How the hell did we end up here?

A little under a year ago, I like a lot of the worlds female population (not to mention a few men) got swept up in the Fifty Shades of Grey frenzy. For a long time I heard people talking about it, saw jokes on Facebook and headlines in Newspapers. I had no interest in it, then my friends were reading it and women being women, they were talking about it. Jokes about cable ties, Red walls and lip biting were flying, and as they were they flew right over my head. I didn’t like it, not one bit. See if you know me you will know I like to talk. To be left out of every conversation was not good! I downloaded the Kobo app, bought the book. Then the next one and the one after that. They were so good I read all three in eight days – TWICE. My hubby remarked that there hadn’t been a thing done in the house in 2 weeks.

See I hadn’t read a book in quite a while and those that I had read previously were more your everyday Romance where the worst language used would have been a scorned woman screaming at her husband calling him a cheating bastard and sex was more often than not alluded to rather than being talked about in a blow by bow (pardon the pun) account. The FSoG trilogy opened up a whole new world of reading for me, and more like me. One friend mentioned how she had looked for books like this before and she couldn’t find one (days pre eReader) and now she can’t walk into Tesco without them slapping her in the face. Women are not only open to reading these books but talking about them aswell. And in great detail. While the women of the world are reading the men of the world are thankful. I have seen many posts on authors Facebook pages and Twitter accounts that say – ‘My husband says Thank You’, I have recommended many of these books to friends who have often thanked me (and I didn’t even write them) and told me ‘I owe you a drink’. Careful ladies I could do with a night out and i may collect!

While FSoG opened up this new world of reading to me, which I am rather enjoying, it is most certainly my eReader that facilitates it! I went for a Kobo myself but there are many of them out there. While I happily read on the bus, train, in a cafe, at the bus stop or in the college canteen I do so happy in the knowledge that no one has a clue what I am reading. I am rather shy you see (;)) and I would be mortified if anyone knew what was going on Behind my Coral book cover. Though I am sure I spare a few blushes that may just give me away! I couldn’t imagine reading Bared to You or Backstage Pass with the world knowing I was reading an erotic novel!

It’s not just the Erotic stories I am enjoying, it is the whole New Adult Genre. My top 3 are continuously switching and swapping with each other, depending on the day and the mood and of the following could be in my Number 1 spot:

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Hopeless – Colleen Hoover
Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing – Rebecca Donovan ( I read these back to back and I honestly couldn’t choose between them)

It would be a pretty special book to knock any of these of the top 3, and I am enjoying my quest to find it!


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