Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies ūüėČ

How are you this fine weekend? Here in Aussie we’re enjoying a long weekend. Yay! I vote for permanent 3 day breaks. Whaddaya say, girls?

And as it’s almost Remembrance Day (or ANZAC Day here in Aus), let’s take a moment to think of the brave souls that defend and protect the liberties we so enjoy. 

As far as I know, not much is going on in our FSOG universe at the moment. If you come across something juicy, please feel free to share. 


Let’s look at my reading week….

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So, I finally bit the bullet and finished Hush by E. K. Blair, book three in the Black Lotus series. I can honestly say that I’m happy to be done with this one. The writing is good, and the storyline is certainly meaty, but I cannot say that I actually enjoyed reading it. The dreadful premise is so heart wrenching and, at times, very graphic. By book two it got so much that I wondered why the author bothered to keep the main character going. I would have written her straight out of her misery. Luckily, book three wasn’t quite as harsh, but the twist at the end was… interesting. Not that it was a great, big shock, I’d often wondered if this particular tale would deliver a HEA. If you’re into dark reads, you might want to take a peek at this one.

Dirty by Kylie Scott, book one in her new series, Dive Bar, was the complete opposite to Hush. I LOVED it. Again, this came as no surprise considering how much I adored the Stage Dive series. And colour me happy: my fav from book two, ADD drummer, Mal Ericson, put in an appearance along with new-story hottie, Vaughan who’s now made it onto my book boyfriend list. It was a great read. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series brings. As a side note: these books can be read as stand alones.

Currently I’m reading:


Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley, book seven in the Rock Chick series. This is my first forray into the Rock Chick saga, though I’ve read other books by Kristen. I have to say, so far, it feels quite different from her previous stories. I’m curious to see how it pans out.

Here’s a little something I saw on Facebook that I think most women will relate to:

"Summer Reading" --- Image by © Beathan/Corbis

Ain’t that the truth? LOL!

(Caption credit to Facebook user)

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, lovelies. Remember to check in and share your best reads with us!

Monique kiss


Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies ūüôā

So? How was your week? Mine was off-the-charts busy. *sigh* It only takes one day back at work for me to forget I ever had a break. LOL!

Firstly, I’d like to share this: a reader from Germany with a serious Fifty crush. Check out her licence plates and the little FSOG inscriptions below…



Cute, huh? #CGLovin’ ūüėČ

This past week, Susan shared this with me from the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site: some movie pics of Jamie in what we assume is the meadow of the house on the sound. It got us talking about how smoking hot a defined and veined male forearm is, especially if it comes with a chunky watch. Very, very nice.

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Do you agree, girls? Height of hot maleness, right? And note the rings of wedded bliss ūüėČ

I got this great nugget from Angelique. I love this “happy-ever-after” shot of our favorite couple and their little Teddy…

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And this, because: Jamie…


Another interesting find by Susan is this article from E Online: Why We’re Way More Confident in the 50 Shades Sequels. It gives me hope!


This week I read:

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This week, the almost reading slump I briefly touched on a month ago was back, full tilt. It started out with a disappointing Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. As much as I absolutely adored Cocky Bastard (CB), in contrast, Stuck-Up Suit was, at best, a poolside read. Though the story is sweet, it felt very short, almost rushed. Such a pity, considering how romantically nourishing I found CB. Then, there was none of the intensity I felt in the connection between the previous book’s characters, but it did make me smile at times. Lastly, I felt the lovin’ was cursory, the low-fat version, if you will. The pair made for a good team in the past, I’m not sure what went wrong.

Stanton Adore by T.L. Swan, book one in the Stanton series, capped the downward spiral of my book choices. Let me start out by saying that the story has merit, but the writing is so bad, it killed all the pleasure I might have gotten from the story. What a shame. For a paid, published book a great editor is worth their weight in gold. Just sayin’.

On my shelf I have:


Hush by E.K. Blair, book three in the Black Lotus series. I’ve been a little scared to pick this up. The first two, though good, were harrowing in parts, but luckily I got a reassuring email this weekend that may give me the courage to go here next. Yes, I am an emotional sissy! LOL! I always think that the world is so full of horrible that I don’t want to spend my free time reading more hurt and horror. Will let you know my thoughts, and if you’ve read it already, please feel free to share.

Thank you for listening to me rant, ladies. Hopefully I’m onto new and beautiful reading highs this week. And talking about this coming week… I am looking forward to Kylie Scott’s new series, Dive Bar. Remember her? She wrote the awesome Stage Dive series, book two of which still features in my top ten reads. I LOVED cocky Mal Ericson. #BookBoyfriend


I’ll leave you with an undeniable truth:


Oh dear. LOL! ūüėČ 

If you have a great book to share or if you want to warn us away from a cr@ppy read, this is the place!

See ya’ next week!

Monique kiss

Crossfire special edition book club

Hello, lovely ladies ūüôā

My week of holiday has come and gone *sigh* How come times of rest never feel long enough? LOL! And before it slips my busy mind, thank you so much for all the well wishes. Thanks to laser surgery I’ve now ditched my¬†spectacles! Yay!


Let’s move onto movie news: this last week saw a lot of fresh pics from FSOG sets/scenes. I bet you remember when¬†Christian naively lead Ana to Esclava for a haircut. Silly, silly man!



See more from The Stir.

Then, the Laters, Baby site reported that Hugh Dancy landed the role of Dr Flynn:


Personally, I think he looks a little younger than expected, but otherwise, he seems suitable.

Lastly, Susan shared this fascinating article: Unsloppy Seconds taken from Entertainment Weekly and posted by the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site. I was particularly¬†interested¬†in reading about the high level of Erika’s control in the movie, and her vision to focus on the meat of Ana and¬†Christian’s¬†relationship rather than the steamy side. It made me feel VERY hopeful for Darker.


This week I read:

NB: Please note that the review WILL contain spoilers from below the warning stamp.



I finished my re-read of the Crossfire series, book three and four, Entwined With You and Captivated by You by Sylvia Day. Though I STILL love the series, I maintain that book three, and especially book four, felt like long chapters rather than books that stand on their own merit. The stretching of the series, to me, made¬†the writing feel just a little lazy. It’s also very interesting to note that she softened the intimate language over the course of all the books. My guess is that she wanted to make it more appealing to those readers whose first brush with the erotic genre was with FSOG and Erika’s “good-girl” language. Intriguing…

¬†One With You by Sylvia Day, book five in the Crossfire series was a loooong read. Not that I’m complaining. After the epic wait it was great to sink into something substantial. Also, it was jam packed with all the things that made Gideon and Eva so special, and, as ever, Sylvia’s beautiful writing style did not disappoint. I’ve always loved Gideon’s specific brand of Alpha. Overall I liked it, awarding it four stars on Goodreads, but it’s not without it’s issues. One of the main things we’ve been discussing through the course of the series were the loose ends,¬†and though a lot of questions were answered, I was surprised to be left with some serious unanswered story lines, and even some new ones.

Spoiler alert

  • Firstly, I struggled with the Cary, Trey, and Tatiana plus baby dynamic: is it his or not and is he and Trey going to patch things up?
  • Gideon’s mom: why does she refuse to believe/acknowledge his abuse? What’s the story there?
  • What about Corinne’s book? Will it still be published? And if so -naturally – we’d like to see the blowback of that.
  • There was also no resolution from the Landon’s. Did the GenTen blow away the competition? We also never found out if Landon’s wife, Angela, was genuine when she invited Eva to Fashion Week or if she was hiding some dodgy agenda.
  • One of the things that bothered me the most was the whole Hall thing. This was, in my opinion, the pivotal moment of the book, but she had SO MUCH going on that I don’t believe she brought the scene justice, needing to move on to the next thing to keep the book flowing and not growing too long (though, it has to be said, that¬†a good book can never be too long). The whole scene was short and poorly explained. And the fallout?? What on earth happened to Anne as a consequence??¬†Considering Gideon’s tremendous resources, why the hell don’t we know more?
  • I absolutely loved the addition of Lucky, though I would have liked to see¬†Eva’s thoughts on the matter and whether the puppy’s instincts was the actual reason she got him (that’s not what she told Gideon…) or was it all just a happy coincidence?
  • Lastly, and most confusingly, the ending with Eva’s mom’s secret background revealed, to me,¬†seemed like a gratuitous complication. One that the book¬†didn’t need to make¬†it more riveting. There was more than enough brewing in the background, tension wise. Not only was the explanation unclear, but why take on the identity of an existing person, someone she knew and who knew her (and could possibly follow her movements/keep tabs on her)? Especially the daughter of the family she must hate. Why keep their name despite never hiding Eva’s dad’s identity? And if she had an affair with Eva’s dad in the course of that abusive relationship with her first husband, and considering the bloodhound cop instincts of Victor Reyes, would he not have known that the woman he loved was being assaulted? He does NOT strike me as¬†the type of man who would let that go.

As a sidenote, and for those of you who REALLY like to nitpick, with¬†Monica’s developing headache after Gideon’s talkshow interview, Eva offers her the guest bedroom, the one that was made up like¬†Eva’s from her apartment, but in the previous book, that bedroom was cleared entirely for the swing… Huh.

Well, girls, that was a mouthful. Let’s discuss! Don’t you just love a big, juicy story? ūüėČ

Let me leave you with this, the next dress I might invest in…


Happy week, ladies!

Monique kiss


Hey girls ūüôā
Due to a little procedure I had done this week I’ve been REALLY slow with my reading. As you know, I was in the middle of rereading Crossfire, and as I’m only 1/3 into the newest of the books, I’ve decided to postpone my book club post until I’m done so we can all chat about it together. See ya’ when I’m done.¬†
Happy weekend!

Say it with me, girls: yay!

Lookie lookie what sneaked onto my Kindle app….



Between the covers book club

Hello,¬†lovely¬†ladies ūüėČ

Sorry I’m a little late today. How are you this fine weekend? I’m finally on holiday! It’s a short one, but a break nonetheless, one for which I’m endlessly grateful. Rest. Yay!¬†

There’s no real news to report on regarding the movie as far as I know. I guess the next big thing will be the trailer release which I imagine would be round the September mark. I have to admit that I’m EXTREMELY curious to see what Erika’s done with her vision.¬†

I did, however, come across this: an Oxfam shop that received so many pre-loved copies of FSOG that they managed to build a fort…


LOL! Not sure if that’s an appropriate one for little kiddies to play in, but¬†personally¬†I¬†would love to live in a house built with books ūüėȬ†

As far as my reading week is concerned, I ditched the two books I was reading (because life is too short to read cr@p) and decided to reread the Crossfire series in preparation for the final book coming out this week. Rereading is not something I¬†easily¬†do, but considering my deep love for this particular story, I thought I might give it a go. So, if you were waiting (breathlessly) for my review of¬†Vi Keeland’s debut, Belong to You, book one in the Cole series, it’ll have to wait. I started it but can already tell you that she’s¬†definitely¬†improved with time.¬†

This week I read:

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The Crossfire series by Sylvia day. I’ve never had the opportunity to review the first two offerings of this delicious range on the blog because I read it prior to starting the book club, so, here goes: initially, the first time I read book one, Bared to You, I was absolutely shocked by the overwhelming similarities between this story and FSOG. So much so that I almost felt incensed for Erika’s sake. Yet, the story kept me riveted. I was so desperate for MORE of Fifty, that I took it, any way I could get it. Book one led to book two, Reflected in You, and this was where the series REALLY came into its own. The story is gripping and poignant. Gideon is broken in ways that very few people would be able to identify with, but still, he is endlessly lovable, and my personal favorite book boyfriend. Initially Eva has a real issue dealing with their volatile love, a love that burns hotter than the sun, but the two of them grow beautifully through the dramas in their lives.

As far as I know, the series was originally meant to be three books, but before the release of the third, it was announced that the series would be a five book range¬†instead. Naturally, I had mixed feeling: on the one hand I wanted – desperately – to see the conclusion to the story, but on the other, it offered more books in a well-loved series. I think the latter would have felt truer if the wait between the novels wasn’t so ridiculously long. As it was, you almost lost touch with the story between books which made every sequel thereafter feel slow, dragging even, rather than a natural evolution of the story. It also didn’t help that release dates kept changing on a disappointingly regular basis. However, now that I’m rereading, I have to admit that, with the pleasure of going from one book straight to the next, I’ve gained a new perspective on the flow and progression of the tale. Also, strangely, in the mean time, since I’ve read soooo many other books that’s based along the FSOG lines, this time, I could appreciate it more for the brilliant story that it is. It’s not without its faults, but to me, it is the ONLY “similar to FSOG” book that showcases the burning, indelible connection between a couple the way our beloved Shades did. For this and many more fantastic bits of beautiful writing – not least of which are some seriously smokin’ love scenes – I give the Crossfire series, book one and two especially, my Best of the Best award.

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I’m halfway through book three, Entwined With You and will follow it up with book four: Captivated by You, before I read book five, One with You, coming this week on the 5th of April. Needless to say, I cannot wait!


If you love this¬†series as much as I do, and if you’ve not already done so, you can check out my Crossfire inspired fan fiction short stories:

Crossfire Meander: Reflected in you

Gideon Meander

On my shelf I have:


Stanton Adore by T. L. Swan, book one in the Stanton series (thank you, MAC), but I’m not sure if I’ll be getting there any time soon. Another favorite author of mine will be releasing a new series this week, which I’m sure will keep me busy along with the new Crossfire. More next week.

I’ll leave you with some of the reasons I ADORE Gideon and Eva’s story…

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Beautiful, huh?


LOL! ūüėȬ†

That’s it from me girls. I hope you have a stunning weekend and please, share your best reads with us!

Monique kiss