Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How are you this fine weekend? Before I start, allow me just a tiny moment of housekeeping. I will be away on holiday (Yay!) for a bit so I will not be posting the book club over the weekend of the 16th. I should, however, be back for the weekend before Christmas. 😉

Then, I had a fun request from Sharon to share how we celebrate Christmas in Australia. Naturally, with summer in full swing, we don’t have snow, so a white festive season is out of the question, plus turkey is hardly the ideal thing for the BBQ. This cute video says it all…

LOL! 😂 Lots of Aussie vocab in that one. See these helpful translations:

(Esky: an ice box to keep your drinks cold * Kelpie: a breed of dog used especially for sheep herding * Singlet: a tank top * Thongs: flip flop sandals * Beaut = short for beautiful * Holden ute = Holden is a car brand (like Toyota) and ute is short for sport and utility vehicle (a pick-up truck for the American readers) * Shoot through: to leave)

Rather than the traditional turkey most folks enjoy prawns on the BBQ, a fruit topped pavlova is a favorite for dessert, and Santa wears board shorts! It’s definitely not your typical snowy Christmas card scene. 😜

This week I read:

Darker by E. L. James, book 2 in the Fifty Shades as Told by Christian series.

It’s a little hard for me to review this one objectively. I’ve read the originals so many times that I might be able to recite them word for word. It’s impossible to say how I’d feel about this version if I had the opportunity to read it with fresh eyes. On the one hand I’m very disappointed with the lazy writing. Some lines were repeatedly lifted from the first book, and some phrases (“I want her”, “my body responds”, “as if she’s addressing my groin”, and “it’s arousing” – to name a few) were so overused that I had to wonder where her editor was. Also, I found most of the sex scenes decidedly clinical. There was very little expansion on them other than the mirror of conversation we saw in the original story. I would have loved to have read more of how he saw her, in their day-to-day interactions and well as in their intimate moments. In my humble opinion, that’s what made the insight into his thoughts so appealing in the first place. But there were definite light points too. I enjoyed seeing a little deeper into his relationship with Elena and the colored-in bits around his encounter with Leila and the Charlie-Tango accident. Overall, I feel lukewarm. It’s an extremely relaxed read that doesn’t require too much investment from the reader. Nevertheless, I will most certainly read the third book when the time comes. I hope she builds enough momentum with this to spark more interest for the third movie.

On my shelf I have:

 The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry, book 1 in the Elements series and Taint by S. L. Jennings, book 1 in the Sexual Education series. The latter has a very interesting blurb. I’m super curious to see if it will be worthwhile.

This made me smile. You’ve gotta’ love the beauty of hope!


Have a wonderful couple of weeks, girls. I look forward to sharing my holiday reads with you when I come back. Feel free to comment while I’m away. I’ll be around to chat.

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…


Have a lovely weekend, girls.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

I hope your reading week was deliciously entertaining. Mine certainly was. 😉

This, apparently, is the extended trailer, already marked trailer 2…

As far as I can tell it’s the teaser trailer blended with the trailer. I suspect we’ll see a lot more little bits of the movie during the festive season.

I liked this meme, not that I have many actual books, but if my reading apps were to manifest themselves in real life, I suspect that I might be called a book hoarder:


Let’s look at what I read this week…

This week I read:


The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry, book 1 in the Jamison Valley series, was good, but a touch implausible. From the reviews I had high hopes for this one, but I wasn’t blown away.

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid, book 4 in the Winston Brothers series, was fantastic. And she took the bedroom antics up a notch. It was a nice touch, made for a great all-rounder read.

Currently I’m reading:


Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants (or Bowties)/Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid, book 1 in the Professor series and Defiant Queen by Meghan March, book 2 in the Mount Trilogy.

On my shelf I have:

Bodyguard by C. D. Reiss, book 2 in the Hollywood A-List series.

I’ll leave you with this…

LOL! 😂😂

Have a beautiful week, girls. Let us know if you find anything awesome to share.

Between the covers book club 

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Another week of speeding full tilt to the year’s end. I can’t wait for the holidays and my favorite season: blessed Christmas. Yay! 🎉

Well. We sure had a lot of comments on the new trailer. Some very excited ladies and even more nervous ones. Personally I like it but, as the adage goes, once bitten, twice shy. Only, in this particular instance, it’s twice bitten, isn’t it? 🤔Nevertheless, I will absolutely go and see the film. #CanYouSaySucker

I found another version of the trailer accompanied by “Crazy in Love”. It’s slowed way down and, if I’m not mistaken, has a few new angles. Check it out:

And Daily Motion features the French version of the trailer with a few more scenes that we’ve not seen yet…

Thank you, Angelique for the link!

So, I don’t know about you, but I think kissing is just the best thing since WiFi. By sheer accident I stumbled upon this montage, the best kissing scenes from movies…

Pretty yummy, right? 😉

I also saw this, a magnificent library in China featuring clean, gorgeous curves. It houses over a million books.

How beautiful is this place? ❤️

This week I read:


From this Moment by Melanie Harlow should have been wonderful, but despite the tugging on my tear ducts and all the usual goodies, it just didn’t hold my attention. I think it may have something to do with the weak female protagonist. I readily acknowledge the often exaggerated sexual prowess in our genre, but I find it really hard to associate with wishy-washy characters.

Dating-ish by Penny Reid, book 6 in the Knitting in the City series, was another of this writer’s works that went straight onto my favorites shelf. I am already suffering from withdrawal as this was the last book in this range as it stands now. The next one will only surface in March 2018. #SadFace 😔

Michael’s Wings by Tiffany Reisz, book 6.3 in The Original Sinners series, was not quite what I expected. Though her books are ALWAYS good, this one seemed just a tad less to me.

Griffin in Wonderland by Tiffany Reisz, book 0.3 in The Original Sinners series, was, in contrast, right on target.

Currently I’m reading:


The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry, book 1 in the Jamison Valley series, Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants (also known as Kissing Tolstoy) by Penny Reid, book 1 in the Professor series, and Gauze by Tiffany Reisz, book 2.3 in The Original Sinners series.

I’ll leave you with more wisdom for life about staying young…


That’s it from me, girls. Have a stunning weekend. Don’t forget to spare a thought to those who died for the freedoms we enjoy every day. #LestWeForget

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗 

How are you this fine weekend? Again I’ve had a lovely reading week, so I’m laughing. 👍🏻 

Monday sees the release of the full trailer for Freed, so I will share when I have it, but, in the mean time: here’s a tiny little taste…

Sneak peek, indeed! 😉

Then, as I like nothing more than to support a worthy cause 😉😉, check out the 2018 Australian Firefighter’s Animal calendar….

The wombat!! So cute! 😉😂

Not much other news to report today, so I’ll get on with sharing my reading week…

This week I read:


Embrace Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, book 3.5 in the Chasing Fire series, was a cute little bite of the original books, a closer look at their wedding.

Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid, book 4 in the Knitting in the City series, was another phenomenal book by this author. As I’m sure you can tell, I’m gorging on Penny’s books, but I have to make a little confession here. The first time I got told about the series I wasn’t very interested. A group of ladies knitting? I did so not see the appeal, but, I. Was. Wrong. I’ve loved every one, actually liking them more and more as I go on. I’m dreading finishing the series.

No surprise that I followed book 4 with book 4.5 (Ninja at First Sight) and book 5 (Happily Ever Ninja), the story of Fiona, the wise and married woman of the group. Despite the fun walk on the wild side by way of James Bond shenanigans, it has to be one of the most honest looks at real-life marriage that I’ve read in our genre. It made for one helluva’ refreshing read. Again I’m giving both my Best of the Best stamp of approval.

Currently I’m reading:


From this Moment by Melanie Harlow and Dating-ish by Penny Reid, book 6 in the Knitting in the City series.

Lastly, just because I like to be a helpful friend, I thought I’d give you some advice on how to get a good looking lawn…

LOL! 😂😂

Have a good weekend, girls. Please share your best bookish finds with us.


Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

What a ridiculous week it’s been. And it seems my weekends exist solely to catch up on the things I drop in the week. Will it ever slow down again? Phew! Luckily I’ve had a (mostly) magnificent reading week. 😉

I found this delightful edit featuring ZYAN on YouTube:

I also see that the Seattle Independent Press site is open once more. Click this link to mosey about their virtual business.

As I mentioned last week, I subscribed to the new genre streaming company, Passionflix in an effort to watch Hollywood Dirt. I’m not entirely equipped to fairly rate the service mainly because the majority of the content is not yet available in Australia. We can only access Passionflix’s original material. Now that I’ve watched Hollywood Dirt, I will end my subscription until something else comes along that I’m keen to watch. As for the adaptation, my feelings are lukewarm. Despite the added time (just over 2 hours) it still feels rushed, the cut of the film flitting the protagonists from scene to scene with no real depth, and despite the heat of the love scenes, I’ve not been able to discern a smidgen of chemistry between the characters in their day-to-day interactions. Oh well. Fortunately I wasn’t extremely invested in this specific book. However, it does make me nervous to see how they’ll adapt the This Man series. If they screw up Jesse I may never forgive them! LOL! 😱

This week I read:

Cole by J. B. Hartnett, book 2 in The Leaves series. I was shocked stupid by this novel. I’ve read previous books by this author and enjoyed them immensely, but this one? Not so much. Virtually the whole book consisted of dialog. It reads like someone deliberately edited out all the descriptive scenes, leaving the reader with conversations that only begins to make sense halfway through the paragraph when you start to realize that the characters are in a different place now, doing something new, with somebody else. It. Was. Strange. Sadly, my frustration with feeling lost got the better one of me and it went on to my DNF pile. 😜

Love Hacked by Penny Reid, book 2 in the Knitting in the City series, was, so far, my favorite. I cannot express how much I’m enjoying this range, but, it has to be said, it’s very lite in the boudoir. That might be a consideration but frankly, the stories are so solid, the characters so lovable and interesting it doesn’t deduct from your reading pleasure. It’s been acwhile but I’m bestowing my Best of the Best award on this beauty.

Ruthless King by Meghan March, book 1 in the Mount Trilogy, by contrast, was hot as bacon fat, pretty good overall, but it ended on one helluva’ cliffy! We’ll see how that pans out when book 2 is released next month.

Currently I’m reading:

Embrace Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, book 3.5 in the Chasing Fire series, Beauty and the Mustache, book 4 in the Knitting in the City series/book 0.5 in the Winston Brothers series, and From this Moment by Melanie Harlow.

Before I go, let’s look at some new releases we’ll see in November…

As always these screenshots are taken from the Goodreads site. I suspect that Grey’s version of Darker will be on the top of most of our lists.

Here’s something that made me smile…

Aahhh, the good ‘ol days. 😂😂

Hope you have a readtacular weekend, girls!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Already our stores are packed with Christmas goodies, so I guess the end of the year is near. Wow. It sure has flown by. What have you been up to this week?

I found this clip, an edit of both the current teaser trailers for Freed:

Not sure if it shows us anything more, but good to share while we wait for the official full trailer in November.

I’ve taken the plunge and subscribed to Passionflix simply to watch Hollywood Dirt. I will let you know my thoughts when I’ve found the time to watch it. 😉


This week I read:

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Two is a Lie and Three is a War by Pam Godwin, book 2 and 3 in the Tangled Lies series. As I mentioned last week, this author certainly captured my attention, but at times, not for the right reasons. The female protagonist was extremely poorly developed, but the plot elements were solid. As a fellow writer I was very curious to see where she went with her tangled trio. She does write beautifully, her words painting a vibrant, interesting story, but ultimately the plausibility of the characters let her down. A good recommendation if you enjoy boatloads of angst and drama.

Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid, book 2 in the Knitting in the City series, was a stellar read. I loved everything about it and I especially enjoyed Penny getting a little more adventurous when it came to the love scenes. 😉

Currently I’m reading:

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Cole by J. B. Hartnett, book 2 in The Leaves series and Love Hacked by Penny Reid, book 3 in the Knitting in the City series.

On my shelf I have:


Ruthless King by Meghan March, book 1 the Mount Trilogy.

I’ll leave you with something important to ponder:


Because language is organic and new words keep things fresh. LOL! 😂

Have a fantastic week, girls. Let me know if you find anything AMAZING!

Monique kiss