Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

Temperatures have plummeted here in Oz, and especially in my little corner with a deluge of winter rain. At least it makes for good reading weather, right? 

This week saw my favorite movie stills since the start of filming. I LOVED the honeymoon footage because, IMO, it lead to one of the best parts in the books: the hickey tabacle. I just adored the creative way Christian subdued his errant new wife! LOL! Check out all the honeymoon photos on the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site:

sun oil

“Unselfishly” Christian keeps Ana from burning in the hot, French sun…

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Consider yourself covered up, Ana! I can just hear him growling at her. LOL! #LoveJealousFifty

water ski do

Having fun on the jet ski!

Thank you, Susan for keeping us in the loop 🙂 

From Facebook, on the Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictures, News and Stories page, I came across this fabulous pic, one I assume is the end result of the car chase…


Not sure about the clouds in the background. I know they drove into a parking garage to hide from the unsub, but I liked the look of it nonetheless. *naughty grin*

Entertainment Tonight has a short clip on YouTube showing just how good Jamie and Dakota look in their cozzies. #BeachReady

And lastly, the Laters, Baby site features all the Vancouver filming spots. #GoodStuff


This week I read:


4.5 stars

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz was another phenomenal effort by this talented and creative writer. The book is a whole lot lighter in the boudoir department than the Original Sinners series, but damn, the story is juicy. The intrigue weaved around a pretty sad time in American history is nothing short of spellbinding. It certainly kept me rapt. Though it is a standalone there’s some fantastic scope for another one. I can only hope that the amazing Ms Reisz gives us MORE. #ILoveTiffanyReisz

Currently I’m reading:


Moonshot by Alessandra Torre, so far, is exactly the reason why I respect this author so much. After the lovely light and sweet of Hollywood Dirt and Love, Chloe she (quite literally) throws us another curve ball. More on this one next week…. #NeverKnowWhatToExpectFromTorre

On my shelf I have:


Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, book two in the Hudson Valley series. With a title like that, how can I go wrong? LOL! 😉

Ha! Let’s think before we do, shall we?


Oh dear! LOL!

Have a fabulous weekend, girls. Send some sunny rays my way if you’re lucky enough to be in the warmer parts of the northern hemisphere. 

Monique kiss

15 thoughts on “Between the covers book club

  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Monique lol for the balloons 😁
    So this week I read, ready for this ………….The Bourbon Thief, initially out of desperation but I couldn’t put it down. A few things made me a little uncomfortable the first being Tamara’s age 17 to Levi’s 30 and also the vein of racism running through the book. Saying that I can’t deny she is a fabulous writer can’t say I’m a convert yet but getting there.
    I also read Mr Romantic by JA Huss this is probably the best of the Mister books so far but the fantasy scene nearly give me a nervous breakdown. I don’t intend to read anymore of them.
    Will have a look at Moonshot.
    Have a great week.


    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Katherine! I’m so glad you took the plunge!!! She really is an extraordinary writer. I’m sorry you went into her Original Sinners mid series, because one can never appreciate the size and scope of the story she built around those characters that way. It’s definitely a series were you HAVE to start at the beginning, and even then, though good and intriguing, the story didn’t blow me away until I was deeper into the series, grasping the finer intricacies of it. I’m not done with Moonshot yet, and as always, with her slightly darker reads, you never know where she’s going…. Isn’t reading AWESOME?! 😉


  2. Lissa Jeri says:

    Hi…first Monique…thanks for the heads up about Cream of the Crop. (There’s a double entendre there somewhere.) I’ve really enjoyed Alice Clayton especially b/c she makes me laugh…and I even went so far as to pop over to see Sausalito, the location of one of her series, when I was visiting my son. I put it on order from the library.

    Have been overwhelmed by books this week. I had Amazon points expiring so I bought Bride in Bloom, Katherine in Gold, Mister O, and Lucas: The Hunter Brothers Series (that one b/c I had $1 left and it was…$1). I started Bride in Bloom and have been enjoying…altho I will tell you (again, prob) that this drinking to excess is so irrational and dangerous in today’s world that it takes away from the pleasure of the read. Like I told my kids when they were teens: I felt sorry they couldn’t drink or do drugs in public like I (theoretically) could have in my day…since the risks of really bad diseases now, let alone assault, when you’re impaired are so high. In the old days, it was simply a matter of two horrific shots of penicillin in each butt for syphilis and a few pills for gonorrhea. Okay, I’m not trying to pontificate here…but the reason is that what we’re reading always (happily!) leads to all kinds of sex and I sit there worrying about the characters’ health. I’m always delighted to read or hear the rip of the condom. (ooooo, that sounds like a great adventure series: The Rip of the Condom….or is that too close to Three Days of the Condor….a 1975 Robert Redford movie?)

    Problem is that a whole bunch of ebooks just came in for me from the library and I have to read them before I can get back to the ones I bought for fun.

    Okay…now to the FSOG movies. Monique, I agree with you….this week’s photos just totally were great book moment zingers. You can totally see where this is in the book and the set up is perfect. I will admit I was confused b/c the press said they were going to film in Paris..which of course was only mentioned in the book without any action. Heard they wanted to film in Paris because they wanted to make a point about filming where the spring attacks had been. But, like so many of the articles written about the movies, they probably got it totally wrong and they meant they were going to the SOUTH of France (as if that’s equal to Paris). And the sad irony: the Nice atrocity occurred while they were filming there. They apparently were filming there on the very promenade just hours before the slaughter (probably going in/out of a hotel).

    Cooling my heels here as we’re trying to figure out how to get from Israel to the US (we have tickets tomorrow) when flights out of Istanbul to US are currently cancelled. Trip includes Seattle again…and this time I’m determined to walk past Escala…b/c it’s really there. I am so obsessed….but you’d never know it if you met me. But my husband does and he thinks it’s cute and only to his benefit.

    Will be away a month traveling West Coast to East Coast before returning home. Not sure whether I’ll have time to write, but will always enjoy weekly blog. Keep warm Monique. Glad that a trip we might make to NZ and AU will be in February when you’re toasty.



    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Lissa 😉 You’re most welcome. Sharing/caring and all of that….
      I’m with you; love a book that makes me laugh as much as smoulder. And yes, it IS sad that our lives these days are dictated by safety concerns.
      And double yes for the movie footage. I LOVE the fact that you can see EXACTLY what book scenes are being filmed. Wonderful that they seem to be sticking so close to the book! It gives me hope.
      Wow! Sounds like you guys are going to be very busy. Have a great time and safe travels, Lissa. Great hearing from you 🤗


  3. Sharon says:

    Too funny, Lissa. The Rip of the Condom. I would totally go see that – one could only hope it was filmed in Imax 3D.
    Anyway – light reading week for me. I read The Exception by SE Lund – the story concept was fun, I liked the characters – but the writing was fairytale fluff. Good for a poolside light read maybe. Nothing particularly hot.
    So, now I am savoring the Bourbon Thief. Just want to call in sick and stay home and immerse myself. Tiffany sure got more than her fair share of writing chops – really amazing. In a recent letter she mentioned that she has never made the New York Times bestseller list, which shocks me with her skills. She is an International best selling author, but says the NYT designation is a little trickier to get. Perhaps due to the content of the Sinners series? So it could be this one is a little more mainstream and may finally get her the NYT designation. Well deserved to my way of thinking.
    Love seeing the FSOG pix…..Haven’t read FSOG since before the first movie….thinking I may have to immerse myself again before movie #2 appears!


    • Monique Lain says:

      Oohh, I would love to hear your thoughts on the Bourbon Thief, Sharon. And I’m as stunned as you that she’s not made it onto the NYT bestseller list! I would never have guessed.
      The movie honeymoon pics are really getting me excited, girlfriend. I so hope the film delivers. Thank you for checking in with us! 😘 Happy reading.


  4. KereCB says:

    Hello my lovely friend! I feel you when you are telling the best part of the books is the honwymoon, I love it too! I can’t wait for the movie.
    I have Moonshot at my book shelf too, I want to read it, and you are righjt #NeverKnowWhatToExpectFromTorre I just love her, she shock me every time with her books. Sadly I haven’t had much time for reading this past week, actually I’m stuck at The Cobras, book #8 still, so much going on… And also already have Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, I really liked this author, she is funny and you can’t never go wrong with funny people!
    I hope you are having a great week!
    Sending you a warm hug!


    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Kereny. Yes, the honeymoon was just the best! And how did you find Moonshot? She’s always good for an intriguing read. You still sound very busy, girlfriend. Hope that’s a good thing! Lovely hearing from you, girl. Let us know how you go with Moonshot 😉


  5. KereCB says:

    Hello my lovely friend! I feel you when you are telling the best part of the books is the honwymoon, I love it too! I can’t wait for the movie.
    I have Moonshot at my book shelf too, I want to read it, and you are righjt #NeverKnowWhatToExpectFromTorre I just love her, she shock me every time with her books. Sadly I haven’t had much time for reading this past week, actually I’m stuck at The Cobras, book #8 still, so much going on… And also already have Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, I really liked this author, she is funny and you can’t never go wrong with funny people!
    I hope you are having a great week!
    Sending you a warm hug!


  6. crystal says:

    HI ladies.
    Well I’ve been on vacation and then when returned home the veg garden is in full swing. Freezing black eyed peas, making pickles, pickling okra and freezing okra. And a window full of fresh tomatoes. The weather is horrible. Temps in the 90-100 with a heat index of 105-110. God I hate hot weather. Oh yes hubby and I are enjoying making lots of waves in the pool. At least this year I didn’t end up in the emergency clinic w my back thrown out from trying a crazy sex position. Ha Ha. I turned 60 this year and yes you can still have crazy sex when you get older, but as the emergency dr told me ” you really need to stretch before trying that position again”, Slapping my leg laughing.
    Since I was at the beach on vacation I didn’t want to get sand on my IPad so took real books to the beach. Went back to my reread shelf and took several of Cherise Sinclair “Masters of the Shadowlands” with me. Eac book has a wonderful man/women love story with BDSM. I would give the whole series a 4-5 per book. Well worth you time.

    While in the motorhome I could use my IPad and I read “January Calendar Girl” Book one in the Calendar Girl series by Audery Carlan who is an American author. The book was a bit too sweet for my taste. Well developed character with good writing. Hot sex with a big dick but just a bit too vanilla for me. The main character stays with a guy for 24 days for a certain amount of money and more money for certain acts, then moves on the next guy. I give it a 2.5. I could see my self reading another book.

    I next read “Beg” The Submission series #1 by CD Reiss. To tell you the honest truth I can’t remember a damn thing about the book. I just remember strugging to get through it and thinking I was wasting my time.
    No recommend from me on this series.

    Then I started the Pier 70 series by Nicole Edwards. Oh my God that whole series was just over the moon. “Reckless”, “Fearless”, and “Speechless” were all M/M. No BDSM but the sex was so damn hot would melt a hole in your panties or making you wish you had a dick. Now I will have to tell you that some of the books deal with some tough subjects: birth defects, suicide, and mental illness. It’s real life w wonderful love stories. On my reread list and I give all three books a 4.5.

    I finished readinglast night “Waiting for Morning” book 1 of the Sniper 1 Security by Nicole Edwards. It’s a M/F relationship with hot sex and a great love story. This book dragged on for more chapters than I like as it gave the back stories on many of the characters that will be used in the other books in this series. As the title of the series implies each book is surrounded by an intriguing mystery. I give this book a 3.5.

    I started “Never Say Never” book 2 in the Sniper 1 Security series. M/M with a art thief. So far damn good. I love to imagine the sexual positions men get in for sex as the writer describes it. I’ll keep you posted on what I think about the whole book.

    On the FSOG picture. Wasn’t he in the passenger seat n the car chase and he pulled her across or she climbed across the console into his lap and they had sex in the reverse cowboy position?

    Your crazy Okie friend who has already had her sleeping pill.
    (Okie) is what they call us here in Oklahoma.



    • Monique Lain says:

      LOL! Love it, Crystal! Okie is cute! My oh my, you have been busy! And we KNOW all about your pool sexcapades! We’re all living vicariously through you! Can’t go wring with hot sex and a big… cucumber from your veggie garden, huh? *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* And yes, you’re right about the car fun, but who knows how they change stuff in the movies? Perhaps they had a cuddle after? Or it may be a fan made pic? Only time will tell…. Great hearing from you and happy that you didn’t get sand in your…. iPad 😉😉


    • Katherine says:

      I’ve missed reading your comments Crystal they always make me laugh good to see you back

      Liked by 1 person

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