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Mar 6 2012 5:33pm

What to Read After Finishing Fifty Shades of Grey: Suggestions?

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. JamesThe internet phenomenon of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has reached the mainstream—and so the Today show asked, in an addendum to its rant-inducing coverage, “Would you admit reading the scandalous novel Fifty Shades of Grey?

As though, once again, we should be ashamed of anything we’re reading.

But since perhaps you’ve already read it—and admitted it!—what other books would you suggest for people wanting to read more of the same type of book?

We’ll round up suggestions and do a recommendation post in a few days.

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Alma Katsu
1. Alma Katsu
Okay, I'll be a jerk and suggest my book, The Taker--but it's gotten a lot of comments from readers about it's dark sexual/sensual tone.
Alma Katsu
2. Lege Artis
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard- great book. And it's written by a man.
Broken by Megan Hart- I bought 5 more of her books because of this one.
Willing Victim by Cara McKenna-don't let the name turn you away.
The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley
Alma Katsu
3. Lege Artis
@Alma Katsu - I love The Taker, can't wait for The Reckoning. I didn't mind dark sensual parts when writing was so skilled and rich.
Darlene Marshall
4. darlenemarshall
The Wicked West by Victoria Dahl; Top of Her Game by Emma Holly; Natural Law by Joey W. Hill; another vote for Willing Victim by Cara McKenna, and if you're looking for paranormal, The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey Hill.
Alma Katsu
5. tgentry90
I haven't read the FIFTY SHADES books YET but several of my friends have & some of them read BEAUTIFUL DISASTER after they finished the series. They say if you like 50 SHADES you'll like BEAUTIFUL DISASTER.
http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Disaster-ebook/dp/B0052VUNHC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331075320&sr=8-2
marion bergner
6. ducky
I second the love for Megan Hart's BROKEN and Cara McKenna's WILLING VICTIM - both so good!

I didn't like FIFTY SHADES but would love to read a good erotic romance about a kinky guy falling for a vanilla woman and how they make it work. Anybody have any recs?
Jessica O'Brien
7. JLOBrien
@ducky- Lorelei James' "Cowboy Casanova" from her Rough Riders series has some BDSM, not incredibly hardcore (in my opinion)...but very kinky. And the main character Bennett McKay is smoking hot.
Alma Katsu
8. DeannaP
The Fifty Shades trilogy was awesome and I recommend it to all who will listen. I also liked Dante Inferno by Sylvain Renard, the Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair, the Edge series by Eve Berlin and The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
marion bergner
9. ducky
@JLOBrian - thanks for the rec!

@DeannaP - Oh, I read one Cherise Sinclair called MAKE ME, SIR, I thought Marcus was so sexy.
Deanna
10. sharisse
@Ducky: I have read every Cherise Sinclair book (within a 2 week span) except The Starlight Rite. I love her books.
Alma Katsu
11. Lege Artis
@ducky
Provoke me by Cari Quinn
Liberating Lacey is quite famous...
Shugar and Spice by Mari Carr
The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes is new book (february 7.) and I loved it! One of the best things I read this year. And it's smoking hot... Try it, I think you won't be dissapointed.;)
Vanessa Ouadi
12. Lafka
I don't really understand why Fifty shades of grey is considered that scandalous a reading and creates such a phenomenon. I guess I'm just too much into erotic romance to really be shocked or even simply unsettled by E.L. James' book. The first "erotic" books I've ever read was Marquis de Sade's, and I was around 14 at the time, so... yeah, I guess one thing explains another. Nihil novi sub sole.

I haven't read most of the books recommanded so far, thank you guys for adding new books to my TBR list (Gabriel's Inferno was already there)!
As to books I think Fifty Shades of Grey's enthousiasts might like :
- Barbara Elsborg's An Ordinary Girl _ just loved it!
- Samantha Blaire's Generational Sins (spicier than Fifty Shades, and with tougher BDSM elements)
- Laura Kaye's Hearts in Darkness (not an erotic book but with high sexual tension)
- Cherrie Lynn's Rock me (if you don't mind pierced/tattooed characters)
- Z Stefani's Insufferable Proximity (definitely steamy, the heroine is not a naive young girl)
Already mentionned, Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster was very good too :)
MKJDobson
13. Rose In RoseBear
I can also recommend Cherise Sinclair, especially the Masters of the Shadowlands series and the connected Master of the Mountain / Master of the Abyss pair.

If you like wildly erotic SF/Master and Commander mashups, you cannot go wrong with Morgan Hawke's Star series!

Ann Jacobs' Heart of the West series features some interesting characters, including a physically disabled Dom.
Alma Katsu
14. Lege Artis
@Lafka- I'm with you, I don't know why it's such a big deal. There are more scandalous books with steamier sex. I read somewhere that people who are into BDSM find this book vanilla.:) I was laughing so hard on that ridiculous story in TodaysShow about suburb housewives and their dirty little fanatasies that can shock some viewers... I'm supporting this Fifty Shades frenzy, 'cause people are asking what else can they read and it leads them and me to some great new books.;)
Kristin O
15. krismas29
-Joey W. Hill's Ice Queen and sequel Mirror of My Soul; though both have much more intense BDSM elements.
-Wicked Ties by Shayla Black
-Tie Me Down by Tracy Wolff
marion bergner
16. ducky
@Lege Artis - thank you for your recs! Scurries off to look up the titles....

This is such an interesting and informative thread.
Alma Katsu
17. Annabel Joseph
I agree with the other recommendations and if you're looking for more in the vein of Beautiful Disaster and Fifty Shades, I'll put my book Mercy out there.

Last year around this time it was number one on Amazon's erotica bestseller list for a few weeks, I think because it was controversial and kind of hardcore to new BDSM romance readers. Even now it's still one of my best selling books and the dominant, Matthew, always comes out far and above at the top of my "hottest dom" contests. I wouldn't say it's a book to study appropriate BDSM by any stretch, but with that said, people tell me it rocked their worlds and was quite a guilty pleasure all the same. :-)
alyssa
18. phead427
i loved fiftys trilogy but mostly for how grey got be who he is and then change. okay so the sex was really great too. i second the suggestion of generational sins by samantha blair. and suggest Raw Desires by Kate Pearce . there is a menage relationship for those who may not care for that
Alma Katsu
19. Aninopeace
I loved reading the "Fifty Shades" trilogy, and yes, I was shocked when I first read it. But I'm glad that the members in my group, P.A Lupton for instance, encouraged me to get past the scandalous parts and just read the book. So glad that I did! Since I've finished the trilogy, what has helped to get past my "Fifty Shades" Withdrawal is reading anything written by Tymber Dalton. I found that "The Reluctant Dom" was really good..
Ginny Doremus
20. FaeRhi
Ok, so I have yet to read this Triology but now, after the whole Dr. Drew thing, and all the articles on here, I MUST!

But if you want fanfiction, BDSM, pushing boundaries, etc;

A.N. Roqueluare (a.k.a. Anne Rice) wrote a Sleeping Beauty Trilogy:
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Beauty's Punishment
Beauty's Release

This takes the original idea of Sleeping Beauty into a WHOLE new world of BDSM, where young men and women are sent to a different kingdom to be trained as slaves, and Beauty is claimed by the Prince of this Kingdom. Immediately she is thrust into this world, but she doesn't necessarily go quietly. Also, she has quite a few loves throughout this series, and you find yourself loving each of them as well. With a happy ending (or quite a few, winkwinknudgenudge), it's a great trilogy.

I LOVED this series and I find myself reading it over and over again. You should definitely look this up (if you're ready) for a bit more hard-core BDSM with characters you know. I've recommended it to many of my friends, even those who had previously shown no interest in the darker areas of pleasure; the line where pain & pleasure gets blurred.
Alma Katsu
21. JTMurphy
Another vote for Beautiful Disaster!
Wiling Victim was pretty good, but not memorable for me.
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia is one of my favorites of 2012 so far!
Janet Schneider
22. Janet Schneider
Great post! The exposion of FSG et al is turning into an opportunity to steer newbie library patrons in interesting ways. @Alma Katsu The Taker is wonderfully written and a beautiful story, on a much different literary level than FSG, which IMHO seemed more like an extreme Harlequin Presents--and I'm a huge series fan. I've been recommending The Taker all year. @FaeRhi the A.N. Roqueluare Sleeping Beauty trilogy is an excellent readalike thought-- for more 'adventurous' readers ...:)
Vanessa Ouadi
23. Lafka
Hum, I'm not sure I would have recommanded Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty to Fiftys trilogy afficionados. Don't get me wrong, I really, really liked Anne Rice' books! But there is kind of a yawning gap between the 2 trilogies!
It might be a little bit of a shocker to get down from a slightly vanilla-BDSM erotic book to Beauty trilogy, which is far far more "extreme" in terms of bondage and domination than even most erotic BDSM books. There are probably some intermediate books that will allow Fifty shades trilogy readers to accostumate themselves to harsher BDSM before reading Beauty trilogy. One might not want to go too far too fast there ;)
Ginny Doremus
24. FaeRhi
@Lafka:
I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the "50 Shades" trilogy (I get paid tomorrow!!!) so I'm not sure of the level -- though I did read that this trilogy is more vanilla than BDSM. Hence my cautionary words -- because even I was a bit shocked at some of the things in Sleeping Beauty and I'm a seasoned fan of all types of erotica (I've been writing it since I was 14 -- long story)
I'll definitely have to look into "The Taker" which has been mentioned several times. I LOVE this site because it is truly a great home for me in learning about new authors, books and sharing experiences. Love love love it! Thanks everyone!
Alma Katsu
25. NicNic
I checked out several recommendations. Are any of these books not set in a club or includes a third? Many that I saw were in a club setting and I don't enjoy those. I have also not been a fan of ménage or scenes with h/h having sex with others (even before the relationship starts)? Didn't enjoy beautiful disaster.

Thanks!
Megan Frampton
26. MFrampton
@NicNic: I've asked our readers to weigh in, based on your parameters. We'll have specific suggestions soon!
Tori Benson
28.
NicNic-One problem your going to run into, especially with erotics, is the no mention of showing of sex with people before they meet heroine people. It's often used in the back story to show why one of the charatcers is the way they are and as a growth measurement.

Lauren Dane's Brown Siblings books are light BDSM one on one with the exception of Erin's story (Brown siblings #1).
Lorilei James Rough Riders also has some that is just one on one. Tied Up Tied Down.
A Tall, Dark, Cowboy by Mackenzie McKade
Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty
Jaci Burton Wild Riders series features both one on one and multiples-depends on book. Her Play by PLay is light erotic rom contemp with only one on one action.
Alma Katsu
29. NicNic
Thank you for recommends! I am okay with having experience, I have just read a couple of books in which the hero has sex with someone else after meeting and expressing interest in the heroine, another where the couple invited a third, and yet another where the hero shows heroine what to expect by showing what she can expect (not my cup of tea).

Thanks! I look forward to checking these out!
Tori Benson
30.
NicNic-Ewwww, yea, I don't buy that storyline either. Can't have hero sexing up all the ladies; it's skeeves me out a little. lol
Laura Gadbois
31. gadsgirl
I loved the Fifty Shades books! After hearing what Dr. Drew had to say I was laughed my butt off! I think the story is realistic because we all have a story that leads to who we are today and it could happen!!
Alma Katsu
32. Alma Katsu
*sniff* Lege Artis and Janet Schneider I lubs you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Alma Katsu
33. BigB
KC Youngblood's Lethal Choices is a sex charged novel with some real meat to it. It's a legal/political thriller with plenty of action above and beneath the sheets.
Alma Katsu
34. gumibear26
Love all the suggestions. I would also like to suggest Lora Leigh's "Pleasure" books (Dangerous Pleasure, Only Pleasure, Guilty Pleasure, Shameless Embraces). Many of the characters occur (at least incidentally) in more than one book. Dominant men, but you have to like ménage. Hot, hot, hot!
Alma Katsu
35. MyBooks86
Hi Ladies... I love all the recommendations you all have.. can't wait to add them to my tbr list!! I just had a question tho...Who is the author for
"The Taker"?
Vanessa Ouadi
36. Lafka
@MyBooks86 - Alma Katsu wrote "The Taker". A very good combination of erotism, paranormal and romance, well written, in a word, a must-read :)
Ginny Doremus
38. FaeRhi
A few more (authors/books/series)
Maya Banks - Sweet Series (currently reading)
Lauren Dane
Anya Bast
Dana Marie Bell
Selena Blake
Bianca D'Arc
Lori Foster (LOVE her!)
Cheyenne McCray
Alma Katsu
39. Author_PJParker
What else can I say but ROXELANA AND SULEYMAN by P.J.Parker.

This is Fifty Shades of Grey with a storyline that makes the former appear quite tame...

Roxelana was the most seductive, powerful, egotistical, intriguing, manipulative and enigmatic woman of the early sixteenth century. History had never known anyone of such beauty and cunning. She was fabulous. Yet very few know her story... Europe is in turmoil under the oppressive rule of the Hapsburgs and the incessent raids of marauding Tartar Warriors. Can the forces of The Ottoman Empire ensure the promised Renaissance? Istanbul, the eye of the Ottoman Sultanate and considered to be the centre of the Universe is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. It is intoxicating and vibrant. But it is also a metropolis of mis-placed trust, of decadence, run by a sexually-charged, sexually-ambiguous drug-riddled beaurocracy. And in the middle of this city, high on an imposing promontory is the fabled Topkapi Palace - the Seraglio of Sultan Suleyman Khan - the Shadow of God on Earth. Within its multitude of gazel-filled courtyards, along its secluded arcades and twisting down through its labyrinth of corridors to the solidly locked doors of the Sultan's Harem are secrets and whispers that promise death by strangulation to some - and absolute power to others. It is in this world that a simple peasant girl, abducted by Tartars and sold into slavery, captured the heart of the greatest Ottoman Sultan and rose to control the largest armies on Earth from within the gilded cage of Topkapi Harem. But does she know that there are those who would see her dead? And yet another, who's undying love, if revealed, would lead to the destruction of all her well laid plans? The story of Roxelana has remained hidden for centuries and needs to be told. It is about someone we should all be acquainted with intimately
Alma Katsu
40. MichelleM
I loved Christian. I loved the eye candy of private jets, boats, apts etc....basically i like reading about being rich. Any recs for books similar in tone where the hero is wealthy? I definitely want some hot sex scenes too!

No vampires, no historical, no cowboys, no historical, no scifi please. I want contemporary settings so I can visualize the scene.
Eva / TXBookjunkie
41. TXBookjunkie
@MichelleM A new one that's out tomorrow is Sylvia Day's Bared to You. It has a fabously wealthy and handsome young bachelor set in contemporary New York City; however, it does not contain BDSM - just more of an erotic slant. Warning: it has a slight unresolved ending and book 2 is still in edits.
Alma Katsu
42. Jackie O.
I read Fifty Shades of Grey. Haven't read the other two books. The only other BDSM book I've read is Crash Into You by Roni Loren, which I really enjoyed reading. I read these books over spring break and would like to read more. Roni Loren has two more books coming out which I'm looking foward to reading. I'm the type of person who will read anything as long as there's a good story line.
Alma Katsu
43. Chloe19
I read the Fifty Shades Trilogy and believe me it's not the type of book I have ever been drawn too but I couldn't put it down. I loved Christian,! I usually read books like Unbrocken or one of my favorite's The Bell Jar so this was a first. ,After finishing them I heard that Beautiful Diaster was like it and believe me it's not. I hated it. I think if you are younger than 35 maybe but the immaturity of the characters was just too much for me. It was like a bad soap opera and the violence was over the top. Fifty explored different issues that made you think about what happens to kids that are so traumatized and who struggle to find themselves. We all wear masks to hide something but this book the masks where always on. The need for control was so intersting and the author made you feel so much for this child trapped inside of a man's body.I loved the journey of it, yes at times I started to get a little tired of it all but someone so wounded would be like that. I would like to read his version of the whole series. I think that would be an awesome read! To witness the making of the 50 shades of F#%^ed UP, now that would be a journey to explore.
Janet Moodie
44. emoodie
Bared To You by Sylvia Day is a very great book. Blindsided by Sayer Adams is also a good read.
R Reader
45. RReader
_Bared to You_, by Sylvia Day, the first novel in an anticipated trilogy called the Crossfire series. Day is a seasoned erotic romance writer who obviously did a bit of a take-off on the Shades of Gray (SOG) series using some of primary elements that makes the SOG series so compelling. Although it starts out a bit rough (not the quality I would normally expect of Day), she hits her stride after the first 30 pages and it's a definite page-turner. According to her website, Day expects the next novel in the series, _Deeper in You_ to be released in October 2012.
Alma Katsu
46. Christine_eyes
The Fifty Series was awesome... I finished all 3 books in 2 weeks, couldnt put them down... I have now moved onto another great book "Addiction" by Maya Banks... Ladies, warning much more detailed in wording, I believe that is how I want to explain it nicely.. Hope ELJ writes another series soon...
Alma Katsu
47. Deedee71
I read 50 and never thought id find anything else to top them but then I read insufferable proximity absolutely brilliant, highly recommend it.
Alma Katsu
48. Caz1981
aboslutely loved the 50 shades trilogy, couldnt put the books down! Ive also read, bared to you, gabriels inferno, sweet as sin, the marriage bargain, insufferable proximity, love v payne, and love unscripted. I loved all the books, but struggling to find something else to read, can anyone suggest anything?

thanks :-)

p.s preferably something i can download to my kindle, as I note some of the titles mentioned already are not available on kindle yet.
Alma Katsu
49. pamelia
@ Cazi1981 -- did you check out "Knight" by Kristen Ashley?
Alma Katsu
50. Magz
Bared to You by Sylvia Day... eagely waiting for the second book of this promising series. I must admit (stop rolling your eyes, lol) but I liked this book more than I likes FSoG. It just seemed more realistic. Read Beautiful Disaster... liked it but could not deal with the large sum of errors in the editing. It was entertaining but not nearly as much kinky action as the others mentioned above. Thinking The Principal's office might be next as I patiently/anxiously await the next book to follow Bared to You!
Jessica O'Brien
51. JLOBrien
Magz- I just finished Bared to You today...and I agree with you. I found that Eva and Gideon were much better characters and the story in all was much better written than 50 Shades. Plus, I found Eva's character, well to be honest, much easier to stomach than Ana. I didn't find myself yelling at the book (yeah I know crazy lol) going "Are you serious??"

I can't wait for Deeper...October is so far away!
Janis Clark
52. maliamartin
The Bound Hearts series by Lora Leigh it at the top of my recommend list but new author Roni Loren's Crash Into You is my latest favorite. It pulls you right in.
Alma Katsu
53. Grey -
Hey everyone,

I just want to say I love this website and I loved Fifty Shades. Oh and my name (grey) is really a nickname of mine since I have been a child :-) This is my first trilogy with BDSM, I found it very entertaining. I loved everyone's suggestions!! I would love to start another trilogy with a similar love story as Christian and Ana, I do not think I would have enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey is Ana would have just accepted to become a submissive person. Are there any stories like that of Christian and Ana?



Thanks
Alma Katsu
54. Shannon333
I'm almost finished the second book of the Grey trilogy...I'm trying to prolong it as I don't want the books to end!@MichelleM (post #40) - I'm looking for the exact same kind of book as you. If you have any to suggest...Please let me know!!!
Charlene Bourne
55. CharBourne
Okay, so I am new to the site and decided to join to get some feedback...

I have completed the Fifty Shades trilogy in less that 2 weeks (which is a major accomplishment for me) and I am looking to start another series.

Here is my dilemma:
1) I can only follow a book that is written in first person, preferably female
2) I loved the diversity and evolution of Christian and Ana
3) I only enjoy books written in current period (1990's +)
4) I enjoy the sexual context, but it is not a deal breaker

So... Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance....and I am anxiously waiting for more volumes of FSoG :)
Alma Katsu
56. Tessa24
Recommend Gabriel's Inferno and the sequel, Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

If you want to read about rape and torture, read the Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series which is nothing like the Fifty Shades series (a romance that turns into a love story).
Alma Katsu
57. Vicki G
I have seen it here already, but I am recommending it anyway. Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard. They are truly great works of literature. Reynard's characters really speak to you, making you care about them and what happens to them. This book will not only entertain you, but will make you think about the power that love has in your life and those around you. Five stars!!!
Lorna Kay
58. LornaUK
Have just read Gabriels Inferno and Gabriels Rapture and really enjoyed them both. Whilst I also enjoyed the 50 shades trilogy, I found Sylvain Reynards writing so much better.

Any other recommendations please?
Alma Katsu
59. LisaNY
I don't have much to contribute, but I did read the Anne Rice's the sleeping beauty series, which was my very first taste of bsdm. I also Love Lora leigh, read her she many be light compared to most others. But well worth the read in my opinion. I just love her strong alpha males and their strong desires for bsdm. I'm diffently a fan. And thank you all for so many reading suggestions.
Alma Katsu
60. MrsteaPotts
Here is a list of what I have found as some books that have the same genre. Although, all were entertaining. Some I loved better than others.

Enjoy!!!

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley
The Wicked West by Victoria Dahl
Top of Her Game by Emma Holly
Provoke me by Cari Quinn
Generational Sin by Samantha Blair
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover
Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty
Crash Into You by Roni Loren
Mercy by Annabel Joseph
Wicked Burn by Beth Kery
What Happens After Dark (DeKNight Triology) – Jasmine Hayes
Wicked Weekend by Gillian Archer
The Principal's Office by Jaysmne Hayes
Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Guilty Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Explosive by Beth Kery
Coming Undone (Brown Siblings Series #2) by Lauren Dane
Gabriel's Woman Robin Schone
Something New Cameron Dane
Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun
Riding Wild (Wild Riders Series #1)
Riding Temptation (Wild Riders Series #2)
Riding on Instinct (Wild Riders Series #3)
Riding the Edge in the Nauti and Wild anthology
Riding the Night (Wild Riders Series #4)
Hotter Than Wildfire (Protectors Series #2) by Lisa Marie Rice
Into the Crossfire (Protectors Series #1) by Lisa Marie Price
Sweet Surrender (Sweet Series #1)
Sweet Persuasion (Sweet Series #2)
Sweet Seduction (Sweet Series #3)
Sweet Temptation (Sweet Series #4)
Sweet Possession (Sweet Series #5)
Sweet Addiction

Happy Reading
Alma Katsu
61. Sandra A.
I really likes 50 shades and read all 3, I am not much of a reader but then at the same time I could NOT put down 50 shades at all. I just finished the 3'rd book. I need something witha love story but struggles like 50 shades - something similiar and similiar in the bedroom to keep mke entertained. I dont to much kinky f*uckery but 50 shades was right were I would like it to be. I can't do the rapes and all the stuff or the more than 2 people in the bedroom. It needs to sound true, not fake to me. Any suggestions would be great. I also like newer books in this century like 50 shades. seems much more realistic seeing that we live in a time like this book.
Allison Brennan
62. Allison_Brennan
@sandra --- I haven't read 50 shades, but I've heard that Sylvia Day's BARED TO YOU is similar in tone and content. Sylvia is a friend of mine (I've read her romantic suspense only -- however, she's a terrific writer so I'm sure her erotic romance is just as good!)
Megan Frampton
63. MFrampton
@Mrsteapotts: Whoa! Thanks for all the recs, we appreciate them.

And so far it seems like Sylvain Reynard and Sylvia Day are the closest to Fifty, based on your feedback. Thanks!
Alma Katsu
64. Nessababbiiee
Definitely loooveeed 50 shades and i read all three in about 4 days more or less. After i was done, i had SERIOUS withrawals so i was on the net and found Bared to you by Sylvia Day. very similar to 50 shades and definitely cured my withrawals. =D


@tgentry90
I find Beautiful disaster insteresting. Might have to go for it thanks !
Shanta Baro
65. shanbaro
Yeah, I was one of those who thought 50 was quite vanilla, but a slightly enjoyable read. Although, Ana was quite annoying.

I really enjoyed Joey W. Hills vampire series with some serious Alpha males and females. Will check out Gabriel's Inferno.
Alma Katsu
66. dmccart
I read 50 Shades Triology in 5 days which I take pride in lol! I then read Bared to You by Sylvia Day and finished that in 9 hours because it was really good! So far everyone is recommending beautiful disaster so I might try that one next :)
Alma Katsu
68. David MacKinnon
A novel of mine, titled Leper Tango, was just released by Guernica Editions, and looks at the psychology of a similar relationship, but it's orchestrated by a woman named Sheba. The reaction at the recent Toronto book launch and follow-up readings was enthusiastic.

You can pick it up on amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. http://www.amazon.com/Leper-Tango-Essential-Prose-Series/dp/1550713671/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340012521&sr=1-1&keywords=leper+tango
Alma Katsu
69. cg
I read Gabriel'ss Inferno after reading fifty Shades..It was without a doubt my favorite book I have read yet! Follow it with Gabriel's Rapture..You will not be dissapointed! An emothional rollercoaster the entire read!
Alma Katsu
70. caz1981
@pamelia thank you for the recommendation of knight, i really enjoyed it. has anyone else got any other kindle books that are similar to what i've mentioned. I cant wait to read the next book in the crossfire series from sylvia day, shes a fab writer.

I also enjoyed sylvain reynards Gabriels inferno and rapture and bethany kanes addicted to you and bound to you.
Alma Katsu
71. Stephanie Anderson
This is what I read, in order, after 50 Shades. I personally liked Bared to You the best... and Beautiful Disaster was good too.

Bared to You
Gabriel's Inferno
Beautiful Disaster

I will say that I got lucky and found a new book that just came out last week. It's called 'Serve his Needs'. It's a shorter read but for the price, it's worth it. I read it over the weekend... on my, it was steamy. And it had an actual story to it.

http://www.amazon.com/Serve-His-Needs-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B008DQLI04/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1340646443&sr=1-1&keywords=serve+his+needs
Alma Katsu
72. em4283
I haven't read a good book in years, reading generally isn't one of my past times. I picked of 50 shades because of course everyone was talking about it, and everyone i knew was reading it. I am on the 3rd book 50 shades freed about 130 pages in and I have only been reading these books for about a week! I cant put them down! This is the first type of erotica book of any kind that i have ever read, and what i love most is the relationship they have established I love the "love story" part of this, and christians wealthy lifestyle..its like a fairy tale. Anyway im will be done with the 3rd book by the end of the week and im looking to find something (a series preferrably) to start on. I dont mind reading about the paranormal either so anything like that would be okay too... thanks for any suggestions.
Alma Katsu
73. phatatt
I started the 50 shades trilogy on Sunday the 17th at 11pm and finished on wednesday the 10th at 11pm and yes i worked from 8-5 in between there. normally i read Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, James Patterson, etc...at 33 years old this was my FIRST "erotic/romance"??? not really sure what,( but I ENJOYED IT THOROUGHLY!!! and to think i was going to pass it up just because it was so popular. But now i've realized that i have been missing something in my literary landscape and thank goodness i have come upon this page so i can continue to explore. yes i did find it repetitive at times and a thesaurus probably could have been used a few more times, but for me, it did the trick. It combined everything i enjoy about reading, mystery,love, crime, passion and now some blasted good sex!! so thank you for all the suggestions and if you have any more please pass them on, i don't know how much more S&M i can take, the amount was probably perfect for me, maybe a little bit more, who knows, i guess that's the whole point of this excercise right, but i definitely enjoyed the passion/eroticism. Thoughts????

p.s. Oh and i'd be interested in some sort of "book club" if anyone knows of any???
Alma Katsu
74. Lessons_from_Christian
Why do I feel like the only guy that has read this book? Not only was it a good book but a good tutorial. Trust me have your man read this he can pick up a few things I did. But what comes next? Any suggestions?
Alma Katsu
75. Greedy good
I have read FSOG trilogy, have read them through twice and on audio once, absolutely loved them and felt very lost when I finished reading them the first time round. I have since read Bared to you by Sylivia Day and really enjoyed this book, roll on October, I can't wait, jus trying to decide what to read next, so many mixed reviews, I need help.........
Janis Clark
76. maliamartin
Here's my list straight from my website-
(the writing is better, the characters are more mature and the stories have more depth. If you enjoyed the 50's you'll love these reads)
Bound Hearts series by Lora Leigh
Crash Into You by Roni Loren
Wilde series by Janelle Denison
Sweet series by Maya Banks
Wild Riders series by Jaci Burton
Alma Katsu
77. Flossy
I (quickly) read the FSOG trilogy - fun reading. I went on to enjoy Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture. Bared to You by Sylvia Day was excellent reading - I have pre-ordered the sequel. I also Enjoyed Ruth Caredello's Maid for the Billionaire and the sequel For Love or Legacy. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is also a good read. Insufferable Proximity has a good story line - but it is full of typos and poor grammer. Strangers by Barbara Elsborg was also enjoyable. I must admit that I read all these and a few more in the last 6 weeks - I may have an addiction! I would highly recommend any of the above books for comparable reading to FSOG.
Alma Katsu
78. Caillie
I'd suggest any of Melinda Barron's books; Graceful Submission is a great starting place.
Alma Katsu
79. Ruester
So, I haven't read many books in the contemporary romance genre, I tend towards Jane Austen and nonfiction, but for what it is worth, I'm at this site looking for follow ups to two romance books I just read and absolutely loved. A friend recommended Gabriel's Inferno to me and I bit. It was a great story, intelligent and sexy. Then, I loved the second book even more than the first. The use of Dante, Abelard, Heloise, Beatrice, Shakespear quotes, etc... Not to mention Aquinas and St. Francis to explain the four kinds of love, mercy, and redemption was beautiful. This isn't just a great romance story, it was a gentle introduction into the philosophy of love.

Now if I could just find more authors who included classic literature and/or philosophy in a well written love story I'd be set. So far, I haven't found that....
Alma Katsu
80. hopper
This type of book was new to me until I read fifty shades of gray triliogy at the suggestion of my husband and I LOVED it and couldnt wait to read more books like it. I have read other romance novels but these are a few of my favorites.
I loved fifty shades of gray. I have since then read gabriels inferno, gabriels rapture by sylvia reynard. Bared to you by sylvia day the second one will come out in october. I have also read hearts in darkness it was great just a novella... I appreciate the other suggestions will DEFINATELY check them out.
Alma Katsu
81. Isolde
I'm hooked. I can't stop reading. Read FSOG, Bared To You is the next best thing. I am with Ruester and loved Gabriel's Inferno, although it is nothing like FSOG is more than vanilla. Addicted To You was erotic, but short story with not much to the characters. Crash In to You was steamy, was my first look at ménage it was brief. I just want a book with D/s but no flogging, beating, and so on. I'm older and have read everything. My first tast of romance books was all of the first Johanna Lindsey and Jude Deveraux. Loved the history and strong men. After my daughter asked me to read the Twilite Saga it was fun, but I wanted more. I read all of Christina Feehan's Dark series. I loved how the men were not complete with out their mate, the one women who could save them, sex was hot and passionate. Now just want more books with domanate males. Rich is good. Love slipping into fanticy where one has their every need met.

When suggesting books can everyone tag them please; thank you for letting us know about Anne Rice, Sleeping Beauty Triology, I don't think I would like them. "I want more..." FSOG
Alma Katsu
82. Insatiable
I finished the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in 8 days (could have been less but work was in the way). Like everyone else, this was my first venture into the "erotica" themed literature and I enjoyed it very much that I could not put the book down - I even stayed up until 3am because the story began to pick up. After getting over all the sexual scenes, I really fell in love with Christian - to my dismay, I fell in love with a fictional character haha. I don't understand why people call it "mommy porn" because I'm only 21 and I've since had my friends and coworkers reading it who around my age as well. FSoG is more than a BDSM story because you learn about the life of a broken child. I truly swooned over the fact that Christian really knows how to treat his lady - minus his annoying controlling issues - but I did love their cute emails to each other. I want a book similar to this type of reading. Like #75 commentor, I'm also LOST now that i'm down reading. I'm having withdrawals.. However, I've since finished reading BARED TO YOU. It's sort of similar to FSoG but the characters are definitely not like Ana and Christian.

Anyone recommend any? I may read Provoke Me as suggested from above. I hope everyone finds their own Christian Grey too!

L A T E R S, B A B Y~
Kanetra Hights
83. Kanetram
I love fifty shades of Grey as well. Lora Leigh has some great books out there that show a part of the bdsm world. But if you want a more intense look into the bdsm world I highly suggest reading the Masters of Shadowlands books by Cherise Sinclair. They are fantastic books.
Alma Katsu
84. MichelleBH
I've read 50 Shades Trilogy twice now! I have read a lot of books since then, and i've come up with a few that really like to share. Some i've seen here, and other's I haven't.
-Bared to You-
-Letting Go-
-Mercy-
-Comfort Food-
-Marriage Bargain-
-Unsticky-
-Lover Unbound-( Black Dagger Brotherhood Series)#5
I wouldn't go as far to say that Beautiful Disaster is similar to 50 Shades. It is an excellent book though (just finished reading it today). It's pretty intense throughout the whole book though.
Also, really, anything by Annabel Joseph is really BDSM erotica.
Thanks for the other suggestions!
Alma Katsu
85. WendyM
I loved FSoG and finished it in record time (less than a week)! And that sent me on a scavenger hunt for similar books. I have to say that the ones listed above sound pretty interesting and I can't wait to read them. But I also found a bunch and have read these that I think people will love:

Sweet Series by Maya Banks (this is absolutely awesome and I couldn't put them down)
Sweet Surrender (#1)
Sweet Persuasion (#2)
Sweet Seduction (#3)
Sweet Temptation(#4)
Sweet Possession (#5)
Sweet Addiction (#6)
Black Dager Brotherhood series by JR Ward (its vampire though)
Strangers by Barbara Eisborg
An Ordinary Girl by Barbara Eisborg
The Dom Who Loved Me (book 1) and The Men with the Golden Cuffs (book 2)by Lexi Blake
Colter's series by Maya Banks (I haven't read it but it was recommended to me. It's more 3some type)
KGI Series by Maya Banks
The Darkest Hour (#1)
No Place to Run (#2)
Whispers in the Dark (#3)
Hidden Away (#4)
Echoes at Dawn (#5)
Protector's Novel series by Lisa Marie Rice
Nightfire
Into the Crossfire
Hotter than Wildfire
Teach Me by Crystal Waters (haven't read but it was recommended to me)
Anything But Vanilla by Madelynne Ellis (this gets pretty hard core)

Enjoy!!
Alma Katsu
86. In_Love_w_Grey
I am in love with the 50 shades trilogy!!! I loved them so much, I have read them twice in two weeks!! I have also read Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture which were also amazing. The next I suggest is Thoughtless and Effortless by S.C. Stephens. They were really goos as well!! I am looking for more suggestions on what to read next. Thanks:)
Alma Katsu
87. phonda
I read on another blog site about Sylvia Day and her novel Bared To You, I purchased it less than 48 hours ago finished it less than 24hrs later--couldn't put it down. I loved it, very 50 shades but the heroine is less naive. Alert:: its the first in a trilogy and only part one has been released, part two comes out oct. 12 2012 and part three dec. 31, 2012. It was amazing tho!!
Alma Katsu
88. arlove
BARED TO YOU - by Sylvia Day ...... its perfect for people who loved 50 shades of gray. you will replace Christian Grey for Gideon Cross :)
Alma Katsu
89. PB Gal
I would recommend after 50 shades: (Many mentioned already)

1. Bared To You
2. Gabriel's Inferno and Rapture (Loved, Loved Loved)
3. Because Your Mine - Beth Kery (my only complaint is they are being release in parts, two chapters at a time - I, II, III, and IV are available ($1.99 ebook each) There are 8 in total released weekly.
4. Wicked Ties Series by Shayla Black
Alma Katsu
90. Nathalie123
I read the first two books of the trilogy and liked the first book, but felt like in the 2nd book, she was 'fixing' him. And I agree with some of the other reviewers that this was way more vanilla (than I'd hoped for at least). Anyhow, what would I recommend? These are erotica BDSM.

Selena Kitt - Heidi and the Kaiser
Erika Masten - Conditioned Reponse
Erika Masten - My Two Doms
Natasha Knight - Pierced

I have to go back to my goodreads account and add to the list!
Alma Katsu
91. AnaisNinSoul
" The Perfect Submissive" by Kay Jaybee
Alma Katsu
92. Jane.C
I don't really have any recommendation so far, but I loooveeed the trilogy of 50 Shades of Grey and read them all in 3-4 days as I just couldn't put the book down!! I was hanging out for more books similar to 50 Shades and did contemplated of reading them again, but then I got on to "Bared To You" after recommendation from a friend. I just finished reading Bared To You, which I thought was not too bad but I hated the fact that the story line is so similar to 50 Shades in so many ways that I was a bit put off by it initially. Although, I can't wait for the sequel to Bared To You when it comes out in October 2012, but in my mind I still much preferred the love story between Christian and Ana in 50 Shades.

Anyhow, after reading everyone's comments and recommendations, my next books will now be Gabriels Inferno follow by the sequel.
Alma Katsu
93. Tootietwo
Has anyone read the Megan Hart books? I just picked up 'Dirty' and I'm not sure if its going to be worth it. I loved FSoG, but honestly, I like everything from the soft erotic/love/a bit of BDSM stories like Maya Banks, 'Sweet series,' to the much darker and heavy BDSM of 'The Marketplace series' by Laura Antoniou. I do enjoy series books the best. I feel like one book is never enough and I always want more of these people after I start reading about them.
Alma Katsu
94. The Dark Continent
Try 'Day Release School' by Tim Bowie on Amazon Kindle. Very well written and hot F/F spanking/lesbian action.
Alma Katsu
95. Lillyclaire
I LOvED FSOG and Bared to you. I am new to reading these books, I have always loved erotica but didn't really know where to start. I have read several more books that are worth looking into. Knight & play, the ivy lessons, the up in the air trilogy, being you (This has bdsm).. These are all trilogy's not all are out yet.
Alma Katsu
96. ShellyB
Thoughtless and Effortless by SC Stephens is by far one of the best book series ever. It is wildly afflicting!!!! Can't wait for Reckless in March
Alma Katsu
98. reawokenmom
@ ShellyB....I completely agree that SC Stephens series is fantastic and is a series that we will be hearing a lot more of!! I absolutely love Kellan!
Other books that arent mentioned as often and are excellent:
On Dublin Street,Samantha Young ... Fast Track Series, Erin McCarthy.... Anything He Wants, Sara Fawkes...Personal Assets,Emma Holly...Beautiful Disaster,James McGuire.
Of course all books by Sylvia Day, Bella Andre,Beth Kerry,Shayla Black, Megan Hart, Sylvain Reynard, Susan Mallery and Maya Banks are a must read!!
Thank you FSOG for opening a whole new world to me!!
Alma Katsu
99. anderson kathren
In my whole life I never believed that dreams come true, until I met
this man called Dr. LACO he showed me all about dreams. I don’t know
where to start from the story, well the
story started when I was 24 years old, I has seeing myself in my dreams
working in a big company and whenever I wake I will notice that I was
dreaming so one day I encourage myself to walk up to the company and
when I got there I was told that I don’t have
all they required papers that I cannot be employed. So along the line I
was searching for a job in online when I met this man Called Dr.laco
who showed me dreams come true, I
contacted him and I presented my case before him and he said to me that
I have to buy some spiritual things to appeal to his god’s and I did
exactly what he said. And to cut the story shut as I am talking right
now I never applied for the job again but I was called and given an
employment letter and resumed immediately. So I am here to give a
testimony of my experience with the man called Dr. LACO who Almighty God
sent to come and help people like me. If you haven’t heard of him this
is an opportunity for you to contact him.
lacopowerfulspellcaster@yahoo.com He is tested and trusted.
Alma Katsu
100. angelface
I loved Fifty Shades! I couldnt put them down and as soon as i was done reading them all my cousin told me to read Bared by you. one word amazing! Then i read Reflected in you and now i cant wait til Entwined by you comes out! Sylvia Day is a great author!
Alma Katsu
101. angelface
I loved Fifty Shades! I couldnt put them down and as soon as i was done reading them all my cousin told me to read Bared by you. one word amazing! Then i read Reflected in you and now i cant wait til Entwined by you comes out! Sylvia Day is a great author!
Alma Katsu
102. Lexxi
I loved the Fifty Shades of Grey books! I received them as a gift from my step mother for Christmas and couldn't put them down until I was finished and then I just wanted E.L. James to write some more, but then she gave me another trilogy for my birthday (February) The Sleeping Beauty trilogy (Beauty's Capture, Beauty's Punishment and Beauty's Release) by Anne Rice as A. N. Roquelaure. I just finished them today and OMG! I don't know if I can find anything that will match up to them. I highly recommend reading these books!
Alma Katsu
103. AnaMaria
http://www.amazon.com/This-Man-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B009UFDYV8/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364306578&sr=1-3&keywords=this+man+trilogy
Alma Katsu
104. Book Worm
I have also read 50 shades and bared to you, waiting for the last of the crossfire trilogy but found The Desire to Touch a couple of days ago. It's pretty good and would recommend to anyone looking for more along those lines, theres not as much 'mummy porn' in the sense of bdsm etc but seems pretty good going so far x
Alma Katsu
105. Book Worm
sorry to add - The Desire to Touch is on kindle.
Alma Katsu
106. Caroline;)
I just loved FSG, it was my first - and only - erotic book. I felt in love by the way that Christian and Ana changed for eachother and by the way that Christian treats Ana. It's so cute! I also loved how Christian was so healthy and didn't care of the prices of the gifts that he bought for his beloved. I can say that I'm in love with Christian!!
I heard that Bared to You and Sleeping Beauty are really amazing books, but I think that they are just a bit too BDSM for me...
Anyone has a rec of a slightly vanilla-bdsm erotic book, like FSG for example???
Please help! I'm desperate, I have nothing to read.

Thanks :)

p.s: if anyone wants to read a amazing fanfiction of Christian's point of view through some parts of the books, here's the link:
http://christiangrey50shades.blogspot.co.uk/

Here's the link of Grace's point of view:
http://christiangreymomstory.blogspot.co.uk/

enjoy ;)!!
tack pinz
107. tackpinz
Crimson's Captivation is very similar to Rice's Sleeping Beauty. It has that fairy tale feeling and is set in the historical backdrop of the Great Northern War (1700s). Best of all, not only is it hot like Sleeping Beauty, the author has included vampires and werewolves. An exciting read. http://www.melange-books.com/authors/cbcarter/crimsons.html
Alma Katsu
108. Stella Smith
Kristen Stewart has finally responded to rumors that she's a favorite to play The Movie Fifty Shades Of Grey.I m excited for the 50 Shades Of Grey Movie.i cant wait for releasing date 50 Shades Of Grey Movie
Alma Katsu
109. Becca K
@Caroline;)
I enjoyed 50 shades and the Crossfire novels however, Sleeping Beauty was a bit too much for me. Check out "The Stranger, Exposed and Binding Agreement" by Kyra Davis. "Rush, Feaver, and Burn" by Maya Banks and "Fire After Dark, Promises after Dark and Secrets After Dark" by Sadie Matthews. Also, I enjoyed "Gabriels Inferno and Gabriels Rapture" by Sylvain Reynard. "Gabriels Redemption" is due December 3rd.
Happy Reading!
Alma Katsu
110. ziesemer9
I just read Conklin's Blueprints, and it was awesome!! It is the perfect in between book of 50 Shades of Grey and Beautiful Disaster. I would give it a read!
Sarah Lawson
111. samolakisses@yahoo.com
I'd say "Bed of Thorns" by Monique L. Miller. Not a lot of people know about it. It's a little indie gem that I think is awesome.
Alma Katsu
112. Adjoaq
FSoG was a good read. Loved it. Bared to you was simply amazing. Still waiting for the final book. You can never go wrong with books by the following writers:

Cherrie Lynn
Lora Leigh
Olivia cunning
Cara McKenna

Try them!
Rachel Immel
113. 715helva
After reading through all of these posts, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I found I had many of the suggested books. However, one book that isn't quite a BDSM exactly, but has bits of it, is one of my favorite books of all time. It could be so over-the-top, but Portia La Costa has kept it doable and believable. It is Entetaining Mr. Stone. Excellent story and the sequels are pretty good also. Before I forget, some of Angela Knight's early books, in Red Sage, Black Lace (I think) and Ellora's Cave publications are pretty pleasantly kinky, also.
Alma Katsu
114. Lucero
Don't believe anyone who tells you that sleeping beauty trilogy is like 50 shades. There's none a single piece of romance, there's not a single prince worthy of your sighs, no CHristian grey and it's not even erotic it's boring. everything is raping and abuse, nobody fells in love with nobody and there's not even a descriptive sex scene that can make you fantasy. It's all spanking and punishment and sexual torture.

of course if you don't mind that there's no romance in the book and that there's a lot of torture and repetition then this saga is for you. Bet you Christian Grey wouldn't ever lower himself to get raped or be a slave like the princes in the beauty saga.
Alma Katsu
116. Lucysubjay
I would definitely recommend this book called Dark layers (volume 1) its really strange and erotic, different from 50shades but the same if you get my drift lol i came across it on facebook and im officially addicted. it is on amazon for only 85p
Alma Katsu
117. MEsort
At 14 I read my grandmothers Barbara Cartland, dominant men an damsels in distress. I fell for dominant men not the damsels aspect. I have since gradually moved on to the dark side of bdsm with Anneke Jacobs, Claire Thompson and Reese Gabriel (the two latter both have a grey and a very "black"shade to their writing). I would say Cherise Sinclair fall somewhere in the middle of all things kinky and she is one of my favorite authors.
Willing submission and TPE is what I enjoy the most (BJ Wane: My pet) and I'm constantly looking for new books and that's how I ended up here. Unfortunately I have read about 95% of the books suggested but please keep them comming cuz I'm always looking....
Karen Locke
118. klocke
If you are looking for something like "Fifty Shades of Grey", you might try author Sharon Page's books escpecially her new one called "Blood Curse". It has rope. a ribbon, and other items in it. It does, however, have a historical, paranormal (vampire) bent to them though.
Alma Katsu
119. Rapunzel Raphael
Primula Bond's Unbreakable Trilogy The Silver Chain, The Golden Locket and The Diamond Ring is a must-read for anyone looking for something to keep them entertained and aroused after reading 50 Shades. Following the romance of Gustav Levi and Serena Folkes, it is beautifully written, classy, romantic, intense and very, very sexy.
Alma Katsu
120. Anna Hawthorn
Vespers by Kera Fox, it is AMAZING!!!!!
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