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So You Read (and liked) Fifty Shades – Now What?

Sooo, truth be told, I stopped reading for a really long time.

However, over the last few years my interest in reading picked back up. Basically, I think it was just a matter of finding what I’m into.

I like to read witty biography/memoir type books (think Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, and my most favorite author, Jenn Lancaster).

However, as everyone may gasp and awe – after reading Fifty Shades… it turned me on (sorry couldn’t resist a good punn) to that whole genre. I mean, it wasn’t a secret that I liked it.

What do you even call that genre? Erotica? Smut? Romance Novels? Sexy time? All of that just sounds ridiculous so I have decided to just call it the “sexy-mcsex-a lot-genre.”

Now I know a lot of people didn’t like Fifty Shades, which I totally get (the writing was pretty bad…. the repetition, I get it), however even if you didn’t care for it but like a juicy read (or a weird love story), I definitely recommend checking these ones out.

Frankly, this post is a little overdue, but I have decided to come up with a nice list of books for those of you who like this genre…. even if you won’t admit it, you can use the anonymity of the internet to read this post and do your research. I’ve decided, in effort to keep this from getting too long, I’m not going to summarize or review all the books for you – really they are just ones I enjoyed and suggest and I’ve thrown in some notes so you know what you’re in for.

PS – These are not really in any particular order.

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#1 – The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

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Without even knowing it when I began, this has got to be the closest thing to Fifty Shades, it’s oddly similar – innocent girl falls for rich, powerful guy with issues…

Honestly, the writing and story in this series is better in my opinion though (well, for sure the writing). There are just so many parallels to Fifty Shades in the characters and certain parts of the story, but don’t let that turn you off of these because the story itself has a different direction.

It’s hard to explain without giving it away, but they are an excellent read!

You can get more info and read the synopsis’ here.

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#2 – Author Abby Glines

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She has a lot of books, and I read pretty much all of them so I am including her as an author as a whole rather than just a series. When I picked up one of her books, I actually didn’t even realize she had her books in a “series” type/order you were supposed to read them in, but luckily I started with the right one.

She has three series that I read:

The Vincent Boys (3 books), The Seabreeze Series (5 books with another in the works), and Rosemary Beach series (5 books with two more currently in the works).

The author gives the suggested reading order HERE, some in the series are ongoing stories, but some of the books in the series change to focus on different characters (and each series shares the same characters).

Also, what I love about her books is she goes back and forth between the perspective of leading male and female point of view (usually every other chapter). At first this seemed weird to me but a few chapters in I ended up loving it.

Her books mostly take place in the south and the characters are younger – high school to college age (that may sound creepy, but its not).

It does have some good sex scenes but nothing too terribly explicit and some more tender stuff. And she usually includes a “bad boy” type but some of the back stories are really good, and all different.

I enjoyed the Rosemary Beach series the most, and then the Seabreeze series was really good too!

Full synopsis’ of all her books can be seen here.

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#3 – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster

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I like these ones. These actually don’t have much for sex scenes honestly, it is just a good story and good characters. It is the bad/dark guy and the good girl type story. The first book, Beautiful Disaster is her point of view, the second book is the same story, but from his point of view.

I wasn’t really sure I was going to like that, knowing what already happens (since it is the same story as the first one) but honestly – it was good.

You can read full synopsis of the books here.

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#4 – Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Bitch, and Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Books

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(Completely unrelated to the previously mentioned “Beautiful Disaster” book).

These ones are good. And they are quick, fun reads not super in depth…. and not gonna lie, these ones are pretty raunchy. They are actually pretty much just filled with sex mostly. There, I said it.

The authors have actually come out with some new books (or some being released soon) but I have so far, only read these three.

Beautiful Bastard is about the powerful boss and this time the girl is feisty too, not all mousy and submissive like a lot of stories. And its basically a story about how they hate each other and then start screwing.

The 2nd book (Beautiful Bitch), which is super short, is just sort of a summary of the first one but focuses on the female character and sort of gives a premise for the next book….

Beautiful Stranger (book 3) focuses on different characters all together but it also ties in the characters from the first two books, though its not about them this time.

Definitely recommend these ones for something fun and hot. (Summaries of these here).

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#5 – Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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This is just a stand alone book. I looooved this one because I love the sarcastic, goofy character and I just liked the way Alice Clayton (author) wrote. Pretty hilarious really.

This one isn’t filled with too much in depth sex either, again, just a good story and some pretty funny parts.

It’s about neighbors that end up in pretty weird situations and end up falling for each other.

Definitely recommend this one. Synopsis can be found here.

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  • Any good reads lately (of any genre)?
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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. One of my favorite genres (I read a long, so I don’t think I’d ever be able to say one was absolutely my favorite) is historical fiction. Right now I’m reading a lot of Philippa Gregory.

    October 24, 2013
  2. I kept seeing The Crossfire Series in Target and wondered how it was. I may need to check those books out now because while I hated the writing in 50 Shades, I did get sucked in by the story. Thanks for the recs!

    October 24, 2013
    • No problem! The Crossfire series is mucho better in the writing department, so I definitely recommend that one!! 🙂

      October 24, 2013
  3. I have been reading “trashy” books before Fifty Shades (I actually hated it. Good story, HORRIBLE execution IMO).. You should look into the Brie Series by Red Phoenix – Little Novellas, super fast read. My favourite series has been the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair…. My favourite genre is definitely memoir/nonfiction. 5 years ago I discovered a blogger who I followed his entire story (mattlogelin.com – in a 27 hour period his wife gave birth and then she died. heart breaking/amazing story). My love for him would put his memoir at #1 (two kisses for maddy)…. I also loved Bloom (from another blogger – Kelli Hampton)… Ahhh I have so many!!!

    October 25, 2013
    • yay, thank you for sharing! I will look into those!
      Trashy. why didnt i think of that description for the genre? genius.

      October 25, 2013
      • haha I know right? I get embarrassed too. Not embarrassed, more 14 year old boy when some old person asks “what are you reading”. Instead of saying “Oh, its a book about BDSM and spanking” I usually go for something intellectually pleasing “I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird”.

        October 25, 2013
  4. Kayla Borba #

    you made my Friday even BETTER!! and i love the fact that you told Torrance you wouldn’t post that pic lmao, so what i do too, boys. im so glad your back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also im gonna look into some books, i love those kind but haven’t read in years, now i shall!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2013
  5. haha omgosh! some people asked me this and now I can send this to them! I’m still on the last book of 50!. stopped reading it after coming back from oregon. thanks for reminding me!!

    October 28, 2013

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