Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies😉

Sorry I’m a little late today. How are you this fine weekend? I’m finally on holiday! It’s a short one, but a break nonetheless, one for which I’m endlessly grateful. Rest. Yay! 

There’s no real news to report on regarding the movie as far as I know. I guess the next big thing will be the trailer release which I imagine would be round the September mark. I have to admit that I’m EXTREMELY curious to see what Erika’s done with her vision. 

I did, however, come across this: an Oxfam shop that received so many pre-loved copies of FSOG that they managed to build a fort…

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LOL! Not sure if that’s an appropriate one for little kiddies to play in, but personally I would love to live in a house built with books ;) 

As far as my reading week is concerned, I ditched the two books I was reading (because life is too short to read cr@p) and decided to reread the Crossfire series in preparation for the final book coming out this week. Rereading is not something I easily do, but considering my deep love for this particular story, I thought I might give it a go. So, if you were waiting (breathlessly) for my review of Vi Keeland’s debut, Belong to You, book one in the Cole series, it’ll have to wait. I started it but can already tell you that she’s definitely improved with time. 

This week I read:

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The Crossfire series by Sylvia day. I’ve never had the opportunity to review the first two offerings of this delicious range on the blog because I read it prior to starting the book club, so, here goes: initially, the first time I read book one, Bared to You, I was absolutely shocked by the overwhelming similarities between this story and FSOG. So much so that I almost felt incensed for Erika’s sake. Yet, the story kept me riveted. I was so desperate for MORE of Fifty, that I took it, any way I could get it. Book one led to book two, Reflected in You, and this was where the series REALLY came into its own. The story is gripping and poignant. Gideon is broken in ways that very few people would be able to identify with, but still, he is endlessly lovable, and my personal favorite book boyfriend. Initially Eva has a real issue dealing with their volatile love, a love that burns hotter than the sun, but the two of them grow beautifully through the dramas in their lives.

As far as I know, the series was originally meant to be three books, but before the release of the third, it was announced that the series would be a five book range instead. Naturally, I had mixed feeling: on the one hand I wanted – desperately – to see the conclusion to the story, but on the other, it offered more books in a well-loved series. I think the latter would have felt truer if the wait between the novels wasn’t so ridiculously long. As it was, you almost lost touch with the story between books which made every sequel thereafter feel slow, dragging even, rather than a natural evolution of the story. It also didn’t help that release dates kept changing on a disappointingly regular basis. However, now that I’m rereading, I have to admit that, with the pleasure of going from one book straight to the next, I’ve gained a new perspective on the flow and progression of the tale. Also, strangely, in the mean time, since I’ve read soooo many other books that’s based along the FSOG lines, this time, I could appreciate it more for the brilliant story that it is. It’s not without its faults, but to me, it is the ONLY “similar to FSOG” book that showcases the burning, indelible connection between a couple the way our beloved Shades did. For this and many more fantastic bits of beautiful writing – not least of which are some seriously smokin’ love scenes – I give the Crossfire series, book one and two especially, my Best of the Best award.

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I’m halfway through book three, Entwined With You and will follow it up with book four: Captivated by You, before I read book five, One with You, coming this week on the 5th of April. Needless to say, I cannot wait!

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If you love this series as much as I do, and if you’ve not already done so, you can check out my Crossfire inspired fan fiction short stories:

Crossfire Meander: Reflected in you

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On my shelf I have:

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Stanton Adore by T. L. Swan, book one in the Stanton series (thank you, MAC), but I’m not sure if I’ll be getting there any time soon. Another favorite author of mine will be releasing a new series this week, which I’m sure will keep me busy along with the new Crossfire. More next week.

I’ll leave you with some of the reasons I ADORE Gideon and Eva’s story…

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Beautiful, huh?

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LOL! ;) 

That’s it from me girls. I hope you have a stunning weekend and please, share your best reads with us!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club and Spanish chapter

Hello, lovely ladies:)

Soooo close to the Easter break… Yay! Hope you all have plans to spend it with your precious ones.

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The Spanish readers will be delighted with the latest and last of the main story chapters in the sidebar. Thank you, Kereny! Only two more short stories to go…. What a journey it’s been! Thank you for your incredible dedication, girlfriend.

Now, you guys know that Jamie wasn’t MY first choice for CG’s role. I don’t think he is terribly unsuited, but I’ve always maintained that he lacks the deep, smouldering intensity needed to play our complicated man. However, this week I found this photo on the Fifty Shades of Grey Pictures, News and Stories Facebook page and, for the first time, saw what I think the producers saw in him. In this pic he seems the perfect blend of boy and man, confidence and vulnerability, and the eyes? Perfect!

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What do you think, girls?

The JustJared site features some set photos of Jamie looking buff while he takes Ana out to a restaurant.

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Nice shirt ;) 

BC

This week I read:

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Sacked by Jen Frederick, book one in the Gridiron series, was interesting. It didn’t start by sweeping me off my feet. Weird word choices, confusing dialogue, and skipping into scenes without proper prompts all left me feeling mostly confused, but, despite the false start, it still kept me reading. Overall I liked the story – very Elle Kennedy/Kristen Callihan from their respective college sports novels, but it needs a good editor to make it great.

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre was lovely. This author seems to have two writing settings, hectic intensity or sweetly complex. This book was of the latter variety and as satisfying as always. A great read.

The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz was just another example of this author’s iron grip on our genre. Effortless sophistication coupled with creative, fascinatingly deep characters, make these books a winner EVERY TIME! Just too damn short!

Currently I’m reading:

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Roomhate by Penelope Ward. I’m trying this author’s solo attempts as I was so impressed with her collaboration with Vi Keeland in Cocky Bastard.

Here’s an offer you can’t refuse…

  

LOL!😉

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, ladies!

Monique kiss

Spanish chapter

Hi Girls, 

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Just a quick note to let the Spanish readers know that Chapter 71 is now live in the sidebar. Thank you, Kereny! I can’t believe we’re so close to finishing the Spanish translation. Well done, girlfriend!

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Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies:)

Another crazy week and it’s only March… *sigh* But, nothing like a good book or some juicy movie goss to help you relax, right?

I found this lovely news montage featuring some set photos from Darker….

I like these particular ones:

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You can read more about the stills and the filming on Popsugar. Thank you, Susan and Angelique😉

And if you’re a Jamie fan and you want to get a glimpse into Freed, check out this fan-made trailer showing Christian and baby Phoebe…

Then, on a completely unrelated topic, and seeing as I’ve featured cakes on the blog before, what do you think of this little girl’s birthday creation?

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Oh my! Who knew a cake could be so well endowed? LOL! See more uhm….  interesting confections on Buzzfeed.

BC

This week I read:

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Perfect Opposites by Zoya Tessi was not for me. I don’t generally like to give bad reviews. I completely understand that we might enjoy different things in a book, but as my own thoughts are the only ones I can comment on, my honest opnion is all I have to give you. When there are absolutely shocking plot holes and glaring mistakes on the very first page I can’t help but cringe every time a line makes me pause to scratch my head. It stops me from losing myself in a story. I think I got to about 15% before it went on the abandoned pile.

Beautiful Boss by Christina and Lauren, book four point five in the Beautiful Bastard series, was, by contrast, a great little read. My only issue is that reading these novellas feel like you’re only allowed to have a small bite of a dessert you’ve been craving. LOL!

One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy, book one in the After Hours series, was right on point for this author. It delivered all the hot and spicy – just like it always does. Though this is a series you can read the books as stand-alones.

Currently I’m reading:

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One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy, book two in the After Hours series.

On my shelf I have:

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Licked by Brooke Blaine, book one in the LA Liaisons series.

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LOL! Have a great weekend, girls. See you next week!

Monique kiss

Spanish chapter

Hi, girls:)

Just a quick one to let you know that Kereny has sent me the new Spanish chapter. Please find Chapter 70 in the sidebar. Thank you, girlfriend!

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Then, Sharon shared this with me. I literally laughed out loud!

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies:)

Welcome back to the blog! I hope you all enjoyed lovely Christmas and new year’s celebrations. Mine was awesome, but now I have to recover. LOL!

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😉

I came across this picture of a fantastic cake. Some folks are just so talented, but I’m not sure I could ever manage to eat something so special…

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At the start of the hollies I found myself in a bit of a book slump, but mercifully it seems as though I’m back on the happy-reading train. Yay!

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Since the last time I posted a book club post I’ve read:

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Lawless by T.M. Frazier, book three in the King series, was typical of this author’s style: fast-paced and edgy. Once I started reading I realized that I was so not in the mood for a gritty, sometimes gruesome story such as this, so I’ve put it aside for now. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great author and the series is certainly worthwhile pursuing if you feel like living through hard, rough, and ready men, but I am not inclined to these sharp edges ATM.

Wrapped In Lace by Prescott Lane was a great stand alone read. A sweet, sexy story that set a much happier tone to my Christmas break reading. It was just what I was looking for at the time. Thank you, Susan😉

Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance and the subsequent (very short) epilogue novella was another fantastic read. I loved this writer’s refreshing style, the different glimpses into a range of points of view. The characters were great and initially, seemingly unconnected, but turns into an interesting mesh of happenstance. Thank you, Suanne😉

Currently I’m reading:

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 Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras, book one in the Hearts series.

Then, here are the books we can look forward to in January:

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As always, the links aren’t live as these are screenshots taken from the Goodreads site.

Lastly, my hubby sent me this…

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Ha! It made me laugh out loud!!:)

Have a happy weekend, girls!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club and Romanian chapter

Hello, lovely ladies,

I don’t know about you, but with Christmas approaching life is fairly hectic at the moment. Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just busy. I look forward to spending the day with family, friends and wine. Yay!😉

With that, I’d like to wish you all a beautiful, blessed Christmas. Enjoy every moment you have with your loved ones. Eat, drink and be merry because life is too short!  For 2016 I pray for peace across every nation of this beautiful earth of ours and for every race, colour and creed. May it be a prosperous year for you, filled with love and all the good things life has to offer. Again, thank you for your continued support; as readers as well as friends.

Remember to leaves cookies for Santa….

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We all know the famous fireman’s calendar, and I’m sure many countries have their own version, but it seems that the French have taken the concept to a whole new titillating level. I bet you it’ll be no hardship to click this BrightSide link to see these stunning images, AND it’s for a good cause. It’ll make a great Chrissy pressie, don’t you think?😉

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Also, it’s my pleasure to let any Romanian readers know that Paula has translated the next chapter of Meander. Please find it in the sidebar for your enjoyment.

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Thank you, Paula:)

BC

This week I read:

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Watch Me Fall by Cherrie Lynn, book five in the Ross Siblings series, was good. Usually I love this author, and I adore her books, but this one didn’t blow me away. It was nothing specific, it just didn’t curl my toes. A solid three stars from me.

On my shelf I have:

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Lawless by T.M Frazier, book three in the King series.

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 I won’t see you guys next week, my next BOOK CLUB post will only be on the 3rd of January (early morning, my time), but I’m around, so please feel free to pop in and say hi. If you happen to read anything spectacular, please share!

Monique kiss