Between the covers book club

Hello there, ladies 🤗

So? How many times have you watched the new trailer by now? See anything you love/hate? The Laters, Baby! site posted these (and more on their page) great new stills for us to moon over.

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Personally, the scene where Christian breaks down, finally offering himself to Ana’s touch, is the one I look forward to seeing the most:

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In other movie news this week, Taylor Swift dropped a hint that saw the Twittersphere explode. Marie Claire picked up the story of Darker’s newest song: Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik’s duet, I Don’t Want To Live Forever.

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I found this lovely pic with the song lyrics on Facebook. Seems pretty fitting, huh?

And, if you still want MORE of Christian, Funko Pop! just launched their Christian Grey doll. These figurines are usually reserved for superheroes and the likes, but I guess, to us, CG is exactly that!

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Adorable! 😉

Then, Sharon sent me this: Buzzfeed shares more cringe-worthy sex scenes hailing from the written word. Again I selected my favourite…

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Eeeeeeeek! 😂

Before I start with my reading week, and in keeping with my current festive season theme, I thought I’d share a little bit of what Christmas is like for us here where we NEVER see snow (or even cold) in December:

“Bro’s glistening… ” Whahahahaha! 😂😂

BC

This week I read:

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Womanizer by Katy Evans, book four in the Manwhore series, I gave a reluctant three stars. Following her recent, renewed success with Mr. President, I was very disappointed in the not only the shoddy editing (again), but the lacklustre story. This whole series, so far, has been a miss for me. 😔

Currently I’m reading:

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Breathe by Kristen Ashley, book four in the Colorado Mountain series & ShutterGirl by C. D. Reiss, book one in the Hollywood Project series.

As no Christmas is complete without Santa, I reckon Charlie would make a pretty good one…

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😋

That’s all from me, girls. Let’s talk books and movie!

Monique kiss

Darker – trailer 2

Oh my, oh my, oh my – be still my beating heart! It’s here! Finally we get a deeper glimpse into what’s to come…

Thank you, Susan, Kereny and the all the folks who sent me links via Facebook and Twitter. It was lovely to wake up to MORE of Darker. ❤️

SO? What do you think??

In other related news, Erika has updated her website! If you click on her About Me tab you can’t miss the reference to a new story to come in the future. Yay! 🎉

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Then, lastly, Sharon shared this cool site: Seattle Independent Press (SIP). An interactive site where you can “register” as an employee to get inside info. Pretty cool, huh?

This is what I want in my Christmas stocking…

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LOL! 😂

Have a good one, girls, and let me know what you think of the new trailer!

Monique kiss

 

Darker tie-in novel

Hello there, girls 🤗 

Just a quick one: yesterday Erika Tweeted happy news about the movie tie-in novel’s release! This new edition of Darker features Jamie and Dakota on the cover AND contains bonus material! Yay! Available for pre-order this week, or from bookstores in January. 


I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty keen to see the extra bits! 🎉

Then, as we’re in the season, I thought I’d share this Christmas fail…


Oh dear…. 😂😂

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Along with my festive season banner and the start of advent, I thought I’d spread a little Christmas cheer…

Oh my… Santa’s helpers are lookin’ good! 🎄

Then, as we wait for the next trailer, I happened upon this exciting teaser on Twitter @LatersBabyFR:

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The rules have changed…. #CompromiseToGetYourGirl ❤️

BC

This week I read:

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The Red by Nora Sutherlin was delightful in more ways than one. Firstly, I loved the concept of a writer (Tiffany Reisz) publishing her character’s book under the name of said character. In the Original Sinners series, the main female character, Nora, is an erotica writer, and this book is HER “published” novel. The books are talked about in quite a bit of detail in the originating series, and I loved that Tiffany stayed true to how she described them then. From the dedication to Soren on the title page, right down to the content (a scorchingly HOT, one-handed read 😉😉) and style (still an intriguing plot in typical Tiffany fashion, but with a healthy sprinkling of otherworldliness), all worked together to make this story seem like Nora’s rather than Reisz’s. Then, contributing to the sensuality of the book, was the stunning cover: a matte sleeve that looked every bit as good as it felt. It’s been a while since I’ve handled an actual book (as opposed to the e-versions), but I thoroughly enjoyed running my hands over this one! Lastly, the publishing company listed on the cover is called the 8th Circle, another cute wink at the original series and the name of the exclusive BDSM club they call home. I can only marvel at her creativity and skill to bring this together so well. The release date is yet to be announced, but should be within this year. I am lucky enough to have read this advanced, limited edition, hardcover thanks to a generous lady in Florida who thought of me when she went ogling our fav girl. Thank you, Sharon 😘

Staying with Tiffany Reisz, I read Her Naughty Holiday, book two in the Men at Work series. Thus far, this range is much more congruent with the HEA, hearts-and-flowers side of our genre. It amazes me that she can be so quirky with the Original Sinners series, and then write something as sweet and light as this. Again, it goes to show how very talented she is.

Currently I’m reading:

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Breathe by Kristen Ashley, book four in the Colorado Mountain series.

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😂😂

I hope you have a brilliant week, girls. Don’t forget to check-in to share your latest and greatest reads with us!

Monique kiss

 

 

 

Tiffany Reisz: Original Sinners

Hello girls 🤗

Because I’ve been asked this question so many times, I decided to do a blog post so everyone gets to see. Tiffany Reisz is one of my top ten favorite authors and the creator of the run-away success, Original Sinners. The series is LONG, but, as I’ve mentioned many times before, absolutely EPIC, with a capital E. When I initially started the range, I liked it, the writing was great, but I did not see the true scope of the story. It was certainly enthralling enough to continue to book two, but little did I know that I would become deeply enthralled by the world she created, invested in her creations like they were friends. By book three I began to get an inkling of the vast span of this saga and the incredible depth of her fascinating characters. Usually this level of detail and depth is reserved for the Sci-Fi genre with the likes of someone like Peter F. Hamilton, but Tiff’s done it in OUR genre. Not that it’s futuristic, but the facets of the many twist and turns, the implications on these people’s lives, and how it intertwines over the span of time, is simply mind boggling. How she kept the threads of this story straight I have NO idea. But she did, and did so believably. The kink is much harder than Ana’s gentle entry into BDSM, but so well written that you can’t help but be swept away by the tide.

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There are many books in the series and then novellas that make up series within the main series. It can get very confusing, but Tiffany sets us straight. This is for you, Lissa and Susan, and everyone who’s ever asked me:

These are the main books (full novels) and should be read in the following order:

The Siren (Original Sinners, Red Years #1)

The Angel (Original Sinners, Red Years #2)

The Prince (Original Sinners, Red Years #3)

The Mistress (Original Sinners, Red Years #4)

The Saint (Original Sinners, White Years #1)

The King (Original Sinners, White Years #2)

The Virgin (Original Sinners, White Years #3)

The Queen (Original Sinners, White Years #4)

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The novellas can be read in any order but I would suggest reading all the full novels first, and definitely The Red Years BEFORE the White Years. I personally read the novellas in the bundles they are usually sold, and I NEVER felt lost, but did so AFTER the main series.

The Original Sinners novellas are:

The Gift (previously published as Seven Day Loan) Daniel Part one

Little Red Riding Crop

Immersed in Pleasure

Submit to Desire

Daniel Part Two

A Christmas Maggie

Everything They Wanted

Something Nice

Christmas in Suite 37A

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The Mistress Files (novellas consisting of: The Case of the Acting Actress, The Case of the Diffident Dom, The Case of the Reluctant Rock Star, The Case of the Brokenhearted Bartender, The Case of the Secret Switch)

The Last Good Knight (novellas consisting of: Scars and Stripes #1, Sore Spots #2, The Games Destiny Plays #3, Fit to Be Tied #4, The Last Good Night #1.5)

The Teacher

The Confessions (of Father Marcus Sterns)

Night Swimming

The Metronome

The Teacher’s Pet

The Ingenue

The Theory of the Moment

The Sweetheart

Griffin in Wonderland

Happy Birthday Soren

Gauze

A Beautiful Thing

Rope

Jordan

A Better Distraction

Rectified

The Couch

Michael’s Wings

Many of these are short stories available for free from her site. Tiffany has said goodbye to the Original Sinners series with the re-publication of Confessions, but it seems it was just, “Goodbye for now”. This list – I hope – is not exhaustive.

**SPOILER ALERT**

And just to make it immeasurably more complicated, Tiffany will be publishing the main female character in the Original Sinners series, who just happens to be a writer, Nora Sutherlin’s books, starting with: The Red. I am one VERY blessed girl with an advanced SIGNED copy of this yummy treat  – all thanks to Sharon! ❤️ Watch this space…

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Happy day, Ladies 😉

Monique kiss

 

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗 

Let me kick off by saying a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to all the US readers. I hope you had a precious day feeling grateful for the gifts life brings, not least of which are gripping books. Yay! ❤️

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As far as the movie is concerned, rumour has it that hottie, Lenny Kravitz, may be writing the soundtrack for Darker. Seems fitting, huh? See the Daily Mail for more.

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I found this cute little meme on Facebook. Darker: doggy-style…

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LOL! 😂

While we all love a good book, especially when they drip with panty melting lemons, not all love scenes are created equally. Susan shared this laugh-out-loud article from Buzzfeed featuring the Bad Sex Fiction Awards. You might still need to change your knickers after reading these, but only because you tinkled from laughing so hard. This is my favourite, terrible scene:

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WTF?? LOL! 😂😂

Then, how is this for a dream getaway? Sharon sent me this author’s cruise ad run by 1001 Dark Nights

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Wow!!! Imagine spending some quality holiday time with your favourite writers? Feel free to invite me along 😉

This week I read:

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Managed by Kristen Callihan, book two in the VIP series, was delightful. We met Gabriel in book one where he came across as a hard-nosed control freak, but WOW! The way she set this up, the depth of his character, and how he bloomed in this book, was nothing short of gobsmacking. I loved the roller coaster read of him falling hard for love, the tension-wrought build-up between him and Soph, and then the inevitable snap of his steely control. Good stuff! Here’s a little visual of how Gabriel became putty in Sophie’s hands…

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*sigh* 😍

Breathe by C. D. Reiss, book ten in the Songs of Submission series was the one novella I still needed to read to complete the round number. What can I say about this range that I haven’t already? Exceptional writing, white-hot loving, and complex, interesting characters. I STILL love this whole series.

Currently I’m reading:

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Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz, book two in the Men at Work series.

As you know, I usually adore getting my Goodreads email touting the new books we’ll see in the coming month, but the December new releases seem a little thin. 😳 Nevertheless, here they are:

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Please note: these are screenshots taken from my Goodreads page, thus voiding the links.

The truth about going for drinks – at least for me…

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LOL! 😉

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. See ya’ soon!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, Lovely Ladies 🤗

Christmas seems to be in full swing here. Do you think retailers start earlier and earlier every year, or is it just me? Regardless, I LOVE the season and am looking forward to some serious holiday time. Yay! 🎉

Also, I’ve noticed, this time around, a LOT less Fifty hype with the advent of Darker. I wonder why. Yesterday, I posted the TV spot that was aired during the Latin Grammy Awards, but it seems to me that ALL sources of movie news are on the thin side. However, one fun thing we WILL be able to enjoy through all three movies is the virtual reality tour.

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Sign up to Fandango to get the alerts for the Darker experience.

BC

This week I read:

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A Place in the Sun by R. S. Grey was a delightful little read reminiscent of Alice Clayton’s recent, Roman Crazy. This standalone is just the right thing to enjoy when you’re coming down from a book hangover. Thank you, Susan 😉

Sacking the Quarterback by Samantha Towle is part of James Patterson’s Bookshots concept. Supposedly they are “Stories at the Speed of Life” which basically translates to shorts. I understand the need for novellas, and who doesn’t like a fast-paced, action packed book? But if it’s to the detriment of the story, the pace so swift that there’s no meat, you’ve lost me. If you’ve read Samantha before, then I think you’ll agree, this one reads like a summary rather than a fully developed tale.

Unsuitable by Samantha Towle was an interesting departure from her usual vein. This had a much darker tinge, but (fortunately for me) not too dark. Parts of it reminded me of Fifty, and the buildup was awash with expectation and lots of ping-ponging emotions for the characters. Thank you for the rec, Katherine 😉

Currently I’m reading:

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Managed by Kristen Callihan, book two in the VIP series. I LOVE this author, so I’m stoked to be back in her world.

Ha! This one made me laugh out loud!

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😂😂😂

As always, it was lovely chatting with you. Don’t be shy to share your latest and greatest with us, girls.

Monique kiss