What do you get when you mix a strict Catholic upbringing, a strong curiosity for the opposite sex, and the need to grow up quickly? If you're lucky you get an outcome like Jessica Bunevacz, the vivacious first time author behind “Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman's Guide toLove, Romance, and Sex”.
Born Jessica Rodriguez in the Philippines and raised by her grandparents after the separation of her mother and father, Bunevacz was thrust into the role of provider after the murder of her mother when she was fifteen. With four siblings relying on her she began work early, first as a live mannequin and later as a model, actress, talent manager and television host. One of her proudest moments while working in entertainment was as the force behind a project called “Miss Ugly No More” where women were showed how they could feel and look their best.
Bunevacz played as hard as she worked, and dating was her favorite contact sport. Fascinated by men it wasn't long before she developed a set of rules to snag them, guidelines for how she could remain at her best without being bested by the games others were playing. In the process however she met the man who'd become her husband, the one who made her rethink everything she knew, and the one who made her realize that the same qualities that made a woman an amazing girlfriend didn't necessarily work for a wife. Rather than wait for someone else to write a marriage manual, she retooled her dating rules to apply for a life after marriage.
The happily married wife and mother of three currently resides in California. While her life has been unconventional she has no regrets, and lives with the understanding that we all have the same basic desire: to feel loved, whether it's just for one night or for an entire lifetime.