Between the covers book club

Hello, Ladies 🙂

How are all my girlfriends in Grey doing? One more week before the start of our summer school hollies. Yay!

I saw this on Buzzfeed: 12 books by Indie authors. Have any of you ladies read any of these? I’ve read and enjoyed Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, and the Frenched series by Melanie Harlow was great, but the Driven series by K Bromberg didn’t really do it for me. Let us know if you recognise any forgotten treasures in there 🙂

With all the trendy young guys out there these days, is this what we can expect from our future granddaddies? 😉


Then, this cute link is from Sharon: Fifty Shades of Black…


This week I read:


Thirty Nights by Ani Keating, book one in the American Beauty series, was an interesting experience. It’s my understanding that it was originally written as FSOG Fan Fic. For me, it started out as a two star read, the homage to Fifty simply too much. It came with its own broken, despotic billionaire complete with the prerequisite bodyguard, the Spanish artistic best friend (who may or may not feel romantically for our heroine), and the irresistibly vulnerable virgin. Throw in some odd grammar at times and I was pushing through only because of some VERY strong recommendations for this book. It took me up to just over 40% to become truly captivated by this story, but once I did, I was hooked. As the story unfolds, the male protagonist’s tale is what makes this book REALLY engaging. His scars are much deeper than Christian’s, the repercussions of his condition making life with him infinitely more complicated. And it all leads to a hella’ cliffie that I now cannot wait to jump off of! I say bring on book two already!!

Currently I’m reading:


Last Night by M. Pierce, book two in the Night Owl series. I maintain my previous stance on this book: it’s a very intriguing premise, but right now, at 70% complete, it’s lagging a little. It did, however, recently deliver this beautifully true quote:


This sign outside a tile store made me smile…


LOL! 😉

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. See ya’ next Sunday!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, Lovely Ladies 🙂

I’m writing this post to you in the midst of a spring heatwave. Wow, it is SCORCHING  here ATM! Not that I’m complaining. I’d take the heat over the cold any day of the week 🙂

To the American readers, I hope you guys have a blessed Thanksgiving on Thursday. I think it would be a good day for ALL of us to take stock of the good things we have, the freedoms we take for granted, for safety, for health, and for our precious loved ones. I don’t generally like to use the blog as a platform for world issues, but in the immortal words of every beauty queen that ever was: Let’s live in peace!


I came across this in the week: I’m not entirely sure that it’s told me anything I didn’t already know, but it made for an interesting two minutes. CBS News brings us “22 Things you didn’t know about Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Also, don’t forget that you can now start reading Meander in ROMANIAN, thanks to Paula, our resident Romanian translator. Kereny, as always, is hard at work on the Spanish version. 


This week I read:

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When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle was a lovely read. Sweet, sexy, and a little sad. A great standalone that’s not too much.

Night Owl by (the elusive) M Pierce, book one in the Night Owl series, was very interesting. The book is very well written, and the premise: intriguing. I will certainly be reading book two and three. Right now, I have no idea where this author (who seemed to have written this story about him or herself) is going with this tale and it’s very well developed male protagonist. LOL! That sounds as if he’s well endowed 😉 What I meant to say was that his written character traits and flaws are beautifully portrayed. Check it out if you’re looking for something new.

Currently I’m reading:


Thirty Nights by Ani Keating, book one in the American Beauty series.

On my shelf I have:

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Last Night and After Dark by M Pierce, book two and three in the Night Owl series (thank you, Susan)


Tough Enough by M Leighton, book two in the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Just a note on this one, it’s hella’ expensive for an ebook. I know Leighton is wonderful and all, but WOWZER!? I sincerely hope it’s worth the hype.

Here’s a picnic spot I want to go to….


Looks like a real HAPPY PLACE. LOL! 😉

That’s it from me for this weekend, girls. Hope you stay happy and healthy this week!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club, Spanish chapter and a NEW translation

Hello, Lovely Ladies 🙂

My post is a little early because I have some great news to share today. Please join me in welcoming a new translator to our FSOG fandom: Paula Stoianovici. Paula will be doing a Romanian translation of our beloved story. I’m always sincerely touched and deeply grateful for the love job the translators do, spending their time and putting their energy into bringing a greater variety to our reading audience. Thank you, Paola, Kereny and now, Paula 🙂 

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Here’s a little more about our new Romanian friend:


My name is Paula Stoianovici. I’m 24 years old. When time allows, I love to read. Romantic and erotic novels are my favorite. I am a big fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, so for me to collaborate with Monique is something that I didn’t think was possible. So my dear Monique, thank you for allowing to translate your story into Romanian.

It’s a great pleasure for mine to translate this fanfiction.

Enjoy !


Numele este Paula Stoianovici.Am 24 de ani. Cand timpul imi permite imi place sa citesc. Cartile romantice si erotice sunt preferatele mele.

Sunt o mare fana Fifty Shades of Grey asa ca pentru mine aceasta colaborare cu Monique este ceva ce nu credeam ca poate fi posibil. Tin sa ai multumesc autoarei pentru ca mi-a permis sa traduc acest fanfiction in limba romana.

Cincizeci de Umbre Rasucite ne aduce o cu totul alta poveste fata de cea originala. Daca in cartea originala Anastasia ramane langa Christian, aici cititi cu totul alta poveste. Cand Ana afla ca este insarcinata in loc sa stea sa faca fata problemelor ea fuge de langa Christian. Soarta face ca cei doi Paula Romaniasa se reintalneasca sis a inceapa o noua poveste.

Va invit cu mare drag sa luati parte alaturi de mine in povestea celor doua personaje. Asadar
va aduc in fata traducerea in limba romana a povestii Cincizeci de Umbre Rasucite.

Va doresc o lectura placuta !

Please see the sidebar for the first chapter.

The Spanish readers will similarly be happy to hear that Kereny is feeling much better and has translated the latest Spanish chapter. Please find chapter 67 in the sidebar. 

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Also, I’d love for the Portuguese readers to weigh in on a decision I need to make. I’m thinking of removing those chapters as they are incomplete. If there are still any readers out there who’ll be sad to see them go, or who would like to continue the Portuguese translation, please let me know. 

After a long spell of silence on the movie front, this week saw a little news. Variety reports that the following two Fifty Shades movies might be filmed back-to-back. Personally I think that would be an AWESOME idea! Thank you, Susan, for the sending me the link.

This week I read:


The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan, book three in the Game On series was fantastic. I love this author, the whole series was a pleasure to read. Ethan Dexter has now made it onto my book boyfriend list. Yay! 😉

Currently I’m reading:


When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle.

On my shelf I have:


Night Owl by M. Pierce, book one in the Night Owl series. Thank you for this one, Susan 🙂


That’s it from me, girls. I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Monique kiss



Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

Weekend! Yay!

I hope you’ve had a beautiful week.

How cute is this? I got this little gem from Sharon:


A decal on a car. Very up our Shady alleys, huh? LOL!

I’ve had another awesome reading week – so let’s share!

This week I read:


The Queen by Tiffany Reisz, book four in the Original Sinners: White Years series, let me tell you, was 400 pages of f-ing EPIC! This woman can write like no other. I was very curious to see how she was going to wrap up this incredible saga, and boy-oh-boy, did she wrap it up with crisp, sharp corners and a big red bow on top! If you’ve not had the pleasure of Nora & crew’s company I strongly suggest you indulge. This monster series features a much heavier BDSM slant than the books we normally read, and the romance aspect is VERY different, but somehow she makes the players feel completely real, the love between them alive and thriving. The characters are extremely well developed, the story has an incredible depth and intelligence to it, the intricacies of the plotline boggles the mind, and her exhaustive knowledge of the content is nothing short of astonishing. Even if this isn’t the type of story for you, you can appreciate the artistry of what she’s created. The ONLY downside to this tale is that you only begin to understand the magnitude of the world Tiffany’s managed to craft within this series once you’ve read a few of the books. That’s when you REALLY get a feel for the mastery that is this story. This final book: The Queen, did not disappoint. It was a wonderful read and I’m very sad to see the end of it. For the beauty of this book, AND the whole series in general, it deserves a place in my personal hall of fame, the Best of the Best!

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Just to show you why I adore her writing, here’s a small taste of Reisz’s way with words…

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Excerpt taken from The Queen. You can see more of her books, and the order in which they should be read, here.

Currently I’m reading:


The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan, book three in the Game On series. I LOVE this series (you can read them as stand-alones) and so far, Dex is shaping up to be prime book boyfriend material. Yay!


Thanks for listening, girls. Let’s hear from you and your latest sexy book-scapades!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, Lovely Ladies 😉

How are you this fine weekend? Here’s a little pic that I thought you might relate to:

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Very cute, huh? Or how about this one?


LOL! 🙂 

Well, this week’s reading saw me back on my book-happy horse – if there is such a thing 😉 Great books galore! Yay! Gotta’ love when you’re on a good run, reading wise. So, without further ado, let me share my week with you:

This week I read:

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Reclaim Me By Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers, book three in the Chasing Fire series. Do you remember, right at the very height of the FSOG hype, many books came out with a little silver sticker on the top LHS corner that claimed they were “Similar to Fifty Shades”? Some lived up to the plug but many disappointed. Sometimes I would read one and think, hell, aside from the fact that it was printed on paper, it was NOTHING like Fifty. Or, worse, it was a poor imitation. They simply seemed stale, but not THIS one. The Chasing Fire series has rekindled my love for the Fifty Shades-style book. Yes, it pushes all the happy Fifty buttons but somehow remains fresh, and book three did NOT let me down. In fact, I would go as far as to say it was the best of the trio. Well worth the purchase if you’re looking for all the good things a hot, billionaire Alpha brings to your sexy reads.

Nuts by Alice Clayton, book one in the Hudson Valley series, was fantastic. Girl brought her A-game for this one. Though Wallbanger was a breakout success, by the end of the Cocktail series I felt the cookie-cutter format was beginning to lag, but damn, did she break away from that mold? I Loved this steamy, witty read.

On my shelf I have:

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The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan, book three in the Game On series; and The Queen by Tiffany Reisz, book four in the Original Sinners series – and sadly, the last in this EPIC tale.

Thanks to Goodreads, here are some of the fabulous books we’ll be seeing in November:






Please note that the links aren’t live as these are screenshots from the Goodreads site. Also, if you’re a big Goodreads fan like myself and you’re keen to share reads with other ladies who enjoy our genre, please share your Goodreads name in the comments for this post so w’all can find you! You can find me on Monique’s Goodreads. Naturally, you can decline any Goodreads friend offers as you see fit.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, girls!

Monique kiss