Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

Hello, lovely ladies :)

It’s weekend! Yay! Phew, after another super busy week it’s nice to wind down :)

For the Spanish readers, check out the sidebar for chapter 57. Thank you, Kereny!

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I absolutely LOVE all the FSOG cakes, and this one is no exception. You gotta’ admire the stunning detail!

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Well…. it seems as though Henry was leading us all by the nose by neither confirming nor denying the rumours of him playing Jack, but he’s finally come clean and, at least to most of you, it will be a relief to learn that we won’t get to hate him as Hyde after all. This is what The Stir had to say about him breaking Fifty Shades-fan hearts all over the word.

Again from The Stir, Charlie Hunnam gives us a tiny insight into why he left the Fifty Shades cast.

Then, here’s something for you to do on a rainy day; an adult Fifty Shades of Grey coloring book! Check it out on Kickstarter.

All these little tidbits are from the 50 Shades of Grey Support Facebook page and the Laters, Baby site Heart

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 Thank you, Sharon for sharing this pic of Jamie with us. I can see why it’s a fav of yours! ;) 

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This Week I read:

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Revived by Samantha Towle, book two in the Revved series, was okay. It started out great, had all the ingredients for a knock-out story, but the ending let the book down. A very anticlimactic wind-down to a would-be explosive read.

Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner, book one in the Reed Brothers series, on the other hand, was outstanding! This one goes straight onto my favorites shelf. Logan is AWESOME!! And thank you, Kereny for the great recommendation!

Currently I’m reading:

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Release Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, book two in the Chasing Fire series. I’ll review fully with next week’s book club but I maintain my stance from last week – very much like Fifty is many ways, but well worth the read.

On my shelf I have:

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Smart, Sexy and Secretive by Tammy Falkner, book two in the Reed Brothers series.

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This made me giggle…. Truth! 

It was lovely virtually chatting with you, girls. Hope you have an awesome, restful reading weekend!

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Between the covers book club

Hello ladies :)

I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful weekend. With all the excitement from last week’s article in The Stir regarding the possibility of Henry Cavill playing Jack Hyde, I thought it would be fun to share some more casting speculations, again from The Stir…

Then, you gotta’ love Ken and Barbie playing Fifty, Fifty….

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Oh my…. Naughty dollies! ;)

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This week I read:

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Roomies by Lindy Zart was a lovely read, cute and heartwarming, but short in the steam that we love so much.

Remind Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K Rogers, book one in the Chasing Fire series, was a great find. If you’re looking for a “similar to Fifty Shades” read then this one might be for you. Book two is coming out shortly.

Currently I’m reading:

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Revived by Samantha Towle, book two in the Revved series. This is Leandro’s story so you can read the series out of order, if you like.

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Happy reading, girls! I’ll see ya’ next week ;)

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Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies :)

As a cold snap has finally reached our sunny side of the world, and really, I have nothing to complain about, but damn, I am officially rebelling against winter – just sayin’! LOL!

According to The Stir, Henry Calvill will be playing Jack Hyde in Darker.

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A little reminder for in case you’ve forgotten what The Tudors actor looks like ;) 

This is an interesting clip, a great edit, but it definitely shows the harder edge of Christian in the movie…

Then, last week, I forgot to post the latest books from our fav authors coming in July:

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Please note that these are screenshots from the Goodreads site and the links are therefore not live.

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This week I read:

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Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, book one in the Kowalsi Family series, was a very cute little read! Great story but sadly lacking in the hotness factor that constitutes the difference between chicklit and a DELICIOUS read.

Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans, book two in the Manwhore series, was MUCH better than the first but still not at the top of Katy’s game. Again I found the grammar issues a huge distraction, but this time around Rachel was much more bearable. The longing and intensity between her and Saint was off the scales HOT, but there was very little in the way of background story. A good read overall.

Currently I’m reading:

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Roomies by Lindy Zart is, so far, another heartwarming read but I’m halfway in and so far, no steam….

On my shelf I have:

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Revived by Samantha Towle, book two in the Revved series.

Bait by M Mabie, book one in the Wake series.

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That’s it from me for today, girls. I hope you have a beautiful week ;)

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Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

Hello girls :) 

An early one from me this week as I’m sure the Spanish readers are ready for their next installation of Meander. Please find chapter 56 in the sidebar – compliments of Kereny ;)

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This  news from the 50 Shades of Grey Support Facebook page:

It may not be best edited clip I’ve seen but it’s lovely to see all the steamy scenes together…

YIBADA speculates about Darker

And MTV News features some…. uhm…. interesting Fifty Shades tattoos ;)

And then, I thought it might be worth our while to take a closer look at Christian’s tie seeing as it played such a BIG part in the book…

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I’m sure you will all agree, gray really is his color! LOL! ;)

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 This week I read:

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The Offer by Karina Halle was okay. The perfect poolside read.

Trouble by Samantha Towle was another great read from this author. I enjoy her style, the great editing, and – of course – the heat.

King my T.M. Frazier, book one in the King series, was a wonderful surprise read. Edgy, gritty, gripping, with a twisty cliffy ending. I can’t wait for book two…

On my shelf I have:

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Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, book one in the Kowalski Family series.

It had to happen – Even the Minions are touched by Grey….

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LOL! That’s all from me for today, lovely ladies of Grey.

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For the American readers, I hope you have an awesome Independence Day weekend!

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Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely Ladies of Grey ;)

It’s been lovely to see a whole host of new readers on the blog – welcome, girls :)

Apart from masses of Grey reviews there seems to be little news on the Fifty front. However, Angelique shared the following…

A beautiful montage of movie kisses….

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(I’m not sure who we have to thank for this lovely editing job but thank you anyway!)

And a closer look at the toys in the playroom….

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Oh my…. ;) 

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This week I read:

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Pucked by Helena Hunting, book one in the Pucked series, was nothing short of a phenomenally fun read. I laughed so hard at times I felt ridiculous doing it out loud. For the great humour in the steamy read I’m happy to say I have another book to add to my Best of the Best list! Yay!

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It’s funny though, because I’ve read a previous book from her that I didn’t enjoy at all; so much so that I didn’t bother finishing it. But the romantic comedy thing? She’s got it down pat.

Sincerely Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams was a cute little read. I enjoyed it but it didn’t make the earth move for me.

Currently I’m reading:

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The Offer by Karina Halle.

On my shelf I have:

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Trouble by Samantha Towle. Since rediscovering this great author I’m reading everything I can get my hot little hands on! ;)

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Yesss! I want one! LOL!

That’s it from me for today, girls. I hope you have a great Sunday and please, share your awesome book finds with us!

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Spanish chapter and news

Hello girls ;)

I hope the week is treating you well. 

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For the Spanish readers, I’ve just posted chapter 55 in the sidebar. Enjoy it thanks to Kereny’s hard work ;)

Then, as expected, E.L. James is most likely doing book two, Fifty Shades Darker, in Christian’s POV also.

See the details – thanks to Susan – in this Hollywood Life article.

We’ll be waiting, Erika :) 

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Bye, ladies. We’ll chat on Sunday unless something BIG happens in our little world…

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Between the covers book club – Grey – spoiler alert!

Hello, lovely ladies :)

So? Have you deserted your lives, and jobs, partners and children to play with Mr Grey? Has he swept you off of your feet or are you surprised by CG’s internal dialogue? But before I get to that, as the (fictional) man himself had a birthday this week, the world went Grey mad….

This clip from the Today Show – thanks to Susan :) 

And the girls from the Laters, Baby site celebrated by attending a special birthday party…

Lucky ladies, huh? 

Then, without further ado, let’s talk about Grey….

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Please DO NOT read the review if you don’t want to hear my thoughts on Grey!

This week I read:

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Grey by E.L. James, book four in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Honestly, this is the first time I’m a little nervous to share a review. Let me start by expressing my expectations for this surprise book. I don’t believe we generally read a POV book because we want more of the story because, having read the original POV, we already know the tale. Rather, we enjoy POV books because it gives us MORE in another sense; they show us the thoughts and feelings, the internal struggles, and the melting moments that we could only have guessed at when we’ve read it from the first person’s POV. So, I expected nothing less from Grey. I wanted more of Christian in Grey, I wanted to see his reticence burn to ash, the absolute confoundment that he must have felt when this innocent woman scrambled his rigid world into the chaos that we call love, and the shock of that love hitting him like a two-by-four despite him not even recognizing the feeling when it hit. Also, Erika took a lot of flack for sloppy editing so I expected this book to be edited to perfection, absolutely flawless.

So? How did I feel reading my first book boyfriend’s thoughts? Initially a little detached. It took me a long time to get into the book, especially if I compared it with the way the original series gripped me – and by grip I mean grabbed me by the shirt collar with both hands and refused to let go! I found Christian’s thoughts to be on the light side. The frequent one-word exclamations expressing his feelings left me hanging. Yes, he’s a guy and probably not that deep when it comes to sex (at least not in the beginning) but it was pretty clear to me, even from the start of book one, that he was experiencing something new, something different, with Ana.

Take the following passage as an example:

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This is an excerpt from the scene at Ana’s graduation ceremony where Kate introduces Christian to Ray as Ana’s boyfriend. I certainly don’t claim to do it better, but for the sake of explaining myself I inserted something along the lines of what I actually expected. I feel she missed so many opportunities to expound on his annoyance/surprise/frustrations/add your adjective of choice…. It has been suggested to me that over the course of the books this may change as Christian slowly gets in touch with his inner hearts-and-flowers guy – thank you, Susan ;) I sincerely hope this is the case.

Having said that, I did eventually, at around 35% in, get into the book and enjoyed reading about GC’s world and the way Ana challenged and frustrated him. I found the level of animosity between him and Kate an interesting insight, and I also liked the additional material relating to his family; his feelings towards Elliot, Mia, and especially Carrick. It was fascinating to note that Christian feels that he let his father down by both his teenage years wayward behaviour as well as the choice he made by dropping out of Harvard and starting a business. I knew that his father didn’t approve of the choice at the time, but since Christian succeeded so spectacularly, I assumed that decision was water under the bridge. Instead it’s another aspect that plays further into his self-loathing, only adding more layers to the baggage he carries in his hurt heart. The end of the book is what saved it for me, and it wasn’t because it was new material but rather because James delved deep into Christian’s mind, following his path of self discovery, internalisation and rationalization right back to Ana’s doorstep. Why she didn’t follow this vein throughout the book remains to be seen…

As far as the editing is concerned I’m extremely surprised to say that some mistakes still slipped through, and it is worthwhile mentioning that there are some minute changes in the conversation from the original, but nothing big enough to mention. Personally, I’m not nuts about the appearance of vulva and labia – nothing sexy about vulva, though I know Erika also took a lot of heat for using the word “sex” when referring to Ana’s vejayjay. The other thing that I found really odd is Ana’s change of hairstyle from book one. In Fifty Shades of Grey, after their first night, she ties her hair in pigtails, but in Grey, Christian describes it as braids. My hubby suggested that as CG is a guy he probably doesn’t know the difference between pigtails and braids, but Christian frequently braids Ana’s hair so I’m sure this is not the case….

So, those are my thoughts in a nutshell. I’m very keen to hear how you experienced it, girls ;)

Facebook’s 50 Shades of Grey Support features Book Bub Blog‘s delicious excerpts from Grey…

I also read:

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Revved by Samantha Towle, book one in the Revved series, was fantastic. A great mix of drama, hotness, and sweet, sweet love. This one is definitely going on my favorites list.

On my shelf I have:

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Pucked by Helena Hunting.

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LOL! ;)

That’s it from me, girls. Don’t forget to share your latest and greatest books with us! :)

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