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.)

Girly Gift Guide: Girly Reads.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’ve been on an erotic fiction kick. (And of course had to include my fave Bared to You in this collection!) But I love to read, all sorts of books, and I think a beautiful coffee table book always makes a wonderful gift. So this next page of Holiday 2012 Girly Gift Guide includes a variety of girly reads, from poetry and classics to crafting and Ryan Gosling! You can see the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

Girly Gift Guide: Girly Reads.
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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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