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JoySmith



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: what to read after fifty shades of grey Reply with quote

Anything by Nora Roberts is guaranteed to be good. Right now I'm reading His Every Desire by Emma Rose and it's worth a read as well (though it is a bit...descriptive like fifty shades of grey).
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoySmith: I cannot think of any other contemporary romance that marries so well a very intense romance, a great storyline and eroticism.

For intensity, I would recommend The Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (and she writes great love scenes too), Sweet Gumtree by Katherine Allred and a historical romance bu Sherry Thomas - Private Arrangements.

Can you please tell me something about Emma Rose's book. I was not able to find it on Goodreads and that's my go-to site to check out new books.
Or you could post a link to a site with information about it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see Anne Rices' 1983-85 'Beauty' trilogy has been rereleased in the wake of the success of '50'. I read the new (2012) introduction by the author, IIRC: 'an erotic game played out among beautiful people in elegant settings where no one gets cut, burned or killed'. I remember from trying to read the first book some years ago the non-stop beatings, bindings in excruciating positions and the submissive characters announcing how much they needed this without much psychological inner head-time explaining why they needed it. Your mileage may vary.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lillian Sulivan wrote:
I see Anne Rices' 1983-85 'Beauty' trilogy has been rereleased in the wake of the success of '50'. I read the new (2012) introduction by the author, IIRC: 'an erotic game played out among beautiful people in elegant settings where no one gets cut, burned or killed'. I remember from trying to read the first book some years ago the non-stop beatings, bindings in excruciating positions and the submissive characters announcing how much they needed this without much psychological inner head-time explaining why they needed it. Your mileage may vary.

Best,
Lilly


I remember all that and having sex with objects like statues and as punishment women tied up to the ceiling with honey spread on their private parts so the flies would go at them. *shudder* Definitely not for me. I keep seeing these books recommended for people that want more books like Fifty Shades of Grey and it makes me cringe, nothing at all alike.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
Lillian Sulivan wrote:
I see Anne Rices' 1983-85 'Beauty' trilogy has been rereleased in the wake of the success of '50'. I read the new (2012) introduction by the author, IIRC: 'an erotic game played out among beautiful people in elegant settings where no one gets cut, burned or killed'. I remember from trying to read the first book some years ago the non-stop beatings, bindings in excruciating positions and the submissive characters announcing how much they needed this without much psychological inner head-time explaining why they needed it. Your mileage may vary.

Best,
Lilly


I remember all that and having sex with objects like statues and as punishment women tied up to the ceiling with honey spread on their private parts so the flies would go at them. *shudder* Definitely not for me. I keep seeing these books recommended for people that want more books like Fifty Shades of Grey and it makes me cringe, nothing at all alike.

Linda


OMG, is that what Anne Rice's Beauty series is like!!! Not for me, so glad I saw this because I think it was yesterday I thought I should maybe give Anne Rice a go, I have never read anything of hers, and thought well maybe I would tip my toe in the water, but that sounds like abuse.
Although now I am laughing a bit, thinking I just read The Prince and there was blood play that was a shudder moment, and about a dozen other shudder moments, so maybe I just don't like the idea of honey and flies, or maybe it is just the advanced notice of honey and flies. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judyblueeyes wrote:
[OMG, is that what Anne Rice's Beauty series is like!!! Not for me, so glad I saw this because I think it was yesterday I thought I should maybe give Anne Rice a go, I have never read anything of hers, and thought well maybe I would tip my toe in the water, but that sounds like abuse.
Although now I am laughing a bit, thinking I just read The Prince and there was blood play that was a shudder moment, and about a dozen other shudder moments, so maybe I just don't like the idea of honey and flies, or maybe it is just the advanced notice of honey and flies. Confused


Judy, The Siren and The Prince are miles above The Sleeping Beauty series! The characters have depth and there is a plot. I only read the first book but there was no depth, no plot other than sex, like the book was one long orgy. If you're going to try it I would recommend used and as cheap as possible just in case they are not for you.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
Judyblueeyes wrote:
[OMG, is that what Anne Rice's Beauty series is like!!! Not for me, so glad I saw this because I think it was yesterday I thought I should maybe give Anne Rice a go, I have never read anything of hers, and thought well maybe I would tip my toe in the water, but that sounds like abuse.
Although now I am laughing a bit, thinking I just read The Prince and there was blood play that was a shudder moment, and about a dozen other shudder moments, so maybe I just don't like the idea of honey and flies, or maybe it is just the advanced notice of honey and flies. Confused


Judy, The Siren and The Prince are miles above The Sleeping Beauty series! The characters have depth and there is a plot. I only read the first book but there was no depth, no plot other than sex, like the book was one long orgy. If you're going to try it I would recommend used and as cheap as possible just in case they are not for you.

Linda


Thanks Linda, I think I am going to pass on Anne Rice. I can handle uncomfortable (which I had been on a vacation from but apparently I am healed and can take it if the story is compelling). And as you and i have chatted about, the story matters to me. The characters need to be complex and well developed for me to enjoy and recommend. So as long as I can find something else to read, I am going to take a pass on Ms. Rice. I don't have any great need for a book as porn. And I guess I am calling sex without a plot porn.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm definitely looking for books to read after FS. What I like the most about FS was the innocent average heroine and flawed wealthy hero themes is saw in this trilogy. Sometimes I see this in harlequin presents. Maybe Anna Campbell's recent historical??
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:


Judy, The Siren and The Prince are miles above The Sleeping Beauty series! The characters have depth and there is a plot. I only read the first book but there was no depth, no plot other than sex, like the book was one long orgy. If you're going to try it I would recommend used and as cheap as possible just in case they are not for you.

Linda



Sleeping Beauty...I read the first 2 years ago, from my library, and I found them pretty disturbing. Not in a shocked way, but just feeling kind of yucky after reading them. Lots of sex, but not good sex. Just imaginig some of the positions and how ridiculous it was made the book(s) just blah for me. I have to admit to doing a lot of skimming.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xina wrote:


Sleeping Beauty...I read the first 2 years ago, from my library, and I found them pretty disturbing. Not in a shocked way, but just feeling kind of yucky after reading them. Lots of sex, but not good sex. Just imaginig some of the positions and how ridiculous it was made the book(s) just blah for me. I have to admit to doing a lot of skimming.


Ann Rice is somewhat weird, right? I mean personally, I am under that impression. I must of seen an interview or something. So I am going to guess, the Beauty books might of been her "was that out loud" moment. I am also not into Vampires or most scary stories so she might be a terrific author I just will wait until I have read all other books in the universe before reserving the Beauty series. Wink

I think what I liked the most about FSoG was we had a lot of reading about our H/h being together and growing and over coming issues. I have said often that i think E.L James' editor should of done a MUCH BETTER JOB of editing some of the constant drama out of the story and had E.L James pick a couple of drama's and drawn those out better. But I have hope that she writes other stories and the editor does their job tighting up the story.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judyblueeyes wrote:
xina wrote:


Sleeping Beauty...I read the first 2 years ago, from my library, and I found them pretty disturbing. Not in a shocked way, but just feeling kind of yucky after reading them. Lots of sex, but not good sex. Just imaginig some of the positions and how ridiculous it was made the book(s) just blah for me. I have to admit to doing a lot of skimming.


Ann Rice is somewhat weird, right? I mean personally, I am under that impression. I must of seen an interview or something. So I am going to guess, the Beauty books might of been her "was that out loud" moment. I am also not into Vampires or most scary stories so she might be a terrific author I just will wait until I have read all other books in the universe before reserving the Beauty series. Wink

I think what I liked the most about FSoG was we had a lot of reading about our H/h being together and growing and over coming issues. I have said often that i think E.L James' editor should of done a MUCH BETTER JOB of editing some of the constant drama out of the story and had E.L James pick a couple of drama's and drawn those out better. But I have hope that she writes other stories and the editor does their job tighting up the story.


Yeah, I think Ann Rice is a little strange, lol. I remmeber when she found religion and quit writing vamipre books but now seems to have moved past that. *shrug* I liked her book Interview wtih a Vampire but it was boring at times, Sleeping Beauty is very different. The characters are not at all like real people, it's like Alice in Wonderland meets S&M. haha

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On that theme, I got Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland by Melinda DuChamp on the Kindle a few months ago. I consider it successful erotica closely modeled on the original Alice in Wonderland.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judyblueeyes wrote:




Ann Rice is somewhat weird, right? I mean personally, I am under that impression. I must of seen an interview or something. So I am going to guess, the Beauty books might of been her "was that out loud" moment. I am also not into Vampires or most scary stories so she might be a terrific author I just will wait until I have read all other books in the universe before reserving the Beauty series. Wink

I think what I liked the most about FSoG was we had a lot of reading about our H/h being together and growing and over coming issues. I have said often that i think E.L James' editor should of done a MUCH BETTER JOB of editing some of the constant drama out of the story and had E.L James pick a couple of drama's and drawn those out better. But I have hope that she writes other stories and the editor does their job tighting up the story.



I think you either love her books (Rice) or you don't. In her heyday, readers who loved her, just glommed on to everything she wrote. I wasn't one of those because I don't read a lot of horror, but I did enjoy Interview With The Vampire. I read a couple of her other books, but can't remember much about them. Her Sleeping Beauty series was way out of her usual theme. Like Linda said, she went through a religious phase, and maybe she's still in it, but it looks like she doesn't mind all the rehashing of Sleeping Beauty on the coattails of Fifty Shades. I just pity the readers who think they are getting something similar to Fifty. It is weird and strange reading with zero romance.

I'll be interested in reading what James writes next.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:


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Yeah, I think Ann Rice is a little strange, lol. I remmeber when she found religion and quit writing vamipre books but now seems to have moved past that. *shrug* I liked her book Interview wtih a Vampire but it was boring at times, Sleeping Beauty is very different. The characters are not at all like real people, it's like Alice in Wonderland meets S&M. haha

Linda



Linda...Now that you mention it, SB really is very much Alice in Wonderland. Well...some kind of wonderland anyway. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that Sylvia Day's new series:

Bared To You
Reflected in You
Entwined with You (not yet released)

is very similar to FSoG (perhaps TOO similar for some folks tastes.) Controlling bordering on compulsive relationship but in this case both H and h are damaged by their pasts. I have enjoyed the first two but it's not for everyone (but I suppose neither was FSoG) Wink

I read the Beauty series also...couldn't find much to recommend it and several scenes were just "yuck" for me.
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