Anyway, Fully Booked sent me the hottest book today, the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (thanks, Fully Booked!). I haven't read it, just the first few chapters, so I won't be able to give you a full review. But maybe you've read it and you can fill me in on what you think. (If you haven't, then I have a surprise for you later!)
Here's a snap of the back cover so you have an idea on what this book's about:
So I started reading Fifty Shades. This book is really popular with the over-30 market, that's why it's called "mommy porn." Well, I'll tell you my reason for not devouring this book despite my being over 30, a mommy and it being porn: I'm kinda done with erotica!
I started reading romance novels quite young, at 13. I read Mills & Boon, Harlequin and all the historical romance fiction I could find. I didn't really understand all the sex happening in those books but I found them thrilling nevertheless, giggling over phrases like "he entered her garden and she offered up her flower in submission."
Now if you think 13 is too young for books like that, well... You're right. It did turn out for the best. In college, I took a class called Erotic Fiction, aced it (well, my exposure was early!), submitted two of my erotic short stories to the U.P. National Writers Workshop and got accepted as a fellow. There I met a young writer with long hair who had a penchant for puca shell necklaces, tie-dyed clothing and cigarettes. My erotica caught his attention. Eight years (and much shorter hair for him and no more erotic writing from me) later, we got married.
|Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill. Who do you think|
should play Christian Grey in the movie version?
More candidates here.
Anyway, back to the erotic books I read way back in the day. The girl is usually 19 years old (safely over the barely legal age) and the man has to be about 10 years older than her, tall, sexy, unbelievably wealthy, brooding, mysterious, powerful. You can imagine that by the time I approached 19, I was expecting to be swept off my feet by a much older, really hot, really rich guy. No dice.
Fifty Shades follows the same formula except this book removed all the flowers and gardens and just got right down to business. Yep, I skimmed through the pages and went to the sex parts haha. I promise to read this book and give you a proper review but for now, how about you read it and tell me what you think?
Yep, another Topaz Mommy giveaway!
Three of my blog readers will win a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, courtesy of Fully Booked (thanks, Fully Booked!). Just answer this question:
Who is your favorite brooding, mysterious
hero of romance novels?
Anyway, answer the question above in the comments below. Simple! Contest ends in 1 week. Good luck!
*Actors' photo from Love & Sex with Dr. Laura Berman