Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was a controversial but undeniable hit with those who love to read and those who rarely pick up a book. A steamy and very intimate storyline written for your average joe (more like Josephina) hit the spot with a huge audience, and the book was turned into a movie, which was turned into a sequel. (A Darker Shade of Grey) Find out what other books can elevate life into something a little more tantalizing…
The Earl’s Mistress by Liz Carlyle
Any genre can hold books with the promise of exotic escapes into imagination, and this historical fiction is a good example. Taking the reader to Victorian England, the beautiful protagonist Isabella Aldridge encounters BDSM. Isabella must find work, and seeks a governess position with the Earl of Hepplewood.
But the Earl wants her to be his mistress. Isabella says no, but soon she discovers the earl’s sexy secrets as well as her own unexplored sexuality. This helps draw the reader in, perhaps initiated. The Earl is a difficult character, hyper-masculine, so when he breaks down into a more realistic person, the reader is rewarded.
Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett
Woolf Jennings is the millionaire and sexy Wyoming rancher who is the strutting CEO of an inherited cattle and oil empire. He’s opened up a secret club, a club called The Wicked Horse.
Callie Hayes is looking for a new start in Wyoming, and in one night she caught Woolf’s eye. They have a secret history. Woolf is drawn to Callie and her new adult sexuality, and this is where the down and dirty of this book gets real. Don’t dive in unless you are ready to read about a whole lotta loving.
Story of O by Pauline Reage
This is a seemingly classic love story of a Parisian photographer who falls in love with a woman named Rene… which turns into something else, with psychological and sexual tests and quite a party.
This book is very similar to Fifty Shades and will definitely please any Fifty Shades fan. It’s a good introduction to those not familiar with erotic literature, a love story and erotica intertwined so not as intense as some of the other books in this category. It still includes bondage and explicit language, of course. This book was also made into a (not nearly as well-known) movie. The author actually passed away in 1998 and her legacy lives on in her writings.
Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
Sylvain Reynard is a bestselling author and this is her weaving another story of a sexual awakening. Bringing together Professor Gabriel Emerson and graduate student Julia Mitchell, this book uses the old and satisfying troupe of teacher and student who become involved in a sexual relationship.
The Professor Gabriel has a specialty he is known for in the professional world, but he also has a secret niche, his night-life of pleasure. The professor is haunted by past secrets. His career is caught in peril when he meets Julia Mitchell and they come together in a captivating, intertwining of passion and forgiveness and love.
Up In The Air by R.K. Lilley
Up In The Air tells the story of flight attendant Bianca and her encounter with a billionaire hotel owner, James. They have an instant attraction to each other and become almost immediately involved without having any idea of how they are about to change each other’s lives. This is a long series so if you fall in love there is a lot to read!
This is a series full of BDSM but also includes character development and a satisfying plot. The writing is sometimes tongue-in-cheek but is always well-written and keeps you on your toes. Called “the most underrated series of the genre” by the website xx chromosomes, take a chance on this one if you are a fan of Fifty Shades of Gray.
Dark Lover (Book of Brotherhood, Book 1) by J.R. Ward
Take a purebred vampire–the only left on the planet– who is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, include the most beautiful woman imaginable, add a lot of heat, and you get Dark Lover.
Wrath’s parents were killed by slayers centuries ago, and he is looking for revenge, until his fighter is killed and leaves behind a half-breed daughter who doesn’t know who she really is. Beth Randall finds herself unable to resist the man who comes to her at night and tells tales of the Brotherhood. They find themselves drawn intensely to each other, and the sexual romance begins.
Cocktail Series by Alice Clayton
Cocktail Series by Alice Clayton is a not typical mix of funny and sexy in one story. Caroline has just moved into her own apartment in San Francisco, where alone, she hears her neighbors having a great time with different women every night. Caroline herself is single and finds herself begin to dream about what her life could be in this city.
This is a well-known plotline made fun with a great sense of humor and some serious sexiness. Caroline finds herself in many various sexy adventures and the reader can follow along without feeling things are getting all too serious, because the wink-wink is kept in place, even while the storyline heats up.
The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
This story centers around Alexa McKenzie, who needs fast money to save her beloved business. Her best friend has an older brother named Nick Ryan, who makes a proposal. He will loan her money, if she will marry him.
Nick has to prove to his father that he’s a settled man in order to inherit the family corporation. This classic ‘marriage of convenience’ turns into a love and lust story between two people who were forced together and ended up glad that they were. Plenty of romping around for a reader looking for fun.
Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series Book 1) by Christina Lauren
Chloe Mills is working on her MBA and has a problem as big as her intellect: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s the man in the book title, and he’s driving Chloe Mills crazy.
Bennett has returned from France and arrived in Chicago determined to take an important role in his family’s media business. Chloe is his assistant: gorgeous, smart, infuriating, and in his face every day. The office swirls with rumors about Bennett, but he wants Chloe. Both are drawn to each other and eventually come together, willing to risk the careers and gains they have fought for in order to be together. The suspense is hot!
I Love How You Love Me by Bella Andre
A sexy and wealthy shipbuilder, a single mom and freelance journalist: what could happen? Grace Adrian had been left pregnant by her first love, and closed off her heart afterward.
Grace is assigned to write a piece on the famous recluse, Dylan Sullivan, and she hunts him down to interview. They meet and both are caught off guard by the intense sparks that fly between them. A very sexy romance, this book is quieter on the sexy and more on the romance, but will please those looking for just the right combination.
Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
The Crossfire series is extremely popular with those who love Fifty Shades of Grey, and many love Crossfire more. It’s written by the Japanese-American writer Sylvia Day.
The Crossfire series follow the story of Gideon and Eva. Eva Tramell is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who has been trying to leave it behind. Gideon Cross is a young, handsome billionaire (a recurring theme) who is also a childhood sexual abuse survivor. The Crossfire series is at its heart their sensual journey of trying to establish a healthy sexual relationship.
Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely
Brent Nichols has one, gnawing regret: he let the love of his life slip through his fingers. Then a sexy, captivating woman comes into his life, and becomes determined to win her. Shannon Paige feels caged and protective of her heart–she won’t let Brent in again, and her family has been hard too. But Brent is so handsome and provocative…
They argue and fight fiercely, but she finds herself inexorably drawn to him, despite her resistance. The draw of the past, the secrets between them, the love and passion between them all collide and force them to decide what they are going to make of their relationship and their past.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is series about Kiera, a woman who has found her soulmate and is settling into being happy forever after… all seemingly wonderful until they move to a new city to start their life together. They are unexpectedly forced apart and both find themselves lost. The book follows where Kiera goes next.
Kiera is lonely and looking for that elusive something, when she meets Kellan Kyle who is a sexy local rock star. They start out friends but the spark between them turns into something so hot they have to touch it. They do, and what happens next is the plot of this passionate and sexy series.
The Siren: The Original Sinners Book 1 (The Original Sinners Series)
Zachary Easton is a British editor who holds Nora’s fate in his editorial hands. He will only edit Nora’s book on the condition that he has total control over it. Nora must rewrite the entire novel in six short weeks and meet all his editorial demands. Something sexy comes to life between them, and Nora finds herself exhausted and aroused at the same time.
Nora is being pushed to her extremes and can’t decide if she is enjoying or hating it. An old lover comes back into her life and danger comes along, and passion and pain are mixed together. This hybrid of literary fiction and romance and sexy novel comes together for a satisfying finish.
Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones
This unique series holds the story of Sara McMillan. Sara finds erotic journal entries written by a sexy, mysterious woman. Sara can’t stop herself from reading and living with the dark fantasies of the journals, getting personally involved deeply in her imagination of these sexy, past lived stories.
This story is sexy and unique to the genre- the storyline is its own creation and Lisa Renee Jones has driven a lot of Fifty Shades of Grey fans to her series because people love the mystery and the magnetic romance and sexual encounter driven very much by her lived experience in her mind…imagination drives this story.
The Dark Duet Trilogy by Victoria Schwab
If you loved Fifty Shades of Grey you will adore The Dark Duet Trilogy. The Dark Duet is predictably darker than Fifty Shades, and you might love that. Olivia is eighteen years old and just woke up somewhere blindfolded and bound and has no idea where she is or what she is doing there.
She was kidnapped by Caleb, a man who himself was kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery. In a dark twist, he is seeking a revenge by kidnapping Olivia (and others) and train them to be all that he once was. BDSM, erotica, and romance all intertwine in this unique and extremely subversive story, which you will like if you want an even darker version of Fifty Shades.
The Dom Who Loved Me (Master and Mercenaries Book 1)
Sean Taggart is on a mission: he’s hunting a terrorist, and his main lead is beautiful Grace Hawthorne, who is the executive assistant for an employment agency. Sean suspects the agency is a front for illegal activities, and he has to get very close to Grace to find out what’s going on.
The intense spark between Sean and Grace soon has them inexorably intertwined. Grae is living a double life. By day, she is a widow with two college-aged sons, while at night, she submits to Sean’s desires, which are fantasies she’s only had. Passion and murder, sexual fantasy and trikes, and Sean’s mysterious secret leads to a climax.
Mystery Man (The Dream Man Series Book 1)
Gwendolyn Kidd is beautiful and headstrong and thinks she has met the (incredibly sexy) man of her dreams. Gwendolyn and Hawk have a night of passion which turned into a long bout of months of pleasure. He mysteriously appeared at her bed one night and gave her great pleasure, but she accepts this.
Hawk Delgado, the mystery man, knows Gwen better than she has any idea of. Hawk is struggling with his own demons, which kept him from true connection. Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene and Hawk becomes wildly worried about her. When Gwen sees how overpowering Hawk is, she second-guesses their connection.
Crash Into You by Roni Lauren
This book by Roni Lauren has been described by many as a definite must-read if you loved Fifty Shades of Grey. This was Lauren’s “erotic debut” and she made a huge impression on her fans.
The sensual, beautiful protagonist, Brynn, has been enlisted to undergo an undercover operation as a “submissive” at a highly secretive BDSM retreat. Brynn ends up finding herself sexually awakened with sexual games at the same time she is embroiled in a murder mystery and possibly dangerous situation. The combination gives this telling a true edge, and makes for an absorbing read.
All He Wants by C.C. Gibbs
Dominic Knight is a flush hottie — a billionaire who needs to find his sexual and love match. When Dominic meets Kate, who is gorgeous and a cyber forensic specialist- so brainy, too — he becomes obsessed.
Dominic pursues the compelling, mysterious Kate from the red-light district of Amsterdam to the sexual playgrounds of Hong Kong. The plotline keeps you guessing, the movement of the chase is compelling, and the erotic interplay between Dominic and Kate will make lovers of Fifty Shades of Grey very happy they picked up this erotic thriller!