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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Booksessed: Breathe by Abbi Glines.

Hello obsessors! I am the newest contributor to Girly Obsessions! My name is Angie and I will specialize in something in particular. Can you guess what it is? Let me give you a few hints. I get to be with a different guy every night, sort of. I get to be part of some pretty awkward situations and I fall in love with every one of these. And it involves crying. A LOT of crying. Any guesses? Well… I will be reviewing BOOKS! This is like a dream come true. I read every spare moment I have – before I get ready for the day, when I come back from college, when I come home from work. But I don’t read when, wait, when DON’T I read? Ok, seriously, I don’t JUST read. (Did I just admit that?) I also like to watch TV and movies. Like a lot of TV and movies (like Beauty and the Beast, 2 Broke Girls and New Girl).

So, getting back to the point of this post – BOOKS! There’s so many of them that it’s so hard to choose what to read next. So after changing the subject of this post like a million times, and trying to stop reading so I could write this post, I decided on BREATHE by Abbi Glines. This book isn’t an erotica. The reason I say so is because back in November, back when my life started and ended with TV, I read 50 Shades of Grey. And I ended up in a book depression because there was no more Christian Grey. I read it again and again until I knew the words by heart. But thanks to Ashley, I started reading Gabriel’s Inferno and Bared to You. She kind of saved me. And after a brief discussion with her, she said I could write about any book as long as it went with the theme of the blog: OBSESSIONS. So right now my obsession is Abbi Glines.

The first book I read by her was BREATHE (part of the Sea Breeze Series). It is the story of young Sadie White who lives with her pregnant mother, Jessica. Sadie doesn’t know who her dad is and she doesn’t care, and for her whole life she’s had to take care of herself and her mother. Now she will have to take care of someone else as well, the baby. Jessica has Sadie take over her job as part of the staff at a huge house on a private island. When Sadie gets there, she finds out that the house belongs to teen heart-throb, Jax Stone. She doesn’t know many of his songs; she has only seen him on TV a couple of times due to her busy life. Sadie and Jax develop feelings for each other throughout the book, and they go on a few nice dates. Sadie makes friends with her work colleagues and finally feels like things in her life are NORMAL. But… it never lasts. Jax is only staying in Sea Breeze for the summer, and as soon as summer ends, he has to go back to his life. And Sadie has to go back to hers, even though she still chooses Jax. But the way they end things is not good. The media finds out about them, and Jax thinks it’s best if they break up because he knows that the media will eat her alive. Sadie is heartbroken but she doesn’t have time to be, because her mom Jessica is going to have her baby.

Booksessed: Breathe by Abbi Blines. #50shadeswithdrawal #girlyobsessions

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Our fave fictional boyfriend: David Gandy.

I’m mad at myself for not writing this post sooner, because the image search was SO. DAMN. HOT! (But don’t worry, I did write it in time to make the cut for Hottie Madness 2013, which starts next week!)

Some of you may recognize British model David Gandy from the Banana Republic Mad Men ads. Or perhaps you recognize him from the incredibly sexy Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue campaign – with those smoldering eyes and his beautiful bod covered only in water and tiny white briefs. Damn. But if you’ve read any of the books on my 50 Shades Withdrawal lists, you’ll know that he’s also served as the inspiration for many of the swoon-worthy fictional boyfriends. Raine Miller definitely used David as her muse when describing Ethan Blackstone in the Blacksone Affair trilogy. And I feel like he was also the inspiration for Gideon Cross. Well, at least in my head. (Anyone else agree?) I mean, you gotta picture someone when reading these books, so who better to picture than David??

Hump day Hottie: David Gandy sexy smiling abs muscles model

BTW, narrowing down the images for this post was IMPOSSIBLE. I’m pretty sure he’s the perfect specimen of a man. (P.S. As Laura pointed out in the comments below, he’s beautiful on the inside as well, devoting a lot of his time to charities, including his latest initiative, the Blue Steel Appeal auction.)

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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Chatting with Sylvia Day about Reflected in You. (Podcast + transcript.)

I was so excited when Penguin contacted me about interviewing Sylvia Day for a second time! It was such a pleasure chatting with her a few months ago and I couldn’t wait to talk to her about Reflected in You. As you know from my 50 Shades withdrawal posts, I am beyond obsessed with the Crossfire series and I think my obsession with Gideon has officially surpassed Christian. But, you know, there’s plenty of obsessiveness to share!

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

I have included the audio of the interview as well as a (slightly paraphrased) transcript. Unfortunately, my voice is still just as annoying as last time, sorry! But Sylvia was fabulous, and we chatted about everything from the panic over the delay of Entwined With You, the current state of the book and Gideon and Eva’s happily ever after, to Gideon’s dark and dangerous side, how to get through writers block, and the importance (and difficulties) of writing those hot sex scenes.

I hope you enjoy! Also, be sure to check out my first interview with Sylvia as well as my 50 Shades withdraw posts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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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!

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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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