Booksessed: The Wanted Series by Kelly Elliott.

Editors note: Angie sent me this post months ago and I am just now getting it up. (I’m so sorry for the delay, Angie. You’ve been incredibly patient, a quality myself I do not posses.) Stay tuned for more posts from Angie, which I promise will be posted in a more timely fashion!

Hello, obsessors! So, I have been up to a lot of stuff reading since my last post, but one of the books really stood out – Faithful by Kelly Elliot. Faithful is the third book in the Wanted series, so I’m going to do three mini reviews to introduce you to all the books. (That is, if I can remember the details from when I read Wanted!)

Booksessed: Wanted by Kelly Elliott. #booksessed #goodreads #girlyobsessions

Wanted is a lovely book, but it’s also a bit disturbing. I say that because Ellie, the main character, was verbally abused by her mother into thinking she would never be wanted (hence the name.) I believe her words were something like, “You will never be wanted by anyone…remember that Ellie darlin’, remember that…” As a result of the abuse, Ellie had a hard time letting go of her past. And when it came to relationships, Ellie would deny her feelings for fear of getting hurt.

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More Fifty Shades Hotties (and a poll).

So just as we were all getting used to the idea of Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, he goes and drops out of the movie. Damn. I was totally on board with this casting choice. But thanks to his scheduling conflict, or cold feet, we now get to drool over a new crop of potential candidates. The same few names are popping up in all the news articles – four of whom seem to be on the studio shortlist, three who are fan (and maybe studio) choices, and one super long shot fan fave. So let’s dive right in!

(Oh, and be sure to choose your fave in the poll at the bottom. Not that it will have any effect whatsoever in who gets chosen…)


*Post updated on 10/17 to throw the newest rumor into the mix: Francois Arnaud.


50 Shades Hotties: Jamie Dornan. Is Jamie your pick to play the elusive Chrisitan Grey? Cast your vote on the blog! #girlyobsessions #eyecandy #christiangrey #jamiedornan #hottie #50shades

Name: Jamie Dornan
Age: 31
Where you recognize him from: Marie Antoinette, Once Upon a Time, CK undie ads, former Keira Knightly arm candy
Why he works: Apparently Jamie is the front-runner to snag the role of Christian, and I think the reason is obvious. He’s smokin’ hot. With a seriously hot bod. So hot that the New York Times dubbed him “The Golden Torso.” A male model turned actor, he looks good in just about anything. (Or just about nothing). He kind of looks a bit Henry-Cavill-esque, don’t you think?

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Fifty Shades Hottie: Charlie Hunnam.

Happy Labor Day! Or, more importantly, happy Fifty-Shades-Casting-News-Day! I’m interrupting this day of non-labor, a day in which I planned to do nothing but watch an entire season of Gossip Girl (can you believe I’m just NOW starting to watch??), to bring you an impromptu hottie post. As you may have heard, Fifty Shades author E.L. James tweeted the casting news earlier today: “I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.” Followed by: “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”

It was well over a year ago that casting rumors started swirling. And it has felt like an eternity to get to this point, but then again, how do you cast a man who has to live up to so many women’s fantasies? It seems like an impossible task, and I’m sure this has been the hardest part to cast since… Edward Cullen? But like I said in my Facebook post, I DO think this was a better casting choice than Ben Affleck as Batman. And what’s weird is that I think a “younger Christian Bale” would have been my first pick for both roles!

Fifty Shades Hottie: Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey. #50Shades #girlyobsessions

But since Christian Bale is out, let’s talk about (and more importantly, look at) who’s in. Charlie Hunnam wasn’t even on my Christian Grey casting radar. (Well, not until recently anyway.) He may not seem like the obvious choice, and many of you might not even know who he is, but here’s what I like about him:

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50 Shades withdrawal? I have the cure. Part 4.

I know I’ve been promising this post for months and I sincerely apologize for the delay! I also want to say THANK YOU again to everyone who continues to leave comments and recommendations. It’s what keeps me, and these posts, going! Because it’s been so long since my last post, I’ve actually read TWENTY-ONE books that I need to share with you, most of which are part of a series. So, I am going to split this post into two. But don’t worry, it will only be a week or so, not months, before I publish Part 5. Plus, you don’t want to read a mile long post. Trust me. This one is long enough as it is! (And In case you haven’t read my previous posts, don’t worry, I don’t give away spoilers. These are just general recaps.)

Side Rant: I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda over the trend of splitting into multiple books, especially when they are short books to begin with. I would just prefer one longer book that tells the complete story! It’s especially annoying with The Arrangement, which I will recap in Part 5. Also, it’s making my recaps super long!! (It took me like, 7 hours, to write this post. Not cool.) And it’s getting expensive!

Craving more sexy reads? Check out my other 50 Shades Withdrawal posts here: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

Got 50 Shades withdraw? I have the cure. Naked and All in (The Blackstone Affair trilogy) by Raine Miller

Naked and All In (The Blackstone Affair Trilogy) by Raine Miller
Naked and All In are two of the most recommended reads I get on the blog, so thanks to all of you who suggested them! They are engaging, fast-paced novellas. Quick reads with a super sexy story! Brynne Bennet is an American who is finishing her graduate degree at the University of London, while working part-time as a photographic model. Ethan Blackstone (I love the name Ethan) is a successful English businessman who owns an elite security company. He “meets” Brynne at a photography show, where he buys one of her portraits and then goes on a mission to get her into his bed, as nude as she is in her portrait. Like all good erotic heroes, Ethan is quite charismatic – gritty and animalistic, sexy and charming, thoughtful and caring. And since he is ex-special forces, he’s naturally powerful and dominant – strong enough to strip away all of Brynne’s defenses. Because of the demons in her past, she is drawn to his naturally protective nature. But Ethan actually knows more about Brynne than he initially reveals, and there are a lot of secrets that could ultimately destroy their relationship. This book is not just about the sex, it has an interesting story, too. But let’s be honest, you’re here for the sex, and this book delivers. Without giving away any spoilers, the only thing I’ll you about All In (Part 2) is that it’s written from Ethan’s point of view. Oh, and be sure to read the prologue, it’s contains important information!! For fans of the series, Eyes Wide Open (Part 3), will be released on May 14th.

Hottie Reference: It’s common knowledge that Raine Miller was describing David Gandy when she wrote Ethan. (Perhaps the inspiration for Gideon Cross as well?) So if you need a visual while reading the book, here ya go. Umm, yum.

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50 Shades withdrawal? I have the cure. Part 3.

I can’t believe I’ve read enough erotic fiction for a third part to this post. In fact, I have read enough for a fourth. Thanks so much to everyone who’s left comments and recommendations, please keep them coming! One of my readers was even kind enough to send me a book she though I HAD to read (thanks, Trish!).

I’m also excited to be given the opportunity to interview Sylvia Day for a second time later this month. Feel free to send me any questions you’d like me to ask her and I’ll try to get them answered! Because of the interview, Penguin has sent me three copies of Reflected in You to give away to readers of this blog! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. Good luck!

[ Sorry, this contest has ended. ]

Don’t forget to check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 4 of this list! Ok, back to the books.

Got 50 Shades withdraw? I have the cure. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
It felt like an eternity waiting for this book after finishing Bared to You. Sylvia kept posting teasers on her Facebook page which just made me more excited, and I’m happy to report that it was worth the wait! The story picks up where Bared left off. Gideon woke up ready to conquer the world, and liked to start that domination with me. Gideon takes his domination to new, totally unexpected levels. And he can kick some ass. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I really loved the twist in this plot, even though it meant some painful moments for Eva and Gideon. And some extremely hot moments. (Think sex on the beach, in a shower, at a concert, in a limo, at 35,000 feet.) If you expect Gideon and Eva to work out their issues, don’t. Their relationship is a total emotional roller coaster. They have to work on their trust issues, their insecurities, their communication, all while facing demons from their past. But they are addicted to each other, obsessed with each other  in a way only they can understand. Luckily we only have to wait until December for the final book in the Crossfire trilogy, Entwined With You. For now, I’ll leave you with this: I‘m obsessed with you, angel. Addicted to you. You’re everything I’ve ever wanted or needed, everything I’ve ever dreamed of. You’re everything. I live and breathe you. For you.

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50 Shades withdrawal? I have the cure. Part 2.

Well, thanks to the popularity of our previous 50 Shades Withdrawal post (thanks, Google), I was given even more fabulously sexy book recommendations. So I’ve read a few SEVEN more on the list and thought it was time to share! And in case you care, I have read a few other books on my must-read list in between all the romances, including In The Kingdom of Men (great story but no closure), The Shoemakers Wife (loved it) and The Tea Rose (really loved it).

As you may know, I interviewed Bared to You author Sylvia Day a few months ago. It was so lovely to chat with her, and to be totally honest, reflecting upon all these books I’ve read (which are all kind of blending together) Bared to You has risen to the top of my list. I’ve re-read it several times and I am beyond excited for the sequel Reflected in You, which will be released on October 2nd. Can’t wait!!

Ok, let’s get down to business! And don’t forget to check out Part 1Part 3 and Part 4 of this list!

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens 50 Shades Effortless by S.C. Stephens 50 Shades

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A chat with Sylvia Day, author of Bared to You. (Podcast + transcript.)

We were beyond thrilled last week to be contacted by Penguin Group, asking if we’d be interested in interviewing Sylvia Day, the author of New York Times bestseller, Bared to You. I read Bared to You when going through 50 Shades withdrawal. Gideon Cross is a hot billionaire who owns like all of New York. Eva is a socialite who’s trying to make a name for herself. They literally run into each other and have an immediate connection, but they both carry emotional baggage. They’re possessive, jealous and controlling, which leads to an intense passionate romance, with sex as their therapy. And I have to say, I loved the story as much as, if not more than, 50 Shades.

Sylvia Day Bared to You Bared to You: A crossfire novel Sylvia day book cover

I have included the audio of the interview as well as a (slightly paraphrased) transcript. I seriously hate my voice on the phone. I think I sound like a Maryland-born valley-girl, if that’s a thing. Think Cher from Clueless with a mid-Atlantic accent that’s been watered down by going to school in Syracuse and living in Connecticut. Get the idea? But that’s why you read this blog, not listen to it.

But this isn’t about me, it’s about Sylvia, and it’s worth listening to for her. She’s lovely! She was a delight to talk to, and I’m so happy we had a chance to chat about Bared to You. We talk about everything from her inspiration for the series, to some details on the sequel, to the rise in popularity of erotic fiction, and of course in true GirlyObsessions fashion, which hottie she’d picture playing Gideon in a movie!

I hope you enjoy! Also, be sure to  check out my second interview with Sylvia!


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Got 50 Shades withdrawal? I have the cure.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we’re obsessed with 50 Shades. So when I finished the series, as much as I wanted move on to another book on my very long must-read list, I just found myself wanting more sex romance. There is something about these sexy, clingy, codependent, modern romances that I can’t get enough of. And the powerful, controlling, non-committal men with issues and the women they are so desperate to be with, and be saved by, that they completely change their ways.

So, thanks to the Kindle store’s recommendations (and the Goodreads 50 Shades Support Group), I found a lot of books similar to 50 Shades. And I’ve taken it upon myself to read FIVE of them so I can provide a recap for you. You’re welcome. (I know, I have issues.)

Here’s my take on what I’ve read so far. More to come, I’m sure.

UPDATE: Check out more sexy reads in Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

Beautiful Disaster Jamie McGuire book cover Bared to You: A crossfire novel Sylvia day book cover Love Unscriped book cover Tina Reber

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The 50 Shades book signing. And boa carnage.

Ashley: I know we’ve been talking a lot about 50 Shades of Grey lately. But based on the 1,000+ women (and two brave men) that came out for the book signing in New Haven last night, it is currently the ultimate girly obsession, and seems to be all anyone is talking about. Imagine a room full of women, all swooning over the same fictional character, feeling sexually liberated. Insanity! (Of the best kind! I had a great time!) And the boa carnage? It’s what the floor looked like after 1,000 black boas attacked. (BTW, boas are not that fun to wear.)

E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven

Sara: They really aren’t. The feathers poked and spent more time gripping to my clothes then they did the boa itself! The signing was insane to say the least. I still can’t get over the amount of women that were there! I have to be honest it was a little much for me…but overall a good time! I have a new love of not only Christian but of E L James as well! She was absolutely adorable!

E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven © E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven ©

Here are some of the (paraphrased) sound bites from the night. (Oh, and a woman won this handcuff necklace from Eve’s Addiction and now I think I need one.)

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50 Shades of ???

{ OK, we’ve discussed the books, now it’s time to discuss the movie. Specifically, who could possible play Christian. Here are our thoughts. Would love to know yours! }

Sara: So I am at the start of book three in the 50 Shades of Grey series. And I am very excited about going to meet the author next week!! Since the movie has been scheduled to go into production, it has me thinking who could play Christian. I am at a loss. I have gone through all the GO hotties, and I am not sure anyone fits the bill!

Ash: I KNOW! It’s really a tough call. Part of me thinks they should cast someone unknown. I didn’t really know Robert Pattinson until he was cast as Edward and now I totally adore him. But would I feel the same way if he wasn’t playing the vamp of my dreams? I don’t know. Of all the men in Hollywood, I don’t know who I’d choose. Well, that’s not true. I’d choose Christian Bale from like 12 years ago when he was in American Psycho. He has just the right amount of crazy, and the name! But I know that’s not a reality, and let’s be honest, I just wanted an excuse to look at pages of CB pictures…so any actual ideas?

Christian Bale Christian Grey 50 Shades Christian Bale Christian Grey Christian Bale Christian Grey 50 Shades of Grey

Sara: I don’t think there is anyone as hot as Christian Grey with enough of an edge like him. I have been thinking about it over and over again and just don’t know who would play him well. I kinda thought Jake Gyllenhaalmainly because I know what his body can look like (thank you Jarhead) all jacked up and I wouldn’t mind seeing that again. But as much as I love Christian I am not sure I want to see Jake like that. And I heard Ian Somerhalder was interested. I am torn about how I feel about that, what about you?

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