful read this was Gitte.  I loved everything about it.  I read it with a huge grin on my face, I laughed out loud at times and I finished it with tears streaming down my cheeks….sorry about the snotty phone call when I finished, but I really found that last chapter unbelievably moving.  Yep, this book ticked all the boxes for me. It was funny, very funny in fact, great characters…all of them! I certainly did press pause on life with this one and it was exactly what I needed at the time.

GITTE: Layla was a great heroine. She was adorable, funny, sweet but feisty and so down to earth and real. The whole tomboy image and hanging out playing sports with boys…yeah that was me too, as I said; I completely got this girl! Growing up amongst boys really does give you thicker skin and less prone to dramatics. Oh and she is a big reader too!

“I always liked to read…I consumed books. Two or three entire novels over a weekend. Bleary eyed and exhausted, bypassing sleep in order to just finish one more chapter, and then break down and read just one more after that.” – Layla

Her home life has seen real emotional upheaval but this girl was so strong and I have to say that despite him not featuring much I *heart* her Dad she was a credit to him. And Layla, missing out on that important person in her life to experience her ever milestones with, she really was an inspiration.

I loved the friendship between Layla and Lisa. It was funny and real. All friendships go through ups and downs but a true friend knows how to protect, love and admit when they are in the wrong.

As for Trip, no wonder Layla started crushing on him the minute he walked into class as the new boy in senior year.

“Trip was like a one man beautification committee just by existing” – Layla

Trip comes into her life and she immediately falls…deeply. At first it’s the typical speechless and blushing kind, then as they become friends she loses her inhibitions, relaxes into their friendship and from there the love becomes cemented. I do love the friends to lover’s stories; they just have that added sweetness and believability to them.

It all started with the passing of notes…the mind ramble that both Layla and I were dying to read…and when we did…my heart both melted and broke….

Oh and who can forget the importance of that first song hey Jenny, so funny?!

JENNY:  Hehe! You just made me giggle again thinking of that first song? Too funny! Layla was a crack up.  I adored this girl.  She was ballsy, funny, beautiful, sweet and one of the boys, yet gentle and loyal as well. Yep, totally adored this girl! She was completely awesome!  No hysterics from Layla. She said what she felt, but she was also soft underneath – she had a big heart and she stole mine! I loved her voice, her take on life was refreshing to say the least and there were so many scenes I highlighted while reading this book because I wanted to remember them all. And the ramble? No words there! You know how I felt about that.

” I even let him put his hands into the back pockets of my jeans! It was quite a memorable afternoon” Layla

You’re so right Gitte. The friendship between Layla and Lisa was real. Everything about them took you back.  The first loves, the ups the downs. It was all there. Two best friends going through so much together.

“It’s just that you wish everything would never change. You wish someone could tie up your life with a neat little bow and have it presented to you all tidy and prepared so you’d never have to think about getting your hands dirty trying to figure anything out on your own” Lisa

The perm story……gave me a giggle and I was right there, in the 90’s hanging out with them. These girls really did look out for one another.

“I was trying to keep a mental log of the twelve different topics my friend had just brought up in order to respond accordingly once she finally broke for air”  Layla

The friends to lovers in this story between Trip and Layla completely won me over.  These two bounced off each other so well and provided many lighthearted, wonderful moments.

“Do you even know how beautiful you are?” Trip

I devoured every single minute.  The friendship and relationship between Layla and  “be still my beating heart” Trip started at the back of an English class in High School, and we went on every high and every low and every funny moment in between with these two. Their friendship and relationship was a slow burner and so very believable, so entertaining and gave the reader so much insight into the pair and allowed you to go along with them at a steady pace and learn right along with them.

“At the time, I was trying to convince myself that all I cared about was an improvement to the scenery of boring old Norman.  Trip was like a one man beautification committee just by existing” Layla

GITTE:   The whole array of characters was spot on in this story of adolescents joining adulthood on the edge of having to grow up and begin a new era in their lives. This huge step that is both an exciting new adventure but also an emotional change tinged with sadness of what is left behind quickly becoming memories. The memory of that first love; you never forget.

Remember When is the first book in a trilogy and whilst it doesn’t really have a cliff-hanger as such, I am dying to read the next one as I need more Trip and Layla.

What makes this even more special is that we join them 9 years later in book #2, yet we have the sweet memories from Remember When.

“You’re beautiful…The kind of beautiful that doesn’t go away……I really think I could be in love with you….” – Trip

JENNY:  What I loved about this story was that we knew eight years on that Trip Wiley had become a very successful movie star, a hot Hollywood commodity. An insanely gorgeous, talented and handsome man, he was always slated for something special.  A perfect combination for a movie star.  In most cases this is where we come into a book, but this one took us right back to the beginning so we didn’t just read about it, we actually lived it. And I loved it.

We went back to the time when Trip was in high school with Layla. Through first love, through friendships, growing up, cutting ties and moving on. To a carefree time when the biggest decision you made was what to wear to a party.  You partied with these characters, you laughed with them, you loved with them and you felt the emotion of having to grow up and make adult decisions, but all the way through it was handled with so much love and a huge dash of humor.  You felt it all and it was such a wonderful experience.

“Be happy.  And know that I’ll be thinking of you.” At that he bent his face to mine and I let him kiss me.

I agree Gitte. Even though it wasn’t a cliffhanger of sorts it definitely did end in a way made me  want book two yesterday!!.  I have to say that the next book in this series is up there as one of my most anticipated sequels this year.  I can’t wait to follow the journey with Trip and Layla.  Remember When was fun, it was sexy, it was a giggle a minute, it was beautiful….yep, it was perfect.  The ending….oh…the ending! Loved it.

“Stay gold,  Ponyboy”

Synopsis

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

In case you live under a rock and don’t know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.

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79 Comments:


  1. Shelly Ford said:

    My movie actor crush would have to be Paul Walker!!! Gahh…he’s simply deelish!

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    1. Melissa Pahl said:

      Love Paul Walker but really wouldn’t settle for anyone other than Jason Mamoa.

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      1. admin said:

        Paul Walker………..sigh x

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  2. Maria Malaveci said:

    Movie Star crushes are Alexander Skarsgard and David Gandy!

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  3. Karen Thorp said:

    this sounds great and would love to read it., and what a trip down memory lane., I loved the outsider ( and would love to have a bother named Soda-pop) ..I was such a Grease & Grease 2 junkie even had a pink ladies jacket (my uncle got in NYC for me) and try to get my mother to change my name to Sandy or Stephanie but I couldn’t sell her on it…lol ( but when I got to ride a motorcycle the song Cool Rider played in my head the whole time., & funny cause my cool rider is the boy next door & he is hell on wheels too…lol) & what great memories they are … love it ..thanks <3

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    1. admin said:

      Karen! There is a reference to Soda-pop in this book. You will love it. Such a trip down memory lane. Can’t wait to see what you think J&G x

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  4. Theresa said:

    Looks like a great fun read! My favorite actor would be Richard Gere. Remember American gigolo?? Yeah 🙂

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  5. Johanna Cosentino said:

    My movie star crush is Zac Efron. Holy-hotness! Not only is the guy FINE, but he moves like Jagger! (sigh) 🙂

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  6. Jaime said:

    This book sounds so great and funny too!! I love a good funny book, especially one that reminisces the past!!

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    1. admin said:

      Pretty sure you’ll love this one then Jaime. It really was like a breath of fresh air. J&G x

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  7. Julie VN said:

    My all-time movie crush is Bruce Willis. Whoa! Of course, it started when he was on Moonlighting and I just a teen.

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  8. Jeanette said:

    I really don’t see movies very often anymore, my nose is always in a book. 🙂 Matthew McCauganahay (sp?) used to be a favorite, I love his sexy voice…I swear if he read a nursery rhyme I’d get worked up. Ohh, and I can’t forget Johnny Depp, yes he is my favorite, fell in love with him back in the days of 21 Jump Street 🙂 he is a brilliant actor and sexy to boot! 🙂

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  9. Rach said:

    When I was a wee young lass it was Andrew Macarthy (Pretty In Pink, St Elmo’s Fire) these days would have to say Viggo Mortenson for films…David Tennant for TV 🙂

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  10. Lariza said:

    My crush is Henry Cavill!! Love him!!

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    1. admin said:

      Oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm – I will even go and watch Superman just for him lol
      He is divine! J x

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  11. Krystal said:

    My number one movie star crush was always Brad Pitt. While he is still yummy there have been some younger specimens over take him now. Ryan Reynolds, Cam Gigandet and Channing Tatum are well and truly up there for me now. And Matt Bomer, although I wouldn’t really call him a movie star… yet 🙂 Honestly, if he was still on this earth with us, I think my number 1 now would be Perth boy Heath Ledger. Makes me happy and proud to know I’m walking around the same city he did.

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  12. Cathy said:

    This sounds like a really great read!! 🙂 Thank you for doing this giveaway. I hope I win!! 😀

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  13. Cathy said:

    And as far as my movie star crush goes…. Patrick Swayze… You know in Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

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  14. Leslie said:

    Ryan Reynolds…..so sexy.

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  15. Jennifer G said:

    Patrick Swayze and Johnny Depp were my 90’s crushes. Now it’s Ryan Reynolds,total package funny,sweet and hot!
    jengrm82@yahoo.com

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  16. Lisa B. said:

    Ian Somerhalder and Adam Levine

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  17. Serena knautz said:

    I absolutely love Matthew mcconaughey but Channing Tatum isn’t so bad himself:-)

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  18. Thashni said:

    Oooooh definitely Tom Hardy!!!!
    He was so yummy in “This means war”

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    1. admin said:

      Yesssss!!!! 🙂

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  19. Nicole Kuhn said:

    Always will be: Gerard Butler. I <3 that man

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  20. liezel said:

    Thanks so much for this giveaway.

    Movie Star crushes are Alexander Skarsgard , Matt Bomer and David Gandy!

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  21. tina said:

    loved Gilbert Blyth from Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonle movie.

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  22. Casey said:

    So excited you reviewed this!! One of the best books I’ve read this year. Refreshing, vivacious, and downright lovely!

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    1. Casey said:

      P.S. Ryan Gosling a la Crazy Stupid Love. Cause any man that understands the importance of the lift in the original Dirty Dancing movie (even if he is a character in a movie) is a man worth keeping. 🙂

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    2. admin said:

      It sure was Casey! Glad you enjoyed it too xx

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  23. BlackwaterMama said:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve added this to my TBR mountain. It looks really good. As far as favorite actor, Stephen Amell.

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  24. Sónia Costa said:

    Johnny Depp 😀 The guy can be sexy has hell

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  25. Jessica Wentz said:

    My movie star crush would be Johnny Depp! I’ve loved that man since I was 13!!!!!

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  26. Diah Didi said:

    I have a long list. But since I’m watching his movie right now on tv, I must say Jason Statham. Most of my friends knew this.
    And I’ll add Pierce Brosnan (I loved his James Bond and Remington Steele) and Johnny Depp (for all his movie characters).
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. Rosarita Reader said:

    My movie star crush is Ian Somerhader (his bad boy vampire character)- the way he raises that one eyebrow and smirks is so sexy!

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  28. Jeanette said:

    After read your review I can’t wait to read this! I graduated high school in ’89 so I think I’m going to relate well to the setting, style and music etc. of this book. 🙂

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    1. admin said:

      Oh Jeanette! You will love it! xx

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  29. valesska estanga said:

    jhonny deep

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  30. Vicki said:

    Ryan Gosling!!! Oh my!!! Loved him in “Crazy Stupid Love”! And Zac Effron in “The Lucky One”!!! These two are sooo sexy!!!! Drool worthy!!!

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  31. Mimi said:

    Definitely RDJ as Ironman…

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  32. Angela Love said:

    I have always had a thing for older guys so my actor crush is old school ladies….. Sam Elliot is one just his sexy voice alone makes me “swoon” and Sean Connery because who doesn’t like a little sexy accent….

    thank you for this chance to win…

    angelalove@uwmail.com

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  33. Coco said:

    Definetly JOHNNY DEPP !!!!

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  34. Kara Hensley said:

    Edward Norton is my all time favorite Movie Star Crush!! Holy smokes…sooooo nice to look at and a great actor!!! Thanks ladies for the giveaway!!

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  35. Melissa Pahl said:

    Jason Mamoa is my fave!

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  36. Beth said:

    my favorite actor is brad Pitt. Ever since Interview With a Vampire and Ledgends of the Fall when i was a teenage girl.

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    1. admin said:

      Oh yeah! He was hot in those two movies. yum xx

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  37. Sara G. said:

    I love Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio 🙂

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  38. Stephanie Beasley said:

    Richard Gere, Vin Desile, The rock, I have so many hehe but thats the thing about crushes they always changing to new ones but your favorites are always there… Richard Gere in Pretty woman.. Patrick Swaazy in Dirty Dancing.. my two favorite shows I always watch them when they are on Tv.. thank you for the Give aways you are doing@

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  39. dalila said:

    My favorite Movie Crush is Ryan Reynolds!

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  40. christley said:

    yay!!

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  41. kara said:

    Movie crush?? Gary Oldman! Sirius Black, Commissioner Gordon, AND Sid Vicious? What’s not to love!

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  42. Jennifer Johnson said:

    Looks like a great book!!

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    1. admin said:

      We really enjoyed it Jennifer! xx

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  43. Laurietta Lee said:

    Channing Tatum is my movie crush! Love him!

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  44. Debra D said:

    Ryan Reynolds!

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  45. Julie Cole said:

    Brad Pitt believe it or not he just keeps getting better and better!

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  46. maranda said:

    oh the guy that is on criminal minds Reed and Derek

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  47. Kirstie said:

    Gerard Butler…really do I need to say why? 😉

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  48. Laura Mendez said:

    UGH!!! I have so many movie crushes. But for this one I’ll go waaaay back to When a Man Loves a Woman…. Andi Garcia… you are the man. Not because of his body but because the love he had for Meg Ryan.

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  49. Megan Gartin said:

    I love Ryan Gosling! I always have. He’s totally Hot!

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  50. Len Francisco said:

    My movie star crush is Joseph Gordon Levitt. He’s a great actor, he can do everything!

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  51. Megan Keith said:

    I have a few but I’d have to say that I crush the most on Jeffrey Dean Morgan, just how he appears in P.S. I Love You (and his part isn’t even that big in the movie but… YUM!) Then there’s always Ryan Gosling (But not The Notebook Ryan the Crazy Stupid Love Ryan) and Channing Tatum, of course (in anything!) Sorry too hard to choose one!

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  52. Bayli Lane said:

    TOM HARDY!!!! I love him!!! He’s gorgeous and has that bad boy look!

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  53. Arely Z. said:

    Hmmm… Johnny Depp. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Pure yum.

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  54. stacey said:

    What an amazing giveaway!

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  55. stacey said:

    What an amazing giveaway! I definitely retweeted

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  56. Angela Pratt said:

    Zac Efron is my movie star crush. I LOVE HIM!!

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  57. Pam said:

    I have lots of movie star crushes, but I’ll say Chris Evans for now. 🙂

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  58. Danielle Hoover said:

    Channing Tatum, hands down!!!!!!

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  59. Evelyn Recinos said:

    Josh Duhamel is my favorite.

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  60. Connie leski said:

    I love Ian Somerhaulder and Jason Mamoa 🙂

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  61. J. Gore said:

    Ok… first of all great review! Based on this review, I have added this book to my to-be-read list on Goodreads. And of course, now for the most important question… Who is my movie star crush? This is a hard one because I have so many!!! So my number one would be Ryan Gosling (I know predictable – but can you blame me) and a close second would be Taylor Kitsch… Those two flop positions on any given day! 😉

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  62. Tjaša said:

    Paul Walker 😀

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  63. Robin said:

    I have to second the Ian Somerhalder and Adam Levine response. 🙂

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  64. Sheri Zee said:

    My favorite movie star crush is Rob, it’s all about Rob Pattinson for me. I know, I know…

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  65. Veronica said:

    This one look really good! Can’t wait to read it

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  66. Ninna Marie said:

    I love Alexander Skarsgard from true blood he is so hot and Matt Bomer even though he is gay I love him in white collar and there is Ian Somerholder he is just plan sexy!

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  67. kristi celebrezze said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. Jenny Zymola said:

    Josh Duhamel and Matt Bomer are my current movie star crushes 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply

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