Question – What Would You Recommend Post Fifty Shades?
I know I know…you are probably all rolling your eyes at me right about now. You’re also probably thinking “Holy hell why is she asking about Fifty Shades? Haven’t we seen enough of it? Isn’t it just everywhere now? For goodness’ sake they even have Fifty Shades books about chicken thighs and plumbing now!” (Creepy isn’t it, how I can totally read your thoughts sometimes ;))
The reason I’m bringing this up now is that last week, Goodreads announced the winners of its 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards and many of my friends on twitter ‘oh no-ed’ and ‘really-ed?!’ when they saw who won the award for Best Romance. That’s right folks, Fifty Shades Freed won. Actually, it didn’t just win…it squashed the runner up, beating it by 14, 670 votes!
Amy and Sierra were wondering why it won because there are just so many other books that are so much more out there. Stronger plot, richer characters and more polished writing available for the masses to read but many seem to be missing them lately! I suggested that maybe it was for most new-to-romance readers like Twilight was for me. I adored Twilight when I’d first read it! But I had not read anything else really in years. In fact, the only books I read for pleasure before Twilight were the Harry Potter books – and you can’t compare those at all because there is no real romance in them. Eventually, I found better romance based books out there – books that made Twilight look like…well, like a child’s book. There was so much more out there, it was awesome! I’m glad that I was able to find the ‘better’ stuff out there but I feel as though some Fifty Shades fans and some who were just introduced to the genre have yet to find the ‘better’. Sierra and Amy came up with an idea of passing out little cards to romance readers at B&N, filled with helpful suggestions on ‘how to find the better romance’, but I opted for this post instead. 😉
Finally I asked what they would recommend to those who just haven’t found their way to the best of the best yet. Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress books came up and I would agree with that. It would be a great introduction to the paranormal romance genre AND chapter 32 people! Still one of the hottest scenes ever!
I would personally recommend Wicked by Sasha White and Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning. Both hot books, and I mean hot, but also filled with amazing characters and smooth writing. No cheesy stuff there folks – just nice smut that reads really well.
So I am now passing the question on to you…What would you recommend post Fifty Shades?