Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies😉

What’s new in your part of the world this weekend? Let me tell you what’s new in ours…

Firstly, Dana Brunetti, the producer of Darker, posted the following pic on Twitter, a note from Erika after that day’s screening of Darker….


Things are looking promising for the movie if Erika herself feels the representation is “f*cking great”. Yay! Thank you, Susan for sharing🙂

Then, thanks to Sharon, I had an interesting reading experience this week. Kindle has (very quietly) launched something called Kindle in Motion (KIM), a new e-book format that embeds GIFs* into the text of electronic books. This means that you get animated (or still) graphics within the pages, adding more…. uhm….bang for your buck – especially in our genre. LOL! I will review the book itself in the book club section of this post, but first, let me chat about my first experience with KIM. Overall, I liked it, probably not enough to go searching for these formats specifically, but there were aspects of it that I didn’t mind at all. Here are some screen shots of a few of the pages:

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The first two are examples of the static pages where the pics are still. It’s pretty cool, especially the second one with the coffee ring. I can see how it can offer a richer experience to the reader, an added dimension to enhance the general feel of a book. The third is a screenshot of a page with an animated GIF. Naturally, because I took a photo, you can’t see the movement, but it displays like a tiny movie, showing the same clip of motion over and over again. Again, in principle, I have no issue with the idea. What I DO have a problem with is that now, the author’s vision of her characters HAS to be mine. In this particular instance, both the guy and the girl, though cute, is not at all what I would have envisioned. Considering one’s imagination is the thing that really makes reading shine, with this format, you lose that unique ability, making the option questionable. Luckily, Kindle was smart enough to offer these books with the option to read without the new enhancement. See The Digital Reader for more info as well as a great clip to show the actual motion. Let me know what you think, girls!

*”GIF, or Graphic Interchange Format, is a file extension for an often animated raster graphics file and is the second most common image format used on the World Wide Web after JPEG. GIF uses the LZW compression algorithm and is owned by Unisys.” – Source

Lastly, and not at all related to reading or FSOG, but nevertheless a worthy piece of news: check out The Local reporting on a FREE red wine fountain in Italy…


What a fantastic idea. I call for one on every street corner! LOL!


This week I read:

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  2 stars              4 stars           5 stars           2 stars

A vary varied week, as you can see.

Angel by Dani Wyatt caught my eye because I’ve been looking for a good DD/lg story for a long time. This one, sadly, was not it. The writing was poor enough to send it straight to my DNF pile.

Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley, book three in the Colorado Mountain series, was great. I LOVED Lexi and Ty’s story, but as mentioned last week, if you’re after a fast paced read, this is not the one for you. Thank you, Sharon for sharing this gem with me.

Then, The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken, book one in the Wingmen Inc. series was an absolute treat. This is the one that boasted the Kindle in Motion feature, but that is NOT the reason for my happy dance. I adored the male lead and his smart mouth with a ready answer for everything, a reminder of one of my other favorite characters, Mal Ericson of Stage Dive fame. I liked it so much that I’m going to go with my BOB on this one. Yay!

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Again, I have Sharon to thank for spotting Ian and his animated face on the cover.

Lingus by Mariana Zapata was next on my list. I can’t comment on the story, I didn’t get far enough to make a decision, but I have it on good authority that it’s sweet. What I didn’t enjoy was the caliber of girl featured in the book. This is a deeply personal preference, and in all likelihood, not something that would bother others. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind where this one is concerned.

Currently I’m reading:


Beautiful by Christina Lauren, book five in the Beautiful Bastard series.

In closing, I’ll share a time honored remedy that made me laugh. Here’s an old ad for a boner spoon…


Why it’s a spoon, I have no idea, but if you suffer a horndog husband, this might do the trick. A quick tap of the boner spoon will, like the ad says, “soften even the most optimistic ardour”. Whahahaha! Made my day thinking of prim wives keeping a spoon for this purpose in their bedside drawer.

That’s all for today, girls. As always, it’s lovely hearing from you. 

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies🙂

How are you this fine weekend? I’m happy to report that my reading week was stellar! Yay! 

Now that we’ve all had a closer look at the Darker trailer, I’m happy to see that there will be MORE of what we did like from the first movie…

Kiss, rinse, and repeat! Yummy!

Angelique sent me this: a mash-up of Suicide Squad with Darker…

Iiiiinteresting, right? LOL!


And then, good news! Do you remember Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre, the one featuring Cocky, the cute chicken? Susan shared that it’s been picked up for production. See the Natasha is a Book Junkie Facebook page for more deets.


This week I read:


4 stars

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, book one in the Broads Abroad series, was a fantabulous read. Not only was the story heartwarming, but technically, from a purely writer’s perspective, it was outstanding. #GottaLoveGoodWriting

Currently I’m reading:


Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley, book three in the Colorado Mountain series, is progressing nicely, but, it has to be said, a tad slow. Kristen being Kristen, is not a lean writer. Girl loves her details, making her books fat volumes to be consumed only with the luxury of time. It can be frustrating when all you want to do is dive headlong into the action. Also, this particular one is a prime example of her classic, monosyllabic Alpha, the strong silent guy she writes so well. Nevertheless, I am loving the slow savor burning between Ty and Lexi. Thank you, Sharon😉 I can see why this is a firm favorite of yours!

On my shelf I have:


Beautiful by Christina & Lauren, book five in the Beautiful Bastard series. Officially, it is my understanding, that this one is the last in the series. #SadToLetItGo

So, if you’re desperately searching for a gift for that person who already has everything, perhaps this pic from Sharon might be what you’re after…


Whahahahaha! Considering the facial expression, as well as the rings around the front, I think it’s safe to say that the banana facade is just that – a facade! Banana, my hiney! LOL! 😂😂😂

Have a great one, girls!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗We’re having the most glorious weather here in the eastern parts of Australia. It makes me want to kick back and suck down a couple of cocktails! Summer is definitely on its merry way. Yay! 

And with the advent of October, we welcome the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether it’s touched you personally, or colored the life of someone you know, thinking Pink is part of every woman’s life. Keep those girls healthy, ladies🙂


With Fifty slowly simmering to a boil after the release of the Darker trailer, Coco De Mer has launched a stunning new range of delicates to tantalize in the bedroom.

Beautiful, right?

Do you remember, a little while ago, I posted news of Golden Girl, Crossfire’s Brett Kline’s tribute to Eva being turned into an actual song? That sexy laudation now has its very own music video..

Pretty cool, if you ask me… 😉

Then, before we dive into my reading week, let me share something that made me look twice…


No, your eyes are not deceiving you! B.O.B. in the the form of E.T.’s finger. And a glowing one at that. Oh my gosh! E.T.’s florid digit must be the very last way I’d want to see stars… 😂😂


This week I read:

4 stars

Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was a lovely read, absolutely in line with the delicious stories this duo is known for. I thoroughly enjoyed having some fun with the friendly Captain of the skies, Carter Clynes.

Currently I’m reading:

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, book one in The Broads Abroad series. So far, I’m liking this VERY much.

Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley, book three in the Colorado Mountain series – thank you, Sharon🙂

I got my favorite Goodreads email at the end of September, and it goes without saying that I went a little nuts pre-ordering everything I’ve been waiting for. You’ve gotta’ love ebooks! Here’s some of what we can expect to see in October:







These screen shots are taken from Goodreads which means the links aren’t live.

As always, I’ll leave you with something to make you grin…


On that note, happy weekend, girls. Let’s chat 💭

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies🙂

How was your week? Mine went by in the blink of an eye. Why is it that holiday weeks just don’t seem to last as long as working days? LOL!

Now that we’ve been graced with the trailer, here’s a chat about the “shocking moments” we’ll be seeing in Darker:

I like that the movie really is going to be DARKER…


This week I read:


4 stars

Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe, book one in the Billionaire Bad Boys series, was a delightful surprise! Apart from some odd word choices here and there, I loved this cute read. And Kline? I think he might have made it onto my book boyfriend list.😉

Currently I’m reading:


Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland.

On my shelf I have:


Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, book one in the Broads Abroad series.

Here’s something for you to think about…



Have a great week, girls. I’ll see you next week.

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 😉

How are we all doing? How many times have you watched the trailer by now? I’ve seen dozens of posts dissecting every aspect of it, but this one by Elle Magazine was a fun read. Thank you, Susan for the link. 😘

Now that we’ve had a peek at Darker, it comes as no surprise that Fifty Shades fame, coupled with the trailer, broke some records – again. Not least of which is the dethroning of “The Force Awakens” as the most watched trailer in the first 24 hours of release. See The Hollywood Reporter post for more. #AmazingStuff

Another cool thing I found this week was an actual recording of Golden… Remember, in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, when Brett Kline came back into Eva’s life along with his band’s hit single he wrote about her? That song, Golden, is now a REAL one… Listen to it here. I’ve heard many rumors of a Crossfire TV series in the works, but I’ve seen no concrete progress. Perhaps this is it? Let’s hope…

And then, look at this very naughty statue! Wow, that’s some bedroom acrobatics!


Oh my…. ☺️

Before we start chatting about our book week, I wanted to mention one last thing. If you like to put a face to the name of your favorite book boyfriends (and girlfriends), check out this nifty board on Pinterest. This clever gal’ posts (unofficial) pics of the main characters in our genre. Pretty handy, IMO 😋


This week I read:


3 stars

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas, while certainly a classic in the overbearing bodyguard/vulnerable waif genre, didn’t deliver on the raw and fiery passion that we had with the delectable Mr Ward, Lord of the Manor. The bond between the two characters seemed shallow, built on physical attraction, and not much else. And while I enjoy a good “can’t-keep-my-hands-off-of-you” story, this one seemed to miss something. Pity. I was sooooo looking forward to more of the fireworks we saw in the This Man series. Also, when you go into a book with a certain expectation, it’s very hard to remain impartial when you want to offer a review reflective of the story. Keep that in mind if you’ve not read ANY of Malpas’s books before. But, if Jesse is a book boyfriend of yours, I reckon you’ll feel the same.

On my shelf I have:


Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe, book one in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. The cover alone seems promising, right? 😉

Lastly, as I am a conscientious blogger, *wink, wink* I thought I’d share with you some valuable info – compliments of Sharon:


Safety first! LOL! 😂

Have a great weekend, girls. Let us know what you’re reading 🤗

Monique kiss

The trailer is HERE!

Hi there, lovelies

It may be a year late, but here it is. FINALLY! Universal Studio’s official Fifty Shades Darker trailer, the vision of Erika herself come to life…

Whoo-hoo! I’m sure we’ll see a few more incarnations before February, and I’m looking forward to EVERY ONE of them. Having ya’ll to share it with makes it even better😉

Monique kiss

FSD official poster

Hello again, lovely ladies

As we wait – not so patiently – for the actual, official trailer, I thought I’d share the official poster…

Though I’ve been thrilled with the movie footage we’ve seen so far, I’m not sure how I feel about the poster. I LOVE the mask, and it’s certainly pretty, but the image is so heavily airbrushed it has an otherworldly feel, almost like it’s meant for a fantasy film, one featuring an ethereal Elfin beauty. On the other hand, I like the darker feel, the way it hints at what we know is to come. What are your thoughts, girls?

Monique kiss