Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies

This last week saw our first REAL chilly weather, and as you can imagine, I am Not. A. Happy. Puppy. ❄️ But, luckily, it also came with some stellar reading, so that’s a win. 👍🏻

I forgot to mention this with my previous rambling, but Sharon shared this, a blogpost from the Shameless Book Club featuring 16 Romance and Erotic Books to Read Before You Die. Not sure why Christian and Gideon didn’t make the cut, and a few I personally don’t feel belong, but nevertheless, an interesting mix and perhaps fodder for your bookshelf. Let us know if any on the list blew your mind and is worth pursuing.

As far as I know nothing new or exciting is brewing in our little world, but I came across this article by Entertainment News where Erika speaks her mind on writing Christian’s POV. Interesting stuff.

Then, let’s dive right in, shall we?

This week I read:


When It’s Real by Erin Watt was a lovely light read showing us yet again how shallow and lonely stardom can be. I enjoyed the premise, but it has to be said, cottoning on to my book-nookie trend observation from last week, that the lovin’ was VERY lite and started very late. With the previous success of her Paper Princess series I would have thought that she would stick to her winning recipe. Alas.

Sparrow by L. J. Shen scored a mega 4 1/2 stars from me. Thank you, Tara for the rec. 😉 It was much more gritty than our usual clean-cut stories, rather like a fairytale from the rough part of town, but it was well worth the glimpse into the grimy underbelly of crime families. I will definitely be looking for more from this accomplished writer.

Currently I’m reading:

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker, book 1 in the Wild Wedding series.

I couldn’t help posting this. If boys have their toys, well then, so do we girls.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lovelies. As always, please feel free to share your book glory stories with us!

10 thoughts on “Between the covers book club

  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Monique and ladies, hope you are all good.
    This week saw a great reading week for me, I finished Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones, first time with this author and enjoyed it a lot, I’m waiting on the 2nd part so fingers crossed it’s as good. I then read the Real Dirty Duet books, Real Dirty and Real Sexy, I think these are the books Mac was saying about last week, they are by Meghan March sweet sexy reads with some hot sex, again 2 enjoyable reads., I moved onto Phantoms by Dean Koontz, this is my go to author when I am not reading our usual genre, just love his mad imagination!.
    A dear friend sent me Sparrow by LJ Shen as a gift, I loved it!. I really enjoyed feisty Red/Sparrow, the characters being Irish also appealed to me big time along with Red not being a walkover, we Irish women fight our corner 🙂 But I have to say I couldn’t stand Troy, even when I could see he was softening towards Red in his attitude it didn’t change my mind!
    I’ve nothing to read at the minute, I am waiting on so many pre-orders, one is due tomorrow so looking forward to that, don’t actually know what it is lol!
    Have a great week everyone


    • Monique Lain says:

      Hey girlfriend! 🤗 Wow! That’s a helluva’ week! Busy girl! I used to love Dean Koontz and Stephen King, but I don’t think I can stomach them anymore! LOL! Such a wuss, I know! 😝 Yes, Sparrow was a well written book but you’re right. Troy is NOT BB material. Great story though, and like you said, Red had a lot of fun spunk! Happy indulging in all your new book friends! Bye for now 😘


    • MAC says:

      Hey I am gonna skip over to Provocative Katherine…right after I finish my menage sandwich from Nicole…😜


  2. Sharon says:

    Interesting article from Erika!! But too funny as I was reading..
    “Jamie’s athleticism and charm and Dakota’s ‘sass’ really shone through”, as what my mind read was Dakota’s ASS really shone through. LOL – and for sure it did….but Jamie’s not NEARLY enough! Hoping for more Jamie tush in movie #3!!!
    I am contentedly stuck in a “re-read Kristen Ashley” zone. So far not inclined to climb out of it. Right now enjoying the Dream Man series. Things are just very busy, and don’t have the headspace to go into a deep read of something new. I did read Sparrow months ago – thought it was quite good. I bought another of her books a few weeks back, but haven’t gone there yet.
    Enjoy that lovely cold weather, Monique….and think of us here in Florida as we walk around this hot humidity!!! I’ll go for the cold anyday!! Fireplaces & hot chocolate and lovely reading!!! Yummy!!



    • Monique Lain says:

      Ha! Dakota’s ass indeed, Sharon! That made me laugh. 😂😂 Oohh, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a delicious reread marathon! I’m having fun times with Gideon ATM. I just LOVE the way he says her name! Just her name, one word, in a command, a rebuke, in desperation… *sigh* And I more than understand the need to turn to something comforting and familiar. Enjoy, girlfriend.
      Nope, no enjoying the cold weather! 😝 I’ll take hot and humid any day! Let’s swap, huh? 😉😉 Have a beautiful week, lovely lady. Don’t forget to smell the roses! 🌹


      • Sharon says:

        Geez – just reading your comment I can hear Gideon’s voice.
        Sorry we were disappointed in the ending of the series – but what an incredible BB we can still adore in Gideon!!! Delicious!


      • Lissa Jeri says:

        Oh…goody gumdrops…we’re not past commenting on the FSD film.
        Okay…so here’s an issue that came up while I was watching (each time, mind you) that I felt just a little too out-there to comment on. Then again, I think you’ve caught on to my mania and arcane-ia.

        Ana’s stiletto heels. Esp restaurant/panties scene…but many other times too. Really? Within the time frame of the action she goes from Walmart/Old Navy to Loubitons? Every day? Her transformation is just too too and too much and too quick. Yes, I know it’s needed for the pizzazz of the movie, but it was grating. I wanted to see some missteps, some more awkward Ana, some clothes to work that just didn’t work. Kate wasn’t there to advise her.

        So why am I so bold to rant on such a minor point? Take a look at this article
        Our Wonder Woman (being Israeli, she is, indeed, ours) made a conscious decision not to wear stilettos on the red carpet…and she’s still gorgeous and chic. I’m amused b/c her look is so so so Israeli chic b/c you don’t wear stilettos here with cobblestones, ancient cracks, and the need to run sometimes, but you still can look fabulous.

        BTW…see the movie….not genre but an amusing discussion scene on a boat which is priceless from out POV.

        And while I’m at it, here’s what our kids look like when we take them to the induction center for their army service. Gal, despite being a Miss Israel, did her full service as a combat physical trainer. While Bar Rafaeli, former almost Mrs. Leonardo DiCaprio, pooped out by arranging a fake marriage to a family friend at 18. She’s not loved here.
        Sorry….can’t find the photo right now. It’s a local, unofficial picture of her at the induction center floating around on Facebook here. Will get it from The Hubby and send it later.


        • Monique Lain says:

          Hey Lissa 🙂
          Nope, we’re never done dissecting the movie and all aspects relating to it! LOL! The flashy, polished transformation of our Ana is something that caught my eye too! Ha! Even later in the series she still felt just a little goofy to me, and I liked that. It was part of her appeal. It made her real, approachable. But how do you reflect that in the ludicrously short span of a film? Who knows?
          I LOVE your Wonder Woman, and I like her message. It’s refreshing that she doesn’t bow to convention. I think some sort of army training for both boys and girls is an excellent idea. Where I come from it was compulsory, but that ended by the time I started dating seriously. I can tell you that the difference between the guys who did their two years in the armed forces vs those who skipped, was like day and night. It really showed in their maturity, amongst other things. If the politics in SA didn’t go to hell in a handbasket I would almost certainly have reported for national service as well. Here’s to empowered women! 🙂


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