Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Reading wise, mine was good and bad. Other than that, I don’t have any news, but I saw this pic. It made me think of all of us, reading addicted and happier for it…

LOL! 🤗

This week I read:

The Final Fight by J.B. Salsbury, book 7 in the Fighting series. I’ve enjoyed books by this writer before, but this one did not do it for me. I can’t say exactly why, but it felt extremely flat. I had to make myself finish it.

Currently I’m reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, book 1 on the Outlander series. Yes, I’ve taken the very long road down the Scottish Highlander rabbit hole. And what a journey it’s been so far. The writing is exquisite. I can see why it was turned into a TV series. I’m not sure how I’m going to work my way through 8 epic books, plus the occasional shorts, but it seems like well worth the effort.

Here’s a bit of truth to make you smile…

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Pass on any fabulous books as they cross your path, girls. Have a good week!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

We’re definitely feeling the light touch of spring here in Queensland. How lovely. 🌼

By now you know how much I enjoy supporting charities, so I couldn’t help but share the Australian firefighters again, this time with equine friends, shooting their annual calendar…

This one is for you, Sharon. 😉

This week I read:

 

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne, book 2 in the Victorian Rebels series. I liked it, but it didn’t pack the same punch as its predecessor. It started a tad too slow to grip me fully.

The Problem With Him by Rachel Higginson, book 3 in the Opposites Attract series, sadly didn’t live up to the rest of the series. It wasn’t terrible, and I liked both characters well enough, but a dragging start coupled with wayyyy too much internal dialogue, stifled the story’s flow. Also, there were a lot of repetitive words, even within the same paragraph, and some niggling contradictions that sucked the pleasure from the tale. Pity. A good, brutal edit would have solved all the pesky issues. On a positive note, one book blogger gave us a taste of the male protagonist, Wyatt Shaw.

I have NO idea where I’m going next, so if you have any fabulous suggestions, please share, girls.🤔

Here’s a bit of a life lesson about counting your words carefully….

Have a beautiful weekend, sweet book friends. I shall see ya’ next week.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

What’s happening in your worlds right now? I had some lovely book fun this week, but other than that, I don’t have much news. I did, however, get this pic from Sharon, a very unfortunate (or is it lucky) doggie…

I wonder if his name is Dick… 🤔 You would just love this pet, wouldn’t you, Crystal? 😉😂

Then, Katherine shared this: the difference between a girlfriend’s and a wife’s massage…

Poor guy!! 😳😂

This week I read:

   

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy, book 7 in the Out of Uniform series, was a good read, it ticked all the boxes, but this series is turning out to be a little formulaic. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Unleashed by Kerrigan Byrne, books 1, 2 and 3 in the MacLauchlans series, was a trio of novellas that was nothing short of delicious. Who knew berserkers were so hot? I adored these 3 stories.

Invoked: A Highland Historical Prequel by Kerrigan Byrne, Insolent, Indecent, and Incarnate, books 1, 2 and 3 in the Moray Druid series, was more of the same, good writing, hottie berserkers with some druids thrown in for fun. Still great, but not quite as good as the Unleashed series.

The Kiss quotient by Helen Hoang was my fourth book this week. I’ve seen this book around for a while but ignored it despite great reviews. I was concerned about the offbeat content, and coupled by the fact that it is this writer’s debut novel, I was reluctant to try it. This week I finally took the plunge, and it was AWESOME! It’s quite quirky, so not everyone will agree with my enthusiastic review, but I LOVED it. Was it not for the quirk, I would have given it my Best of the Best award. It lost 1/2 a star, not because I minded it, but rather because I’m not convinced the content will appeal to the general genre lover. I liked it so much it went straight on to my Favourites shelf.

Currently I’m reading:

 

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne, book 2 in the Victorian Rebels series and The Problem with Him by Rachel Higginson, book 3 in the Opposites Attract series. As you can see I’m gorging on the wonderful Ms Byrne.

I’ll leave you with some fun art that was left on the front of this car – thanks again to Sharon and her delightfully naughty mind… 😉

On my… Do you think they were trying to wash it?? 😂😂

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Happy spring to those of you residing in the southern parts of our beautiful planet. I, for one, am delighted to see the blossoms blooming from stark branches. Yay! 🎉

Here in Aus, we celebrate Father’s Day today. If you have a man in your life who is a fabulous dad, wish him well and hold on tight, girls. A good man is worth his weight in gold. 💗

In honour of the recently passed Woman’s Day, I felt this was pertinent. The Scary Mommy site features an artist reimagining the Disney princess as career women…

Pretty cute, huh? And though I love the notion of empowering women, I do hope we, and especially future generations, manage to hold on to a little bit of the magic we find in fairy tales. Certainly I don’t believe a woman needs a man to save her, and we are DEFINITELY worth more than just our looks, but I do believe that the whole dominant concept is appealing to us because, as women, we naturally respond to strength. #JustSayin 😉

Before we look at my reading week, I have some fun pics to share from a blog friend – all the way from Thailand. Cabbages & Condoms is, according to their site, “a business for social progress”. What started out as a vegetable stand also selling lace panties (?? 🤔😂), T-shirts, key chains, condoms and oral contraceptives, is now a world renowned resort boasting an awarded restaurant. 

 

Yes, those outfits are adorned with rubbers. 😉😂 Thank you for sharing, girlfriend. 👍🏻

This week I read:

   

Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell started out with the bang the title promised. Chapter 1 had me laughing out loud and enjoying the hell out of this spunky beginning, and though I thoroughly enjoyed this heist ride, it didn’t quite reach the epic first moments’ highs again. Nick was a little too good, and a lack of attention to the finer details stole 1/2 a star from what would have been a 4-star read.

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne, book 1 in the Victorian Rebels series, was oh-so-lovely. This tale had every single thing you could ask for in a story, love and heat, drama and angst, all in a well written, delightful package. Also, deliciously, the first love scene was…. Well, let me just say that it now holds a heated place in my top 5. As a side note, I do have to mention, that as far as period dramas go, this author is a little less adept at using the typical era words and terminology than others I’ve read, but in no way does it detract from the story. I’m giving it my Best of the Best award. Thank you so much for this rec, Barbi.

A little Bit of Hot by Elle Kennedy, book 9.5 in the Out of Uniform series, was a short freebie that is a prequel to As Hot as it Gets. It was definitely a cute appetite whetter.

Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby, book 3 in the Man Hands series, was a charming, standalone poolside read. The perfect book for a lazy, relaxing day.

Currently I’m reading:

 

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy, book 7 in the Out of Uniform series & Unleashed by Kerrigan Byrne, books 1, 2 and 3 in the MacLauchlans series – Unspoken, Unwilling and Unwanted.

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Have a brilliant week, girls. Hope you read something wonderful!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How are you this fine weekend? My stellar reading continues, so I’m a happy girl. 👍🏻

I’m not sure about you lovelies, but I STILL believe in fairy tales despite getting on in years. I just loved this meme, but why can’t we have both? 🤔

Dream big, ladies! 😉

Then, how beautiful is this?

Impressive, right? 😉😉

This week I read:

 

The Chase by Elle Kennedy, book 1 in the Briar U series, was the start of her college ice hockey series following on from her college football series. And just like the the whole of the football range, I loved it. She always delivers clean writing and an engaging storyline. If college-aged fun is your thing, then this one is definitely not to be missed.

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, book 1 in the Hidden Legacy series, was my first successful foray into the fantasy genre. I thoroughly enjoyed Rogan and all his magical intensity. Thank you, Sharon for this treat. 😘

Currently I’m reading:

 

Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell. With that cover, how can you go wrong?

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne book 1 in the Victorian Rebels series. This book has AMAZING reviews and so far, I have to say, the writing is beautiful.

As this coming week will see the end of the month, let’s take a look at what September will bring…

Nothing I’m absolutely salivating to read, by I hope you find something fabulous. As always, these goodies are taken from the Goodreads site and the links aren’t live.

This pic is soooo funny, mainly because it’s so true…

What a difference, eh?  😂😂

Have a blessed week, girls. Let us know what you’re reading.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Over here our Jasmine flowers are in full bloom, a sure sign that spring is coming. Yay! 🌸

This weekend I finally got to see the Book Club movie. I’m not sure why it took so very long to reach our shores, but it finally landed here and I was first in line, ticket stub in hand. Here’s the preview for in case you haven’t had the pleasure…

It’s a pity the best movie featuring Fifty wasn’t the actual franchise. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun watching these ladies enjoy our fav book’s shenanigans. Parts of it literally had me laughing out loud. The funny film, coupled with my great reading week, left me in good spirits. #HappyGirl😉

This week I read:

 

Dr Strange Beard by Penny Reid, book 5 in the Winston Brother series, was another fabulous story in this fine series. I just love the quirky characters and her refreshing twist on our genre. You can always count on her to put a realistic relationship spin on the lovin’, but I do have to mention that there were a couple of surprising loose ends at the end of the book. Very unlike Penny. 🤔

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, book 3 in the Scoundrels series, was an absolute delight if you’re into period dramas. I adored the old-fashioned language, the clearly defined (crazily outdated) male and female roles, and the bodice-ripping passion. What fun! Check out this screenshot for a taste of this highly entertaining story.

So very amusing! 😂

Currently I’m reading:

 

The Chase by Elle Kennedy, book 1 in the Briar U series and Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, book 1 in the Hidden Legacy series. Thank you, Sharon, for the latter. 😘

Sharon also shared this, a funny office faux pas…

Oh dear! 😂😂

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

I had a very varied reading week. It’s so wonderful when you find a new author you love, but equally sucky when you try one who tanks. 😝 Oh well. I guess you’ve gotta’ kiss a few frogs before you find a prince….

Lissa shared this, for those of you who are Jamie fans. According to GQ Magazine, Mr Grey is going to be the new face of Hugo Boss.

It comes as no surprise they would want to capitalise on his 50 Shades fame. 😏

This week I read:

  

Double Down by Alessandra Torre, book 2 in the All In Duet series. I enjoyed it, but, and this is a BIG but, the ending was decidedly untidy for an author of her caliber. *SPOILER ALERT* Despite it being the final book in the series, she left the main antagonist plotting revenge for a future we’ll never see. It definitely felt incomplete.

69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer, book 1 in the Winning the Billionaire series, was just what I needed after my Torre let-down. Sweet, fun, and clear-cut. Thank you, Sharon for this cute read.

It’s Complicated by Missy Johnson, book 1 in the Awkward Love series, was my dud of the week. I could write a long tirade about how the blurb didn’t match the actual story, how anatomically impossible or ambiguous some love scenes were, or even say something about the awkward over-use of the word p#ssy (amongst others – girl needs to find herself some synonyms), but I would be here all day. As you can tell, it’s a sad no from me.

Currently I’m reading:

  

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid, book 5 in the Winston Brother series, The Chase, book 1 in the Briar U series, and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, book 3 in the Scoundrels series. Yeah, I’m kicking it old-school. 😉

Ha! You’ll enjoy this GOT reference if you like the series….

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Have a good one, girls. See y’all next week!