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…

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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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Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies :)

I trust this weekend is treating you well!

Firstly, the Spanish readers will be delighted with the next translated chapter in the sidebar! Thank you, Kereny! ;)

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There doesn’t seem to be much movie news at the moment , but I’ll share what I have…

From the Laters Baby UK Facebook page; this cute Facebook based personalised invitation to buy the DVD

Venture Capital Post speculates on Michael Fassbender’s chances of playing Dr Flynn

And a cruise line cabin stewardess’s sense of humour….

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LOL! LOL! LOL! ;)

The Laters, Baby site has a great DVD review

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This week I read:

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The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, book one in the Game On series was a great little find. Well written with a good measure of angst, some whopping emotion, and a side of deliciousness that packed just the punch I needed. I really enjoyed this book.

All Things Pretty by M Leighton, book three in the Pretty series was another great read.  (Yes, I’ve forgiven her for the crappy ending in Pocket Full of Sand). I loved that the female protagonist wasn’t the squeaky clean stereotype that we see so often, but there is a part two of this book (3.5) that really belongs with part one, not broken up into two books. Though the author admits this, she states publisher contractual clauses as the reason. I just don’t understand why a publisher would be stupid enough to make an author split a book like this. It’s not as though they make money off the second which Leighton has published for free. Can you say: odd!!??

Currently I’m reading:

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All Things Pretty Part two by M Leighton.

On My shelf I have:

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Spencer by Kerry Heavens

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Love this saucy girl…

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That’s it from me. Have an awesome weekend, girls ;) 

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Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies ;)

Lots of news today! If you’ve not seen Christian’s apartment yet, check out this link…. The Red Room is now open!

Then, on YouTube, a Happy Birthday, Jamie clip:

Combined scenes to “Love Me Like You Do”…

Alternative ending tease…

And here is the teaser for Darker….

The Laters, Baby! site reports that Darker will possibly have a thriller-feel…

This, also from the Laters, Baby! site: a behind the scenes look at shooting the movie:

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This week I read:

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Pocket Full of Sand by M Leighton was interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. As always the writing was great but the ending was not in the usual style. It almost feels as if she wasn’t able to commit to the outcome of a certain direction and then left it up to the reader to decide. Also, just as a warning, the background story of the female protagonist and her daughter was very confronting.

My Wicked Valentine by Ann Mayburn, book one in the Club Wicked series, was not for me. It ticked all the boxes; broken billionaire playboy hottie meets sassy good-hearted woman, both fall hard and fast for kinky love neither was looking for, but it’s all been done before – thoroughly. To me, it felt contrived. However, if you’re keen on a repeat performance, then you’ll love this steamy read.

Currently I’m reading:

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 Overruled by Emma Chase, book one in The Legal Briefs series. So far, it seems to lack Emma’s trademark wit, but I’m reserving my opinion until I get to the end.

On my shelf I have:

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy book two in the Off-Campus series.

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These are the books we can expect from our fav Authors for the month of May. These screen grabs were taken from the Goodreads site. Please note that the links are not live.

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I’ve always thought these little doggies look naughty. Now I know for sure….

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LOL! ;)

That’s it from me, girls. Have a lovely weekend!

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Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies ;)

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. My SHORT break has come and is almost gone *sigh* But, I seem to be out of my book slump, so that’s something, right? 

Luckily for the Spanish readers Kereny is on fire! I’ve just posted chapter 50, (the second one for this week) for the Spanish readers :)

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Angelique shared this edited movie clip with me; one that really tugs at the heart strings…

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This week I read:

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Deep by Kylie Scott, book four in the Stage Dive series, was, as predicted, an awesome read. Mal is still my fav but this one came a close second. I love the Stage Dive guys and Kylie writes them so well.

Knight and Play by Kitty French, book one in the Knight series, was another good read. This is my first time reading this author and I’m pleasantly surprised. Not only was it well written but dang, it all but melted my phone for all it’s scintillating scorch! Under normal circumstances this much nooky will put me off but nooooo, she keeps it smokin’ though she never drops her eye from the underlying story-ball. I went straight from book one to book two…

Currently I’m reading:

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Knight and Stay by Kitty French, book two in the Knight series. It’s not hard to imagine Alexander Skarsgard when you get to know Lucien, the Nordic hottie that keeps our girl Sophie warm at night ;)

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Here’s a little taste thanks to the Totally Booked Blog

On my shelf I have:

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Knight and Day by Kitty French, book three in the Knight series. No surprise there… LOL!

What time is it, girls?

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You guessed it; it’s READING time! ;)

And here’s another little home truth that needs saying:

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Have a good week, ladies and please, don’t forget to share, share, share!

Monique xx

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Between the covers book club

Good morning/evening, ladies ;)

I’ve had a harrowing morning dealing with plagiarism. Please, let me just take a moment to vent… I’d like to remind the world in general that though this may be fan fiction it is still absolutely and completely my own work and thus subject to copyright. It is not to be copied, translated, distributed, or anything that I can’t think of right now without my express permission. And though I’m flattered that folks love it enough to want to redistribute it; a reblog or the posting of a link to my site are the only acceptable, reasonable, and respectful things to do to me and my translator’s hard and honest work. Also, this site is for ADULTS! – Rant over :P

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Thanks to Kereny I’ve posted the following Spanish chapter, chapter 48. Please enjoy, ladies ;)

News regarding the movie is as follows: 

The director, Sam Taylor-Johnson has officially left the FSOG movie franchise according to Deadline. I can’t say that I’m surprised but so far none of the news titbits we’re getting bode well for the swift making of Darker…. 

Then, hee-haa! Just Jared claims we’ll be able to buy the DVD on the 1st and the 8th of May and that it will include two hours of bonus features. I just hope that those scenes will be… MORE! 

Thank you to all the lovely ladies passing on links and news this last week. I appreciate you thinking of me and sharing. 

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 This week I read:

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Monster in his Eyes by JM Darhower, book one in the Monster in his Eyes series, was a good read, if a tad intense. I will be looking at the follow-on books but only after I’ve read the yummy latest releases I have calling my name.

The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz, book three in the Original Sinners White Years series, was, as always, an excellent read and marked the true end of my book slump. If you’ve not had the pleasure of Nora’s company, and you don’t mind the harder edge of kink, then you’ve got to take a peek at these phenomenal books.

Currently I’m reading:

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Manwhore by Katy Evans, book one in the Manwhore series. I’m going to reserve my judgement on this until I’m done but in the mean time I can leave you with a little taste; a fan made trailer of Saint’s deliciousness:

On my shelf I have:

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Deep by Kylie Scott, book four in the Stage Dive series, will appear on my shelf by the 31st due to the wonders of pre-ordering. Yay!

Incandescent by River Savage, book one in the Knight’s Rebels MC series was a strong recommendation and I look forward to reading all about the hot bikers… Thank you, MAC ;)

Here are the delicious reads coming our way in April from Goodreads:

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Please note that the links in the above pics are not live. They are screenshots taken from the Goodreads site.

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Here’s a little joke I thought was very appropriate. I hope it makes you smile too :)

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Have a an awesome weekend, girls. Let me hear from you and your best reads! ;)

Monique xx

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