What To Read After Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Beautiful Disaster

After reading the most popular book in the world I wanted to see if there was any other books out there that was similar to it. I write about possessive men and they are the style of books I love to read. I love reading about a guy who knows what he wants and is not afraid to go and get it. As far as I’m concerned the moment I pick up a book I’m being transported to a world that is not based on reality.

Now, I want to make sure that not all these books have the exact elements that make up Fifty Shades of Grey and I would recommend many people exploring more type of erotic romance with BDSM inside. There are so many books out there for everyone to enjoy. Many of books feature a more intense BDSM theme while others do not.

So, I want to start by saying that these books are my selection of favourites that I’ve been recommended after reading Fifty shades of Grey. Also, these books will feature any of the following elements:


2) Possessive alpha male

3) Older man

4) Tortured hero or heroine

5) Just because I think they deserve a mention.

I want to make a point that these books are my own personal choice and the stories I’ve enjoyed. What I will also do is add one of the reasons I mentioned above why it has got a mention.

So, I was recommended Beautiful Disaster written by Jamie McGuire.

Here is the blurb:

Good Girl. Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand.

Bad Boy. Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario.

A disaster waiting to happen…

Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time.

Or the start of something beautiful?

Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory…

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Disaster-Jamie-McGuire/dp/1466401885/ref=la_B005WL2MVC_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344428432&sr=1-1

Now my thoughts. There were quite a few negative reviews on Amazon and I’m a curious person and when they said Travis was to possessive that he beat a guy up, I figured this was my kind of read.

Travis is your ultimate bad boy. You get to read him from Abby’s point of view and that provides an interesting perspective. You only get her side of things but as you read the book, you know there is far more to Travis than what she sometimes sees.

I love how possessive he is of her. There relationship takes a long time to happen and along the way there are a few bumpy roads like in any relationship. A few times throughout the book you really want to know what Travis is thinking and feeling. It is like a whole new book could be read based on him alone. Thankfully, Jamie McGuire has already written Travis’s book, which is titled, Walking Disaster.

This book made me fall in love with possessive males all over again. Beautiful Disaster is a young adult novel but it is to the older bracket of where that market is aimed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and because of this book, I decided to try out more books that have been linked to this one.

Thank you for listening.


Guest: Vina Jackson


by Vina Jackson 

We’ve been asked several times now what it’s like to write with another person. And not just to write, but to write steamy sex scenes. How do we do it? What’s it like to share such intimate prose with another? Do we always agree?

As both halves of Vina Jackson come from a racey romance or erotic writing background, we’re accustomed to exploring what our characters do behind closed doors in more detail than the average writer, so we took the saucy content of the EIGHTY DAYS series in our collaborative stride with barely a blush.

However, we did find it necessary to keep our voices down in the cafes and restaurants where we plotted the novels, to avoid offending neighbouring patrons who might not have been aware that our discussions of lascivious love affairs and tawdry love triangles were fictional!

The method was simple. We each chose a character to write, one of us as Summer and the other as Dominik, and then wrote chapter over chapter in alternating voices.

Initially when we were just experimenting with the idea and hadn’t yet been signed by a literary agent or won a publishing deal with Orion, we had a little more time up our sleeves so this was simple enough. One of us would work while the other would play, waiting to begin the next chapter, fully informed of the previous plot points and character development.

Once we were under deadline though, and with other work commitments to complete as well, we realised that we’d have to double our pace, bite the bullet, and write our chapters consecutively.

This meant that we needed to work more closely together in terms of plotting each section, to make sure that we were moving (creatively) in the same direction, and we were soon exchanging anywhere between twenty to fifty emails per day (making going back to check a past conversation close to impossible!)

However, our muses being as they are – stubborn, fickle creatures, predisposed to encouraging Character A to do X when the outline says she should do Y – meant that nine times out of ten we were collaboratively dancing in the dark, one of us working on a character or a plot point in Chapter 8, the other doing the same in Chapter 9, and hoping that the two would entwine perfectly.

Remarkably, that was the case in almost every exchange of chapters, bar the odd minor adjustment.

We would then edit each other’s work, checking that our writing partner had moved ‘our character’ along the way that we imagined they should, and correcting each other’s repetitions or making changes to improve the flow, and occasionally writing a paragraph for the other when one of us was stuck or more of an expert on the local geography of our setting, or the best way to tie up a lover.

We also swapped a chapter in two out of three volumes to keep our writing fresh and our reader’s guessing, so at some point during both EIGHTY DAYS YELLOW and BLUE, Summer has written as Dominik, and Dominik as Summer.

Whether we started in sync or we became that way is difficult to say, but by the time that we came back to our finished work to complete final edits and proof reading, neither of us was entirely certain which sections the other had written.

We hope that our audience enjoys reading Summer and Dominik’s adventures as much as we enjoyed writing them.

The first volume EIGHTY DAYS YELLOW was published in early August, and its sequels EIGHTY DAYS BLUE and EIGHTY DAYS RED are out in September and October. At the time of writing, EIGHTY DAYS YELLOW is no 6 on the Sunday Times bestseller list and has sold translation in ten countries as well as the US.

Below is the Amazon buy links and information for Eighty Days Yellow.

Caught in a frustrating relationship with a man who can’t accept her for who she is, passionate, flame-haired violinist Summer finds release in her music. She spends her afternoons busking on the underground, lost in the works of Vivaldi or Mendelssohn. When her violin is damaged beyond repair, Summer receives a surprising proposition from Dominik, a university professor with powerful desires, who has been captivated by Summer ever since he heard her perform. Dominik will replace her priceless violin, but only if she agrees to play for him in a private concert.

Unable to deny the chemistry between them, Dominik and Summer embark on an intense affair full of daring twists and turns, as unpredictable as it is thrilling. For Summer it is a chance to finally embrace her long-denied dark side, but she’ll soon learn that where there’s pleasure must come pain. And can a relationship born of such all-consuming passion, ever really survive?

Buy Links: Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)


The Wonder of Fifty Shades of Grey

The Wonder of Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey has become a world wide sensation with many reports saying that it will soon become a feature film. When I first heard about this book, I read the negative reviews first and was put off buying it. Then I found many people from different discussion groups, talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, and I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

 Fifty Shades of Grey

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

The main reasons I decided to read this book,

1. The connection it had with the Twilight series, as I did enjoy reading those books.

2. It seemed to have caused some negative response due to the theme of the story.

3. I found the books on the shelves in two of my local supermarkets so far.

Three reasons to read a book, so I did the only thing I could, I bought the book and set about reading the story which has captured so many women.

I loved it. Fifty Shades of Grey had everything I love to read about. It had an enjoyable plot, well-worked characters, and some steamy sex thrown into the mix. The chemistry between Ana and Christian had me gasping at times. I loved how possessive he was, to the point that he knew so much about her. E.L James has written a story, which to some extent reminds me of Twilight (only for the first person writing) but also transports the reader into the story.

There are only a few books that I read with the first person narrative and so it was a surprise to me when I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Now, there have been many comments about the way that it is written and I don’t feel qualified enough to criticise a piece of writing. I know the moment I switched on my kindle and began reading the book, I was transported and held in place by a wonderfully told story. I do not agree with the view point of ‘Mummy Porn’. This story has so much more going for it than that.

The other benefit I feel, is the amount of other books I’ve found because of Fifty Shades of Grey. There have been many lists created on what to read after you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and because of this I have found so many wonderful stories which are listed below.

Books I’ve read:

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Sempre Forever by JM Darhower

Unforgivable by Lindsay Delagair

Untouchable by Lindsay Delagair

Books I’ve yet to read:

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Mercy by Annabel Joseph

Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx

I now wait with impatience for E.L. James to announce that she will rewrite the same series but in Christians, point of view. I know I’ll be buying that if or when it comes out.

So, what are your thoughts? Did you like Fifty Shades of Grey? What other books have you read since to get your fix?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sam x