What to Read After Fifty Shades

by Maryse on May 30, 2012 · 226 comments

in Book Recommendations, E.L. James, My Favorites

NOTE: LATEST UPDATE on this list —> December 11th 2013! (see them below, in the reader recommendations section – lots of new suggestions!) :)  This is a work in progress. I will personally “taste-test” each book (hehe) that makes this list before I add it to the main part. These are my favorite lists to make, but this one’s been hard on me!! There have been many recommendations and suggestions (keep ‘em coming!) but not all have given me that “Fifty” feel, ya know? I mean… come on… What the heck can live up to Fifty?? It’s been said many times, that Fifty’s ruined us for all others.

Fellow reader “Taina” said it perfectly:

“I’ve been reading about the mysterious Mr. Gray on your page and my curiosity has gotten the best of me. I will now think of books as “Before 50″ and “After 50″… It’s also a good idea to place a warning label on the books…maybe a silver tie shaped “WARNING: This book may seriously impair your ability to enjoy any further reading” label.”

It’s kind of true. While I’ve found *alphas* again after Fifty, the one’s that have given me back Christian’s intensity and emotion (and occasional lack thereof) are few and far between.

But so many have asked for a list…

Lucy: “Thanks to your blog I have discovered and fallen madly, deeply in love with the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Now however I am having withdrawal symptoms and after reading them all again…considering reading them all a third time, I decided I need a new obsession. BUT…I cannot find anything! And that is why I am emailing you in my hour of need, what do you recommend I read to recover from Christian Grey?”

Broco: “Do you have a what to read after Fifty Shades? Please say yes. :)

Leanne: “I just finished up the Fifty shades trilogy (LOVE LOVE LOVE) and was looking through your lists for what to read next.”

Yep. We really need it! I have a need to collect as many “Fifty-type” reads as I can. But how to organize them? My favorites? Similar genres? What comes closest? And we all know once we’ve read something so enthralling, so exciting and so captivating, all we want is to continue that reading-buzz. And while “re-reading” the books can sure help, how awesome would it be to have a long, “almost-as-good” if not “just-as-good” list to choose from, instead? I’ve seen a few other “Fifty” lists out there, but I find that they highlight primarily the BDSM or erotica genre, and perhaps to some readers, this is what the focus was to them.

I didn’t read the books that way. Sure, there was plenty of that, but there was so much more and it was the more that hooked me, and so many fellow readers. And that’s the list I’m trying to generate now.

But you know what? I’m not officially *there* yet. I’ve read a bunch that I’ve found, and some that have been recommended, that are similar in feel, or in theme, or have that certain “alternative lifestyle” element to it. But none (except for one, in my opinion) have been perfect for this list. But for now, they will make it on. This will be a serious work in progress. I will be adding to on a regular basis each time I find *something* (anything) that feels Fiftyish.

  

So instead of just sitting on the project, and thinking about it, I’ve decided to get it started! I’m throwing out some positive “Fifty” vibes and hoping to get some great responses to make the perfect “Fifty-esque” list. And for those of you who haven’t read the Fifty Shades Trilogy and are curious… here is the reading order guide and my reviews of each book.

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The Perfect “What to Read After Fifty” Book!!

Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day
First I’m going to absolutely highlight THE book that has come closest, for me, in feel, in theme and in intensity as Fifty Shades of Grey and that would be Sylvia Day’s Bared to You. ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite books, and exactly what I was looking for as the perfect book suggestion for “What to Read After Fifty.”

An emotionally unavailable hunky billionaire (with a torrid past) that is absolutely taken with a beautiful woman. And both of their worlds are turned upside-down while they struggle with the the changes each must make to “fit” into this intense love affair. Oh. And it’s steamy as all get-out! Check out my book review: Book Review – Bared to You by Sylvia Day
BTW: THIS is the old cover ———>

Also!! This is now a trilogy – Crossfire Series (and book #2 has just been released: Book Review – Reflected In You by Sylvia Day). Fantastic series so far!

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Similar Themed Books (Rich unemotional millionaire attempts to control relationship, and his emotional connection, through a contract)

Unsticky by Sarra Manning
Only available (at least in the US) in used/print version, and I believe they are shipped directly from England. But I absolutely had to read it (after so many “he’s like Fifty” nudges, so I ordered. Overall, a good read and certainly reminiscent of Fifty, at least in terms of the control issues, and the occasional absurd bossy reactions and unemotional (and emotional) responses. The hero in this one… mostly infuriating!! I enjoyed this book because of the “contract” with a younger, more influence-able beauty that captivates him, and certainly could benefit from his financial proposal. Time limited relationship (for public appearances) and personal interactions too, but… without the attachment. But you know how that goes…. This one showed a whole lot more resistance then a few other similar books, and despite at times, dragging a little, overall, glad to have read and experienced the issues. Check out my review here: Book Review – Unsticky by Sarra Manning

The Marriage Bargain book #1 – by Jennifer Probst (This is now a series! —> Marriage To A Billionaire Series Reading Order)
A very sweet (and occasionally steamy) read. Not the perfect Fifty feel, but the situation was similar. Rich bachelor not looking for love needs to get married for his inheritance, and he decides to enter into a contract with his sister’s best friend. They have a history, and pretty much can’t stand each other, although the attraction is undeniable. And what he can provide for her financially, she can provide for him emotionally… IF they let each other. Check out my review here: Book Review – The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno Series) by Sylvain Reynard
I hesitate just a touch, with this one only because I was somewhat disappointed with the last part of the book. But overall… I have to admit, I was able to recognize a bit (or even a lot) of “Christian” in “Gabriel”. This one may not have a contract involved, but certainly has similarities. A distinguished, handsome, and super-rich bossy professor that finds himself attracted to a younger, much more vulnerable student. His position of power, University regulations, and even their “past” haunt them and provide the tension and angst that I so often crave in these kinds of books. Despite this book proving a bit controversial in the “love it/don’t love it” category (with my fellow readers), there is no denying that it has the right “feel” for many of those looking for more “Fifty-like” reads. (my Book Review – Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Renard).

Also check out book #2 in the series (just released): Gabriel’s Rapture (plus a 3rd book to come!)

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones (book #1 of The Inside Out Trilogy)
Not “contract-specific”… although, sort of ;) but definitely has that “Bared to You/Fifty Shades” feel. Talented young woman that captures the eye of not one, but TWO wealthy men (both, seemingly emotionally distant) and both with HUGE control issues. Namely, her. She works for one, in a prestigious museum (therein lies the “contract”) and associates with one of the artists. Plus there’s a huge mystery to solve (along with trying to solve the mystery of these men). Good stuff, two more to come! Others have suggested it as a book to put on this list, and I agree! Check out my Book Review

Galit: “… If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones. It is a trilogy and but only the first book has been released. No contract thus far but definitely reminded me of 50.”

Heather: “I highly recommend adding “If I Were You” the first book in the inside out trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones…seriously best thing I have read since fifty!! Cannot wait for the next book to come out!!!  Love your blog thanks for all the great recommendations!”

Taken (Give and Take) by Kelli Maine
Interested in a wealthy unattainable millionaire/billionaire with an uncontrollable “obsession” for that one “sweet/normal” girl, are you? Well here you go! This one had me from the start, because the circumstances were dire. At first, scary, and over-the-top. This wealthy, and gorgeous man would not take no for an answer. Offering the job opportunity of a lifetime to the perfect candidate for his company, and even more… for his heart. And when she had to turn him down for personal reasons (even though it was HER dream, too), he took matters into his own hands. How? Simple. Take a look at that title. *nods* Yep! It’s got a bit of an “eeeeep” factor, that’s for sure! No contract needed for this one, because I’m sort of getting that… he’s not going to take no for an answer.

And despite my trepidation. Despite my being appalled by his actions at first, when the story got going, I struggled with the fact that I simply couldn’t resist him. The author presents a different writing style, for sure (the heroine’s voice, the way she narrates the story, is not one we see often via this perspective), but I was absolutely “Taken”. Check out my Book Review here (and there is a fantastic little novella right after! “No Take Backs: A Taken Novella). And then… yep! More coming in this series. Give and Take Series Reading Order —> I’m excited!

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
No contract involved, but a heart that won’t let anyone in. And this time, it’s not the billionaire. It’s the heroine! A sweet and funny read but with intense moments of deep emotion, and a gorgeous alpha billionaire that won’t take no for an answer. Check out my Book Review.

Brooke suggested it for this list, too!: “I just finished On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and it was fabulous. No BDSM but still a great read. I am disappointed that there’s not another book to follow it as of yet. I have also read Bared to You and Beautiful Disaster and this book was right up there!”

Naked (The Blackstone Affair, Part 1) by Raine Miller. Recommended for this list by Barbara:”I just finished Naked by Raine Miller, it’s one of a continuing story line but it is awesome. It reminds me a lot of 50 Shades but mostly like Bared to You. Only thing is it’s a novella and a quick read but good none the less”.

Sidenote by Maryse—> Yep! Perfect recommendation, and definitely a “Bared to You” feel, but perfect for this list. My only hesitation was that it will consist of 3 short installments to complete the storyline, and installment #1 is the only part that has been released, so far. So we’re suffering a bit… ;) Here is the reading order guide + I mini-reviewed the first book, there, too —> Raine Miller – The Blackstone Affair Series Reading Order

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BDSM Themed Books (and this is a stretch, because as much as I enjoyed the lighter BDSM elements in the Fifty shades trilogy, it really wasn’t about that. It was about healing, trust and emotional growth). But… then again… some of these BDSM erotica novels certainly have a “trust” theme that eventually forges an emotional/love connection, so… why not? Plus, if the BDSM elements in Fifty intrigued you, maybe this small “alternative” lifestyle  exploration will be just what you need! Beware… these can get pretty addictive, in fact, I’ve been wondering if perhaps I’m overloading on these as I had a funny reaction a few days ago. I shared it with my Facebook crew:

Maryse’s Book Blog: Ohhhh I think I’m reading too many *ahem* “alternative” books these days. It’s bad when I see a “submit” button and I immediately think something else. LOL!

*blush*

Comfort Object (Comfort series) by Annabel Joseph
Beware with this one… I’m not recommending it to just everyone. Nope. While the “contract” was similar (rich famous actor meets young waitress and decides to “hire” her to become his public girlfriend) his contract includes a much harder edge to it for their personal interactions. A much harder version of the BDSM lifestyle then what you’ll find in Fifty. And this Dom took discipline to a whole other level. Some of my fellow readers loved it, and some… did not. Eeeeeeep!! This guy could be downright hateful at times. Even some of my friends that enjoy reading this type of erotica took serious issue with this “hero”. I’m nervous adding it to this list, but the “theme” is undeniably similar to the Fifty lifestyle in terms of the contract & D/s relationship. But again. This one is full-on BDSM and this guy can play some serious head-games. I would not recommend to everyone… just to those that are interested in reading a book that explores a much harder edge to this alternative lifestyle. There are a few scenes that are permanently burned into my brain that still have me wincing (and not just the pain aspect…). You have been warned! Oh P.S.!!! This *does* have that angsty heartache emotional connection/resistance thing going on. That’s always fun!! Check out my review here: Book Review – Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph

The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
While the storyline is not *quite* Fifty Shades, it does feature an intense romantic relationship, involving a “vanilla” character and the BDSM lifestyle. This one will bring you to tears. Absolutely. It made my “Books that Made Me Cry” list (and there aren’t that many on there). Check out my review here: Book Review – The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

 

Club Shadowlands [Masters of the Shadowlands 1] by Cherise Sinclair
More “vanilla” meets BDSM with an intense connection as the story progresses. Ahhhhh *love* even between two unlikely partners is so much fun to explore. Just ask the heroine. ;) These are on the fluffier, lighter side of the alternative romance spectrum (not hugely angsty or anything, although it does have it’s moments). Still though, it had enough *oomph* to capture me. I love when the characters get in way over their heads, but their hearts won’t let them fully back out. This one is like that. Check out my book review here: Book Review – Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5)
Vishous may be be a vampire, but he is a perfect addition to this list. Okay, admittedly, the BDSM aspect is pretty light in this book, but it IS a major part of this hero’s world. His lifestyle, preference and attitude oozes Dom. Alpha male, strong, rich, highly intelligent, and controlled in all aspects, but he looses his control when he falls for a human female doctor (kidnaps her and brings her to their compound) and keeps her for himself. This is one of the STEAMIEST (and most intense, emotionally speaking) books I’ve read, and when things start coming together for these two, his Dom to her sub will rock your world. Oh and. You’ll probably cry. Excellent, fulfilling read, and one of my all time favorites! Check out my Book Review – “Lover Unbound” by J.R. Ward

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Books Similar in Intensity  (these do not resemble it in “story” but addicted us through a similar amount of tension and angst)

Thoughtless AND Effortless by S.C. Stephens
You’ll be torn the entire way….this is not a “usual” romance read as it has a realistic selfish love aspect to it that is fleshed-out, no holds barred. You’ll be cringing and swooning, and cringing, and growling, falling in love, and having your heart smashed to bits (for a few different characters) all the way through. If you want terrible angst and angry emotions and deep deep love then Thoughtless is probably for you.Your heart will not be able to take the angsty turmoil, but it is exactly that feeling that many of us love, in a book, isn’t it? These’ll do that. Check out my review

Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley
So you like rich, bossy, mysterious men, with *rough* pasts, do you? How did I know? hehe This series will take you along that similar path. From a lethal, razor sharp commando, to sexy detectives, to a biker gang leader that instills fear in everyone, this series has a bit of everything that we love. My two favorites, hands-down, are Mystery Man (book #1) and Motorcycle Man (book #4). These are best read in order (and my fellow readers swoon for all of them), however I didn’t read them in order. As long as you have book #1 under your belt, you can certainly jump to #4 and not lose anything from the story. In fact at the end of book #1, I desperately wanted to read “Tack’s” book right after (which is #4). Check out my review of Mystery Man and Motorcycle Man.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
I can’t help it. I HAVE to include this. This is yet another book that made me absolutely crazy in love, in agitation, in excitement. Oh yes. PLENTY of excitement. This story is not at all like Fifty Shades, but it does have a bossy, arrogant, strong, gorgeous hero that becomes overwrought with his love for a fellow college student (that is certainly not his “usual” type). His life changes once she enters it, and the journey to self-discovery that they are both forced to travel (or more like a roller coaster ride) absolutely gave me THAT feeling. To me, it belongs and continues to be one of my #1 favorite books forever. Check out my Book Review – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

More to come… still working on adding to this section…

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Books steeped in a “darker/moodier feel” of romance/erotica (by way of emotional pain/guilt, healing & trust – “poignant” books)

Dirty by Megan Hart and Broken by Megan Hart
I’ve read many of this author’s books, and absolutely loved them, but I didn’t necessarily connect them as “What to Read After Fifty”. Because while highly erotic, they aren’t “BDSM” themed, the heroes aren’t necessarily “alpha males” and and these are not your “traditional” romance novels. But after receiving numerous recommendations to put Megan Hart’s books on this list I’d have to say, I agree!

Because while these aren’t all out “romance” novels, chances are you’ll still fall in love. Just… slowly. Like the heroine, it might take you some time to *get there*. They are deeply poignant, gritty and raw, and you will face some uncomfortable moments. They certainly make the reader think. Best of all, there are some *gasp* worthy moments that you didn’t see coming, and even some swoon-worthy ones, too. They might not always be tied up neatly in a “bow”, but I have found them uniquely beautiful, wonderful to unwrap, explore and reflect on. Check out my book reviews of the first two (the ones that addicted me to this unique genre), and then check out the Megan Hart – Dirty / Broken Series Reading Order :

More to come… still working on adding to this section…

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Reader Suggestions –  (and books I found online that suggested a “Fifty Shades” feel in the reviews). PLEASE NOTE: I have not read most of these yet, so I can’t confirm for sure how “Fifty” they actually are, in my own opinion, but considering how so many of us have similar “book tastes” I am very excited to give these a try!

However I’d love to hear if you’ve already read them and what you think in terms of the “Fifty” comparisons…

Send your suggestions (either below in the comments section, or to me here), while I sort through the ones I’ve already received so that I may add them to this section.

NOTE –> This section has just been updated with even more reader recommendations as of December 11th 2013!

This Man (This Man Trilogy) by Jodi Ellen Malpas <— recommended by Mercy: “The This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas is incredible.  You will fall in Love with Jesse Ward.  It is a series of three books.  Definitely equal to Fifty Shades.” and Jamie says: “After reading the “This Man Trilogy, I can’t even remember what FSOG was about! I never would’ve known about trilogy if it wasn’t for this blog- Love this blog!” (P.S. Here is the This Man Trilogy Reading Order)

Driven (The Driven Trilogy) by K. Bromberg <– Mercy also recommends these for a great option. “Fueled and Driven by K Bromberg are excellent books too. Anxiously waiting for the third book.” and Elaine says: “omg omg just absolute mind blowing i thought id never read anything more mind blowing than fifty shades but hey riley and colton omg what a story HOT HOT HOT when is crashed out so excited and cant wait x” <— I’ve started book #1 and can definitely feel the Fifty “feel”. ;) Here is the The Driven Trilogy Reading Order

Fire After Dark: After Dark Book 1 by Sadie Matthews <— Andy suggests these: “Another for the FIFTY list:
“The after dark trilogy by Sadie Matthews Pleasure & pain go hand in hand.
Actually some of the thinking process used by the main female character Beth reminded me a little of the angst I felt from Kiera decioning/indecisioning from the thoughtless series except this series is more BDSM themed (not in the same league though re the relationship triangle complexities of Thoughtless just to be clear on expectations, but a very good read kept me hooked all the same couldn’t put it down)” and Meme agrees: “I  finished reading fire after dark and secrets after dark by Sadie Mathews – I enjoyed it.”

In Flight (Up In The Air #1) by R.K. Lilley <— Susie recommends these saying: “I have to recommend The “Up In The Air” Trilogy by R.K. Lilley. The main characters are James Cavendish :Rich billionaire hotel heir and Bianca: A Flight attendant. These books have BDSM, love and will even bring tears to your eyes.” and Dorothy agrees saying: “James Cavendish fast became my next Christian Grey.” P.S. Here is the Up in the Air Series Reading Order

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes <— Patricia highly recommends these: “Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes is a great read to continue the Fifty Shades feal. Lucy Delacourt makes sure she gets on the elevator at work at the same time as a gorgeous stranger that works in the same building as she does. After several weeks of secretly watching him she finds herself alone with him in the elevator. Things get hot fast and he turns out to be the owner of the company. This book has BDSM scenes but like Fifty Shades it has way more to it. This novel started out as a kindle mini series and turned in to a novel last fall. The hero, Jeremiah Hamilton, also has an outcast brother, Lucas, who tugs at your heart from the first time he appears in the the book. There is isaalso a sequel being written as a mini series now. Anything He Wants, Castaway.  I’m trying to wait till it’s finished later this year but I don’t think I can. Read them both. You won’t be disappointed.”

Forty Shades of Pearl (Part One of The Pearl Trilogy) by Arianne Richmonde. Recommended by Cherise: “I have a book suggestion that I haven’t seen mentioned yet. It’s called 40 Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde. It’s available on e-readers but not sure if it’s in print yet. It’s a good steamy read with the alpha male thing & he’s younger than the heroine.”

For His Pleasure by Kelly Favor: Rebecca brought this one to my attention: “I just spent 3 days engrossed with all 9 Kelly Favor “For His Pleasure” books. Most were short but none the less with the steamy stuff and the heart break and the hot guy billionaire.” —> For His Pleasure Series Reading Order

Brie’s First Day of Submissive Training (Brie, #1) by Red Phoenix: Tanna says: “Red Phoenix’s Brie series practically ruined 50 Shades for me. Just sayin. It was so much hotter than hot. Intensely sexy”

 

The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) by Moriah Jovan: Recommended by Kirac: “I highly recommend The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) by Moriah Jovan. It’s an insanely long book which adds greatly to its depth of exposition with the characters, but in now way does it drag. I really want to hype this author because her writing shows such intelligence and uniqueness. She’s self-published and edited, but I swear it is so professionally put together you cannot tell. Although I’m glad for future readers that it is only $.99 now, I am kind of mad because I paid a lot more for it a couple years ago. The novel centers around 3 couples, but the intensity and angst evoke that Fiftyish vibe. Really a great book that more people should check out.”

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet: Book 1) by CJ Roberts: Recommended by Shary: “I was lost after FSOG until I found a duet written by CJ Roberts. This woman is amazing! You have to read Captive in the dark and the second book Seduced in the dark. I’ve read both books twice and have not been able to get the main characters out of my head.”

“Eightyfive” agrees, saying: “I highly recommend the duet series before you know Caleb will be replacing Christian in the top 5 fantasy men.” (SIDENOTE from Maryse: I DID enjoy both of these books and have reviewed them. I was “iffy” about suggesting them as an “After 50 Shades” read, since these are VERY dark (I’d say more like ”Dark thrillers with a romance edge”). And while most of the BDSM books we’ve read are “consensual”, the “Dark Duet” blurs and completely erases those “lines”. For more details, check out my reviews: Book Review – Captive in the Dark & Book Review – Seduced in the Dark

JACKED (Tied with a Bow): recommended by kvictoriasmith: “Jacked by Raven Morris…an ink boiler.” <— (as per the day this was posted, the “short story” is free right now)

 

The Burn List by Julia Devlin (recommended by Carole): ”I would add The Burn List by Julia Devlin.  It’s a bit more quirky and less emotionally intense than 50, but worth the time :)

 

Masters at Arms (Rescue Me) by Kallypso Masters (recommended by Carole): ”As far as the sugar-kink/BDSM  thing I would suggest the Masters At Arms series by Kallypso Masters .  Great male and female leads, wonderful stories, and smile worthy HEAs :) ” (Check out the Rescue Me Series Reading Order)

Letting Go (Siren Publishing) by Michele Zurlo (recommended by Sharona): ”Another book that is Fifty Shadish is “Letting Go”  by Michele Zurlo.  This is book one in her award winning series called “The Awakenings”.   These books do push the limits that I don’t normally enjoy, but the stories are great,  the characters are endearing and the love related angst is pretty intense.” (side note from Maryse: sure enough, I’ve already seen the words “Fifty Shades” in reviews for this book…)

Knight (The Unfinished Hero Series) by Kristen Ashley (recommended by Kathy): ”"Knight” by Kristen Ashley had me hooked from the very first page with the story line and the anti-hero.  *BIG WARNING on that one for graphic content (not as much BDSM, but the imagery…wow) and language (Oh! WOW).” – side note from Maryse: I have read this, and while it wasn’t one of my favorites in Kristen Ashley’s repertoire, many did love it and I did recognize a “Fifty” feel every once in awhile.

Floor Time (Book #1 in the Stewart Realty Series) by Liz Crowe (recommended by Denise): “I LOVED the Realtors Series by Liz Crowe Though Jack is more frustrating than Christian, I liked Sara so much more than Ana.” —> Here is the Stewart Realty Series Reading Order.

Crash Into You by Roni Loren (recommended by Barbara): “”Crash into You” by Roni Loren.  It was published Jan 2012.  It gives a relationship, but the main heroine is going undercover into a BDSM lifestyle to find her sister.  An old flame has decided to help her out by infiltrating with the Doms.  It is a good read, and will have a sequel by this author.” —> Loving On the Edge Series Reading Order

Sweet Surrender (book#1 in the Sweet Series) by Maya Banks: (recommended by Rachel): “Maya Banks – Sweet Series!!
Real similar feel to fifty” —> The Sweet Series Reading Order

 

His Sugar Baby (Siren Publishing Allure) by Sarah Roberts (recommended by Jodi): “His Sugar Baby by Sarah Roberts – Fiftyish but also alot like Unsticky but more angsty! :)

 

The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W. Hill (recommended by Kathryn): “… also liked the Vampire Queen series by Joey w. Hill for the BDSM theme as well.”

 

Ice Queen (Nature of Desire, Book Three) by Joey W. Hill (recommended by Mala): “Since you’ve mentioned Joey W Hill , i would recommend Ice Queen and Mirror of my Soul. Although you should know they are very difficult to read – way too hardcore . I actually had to skip a lot of pages to continue . Anyway , the love story is amazing.”

Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx (recommended by Shannon): “Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx is similar to 50 shades, not as good as it or Bared to you but I really enjoyed it. It has an overbearing rich guy just like Christian who falls for a ballet dancer the first time he sees her but she has issues with his past of how many women hes been with and how possessive he is. Anyway I think it is a good one to add to your list and if you haven’t read it you definitely should :)

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) by Anne Rice (recommended by Kriste): “Some older books, but well worth the read are Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (Very erotic) and Exit to Eden.” AND recommended by Mandi: “WAY SEXY! And I read it years before 50 ever came out and I have always LOVED it! ***WARNING*** this series is SERIOUS eroticism, way more than normal BDSM books and should be read only by those with an open mind who are not easily offended LOL……”

Hostile Takeover (Knights of the Board Room) by Joey W. Hill (recommended by Nicole): “Try out Hostile Takeover by Joey Hill. Its not a “light” as 50, but it has complex characters and a wonderful storyline.”

Wicked Ties by Shayla Black (and the series) (as recommended by Spencer Nikol): “Not sure if anyone had recommended these but they are hot! Shayla Black Wicked Ties Series. The first couple of books have some “sharing” if you know what I mean, but their all based around the bdsm stuff. But let me tell you, once you get to Surrender To Me and Belong To Me. OMG!”

On Demand (Black Lace) by Justine Elyot (as recommended by Catrina): “I did read a good book called on demand which is a black lace book. Now although heavily sexy and bdsm it was very well written, I did find myself giggling, and toasting champagne with my inner goddess for some of the you go girl moments! It’s a collection of short stories all set in a hotel and centred around/told by the protagonist Sophie.”

Becoming sage (The Keyhole Series) by Kasi Alexander (as recommended by marijee): “I have a BDSM recommendation: Becoming Sage by Kasi Alexander. I thought the book was well written and the characters well defined.”

Dirty and Broken by Megan Hart (as recommended by Craftyjulz): “I went ahead with Broken and then Dirty  about 2 months ago. Wow! Talk about emotional depth & turmoil. And then here comes Fifty! Double Wow! Thank you for gathering this list. It’s the depth & angst, as you call it, that bring these books past just something to get your body to purr, into something that’s body, brain, & heart stirring. Am I expressing that right?”

The Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz (as recommended by Patty): “Loved it!!! Well written, great character development and a interesting story to boot…” <—- sidenote from Maryse: I agree, good recommendation. While it didn’t grab me, emotionally as Fifty Shades did, it did had it’s own dark elements of hurt, healing, growth and love (in it’s “own” way). Oh and of course elements of BDSM. There’s more to come in this series, so maybe as time goes on I will “fall” for it.

Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, Book 8) by Lora Leigh (as recommended by Brandi): “I would also suggest Forbidden Pleasures. Mac and Jethro are so hot. Swoon worthy definitely”  Jennifer recommends the whole series! —> Bound Hearts Series Reading Order

The Initiation of Ms Holly by K D Grace (as recommended by lynn): “hi my suggestion for your erotica list is “the initiation of Ms Holly” by k d grace……it’s very naughty xx”

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CaroleDee May 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Just about anything from Annabel Joseph is amazing. She absolutely pushes the limits, but in an amazing way :)
Anyway, what to read after 50…well… we all know if you’re looking for Alpha you look no further than Kristen Ashley. Honestly, they don’t come any hotter or more alpha than those guys. Ah, Ty. *Swoon*
But from what I’ve read recently I would add The Burn List by Julia Devlin. It’s a bit more quirky and less emotionally intense than 50, but worth the time :)
As far as the sugar-kink/BDSM thing I would suggest the Masters At Arms series by Kallypso Masters . Great male and female leads, wonderful stories, and smile worthy HEAs :)
I’m sure I’m forgetting a boatload at the moment, if I can think of anymore I’ll add them.

Sharona May 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Another book that is Fifty Shadish is “Letting Go” by Michele Zurlo. This is book one in her award winning series called “The Awakenings”. These books do push the limits that I don’t normally enjoy, but the stories are great, the characters are endearing and the love related angst is pretty intense.

Carla May 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Yeah i’m with Lucy. Before and after 50. hehehe

Well I wish i could help you. Although i read great books this year (after 50) i still didn’t find the one, just like you and thanks to you i came pretty close with bared to you. But that’s the only one. To be honest now, my only hope is to wait for the next E.L James. Maybe it’s going to be just as good as 50 shades.
But for now, i’m still living in agony. hahahaha

But check out that Knigh book by Kristen Ashley. It’s with all this BDSM thing and romance of course. But i didn’t like it because of the characters. But a lot of people did. It’s not 50 shades but… it’s romance and there is BDSM so well maybe can help someone, right!?

Kathy May 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Like you, I was more entranced by the story line in “Fifty.” Oh! The feelings that trilogy brought out in me – I laughed, I cried, I angered, I hurt, I … ahem … I’m in a definite conundrum of what to read after “Fifty.” “Bared to You” – loved, loved, loved it! – ALMOST hit the mark, but didn’t fill me completely as “Fifty” did. “Knight” by Kristen Ashley had me hooked from the very first page with the story line and the anti-hero. *BIG WARNING on that one for graphic content (not as much BDSM, but the imagery…wow) and language (Oh! WOW).* But…..what now???? I need my Christian/Anastasia fix….the troubled, emotionally disturbed, controlling meets the naive, innocent to form a love connection beyond all others.

Janie May 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Thank you so much for posting this!

Barbara Gilpin May 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I was looking through Barnes and Noble after my love affair reading Mr. Grey thrice…”Crash into You” by Roni Loren. It was published Jan 2012. It givesa relationship, but the main heroine is going undercover into a BDSM lifestyle to find her sister. An old flame has decided to help her out by infiltrating with the Doms. It is a good read, and will have a sequel by this author.

cheng_0087 May 30, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Thanks for the suggestion..I have read all of the books you have suggested except Unsticky by Sarra Manning..I’ll start reading it soon..I trust your review and you doesn’t disappoint me at all..cheers..

Rachel May 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Maya Banks – Sweet Series!!
Real similar feel to fifty

Mala May 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I think that “Mercy” by Annabel Joseph should be in the list . Personally , i didin’t found the characters likeable like Christian and Anna but , it’s definitly very ‘Fifty’ .

(Also , I love Unsticky !. it’s the more realistic in that subject. I mean , they get to actually know each other before falling in love ) :)

Maryse May 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Awesome recommendations guys! I’m very anxious to read a few of these!! Two just actually got pushed right up to the top of my TBR list, in fact.

Mala… I just looked up Mercy, and already that I find the author pretty “hard-core” (I was nervous enough adding Comfort Object), but I think Mercy makes me too nervous. Yikes!!

I too enjoyed Unsticky. Not my favorite read ever, but a good one for sure!

Angela May 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I completely agree with your books of similar intensity…I read the fifty series 3 times and had a hard time moving on then I found Beautiful Disaster and read that 3 times, then Thoughtless and Effortless, and now I am just starting the Dream Man series (so far finished Mystery Man and Wild Man). I also read Sempre and the Opportunist which had similar intensity but were no where as good. I can’t wait to see your completed list :)

Jodi May 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

His Sugar Baby by Sarah Roberts – Fiftyish but also alot like Unsticky but more angsty! :)

Maryse May 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Angela… I LOVE how intense those books were. Re-reads for me, for sure!! I’m definitely going to keep adding to that section.

Jodi: “more angsty” magic words to me…

Sheri May 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I LOVE what Taina said, so very true! And I love this list, which I will be referring to time & time again! Gabriel’s Rapture needs to be added as well (in my opinion).

Kathryn Hughett June 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Thanks for starting this list Maryse.
I read Fifty Shades of Grey several months ago and I agree that the trilogy has set the bar for all other reading. (sigh).
Lover Unbound & Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward – I have to say that my favorite parts of these two books were the BDSM scenes with Jayne/Butch & Vishous. I also liked the Vampire Queen series by Joey w. Hill for the BDSM theme as well. I did read Bared to You and am looking forward to the sequel to that book. I suspect I might not like Comfort Object but I will reserve judgement until I’ve actually read it. A number of the books on the list above I have on my Nook but not read yet. I’m currently airing out my brain and reading some cheapie/freebie YA vampire novel before my next smutfest. :) Happy Reading everyone!

Jen June 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Okay so I’m consumed with thoughts of 50…. I read all 3 books over Memorial Day weekend… I feel like I’ve been starving since I put the last one down. I am currently reading Lover Reborn by JR Ward but I can’t get my head into it right now… So I just bought Beautiful Disaster, Bared to You, and The Marriage Bargain… Any suggestions on what to read first?? Part of me thinks that I’ll just end up re-reading 50… Gosh I haven’t had this feeling for any other book… The only thing close was Barrons but this feeling of emptiness is soo weird! LOL Please help!!!

Maryse June 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Jen if you want more “Fifty” … “Bared to You” is your best bet!!

One of my absolute favorites is Beautiful Disaster so of COURSE I would adamantly recommend it, after that.

Marriage Bargain is a great read also. :)

Maryse June 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Thanks Kathryn for reminding me of Joey Hill. I wonder how angsty and emotional her books are. I’d love to read more like that.

Jen June 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thanks Maryse!!!! Your site is my book bible!!! :D

CaroleDee June 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

OMG. I found one. Almost the perfect follow-up. A Modern Love Story by Jolyn Palliata. Someone suggested it on goodreads, so I figured I’d give it a go and LOVED it. Buy it and put it on the top of your TBR pile. You won’t be disappointed.

Maryse June 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Ah yes I have read and reviewed that one. I struggled at times with it… (hehe)

http://www.maryse.net/books/contemporary-romance/book-review-a-modern-love-story-by-jolyn-palliata.html

but I DID love her “rock star” series (or at least the intro to her upcoming series). Even made me cry!! Have you read that one yet?

http://www.maryse.net/books/rock-stars-bad-boys/book-review-connected-twists-of-fate-by-jolyn-palliata.html

Mala June 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Hi , Since you’ve mentioned Joey W Hill , i would recommend Ice Queen and Mirror of my soul . Although you should know they are very difficult to read – way too hardcore . I actually had to skip a lot of pages to continue . Anyway , the love story is amazing :)

-Also , in my search for Fifty-look-alikes i discovered the Crimsom Trilogy by Trisha Baker. It’s a paranormal but pretty intense-

DebLI June 4, 2012 at 6:45 AM

The Reluctant Dom is available again at Bookstrand. Just got it this morning. http://www.bookstrand.com/the-reluctant-dom

Rachel Wheeler June 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I have read every book on the list above except “comfort object” & the closest out of any of them to Fifty is “Bared”… Ahhh gotta love our Fifty…

Jen June 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

@ CaroleDee – Just finished book 2 in Kallypso Masters’ “Rescue Me” series… Thanks for the recommendation.. I’m hooked! While it’s not Fifty – I am really liking the emotional connections with all the characters and a little kink too! ;) YAY!

@ DebLi – Thanks for posting that link to “The Reluctant Dom” – I nearly passed out when I saw the price amazon was asking for it… What an amazing book… I literally sobbed and sobbed… right in front of my husband… I think he just stared at me in stunned silence the whole time… But I truly enjoyed that read!

(By the way since reading Fifty – I have succumbed to a serious book addiction – I think I’ve read 25 books in the past 3 weeks… My husband is seriously starting to worry LOL)

Jillian June 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Just finished Bared to You per your suggestion and loved it. I really enjoy the erotic scenes. Any suggestions on good books with erotic scenes?

Jillian June 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I already read 5o shades and then bared to you. I don’t like to read much but these books have found me not being able to get my nose out of them. :)

Maryse June 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I understand wholeheartedly!! I have a few lists that have some of the best books I’ve ever read!

Jamie June 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

@Jillian-I am with you. I don’t ever have time to read but I MADE time to read the 50 series and then Bared to You per this suggestion page.

@Marys-so what books do you recommend for the erotic scences? Thats best part of these books. ;)

Jennifer S. June 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

@Jen, that happened to me too…I’m up to 40 books, but he doesn’t complain because of the steady stream of sex! I definitely recommend the Maya Banks Sweet Series(6 books) and the Lora Leigh Bound Hearts Series(11 books)
for some really steamy good reads. I like to read series because I don’t need to spend the time building back story…

Jen June 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

@Jennifer – heee heee – yeah my husband thinks I’m nuts but he isn’t complaining ;) !!! Thanks! I had already added the Sweet series to my TBR list but I will definitely check the Bound Hearts series…

It’s so nice to find this blog – seriously Maryse, Thank you! At least I know I am not the only one with the book addiction – even the steamy smutty ones!!! :)

Maryse June 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

;) Alrighty, you guys!! I will put together an erotica list… That should be fun! LOL!

Maryse June 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Okay right off the bat, I’m going to recommend (for angsty, deep, unconventional, heartfelt, yet dark and gritty storylines) —> Megan Hart’s “Dirty/Broken series. I’ve read the first 4 or 5 and LOVED them: http://www.maryse.net/books/megan-hart-books/megan-hart-dirty-broken-series-reading-order.html

But I’ll think of more ;)

DebLI June 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Tough job Maryse. Going to require a lot of research!! :)
Backstage Pass – Sinners on Tour needs to be on the erotica list.

Jillian June 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Thanks Maryse!!! I havent read in YEARS. But ever since FSOG and Bared to You, I have found thats all I want to do. So an erotica list will be awesome. :) Until you get your list out I will work on some of these other suggestions. Thanks everyone for the suggestions and yes thank you for this blog!

Maryse June 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

DebLi- Agreed for Sinners. I can’t wait for more!!

Laura June 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Hi, I have been readying a book a day. I would recommend Shayla Black Wicked Lovers series. I am also interested in sharing books to save money. Anyone interested just let me know. Also, I love the suggestions!

Maryse June 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Thank you Laura for that recommendation!!

lynn June 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

hi my suggestion for your erotica list is “the initiation of Ms Holly” by k d grace……it’s very naughty xx

Brandi Patterson June 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I am glad to find folks who can read and discuss my kind of books openly! I loved Bared to You! Cross is definitly in my top 6 fantasy men. YUM! I would also suggest Forbidden Pleasures. Mac and Jethro are so hot. Swoon worthy definitely

Brandi Patterson June 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

My top 5 men are Christian, Cross, Brian (Rock Me), Kellan, and Jacob (Vampire Queen Series).

Kim June 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I am so excited to have just found this website! I so thought I was a freak for getting zero sleep while reading the 50 series twice in a row. I have NEVER done that. Loved every minute of it! I am currently reading the Lords of the Underworld series and loving it. It has lessened my obsession with 50 (a little bit!).

Melanie June 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I’m glad I found this site! I have read FSOG trilogy 5 x’s, I repeat 5 x’s back to back! Even though I knew what was going to happen I still couldn’t put it down, I’m obsessed and can’t wait for more. I loved seeing Christian’s point of view and hope to see one from his aspect. Anywhoo…..I needed a new obsession but never know what direction to go, so for now I’m riding the erotica train….LOL Thank you for great reviews, suggestions and finding a new home to talk about books!!

Maria June 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Absolutely. Love your blog! Thank you for this post about “after 50″! Have you read slammed by coleen Hoover? It’s a different story and theme but I found it to be intense… If you have or do let me know what you think!

Maria

Maryse June 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I sure have Maria! Love that series!! Check out my reviews for it in my book review section (alphabetical by author).

Patty June 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

My recommendation for your erotica list is “The Siren” by Tiffany Reisz.
Loved it!!! Well written, great character development and a interesting story to boot

Tee June 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM

OMFG. I so needed this list! I, like many people above me am having an “After 50″ stupor. What do I read now? Or shall I just re-read 50 again? Such an amazing series, and I will agree once again with all above me that there is definately a pre 50 and post 50 era, not only in reading and books, but in life too! I finished the 3rd book two nights ago and have been feelig lifeless, almost limp and incredibly bored. I wish there was more 50 to read ;(

Craftyjulz July 2, 2012 at 2:25 AM

I often use your website to find info about the books I read. Your site is great! When I saw this post about Fifty-ish books I thought right away about some of Megan Hart’s books. I’ve been hesitant to read books that are erotica because of some really bad “wham bam thank you mam” (or sir as it may be) books that someone recommended to me a long time ago. But after reading a few goodreads comments about Megan Hart’s books I went ahead with Broken and then Dirty  about 2 months ago. Wow! Talk about emotional depth & turmoil. And then here comes Fifty! Double Wow! Thank you for gathering this list. It’s the depth & angst, as you call it, that bring these books past just something to get your body to purr, into something that’s body, brain, & heart stirring. Am I expressing that right?

Brittani July 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

OMG-I finished reading fifty shades yesterday! Day & night that’s all I did was read (read them in a week)! That is not like me at all! I do not read books as a hobby & decided to “try” to read this trilogy. I’m absolutely in love with this story!!! I felt what they felt & thought what they thought. Once I completed the last book I felt empty & lost because I wanted more! It’s ALL I think about. Is this normal?!?!?
I’m excited to read Bared to You
but hesitate to begin reason #1 I need to let my mind get back to reality & #2 I want to wait a little longer unroll the other two books come out so I’m waiting on edge…..
What to do?!?
I need more Christian Grey & Ana romance… I may have to re-read fifty!!!!
Thanks Maryse for putting what to read next !
I heard a movie is in the works for fifty, is it true?!?

C.L. Noble July 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Okay, I have read this series 2x in less than a month! I was introduced to this book by my bookclub. Needless to say I am addicted – lolol. I am turning my husband into a Christian Grey minus the whippings, etc. (Did I just say that?) This is my new all time favorite. Lutisha Lovely’s Hallelujah Series just got bumpped to second & I really loved that series :-( I am now waiting on the next installment of something with Christian & Anastasia. I’m not ready for their story to end! Nothing I’ve read after 50 Shades compares. I need my 50 Shades of ……… fix!!!!!!! – lolol

shat July 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I have read all of the fifty shades books and bred to you i need another trilogy to read loved bared to you but was diappointed the way it ended i felt i needed more is there going to be more 50 shade books really needing it feeling lost without my Mr grey and Anna

marijee July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I have a BDSM recommendation: Becoming Sage by Kasi Alexander. I thought the book was well written and the characters well defined.

Kathy July 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Maryse and company, you must check out The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers (book #1 in The Winemaker’s Feast). It debuts on July 31 (paperback only, for now), but the two prequels can be downloaded for free at omnificpublishing.com. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t have it listed for pre-order, but Barnes and Noble does. The book is co-written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko (doctor/author/model/body builder/Mr. USA/Mr. World USA) and fictionalized erotic memoir based on his own romantic experiences in real life. Just looking at the man is eroticism at its best, and the prequels are wonderful! Move out of the way, Christian and Gideon!

Jen S July 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

OMG! Kathy I just looked at his website! He is SEX ON A STICK! And he’s real too! OHHH BOY! I can’t wait to read those prequels… do you know how to get those onto a kindle?

Kathy July 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Maryse, go to omnificpublishing.com and click on free reads; click the books (there are 2 Winemaker’s) you want and add them to cart. You can choose mobi as the format, as that will be recognized by Kindle. Or you can add them to you ibooks with the epub format. Once you download them, you can add them to your “my kindle content” folder on your computer and they should sync. Good luck! *swoon over this man*

Maryse July 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I saw him. ;) hehe.

*blush*

He is pretty cute. I shall work on downloading the prequels. *hug* for reminding me!!

Maryse July 17, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I’m on it Marijee!

Catrina July 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

So like you, fifty shades? What next!! I have been reading many books since. I’m definitely going to have a go with bared to you, this is my next literacy venture. I did read a good book called on demand which is a black lace book. Now although heavily sexy and bdsm it was very well written, I did find myself giggling, and toasting champagne with my inner goddess for some of the you go girl moments! It’s a collection of short stories all set in a hotel and centred around/told by the protagonist Sophie. Now although each story is a short thrill of sexy encounters where character depth is lacking, I certainly felt Sophie was a well developed character. One thing I particularly liked about Sophie was the fact she is a massive slut, she didn’t have that Nieve innocence that often annoyed me about Ana. It’s definitely worth a read, I really enjoyed this it def got 4* from me! Just putting in my 2 pence!

Kaleigh July 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I haven’t been much of a reader, but I tried FSOG and I loved them! They got me reading others people suggested; Bared to you, Knight, and Gabriel’s inferno/Gabriel’s rapture. I REALLY enjoyed the last 2. If anyone knows of any similar to inferno and rapture please let me know.

Sheri Zee July 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Kaleigh, Grave Refrain is another great, great book. I found the author’s writing style to be similar to Sylvain Reynard’s & I loved, loved, loved the Gabriel books. Grave Refrain (by Sarah Glover) is a ghost/love story, but not a scary ghost story (I don’t like scary/horror stories). There’s romance, light humor, & light angst. It was a beautiful & awesome tale.

Stephanie July 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Thanks for the suggestions of what to read after Fifty! I just finished the trilogy and I’m so sad that it is over. When I first picked up the books I was skeptical and thought it was going to be raunchy, but I was wrong! I really enjoyed the story between Christian and Ana and was sweeped in to their story.

Mandi July 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Hi, another suggestion for a read would be Anne Rice’s (or A. N. Roquelaure) Sleeping Beauty Trilogy……. WAY SEXY! And I read it years before 50 ever came out and I have always LOVED it! ***WARNING*** this series is SERIOUS eroticism, way more than normal BDSM books and should be read only by those with an open mind who are not easily offended LOL……

Spencer Nikol August 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Not sure if anyone had recommended these but they are hot! Shayla Black Wicked Ties Series. The first couple of books have some “sharing” if you know what I mean, but their all based around the bdsm stuff. But let me tell you, once you get to Surrender To Me and Belong To Me. OMG! Those Edgington brothers are beyond hot AND bossy…and did I say hot? You could probably skip the others to read just those books but they do show the past characters, but nothing to confuse anyone…please read them if ya’ll haven’t already.

Stephanie August 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I just picked up Bared to You and will being reading it tonight. I tried to find Beautiful Disaster but couldn’t so I will check online (which I’m sure I will be able to). I was also going to pick up the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, but they only had 2 of the books….so I will check online for those as well. I’m looking into getting the Nook tablet, does anyone have any opinions about it vs. the Kindle Fire? Thanks for all the reading suggestions!

Nicole August 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Try out Hostile Takeover by Joey Hill. Its not a “light” as 50, but it has complex characters and a wonderful storyline.

LH August 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Not as good as the Fifty series, but check out Larissa Ione – Demonica series (5 books) and Lords of Deliverance (3 books).

Kriste August 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Some older books, but well worth the read are Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (Very erotic) and Exit to Eden.

Amanda Conner August 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

So love your blog!! I have read most of the books listed above but I think Finding Eden and Beyond Eden by Kele Moon should be added to the bdsm list! Now lts not for everyone but you really feel what these characters go through not to mention the love and the angst with the characters. Very well written and keeps you glued to the pages!

Brenda D. August 9, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Awesome post! Thank you. I’ve also heard that If I were You by Lisa Renee Jones is supposed to be really good but it’s not out yet. and Because You Are Mine Part I: Because You Tempt Me by Beth Kery is said to be good.. Has anyone read these?

Bren August 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM

So after 50 I went to Sylvia Day’s Bared to you and then…what I haven’t seen on here yet is Indigo Bloome’s book Destined to Play..

Ana August 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

So glad I found your blog! It is great to know other women who enjoyed FSOG as much as I did and want more of it!!! ;) Loved Bared to You and can’t wait for the sequel! Also found the Danver Series by Sydney Landon and loved the characters and the love stories with the steamy scenes! Very light reading and greatly priced! (only $2.99 per book!). Thank you for the recommendations! I will be sure to check back often! ;)

Kirsty August 13, 2012 at 2:33 AM

I’m excited also that I have found your blog Maryse – your a legend!
I thought I was the only one that needed to read more books like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, so I’m happy to find that everyone else here thinks the same (woop woop).
I went and bought ‘Bared to You’ by Sylvia Day and ‘Haven of Obedience’ by Marina Anderson and had an enjoyable weekend. I agree that ‘Bared to You’ is a great book and I can’t wait for the next one (disappointed I didn’t find this out until the end), but I felt ‘Haven of Obedience’ was more interesting – but I’m not really sure why…perhaps because it was more focused and didn’t have a lot of other stuff/issues/characters thrown in.
Maybe it is as you say….what to read after fifty shades?

Diane Johnson August 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Found this site and it’s safely on my desktop,put one book down open this page and select a new read recommended by u all – totally spot on all of u! Disappointed nobody’s perfect in masters of arms series has not been released yet, thought it was meant to be 2nd Aug?? Like u all, read FSOG twice in a week!!!! Hubby certainly not complaining!! Another trilogy I enjoyed, Lindsay delagair, unforgivable, untouchable and untraceable, gripping read and u have no idea what will happen all the way through, edge of seat read!!!!!!!

Tracy August 14, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I love, love, love Floor Time and the entire Stewart Realty Series. Thanks for the suggestion!

Carrie August 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I went through withdrawal after reading the Fifty trilogy!!! I am so happy I found your site. I read Bared to You by Sylvia Day and also The Billionaire’s Desire by Ashley Blake. I liked Ashley Blake’s book better, probably because I got really attached to the main characters.

kvictoriasmith August 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Jacked by Raven Morris…an ink boiler.

suzan97 August 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

I read Gabriel’s inferno , beautiful disaster and bared to you after reading “fifty shades trilogy “..they captured me..they are great in every way but not great as “fifty shades “of course cause when i read them i was already under the impact of “fifty shades”…especially bared to you very very similar in story to” fifty shades”..but Gabriel’s inferno and beautiful disaster have more romance than BDSM ..i recommend them to every one..they are awesome <3

Brandi Patterson September 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Just read the Marriage Bargin and loved it! I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK IN THAT SERIES!
BRANDI

Raquel September 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I wish I had found this site three months ago. The withdrawal from Fifty was awful. I convinced my sisters and a few friends to read the first book, but warned they should have the second on hand … just in case. Soon, I was reliving my Fifty love affair vicariously through them. I haven’t found any other “victims” recently, so I am so thrilled to have come across your blog – as a Fifty’s fan and as an avid read on a whole. Thanks!

kirac September 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I highly recommend The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) by Moriah Jovan. It’s an insanely long book which adds greatly to its depth of exposition with the characters, but in now way does it drag. I really want to hype this author because her writing shows such intelligence and uniqueness. She’s self-published and edited, but I swear it is so professionally put together you cannot tell. Although I’m glad for future readers that it is only $.99 now, I am kind of mad because I paid a lot more for it a couple years ago. The novel centers around 3 couples, but the intensity and angst evoke that Fiftyish vibe. Really a great book that more people should check out.

Barbara September 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I judt finished Naked by Raine Miller, it’s one of a continuing story line but it is awesome. It reminds me a lot of 50 Shades but mostly like Bared to You. Only thing is it’s a novella and a quick read but good none the less with a new one coming out the end of Sept. or first of Oct.

Melissa Chavez September 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I too read the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice. It starts out with a bang and just keeps on going. I stayed up late every night and finished all 3 in about 2 days. I got the first one and regretted not getting all three at the same time. A great twist on what happens to Beauty after her prince wakes her with a kiss. Or should I say how he woke her as he gave her the kiss that woke her up. *shivers* Think I will read them again. = )

Tia September 23, 2012 at 3:33 AM

It took me a while to read 50 shades but once I did this was the first place I came to find something to read next! I read most of the books on the list, but Sylvia Day’s crossfire trilogy was definately the best second! The next book comes Oct. 2 I can’t wait. BEST READ since 50 shades! Thanks maryse don’t know what I’de do without all the great what to read afters!
TIA

Maryse September 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

SO happy you loved it too, Tia!! I can’t wait for more Gideon!

Cherise September 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I’m so excited to have found this site. I’m definitely obessesed w/FSOG. I’ve read it 5x’s w/o skipping. I have a book suggestion that I haven’t seen mentioned yet. It’s called 40 Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde. It’s available on e-readers but not sure if it’s in print yet. It’s a good steamy read with the alpha male thing & he’s younger than the heroine.

Kat September 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I finally found a perfect site. You have got it together woman!! Not just in regards to the “50″ list, but all your lists in general. I love books, and book lists even more, but this site is just amazingly awesome. I don’t know how you have the time or energy, but I’m very glad I happened to find this site. One of my co-workers suggested I read Bared to You and I actually surprised her and myself by liking it better than 50 shades. Not necessarily because of the eroticism, but the two characters I think. We’ll see with what she comes up with next. But I would definitely recommend! Thanks again for your site and all the work you put into it!!

Heather September 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I highly recommend adding “If I Were You” the first book in the inside out trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones…seriously best thing I have read since fifty!! Cannot wait for the next book to come out!!! Love your blog thanks for all the great recommendations!

Brooke September 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM

I just finished On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and it was fabulous. No BDSM but still a great read. I am disappointed that there’s not another book to follow it as of yet. I have also read Bared to You and Beautiful Disaster and this book was right up there!

Maryse September 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

agreed Heather and Brooke! Two great reads!! Hrmmm… I think I just may add them “officially” to this list. :)

Kathryn Hughett October 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Just wanted to mention that starting today Joey W. Hills Board Resolution (ecopy), is available for FREE DOWNLOAD! Oct 1- 14 – Book 1 of the Knights of the Board Room Series, will be offered FREE at the EC webstore, Amazon and B&N, as part of the Free Starter Series promotion!

Lynne October 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Hi! Is anyone aware that there is another book titled Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella? My friend found it after I recommended Jamie McGuire’s book to her. I decided to read it and I LOVED it. The two main character’s are named Flynn & Mia. I think you will fall in love with Flynn, I did! ……..:)

Carrie October 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Ok So I was scanning the “What to read after 50 Shades” list and many of your recommendations I have read already. So, I went to reader suggestions and researched a few. Masters at Arms (Rescue Me) by Kallypso Masters recommended by Carole is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I bought the 1st, to see how I’d like the series. Before I was thru Adam’s part, I had bought the rest of them. It’s full of everything; love, healing & trust, romance, suspense & angst, emotional pain/guilt, etc. These stories are better than the Shadowlands series by far. You have to read them in order, no skipping around (I tried after I read Adam’s part in the first book). All I can say is wow. I am totally hooked and I love them. Kallypso is an amazing story teller! I can’t wait for the rest of the story to play out. I have read many many stories and this series rates into my top 5 with Black Dagger Brotherhood & Dark Hunters. I know you will love this series as I have.

Shary October 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I was lost after FSOG until I found a duet written by CJ Roberts. This woman is amazing! You have to read Captive in the dark and the second book Seduced in the dark. I’ve read both books twice and have not been able to get the main characters out of my head.

eightyfive October 15, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I have to agree with shary i read the duet series by cj Roberts and fell in live with caleb and livVie. I really thought after reading these two books that fifty was mediocre at best in its writing style. I highly recommend the duet series before you know Caleb will be replacing Christian in the top 5 fantasy men of brandi patterson

Kathryn Hughett October 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I’m currently reading the Rescue Me series by Kallypso Masters. Ditto to what Carrie said on Oct. 7. I am learning a lot about the whole BDSM scene as well as about the psyche of survivors of sexual abuse and soldiers with PTSD. Ms. Masters really did her homework when writing these books.

nadia October 17, 2012 at 4:08 AM

What about IF I WERE YOU by Lisa Renee Jones heard is pretty good but cant find it anywhere to download :(

Tanna October 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Red Phoenix’s Brie series practically ruined 50 Shades for me. Just sayin. It was so much hotter than hot. Intensley sexy. I read the Brie short stories shortly before reading the 50 Shades series. And the 50 D/s relationship, just couldn’t compare to Brie and her Master.

Tanna October 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Nadia, you can get IF I WERE YOU from both B&N and Amazon-here are the links on her page.-http://www.lisareneejones.com/if-i-were-you/#order

Kathryn Hughett October 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Just finished reading The Reluctant Dom. OMG This book will stick in my head for a very long time. I have a huge pile of tissues on my nightstand. I started crying at pg. 601 and was loudly sobbing by the end. Maryse, thanks for putting this on my radar.

Chris October 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I cannot recommend Gabriel’s Inferno & Gabriel’s Rapture highly enough – truly wonderful – better written than FSOG no BDSM (ah well…can’t have everything!) but a terrific romance. Bared to You is a cracker!! Can’t wait for Reflected in You….

Maryse October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Thanks Chris! These are certainly popular! A 3rd book on the way, too!

Erika October 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Thanks for all the recommendations since I was looking for good books to ready after 50. Loved 50 even though a very bad portrail of BDSM lifestyle, but was still a good read. Wish the ending did not feel so rushed. Been working my way thru your list! I have loved the Shadowlands series and Gabriel’s Interno so hot read it in two sittings. Thanks again!

Joy Vincoy October 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

hi maryse, thank you for all of your suggestions. i really love fifty and gideon. i really like the character of eva. i think from now on i love to read about billionaires with a rich girl partner of course. what can you suggest? and also i love a story of a love triangle… :)

Nikee McFann October 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Fifty Shades got me started in the romance genre (and on Maryse’s blog) and I knew I’d never be the same after it! The only book I’ve ever read that I loved as much, if not better, is Beautiful Disaster–it’s my all-time fav! I’ve read another 25 books from Maryse’s lists and all were very good. Those are my two favs, and Thoughtless/Effortless is a close third. Some books I just never recover from–in the best way!

Nikee McFann October 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Joy Vincoy– if you want a love triangle, please read SC Stephens’ books: “Thoughtless” and its sequel, “Effortless” if you haven’t yet. By far the best love triangle I’ve read!

Jennifer Dunkerson October 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

My faves after FSOG were the “Colorado mountain series” by Kristen Ashley. Sooooo good. Each book has a different set of main characters but they all intertwine. Could not put them down. .

Shweta October 31, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Thanks Maryse for the post. It echoes my thoughts completely, there are so many after fifty list but mostly related to BDS. I am absolutely captivated by fifty series, esp as you say the ‘more’ part and dying to get hold to similar books.. Do keep updating the list as and when you hit a jackpot :-)

Maryse October 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

My pleasure, Shweta! I’m looking for that perfect book that encompasses the same “feel” that we got from Fifty. Bared to You is still the one that hit that level for me.

TL.Johnson October 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

It’s great to see that a lot of the books you point out I have already read. Being Barron was also a great book. I found that after reading Fifty Shades the last book had we waiting for Christian’s reversion and now I’m just like whatever. I just finished My Best Friend. Great books.

Sherry November 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Hi! I finished the FSOG series very quickly! I needed more! I found Bared to you by Sylvia Day and LOVED it! Just finished with Reflected in you! The second book….OMG!!! I think I love this series just a little more than FSOG! Can’t wait until the 3rd book…now to be released in May 2013! Ugh! Anxiously awaiting it’s arrival! Any suggestions on what I can read in the meantime?

Sal November 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Hey, have just finished reading 50 trilogy and Bared to You and Reflected in you for the second time in as many months – yep loved these – now i have 6 months to wait until Entwined with you comes out…grrr… but i was wondering if anyone had read Take Me by Bella Andre and what they thought of it, at the moment the only place i can find it is on ebay, so before i purchase, can i have your opinions please…thanks….

slavica November 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

hi! i juste finished fifty and bared to you, and loved them!! when i was seraching for the next book to read, i found a excerpt of Anything he wants by Sara Fawkes and reaaaally loved it (unfortunately i could not found it in my booksotre) but it seems very promising!
Thank you for the list!

Brenda D. November 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Slavica, it’s not out yet. The book (which is actually all 5 of the previously realeased ebooks) is due to be released on Nov.27th! You don’t have long to wait. :D I got it from NetGalley to read and it was really good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

slavica November 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

haha that explains it. Thank you Brenda! i look forward to it!

Jazz November 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I just actually finished a book that’s very “fiftyish” called “In Flight” by R.K Lilley, it’s about a flight attendant that’s seduced by a sexy billionaire that’s also into BDSM, I’m currently reading the second book in the series called “Mile High (up in the air)”. So far this is the closest to Fifty Shades as I’ve read. (and I”ve read a LOT!)

justine November 25, 2012 at 3:50 AM

The Submissive by Tara Sue Me is very fiftyish fantastic read!! cant recommend it enough.

SanyRae November 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I just read the most amazing book in a while, its brand new, it’s called ‘I am HER…’ by Sarah Ann Walker. The book was so good, I read the whole thing yesterday and all night through. I strongly recommend it to anyone. Its totally sexy, but really, really dark in parts. I was even a little uncomfortable, but the ending shocked me totally. I can’t find anything else on this author, but her book was AWESOME!! I strongly suggest it to anyone who likes steamy, and funny, but with a really intense story line!! Oh, and its written really well!

Book Girl December 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Wait till the Glass Towers Trilogy comes out December 10th! Ran across the website promo ….coming out December 10, 2012! http://www.glasstowerstrilogy.blogspot.com

Sounds Hot!!! Can’t Wait!!

Christina December 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I don’t know if anyone mentioned this before, but the Beauty series by Anne Rice, or under her pen name, is pretty hard core. Now I haven’t read that much hard core BDSM so I really don’t have anything to compare it to. But when the titles states, “If you enjoyed Fifty Shades, you’ll love this…” or whatever it says, that is not necessarily so. I recommend any potential readers read some reviews first. I have read the first two and will finish the last one soon.

Cristina December 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Addicted to You & Exposed to you by Beth Kery, her books are GREAT! you will not be able to put them down! Amazing story lines, very intense scenes. Great follow ups to 50 shades & crossfire series. Her books definitely should be on your list of books to read!

Beth December 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I read a series by Beth Kery called Because You Are Mine, before reading “Fifty”. And I must say that they remind me alot of each other. You might like this series. There is 8 novellas, altogether. They run prefect so that it seems like one book.

Vanessa December 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

If you enjoy erotica or erotic/romance you HAVE to read anything by Joey W. Hill. Her Vampire Queen Series and Nature of Desire Series are amazing! I enjoyed Fifty Shades but after reading Nature of Desire series (before) FIFTYseemed like PG13 lol…

Lynne December 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I agree with Vanessa. PLEASE read Joey Hill. She is by far one of the most gifted writers I have EVER read. Her Nature of Desire Series is just incredible. You should read them in order, but if you think there are too many, please read Ice Queen & Mirror of My Soul. You have to read them back to back. You know how sometimes when you finish a book, you just can’t speak? That’s what happened to me after finishing Mirror of My Soul. It remains one of the most soul touching, amazing books I have ever read. I didn’t think I could ever enjoy a story about 2 men, but Joey’s book Rough Canvas also left me speechless, it’s also part of the Nature Series. Her Knights of the Boardroom series is also Fun. Her books are pretty hardcore, but I promise you will be touched & you will not regret reading them.

Noelia December 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Maryse,
Your Blog is wonderful, I love it. I have to say I´m relieved.. I´m from Argentina, and our culture does not see in good light the kind of.. Literature.. I enjoy. It makes me feel hopeful to know that maybe I´m not such a freak for being addicted to power reading.. It also worries me a little that I havent met anyone to share my life with.. But having read your “Bio”, and seeing so much of me in every one of your descriptions of your self (from “awwwwwww, prettyyyyyy”, to listening to metal), I´m happy to see that you are married, and happy, so maybe I can be also.. I´m only 27, but I have a 7 year old son, and sometimes I feel like I´m never gonna find someone.. Anyways, sorry I got sidetracked. Bottom line, Thank you. I don´t feel so alien anymore.

Lc December 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I just finished the first 2 books of the Up In The Air series by RK Lilley. Loved them book 3 in feb. a little Christian a little Gideon a lot hot.

AB December 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Just wanted to add another series I thought was good after 50 Shades and Bared to You. It is Because You Are Mine by Beth Kery. There are eight books I believe, but they are more like novelas, they could be all combined into one book. Anyhow, they are good reads.

kasey January 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I love the book Knight & Play I think it really deserves to be on this list. I am anxiously awaiting book two. I highly recommend reading this and falling in love with Lucien Knight. Squeeeeeee

Sandy January 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Hi Maryse… Though not BDSM, I cannot rave enough about ‘I am HER…’ By Sarah Walker. The story is so intense, shocking, graphic, horrifying and beautiful all at once. The love story is so twisted, and not at all the norm. Anyway, it’s a new Author, and a new book that I found because of the stunning cover and I swear you will not be disappointed! Oh, and the main man is hot, hot, hot!

Kathryn Hughett January 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The Big Book of Smut is currently going for free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Amber Gleisner January 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I get why you would say reading the Crossfire series after the 50 Shades trilogy. However, because of those reasons, I wished I had not read Bared to You right after 50. Although Bared to You takes on its own form, the beginning similarities turned me off. I finished reading it, but had to take a break from the whole “rich man is the ‘dom’ meeting a bashful, more inexperienced innocent female books. I don’t have a problem reading those similar likenesses back to back anymore, but I couldn’t do it after 50. I had to go back an reread Bared to You to get its full effect later on.

Stephanie Trout January 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Are they planning on coming out with a new book after 50 Shades freed? I need to know im having withdraws i cant seem to find anything thats as exciting as fifty!!!

Cindy January 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this blog :) Never, and I mean never before have I had anny interest for blogs. untill my single-mom, boring everyday life, directed me to books! wuhuuu, i am hooked! at first i was obsessed about Twilight. and to snap me out of that depression, i found fifty shades….. olala!!! after re-reading the whole trioligy three times (in two months :/ ) i desperately searched the internet for a new book that could snap me out of fifty. i found your blog! :-D and with a huge grin and glittering eyes i found a dusin new books to try :) since that, i have read the crossfire novels.. oh my god!!! I have not slept in days! trying to snap me out of my Gideon depession i am now trying Thoughtless, in five minutes :) so thank you!!! you give me hope that even though my heart breaks every time i finnish a really good book, i can go to your blog and just find a new one :) )) (btw, im sorry if my english is messed up sometimes, im Norwegian ;)

Vanessa January 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

To Cindy:

If you liked Joey Hill’s Gideon character. There’s’ a short story about Daegan and Gideon on this website. http://Www.jwhconnection.com. Go under forum & then Vignettes. They’re free and have stories from many of her series.

Kat January 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

If you are looking for more “ahem… Alternative” bdsm books, I would try charise sinclair’s master of the mountain and master of the abyss over the shadowlands series because the shadowlands gets a bit too hardcore for me. The master duo is lighter. Master of the mountain has a fuller figured heroine who is very unappreciated by her (pre-hero) boyfriend and a hero who is a troubled vet. She has never been into bdsm before so its very light play. The second in the series has some more graphic and exhibitionist play but still lighter than the shadowlands series. The heroine is biracial and has abandonment issues. The hero has lost confidence in himself as a Dom after a sub committed suicide. It also involves a 3rd party stalker/murderer after the heroine.

meme January 31, 2013 at 5:05 AM

I finished reading fire after dark and secrets after dark by Sadie Mathews – I enjoyed it. waiting on Promises after dark 28 Feb 2013
Cant wait.

Brenda D. January 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I just read Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson. It was a yummy treat and definitely belongs on this list. I posted a review about it on Crazy Four Books today and C.J. is giving away some really cool swag as well. Stop on over if you think you might be interested. I bet you’d like it.

Don’t worry. I truly loved the book and it really does belong on this list or I would Never be posting this comment.

Sandy February 2, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I stumbled upon this website…thank you for putting this together. I’m more on the 50 side than the Beautiful D. side. Though I have read BD and am looking forward to the second. I come from the land of G Showalter, K Cole, JR Ward,N Singh ect…but have read a ton of other stuff…a couple that I recommend that I haven’t seen mentioned are Butterfly Unpinned by Bonnie Dee and Laura Bacchi for the BDSM/Romance and Edge Play X by M. Jarrett Wilson darker BDSM/suspense. The UP in the Air Series by RK Lilley is a good 50 like read.
I finished Sempre (Forever) by JM Darhower a couple hours ago (was listed on this website)…thank you. It was fantastic!

shandy February 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I think I’ve found something that has the intensity of FSOG and the Crossfire series. Give This Man and Beneath this Man by Jodi Malpas a chance. When I first read the book I thought Jesse ( the Alpha) was verbally abusive. When I actually finished the books I understand why he comes across that way. Really steamy scenes! Must read!

Veronica February 25, 2013 at 2:32 AM

I’ve recently came across Pierced by Danger (by Collins, Lashell). Here, a handsome “broken” detective falls for a victim of a case he is working on. Very steamy sex scenes! Can’t wait for the next books to come out.

Laura February 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

just finished the 40 shades of Pearl trilogy…. loved it!!!

Emily Hall April 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I agree that anyone wanting the 50 feel has to read the Crossfire series. Also since I see this list has taken on some darker reads also there is one that CAN NOT be left off.
Consequences and Truth by Aleatha Romig
This was one of the most disturbing books that I have ever read, but I couldn’t put it down! It was fantastic! After the disturbing start, I kept reading and before long I couldn’t stop. So anyone that starts it, give it a little time and you’ll be like me. Not going to say anything else because I don’t want to give anything away, but there are “shocks” and it is a roller coaster ride. As someone said, Tony (main character) is Christian and Gideon on steroids. There is no mistaking who is in charge that is for sure! This has turned into one of my all time favorite series, EVER and I hope others will discover it.

Emily Hall April 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

BTW, I absolutely loveeee your blog!!!!

Trucie April 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Hey! Just loved, loved and loved BD! And fifty shades of grey!

Fiona April 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Ah! Best book boyfriend for me is definately Travis and Kellen were simply swoon worthy. I just love a crazy in love hero with a bit possessive side to him! Lately I have read so many books, but none like Travis. And my heroines, I like them to be strong and feisty and not totally inexperienced, because though it is exciting to travel along with the female lead as she xperiances new things, but it gets a bit annoying when heroine turns a bushing idiot at the sight of a gorgeous man, and naive, inexperienced heroines usually do that. Thats why I didn’t like FSOG. Ana, with her stumbling and clumsiness and her needy nature was a turn off for me. She was naive and I hated how she gave over herself to Christian on a silver platter, ON A CONTACT!
Though I don’t usually read blog stories but one caught my eye on buzzle and it was so good though only a few chapters have been released. This one was ‘eccentric life’.
It had all the things I was looking for! A strong, spunky, snarky and a bit jaded heroine. She had a past that made her that way though the story has not revealed what it is yet. And Cole, a rockstar. Swoonworthy!! He had this bad boy persona, but behind his facade, the story hints a totaly awesome character, and the story also hints a reason behind its facade. And there is an another character Grayson, whose girlfriend had died in an accident and he had sworn off girls. I think the story is about how these jaded characters they after meeting each othe each evolved and find love, but don’t know yet as all of the chapters hasn’t been out yet!
And the dialogues! Love them, the banter between the characters!
Few of my favourites are;

Badminton.” He said coming closer. “So we officially meet. I am Grayson and you are Cassie, the new girl I suppose.” He gave me a look that seemed both speculative and a little shrewd.

Although I already knew his name before he even introduced himself but he wasn’t supposed to know that, so I just nodded. “Not so new now, nearly two weeks has passed.”

“Yeah, I guess you have lost your shine by now.” He gave a small grin then lifted up the badminton. “So shall we?”
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Another fav of mine was;

“You idiot, you just ruined my shirt with your bloody mocha, when you were busy flirting with that girl.” I glared.

“Ah pity. And it was such a nice shirt.” He said amused, his gaze lingering at my shirt.
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“Perhaps you don’t know me, let me introduce myself, I am…” He began to say, but I cut him off.

“Don’t know and don’t want to know.” I shook my head, cursing and thinking that now I have to go home and change my clothes again, and I didn’t even had a chance to drink my coffee. So much for peace here.

“Well, then if you don’t want to know my name at least tell me yours.” He gave me a grin. Was he serious?

“First name is ‘Get’ and last name is ‘Lost’.” I shot him an irritated look.
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Ugh, don’t remind me.”

“Already did.” She said amused.

“Smart-ass.”

“Not as much as you, I am sure. I think you are a bad influence.” She said jokingly.

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This one is when the female lead Cssie and Selena have a confrontation with barbie queen Jessica.

“Like you would know about fashion.” She scoffed.

“Enough to see that you don’t have any.” Selena said.

“Oh go to hell.” She said clearly peeved, her face turning red with anger. Call me sadistic, but I must say that I got a glimpse of satisfaction at seeing her finally lose her cool.

“Pardon me, but I must decline your gracious offer as I wouldn’t want to intrude upon you there.” I said solemnly.

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Another is when Cole meets her second time.

Hello ladies, may I introduce myself?” Cole said, turning on his charm, as he came and stopped by in front of us. Selena blushed to her roots and started to say something when I cut her off.

“Certainly, try those people standing over there.” I said coolly.
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This one is with grayson

I sighed. “Okay pretty boy, but this is for one time only.” I gave him a warning look.

“Thanks Cassie.” He looked relieved, and then he gave me a grin. “Pretty boy? I don’t know whether to be insulted being called ‘pretty’ or flattered.”

“Oh so should I have used a more manly adjective?” I sassed.

“Never miss a good chance to shut up honey.” He said playfully, chuckling.

“Okay shutting up about you prettiness.” I laughed.
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And well there are lots more and I could go on and on. Clearly obsessed here I think. First I was obsessed with Travis, now this story posted in installments called ‘Eccentric life’. Highly recommented to anyone.

Margret April 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I have just finished reading Dublin’s street and was overjoyed to find that I quite loved this book! Braden, he is the perfect alpha hero <3
And Jocylen, strong, and I was touched by the way she handled her past. Altogether a good book! Maryse thanks for this blog, helped me alot! And Fiona, thanks for recommending eccentric life, though it was a blog story, and not yet whole out, but loved the characters and the witty banter. Liked the whole bad boy persona of Cole.
Still havent read BD, but I am hoping to remedy that soon :)

Surfergirl April 24, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I’m a big 50 shades fan but I’ve just read Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren and LOVED it. I might even like it better than 50 shades!

Stephanie April 29, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Love your blog, thank you so much for the recommendations. There is a brand new one out I just found- One Swinging Summer by Patience Hellsmith. From what I can tell it’s only available on Kindle, but said Nook and print editions coming soon.
The main characters relationship is steamy- the steam starts in Ch 2- but they go to a sex club for her birthday, ‘just once, too see’ and some hot stuff happens. I enjoyed the authors writing style and the characters very much, and the sex scenes are hot. And I heard there is a second one in the works. Always looking for good reads- keep the blog coming.

Emmy May 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I have very much enjoyed the new Breathless series so far. I, like most every woman out there, was looking for a juicy read after finishing the 50 shades series. This gave me exactly what i was looking for.

deb May 7, 2013 at 6:16 AM

I would recommend the trilogy by tara me sue – the submissive, the dominate, and the training – it was fabulous.

Vanessa May 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I was in a major funk after Fifty Shades Trilogy. I read all three 4 times… I was so hooked. I read all the recommedations after it and didn’t think there would be another book to catch my attention. That was until I came across This Man trilogy. OMG! Christian Grey who? I am so on Central Jesse Cloud Nine and have major OJD (obssesive Jesse disorder). If you haven’t read this series yet… Then get on the ball! The author is Jodie Ellen Malpas

Jaymie May 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I found this website a couple weeks ago and thanks to everyone I now have a really long reading list. I usually don’t like to leave comments, but I have notice no one (and I could be wrong) have suggested the Up In The Air trilogy by R K Lilley. The books are called In Flight, Mile High, and Grounded. Another book I didn’t see on here was Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me (Complete me due out July 30th) By Julie Kenner.

Gracie May 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

God I LOVE coming to this site and finding new and fun books to read……was a HUGH fan of the Shades of Grey trilogy and look forward to finding similar and if not like wise stories from your reviews
They have been very helpful and I just wanted to say
THANK YOU :)

holly tilling May 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

I loved fifty shades, bared to you, in flight, this man, knight and stay etc…..

Just finished a book on the same lines called ‘up close and personal’ by JS Taylor. Loved it. It’s an erotic novel about an actress and a famous director set in London. Just about to start the sequel. Warning – once you start it you won’t be able to put it down!!

Vanessa May 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Ok, starting the ‘Close Up and Personal’ trilogy. I’ll let you ladies know my opinion when I’m done.

Happy Reading!

holly tilling May 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Finished the close up and personal trilogy now. Really enjoyed them!! Would recommend for those who loved Fifty.

Patricia Casey May 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes is a great read to continue the Fifty Shades feal. Lucy Delacourt makes sure she gets on the elevator at work at the same time as a gorgeous stranger that works in the same building as she does. After several weeks of secretly watching him she finds herself alone with him in the elevator. Things get hot fast and he turns out to be the owner of the company. This book has BDSM scenes but like Fifty Shades it has way more to it. This novel started out as a kindle mini series and turned in to a novel last fall. The hero, Jeremiah Hamilton, also has an outcast brother, Lucas, who tugs at your heart from the first time he appears in the the book. There is isaalso a sequel being written as a mini series now. Anything He Wants, Castaway. I’m trying to wait till it’s finished later this year but I don’t think I can. Read them both. You won’t be disappointed.

Meredith May 31, 2013 at 6:58 AM

I have only read book one of the 50 Shades series, is the rest really worth the time and trouble?

Vanessa May 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Time? Definitely worth every minute! Trouble? The only trouble I had was putting the books down. If you read the 1st one… I don’t understand how you haven’t read the next two. The 2nd (Fifty Shades Darker) picks up right where the 1st left off! My favorite is the 2nd one! Awesome series. After you read those, look into Sylvia Day’s Bared Into You series, R.K. Lilly In Flight series and my favorite Jodie Ellen Malpas This Man series.

Vanessa May 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Another good series which is a short read is The Blackstone Affair series by Raine Miller (Naked, All In and Eyes Wide Open).

Happy Reading ;)

Mandi May 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I loved Red Phoenix! Her Brie series is AWESOME!! And for those that may not be aware, she continued the series!!! Check out the After Graduation Series, there’s 4 out now and number 5 is due out tomorrow or Sunday! I can’t wait! They are just as awesome, *squee*

cece June 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

His Perfect Submissive Alyssa Aaron
It is similar to 50 Shades in the way blends traditional Romance story with a little bit of BDSM.

Liz June 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

The Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner is quite good and the third book is due to be released on July 30th.

Stacey June 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I’m so glad I found this web site !
I loved fifty shades blew my mind then I read the crossfire
Series loved it! I’ve done a lot of reading and have to toss out some of the series I have read the Mitchell family series by Jennifer foor it has 7 books, the honor student series by Teresa mummert it has 3 books and one coming out in i believe aug! the sleeping beauty series , the marked series which I was disappointed in due to not being completely finish! Right now I’m reading beautiful bastard by christina Lauren it has two books to it!

Dorothy July 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I firmy argree that there should be a warning that comes with the 50 shaeds books. It was really tough for me to pick my next books. One series I didn’t notice on your list of what to read after 50 shades was the “Up in the Air” series by RK Lilley. James Cavendish fast became my next Christian Grey.

Alma July 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

This Man, Beneath This Man and This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malps good books.

Sylvie July 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I suggest to add “This man” trilogy to your list by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Susie July 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I have to recommend The “Up In The Air” Trilogy by R.K. Lilley. The main characters are James Cavendish :Rich billionaire hotel heir and Bianca: A Flight attendant. These books have BDSM, love and will even bring tears to your eyes.

Patricia Casey July 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Is everybody excited that the movie for Fifty Shades is scheduled to be released in August of 2014?

Vanessa July 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Just finished read a series by Gail McHugh, Collide and Pulse. Love, Love, Loved!!! Gavin Blake is by far my favorite book guy!!! beautiful love story!!! it’s a must read!!!!

Jamie July 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

After reading the “This Man Trilogy, I can’t even remember what FSOG was about! I never would’ve known about trilogy if it wasn’t for this blog- Love this blog!

French Loulou August 1, 2013 at 2:24 AM

I can’t find any articles about the “up the air” series. It is a really gone one if you liked fifty shades or crossfire. I have juste finished the third.

Marieke August 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

So funny, I also have before and after FSOG books!

I just love the “sweet series” and “breathless” by Maya Banks and the “wicked series” by Shayla Black. Most of those books have BSDM and all books have love and a HEA.

Also very nice books (no BSDM) are the books by Olivia Cunning.

(sorry for my english..)

Andy August 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Please add J.Kenner to the fifty list
Stark trilogy:
1.Release Me
2.Claim Me
3.Complete Me

Tara August 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

“This Man” is a great trilogy. This man, beneath this man, this man confessed.

Chelsea August 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I am SO GLAD you write about fifty shades as so much more than just sex. Whenever i was seen reading the series, I would always receive rude and ignorant comments from people who have never read the books before. It was so frustrating because the storyline is actually so heart-wrenching!!!

Just picked up bared to you and reflecting in you today, thanks so much for the recommendations! I was so hoping for something similar after finishing the fifty shades series, and I can already see the resemblance! :)

Andy August 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Another for the FIFTY list:
The after dark trilogy by Sadie Matthews
Pleasure & pain go hand in hand.
Actually some of the thinking process used by the main female character Beth reminded me a little of the angst I felt from Kiera decioning/indecisioning from the thoughtless series except this series is more BDSM themed (not in the same league though re the relationship triangle complexities of Thoughtless just to be clear on expectations, but a very good read kept me hooked all the same couldn’t put it down)
1. Fire after dark
2. Secrets after dark
3. Promises after dark

Andy August 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Btw I forgot to add I’m a die hard Fifty fan I read a few trilogies then re-read Fifty shades have read it about 9 times I just can’t let go of Christian and Anna and the beautiful story of their complex and blossoming relationship I think what sets it apart is just how much the author lets you inside the head and thinking of Anna and her 2 alter ego subconsciouses. Fifty was definitely a line in the sand and yes I couldn’t agree more, there is life before Fifty and life after Fifty.

Rose August 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Not only did 50 ruin me for for other books, but now I can’t read a stand alone book!!! Everything HAS to be at least a trilogy!!! Ugh!!! Having said that…I DID find a series I may actually love more than 50…so here’s my top 5 books like 50:

1). This Man Trilogy by Malpas
2). Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by James
3). Bared to You ( Cross will be 5 books) by Day
4). Consequences Trilogy (OMG) by Romig
5). In Flight Trilogy by Lilley

Guisep August 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

If you liked Fifty Shades — You’ll LOVE The Heart Has Reasons by Martine Marchand! Her first book and it’s solid gold. Be sure to catch this great read.

Jean August 29, 2013 at 5:10 AM

I’d recommend the authors below, check wiki for an overview. They all have fantasy settings but the erotica is purely human

J R Ward : “The Brotherhood” #12 books ~ vampires in the human world

Jacqueline Carey “Kushiel/Imriel/ Trilogies #9books ~ historical fantasy romance

Laurel K Hamilton “Merry Gentry” #8 books. All about half-fairy princess, her men and court intrigues

Emma September 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I followed fifty shades of grey with (This man) trilogy by Jodi Malpas I loved i couldn’t stop reading it its only on I books though. Defenetly recommend it.

Patricia Casey September 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

You can get the “This Man” trilogy on Amazon too.

Brooke October 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I just read Conklin’s Blueprints by Brooke Page. It was awesome! a great middle book for 50 Shades of Grey and Beautiful Disaster. I didn’t want to put it down!

Lindsay October 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I freakin’ loved This Man! I’m so glad the author wrote the whole trilogy so quick and not had us waiting years in between to give us a fix of some Jesse Ward! And that epilogue? I don’t think I’ve ever dropped my iPad out of pure excitement! I prefer this over 50. Sorry!

Stefanie October 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I loved the books and series below so looking for something similarl to these
Fifty shades
Bared to you
This man series
Collide n pulse
Thoughtless series
Beautiful bastard series
Gabriel series

There are others that I have read, but would love suggestions
I like the alpha male & romance with Happy Ending

Mélodie November 3, 2013 at 6:49 AM

The “fire after dark” triology is also I think a must -read after fifty shades of grey !

Mercy November 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

The This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas is incredible. You will fall in Love with Jesse Ward. It is a series of three books. Definitely equal to Fifty Shades.

Mercy November 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Fueled and Driven by K Bromberg are excellent books too. Anxiously waiting for the third book.

Shebang December 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

S.E.C.R.E.T. and Secret Shared by L. Marie Adeline. Cannot wait until the third in the trilogy is released! Need to find the finances to create this “secret” society! Pure genius!

Holly Tilling January 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I’ve just finished reading ‘high’ by Zara Cox…. would definitely recommend. Hot millionaire meets woman (who isn’t annoying, yay!) when she is about to board one of his luxury ‘adult’ private jets. Sparks fly and he has a dark secret….

Hope the sequel is out soon!

Saki January 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

If you liked Club Shadowlands, try the Dark Garden by Eden Bradley. It is a nice blend of romance, hot alpha, and sweet vanilla being introduced to ..erm.. more intense things

Primrose January 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Yay I’m normal! I have been having a fifty shades hangover for 3 weeks and no one understood what i was going through. Coming across this blog is the best thing to happen to me so far in 2014!!!!

Patricia January 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I just read Knight & Play & Knight & Stay by Kitty French. Very good read in keeping with the Fifty Shades theme. Lucien Knight owns Adult clubs and Sophie interviews and lands the job of his PA. The story gets hot fast. Good story line, a lot of angst and great intense chemistry. I just started reading the third book which takes up the story of Sophie’s best friend Kara and Dylan Day in Knight & Day. If it’s half as good as the first two books, I’ll be well pleased.

Barbara Solotoff January 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I must have read FSOG trilogy 5x. I am looking for similar books with perhaps Navy seals as the story main character. Any suggestions?

alma dervisevic January 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

By j.s cooper:ex games
Adrian leigh: steel and lace
Eve carter: pure temptation
Penelope douglas: bully and until you

Suzanne Hogg January 22, 2014 at 2:23 AM

This Man series awesome

Emily Ross January 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I can NOT recommend anything BEFORE The Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig! It is the most mind boggling, dark, thriller, romance, surprising twists I have ever read! I an 51 years old and trust me, I have read thousands of books in my lifetime. This trilogy rates in my top 3 all time favorite series. She recently released the first companion book to be read only after you read the series because it will give secrets away.
This is a MUST read for sure. Be warned, the first is very dark and you may want to stop, I did. Please don’t and you will be rewarded with some of the best written stories ever! Enjoy and after you do let me know what you think.

irish February 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Why is the Stark trilogy by Julie Kenner not on this list?! It’s definitely along the lines of fifty, bared to you, and the in flight series by Lilley.

Carol February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

If your looking for something after 50 shades it has to be “This Man”. I preferred Jesse to Christian……

apurva bajpai February 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

For competing FSOG my list will be
1. R.K. lilley ( in flight series)u may search james cavendish in ur BF/Husband)
2.Jodi Ellan Malpes (this man triology)<——– Ava nd Jesse may become ur ideal couple wid cute HEA.
3.Sylvia Day bared to u triology again damn obsessive novel

lucy February 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Has anyone read – Bared to you – The impossibly trilogy – Dark Layers – Jimmy’s Game. They are all really good reads and the romance in them is ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lol Bared to you is one of my fav and Dark Layers is good for smart people who can read between the lines xx

apurva bajpai February 26, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Lucy
I think I have to try dark layers – Jimmy’s Game bcoz I have brilliant quality to read b/w the lines xx

Lucy February 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

apurva – it is epic, i have read volume 2 but when i tried to post my review i couldnt find it. Absolutely love the story and the male is not your usual do anything good/bad to get the heroin (anile) into bed, he really fights with himself because he discovers something about her – i wont spoil it for you lol there are going to be 6 volumes and the author has promised to keep them all at 85p :-) Have you read bared to you? what did you think xx

apurva bajpai March 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

yup lucy i read bared ti you and yeah it was surely addictive after christian gray bared to you definatelly takes it place nd now i m starting dark layers fingers crossed……

Linda March 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Love tears of Tess & Q by pepper winters

Lucy March 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did , I am so addicted to 50shades that I am shamefully reading it again lol xx

normie March 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

this man trilogy is perfect!

apurva bajpai March 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

i adore christian gray i wish wid some voo-doo i can create him as living person….

Rachal April 9, 2014 at 7:40 AM

I just finished reading the Honor series by Teresa Mummert, well finished until she releases book 4-6, and it was great. At least I think so. it has the same feel as fifty, except the dom(Wiliam) is a teacher and the sub(Emma) is/was one of his students. I’ve seen other reviews on the book and others absolutly hated it, but I find myself finishing the books in a day or so. I believe it’s an absolutly must read.

Patricia Casey April 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I just read “Interview with a Master” OH. MY. GOD! Can’t wait for the sequel to come out! IT’S A MUST READ!!

tracey April 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM

I just read hardwired and hardpressed (part of the hacker series)! Great story with many fifty like steamy moments. By mereidth wild. Great read

Robin April 19, 2014 at 2:40 AM

I have been reading some of your posts. Crossfire series by Sylvia Day is pretty good. If you are into the big time erotica I suggest Maya Banks-The Colter Series or Amber Eyes. Another series is the Men in Blue Series by Jayne Rylon. The New York Series by Lainey Reese. Hope this helps to satisfy the after 50 craving. If I come up with more suggestions I will let you know.

apurva bajpai April 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

just finishes c.j roberts dark druits series if u luv dark romance it is some gr8 stuff for u captive in the darj nd seduction of dark u will luv nd hate caleb but it will make u cry thats for sure please do enjoy it

Marcia April 21, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Hello and thank you for all the wonderful work you do. I read some books that have a compelling storyline and light bdsm feel to them I feel should be added. I looked through this list and didn’t see many of them.

C D Reiss Songs of Submission series and Songs of Corruption
Melody Anne Surrender Series
Pamela Ann (so far anything she writes) but definitely the Chasing and Torn series

and the books that go a little further into BDSM
Tara Sue Me The Submissive Series
Sierra Cartwright Mastered Series

Marcia April 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Oh and I forgot to list Jason Luke Interview with a Master. This is from the master pov and a must read in my opinion. It has a huge twist I never saw coming and I am antsy waiting for the sequel.

Calla May 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Don’t forget CC Gibbs books! Much better written than 50 shades!

MizVal1955 May 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Anything by Opal Carew ,Maya Banks or Sylvia Day .

Heather July 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I think you also need to include a selection of books similar to 50 shades that have a semi-Epistolary theme. One of my favourite aspects of 50 shades was all of the email communication between them.

Robina August 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Oh my gosh ladies, I only saw 1 post for The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz here. I absolutely loved fifty shades and the series was my first real erotica read, however, I would choose the original sinners series over fifty shades any day now…..amazing story line that jumps backwards and forwards through the series, emotion, a lot of BDSM, great characters and although some of the story line is close to the edge, discovering why the characters are who they are is fascinating. Tiffany Reisz is an awesome writer!

Summer Tomlinson August 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

My latest fave is Miranda Mailer. I read the 3 Never Understand books and then went straight on to the Dark Dreams Trilogy. These are hot, believable characters, delicious alpha males who are totally in control.
Beth Kery and the crossfire books are also required reading, although the Miranda Mailer’s story lines are much better.

hydrun August 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The best BDSM series by far (way better than fifty shades but also a lot more intense) is The Marketplace Series by Laura Antoniou. Currently there are 5 books but the 6th is approaching publication.
1. The Marketplace
2. The Slave
3. The Trainer
4. The Reunion
5. The Academy
6. (not yet published) The Inheritor

Dione Brooks August 22, 2014 at 3:01 AM

The Professional by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark) – If you LOVED Fifty, you WILL love this.

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