Books similar to Fifty Shades of Grey
By popular demand, here's a starter list of great books like 50 Shades of Gray in tone and content.
So this is the first book of Kery's I've picked up. This red-hot read follows the story of Vic Savian and his neighbor, Niall Chandler. Gotta love the names in romance books, right? Apparently, Vic intervenes when Niall is receiving some unwanted attention from an aggressive suitor in the hallway of their apartment building. First of all, the chances of scoring a hot love affair with a single hunk in your apartment building is pretty much nil unless your renting in Melrose Place, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief. It's funny because I find it harder to buy this scenario than the scenario of new girl in school Bella getting paired up with vampire Edward in science class, despite that fact that the former scenario lacks the living undead. At any rate, this book came highly recommended on the message boards and fan forums of the genre, and I look forward to diving in. I will submit a very juicy (without spoilers) synopsis of the entire book when I am done (which will be soon!) If you've read it, let me know what you think! (Buy)
The Falladay twins, Chase and Cam, have been making Jaci Wright run for years. When Jaci lands a new job and winds up in the Sinclair mansion with the men, all of her fears and her desires come to surface. Remembering the kind of relationship the twins wanted with her, brings back all those feelings and now Jaci is faced with how to handle being a lover to both men in a society that loves juicy gossip. I never thought I'd be interested in a book about twins, but something about this intrigues me. I guess the true test is when after I read it and I'll suddenly have a thing for twins, it would be successful. I want to know what kind of relationship they want with her that sends her running, you know? I mean, I have some pretty good ideas… We'll see. Leigh is an author that seems to pop up over and over again in the genre, so I'm looking forward to testing the waters with this one. (Buy)
Clay Montegomery, a Dallas cop, follows a trail of clues to expose the murderer of his partner. He's uncovered a link between the murderer and Faith, a beautiful stranger who becomes the next target once Clay starts paying her some attention. This book sounds a little tame to me, but the publisher promises "It doesn't get much hotter." We'll see about that. I'm not normally a fan of cop/murder mysteries, but people keep raving about it. If you read this book, tell us what you think. (Buy)
Socialite Lily West isn't expecting to see Mac Canfield again, but when she catches the street-smart thief stealing a priceless artifact, memories come flooding back as she points her gun at him. In order to prevent Lily from blowing his cover, Mac kidnaps her and all the familiar erotic antics ensue. This title, like the others on this list, came highly recommended. Who doesn't like a boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks meets modern-day-princess story? Plus there's motorcycles if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not sure if I am yet. I'll let you know when I finish this one. I currently have it in my possession so that should be soon. As always, if you've read it, please share your thoughts. (Buy)
The plot of this novel is actually kind of humorous. Rachel Delaney, a divorced mother with two sons, beds a tall, hot, blond, and unattached man who agrees with her to leave last names out of their arrangement. They have unconditional, non-committal and anonymous sex, until Rachel's oldest son gets in trouble at school and Rachel finds out her mystery lover Rand is actually the school principal. Sounds like a Kate Hudson movie waiting to happen. Hopefully this one won't be as PG-13 as it sounds. If you've read this title, let me know what you think. (Buy)
Mainstream alert! This 2011 novel is getting a lot of buzz and I'm thinking it's going to be more mainstream than a lot of other titles (Fifty Shades excluded) on this list. First of all the cover is not your obvious romance/erotic fiction cover, so even though it may feature racier scenes than your average work of fiction, it's most likely going to get shelved in the regular fiction section as an oversight. There are no naked people embracing or scantily clad women. The two versions of the book I've seen feature either a face with a masquerade mask close-up, or a misty landscape scene, both of which are very artsy and nondescript. I personally appreciate this because I feel like I can read it out in the open without many people judging me for being a shameful pervert. Secondly, most of your big literary reviewers (Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist - who gave it a starred review) have reviewed this book with a lot of really positive things to say - again, leading up to a pretty mainstream circulation. Which is great - don't get me wrong. I'm all about these books taking over. Get your literary freak on, people! Embrace the dark side. I just caution you here that though I have not read this one yet (but I will) I'm guessing it's not going to be as salacious as some of the other titles you can find on this site. I also get this feeling because I've read from readers like you that, frankly, it just isn't. So as a disclaimer - if you're here because like me, you want to read some really steamy, juicy scenes that leave you in a tizzy - this title may not be for you. However, if you're a bit more prudish and appreciate a fine piece of literature with a smaller taste of the titillating, then this may be just the book for you. That said, here's a summary of what to expect: Lanny McIlvrae shows up covered in blood in a rural Maine hospital where emergency room Doctor Luke Findley tends to her. The Doc discovers that there is more to Lanny than meets the eye - she's immortal - and he uncovers her tale of love and betrayal as he helps her escape her harsh reality. This story deals with good and evil and falls into the supernatural category of the romance novel. Although the creatures in Katsu's tale are not exactly vampires (they don't suck blood), this book will resonate with lovers of the vampire romance novels everywhere. Turns out immortality and the romance novel are good bedfellows. Who would have thought? There is also a lot of clamor about the character development in this one. Excellent evil villain and archetypal heroes peppered throughout. Looking forward to this one! (Buy)
Okay, this one seems right up my alley. Charity Wills, a high school dropout has a chance for a free ride of college tuition if she'll travel to the reclusive B.G. Grantham's estate. Mr. Grantham is a scientist with an interest in sex games and erotic mind games. Charity is about to get a sensual education of her own, after she meets her keeper, Eric Berne at the estate. I love mad scientists and mind games are always sexy! I'll give the full review when I'm done with it, but for those of you who have read it, leave some thoughts! (Buy)
There you have it. These books are a decent starting point to reading more romantic fiction books similar to 50 Shades of Grey. I'll be writing and posting additional detailed lists soon.