Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Thank you for all your kind get-well-soon messages! I’m sure they aided my recovery. I’m much better now. 😊

I know it’s well and truly over, but seeing as I missed saying it last week, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. I hope you savoured connecting with your loved ones. ❤️

I had fun watching this fan made mash-up of the previous two movies’ trailers. It was a good reminder of where it all started…

This one is based on the Freed trailer but I really liked that the clips came with text from the book.

And this is the German edition of the trailer…

Love that it gives us a tiny extra scene! 😉

This week I read:

   

Kissing Tolstoy / Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants (or Bow-ties) by Penny Reid, book 1 in the Dear Professor series, was delightful. I simply cannot get enough of Ms Reid’s quirky style, and now that she’s getting more and more adventurous with her bedroom scenes, she has a lifelong fan in me.

Defiant Queen by Meghan March, book 2 in Mount Trilogy, was a much better offering that the first in the range. However, this one left us on another cliffie. Thankfully we’ll see book 3 soon.

Bodyguard by C. D. Reiss, book 2 in the Hollywood A-List, was a nice departure from the usual bodyguard-style story. I enjoyed reading it and I especially liked the son touch. His character added a nice dab of reality.

Breaking Hollywood by Samantha Towle was my only dud this week. I usually enjoy her books though they might be a little cookie-cutter at times. But this one? Not so much. I’m not sure what went wrong, but the too-prefect heroine and assholeish male protagonist left me cold. Aside from that, the book was heavily contrived. Not even the addition of a cute goat could save this one for me.

Currently I’m reading:

 

Grey by E. L. James and Darker by E. L. James, book 1 and 2 of the Fifty Shades as Told by Christian series. Actually I’m listening to Grey while reading Darker. As a side note, it’s worth getting the Audible Companion because Christian’s voice is very nice indeed. 😉😉 But back to the new addition. I had a stupidly crazy week despite my desire to sink my teeth into Darker, but sadly it was not to be. Although I’m not done, please feel free to share your thoughts. 👍🏻👍🏻

Then, with the advent of December, we have the following new releases to look forward to:

These screenshots with the compliments of Goodreads. 👍🏻

I’ll bid you adieu with this cute meme from Sharon…

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Have a lovely weekend, girls.

Darker – Christian’s POV

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Just woke up to this bit of delightful news….


And much earlier than the originally indicated 2018 date! Yay! 🎉

I sincerely hope it’s not just a regurgitation of mirrored words again. 

Let me know what you think, girls. Are we stoked or not? 

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

I’ve wanted to share this with you for ages but couldn’t figure out how to until now. My birthday is long gone, but Sharon blessed me with this cool clip on the day…

 How fantastic is that? I felt very special! ❤️ This awesome ecard and more is available from American Greetings

I saw this on the @LatersBabyFR Twitter page, printable Fifty calendars from the Love Fifty Shades site.


Nifty, huh? 👍🏻

I always admire the edits people do for YouTube. The time and energy that goes into producing something for the sheer pleasure of sharing. This one is no different. From Twitter @50ShadesFierce, Toy Story gets a Grey makeover…

Buzz makes for an interesting Mr Grey. I like when his wings spring into action. 😉

Then, MORE from Sharon – quite literally. Focus Times reports on a new male record holder, a 48.5cm/19.1 inches long record, if you catch my drift…. I’m not sure if I should be impressed or horrified! 😳


This week I read:

Grey by E.L. James – for the second time. Actually, I didn’t read it but listened to it via Audible, and boy, was it fun?! I enjoyed it a WHOLE lot more than the first time. That voice! Just. Wow. Thank you, Lissa for redirecting my attention back to Christian.

Currently I’m reading:

 
Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland and Their Virgin Hostage by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, book 5 in the Masters of Menage series.

Here’s to stating the obvious…

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I hope your week ahead is filled with fabulous reads, girls.

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…

I also read:

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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! 🙂

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

How is your weekend going? Only days to go before we can all read Grey. Isn’t it cool that we’ll probably all be reading it at the EXACT same time? I think it’s AWESOME! I’m excited for next weekend’s book club to hear your thoughts…. 

Speaking of, I’m sure you’ve seen the theft allegations surrounding the manuscript of Grey. This article about said possible theft by ET Canada is certainly interesting but sadly, leaves us with little clarity on the matter. I, however, just have to say my piece: if you happen upon an illegal copy, just for a moment, consider the joy this story has brought you and ask yourself if the author doesn’t deserve the credit and the cash for the gift she’s given you. 

DON’T steal! It’s NOT sexy!

On the lighter side (literally) here are some shades of gray to make you smile 🙂 No more ink in the kitty printer….

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Then, as things are finally happening with Darker, The Stir keeps us in the loop. 

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The Spanish readers will be thrilled with Kereny’s latest contribution. Please find capitulo 54 in the sidebar 🙂 

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This week I read:

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Temporary Bliss by BJ Harvey, book one in the Bliss series, was not my idea of Bliss. While the story was okay, the inconsistencies in her writing was maddening. A poolside read at best.

Temptation by Nicole Edwards, book two in the Club Destiny series, was a delicious take on MMF. VERY naughty but oh-so nice. Be warned though – HOT menage action galore!

Currently I’m reading:

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Taming the Storm by Samantha Towle, book three in The Storm series. I’ve actually forgotten about this great author. I really enjoyed the first two books and I’m happy to see that the third seems right up there with the previous ones. It also doesn’t hurt that Samantha offers a little help for the imagination on her site. Check out the guys that make up Vintage….

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Something for everyone, huh? *wink, wink*

On my shelf I have:

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(Well, almost! It  will be grace my virtual shelf on Thursday – yay!) Grey by EL James, book four in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I CANNOT wait!

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What an exciting week for us, girls!

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True story…. LOL!

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, LOGs (winks to MAC). We’ll have a BIG chat next Sunday about our number one book boyfriends’ POV!

Monique kiss