posted on September 17, 2012 by
So if you read my blog, you know that I have a slight obsession with erotic fiction. One of my best friends said to me, but it’s so not like you, to which I said, no, I think it actually kind of is. It’s a recent development that started with 50 Shades (shocker) and grew into a full on obsession (thanks to Amazon’s related recommendations) and now I can’t stop. In fact, I already have two posts dedicated to what to read if you’re going through 50 Shades withdrawal (Part 1 and Part 2), and have a third and fourth on the way. And as I referenced in Part 2, between all my erotic reads (umm, 18 so far?), I have read some more classic fiction, and I wanted to share three that I liked!
In The Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes (liked)
The opening lines of the book are what drew me in: Here is the first thing you need to know about me: I’m a barefoot girl from red-dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that. Here is the second thing: that young woman they pulled from the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove – my husband didn’t kill her, not the way they say he did. What I loved about this book was the subject matter. The story begins in 1967, when Gin, a poor girl from Oklahoma, marries the hometown golden boy, Mason. Their life is turned upside down when he is offered a job with the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. They move into a gated compound where they can live an opulent American lifestyle amongst strict religious and social standards. I really liked the relationships between the characters in this book – trying to strike a balance between classes and genders in a world where they don’t really mix. What I didn’t love about this book: the ending. I was so emotionally involved with all the characters and plot lines, and it just…ended. No resolution. Damn that’s frustrating! But overall, I liked it enough to recommend it.
Check out the rest of my post to read my thoughts The Shoemakers Wife and The Tea Rose. Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
posted on August 23, 2012 by
Well, thanks to the popularity of our previous 50 Shades Withdrawal post (thanks, Google), I was given even more fabulously sexy book recommendations. So I’ve read
a few SEVEN more on the list and thought it was time to share! And in case you care, I have read a few other books on my must-read list in between all the romances, including In The Kingdom of Men (great story but no closure), The Shoemakers Wife (loved it) and The Tea Rose (really loved it).
As you may know, I interviewed Bared to You author Sylvia Day a few months ago. It was so lovely to chat with her, and to be totally honest, reflecting upon all these books I’ve read (which are all kind of blending together) Bared to You has risen to the top of my list. I’ve re-read it several times and I am beyond excited for the sequel Reflected in You, which will be released on October 2nd. Can’t wait!!
posted on May 31, 2012 by
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we’re obsessed with 50 Shades. So when I finished the series, as much as I wanted move on to another book on my very long must-read list, I just found myself wanting more
sex romance. There is something about these sexy, clingy, codependent, modern romances that I can’t get enough of. And the powerful, controlling, non-committal men with issues and the women they are so desperate to be with, and be saved by, that they completely change their ways.
So, thanks to the Kindle store’s recommendations (and the Goodreads 50 Shades Support Group), I found a lot of books similar to 50 Shades. And I’ve taken it upon myself to read FIVE of them so I can provide a recap for you. You’re welcome. (I know, I have issues.)
Here’s my take on what I’ve read so far. More to come, I’m sure.