50 Shades of Grey Book & Movie – by Michelle

Watched FSOG last night. WOW… this movie was BORING! I can’t stand how dated some stuff was with Anna. She didn’t live in a cave. The movie felt more like a b or C rated movie. I must have totally made a new book in my head when I read this book.

One important thing that dawn on me when watching the movie, was Anna’s mother. What a BITCH! Your only daughter is graduating from College and you won’t go. It wasn’t she couldn’t, but the mother chose her new 4th husband over her one and only daughter.

WTF! And you wonder why Anna is with a douche bag who gets off by beating her. Because Anna needs to feel excepted by someone. She really didn’t have a father, but a step-dad that would feel in from time to time.

When I first read FSOG, I first did not like the book. It was hard adjusting to the content of the writing style from the author. As I proceeded on because everyone was raving how wonderful the book was. 3/4 of the book I started to get hooked. I never read a BDSM book. This was all new to me. I was dazzled my the money and sex.

Plus the ending wrapped around me and consumed me to read book two to find out how Anna & Christian would get back together. And I kind of think book 2 is the best of EL James.

Book 3 I rushed through… Come on is this almost over? I would ask myself over and over. Stop dragging this on. Was it necessary for book 3. No. I thought EL James could have wrapped everything in book 2.

Ok, enough of this rant. I have found way better BDSM books after this lovely little classic.


Sight And Sinners Release Day by Susan Mac Nicol

From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.
28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.
Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.


One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire. 

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love. 

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since. 

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots. 
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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hmmm… Interesting concept the author tried.

Did the author master multiple character personalities for each chapter? No. I caught myself going back and forth checking on who did the chapter belong to.

I get kind of annoyed when things are repetitive. The characters kept repeating their feelings. None of the characters showed their feelings or their characteristics. Don’t tell me your messed up. Show me messed up.

To many main characters in one book. It’s almost like watching the old tv show HEROS. Every five minutes a new scene of someone different.

There is no closure for this book. The cliffhanger does not even pull me into wanting to know what happens next in book two.

Why? Because I did not bond with any character. I developed no feelings for any characters. Felt more like a police report recall scenes and events.

The author dates herself by adding in Meg Ryan hair style reference. Meg Ryan has been out of the public eye for some time now. And then if you did google Meg Ryan because the younger generation would not really know her, what hair style are you referring to?

Ok why three stars?

* Keanu is the only character that stands out as an individual. But the story is not about him? It’s about one two many people.

** Next star I give about trying and being creative with taking on so many main characters in one book. No, I don’t think the author should have published so quickly. Maybe later the author will go back and more characteristics and feelings to each chapter.

*** Third star. The event that ties them all together. That took some major creativity. Very well thought out.

Would I buy this? No. I would wait until it is part of a box set for reasonable price, under $3.00. The story is not a real cliffhanger ending. It’s long story with lots of main characters.
Cover appeal? The cover matches only one character, but it’s no just Retro & Birdies story. So you loose their love story in the book. The cover is not attracted at all.

I actually skipped over this book a few times. I had no interest in it, even when I read the blurb.

However, I was asked to do a review. I did not ask what kind of book it was. I had my husband open the chapter for me, because I did not want to see the cover first. When I was finished I checked the cover and then it dawned on me.

Ok, my review sounds mean and ruthless. But there are positives in this review as well.

Concealed by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Concealed GR CoverOur perceptions create our reality, even when they’re wrong. Nobody understands this better than Gavin. Nobody.

To most, he is a shadowy agent of chaos. His motives are questionable, his methods bizarre. But his journey is one of both protection and redemption, and his story is yet untold. Until now. The past and present you think you know are about to change.

And you’ll never see Ruby, Gavin, or their relationship the same way again.





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