More and more people are landing at Dear Author looking for information regarding books like Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve created this list for readers who enjoyed Fifty Shades in hopes that they will become life long readers of romance. Fifty Shades of Grey is a self published work by a British author using the pseudonym, E. L. James. It was originally published along with the two sequels, Fifty Shades of Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed, in its entirety, as Master of the Universe on ff.net, a site that hosts what is known as fan fiction. Master of the Universe reimagined the Bella and Edward love affair set in contemporary Seattle, Washington with Bella as the young college graduate virgin and Edward as the masterful billionaire with secret sexual predilections.
It is a novel length (or three novels long) story that centers around the sexual connection and emotional romance of two individuals. Fortunately for readers of 50 Shades, there are plenty of other books with those same themes. This list is designed to help you find your next great read.
- I might go out on a limb and guarantee that if you liked 50 Shades, Sylvia Day’s Bared to You will please you. BtY features a young recent college grad and a young, commanding and magnetic billionaire hero. Both come from traumatized backgrounds and feature a push/pull relationship.
- Beth Kery aka Bethany Kane has a couple of books featuring a strong male lead. Wicked Burn ( A | BN | K S ) under the name Beth Kery features a tortured/playwright director. Explosive features an ex-Navy explosives specialist suffering from a type of amnesia. ( A | BN | K S ).
- For dominant males like Christian who take care of everything you may like Blue Eyed Devil ( A | BN | K S ) and Smooth Talking Stranger ( A | BN | K S ) by Lisa Kleypas. These books feature wealthy men in a contemporary setting who want to take care of the heroine. Reader Ridley recommends the Lorelei James Rough Rider series beginning with Long Hard Ride ( A | BN | K S ) Another favorite is After the Night by Linda Howard recommended by reader Sarah. “Gray has always been one of the more dominant and arrogant romance canon heroes for me. I haven’t read 50 Shades so I’m not quite sure just how erotic the sex gets but this book, particularly for when it was published, definitely has some very memorable love scenes. And while Faith is probably more strong-willed than the female lead of 50 Shades, there is definitely a part of her that is somewhat submissive to Gray.” (Not to mention the courthouse scene) ( A | BN | K S )
- For deep intense emotional angst you may like Passion ( A | BN | K S ) and Patience ( A | BN | K S ) by Lisa Valdez. The latter book contains BDSM themes as well. Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelly is another story featuring a lot of emotional tumult and a tortured upbringing like Christian. You can find a Review at Kati D’s site.
- If you have an interest in exploring BDSM further, other than the above recommended titles, you may be interested in Natural Law ( A | BN | K S ) by Joey Hill; Sweet Persuasion ( A | BN | K S ) and Sweet Temptation ( A | BN | K S ) by Maya Banks; Lean on Me ( A | BN | K S ) by Cherise Sinclair; Slave to Love ( A | BN | K S ) by Nikita Black
- For those looking for a short but sexy story with a dom try Victoria Dahl’s heterosexual, male-dominant novella, The Wicked West (Don Mills, Ontario: HQN, 2009) ( A | BN | K S )
- A more provocative offering recommended by reader Wendy would be Caressa’s Knees by Annabel Joseph ( A | BN | K S ). The heroine is in the position of power outside the bedroom as the hero is the PA of the heroine. This story is BDSM centered but the hero is domineering rather than dominant. It should be noted that other Joseph stories contain story lines that may be triggers for other readers including non consensual stories and the like. Please read any reviews carefully.