14 Books to Read For Your “Fifty Shades of Grey” Fix

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Remember when “Fifty Shades of Grey” was the hottest book around? The 2011 novel — which then became a series, and then a movie series — took the world by storm, awakening the desires and enlivening the minds of thousands of readers. And in some senses, it gave the world of romance writing a much-needed makeover — or, rather, it opened many readers’ eyes to how exciting and modern romance novels and books like “Fifty Shades of Grey” really are, not just the corny bodice-rippers they have a reputation for being.

In case you’re not already an erotic literature fan, let us make the case: romance novels are fun, and often very well-written too, with interesting plots, compelling characters, and steamy sex scenes that are sure to give you a few ideas you can bring into your own bedroom. The “Fifty Shades” books (and movies) are a fine place to start, but if you want more books like “Fifty Shades of Grey,” you have plenty of options. In fact, there’s a whole side of BookTok totally devoted to swapping romance novel recommendations. Not all of the 14 recommendations here are “Fifty Shades of Grey” dupes — they don’t all deal with BDSM, for instance, and some are more on the “sweet and sensual” side of the erotica spectrum, while others are all about the graphic sex scenes. Consider checking them out. You might find the perfect book to scratch the same itch Fifty Shades did.


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