Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🤗

How are you this fine weekend? Our flaming temperatures have finally cooled a little. Thank goodness. It was ridiculously hot the last while. 🔥

If you’ve not had the pleasure of a virtual tour of Christian’s apartment, check out this cool clip that does it for you…

I saw this collage on Twitter, liked the memories it evoked, but sadly I don’t know who the clever owner is:

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And as I know how very concerned we all are with staying fit, centered, and focussed, I thought I’d share this useful video on yoga…

LOL! 😂

BC

This week didn’t see much action in the reading department – I’m too damn busy, but I must mention that I’m enjoying Fidelity more with this action packed edition to the five book series.

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Fidelity by Aleatha Romig, book five in the Infidelity series & Royally Matched by Emma Chase, book two in the Royally series.

From the Goodreads site, let’s look at what March will bring to our shelves:

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I’m delighted to see a new one by Tiffany Reisz! Yay! 😍

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Anyway, that’s all I have to share with you today. I hope you have a stunning weekend, girls. Let’s chat!

Monique kiss

 

Between the covers book club 

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

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Happy Valentine’s Day! While I love the institution of V-day, I do hope you love your loved ones HARD – Every. Single. Day! 😍

So, by this time, I’m guessing most of you saw the movie. Whatever will be chat about now? LOL! 😂 But despite the proverbial show being over, I do have some news:

Firstly, Susan shared this, a fantastically entertaining review of Darker on Buzzfeed.

Then, I saw some clips on YouTube during the week showing the Easter Egg that came after the credit roll of Darker, but as far as I can tell, they’ve all been removed. I suspect copyright infringements. 😳

Movie Pilot chats about the H.O.T. scenes that ended up on the cutting floor because they were apparently too H.O.TTTTT for the movie going public.

From the 50 Shades of Grey Support page on Facebook I saw an ABNewswire report on the launch of a new book: Fifty Shades Deeper, a book by fans, for fans. If you’re keen to “delve deeper into the messages and insights of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy” this might be the read for you. 

And lastly, Sharon sent me the following: Cringeworthy Sex Ed Stories, again as featured in Buzzfeed (boy, there are some real winners in there), plus this cute kitty meme in honour of V-Day:

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Must’ve been a very naughty kitty! 😂

BC
This week I read:

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Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn, book one in the Larson Brothers series. I read my first book by this author not long after I turned to this genre, and despite having one of the worst book covers I ever saw, I LOVED her story and style. It’s been a long while since I’ve had the pleasure of reading a new book by her, but, I can confirm that I STILL love her writing. I am going to be totally cliched and say that she has a way with words. These may not life changing stories, but consistently good ones with just the right side of yummy.

Currently I’m reading:

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Fidelity by Aleatha Romig, book five in the Infidelity series. Let’s hope THIS is the final one. Five books for this particular range is a book or two too much – at least IMHO.

On my shelf I have: 

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Royally Matched by Emma Chase, book two in the Royally series. I loved the Cinderella-esque nature of the first novel, so I’ve got high hopes for this.

And finally, this week, in the search of the perfect V-day gift for my hubby, I came across this… uhm… practical gift…

Imagine the fun your man could have with this in the shower!! 😂 And I love the “ONE SIZE FITS MOST MEN” disclaimer! 😂

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. Remember to share your loveliest reads with us. 😘

Monique kiss

Another NEW TV spot…

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Just a quick one again – I hope I’m not driving you nuts, but Universal posted another new TV spot…

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Enjoy! 😘

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

The Christmas countdown is so ON! The stores here are teeming with Chrissy shoppers, merry holiday makers are wearing bright red tans, and depending on where you are in the world, you may have your turkey stuffed, your prawns marinated, or your boerie defrosting. Ahh, happy days. I love the festive season ❤️

Next year, I reckon THIS will be my tree…

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#BestIdeaEver 😉

I didn’t come across much Darker news this week, but Universal was kind enough to release these two beautiful movie posters to me:

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They do paint an enticing picture…

This is a fan made trailer, but I appreciate the drama of the opening scenes:

This week my reading was slow going. With all the playdates, Christmas shopping, and long list of to-dos, I’ve had very little time to spend on my favourite hobby, but let’s look at what I did get around to doing this week:

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Currently I’m reading:

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ShutterGirl by C. D. Reiss, book one in the Hollywood Project series. I’m just past the halfway mark, so progress, but not much.

On my shelf I have:

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Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell – thank you, Susan 😉 You can never go wrong with a cover sporting a guy with big balls! LOL! 😂

I don’t know if our US contingent share the Nando’s franchise with us here in Aus, but for in case you don’t, the peri-peri chicken outlet is known for their controversial (but oftentimes, fall-off-your-chair, funny) ads. This one is no exception:

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Whahahaha! 😂😂

That’s all for today. I hope you have a good one 😘

Monique kiss

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

 

 

 

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 😉

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….

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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…

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What a fantastic idea. I call for one on every street corner! LOL!

BC

This week I read:

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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:

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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…

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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