5 Reasons the Next '50 Shades of Grey' Is Even Hotter Than the 'Original'

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beautiful bastard bookThe "next Fifty Shades of Grey," which actually lives up to the hype of being given that label is here! Beautiful Bastard by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings aka "Christina Lauren," which started out as the Twilight-inspired fan-fiction hit The Office, was released on Tuesday.

Yes, I acquired a review copy, and yes, it's a page-turner. So much so that I finished it within a couple of days. You will too. And sure, you may be skeptical. But if you enjoyed Fifty Shades, you're going to LOVE Beautiful Bastard. Maybe even more. Really! Here, five reasons why the steamy novel is even hotter than E.L. James' notorious series ...

  1. Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan's dynamic is XXX-tremely entertaining! There's no doubt Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are entertaining in their own right ... in a sort of dynamic, mysterious, occasionally grating on your nerves kind of way. But the way Chloe and Bennett talk to one another is so outrageous, you're half-laughing and half so-turned-on-it-hurts.
  2. Chloe Mills is a seriously strong female lead. Unlike Ana, who is so naive and insecure and wishy-washy, Chloe is not an innocent virgin, pushover, damsel in distress, etc. (Which makes her much easier for confident adult women relate to!) And she can hold her own with her incredibly sexy, "beautiful bastard" boss. Which is why they spar like crazy ... and then have super-hot sex.
  3. You don't have to be into/intrigued by "kinky" or unconventional sex play to enjoy it. Not that the sex Chloe and Bennett have is "vanilla" by any means, but they're not really all that into BDSM. More just general power play (which they seem to split equally) and dirty talk. Rawr!
  4. It's speedy. Sorry, but Fifty was so poorly written that you had to take breathers just to heal your brain. BB is far from high-brow literature, but it's not so redundant or clunky that you can't fly through it without cringing ... at least not as a result of the writing! (But maybe because of the way Chloe and Bennett treat one another, ha!)
  5. It doesn't take itself soooo seriously. Really, BB's a great example of what erotica should be -- FUN! It should get you hot and bothered, of course, but it should also make you giggle and say, "OMG! I've totally been there!" or, you know, at least fantasized about being there ... 

Have you read Beautiful Bastard? Do you plan to?


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nonmember avatar Mel

I read this in the fan fic form and LOVED it!!! It was so good

Pat Powers

Whenever I read a story entitled "Then Next 50 Shades of Grey" ... and there have been a LOT of them ... I wonder how the publisher's marketing people got to the reviewer. It may or may not be true that a publisher somehow bribed you or your editor, but the term sounds so much like marketing hype that it sounds kinda like they did, and it discredits anything you might have to say.

nonmember avatar Kassie

It's amazing! I have this book bought it Tuesday and couldn't put it down!!!!!! XD

nonmember avatar bri

The fan fic was amazing! Everyone will love this book

jayha... jayhawk00

I did not like this book nearly as much as 50.   There was little plot development and the characters spent half the book being rude to eachother.  That was all there was, them being rude to eachother.  It was just okay and ended too abruptly.   Also, it was too short.  Only 200 pages.  

PonyC... PonyChaser

Please GOD. Anything to get you people to quit writing every other article about 50 Shades.


Now if we could just do something about the kardashian infatuation...

Jmwill78 Jmwill78

I personally read all 3 of Grey in 1 week. The first 2 from Fri-Sun. So for this columnist to say it was "poorly written" is a damn shame. I'm thinking we AREN'T on the same page and makes me want to skip this book all together. See how hype marketing can backfire?

Dottie Meakins

Oh do I have a steamy hot two biook series for you to get your hands on, The sex, what can I say, yet tasteful the story will bring you to tears. Amazon kindle/Samson And Sunset, and Starling Darling by Dorothy Annie Schriit. Give yourself a treat.
Ann Duryea

rsmama rsmama

Uhm.....no. I spent $7.99 on this e-book after a recommendation like this one. Maybe it was worth HALF that price.



The book was repetitive and predictable. Also, the big "issue" they have towards the end was a little silly and blown out of proportion.



Maybe if it was a little longer and more time was spent on it? More thought put in to it? I don't know.



Also, this book taught me that there really is such a thing as TOO much sex in a book. I ended up skimming halfway through.

nonmember avatar Gayle

Not near as good as 50 Shades. I also paid $7.99 for the e-book and it wasn't worth it.

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