Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

Hello, lovely ladies 😉

Wow, August already, huh? C.R.A.Z.Y! Where does the time go?

Let’s kick off with a little something for the Spanish readers; awesome Kereny has treated us to another freshly translated chapter. Please find chapter 58 in the sidebar.

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Not much is happening on the movie front but the MOVIEPILOT offers some advice for the making of Darker.

If you’re a Jamie fan you’ll love the many faces of Christian…

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These tidbits are from the 50 Shades of Grey Support Facebook page 😉

This post made me smile and though it’s not FSOG related, it’s right up our fairytale-genre alley. 

What would the Disney Princes look like in real life? BuzzFeed shows us Jirka Väätäinen’s amazing fairytale Alpha’s likenesses…

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Cute, isn’t it?

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This week I read:

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Release Me By Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, book two in the Chasing Fire series, was just as good as the first one. Hudson is a delicious book boyfriend, and if you’re looking for something strongly reminiscent of FSOG then this is the read for you – and a well written one too. My only complaint was the very abrupt ending. Here’s hoping that we see book three shortly!

Smart, Sexy and Secretive by Tammy Falkner, book two in the Reed brothers series, was more of a long novella rather than a full book, and in that sense, a bit of a disappointment. The author formatted the book with double spacing which gives you all the pages of a full length book but half the words. It made me feel cheated. Also, though I like nothing better than a HEA, this one was so sugary it felt a little empty.

Bait by M Mabie, book one in the Wake series, was not my kind of read. The story may have ended up being a good one had I managed to finish it, but the incredibly shoddy editing let it down to a point of me abandoning the book.

Currently I’m reading:

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One Night of Trouble by Elle Kennedy, book three in the After Hours series.

I’m not sure where I’m going next. If you have any inspiring reads up your sleeve then please share 😉

Here are some of the books we can expect in August taken from my Goodreads list:

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Please note these links are not live.

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Have a beautiful rest, girls!

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45 thoughts on “Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Monique
    New kindle up and running so happy girl but loving the phone app so thanks for that.
    Last week I finished Rose is Bloom by Helen Hardt this is the author who wrote Lily and the Duke loved both of these books.
    I also read Remind Me and Release Me, enjoyed both these books but too much like FSOG but really liked all the characters.
    I found myself skipping over the sex it was just like blah blah been done but the story was enjoyable.
    Sorry you didn’t enjoy SS&S but I’m glad it wasn’t just me my problem with it was that she skipped over too much and it seemed too rushed
    I’m like you in that I’ve no idea what to read next so any ideas would be gratefully received!
    Have a great week ladies

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Aw! I’m glad you enjoy the app, Katherine. I love that it synchs my bookmarks, notes etc across ALL my devices and I LOVE that I ALWAYS have my book: in the check out line, waiting after school, at the dentist, wherever I am, there is my whole library on my phone with me! AWESOME!! Frankly I hardly ever use my iPad anymore, and with the size of the 6Plus I can’t imagine holding the bulk of the pad anymore. Yes, S,S &S was very light in the pants and the resolution came wayyyyy too easy. The story was so perfectly set up but book two failed it. She would have been better leaving it at book one. **spoiler alert** Though they were not together then the HEA was implied with her promising to come back to him. I will give The Reed Brothers one more go just to see if the first one was s complete fluke… Great hearing from you! 🙂

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  2. lizziels says:

    I absolutely hate the books that are published in stages – when I start to read a story, I would really like to finish it. Fair enough if the books are stand alone stories, one of a series, but it drives me mad when a book finishes in midstream. I have to say the editing in some of my favourite genre of books is truly appalling and it can drive me to distraction to pick up on very bad grammar and equally bad spelling. Poor research also drives me nuts! Oh, hell! I’m just a grumpy old woman!

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    • Monique Lain says:

      I don’t mind the books coming along in series but I’m not crazy about waiting for a book of a series I’m into. The particular book I mentioned just sorta’ stopped. The first book ended in a cliffy but there was still a sense of completion to it, but this one felt simply cut off to me. Good book though…. As for my disaster book this week; I can overlook A LOT where editing is concerned if a story grabs me but sometimes, especially when a metaphor or simile is a physical impossibility, it irks me to distraction. Just cannot handle things like: “his voice came out fallow” Urgh!!! LOL!

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  3. lizziels says:

    Funny story for you. Ages ago I joined one of those freebie dating websites. Well, this week I got an email telling me that I had a messae from someone. Well, curiosity got the better of me and I sent a polite “Thank you”, asking to see a photo. Well, the pic was AWESOME! Now, I’m not a fool and there was no way a gorgeous guy, supposedly 44, was going to contact me, even though I’m considered to be an attractive older lady. I did a reverse image search and found the original pic on a tattoo site where he was shown in all his lovely glory. When I searched within the site, it was obviously aimed at the gay community. 😀 I sent him another email “Well, Google found the tattoo pic!! How about some photos of YOU!!” Sadly,that was the end of the correspondence!!

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  4. Christine E says:

    The final book in the Chasing Fire Series is due out 20 October 2015. I have downloaded the first two books and pre-ordered the third. Will try not to read this series until October as I dislike waiting for the next book.

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Yes, I saw that, Christine, thank you. Looking forward to seeing where it goes. It’s great if you have the discipline to wait on a full series like that! Wish I could do that 😉

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  5. Valerie Gibson says:

    Hi Monique! I’ve read some good ones. Elle Kennedy’s book is on my hit list too. I recommend anything by Tessa Bailey. Anything. I read Off Base, a book she co wrote with Sophie Jordan, and I just finished Up in Smoke… Loved it! It’s part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Same for Risking It All…amazing and HOT!!!! Have a wonderful day 😄

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  6. crystal says:

    Hi all, Well we had a cool front come through yesterday here in Southern OK. It only got to the mid 90s. Ha Ha
    I finished Tiffany Reize “The Angle” second in the Original sinner series. Loved Loved Loved it! I loved how Griffin help Michael get over the ugle scares with the wing tatoos. How Soren allowed Wesley and Nora to get back together is hard for me to understand if Soren loves her so much. Ms Reize is very talented and I love her written. Her use of the English leaves me at a lost sometimes so I keep my dictionary close.
    I am reading Cherise Sinclaire new book, “Servicing The Taget”, that just came out this week. It is her lastest in the Masters of Shadowlands series. Its about Domme Anne known to be a sadist and how her hearts starts to loose some of it darkness. The sex is great just different seeing a very strong man become weak in the knees when told what to do. Highly recommend!
    As soon as I finish Ms Sinclaire new book I am back to the land of The Original Sinner, “The Prince”.
    I am in agreement with those who don’t like to wait for a new book to come out in a series. I look on Fanfiction for complete stories.
    Those with cool or cold weather think of me.
    Have a great week.
    Crystal
    USA

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    • Monique Lain says:

      I’m so happy that you found your groove with The Original Sinners series, Crystal. It also took me a book or two to see the full scope of the story but once I did I was awed. Aww, you can send your excess sunshine our way! Good to hear from you 😉

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  7. Sharon says:

    Tall, Tempting and Tatted was soooooo good, and like the rest of you, Book Two was a bit of a letdown…but I still enjoyed it. I loved that she wrote a song that Logan could hear and that her father could feel. But it was all a bit rushed and predictable. I’m probably not inclined to move on in the series….at least not anytime soon.
    And I read Cherise Sinclair’s new release, “Servicing the Target”, I thought it was the best of the Shadowlands series. The lead character is a Domme that has serious man skills. I really was wishing for some video clips to go with some of the scenes….and I will never look at my exfoliating gloves quite the same way. As with most series, if you don’t read the other books, you won’t know the back stories on the supporting characters…but I think you would still enjoy as a stand-alone, as it is mostly about the Domme and her smitten retired Ranger Sniper stud. Thumbs up for this newest and bestest of the Shadowlands.
    I’ve just found out I’m headed to Ireland (squeeee!) in November, so I’m trying out some Irish romances next….just to get a “feel for the locals”! 😉
    I have decided October will be officially Tiffany Reisz month….I’m doing a re-read of the Original Sinners starting with Book One…and then concluding with her finale “The Queen” due out October 27th. Anyone want to join me? Crystal, glad you are loving so far….it is a truly exceptional series!

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    • Katherine says:

      Sharon you will have a ball over here the best craic, you may get used to that word lol and have the warmest welcome, but you’re coming in November so that’s all that will be warm 😁 hope you enjoy

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      • Sharon says:

        Katherine….TOO FUNNY – I read your note, and thought…OK, I need to look up craic to see what that means. I was thinking food. (My mind goes there often.) So the first chapter of the Irish Romance Monique suggested used that word, and the heroine asks what it means. And the Irish lady says she has never had to define it, but basically “fun times”. Had to laugh, I’ve never had a book answer a question so promptly!! Is that a good definition? And looking forward to a whole bunch of craic when I arrive. Florida is SO hot for SO long, and we love cold weather. I think I only had to wear a light sweater once or twice last year. So we often travel in November just to enjoy the cool.

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Yeah, it was okay but the first one was awesome! Oh my… Exfoliating gloves??? Sounds painful??!! LOL! Ireland huh? Sounds fantastic, Sharon! Let us know all about your trip when you’re back! I just came across a sweet Irish book: The Ex Lottery by Kim Sanders (Tank you, Susan for the rec) Not sure how hot it rates on the sexy scale but apparently very cute and of course features a hot Irishman! Wow! Full OS series? That will be a serious reading marathon, Sharon! I can’t wait for The Queen!

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      • Sharon says:

        LOL, I forgot to mention that the Domme was also a bit of a sadist. But the big Studmuffin was rather pleased with the results, if not the process!! I’m reading your Irish book now, quite a cute storyline.
        I didn’t care so much for the “Wild Irish Soul” by Tricia O’Malley. It started from the first chapter with them heading to the room and doing the wild thang. No buildup at all….and that always makes me feel uncomfortable. I need some anticipation to enjoy where they so quickly went to. It was a one click, and book three of a series but sold as a stand-alone. I suspect book two ends with the two of them meeting…but if so, Book three should have started with that same ending. The story itself was decent, but hard to get past such an uncomfortable beginning.

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        • Monique Lain says:

          Yeah, it got that part! LOL! I bet he was chaffed! LOL! Oh I’m with you on that, Sharon! Bring on the build-up, stoking that sexual tension until it’s as brittle as glass!! They straight off bed scene is also not my thing. Hope you’re enjoying the rec, let us know!!

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    • crystal says:

      Hi Sharon. Just finished the newest book of Masters of Shadowland a few minutes ago. I did really enjoy it but can’t say it my favorite. My favorites are “To command and collar”, ( who could pass on a man w a hugh cock and a cock piercing) and “If Only”, (a three some with 2 FBI agents). I am also enjoying Ms Sinclare Masters of the Mountain series.
      I will start “The Princes”, third in the sinner series, tonight. I have preordered “The Queen” so I will be reading along about the same pass you are.
      Damn girl I have always wanted to go to Ireland. So have fun enought for both of us. Don’t know how hot of foods you eat but have heard their food is good but a bit bland.Since we eat lots of spicey foods I would have to take some hot pepper flakes with me. HA. Hell I like everything spicey!! Let me know what Irish book you are going to read.

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  8. Shirley Wilkinson says:

    I recently read the most amazing book. It is called, Fearless, by Lauren Gilley. First time read for me. This is an 861 page family saga. It keeps your interest from first to last page. The main characters are; Felix ( Mercy ) Lecuyer. . A Cajun biker. And Ava Teague, the daughter of the VP of the Lean Dogs MC . This isn’t your usual MC book. It covers 14 years. It has been classed as ; contemporary fiction, romance, mystery thriller. And action adventure. But it is really, a beautiful love story.
    The authors writing is so descriptive. Well rounded characters. It is one of those, can’t put it down, kinds of books.

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Holy smokes, Shirley! 861 pages?? That’s substantial! LOL! Sounds like it’s worth it though. And how is the lovin’?

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      • Shirley Wilkinson says:

        It does sound like a long book. But, despite that, the end seems to come too soon. The author originally published Fearless in 4 separate parts. Now it is put into one book, and is book 1 of The Dartmoor Series – all standalone books with characters from Fearless still making an appearance. Book 2 Price of Angels is out. And book 3. Skeleton King will be out on Sept/ 15.
        As to the lovin? You’ll have nothing to complain about in that area lol.
        Especially when French speaking Mercy is around. I hope you give Fearless a try, Monique. It is a beautifully written book 🙂

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        • Monique Lain says:

          Thanks for coming back to me on that, Shirley. I’m a little nervous about the book. I’ve so seldomly read MC books that I enjoyed and this one is so long, but your rec is so strong… I had a peek at it on Goodreads. Perhaps I should get the sample.

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  9. MAC says:

    My ladies…
    I read “Desertion” the third in my “River Savage” bad boy books. I really enjoyed the series. Now I am just fumbling around the samples hoping something will jump out!!
    Did see that there is indeed a “Ms. Manwhore” yup its a novella for book number 3!! You might have to push me off the cliff to get me to buy that one but like another blogger above wrote… It is so maddening when they drag these stories out over 10 books instead of making 1 or 2 meaty ones. Uggghh I hate novellas! Just like the Gideon books… Yup still waiting for that ending! Hard Limit series is another…
    Maybe I am just a grumpy L.O.G. this session. 😉

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    • Monique Lain says:

      I so know what you mean. I’ve just started reading Risking It All by Tessa Bailey and though I’m only a quarter in I’m damn impressed! Her writing is phenomenal, hopefully the story will match….

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    • Katherine says:

      Hi Mac, I’ve read the Hard Limit series, I enjoyed it but the only thing is she has made 5 books when 3 would have been sufficient!
      Waiting on book 5 x

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      • Monique Lain says:

        Yes! I agree, def a 3 book series. I bet that publishers reason that it a book series sells over a certain number of copies they stretch the series to make as much money as they can, and of course we buy it though we secretly loathe it. Greed, eh? 😛

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  10. Christine Foster says:

    You must read the Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow. It’s five books and one heck of a love triangle.

    Speak Life – Eat Live

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  11. crystal says:

    Don’t you just love this group. I sure do!!!!

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  12. crystal says:

    Ok I started “The Princes” tonight. I forgot to tell y’all that my last name is the same, spelled the same as Soren “Stearns”. Oh my!!

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