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Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗 

I hope you’re all well and happy wherever you find yourself today. 🌸

I just adore all things comedic that’s sprouted from our beloved Fifty. This past week Lissa shared this: wives texting their unsuspecting husbands lines from Fifty Shades Darker. Click this Womanista link for a giggle…

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The following vid is super cute. If the guy in your life struggles to find your… uhm, button of pleasure, here is a FANTASTIC way to SHOW him….

Thank you, Sharon for guiding us to cliroral enlightenment! 😉😉

Then, you remember Brant Daugherty, the actor who plays Sawyer in the Fifty Shades movie franchise? Sharon spoilt me with another delicious tidbit, an article from Just Jared featuring Christian’s close protection agent looking REALLY buff…

Holy WoWzEr! Phew! Shave the beard and you have a pretty plausible Christian, don’t you think? 😉

This week I read:

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley, book 2 in The Honey series, was good if you don’t mind reading a virtual carbon copy of the first book in the range. Loads and loads of bonking with a female Domme and her alpha sub. Personally I still have an issue with the whole alpha sub concept, but for the sake of the genre, I’ll deal. 😜

Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann was not for me. I can see the appeal but the flat, juvenile characters, the female protagonist in particular, left me cold. I gave it a reluctant 3 stars simply because the things that put me off are particular to me, not reflective of the book’s quality in general.

All I Am by Jodi Ellen Malpas, book 3.5 in the This Man series was a lovely reminder of why we (well, most of us) loved Jesse and his crazy-assed antics. Despite her recent failure to capture our attention, All I Am was a wonderful glimpse back into beloved characters’ lives. I thoroughly enjoyed emotionless Drew feeling the burn of love. Poor guy! 😂

Currently I’m reading:

The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz. I’ve got a LOT on my plate this coming week. I don’t know if I’ll have even a moment to spare, but, as always, I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my girl, Tiff. 👍🏻

I’ll sign off with this useful reminder from Sharon to exercise….

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Have a brilliant week, girls. Thank you for thinking of me and sharing your thoughts when you come across something you think I’ll enjoy.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

What’s new in your world? Nothing much happening in mine at the moment, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. No news is good news, right? 😉

This week I got a hilarious link from Sharon: Boredpanda feature REAL couples recreating cheesy romance novel covers. Too damn funny! I especially like this one with the unicorn in the background!

Kinda’ reinforces the need for tanned, ripped bodies, huh? 😂😂

She also shared this astoundingly hypnotic clip. It’s super weird, but damn, I can’t help staring at it. 

I’m not sure if it’s hot or disturbing! 😝 If the link is not working for you, you might need to sign in to Facebook to see the video.

This week I read:


Vicious by L. J. Shen, book 1 in the Sinners of Saint series was great, exactly what you’d expect from this gritty writer, but therein also lies the problem. Some authors have SUCH a distinctive style, such type-cast characters, that despite their books being awesome, you can only read them in small doses. Do you find the same thing? Kristen Ashley is another I could pick out in a book line-up without missing a beat. Great writing but recipe bound.

Real Dirty by Meghan March, book 1 in the Real Dirty Duet series was so good I jumped straight into book 2, Real Sexy. The range is well written and has a good story, it’s sexy and plausible. And if the words don’t do anything for you, I bet the big boy on the cover will! You gotta’ love a bad boy turning good for the love of his life. 😋

Currently I’m reading:


The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley, book 2 in the Honey series and Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann.

On my shelf I have:


All I Am, Drew’s Story by Jodi Ellen Malpas, book 3.5 in the This Man series. I’m curious about this one. The way I understand it it’s technically NOT about Jesse and Eva, but has Jesse doling out advice to Drew. Though it is a novella it’s a pretty meaty one from a page count point if view. Let’s hope she brings back some of that Jesse magic!

Let me leave you with another import, again compliments of Sharon. She does a stellar job of keeping me stocked in entertaining (naughty) goodies! 😘


Oh my…. 

Happy weekend, lovelies!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies – all the way from a rainy Brisvegas. Not that I can complain about the weather today. Surprisingly, despite the wet, it’s not too cold. Phew. 👍🏻

Before I kick off my post, I wanted to share this mega fail with you, one that made me laugh as much as it made me cringe! Imagine spoiling yourself with these… uhm…. earrings! Eeeeewwwww. 😱

Oh dear, right? You have to ask yourself what the designer was thinking. Looks like somebody’s aim was a little off…. LOL! 😂😂

Then, as I was trolling through YouTube this afternoon, I came across some scenes that didn’t make it into Darker. The first clip is my favourite. Despite the lack of sound and poor image quality, this clip from the masked ball just seemed like MORE to me…

The pool table…

On The Grace…

And if you want to see a fan’s vision of Freed, check out this happy family edit:

Lastly, are you up for a boudoir adventure? Then see this Cosmo article on how to recreate Fifty style lovin’…

Have fun and don’t strain anything! LOL! 😉😂

This week I read:

 

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker, book 1 in the Wild Wedding series, was a cute read. Nothing too angsty, the perfect in-betweener. A relaxed and easy read.

His Princess by Alexa Riley, book 1 in The Princess series, was the first book that’s ever prompted me to write a snarky review on Goodreads. Normally I don’t leave reviews on Goodreads because I review here, but I was so incensed with the contrived insta-sex banality of this book that I couldn’t help myself. Add to that some no-no grammar and I was on my soapbox quicker than you could say cum! Given my rant you can probably tell it went straight onto my DNF pile. #NotHappy

Currently I’m reading:

 

Vicious by L.J. Shen, book 1 in the Sinners of Saint series and Real Dirty by Meghan March, book 1 in the Real Dirty Duet series.

On my shelf I have:

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley, book 2 in the Honey series.

😂😂

Have a great weekend, girls. See ya next week.

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.

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

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Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Anything interesting to report? I think I do… I might have started to notice a new trend in our genre. Lately, in almost every book I’ve read from an established author in our genre, the lovin’ was postponed to around 2/3 in. When the FSOG craze hit the market we saw the relative fast capitulation by the lady. Her resolve to stay away from her billionaire’s magnetism crumbling along with the speedy turns of our pages. Then came the rise of first-page nooky. Quick, hard and dirty was the name of the game, but the hook-up eventually evolved into a deep and lasting connection. Now we’re seeing a host of stories where there is some sort of reason that make romantic liaisons impossible until very late in the tale. Is it only me, or do you see it too? Tell me what you think, girls. I can’t say I mind. If the story is gripping I don’t particularly care when the joyous joining occurs, but it makes me curious to see what comes next. 

This week I read:

 

Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters, book 1 in the Truth and Lies Duet series. This was a strong rec and an interesting read for me from a writer’s perspective. Firstly, the tale is a fresh take on your standard boy-meets-girl. It had lots of unusual and creative plot lines, all of which makes for a good read. However, the author’s research lets her great story down. Personally, I get stuck on serious plot holes and this one is riddled. It’s a helluva’ pity. If you can read over the gaps, she’s written great characters woven into an engaging idea. Thank you for the gift, Katherine! 😉 I wish I could edit her book and make it as awesome as it could be.

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre was a sad disappointment. Throughout the book it felt as if she was building up to the gobsmacking twists that she’s known for, but, as I saw the place line on the bottom of my e-book’s page inch closer and closer to the end, I realised that there was less and less time for the excitement I sensed gathering to play out. In the end, the HEA was flat and gratuitous, it left so many important plot points unexplored, unanswered that I felt utterly deflated as a result. What a shame. 😔

Currently I’m reading:

When It’s Real by Erin Watt.

Before I sign off, let’s look at what June will bring thanks to Goodreads:

I’m particularly excited about the This Man novella and the new one from Christina Lauren. 🎉 Usually I wouldn’t hesitate to click that pre-order button on the latter, but the theme sounds so much like their first book in the Beautiful series, Beautiful Bastard. I loved the whole series, but BB was my least favorite, and I’m not particularly keen on a repeat. If you’re going to jump at their latest offering, please let me know if we’re getting another Chloe and Bennet, or if it feels completely new.

Let me leave you with this funny visual…

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Have a beautiful weekend, girls. Hope you spend it relaxing with a good book!

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Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How are you? My week was marred with the news of a dear friend and fellow book lover landing in hospital. 🤕 Dear Susan, I’m hopeful that you’ll be on your feet before long, fully healed and well again. I look forward to dissecting many more books with you in the future. #GetWellSoon

This coming week sees the Darker DVD release here in Oz. If you’re here in Australia, Sydney specifically, you might want to celebrate by spoiling yourself (and your partner) with an event that promises to be every bit as delicious as the books: “Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites you to a one-of-a-kind dining experience in celebration of the DVD release of Fifty Shades Darker on DVD and Blu-ray, out May 24. For one night only, experience a Grey style date with bespoke cocktails and a six course degustation menu inspired by the film’s romance and sensuality. The catch-all? Do it all while wearing a blindfold. With only your partner guiding your way, test your trust and bond by sharing the decadent courses of the unique menu.”

Personally, I love the idea. Check out this link to secure your spot. And just look at some of the delectable goodies you’ll get to savor… 

 

Looks yummy, right? 😋😋

Unsurprisingly, Darker scaled the DVD charts placing Fifty right at the very top – again. See this Variety article featuring Universal Pictures cornering the market.

This week I read:

Sweet Barbarian by Jayla Jasso. Now you know paranormal is not my thing, but despite this falling in the time travel genre, and utterly farfetched in it’s progression, I loved it. It was an unexpectedly sweet read, the barbarian a dreamy mix of alpha caveman and devoted hottie, top-shelf book boyfriend material. It’s a lovely light read, but well worth the uncomplicated R&R it provides. Thank you, Sharon for sharing your sexy BB with me! ❤️

Currently I’m reading:

 

Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters, book 1 in the Truth and Lies Duet series and Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre. Not much to say yet, both are intriguing so far, so that’s promising. Also, I’m happy to say, that Torre’s gone back to her twisty turns story style for this one. #Hopeful

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. If you go to the above mentioned event, let me know how it went. I’ll be pea-green with envy! 🤢

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Firstly, let me wish all the mommies a wonderful, blessed Mother’s Day. What a gift it is to be a mom! ❤️


So, how are you this fine weekend? It was another hectic week for me, and what’s more, our temps are slowly inching down. Soon it’ll be all warm woollies and dark mornings. *sigh* 😝

I’ve seen quite a bit of feedback about the Darker DVD. The positive reviews mostly say the same, that the extra 13 minutes apparently bring the MORE we’re all after. I enjoyed reading this Fifty convert story on the Glamour site.

Bustle features an article suggesting that a bonus scene from the film “proves that Elena may be more of a threat to Christian and Ana’s future than we thought.” Huh. Personally, I don’t think this is news. In the books I felt Ana’s icy feelings for the “Bitch-Troll” pretty clearly, the perception of Elena as a threat not something she ever kept to herself. Why does it leave me feeling as though the reporter didn’t actually read the story? Check out the clip:

Then, Katherine shared this, a satirical review twisting the Darker storyline into laughable ridiculousness. If you’re a die-hard movie fan, you’ll need to hold on to your sense of humour for this one, but I almost fell off my chair cracking up!

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This week I read:

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan, book 4 in the Game On series, was another great read for this unfailing author, but my comment relating to the shoddy editing stands. Where on earth was her editor? Random single words popped up, littering the otherwise flawless text with unwelcome distractions. *Tsk, tsk* 😜

Currently I’m reading:

 
I’ve put Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre aside in favour of Sweet Barbarian by Jayla Jasso and Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters, book 1 in the Truth and Lies Duet series, a strong rec and gift from Katherine. #HappyDays

My hubby sent me this meme. It made a laugh!! I’m definitely going to try!! LOL! 


Let me know if it works for you! 😂😂

Have a fantastic weekend, girls. See ya’ next week!