Thursday Thirteen 5/31/12- 13 books to read after Fifty Shades of Grey

All right, people. I wasn’t going to do this since are many other similar blog posts out there, but you wore me down…

The books on this list are all BDSM books, not just erotic romances. I figured if someone loved Fifty Shades a little BDSM won’t offend them. And for a shameless plug, two of my books have BDSM themes – Impact (more BDSM-lite) and Caught (edgy, darker, intense BDSM – won Best BDSM Book 2011 from LoveRomancesCafe). Okay, end of shameless self-promotion.

Though almost all of these authors have multiple well-done BDSM book I decided in order to spread the wealth I’d only do one from each author.

These books are in no particular order:

1. Bared to You – Sylvia Day: a similar plot to Fifty Shades but better written; part of a series 

2. Crash Into You – debut author Roni Loren: engrossing story that weaves back and forth over time; I think this is becoming a series

3. Sweet Temptation – Maya Banks: the entire Sweet Series is excellent, but I like this one the best

4. To Command and Collar – Cherise Sinclair: this is part of a series too, and they’re all very, very good books

5. Nobody’s Hero – Kallypso Masters: also part of a series; she nails the complex Dom characters especially 

6. Masked – Lissa Matthews: part of a set of two, the second one is called Unmasked – this is M/M BDSM and engrossing 

7. Ragged Edge – Sarah Brookes: great, great M/M/F menage with BDSM 

8. Light Switch – Lauren Gallagher: Lauren also writes under LA Witt and no matter which personality is writing, she does some unique, interesting stuff 

9. Flaunt It – Natasha Moore: This is the first in a series of novellas with a different perspective to each story

10: Bottoms Up – Miranda Baker: A Domme turned sub? Done very well and believable 

11. Sub for Hire – Claire Thompson: Another M/M BDSM book 

12. Roses & Chains – Delphine Dryden: This is one of the 1-800-DOM-HELP series, some of which are better than others; a M/F/F menage story 

13. Traditional Love – Alta Hensley: There are two books in this series; not sure if more are coming 


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About Cassandra Carr

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
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Drivelology says:

Thanks so much for this.

The Fifty Shades of Grey series was my first introduction into this genre. While not the most perfectly written books, I think they were good to lose my ‘virginity’ to.

Will definitely be checking out some of the titles you have recommended here

R. Brown says:

This is great, I have read some of them already and will have to check out the rest. Just to add my two cents worth I would also suggest the Keyhole Series by Kasi Alexander. The first one is called Becoming Sage and the second is scheduled to be released June 19th and is called Saving Sunni. I have read the first and anxiously await the second. They are a more reality based BDSM, power exchange story than 50 shades and extremely educational. They are put out by Omnific Publishing I think.

Great list, I would add a few as well such as any of the Bliss books by Sophie Oak, Embrace me at Dawn for Shayla Black and Clifftop Fantasies by Cassidy Browning. All are very good stories that would fall in line with the genre of 50 shades.

Cari Silverwood says:

Great post, Cassandra, and there’s this list on Goodreads too, if you’re a member there.

Cassandra Carr says:

Cool – I’d never seen this list. I’ve seen many lists of recommendations in general but since people kept asking me for mine I figured I might as well do my own. 😉

Thank goodness someone finally compiled a list. I jotted the titles down for future reference/reading. Thank you!

I’d call this list 13 books to read *instead* of 50 Shades. All are much better!

Cassandra Carr says:

Very true!

Sydney Blake says:

Great list! I’ll be checking them out soon!

May I add a couple of books to your list? Protegee by Dakota Lynn, a sweet “sugarkink” bdsm story (May’s book of the month at, and A Good Student by Elliot Mabeuse, a very sexy story that won an Eppie Award a few years ago. You can see reviews for them on Amazon and at

Cassandra Carr says:

Awesome! Yes, please do add to the list!

A great list, thanks so much for posting it. I copied the titles so I could look into them later at my leisure.