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 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!


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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 đŸ€—

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, girls🙂
Our weekend dawned bright and sunny. Hopefully it’s a good indicator of what’s to come this summer. Yay!

Before I get into this week’s post, let me apologize first. If you got an email notification that I posted this week’s book blog already, please dismiss. Instead of saving, I hit publish wayyy before I was done. Again – I’m sorry! 😳

Then, as we look forward to the trailer I thought I’d share this:

On Instagram, from jamiedornan_fangirl, this great edit:

And on Pinterest, I got this lovely one…

Christian in his wedding kit, though I recall from the book that he wore a silver vest…

Though not related to CG, I love this little clip Sharon sent me of the statue of David….

So cute!😉


This week I read:


3 stars

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett, book one in the Sugar Bowl series, was, as far as I’m concerned, the prefect example of the difference between a three and a four star book. Overall, the writing wasn’t bad. The editing was okay, and even the story had potential, but it lacked the dazzle that keeps me gripped. Mercifully the ugly in her past was explained in a discreet manner, and for that, I was grateful. And I may have peeked at book two after the cliffy ending, ***SPOILER ALERT*** but the way the male protagonist manhandled her out of his house and his life, killed any possibility of Beck reaching book boyfriend status in my world. What a d!ck!

Currently I’m reading:

Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland, book one in the MMA fighter series. After my crappy reading streak of the last fortnight I decided to go for a sure thing. I’m yet to go wrong with this reliably entertaining author. #ViKeelandRocks

On my shelf I have:

To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne, book one in the Wedding Belles series.

In conclusion, here’s to being your best and most colorful self:

I hope you guys have a great weekend! If you’re reading the next best thing, PLEASE share 😘

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello Lovelies😉

How are you all this fine weekend? I hope you had a fabulous book or two to indulge and lose yourself in.

With the movie wrapped I’m curious to see what we’ll have to ogle while we wait for the trailer, but for now, we have some things to fuel our Shady obsession:

The 50 Shades of Grey Support Facebook page posted this lovely collage:


I love the dark and dangerous feel of it…

The Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictures, News and Stories Facebook page reports on an update of her Jamie Dornan fanpage. If you are a Jamie fan this one is a must for you.

Then, I came across this biking pic:


Perhaps some fun “honeymoon” activities added to the movie?

And lastly The Stir features an article on Erika taking over the Fifty Shades Instagram account with some candid inside scoop shots. See those and more including this one of her with Eric Johnson:

Eric Johsnson and Erika

Cute, huh?

On an entirely different note, with fresh violence rearing its ugly head around the globe, I’d like to use my tiny corner of cyberspace to say this:



This week I read:

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4 stars             4.5 stars

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, book two in the Hudson Valley series, was just as I predicted: sweet with a honking side helping of charming. You gotta’ love a hot man of few words, one who KNOWS how to use his hands😉

Bossman by Vi Keeland was a great standalone by this prolific author. I thoroughly enjoyed full-of-himself Chase falling hard and fast for Reese.

Currently I’m reading:


Broken Prince by Erin Watt, book two in The Royals series. I was stoked for this one to come out. Book one ended on a killer cliffie.

On my shelf I have:


Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey, book two in the Shine Not Burn series.

As we’re seeing the back of July retreat in the rearview mirror of life let’s look at what August will bring:






 Exciting stuff. I so love getting this monthly email from Goodreads.

Here’s one for the voluptious among us…



That’s it from me, girls. Let’s hear from you and your adventures between the pages of a lovely book!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies🙂

As the last days of my holiday dwindle into nothing and winter keeps us in warm woolies here in Aus, let me say that I’m still happily luxuriating in some lovely reads. I hope you’re having the same great luck in the book department.

This week I came across this stunning pic on the Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictures, News and Stories Facebook page: the wedding!!


So beautiful. *swoon*

And on the same site, a movie poster showing off Christian’s intense stare…


Nice one, huh?

On YouTube Dakota shares her inhibitions during the filming of Darker:

Over the last few months I featured a lot of pics from the Fifty Shades Girl Portland site. She always has the latest set pics and news. Thanks to Susan, check out Cosmo having a good chinwag with the Portland Girl herself.

And lastly, E News highlights the top things we’re apparently looking forward to seeing in the movie.

Before I start the book club, I thought I’d share these cute light switches😉


Cute AND practical🙂


This week I read:


4 stars

Always by Nina Lane, book five in the Spiral of Bliss series, was a beautiful finale to a beautiful story. Throughout the tale Liv and Dean faced many big demons, but this book proved their most trying time. Keep your tissues handy for this one, girls. Thank you for the lovely gift, Susan!😉

Currently I’m reading:


The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz. I’m so stoked about this book because I ADORE this imaginative author. Though I’m not quite done, I am thoroughly enjoying this standalone. I know her BIG series, The Original Sinners, is epic, so if you’re keen to give her a go without investing oodles of time in a monster range before you get to know her, this one showcases her style and astounding writing prowess beautifully.

On my shelf I have:


Moonshot by Alessandra Torre. This is another I’m looking forward to reading. So many good ones out at the moment. Yay!

So, we all love unicorns, right? Now we know why they aren’t around anymore…



Have a great day, girls. Let us know if you’ve struck literary gold.

Monique kiss


Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies🙂

How are you this fine weekend? Our first week of winter brought a deluge of unexpected rain. Go figure. Luckily, it’s not been cold enough for me to complain. Yet :) 

Though completely unrelated to our FSOG world, this article from the NY Times made me snigger. Kentucky Fried Chicken flavoured nail polish. Decide between Original favour or Hot & Spicy – truly finger licking good – or not?


Imagine chewing nail polish off of your nails and tasting KFC?! LOL!


This week I read:

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Bride in Bloom and Katherine in Gold by J. B. Hartnett, book one and two in the Beachy Bride series was fantastic. These somewhat off-beat books approach our genre from a slightly different angle, making for a stunningly refreshing read. If you’re looking for something beautifully romantic, lead by subtle alphas who know precisely what they want, then this might be the series for you. (You can also read them as standalones) I enjoyed these grown-up stories enough to given ’em my Best of the Best award.

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Currently I’m reading:


Fighting Forever by J. B. Salsbury, book five in the Fighting series. As mentioned before, I’ll be working my way through these hot fighters, but I think I’ve noticed a new sub-trend in our genre. Typically we have our MC books, our tattooed rocker books, our bad boys, or our billionaire Doms, but lately I’ve been reading more and more stories of stripper redemption. Is this something you’ve noticed, or is just me?

Then, as we’ve started a new month, let’s see what June will bring:






There are a few ones I’m looking forward to: Tiffany Reisz’s new offering, The Bourbon Thief, Idol by Kristen Callihan, and Melanie Harlow’s Man Candy – Yay! As always, these screenshots are taken from the Goodreads site.

I’ll leave you with this little joke:


#Truth! LOL!

See ya’ next week, girls🙂

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies🙂

Happy, happy Mother’s Day!

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And just for this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d get you a handy home appliance…



Cottoning on to the conversation we’ve started last week about new scenes being included in the movie, here are some pics of Christian going down in Charlie Tango. Seems we won’t just be hearing about it from Ana’s panic, but rather, we’ll see him and Ros in all the scary action. Thank you, Susan for the links!

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This pic is from the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site. See larger pics here, and here.

What’s Filming has more behind-the-scenes information and pictures of the Charlie Tango set.

As we’re knee-deep in sharing the pleasure books bring us, I would like to pass on this gem from Sharon:


Such truth. Love it!😉


This week I read:

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Ladies Man by Katy Evans, book three in the Manwhore series, was great. With this book Katy reconnects with what I believe she does best: the burning yearning build-up between two skittish would-be lovers. SPOILER ALERT: there are very few writers in our genre that can get away with holding off on the hot lovin’ until the bitter end of a book but still keep you enthralled. Interesting technique to keep you wanting more…😉

Throb by Vi Keeland, book one of the Life on Stage series, was another awesome read. I loved the premise. And I always adore a story of a man who knows EXACTLY what he wants! *wink, wink*

Currently I’m reading:


Deception by Aleatha Romig, book three in the Infidelity series.

On my shelf I have:
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Calico by Callie Hart and the highly recommended Mr. Perfect by J. A. Huss.

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Also, I’ve started a slow reread of Mr. Ward, Lord of the Manor again. I LOVED Jesse the first time around, and this time seems no different, but I’m noticing one helluva update. As was the case with the recent Crossfire series, the intimate language is softer and further, I noticed that she’s removed A LOT of the (British) Englishisms, some of which were a little off-putting in the original text mainly because they were heavily overused. I like the changes, but would love to hear from someone who’s read it recently and can compare notes with me. If you’ve not had the pleasure, check out Jodi Ellen Malpas’s Beneath This Man series

I saw this little joke. It made me laugh. Men, huh? Oblivious! LOL!


I wish you a beautiful day, and if you are lucky enough to be a mommy, I hope you get spoiled and take a moment to remember what a blessing it is to carry the honored title of mom. One last time:

happy mothers day

Happy Mother’s Day!

Monique kiss