Between the covers book club and FINAL Spanish chapter

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

How was your week? I had another (mostly) spectacular reading week so I’m stoked! I’ll be sending my good-book vibes to all of you stuck in reading slumps 😉

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The Spanish readers will be delighted with the FINAL instalment of Meander. Please find Quickie Meander in the sidebar. Though I’m grateful for Kereny’s hard work, I’m going to miss her wonderful involvement here on the blog.


In the light of my fantastic translator’s stellar contributions I’d just like to take a moment to say THANK YOU. The time, energy, and devotion you guys spent on this love-job is admirable. To my Italian and Spanish translators especially, Paola and Kereny, thank you for seeing the WHOLE project through despite what I know to be busy, sometimes challenging lives. I’m deeply touched by your unwavering commitment to Meander. You guys rock!

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I came across this pic today… never let it be said that we don’t stay brand true…. 😉


I think it’s an accurate reflection of the gifted, self-assured Alphas we love to read. LOL!!! 


This week I read:

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt, book one in The Royals series, was delightful. The author’s name is an alias for Elle Kennedy (which I’ve always enjoyed) and Jen Frederick, so I had high hopes. The duo did not disappoint, but the book ended on a hella’ cliffie, so now I’m biting my nails ’till the next one’s release. *sigh*

Insatiable (book one and two) by J. D. Hawkins was okay. I didn’t hate it, but the sometimes off-the-wall metaphors were distracting, and the insta’-love takes away from the potential connection between the protagonists. Also, the book was heavily reminiscent of the Crazy, Stupid, Love movie, right down to a Ryan Gosling reference. Add a good dose of dirty and you end up with something less than gripping.

Talon by Carian Cole, book four in the Ashes & Embers series. Susan introduced me this little gem and I don’t mind saying it kept me heartily engaged. The story is beautiful if not a little sad, and you can never go wrong with a tattooed bad-boy. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I will so be going back to meet ALL the hot rocker brothers that make up the Ashes & Embers band.

On my shelf I have:


Bride in Bloom by J. B. Hartnett, book one in The Beachy Bride series.

So many books, so little time! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we got paid to read? 😉

Ha! See? I knew there was something special about me….


LOL! 😉

Have a lovely weekend, girls. And if you come across a beautiful story don’t forget to share! 

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies

How was your week? Mine was awesome considering the book high I’m on. Yay! But more about that later…

Again this week was pretty quiet where the movies are concerned. I guess the next big thing would be to start seeing some actual footage. I’m looking forward to seeing Erika’s vision in action. Exciting stuff!

Every mommy will understand this pic Sharon sent me:


Right? Blessed, quiet time to read…. LOL!

Also, I wanted to chat about something someone mentioned recently: how very strange it is that we all have FSOG in common, but our book loves after can vary so greatly. It’s a good and very valid point, a tidbit of info I’ve found fascinating since I’ve had this blog. I’ve said it before, but I’d like to reiterate that what differentiates us is beautiful. I love you guys sharing with me and with each other. Please don’t feel put off if we don’t all agree on our favorite reads. The whole point of sharing here is to make a more informed choice about the books we choose (or avoid), but the occasional hit-and-miss is inevitable. Please don’t let differing opinions keep you from sharing the things you love. One girl’s DNF is another girl’s treasure. I wish I could share with you my perspective of all the readers I come across here, on all my social media, and via email, to share with you my incredibly diverse stats from ALL over the world. We come from such unbelievably varied backgrounds, cultures, and attitudes it’s little wonder that we have contrasting tastes. I still think it’s absolutely wonderful that we are united in our love for Fifty AND reading. Never be shy to share!

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So, let’s look at my (mostly) yummy book week:

This week I read:

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Calico Callie Hart was fantastic. It had a touch of darkness, but the author wrote it in such a way that didn’t give me nightmares (phew!), yet still managed to paint a touching picture of the female protagonist’s past. I loved this grown-up, gritty book, carefully threaded with a good dose of realism. It was a great rec! Thanks, Kath 🙂

I then reached for Play Me by Katie McCoy, thinking that a lighter pace was in order after Calico’s grip, but it turned out to be the black mark on my otherwise spotless reading week. I could not even call it a poolside read. Just 9% in, it went on my DNF pile. Just goes to show – AGAIN – never judge a book by its cover. I was thinking along the lines of Elle Kennedy or Kristen Callihan. I was so wrong.

But then… I had my first taste of J. B. Salsbury. I read her Fighting Fate story, book six in the Fighting series. Yes, I know it’s odd to start so late in a series, but I always like to check out the latest on offer to see if I’d be prepared to work my way back, especially in a series where the books may be read as standalones. And Whaddya’ know? Like Calico, it easily made it onto my favourites list. I really enjoyed this tale of hesitant souls fighting to find their way to each other. I’ll definitely be getting to know more of these alpha fighters.

Here’s a little taste of Killian and Axelle’s journey.


Currently I’m reading:


Paper Princess by Erin Watt, book one in The Royals series. I’m very keen on this. It’s my understanding that this is a pseudonym Elle Kennedy uses writing alongside Jen Frederick.

Who knows where I’ll go next? If The Royals work out for me I might continue on in this series.

This made me laugh. I just love the cheeky things kids come up with:


A little Christian Grey in the making, huh? 😉

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. I’ll see you next week!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

Hello, lovely ladies

I trust you had an awesome week and that you spent a good deal of time with some beautiful delicious reads. 

For the Spanish readers, please find Spanish Meander – Grey holiday in Spain in the sidebar. This is a short story I wrote BEFORE I finished Meander. This is the second last story to be translated. Wow, what a journey it’s been. Kereny, you are a star!

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I absolutely ADORE this pic Sharon shared with me this week. A very LITERAL book boyfriend….

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Cool, huh? 😉


This week I read:

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Deception by Aleatha Romig, book three in the Deception series, was okay. I will continue the series, I think she’s heading for five in total, but I’m not completely in love. Too many plot holes for my liking. I guess I’m hoping that she’ll draw it all together in a pretty, tidy bow, but I cannot imagine that it will be the case.

Mr Perfect by J. A. Huss was not for me. I chose this above Calico because I was in the mood for the comedy that this one promised, and initially, it certainly delivered. What I didn’t enjoy was the 0 to 100 km/h style lovin’. I guess it’s pretty strange that, as an erotica writer, I’m so anti sex-off-the-bat, but I NEED the love (or at least a connection) to spark and develop between characters before they jump each other’s bones. Sadly it’s gone on my DNF pile, but I can see the appeal. If quick (rough) heat is not an issue for you, then you might like to dip your toes in this one. As a side note, this is the third book I’ve read by this author and all three were COMPLETELY different from the previous. It’s very unusual in our genre to see such diversity in overall theme, feel, and content. Not sure what to think about that, but if you were expecting this book to be something along the lines of her acclaimed Three, Two, One story, then you’ll be in for a helluva’ surprise.

Currently I’m reading:


Calico by Callie Hart. This was another rec, and so far, I can see why. Phenomenal writing and complicated characters make this book feel grown-up and sophisticated. Will report fully next week…

On my shelf I have:


Fighting Fate by J. B. Salsbury, book six in the Fighting series. I’ve not read this author before, so here’s hoping…

So, imagine walking in on this in a hotel room:


Naughty, I know, but oh-so creative! LOL! 😉

It was lovely chatting with you, girls. Thank you for always thinking of me, sending me pics, and book recs, and jokes, and links. I love hearing from you! 

Have a happy weekend!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

Happy, happy Mother’s Day!

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And just for this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d get you a handy home appliance…



Cottoning on to the conversation we’ve started last week about new scenes being included in the movie, here are some pics of Christian going down in Charlie Tango. Seems we won’t just be hearing about it from Ana’s panic, but rather, we’ll see him and Ros in all the scary action. Thank you, Susan for the links!

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This pic is from the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site. See larger pics here, and here.

What’s Filming has more behind-the-scenes information and pictures of the Charlie Tango set.

As we’re knee-deep in sharing the pleasure books bring us, I would like to pass on this gem from Sharon:


Such truth. Love it! 😉


This week I read:

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Ladies Man by Katy Evans, book three in the Manwhore series, was great. With this book Katy reconnects with what I believe she does best: the burning yearning build-up between two skittish would-be lovers. SPOILER ALERT: there are very few writers in our genre that can get away with holding off on the hot lovin’ until the bitter end of a book but still keep you enthralled. Interesting technique to keep you wanting more… 😉

Throb by Vi Keeland, book one of the Life on Stage series, was another awesome read. I loved the premise. And I always adore a story of a man who knows EXACTLY what he wants! *wink, wink*

Currently I’m reading:


Deception by Aleatha Romig, book three in the Infidelity series.

On my shelf I have:
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Calico by Callie Hart and the highly recommended Mr. Perfect by J. A. Huss.

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Also, I’ve started a slow reread of Mr. Ward, Lord of the Manor again. I LOVED Jesse the first time around, and this time seems no different, but I’m noticing one helluva update. As was the case with the recent Crossfire series, the intimate language is softer and further, I noticed that she’s removed A LOT of the (British) Englishisms, some of which were a little off-putting in the original text mainly because they were heavily overused. I like the changes, but would love to hear from someone who’s read it recently and can compare notes with me. If you’ve not had the pleasure, check out Jodi Ellen Malpas’s Beneath This Man series

I saw this little joke. It made me laugh. Men, huh? Oblivious! LOL!


I wish you a beautiful day, and if you are lucky enough to be a mommy, I hope you get spoiled and take a moment to remember what a blessing it is to carry the honored title of mom. One last time:

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Monique kiss


Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

I hope ya’ll had a good week. Over here in Oz autumn is in full swing. We’re seeing a steady change in minimum and maximum temperatures. I always feel sad to see the summer go. 

As far as the movies are concerned, Susan shared the following:

50 Shades Girl Portland – Shooting on The Grace

Just Jared – Dakota’s mom, Melanie Griffith, visits the set

Laters, Baby – Danny Elfman returns for the score of Darker

Just Jared – Brant Daugherty Goes Shirtless to Flaunt Buff ‘Fifty Shades’ Bod

50 Shades Girl Portland – The cemetery. I think this is probably the most interesting one… Do you remember, at the end of Freed, when we got that glimpse into their future life in the meadow with Teddy and baby number two on the way? Ana asks Christian if he wants to name their coming baby girl after his mother. He tells her no, but he does mention that she (Ana) had dragged him to his mother’s grave, obviously in an effort to find closure. In the book we don’t read anything more about it (other than that mention), but it begs the question, why are they filming something that seems like that scene? Are we looking at bonus material? Perhaps a whole extra movie? Considering the length of the story it’s not like they’re lacking scenes. If anything, they will have to cut some in order to fit the book into the mandatory film slot time. Why this meander into a barely there avenue when there are so many parts of the book we want to see come to life on the silver screen?


Then, completely unrelated to the movie, but still worth highlighting because of the great cause: check out Bored Panda’s feature on firefighters posing with rescue puppies for charity…

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Cute, huh? 😉 Thank you, Kereny for the great link!


This week I read:


Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley, book seven in the Rock Chick series, was okay. No great shakes for me here, but I cannot exactly pinpoint why it wasn’t my thing. Technically, it ticks most boxes, but, for me, it lacked va-va-voom.

Currently I’m reading:


Ladies Man by Katy Evans, book three in the Manwhore series. This is playboy Tahoe and love-shy Gina’s story. So far, things are looking good…

This week I’m expecting:


Deception by Aleatha Romig, book three in the Infidelity series. Originally I wasn’t crazy about this story, but it’s sorta’ grown on me. Let’s hope book three does not disappoint.

And as it’s almost the new month, here are the new May releases – compliments of Goodreads:





I absolutely LOVE getting this monthly email telling me of what’s to come. It’s my favorite Goodreads feature 🙂

Lastly, Sharon shared this. Worth a try, don’t ya’ think? LOL!


 Have a fantastic weekend, girls. And don’t forget to share your treasured reads with us!

Monique kiss