Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? With my hollies at an end, I went back to the ol’ ground stone. Aw well. I guess holidays won’t be as much fun if you didn’t have to slog too. 😜


But I do have some happy news… As you know, I’m seeing Darker on the 8th of February, compliments of Universal Pictures and their Launch Preview here in Brisbane, but this time, they are also offering a fun prize to 2 lucky Australian readers. Yay! 🎉


Whether it’s wickedly delicious, heart stoppingly beautiful, or coloured with many shades of intensity, share your favourite scene from reading Fifty Shades Darker here on the blog, then tell us why it made you swoon, or cry, gasp, melt, scowl or drool. Up for grabs are 2 double passes (one double pass for each winner) valid at all Australian cinemas screening the Fifty Shades Darker movie from February 9, 2017.

Get your sneaky peeks of the film on the Fifty Shades Movie site.

“Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in FIFTY SHADES DARKER, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.  Expanding upon the events set in motion in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, which has grossed more than $560 million globally, the film will again become the motion-picture event for Valentine’s Day 2017, in Cinemas February 9, tickets on sale now!” – Universal Pictures

For competition rules: see the end of this post.

Then, if you’re keen to hear the Darker soundtrack, check out this clip:

And if you’re not in the mood for a reread of FSD before it hits the cinemas, let Marie Claire remind you of the best bits. 😋

Before I start with the book club section, I’d like to share a link Sharon sent me.


Love – true, deep, accepting love, is a beautiful thing. Finding the one you’re meant to be with is magical, a thing capable of transforming your life, lifting you up. I may be a little old fashioned, but personally, I like well defined male and female roles. I like to know where I stand in a relationship, and what is expected of me. Beyond that, I want to know that my man burns for me, that he encourages me, wants what’s best for me, but can firmly rein me in when I need to be anchored. In my humble opinion, these traits are what made Christian so appealing. The Elephant Journal features an article extolling the virtues of finding a love like that. The short piece is worth the read, not only to melt your heart, but to remind you that you deserve to be loved – hard.


“Because baby, when you and this warrior of yours meet and collide—it’s going to be a love set on fire.”



This week I read:


Commander in Chief by Katy Evans, book two in the White House series. What a strange book this was. I feel like I somehow skipped the crucial chapters. There seemed to be some sort of buildup, I could sense the author setting it up, but it simply never came. No climax, no pivotal moment, just pages and pages of their life in the White House, glossy overviews of what could have been something. I get that a writer wants to draw a reader to a follow-on book, but why on earth would I read the third? And it’s not even going to be a sequel, but supposedly a standalone, taking place in Matt’s second term, not a continuation of this story. Huh. Like I said, strange.

Currently I’m reading:


Egomaniac by Vi Keeland. I always enjoy her books, and now, 2/3 in, I suspect that this will be another of hers going on my good-book list.



Phew! That was a long one! As always, it is a pleasure sharing with you, girls. And if you’re an Aussie reader, don’t forget to enter the comp!

Monique kiss

Rules: tickets are for use in Australia only. You have to be over the age of 18 to enter. Enter as many times as you like by commenting on any blog post on this site. The competition closes on the 5th of February, 2017. The winners will be announced on this blog. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash. The winners will need to supply a postal address via (private) email in order to claim their prize. The prize is issued by Universal Pictures, and the author/blogger is not responsible for any loss or damage relating to the prize.

16 thoughts on “Between the covers book club

  1. Kath Imlach says:

    I love the Christian submissive scene and can’t wait to see it on the big screen. The exposure of just how vulnerable he is

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  2. Vicky Smith says:

    I feel the same way Sheldon does. That picture says it all!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. KereCB says:

    I wish I could be in Australia! Great post as always Mo. Have a lovely week.


  4. Sharon says:

    I love, love, love having Darker to look forward to next month. So exciting. I’m taking a wild guess that the Australian movie passes won’t include airfare! Wouldn’t that be fun? I’ll get there one of these days!

    Loved the blog about finding your warrior. That’s why we love these books so much, as we relive finding our warrior over and over and over. Passion – is just SO passionate!! Nothing like it. Can’t get enough.

    Finished my EPIC paranormal finish to the Fever series. Devoured it is probably more accurate. It wasn’t my FAVE book of the series, but it was a satisfying ending. Karen Moning had so many loose threads, I couldn’t imagine them wrapping up in one book….but she did a pretty amazing job of it. Just a couple of things I would have liked more resolution on….but perhaps she will give us a couple of one-offs. She would certainly make big bucks off of them…just not from this group. LOL!

    Haven’t quite decided where I’m going next….certainly no lack of books on my kindle!! (It survived my frantic chewing of anticipation last week.) It’s a fun choice to make. Have a lovely week, ladies!!


    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Sharon! Sadly, nope. No airfare included. But that would have been fantastic! Yes, thank you for that stunning link. So good to remind ourselves that we’re worth more than we often give ourselves credit. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed your book. Few things are better than sinking your teeth into a great book! And I’m thrilled your Kindle made your gnawing!! I was worried there for a moment! LOL! Have a lovely week! 🙂


  5. Lissa Jeri says:

    A quick hello as I finger type from New Zealand. Wonderful trip but I feel disconnected from real time. Trying to read a bunch of other books which I have to finish knowing a few genres are calling to me like the Sirens. And husband teasing me about my ‘deficient behavior’ in not keeping up with that part of my life… and slyly questioning whether anyone else on our trip would be reading the same kind of stuff…. uh, that’s a no.

    Monique… I’ll be in your neighborhood at the time of FSD release… oh, what a clever pun there… but neighborhood in the broadest sense since I’ll be in Cairns and Sydney… and Brisbane only, what hundreds of km let alone miles from either



    • Monique Lain says:

      Hello Lissa. Welcome to my side of the world! 🤗 LOL! I feel your pain, being the only soul with a penchant for hot men taking what they want from breathy girls! 😉 And yes, neighbourhood in a VERY broad sense. But still, it’s nice to know you are nearer! Hopefully you won’t get the filthy weather we’ve been having. And still, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t slip into the nearest Gold Class with a glass of wine and ogle Jamie while you’re here! 😉


  6. joyjoyc says:

    I live vicariously through Anastasia! Can’t wait to see the sequel!


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